CannonDesign Shines at 2016 AIA St. Louis Design Awards

  • September 23, 2016
  • Author: David Polzin

The annual AIA St. Louis Design Awards celebration is one of my favorite nights of the year. Being from St. Louis and a proud member of the city’s design community, I’m always excited to see the best work from the past year – and the people who made it possible – recognized. Fortunately, the design awards often prove especially rewarding as CannonDesign consistently brings home multiple awards. This year proved no different for our firm as CannonDesign received an Architecture Merit Award for our work with the University of Missouri – St. Louis Recreation and Wellness Center and a Merit Award for Unbuilt Architecture for the Maryland Heights Community Center….

From Excellent to Outstanding: Yale Sterling Chemistry Lab Opens

  • September 1, 2016
  • Author: John Jennings

The CannonDesign team was pleased to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the renovated Yale Sterling Chemistry Laboratory. This opening culminates three years of intense work that drew on integrated expertise from a variety of CannonDesign offices including Boston, Washington DC, St. Louis and New York City.  There has been a very positive response within the Yale community, with the Yale Daily News covering the opening extensively and capturing President Salovey’s remarks. We are at a moment here at Yale when we will take the excellent science, research, and education we do on campus, especially Science Hill, and move it to a truly outstanding level. – Peter Salovey, Yale President Yale’s Sterling Chemistry Lab has…

BuiltWorlds Obama Presidential Center Crowdsourcing Competition

  • August 17, 2016
  • Author: Timothy Swanson

One of the more fascinating events I’ve been able to take part in over the past year has been serving as a judge for the BuiltWorlds Obama Presidential Center crowdsourced design competition. If you’re unfamiliar, the Barack Obama Foundation announced it had narrowed its field of candidates to seven prominent architects who will compete to design the upcoming center and library on Chicago’s south side. For fun and creativity’s sake, BuiltWorlds decided to ask, “What sort of Presidential Library would the people design?” and invited all designers, from everywhere, to unlock their design talent and generate visionary architectural and urban design schemes for this extraordinary, one-time opportunity to shape our…

How Great Facility Design Can Earn Millions More in R&D Grants

  • July 26, 2016
  • Author: Stephen Blair

Excellent facility design will be your R&D grant differentiator Funding challenges are a major concern for many institutions around the United States. Colleges and universities are tasked with securing hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in grants each year to continue their important research and development. When applying for R&D funding from the federal government, the proposed scientific concept needs to hold merit, but equally important is showing the merit of your research facility. How will the facility support the research and development within? Related Content: Infographic: Navigating the Complexities of Federal Grants For construction, renovation and equipment grant applications, the requirements include engineering criteria, architectural criteria, line drawings, timelines,…

Millipore Lobby Renovation Wins IES Illumination Award

  • July 12, 2016
  • Author: Sara Schonour

We are thrilled to announce that our design of the Millipore lobby renovation in Boston has received an Award of Merit from the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES). The award recognizes projects for their ingenuity and originality, as well as their contributions to the lighting design industry. More about the Millipore lobby renovation. As a part of a branding and image transformation, this international life-science client sought to create a feature lobby gallery to welcome, engage, and educate visitors who enter the headquarters. The design has become the basis for six more of the company’s lobbies — expanding and empowering the client’s fresh new brand. The glowing, backlit walls of the…

Placemaking, Impactful Design and the Bloomberg BusinessWeek Design Conference

  • July 11, 2016
  • Author: Aaron Hyland

Placemaking and its role within the world of design. In recent years and months I have committed a good deal of my time and energy to advancing placemaking and its role within the world of design. As defined by The Project for Public Spaces, “Placemaking capitalizes on a local community’s assets, inspiration and potential, with the intention of creating public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness and wellbeing.” It’s a process that involves exploring and understanding what place means to a community, and then creating a physical, cultural and social response that makes sense. Due to my passion for placemaking, I was pleased to see the idea embedded throughout the…

AIA National 2016: Advancing BIM, Design Innovation and More in Philadelphia

  • June 1, 2016
  • Author: Terri Swiatek

CannonDesigners share their experiences from the AIA National Convention 2016 One of the most anticipated annual events for designers – The AIA National Convention – took place in Philadelphia on May 19-21 and CannonDesign was well-represented. Billed as the ultimate convention for the architectural profession to share cutting-edge innovation and ideas, this year’s event drew more than 21,000 attendees and featured over 500 sessions including world-renowned speakers like Rem Koolhaas and Neri Oxman. Several CannonDesigners were able to attend the event this year and share their experiences and key takeaways with us: Brian Skripac speaks about BIM and Digital Practice “As expected, the convention had a wide range of sessions that covered…

Academic Building Breaks Ground at Lasell College

  • May 16, 2016
  • Author: Colleen McKenna

It’s an exciting time at the Newton, Massachusetts, institution Lasell College where they broke ground for the construction of a new academic center on Saturday, May 14. This private, liberal arts college is making a significant campus investment with a 45,000 sf new and renovated facility that will optimize classroom sizes, create flexible spaces – inside and outside of the learning environment – while adding state-of-the-art science labs. “Lasell College’s vision for evolving their academic curriculum is an exciting endeavor for our team,” said Colleen McKenna, principal, CannonDesign. “Our partnership in designing for this campus hub goes beyond the physical spaces. It will encourage socialization and interaction among the Lasell…

Make It Reitz – Memories from Helping the University of Florida Create Reitz Student Union

  • March 14, 2016
  • Author: Lynne Deninger

It’s been a month since the University of Florida (UF) welcomed the renovated and expanded Reitz Student Union to its campus with a week-long grand opening celebration. I had the good fortune to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony where I reconnected with university leaders, students, former students and parents. Everyone was excited about the new student union and all it offers UF. It was a proud moment for me, as I led the student engagement process and supported our Washington-based team in the programming/planning for the building. By the numbers, Reitz Student Union renovated 90,000 sf of existing space and adds 126,000 sf of new space. The Union brings key…

Two CannonDesign Health Facilities Finalists for Architizer A+ Awards

  • March 10, 2016
  • Author: Terri Swiatek

Two CannonDesign health facilities – the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) and Kaiser Permanente Kraemer Radiation Oncology Unit – have been named finalists in the prestigious Architizer A+ Awards. In their fourth year, the A+ Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products and seeks to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world. While a jury selects an overall winner for each category within the A+ Awards, anyone can vote for the Popular Choice winners in the same categories. Fans of CHUM and the Kaiser project can visit the below links to vote and view all the…

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