Facility Optimization Solutions™ (FOS)

CannonDesign’s FOS team is a market responsive consultancy focused on advancing solutions to the greatest challenges faced by our clients and society. We enhance our clients’ capabilities in managing their existing facility assets and operations more efficiently and effectively.

Equipped with a scope of services and software technology from facility condition assessments, commissioning and retro-commissioning, to product design, maintenance planning and geographic information systems (GIS), our focus is delivering assessments and plans driven by data and results. These efforts help our clients manage their total cost of ownership of their facility inventory- from conception to demolition- and empower them to “scenario plan” the future of their buildings rather than simply react to circumstances and the passage of time.

Our FOS team is backed by CannonDesign’s long-standing commitment to excellence in design, technological innovation and project delivery. Every day, our global network of architects, engineers and designers deliver best-in-class work around the world. This strong support system empowers FOS to help clients at any point throughout a building’s life cycle, translating data into actions that create stronger futures for our clients.

  • Cassata, Joseph

    Joseph Cassata, AIA


    Joe Cassata leads CannonDesign’s national initiative to offer facility optimization solutions to all market segments. These services include facility assessments, emergency management and crisis planning, building and space utilization studies, asset management, and comprehensive maintenance planning. With a diverse background and 20 years of professional experience, Cassata is also one of CannonDesign’s most accomplished project managers, combining expertise in technical documentation, project organization, and contract administration to manage scheduling and budgetary challenges on educational, municipal, and commercial projects.

  • Cannon, Paul O.

    Paul O. Cannon

    Executive Director, New Ventures

    With over 20 years of strategic marketing experience, Paul Cannon leads CannonDesign’s emerging business platforms that step beyond traditional architecture and design. These pursuits include facility optimization, commissioning and product design. He is responsible for the development and implementation of innovative strategies focused on building these efforts in line with the firm’s commitment to solving the greatest challenges facing our clients and society. Formerly responsible for leading the firm's national education practice, Cannon continues to utilize the firm’s Single-Firm, Multi-Office (SFMO®) practice approach to structure and mobilize project teams consistent with the needs of clients.

  • Eardley, Michael

    Michael Eardley, PE, LEED, CCP

    Vice President

    As the commissioning services leader, Michael Eardley develops and implements firm-wide practices and project execution as well as serving as commissioning project manager. He oversees all commissioning projects including new, existing, envelope, whole-building and ongoing commissioning, as well as measurement and verification.

    Eardley frequently leads seminars for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), and the National Conference on Building Commissioning (NCBC). He is a member of the ASHRAE Technical Committee 7.9 on Building Commissioning, serving as the Program Subcommittee chair; and is president of the Building Commissioning Association’s (BCA) Building Commissioning Certification Board. Eardley was recently named to the 2012 Consulting-Specifying Engineer 40 Under 40 list, recognizing his contributions to the profession.

  • Williams, Gerald G.

    Gerald G. Williams, PE, LEED

    Vice President

    Gerry Williams leads CannonDesign’s innovative Products Design Group. An accomplished mechanical engineer, he has an extensive background in mechanical systems design and is the lead inventor on the patent pending eVap 1000 product line. For the last 20 years, he designed innovative and sustainable environmental control systems for laboratory, institutional, academic and commercial environments. He and his work have been honored with wide a wide range of awards including: MSPE’s Local Young Engineer of the Year, CSE’s National top 40 under 40 Engineer of the Year, and over ten local and regional ASHRAE Technology Awards.

Comprehensive Facility Condition Assessment

CannonDesign’s Facility Optimization Solutions (FOS) comprehensive facility assessments empower clients to optimize their facilities throughout their entire life cycles – from conception to demolition. Assessments deliver to clients precise, accurate building data to support their strategic and tactical planning, development of capital plans and budgets and asset management.

CannonDesign’s facility assessments empower organizations with a building-by-building, room-by-room, system-by-system evaluation of their facilities. Our licensed architects, engineers and cost estimating professionals conduct detailed evaluations and store collected data in a comprehensive web database platform that directly corresponds to criteria required by government authorities and client protocols.

The resulting database becomes an indispensable planning tool for an organization, giving them the power to strategically track facilities and development needs while managing repairs and capital projects in a predictable, efficient manner.
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Emergency Management Planning

CannonDesign recognized the importance for public/private sector emergency planning; to prepare, mitigate, respond to and recover from any hazard, man-made or natural event. To address these needs, CannonDesign has assembled a team of highly qualified and experienced emergency management professionals who have served in many capacities. Our team has the knowledge and expertise to enhance your emergency plan and response by instituting proven emergency management planning concepts.

We ensure your planning meets local state and federal guidelines and regulations. Our planning team works with you to define roles and responsibilities within your organization and with the first responder community. We collaborate with you to understand your needs in preparation for any unfolding incident. We leverage the knowledge gained from these activities to deliver the most pertinent data and information in a format that is accurate, timely and accessible to those who need it when a situation occurs.

CannonDesign team members have collaborated with multiple Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) cities and have assessed critical infrastructure and key resources, written Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans, and prepared and/or revised Multi-Jurisdictional All-Hazard Mitigation including Continuity of Operations Planning.

Building System Commissioning

Buildings designed to meet high-performance goals often require commissioning (Cx) to ensure they operate to their full potential. Simply designing a building to be sustainable, does not assure it will meet these goals. Commissioning is the comprehensive and systematic process to document building requirements – owner objectives, intended building use, and system performance goals – and then verify that these requirements are met throughout design, construction, acceptance and occupancy phases.

Cx is a core element of any organization’s sustainable strategy as it translates and incorporates sustainable design components into an operational building. Cx helps clients eliminate redundancies, work efficiently and ultimately save money and resources.

Our commissioning team comprehensively documents building requirements — owner objectives, intended building use, and systems performance goals — and systematically verifies these requirements are met throughout design, construction, acceptance, and occupancy.
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Product Design

Responsive products and technologies that empower clients to turn challenges into opportunities.
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Move Logistics

Every time an organization chooses to create a new building or renovate an existing facility, it’s an exciting process. New buildings create opportunities for collaboration, advancement and a brighter future. At the same time, managing the people and resources impacted throughout the design, construction and facility initiation process can be a challenge. Facility managers work tirelessly to ensure their organization’s operations are not impacted during the process.

CannonDesign’s Move Logistics efforts help organizations best handle these challenges, maximize efficiency and operations, limit space and inventory issues and ensure the facility is used to its fullest potential upon occupancy.

CannonDesign’s longstanding commitment to innovation and excellence ensures we always meet and exceed our clients’ expectations. We bring these same commitments to our Move Logistics efforts having already delivered successful projects for clients of all type and scale around the country. We are committed to helping clients succeed with their new facilities.
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

CannonDesign’s GIS technology empowers organizations to best manage and analyze their facility assets for short-, longterm and emergency planning, translating to cost savings, longer building lives and safer facilities. Our technology brings data to life and makes it readily available for clients whether they need it to inform long-term plans or immediate decisions. Our GIS technology is available as a single service and as a powerful complement to our full Facility Optimization Solutions package.
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Cost Estimating

Our cost estimating team strengthens our efforts thanks to its ability to perform cost segregation studies and its knowledge of 179D Tax Deductions. Our team evaluates your property assets and how best to manage them over the next 5, 10 and 15 years. We help accelerate tax deductions and create notable cost and energy savings.

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