In 2013, Berglund Architects was part of the team involved in the successful redevelopment of part of Vail’s ageing and dilapidated Timber Ridge employee housing. Along with Gorman & Company, Corum Real Estate Group, Pylman and Associates, Wright and Company and local contractor R.A. Nelson, Berglund Architects has worked closely with planners at the Town of Vail to come up with a cost-effective solution to combating the valley’s housing crisis.
The project focused on maximizing density while achieving the owner’s financial goals within the time frame of the land’s limited 50 year lease. The design of the resulting 114 unit development creates livable spaces with high ceilings and large windows, outdoor decks and patios and ample storage. The unit and building fixtures, finishes and materials were all selected for durability and affordability to ensure minimal necessary maintenance, longevity and, to keep the cost of the units accessible to the valley’s low to moderate income residents and seasonal employees.
Two of the development’s four buildings are now complete and two are currently under construction. Now known as the Lion’s Ridge Apartments, the development has been a regular feature in our local news as the only affordable rental accommodation currently under construction in the valley and recently appeared in a photograph in the New York Times in an article on housing shortages in ski areas around the country. Housing shortages are pushing long term residents and seasonal workers up valley and beyond, with overwhelming demand making rental prices increasingly disproportionate to local wages.