New state-of-the-art facility to become new state
headquarters for Vermont Adaptive and the Pico Ski Education
Foundation; scheduled to be complete late Summer 2013
Erin Fernandez, executive director of Vermont Adaptive Ski and
Sports, the largest year-round organization in the state to offer
daily adaptive sports programs to people with disabilities,
announced today that the construction crew officially broke ground
on the organization's new state headquarters at Pico Mountain on
Monday. Robert Naylor, president and co-founder of Naylor &
Breen and the construction manager of the project, along with
officials from Vermont Adaptive, Killington Resort and the Pico Ski
Education Foundation, made the recommendation to begin foundation
work now, in order to complete the construction of the building by
late Summer 2013.
"The timing was right to put that first shovel into the ground,"
said Fernandez. "Much of the work being done right now is being
donated, and we were advised that it was an important time to begin
so that we can stay right on track and pick things up in the
spring. Killington officials worked extremely hard with us to help
make this Fall 2012 groundbreaking happen, and we're very
Kevin Creed is leading his crew from Belden Company to reroute
utility and water lines and to prepare the site for its
Robert Carrera is the concrete contractor for the footings and
frost walls, which should be ready to pour by mid-November. Framing
will begin in April 2013 with a significant seasonal head start.
Fundraising will continue in earnest throughout the winter and
several fundraising events are taking shape.
"This is an exciting time in our organization and this new
facility is the strong foundation that we will continue to build on
as we enter our 26th year," said Fernandez. "We are confident that
our fundraising will continue just as strong as it has been. The
entire state and our participants from across the country will
benefit from this first-of-its-kind facility in Vermont. We are so
thankful to everyone who has jumped on board with this amazing
The PEAK lodge campaign at Pico Mountain is the first of
three-phases of Vermont Adaptive's Permanent Homes Campaign.
A special, ceremonial celebration will be held on Nov. 13 and a
construction kick-off party will usher in the winter season in
Last year, Vermont Adaptive partnered with the Pico Ski
Education Foundation, a youth skiing non-profit dedicated to
providing young athletes with the resources to pursue their dreams,
to build a shared facility which includes a permanent home for
Vermont Adaptive's state headquarters and the first year-round
adaptive sports center in Vermont. Vermont Adaptive currently uses
space provided by Pico Mountain for its programming and state
The collaborative partnership between Vermont Adaptive and the
Pico Ski Education Foundation brings opportunities for creating a
dynamic, multi-use building. The name PEAK represents the values
the two organizations share and plan to bring to life: performance,
excellence, ability, and knowledge. The two organizations are more
than three-quarters to their $800,000 in cash fundraising goal,
with the rest of the funding coming through in-kind donations.
Vermont Adaptive will own the first floor of the 6,000 sq. ft.
facility. Located between the existing Pico Ski Club building and
the Pico Base Lodge, the facility will connect to both buildings
via outdoor balconies and decks on the second floor. The building
is specifically designed by N∙B∙F Architects of Rutland for
participants in Vermont Adaptive's programs, providing easy
accessibility for all, regardless of one's disability. An elevator
will connect the first and second floors.
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