Epstein was the Architect of Record for a 67,907 sf renovation and 28,041 sf addition to the existing Landmark Condominium development in Vail, Colorado. The work was comprised of a complete re-cladding of the existing 8-story high-rise tower, a 4-story addition over an existing 3-story grouping of townhomes also completely re-clad, and a new elevator tower and lobby building constructed to tie together the entire development.
Careful attention was paid to the aesthetic improvements to the development, the thermal and energy efficient improvements of the new exterior wall system, and the sound transmission control properties of the exterior glazing system.
Recladding of the exterior of the condominium tower was conducted in stages while the building remained occupied. Painstaking efforts were taken to reduce or eliminate noise and vibration, debris removal, and interruption of the users' routine. The exterior facades received all new cladding including windows, balcony railing, roofing including structural overbuilds. The exterior wall systems were constructed using heavy gage steel stud framing with a combination of natural stone, fiber cement siding and trim.
One of the most interesting aspects of this project is the new structural system developed for the additional three stories added above the existing wood framed townhomes. Instead of bearing on the existing structure, a “mega truss" was designed to bridge over the existing roof onto new columns at the north and south of the building. In essence, the existing building is being encapsulated by the addition and the new exterior skin.
Pierce Architects was the design architect for this renovation and addition.