Vail Resorts, Inc. has announced more detailed plans for making the $1 billion Ever Vail the largest LEED-certified, multi-use resort development project in the nation.
"...This past June, Ever Vail was accepted into the pilot program for LEED's new "Neighborhood Development" certification program, putting it on the path to becoming the largest LEED-certified project for resort use in the U.S...."
"Ever Vail is located on a true "Brownfield" site at the base of Vail Mountain, currently known as West LionsHead, and will consist of over one million square feet of mixed-use space including residences, a hotel, offices, retail shops and restaurants, mountain operations facilities, a public parking garage, a new gondola and related skier portal and a public park." Principal features are listed below:
-- Use only woods certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and local area beetle-kill Lodgepole pine trees in building construction. A Vail Valley company is currently working with the U.S. Forest Service to establish a procedure for reclaiming the dying trees to be used in the project. Wherever possible, the Company will purchase and incorporate local and regional "green" materials for construction.
-- Incorporate a geothermal process (ground source heat pumps) to harness energy that would be used for snowmelt. Coils of durable material are embedded deep into the earth below. A fluid within the coil collects heat from the earth and distributes it through surface streets and sidewalks to melt the snow.
-- Install small hydro micro-turbines in Gore Creek to power the outdoor streetscape lighting in public areas.
-- Preserve and enhance existing wetlands and Red Sandstone Creek through a new storm water runoff management system.
-- Include significant affordable housing on-site (see below), helping to meet many of the diversity requirements of the LEED program.
-- Use reclaimed water from snowmelt for use as "gray water" in the toilets, rather than using potable water. Create a "closed-loop" gray water system for washing all mountain operations vehicles, such as snowcats and snowmobiles at the site of the new mountain operations maintenance yard. Finally, use a large amount of reclaimed water from the snowmelt system to augment flows in Red Sandstone Creek.
-- Orient all buildings to maximize the natural light, thereby creating greater energy efficiency.
-- Incorporate green, living roofs on several of the buildings within the project. A "green" roof is a system in which natural materials such as soil and indigenous grasses cover the roof structure to help reduce solar heat accumulation and storm water runoff.
-- Implement an erosion control program so as to mitigate any potential erosion during construction.
-- Establish a "flex car" program to minimize vehicle emissions on the I-70 corridor between Denver International Airport and Vail. Vail Resorts would provide a fleet of cars for owners of properties in Ever Vail to use while in town, thereby reducing the total number of cars in the valley and encouraging owners to use shuttle service and public transportation to and from the valley.
Via:: Press release, Image credit::Google Satellite Map, West Vail Colorado USA