King King: Walking the 'green' talk

King & King Architects slash ribbon on sustainable design office building in downtown Syracuse:

King & King Architects newly renovated $6,000,000 building is not just downtown, but rather on a tightrope between Downtown's upscale entertainment district, Armory Square, and the Near West Side, a neighborhood that garnered first place as the poorest census tract in the United States in 2000.

"The near West Side is a great neighborhood with a lot of potential," said Jim King, one of four partners at King & King, "we hope to be a catalyst to a very diverse neighborhood."

The four partners and their team at King & King hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday, March 26. Honored guests included Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll, retired King & King partners Bob Secor and Russell King, Darlene Kerr, president of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and Marilyn Higgins, Syracuse University's vice president of Community Engagement and Economic Development, Scott Allyn from RedHouse a neighboring performing and visual art space and Ed Green of Green and Seifter, located at One Lincoln Center. The partners, Peter King (managing partner), David Johnson, Kirk Narburgh and Jim King (Peter's older twin brother), also had a special guest, Carol Coletta, president, CEOs for Cities, a national network of urban leaders dedicated to building and sustaining the next generation of great American cities.

Narburgh said the move took almost four years in planning including two years on selecting the site, before the firm relocated from Manlius into the new 52,000 square foot building at 358 West Jefferson Street on Jan. 12. It is expected to be completed in April with a grand opening in June. The move is projected to save $30,000 a year in commuting miles.

Jim King said they were 25 years in Manlius, where the firm transferred to from the 19th floor of MONY towers. The firm was downsizing a bit at that time, as the 1980s were a rough time in architecture. He said King & King had 18 employees at the time.

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