From Niagara Square to the bowels of First Niagara Center, Cannon Design, an architectural, engineering and planning firm, is changing the face of downtown Buffalo. Grand Island-based Cannon Design has been involved with many of the largest public and private construction projects in the region including four recently completed or now underway downtown.
Cannon Design is ranked among the leading international firms in planning, design and project delivery for healthcare, research, education, corporate commercial, sports and government clients. At present, the firm employs a staff of over 1,000, delivering services in 16 offices throughout North America, as well as abroad in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai, India.
On Niagara Square, the firm served as construction manager of the recently-completed Federal Courthouse project and helped get the building LEED Gold status. The 10-story, 261,000-square-foot glass covered structure features a curved south wall overlooking the square, 690 punched window openings and triangular shaped entrance atrium featuring the United States Constitution etched into glass. New York City-based Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates was architect of record.
On the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Cannon Design was the architect for the Gates Vascular Institute/Clinical Translational Research Center. The $291 million, 476,000 sq.ft. facility located next to Buffalo General Hospital brings together Kaleida Health physicians and University at Buffalo researchers in a collaborative effort to deliver state-of-the-art clinical care, produce major breakthroughs on the causes and treatment of a broad range of human disease, and spin-off new biotechnology businesses and jobs.
The scope of the Sabres project involved the reorganization and enhancement of the player, coach and staff spaces and the improvements of dedicated arena and event facilities - all of which had not been upgraded since the opening of the hockey arena in 1996. The project sough to set a new standard for NHL team spaces and further help the Sabres recruit and retain talent.
Cannon Design was the architect, engineer and construction manager on the 30,000 sq.ft., $8 million project and received an Honorable Mention award from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), New York/New Jersey Chapter for its work.
Now underway is the $46 million Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) on Ellicott Street just south of Goodell (entry image and right). The four-story building is connected to the Downtown Gateway complex, the former M. Wile factory. The new EOC building will replace its current location at 465 Washington Street.
Cannon Design is the construction manager for the project that was designed by Holt Architects of Ithaca. Savarino Cos. is building the 68,000 sq.ft. facility.
The new EOC building will be skinned with environmentally friendly, durable fiber cement panels and glass. Work is expected to be completed this fall.