EJ Victory Lofts, Paulus Development

Mixed-Use Redevelopment, Johnson City, NY


275,000 SF


A/E Design Services

Completed 2023


VIP Architectural Associates

IPD Engineering

LeChase Construction

Keplinger Freeman Associates


AIA of Central New York, Citation for Design 

The Victory Lofts project is the adaptive reuse of a 275,000 SF, five-story former shoe factory that had sat vacant for nearly 40 years in Johnson City, NY. The developers came to VIP’s design team with a target of 150 apartments, one floor of covered parking, and amenities including a fitness center, community room, tech lounge, pet spa, and outdoor patio. Our design team was tasked with creating a program to accommodate the developer’s goals and designing the renovations of the building within State Historic Preservation guidelines.

VIP’s design team worked within SHPO and the owner’s parameters to create a contemporary living environment in a building rich with history. On the interior of the building, columns span the entire 704′ long building. The design team cleverly used the existing column bays to inform a unique design layout that minimizes the disruption of columns within the apartment units. Strategic design decisions maximize space in bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms, create efficiency, and make even the smaller apartments feel spacious. On the exterior, large envelope openings were replaced with operable windows in all living areas to resemble the original design of the factory.


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