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As we come to the latter part of the year, we will once again ask our employees to support the local community through the United Way campaign. The United Way of CNY benefits a multitude of local organizations and nonprofits, a network of agencies, that work together to address the community’s most pressing needs.
In March of this year, Feldmeier Equipment, Inc. awarded VIP Structures the design and construction of their new 125,000 SF headquarters facility in Syracuse, NY. Feldmeier Equipment is a third generation Central New York-based company that has been producing and supplying sanitary stainless steel vessels and equipment to the pharmaceutical, brewing, food, beverage, dairy and biotech industries since 1952.
VIP Structures was awarded the project in April of this year by the Norstar Building Corporation. Freedom Commons is a 2 and 3-story multi-family residential apartment building that will consist of 7 townhomes, 47 apartments, and community space on the first floor which includes some transitional housing units. It is expected to be finished in July of 2018.
Crescent Commons is the $16-million adaptive re-use of the historic Crescent Corset factory in Cortland, NY. When completed, the 150,000 square foot building will feature 41,000 SF of commercial office space, more than half of which is already leased, and 47 loft-style apartments with amenities such as a lounge, exercise room, and a private courtyard.
The phase 1 portion of the Hall of Languages and Watson Hall Auditorium projects occurred simultaneously, and both projects made the tight completion deadline so that Syracuse students and staff could enjoy the newly renovated spaces at the start of the fall 2017 semester.
Principal & Managing Member of VIP Architectural Associates (VIPAA), Katherine Nutting, was recently appointed to the Syracuse University Architecture Advisory Board. The Advisory Board exists to support the Dean, faculty and staff in their effort to make the School of Architecture the country’s leading institution for education and research in Architecture.
Our Safety Director, Joe Perrone, has been contracted to provide site safety services on site for two of Norstar Building Corporation’s sites. This work is separate from his VIP duties for Freedom Commons in Syracuse, and now independently for Norstar’s Roosevelt Residences project in Utica. Additionally, Joe has been hired as a guest speaker for the last 2 years by Suit-Kote Corp. for their annual safety update.
Sam Cosamano, P.E., LEED® AP, President of IPD said that, “A mixture of past project experience, established client relationships, and a booming local market naturally led us to extend our presence westward.” IPD’s second home is located on the twelfth floor of the Electric Tower Building, an iconic downtown Buffalo landmark.
This is the third store that VIP has partnered with Price Rite on. In keeping with VIP’s strategic directive to provide client-focused services, VIP also took an active role in procuring economic development incentives. VIP was able to put together an aggressive 12-week construction schedule which allowed Price Rite to open June 25, 2017.
VIP’s construction management team has recently been hired by Syracuse University to manage the interior renovations of classrooms, lecture halls, and seminar rooms at the Hall of Languages which will all take place over the summers of 2017 and 2018.
Ken is a licensed engineer by trade with over 20 years of experience in the construction industry. He’s a strong proponent of design-build and an integrator who spans across architecture, engineering and construction operations. Ken is always asking the question, “How can we add value to our clients’ goals?”
We are excited to welcome the following new employees to the engineering and construction teams.
Natalie Miller, an integral part of our marketing and business development team and an accomplished flutist, recently performed at West Genesee High School as a member of the Camillus Community Band (CCB).
O-AT-KA Milk enlisted the integrated VIP team to help them determine logistics for their 205,000 SF warehouse and 30,000 SF material handling building. The project was complete within the 11 month timeframe.
The 18,000 square foot office renovation included a complete reconfiguration of the existing layout which allowed for a more modern and open office area, new interior finishes, bathroom upgrades and lighting upgrades. VIP’s team was able to design and complete construction in just four months.
VIP will perform full design-build duties – architecture, engineering, construction and development – on the new 60,000 SF Questar III BOCES vocational education center located in Castleton, NY.
We are excited to welcome many new hires to VIP over the last six months and are still in pursuit of new talent.
In November, VIP announced their intent to purchase the former Post Standard Building on Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse.
VIP participated in the annual Salvation Army toy and food drives that benefit local families in need for the Christmas Bureau Distribution. And, for the sixth straight year we participated in the Tops Supermarkets Food for Families campaign to benefit the Food Bank of CNY.
We’re excited to share with the world some of our advancements, decisions, and goals in the design, building, and development world. This means insights into safety measures, technological advancements, industry trends, enduring structures and more.
Bill Blanchard, one of our Business Development Executives, will become President of the Board at Contact Community Services next year. Bill has been a member of the Board for the past 5 years, including serving on the Executive Committee for the past year in the role of Vice President of the Board.
Meghan Tidd, Chief Marketing Officer, has been chosen as a 2016 40 Under Forty honoree. She was promoted to CMO in 2013 and oversees all sales and marketing for VIP. Meg also serves on the VIP Companies’ Senior Leadership Team.
Today, the plastics industry is a multi-million dollar business in the United States. VIP has had the opportunity to help shape this industry in Upstate New York with the completion of over 1 million SF of manufacturing space.
Our work with paper manufacturing began in the 1980’s with a 250,000 SF facility for Southern Container Corporation, now WestRock, a national supplier of paper and packaging products.
Since 2003, VIP Structures has enjoyed a partnership with Syracuse University that has presented us with intriguing, complex and exciting new projects.
VIP Architecture partners with BNY Mellon in Oriskany, NY to transform traditional office space into modern, collaborative space.
VIP is always researching new design ideas and unique ways of adapting office space as the days of the traditional Open Office Plan seem to be numbered.
IPD Engineering was hired to design all new mechanical and electrical systems for the restoration of the Hotel Syracuse, now the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
In May, VIP completed the 712 E. Fayette Street project, now known as Fayette Place. This 4-story, 39 unit apartment building that marks the first of many new student living facilities near the Syracuse University campus.
In June, VIP celebrated all employees by throwing a company party at Beak & Skiff in LaFayette, NY. Among those celebrated were exemplary award winners who embody the core values of our company.
On Friday June 17, VIP broke ground on a new Price Rite location on South Ave. VIP is partnering with both Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. and Price Rite to make the project happen.
VIP put together a team of 15 employees who took part in the 3.5 mile run/walk.
In April, VIP will complete a 42,000 SF addition for American Granby, increasing its state-of-the-art facility to 155,000 SF and providing American Granby the capacity to stock over 20,000 items.
Since 1957, The Harvester Center in Batavia, New York has served over 2,700 businesses as the world’s first business incubator. Today, VIP is partnering with Mancuso Business Development Group and Batavia Development Corporation to study the best uses for the 960,000 SF of buildings.
In 2012 VIP Structures was introduced to Leadership Greater Syracuse. Since then, VIP has taken every opportunity to have employees partake in the program as a way to enhance their personal and professional growth, as well as their individual tie to the community.
VIP has been hired to supply and erect a 500,000 SF pre-engineered building for a leading aluminum can manufacturer in Nichols, NY.
VIP construction will begin work on historic 900 East Fayette Street as the general contractor this spring.
VIP Architecture has earned WBE (Women Business Enterprise) certification with New York State for architectural and construction management services.
As fall arrives we start to look towards planning for the holiday season.
After successfully completing work on the first Price Rite store in the Syracuse area, we will be beginning work on our second store in the very near future.
On September 10th, we officially broke ground on the Warehouse Expansion project at O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative…
Work has begun on a $2.5M, 42,000 SF warehouse expansion at American Granby in a design-build capacity…
JJ Jordano, of Syracuse, NY, has joined the company as a Designer.
Michael Stringer, previously of Buffalo, NY, recently joined us as an Electrical Engineer and Project Manager.
We’re excited to announce that we will be performing Architecture, Engineering and Construction services for O-AT-KA Milk…
In early December we participated in TOPS Markets’ annual fundraiser, Food for Families to benefit a long-standing friend…
Guido Van der Ven, of Skaneateles, NY was recently hired as Managing Director, Investor Relations.
Kevin Lepak, LEED AP BD&C, of Warners, NY, recently joined us as a designer.
Greg Blais, of Baldwinsville, NY, recently joined us an Electrical Design Engineer.
Sam Cosamano, P.E., LEED AP, was selected as one of the CNY Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty 2014 winners.
Kate Hoeft, AIA, was recognized as one of the CNY Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty 2014 winners.