Living WELL! – An Introduction to the WELL Building Standard

As an Architect – Our architectural team has successfully completed the three-part SHPO/NPS application process for our clients. VIP’s architects understand the preservation standards and how they are interpreted, and have successfully balanced the often-competing demands of the preservation standards, the client’s intended program/ function for the building, and the construction budget.

Historic Preservation Month – Historic Tax Credits

As an Architect – Our architectural team has successfully completed the three-part SHPO/NPS application process for our clients. VIP’s architects understand the preservation standards and how they are interpreted, and have successfully balanced the often-competing demands of the preservation standards, the client’s intended program/ function for the building, and the construction budget.

Collaboration – Not Just a Buzzword

Collaboration may seem overused, but it is not just a buzzword or an empty cliché. As a design-build firm with four dynamic and distinct parts – architecture, engineering, construction and development – collaboration is essential. Our greatest successes have come about because of our team’s desire to come together and contribute their expertise for the benefit of a shared objective, project or mission.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Measure Twice, Cut Once “Measure twice, cut once” is a well-known and often used phrase  in carpentry. The meaning being quite literal: measure the wood twice before making a cut to ensure all pieces fit together correctly. The sentiment of this phrase can be extended to other areas in the construction industry, including procurement. Procurement […]

Making A Difference in Our Community

https://youtu.be/50LfB-p9q84 45 years ago, the City of Syracuse and surrounding communities embraced a young architect, right out of college, and gave him the support he needed to start VIP Structures. VIP CEO, Dave Nutting has instilled in all of us the importance of community and making a difference – one project at a time. Below we […]

Design Explained in Fewer than 140 Characters

Design explained in fewer than 140 characters Asking experts to simply explain what design is, can be like asking Stephen Hawking to simply explain his black hole theory. With so many moving parts and pieces, design can come off as so complicated to those who have not studied it, that they lose interest in learning […]

Office Space Design I The Art of Adaptation

Offices will now include hygiene stations, route direction, health screening points, reduced seating within conference rooms and meeting spaces, and new HVAC systems. Environments that are still looking to maintain an open-concept floor plan will require designers to look to innovative ways to create partitions without creating barriers.

An Impromptu Home Office – Creating A Work Space Where Non-Existed

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An Impromptu Home Office – Creating A Work Space As COVID-19 continues to spread, we are all facing a new normal; working from home. What many of us thought might be a two to three week situation, has turned into a far greater duration. This new reality has us all scrambling as we develop new […]

6 Retail Interior Design Trends

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Retail Interior Design Trends That Are Changing The Consumer Experience Consumer expectations are fast evolving, and the line between online and offline shopping is blurring. As a result, a retailer’s interior space needs to express the brand’s personality and identity while building an emotional connection with consumers to create a memorable shopping experience. Understanding current […]

Food Hall Design Trends – Changing the Script on Casual Dining

Dining out is more than just eating for many people. Dining is an experience – the center of many social interactions, and a form of entertainment. While food halls are starting to gain more traction in smaller cities, they are nothing new. Food Service News wrote, “Markets featuring vendors, growers, producers and other food-related shops have […]

School Modernization: A Trend that is on the Rise

School Modernization: A Trend that is on the Rise VIP’s engineering division, IPD Engineering, has teamed with several local architectural firms to renovate and modernize many elementary and secondary schools in and around the Upstate New York area as part of various school districts’ capital improvement plans. These projects have taken on different levels of […]

Pull Planning – Is it Really Effective?

We sat down for a quick Q&A session with Ken Osmun to learn more about Pull Planning and the impact it has had on projects at VIP. The nature of design-build is to have all stakeholders involved at the very beginning of a project, working together as a collaborative team to deliver on all promises […]

How to Implement BIM in an AEC Firm

How to Implement BIM in an AEC Firm Building information modeling (BIM) has transformed the design-build industry over the last decade. This 3D design tool helps architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms transform the way projects are designed and constructed by collaborating on decisions early in the planning phase. When used to its full potential, […]

BRANDING – IT’S IMPORTANT EVEN IN THE AEC WORLD

Every year, new trends emerge for architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms. The market changes too quickly for any AEC firm to sit back, relax, and watch the world pass by. The latest AEC trends include integrated marketing and branding techniques, utilizing big data, and increasing recruiting efforts. Our marketing team at VIP Structures keeps […]

Technology in Construction – How Far We Have Come

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Technology in Construction – How Far We Have Come At first, there was a rope and pulley system and then machinery. Now, there is drone technology. A recent study reported 26% of construction professionals are using drone technology or plan to use it by 2020. Of those who currently use drone technology, Georgia Tech indicates […]

Fundamentals of Daylight Design

Designing Spaces with Light in Mind Daylight is dynamic. Daylight design plays a vital role in reducing glare, improving energy efficiency, and providing human-centric benefits. Lighting and light control impact almost every aspect of a building’s design. It can easily enhance and have a positive impact on a building’s environment or be a distraction and […]

(VIDEO) 4 Reasons an AEC Firm Uses Drones

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Drones and the AEC Industry  The popularity of drones for architecture, engineering, and construction projects cannot be denied. Drones are invaluable for preventing mistakes, tracking data, and delivering cost-effective & flexible project management. In fact, drones can decrease the cost of construction by eliminating errors, reducing material waste, and decreasing labor inefficiencies. Drones are the […]