New contractor outlines plan for Base Village construction |

New contractor outlines plan for Base Village construction

Kiewit Construction is no longer the general contractor on Base Village, a representative from Intrawest announced Monday in a meeting with the Snowmass Village Town Council. Mike O’Connor, Intrawest’s vice president of development, introduced The Weitz Company as Kiewit’s replacement. “They’re very experienced in mountain resort construction,” O’Connor said. “I know they’ll do a great job for us and the community.” Weitz has been involved in recent building projects in Telluride, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Taos, N.M. O’Connor wouldn’t go into specifics about why Intrawest and Kiewit split, saying only, “right after the approval we came to some differences of opinion that couldn’t get resolved.” The council was aware of the falling out before Monday’s meeting, which included discussion on the construction management plan for Base Village. And while several council members expressed disappointment that the deal fell through, all were comfortable moving forward.”I’m confident you guys are going to do a fantastic job,” councilman Bill Boineau told the Weitz representatives. Mark Kittle, chief building inspector for the town of Snowmass Village, also presented the council with a summary of the construction management plan. Eight core issues surrounding the plan were listed, including coordinating construction with special events in town, communicating with the public, and minimizing dust and ensuring clean streets. The primary concern from the council was centered on the community, and ensuring that quality of life remains as normal as possible.”We owe it to them,” Snowmass Village Mayor Doug Mercatoris said. Town officials were also concerned with the length of the construction project. The target date for completion of Base Village is 2011, but the project is allowed to take as long as 20 years. The first phase of construction will begin this spring. “This is a very time sensitive [development],” Councilman Arnie Mordkin told Weitz. “Prove us right and not wrong … all of our necks are on the line.” General construction management rules• Construction hours: exterior, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday; interior, unlimited hours 7 days a week (nondisruptive).• Weekly construction updates shall be provided to all applicable agencies, including the marketing and special events board, local newspapers, and fire department. • Major material deliveries will not be allowed between 8 and 10 a.m. and 3 and 5 p.m. during the ski season. • A person shall be designated as traffic control coordinator to be on site during business hours.• One week advance notification and prior approval required for all trail closures.Steve Benson’s e-mail address is

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