Work was delayed at the Vista site earlier this year as approvals from the town for the project were secured. At the Monday, Nov. 7, IDA meeting, there was also discussion of work on the access road at Vista stretching past the initial deadline of July and into August.
One hurdle for crews will be the winter months and the potential for delays should Mother Nature fail to cooperate with the construction schedule. Cold temperatures, more than snow, could be the biggest problem.
“If you get snow, you can push it off when you get ready,” said deForest, who added that the snow winds up insulating the ground. “It would be more damaging to have extreme cold temperatures and ice everywhere than it would be to have snow on the ground.”
After an early blanket of snow in late October, crews have been taking advantage of warmer temperatures at the beginning of November, as heavy construction machinery is visible with every turn.
“There are 40 to 50 people here every day,” said deForest, “and there’s a lot of people who are poised and ready doing other trades.”
Away from the main access road, which will connect to Route 85, cranes move dirt from a location at the front of the site, which will be one of the first spots for construction of a building at Vista.
Another positive for crews has been a lack of surprises when it comes to the everyday work at the site.
“Environmental, wetlands, archaeological, there are really no mysteries here,” said deForest, who credited a thorough planning process. “Everybody’s done a lot of work to get to this point.”
The Vista Technology Park is zoned for 20 percent retail space, with the rest of the park designed for research and technology companies. Nicolla told IDA members at their most recent meeting that the amount of retail at the site would likely be well below that 20 percent figure.