The Growth of Mixed-Use Development

Upstate New York cities like Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse have all witnessed a growth in downtown living through the trend of urbanization over the past decade. Developers continue to look for ways to revitalize deteriorated buildings and unused spaces in downtown areas of cities and transform them into new residential

5 Unique Traits of VIP Structures Employees

When looking at some of the most successful companies in Central New York much of their successes, if not all of them, are driven by the people who work within the organizations. This is no different at VIP Structures. Many factors influence the success of an integrated design-build firm. Aside

3D Printing in Architecture and the Future of Construction Printing

Much like the mainstream introduction of Building Information Model (BIM), 3D printing in architecture is very much in an infancy stage. Architects, designers, and engineers around the world are collectively seeing the potential for 3D printing in construction. With 3D prototypes, case studies, and scaled models growing in value, the

Urbanization and the Increased Demand for Downtown Construction

The term urbanization refers to the growing number of people living and moving to urban areas. This is part of a historical change in society as populations have shifted from rural to urban living over the past several years. A report from Forbes.com stated large pools of young college-educated workforces

Virtual Reality (VR) is Revolutionizing Design-Build

A concept we’ve only witnessed in science fiction films and space-age movies is finally working its way into mainstream markets. According to Statista and Touchstone Research, the revenue for virtual reality products is projected to reach $4.6 billion dollars by next year, reaching 171 million users by 2018. Virtual reality

Benefits of Pre-engineered Buildings (PEBs)

Pre-engineered buildings, or PEBs, are a popular method of construction not only in the United States but across the globe. Market analysts predict the PEB market to grow at a CAGR of 12% through 2020. The key drivers of growth in PEBs over the past decade lie somewhat in e-commerce

The History of Integrated Design-Build

Architektón is the Greek word for Master Builder. Structures like the Theatre of Dionysus, the Parthenon, the cathedrals of Europe, the London Bridge, and the White House were all testaments to the Master Builder concept. In fact, Master Builders date as far back as 1800 BC in Mesopotamia. The Master

Start Your Next Building Project with a Space Consultant

Building projects and the term “over-budget” seem far too commonly associated together. A quick Google search will give you endless pages of building projects across the country which resulted in over-spending or cost overrun. Here’s an article discussing Lakewood schools in Ohio running $6 million over-budget on building projects. Nearby

Why Sustainable Design Matters

According to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), buildings account for almost 40% of the national CO2 emissions and they out-consume both the industrial and transportation sectors. Buildings account for a large portion of global energy usage, resource expenditure, and greenhouse gas emissions. This has driven a demand from

4 Trends to Watch in Architecture

U.S. cities are growing fast – and a consolidating population has driven changes in the field of architecture. In cities like Syracuse, urbanization is changing the face of the community, encouraging people to shop and work much closer to where they live. There is a general trend towards cities encouraging

3 New Technologies Impacting Construction and Concrete Builds

Construction projects span from foundations to footings for buildings and equipment. Major projects can include everything from large scale buildings, to scale pads, to sidewalks, to curbs. Other projects could be as straightforward as creating concrete settings for generator equipment that sits next to production facilities. No matter what the

6 Factors to Consider When Hiring an Architecture, Engineering or Construction Firm

The process of searching for, deciding upon, and hiring an architecture, engineering, or construction firm for your next building project is a large undertaking. It likely involves multiple levels of decision-makers, resources, and considerable time. As detailed in past blog post titled 4 Reasons to Use an Integrated Design-Build Firm,

7 Tips to Improve Construction Safety

One thing is for sure, construction safety should not be taken lightly. Completing building projects on time and on-budget is important for a construction firm, but on-the-job safety should never be put at risk to accomplish those goals. Construction is a high hazard industry and the best construction firms can

What is BIM? | Architecture Firm in Syracuse, NY

Building information modeling (BIM) is a 3D design tool that helps architecture, engineering, and construction firms transform the way projects are designed and constructed by collaborating on decisions early in the planning phase. A building information model is a digital representation of the building that can be manipulated in real-time.