Cannon Construction Services’ (CCS) focus on implementation and in-depth understanding of cost, schedule, and construction delivery strategies complement our world-class design talent. We have the knowledge, tools, and relationships to ensure that fully optimized solutions to client facility goals are developed and constructed. We connect what clients want and need with design solutions that respond to the complex scope-schedule-cost balance that is unique to each project.
These capabilities permeate our organization and make us better team members and partners on all of our projects. In addition to establishing strong relationships with our clients from the initial feasibility and development of project requirements, we also embrace a much wider perspective. Because we have actively performed their roles, we understand what all team members need to know and do to achieve their individual and collective goals as well as those of our clients, creating a win-win scenario for all.
Our culture of design excellence works hand-in-hand with our focus on project delivery excellence. Our capabilities in design and program development give us unique insights into client organizational needs and goals and help to create strong team relationships founded on mutual trust. We are client advocates and agents—assuring that the design and construction of facility solutions meet—and exceed—critical client business goals.
Cannon integrates design and project delivery expertise. Designers work side by side with in-house cost, scheduling and construction professionals. This allows both clients and teams to benefit from in-depth cost/schedule/constructability knowledge early in the project definition stage. It ensures a multi-dimensional approach to the exploration of efficient, cost-effective, and knowledgeable solutions that meet the strategic business objectives of our clients.
Cannon offers expertise in alternative construction delivery methods tailored to suit each client, including: Construction Management Extended AE Services Design-Led Design-Build Program Management
Eric D. Sweet, CCCA, LEED
With thirty years of experience, Eric Sweet is the respected and skilled operations leader of the Construction Management Division of Cannon Design and is responsible for the planning, organization and direction of daily operations. Mr. Sweet is responsible for the construction oversight of numerous multi-million dollar projects—supervising the planning and preparation of construction budgets, schedules, milestones, and overall progress.
Mr. Sweet serves on a number of executive committees involving firm-wide corporate initiatives including the implementation of design/build project delivery, staff mentoring, and green design and construction practices.
With a formal background in civil and industrial engineering, his project management and operations experience is national and international in scope, encompassing a variety of building types from educational, corporate, sports and recreation, industrial, and healthcare, exceeding $1 billion dollars in construction value. Recently, Mr. Sweet and his team provided the construction management services for the 265,000 sf, $137 million Federal Courthouse in Buffalo, NY—overseeing a large team of architects, consultants and contractors for a highly complex building structure.Email Eric D. Sweet »
At Cannon Design, cost control is a critical aspect of the design and construction process. Going far beyond the typical approach of simply estimating design concepts and alternatives, we utilize our Design Cost Management (DCM) method to develop designs that meet critical client goals. For more than a quarter century our in-house cost estimating resources have been integrated into our project design teams from the start of the process to the end to ensure accurate alignment of scope and budget, minimizing costly and time-consuming redesign.
Our estimating team includes more than a dozen multidisciplinary trained and LEED-accredited cost estimating professionals. Representing architectural, electrical, mechanical, structural, civil, plumbing, and fire protection disciplines, they possess over two centuries of collective cost estimating and hands-on construction experience.
This extensive expertise is supported by state-of-the-art technology and data management systems. Cannon Design’s estimating group utilizes integrated Building Information Modeling (BIM) software applications that create automated quantity take-offs to deliver fast and accurate results. We constantly update our vast database of cost information drawing upon our network of offices and construction trade contractor relationships, allowing us to consistently achieve client goals in estimating more than $2.5 billion in construction cost value every year.
Cannon Construction Management employs a comprehensive range of construction professionals with a record of solving complex problems successfully. Our team includes preconstruction specialists and estimators with thorough knowledge of the cost and quality implications of early design concepts and construction managers with expertise in controlling time, cost and quality during the construction phase. Cannon Construction Services has the management personnel and resources to comprehensively orchestrate the entire design and construction process. In addition to 40 years of Construction Management services, Cannon offers expertise in alternative project delivery methods tailored to suit the needs of each client, including: Design Build, Program Management, and Clerk of the Works services.
We are committed to providing clients with a modern construction management approach with the latest technology and methods. In support of this commitment, our construction professionals are fully versed in the use of industry-acclaimed tools such as Oracle Primavera P6 and Contract Management, Innovaya® Visual Estimating, BIM and Bluebeam Revu.
Our work portfolio includes an exceptionally broad range of building types, including education, sports and recreation, cultural institutions, corporate/commercial, healthcare, hospitality, science and research, manufacturing and government facilities. All of our projects, large and small, have been characterized by our successful management of the project budget, schedule and quality objectives.
We hold ourselves to high standards with every project we undertake and we deliver this commitment with a level of consistency unmatched in the construction industry. View Key Projects
Extended Ae Services
At times, clients determine that basic design services may be insufficient for what their organization or specific project needs require, yet still seek a separation of roles between designer and constructor. Building on the strong foundation of our construction experience, we are able to assume greater responsibility than traditional construction administration services permit. We call this Extended AE Services, or XAE. This allows our clients to choose from a wide-ranging menu of our core delivery services and to customize the combination of skills that best serves the needs of their project.
Design-Led Design-Build is the most comprehensive level of services that we provide and is the ultimate in integration and collaboration, with a unified design and construction team. Under this method, we provide clients with a single point of responsibility from conceptual design to owner's occupancy and beyond. As the client's trusted advisor, Cannon Design-Build provides continuous on-site project representation, achieving seamless integration of design and construction. Our process provides a client with defined quality, a guaranteed maximum cost and adherence to the project schedule.
At Cannon Design-Build we are committed to the principle of multi-disciplinary teamwork - a practice that ensures added value and success for our clients. We embrace a process that fosters partnership between the owner, designer and builder. We strive to be our client's most trusted advisor and build an environment that leads to the achievement of our client's goals.
As Program Manager, Cannon functions as an extension of our client’s organization, with project managers skilled in leading the entire architecture/engineering/planning/construction process, for either an individual project or a multi-project/multidisciplinary program. We employ defined metrics to evaluate performance and assure appropriate quality, providing services from preconstruction and feasibility analysis, through budget development and cost control, scheduling, selection of project team members including architecture, engineering, and construction partners, and managing the entire implementation and closeout process. We provide regular communication and proactive participation in the decisions necessary to ensure a successful process and outcome.
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