In 2008, we were given a great opportunity to re-imagine and revitalize a prominent corner in Syracuse’s historic downtown area – known today as the Pike Block. The Pike Block is comprised of four adjacent buildings, the Chamberlin, Witherill, Wilson, and Bond Building that form the corner of Salina and Fayette Street, commonly referred to as the “Heart of Downtown.”
Our CEO, Dave Nutting saw this project as an opportunity to give back to the Syracuse community, that 45 years ago opened their doors to a young entrepreneur. Dave and our entire VIP team took a huge leap of faith. The team’s first reaction was – this is great, but the reality of the complexities of the project set-in leaving everyone to ask the question – “where do we go from here.” Four weeks, 80 dumpsters, and a team of community volunteers and VIP employees lead the way in the clean up efforts.
Community, connectivity, and sustainability were the driving forces behind this redevelopment project. Common spaces within the interior and exterior footprint of the building were created that lend themselves to gathering. To bring the historic business district to Armory Square an existing ally way was transformed into a pedestrian-friendly walkway. To reflect our team’s sensitivity to sustainability and energy conservation the project was designed to LEED Silver standards, without obtaining designation. These features included:
- A stormwater collection system
- An open loop geothermal system to supply HVAC to commercial tenants on the ground floor
- A solar thermal system to supplement the hot water boiler system
- Energy efficient appliance and lighting
- Low flow plumbing fixtures and dual flow water closets
- Low/Non-VOC emitting materials
- A high-efficient Variable Refrigerant Volume central HVAC system for residential units
Pike Block is a testament of what can be accomplished when we work together as a community to make a lasting difference.