Delivery Method: Design-Build
Owner: Southern Wine & Spirits
Size: 457,000 SF
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern) is the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor with operations in 35 states. In 2006, Southern partnered with VIP Structures to design and build their first warehouse and distribution facility in Upstate New York. The 272,000 SF facility was designed and constructed with future expansion set to begin in 2012.
We were first retained by Southern to work with their national real estate consultant to find and verify a suitable distribution site in Onondaga County. The goal was to construct a 272,000 SF facility with the capability of being expanded to 450,000 SF in the future. Our team partnered with EDR Companies who served as the Civil Engineer, and John Stopen Engineering as the Structural Engineer. We provided site selection, design and construction services for the project.
The facility includes complex and high-tech distribution equipment, as well as office, conference, and training spaces. It features: a sophisticated automated material handling system that includes a sorting system, conveyors, bar code scanners and truck loading conveyors; a 1000 KW diesel powered emergency generator and 4,000 gallon fuel storage tank; and concrete retaining foundation walls up to 18-feet high. Our team handled the traffic signal modification work at the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) intersection, Teall Avenue and NYS Route 298, as well as the relocation of National Grid power poles and lines.
The 272,000 SF distribution facility was not only completed on time (47 weeks), but was substantially under budget due to creative value engineering on the part of our architects and construction staff. The savings amounted to more than $700,000.
In 2012, Southern once again turned to our team to design and build an 185,000 SF addition. Due to site constraints, our architectural team created a design that would maximize the building’s vertical capabilities. Forty-six-foot pre-cast wall panels were utilized to enclose the facility so that very narrow aisle (VNA) high-rack storage could be installed with a wire guidance system for lift equipment. Our engineering team incorporated a number of energy saving technologies, enabling the owner to receive NYSERDA energy credits as well as Federal Tax Credits. Our construction team was instrumental in completing the project ahead of schedule by incorporating a phased occupancy, which resulted in significant cost savings of $1.3M to the owner. Our integrated project team delivered a high-tech, energy-efficient warehouse and distribution facility for Southern in only eight months.
Delivery Method: Construction Management
Owner: Food Bank of Central New York
Size: 63,000 SF
Food Bank of Central New York works in the community to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education and advocacy. In 2009, the organization experienced substantial growth, creating the need for additional administrative, warehouse and refrigerated storage space. After purchasing a 74,000 SF building, the Food Bank hired VIP Structures to perform an inspection of the facility and make recommendations regarding necessary repairs and renovations.
Our team found that the facility was in need of considerable improvements to meet the Food Bank’s performance requirements. A complete gut and renovation of the office area was necessary to accommodate their space needs and to update the 30-year-old finishes. We performed the architectural, engineering and construction work for the $1.8 million project.
Work included: repairs and improvements to the site exterior and building shell; the 50,000 SF warehouse renovations including new ventilation, daylight access, high efficiency lighting and a repaired floor; a two-story, 13,000 SF office renovation including a new architectural façade, which improved the exterior office aesthetics and insulating qualities while providing all employees with access to natural light; new insulated windows; a new geothermal HVAC system; an elevator addition; and a completely new interior build-out designed specifically for the Food Bank that included offices, conference rooms, a commercial kitchen demonstration/training room, a fitness center and more.
With strong sustainable goals, many green aspects were incorporated into the project including geothermal HVAC systems, natural light and views, day-lighting strategies, recycled materials, low VOC finishes and more.
Delivery Method: Design-Build-Lease
Owner: Pathfinder Bank
Size: 2,599 SF
Pathfinder Bank desired a second location in Onondaga County and wanted a presence in the downtown Syracuse market place. They decided Pike Block, an urban mixed-use redevelopment project in the heart of downtown Syracuse, was the perfect fit.
Upon lease execution with VIP Structures’ development team in 2013, Pathfinder Bank hired our architectural team to design their space. Working with interior designer Krista Taskey, owner of Design Specialists, Inc., our architects crafted a modern aesthetic that played off of Pike Block’s historic charm. Our construction team executed the plan, delivering a truly remarkable space and providing Pathfinder’s clients with a space that drew a positive reaction upon walking through the door.
Pathfinder, headquartered in Oswego, NY, is a full-service bank with more than 100 employees.