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VIP Structures formally opens its new headquarters in the Post

By Eric Reinhardt (ereinhardt@cnybj.com)

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Meg Tidd (right), CEO of VIP Structures Inc., on Wednesday addressed the gathering at the company’s formal-opening event at its new headquarters at the Post at 101 N. Salina St. in Syracuse, the former home of the Post-Standard and Herald-Journal newspapers. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh (left of Tidd) also provided remarks at the event. (Eric Reinhardt / CNYBJ)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — VIP Structures Inc. has formally started operations in its new headquarters in the Post, the former home of the Post-Standard and Herald-Journal newspapers at 101 N. Salina St. in Syracuse.

“This day and this event has been a long time coming,” Meg Tidd, CEO of VIP Structures, said to open her remarks during Wednesday afternoon’s formal-opening event. “We have a lot to celebrate, not just the opening of our space but also the beginning of a new chapter for VIP.”

VIP employees began working in the new space in late February, Maria Romeo Livingston, chief marketing and business-development officer, tells CNYBJ in an email.

Meg Tidd (holding scissors), CEO of VIP Structures Inc., prepares to cut the ribbon with Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh (left of Tidd) looking on. (Eric Reinhardt / CNYBJ)

VIP Structures is a design-build firm, combining architecture, engineering, construction, and real-estate development under one roof. For decades, that roof was the firm’s five-story building at 1 Webster’s Landing in Syracuse, but VIP said it had reached its capacity limit and had to make a change.

“Each of the major components of our business and our shared services had their own floor, creating physical barriers to integration and resources. So, we’re very excited about this move and get to be on the same floor while staying in the city we love,” Tidd said.

Besides VIP Structures, Chase Design is also a tenant in the building. VIP has worked with Chase Design, which has been a VIP tenant in Skaneateles.

Dave Nutting founded VIP Structures in 1975 and served as CEO until 2021. He started the firm as a recently graduated architect from Wellesley, Massachusetts “without much in the way of funding or influence,” Tidd noted in her remarks.

Nutting launched his business in Syracuse and built the firm from that point on. “So, when he had an opportunity many years later as an owner to restore the Post-Standard building, he and fellow owner Charlie Wallace [president of development] jumped in feet first,” Tidd added.

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