Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ever Vail Base Village Project Design Receives Platinum LEED Rating

Vail Resorts' planned Ever Vail village development project to be located in the westernmost base area of Vail Mountain ski resort in Colorado has been awarded the highest rating possible, Platinum, under the first stage of LEED for the Neighborhood Development (ND) rating system. Ever Vail is one of only two planned projects in the U.S. that has been certified at the highest level of green building standards under the pilot LEED-ND rating system and the only one in the Rocky Mountain Region.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development's location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development. LEED for Neighborhood Development emphasizes the creation of compact, walkable, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods with good connections to nearby communities.
The $1 billion project will transform the 9.5-acre site, currently known as West LionsHead, into a truly "green" multi-use resort village consisting of 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. The name, "Ever Vail", was thoughtfully chosen to reflect the project’s guiding principle of sustainability – that is, pairing Vail Mountain’s enduring preeminent position in the resort industry with an ongoing commitment to minimize the Company’s foot print on the land.
"Being awarded the highest level of green building certification by the U.S. Green Building Council speaks to the commitment Vail Resorts has to the environment and to the dedication, hard work and creativity of our Company's development design team," said Rob Katz, chief executive officer of Vail Resorts. "Once completed, Ever Vail will become an iconic example in the U.S. for not only sustainable mountain resort development, but for offering an exceptional employee, resident and guest experience at the nation's premier ski destination".