Revitalizing Downtown | Connecting Community
September 27th, 2019
A main goal for the Pike Block project, a mixed-use development offering 150,000 SF of commercial, retail and residential space, was to engage the community and promote the walkability of downtown.
Satisfying Hunger in Our Region
September 5th, 2019
With a current expansion project and through several annual fundraising events, we are proud to be partners with the Food Bank of CNY in giving back to our community.
TrueNorth Center for Children Opens
August 30th, 2019
VIP’s team broke ground on the 15,000 SF design-build project in April and completed the facility in time for their students’ first day of school in September.
Keeping Our Community Healthy
August 5th, 2019
Green building systems were used to construct the Catskill Recreation Center to help preserve the environment and reduce energy consumption to keep the community healthy and sustainable.
VIP Company Party at the Zoo
July 19th, 2019
At VIP’s Annual Company Party, we take the time to recognize the employees who make a difference in the success of our company.
Timelessness of Timber Frame Construction
July 15th, 2019
In 1998, our team was part of The Lodge at Welch Allyn project that continues to showcase the beauty and craftsmanship of this time honored method of construction.
VIP Summer Lunches
June 26th, 2019
One of the many ways we bring the VIP team together is with our annual summer lunches. This is a great way for us to integrate fun into the workplace and create closer connections with one another.
Celebrating Our Natural Resources
June 16th, 2019
The Fogo Island Inn is a true testament of how a community worked together to design and construct a restorative space for guests that pays homage to the natural landscape and traditional building methods, all while providing a sustainable community asset.
When Futuristic Movies Are No Longer Futuristic
May 15th, 2019
From BIM, laser scanning, and drone technology to VR stations, Zoomrooms and Meeting Owl, see how VIP is using technology to enhance the client experience.
Building a Better Community Together
May 14th, 2019
As the Design-CM team for the Salt City Market, we are taking a three-pronged approach to ensure this project is inclusive and a true neighborhood build from beginning to end.
HERE’S TO YOU, CREW!
May 13th, 2019
We cannot thank our concrete and steel crews enough for their dedication in helping us deliver for our clients all year long. Plus watch our live-action True North Center for Children construction site.
HUMANECNY KENNEL CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSING
May 8th, 2019
VIP value engineered a new design that significantly reduced the cost of the project and was truer to HumaneCNY’s needs. The renovated West Taft Road facility is already near completion, and scheduled to open this summer.
LOCAL BANK TO RESTORE HISTORIC MANSION FOR NEW DOWNTOWN BRANCH
April 5th, 2019
This is Pathfinder Bank and VIP’s second downtown Syracuse project together; the first was in 2014 when they moved into the Pike Block.
CRYOMECH PARTNERING WITH VIP STRUCTURES ON RELOCATION & EXPANSION
March 31st, 2019
Cryomech is working with VIP to relocate their business to a larger space in DeWitt, not far from their current facility. VIP will design and construct the building on a new 14-acre site and then lease it to Cryomech.
Brooklyn Pickle Gears Up for Third Location
September 26th, 2018
VIP Architectural Associates is currently working with owners Ken and Craig on designing their third location. Their new 5,700 SF New York style deli will be located on Buckley Road in Liverpool.
Mohawk Valley Health System Embarks on New Medical Campus
September 17th, 2018
The new campus will be a consolidation of St. Elizabeth and St. Luke’s hospitals, creating a new 672,000 SF modern medical facility that will sit on 72 consolidated parcels in the City of Utica. IPD’s role in this project is to design a state-of-the-art energy center for the campus.
VIP Honors Employees at Annual Summer Party
September 4th, 2018
In June, VIP held the annual summer company party at Beak & Skiff Apple Orchards in LaFayette, NY. Among those celebrated were exemplary award winners who embody the core values of our company.
Feldmeier Equipment Announces New Headquarters – Another VIP Integrated Design-Build Project
August 28th, 2018
Within only 14 months’ time, the 125,000 SF facility was designed, constructed and occupied. It highlights the company’s capability as a fabricator of quality custom stainless-steel tanks, while giving them the manufacturing space they need.
Syracuse Urban Partnership – Transforming a Lot on Salina Street
July 23rd, 2018
VIP Architectural Associates and its design team is collaborating with the Allyn Family Foundation to bring about a mixed-use development that is civically responsible and aligns with the Foundation’s vision of “building strong families and vibrant neighborhoods in Central New York.”
Dave Nutting Receives Award from the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance
June 18th, 2018
The Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA) held their 1st Annual MWBE Community Engagement Awards at which VIP’s Chairman and CEO, David Nutting, was honored with the award for Executive of the Year.
Helping Rebuild Historic Structures
May 25th, 2018
The ANSCO Camera Factory building is being transformed into a mixed-use redevelopment. The project is currently under construction with an anticipated completion date of June 2019.
VIPAA Partners with Snow Kreilich Architects for Post Standard Building Façade
May 24th, 2018
“Our team is looking forward to collaborating with Snow Kreilich, as a world-renowned façade specialist, to bring a fresh eye to this project that is rich in history and a cornerstone of downtown Syracuse,” stated Nutting, Chairman & CEO of VIP Structures.
The Grant Process Transformed
May 22nd, 2018
VIP’s team has taken an active role in assisting our clients in navigating through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process, which has helped foster growth in our region.
Pathfinder Bank Expands Pike Block Branch
May 18th, 2018
Pathfinder’s new expansion will increase their footprint from 2,500 SF to 4,375 SF, helping them to serve a larger client base now and well into the future.
3D Laser Scanning of the Hotel Niagara
May 16th, 2018
With over 700 scans and each scan averaging 40 million measured points, the laser scan truly captured reality for the project. In just four days all 15 floors of the hotel were captured using a combination of color, and black and white imagery.
Beads of Courage: Carry a Bead Program
May 4th, 2018
Connor Radley is the 11-year-old son of our Controller, Erin Radley. In March, Connor represented Maureen’s Hope Foundation and their Beads of Courage: Carry a Bead program for the Syracuse Crunch hockey team.
Jane Amico Hired as Project Executive
April 30th, 2018
We are excited to announce the hiring of Jane Amico as Project Executive. In her role, Amico is responsible for leading all client communication with internal team members for various projects.
VIP Structures Purchased the Former Post Standard Building
February 23rd, 2018
The Post Standard Building is our biggest downtown revitalization project yet – our vision is to transform this historic part of downtown into a live-work-play community.
2017: A Year of Growth
February 16th, 2018
2017 was a year of great growth, including new hires and promotions. We are looking forward to another positive year ahead.
Community and Company Culture at VIP
February 15th, 2018
We believe that a successful business has happy and satisfied employees, so we filled 2017 with many fun events.
Architecture Favorite Project 2017
February 12th, 2018
For Ed, the idea of re-imagining a space not just from a programming standpoint but from an aesthetic point of view allowed for a great deal of creativity.
Engineering Favorite Project 2017
February 9th, 2018
Tom has a few favorite projects, but Kris-Tech Wire stands out. This was Tom’s first project as an integrated project manager and the first time he was able to witness first-hand the benefits of a true design-build project.
Construction Favorite Project 2017
February 8th, 2018
The design of Masonic Labs and the research it conducts puts it in an elite category. It is one of three labs of this caliber globally, and upon completion it will be the most advanced lab of its kind.
Development Favorite Project 2017
February 7th, 2018
“All VIP teams (Architecture, Engineering, Construction & Development) have been collaborating…the true meaning of the work we do at VIP. This project is a prime example of what VIP does best. We do it from a single source – purchase to punch list,” said Chuck.
VIP is a Proud Supporter of the United Way
November 6th, 2017
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.
Feldmeier Equipment Partners with VIP Structures
November 2nd, 2017
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 Hired as General Trades Contractor for Freedom Commons
October 31st, 2017
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 – A Design-Build Project for VIP
October 30th, 2017
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.
SU Hall of Languages Classroom & Watson Theater Renovations
September 18th, 2017
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.
Kate Nutting Appointed to the SU School of Architecture Advisory Board
September 15th, 2017
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.
Safety Expert, Joe Perrone In-Demand
September 14th, 2017
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.
IPD Engineering Opens Buffalo Office
June 23rd, 2017
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.
Price Rite Partners with VIP Structures
June 19th, 2017
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 Construction to Renovate Hall of Languages at Syracuse University
May 10th, 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.
VIP Hires New President of Construction, Ken Osmun
May 1st, 2017
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?”
Our Engineering & Construction Teams Are Growing
April 30th, 2017
We are excited to welcome the following new employees to the engineering and construction teams.
Natalie Miller Takes Part in Camillus Community Band
March 31st, 2017
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).
February 7th, 2017
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.
VIP Completes Syracuse Office Renovations for W.B. Mason
January 18th, 2017
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 Awarded Fully Integrated Project with BOCES near Albany, NY
January 16th, 2017
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’ve Added to Our Team and Continue to Grow
January 12th, 2017
We are excited to welcome many new hires to VIP over the last six months and are still in pursuit of new talent.
VIP Purchases Former Post Standard Building
January 11th, 2017
In November, VIP announced their intent to purchase the former Post Standard Building on Clinton Square in downtown Syracuse.
Holidays Signal the Giving Season at VIP
January 6th, 2017
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.
VIP Blog – Our insights into the design, build, development industry
October 24th, 2016
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 to Serve on Contact Community Services Board
October 24th, 2016
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.
Tidd Chosen for 2016 40 Under Forty
October 16th, 2016
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.
VIP and the Plastics Molding Industry
October 12th, 2016
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.
VIP and the Paper Manufacturing Industry
October 3rd, 2016
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.
VIP Structures and Our Partnership with Syracuse University
July 29th, 2016
Since 2003, VIP Structures has enjoyed a partnership with Syracuse University that has presented us with intriguing, complex and exciting new projects.
BNY Mellon Innovation Center
July 28th, 2016
VIP Architecture partners with BNY Mellon in Oriskany, NY to transform traditional office space into modern, collaborative space.
New Ways of Adapting Office Space
July 22nd, 2016
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 and Hotel Syracuse
July 20th, 2016
IPD Engineering was hired to design all new mechanical and electrical systems for the restoration of the Hotel Syracuse, now the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.
712 E. Fayette Street Project Reaches Its Completion
July 18th, 2016
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.
VIP Honors Exemplary Employees
July 11th, 2016
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.
VIP Breaks Ground on South Ave. Price Rite Grocery Store
June 27th, 2016
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 Participates in J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge
June 23rd, 2016
VIP put together a team of 15 employees who took part in the 3.5 mile run/walk.
American Granby Warehouse Expansion
April 4th, 2016
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.
Harvester Center – Mancuso Business Development Group
April 4th, 2016
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.
VIP is a Proud Supporter of Leadership Greater Syracuse
April 1st, 2016
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.
April 1st, 2016
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 Partners with 900 East Fayette Group LLC for Historic Renovation
April 1st, 2016
VIP construction will begin work on historic 900 East Fayette Street as the general contractor this spring.
VIP Architecture’s New Leader, New Certification
September 24th, 2015
VIP Architecture has earned WBE (Women Business Enterprise) certification with New York State for architectural and construction management services.
Gearing up for the giving season
September 23rd, 2015
As fall arrives we start to look towards planning for the holiday season.
September 23rd, 2015
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.
September 22nd, 2015
On September 10th, we officially broke ground on the Warehouse Expansion project at O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative…
September 22nd, 2015
Work has begun on a $2.5M, 42,000 SF warehouse expansion at American Granby in a design-build capacity…
Jordano Joins Architectural Team
September 22nd, 2015
JJ Jordano, of Syracuse, NY, has joined the company as a Designer.
Engineering Team Adds Two New Members
September 22nd, 2015
Michael Stringer, previously of Buffalo, NY, recently joined us as an Electrical Engineer and Project Manager.
O-AT-KA Milk Products Cooperative, Inc.
August 12th, 2015
We’re excited to announce that we will be performing Architecture, Engineering and Construction services for O-AT-KA Milk…
Food for Families and the Food Bank of CNY
February 27th, 2015
In early December we participated in TOPS Markets’ annual fundraiser, Food for Families to benefit a long-standing friend…
Van Der Ven Joins Development Team
February 27th, 2015
Guido Van der Ven, of Skaneateles, NY was recently hired as Managing Director, Investor Relations.
Lepak Joins Architecture Team
January 6th, 2015
Kevin Lepak, LEED AP BD&C, of Warners, NY, recently joined us as a designer.
Blais Joins Engineering Team
January 6th, 2015
Greg Blais, of Baldwinsville, NY, recently joined us an Electrical Design Engineer.
Cosamano Receives 40 Under Forty Award
December 8th, 2014
Sam Cosamano, P.E., LEED AP, was selected as one of the CNY Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty 2014 winners.
Hoeft Receives 40 Under Forty Award
December 8th, 2014
Kate Hoeft, AIA, was recognized as one of the CNY Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty 2014 winners.