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.

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Building Communities: Achieving Workforce Inclusivity

Building Communities: Achieving Workforce Inclusivity When the South Avenue Price Rite opened its doors in June 2017, it not only demolished a food desert, but also stood as a project constructed by and for the local community. Syracuse non-profits, businesses and contractors collaborated to recruit a Price Rite construction workforce,

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The Modern Day Master Builder

Today’s Master Builders, aka “Design-Builders” effectively address accountability, quality, cost, and time, through a singleentity that provides architecture, engineering, and construction expertise.

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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

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3 Things Sports Can Teach us About Engineering

3 things sports can teach engineering As professional sports franchises have become more and more profitable, the pressure on teams, players, coaches, and owners to win has reached a higher level than ever before. On the surface, professional athletics and engineers may not have much in common, but if you

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The 3 Biggest Disasters in Engineering History

The 3 Biggest failures in modern engineering history (and what we can learn from them) Engineering has proved to be vital in developing the modern world. Almost everything we use on a daily basis has been designed, tested, and scrutinized by multiple hard working engineers. Unfortunately, like in any profession,

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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.

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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 modernization, but all have

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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, BIM can decrease

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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

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