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  • Peter McCarthy: Building on the Foundations of Food

    Peter McCarthy: Building on the Foundations of Food

    Architect Peter McCarthy knew where he was headed from an early age. With a mother insistent about her dreams for her son and a hands-on father always tinkering away in his wood shop, it was clear design was in Peter’s future. “My mother started telling me that she thought I was going be an architect somewhere around the age of eight. Things grew very quickly from there, in terms of being construction-minded, very hands-on,” says Peter. “When I was a kid, my tree fort in the backyard was published in the local newspaper. The history of architecture goes way back for me.” In addition to designing buildings, Peter also builds...
  • Amir Rezaei-Bazkiaei: Advocating for Smart Design

    Amir Rezaei-Bazkiaei: Advocating for Smart Design

    A self-described “intrapraneur” and “data geek,” Amir Rezaei-Bazkiaei finds joy in problem-solving and pushing for change inside an organization. With a Ph.D. in environmental engineering and renewable energy, Amir’s passion is using computational design methods to influence the design of net-zero and positive-energy buildings. As CannonDesign’s high-performance building analyst, he raises the performance bar daily by advocating for better energy efficiency, output and utilization through analysis. “Globally, 40 to 60 percent of all energy consumption is via buildings. They are the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions. If we could change that, it would make a big difference,” Amir says. “If it was up to me, I’d mandate all new...
  • Healthcare Snapshots Profiles Three CannonDesign Projects

    Healthcare Snapshots Profiles Three CannonDesign Projects

    Healthcare Snapshots has profiled three CannonDesign projects: University of Minnesota Health Clinics & Surgery Center; UC San Diego Health, Jacobs Medical Center; and Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM).
  • Amir Rezaei Appointed to WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable Board of Directors

    Amir Rezaei Appointed to WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable Board of Directors

    Amir Rezaei, PhD, LEED Green Associate, BPAC, joins the WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable Board of Directors.
  • ‘The Future of Work’ Discussed at Buffalo’s Woman Up Conference

    ‘The Future of Work’ Discussed at Buffalo’s Woman Up Conference

    The 2018 Woman Up Conference was recently held at Hotel Henry in Buffalo, N.Y. Emily Gumkowski from our Grand Island office attended the event, which was themed “The Future of Work.” Sessions were held around the influence and impact on women of all generations. Woman Up was founded by Joan Graci, Owner and President of APA Solutions, in an effort to bring women of Buffalo together under one roof to discuss, support and learn from one another, maximizing “the educational and empowerment opportunities that shape area women of today, tomorrow and beyond.” It was a room full of “disrupters” — leaders ready to impact the future of work and bring...
  • BisNow Profiles CannonDesign's Business Growth and Strategic Plan

    BisNow Profiles CannonDesign’s Business Growth and Strategic Plan

    A new piece from BisNow profiles CannonDesign's multiple mergers, acquisitions, strategic hires and partnerships as it executes a bold strategic plan.
  • Buffalo Office Continues Tradition of Volunteering at Junior Achievement

    Buffalo Office Continues Tradition of Volunteering at Junior Achievement

    Recently, several CannonDesigners from our Buffalo office volunteered at the Herbert Hoover Elementary School in Kenmore, NY through the Junior Achievement Program of WNY. This is our third year at Hoover, and the volunteer team absolutely outdid themselves in creating an exciting experience for this year’s second graders. Junior Achievement (JA) aims to prepare young people for the real world by teaching job and money management skills. The program is driven by volunteers and works with children from kindergarten through graduation. JA reaches almost 15,000 students in the Western New York area through specifically crafted programs for each classroom and event. Our Buffalo office is a longtime partner of JA,...
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    Buffalo Law Journal Publishes Piece on Building Successful Compliance Programs

    Paul Moskal and Nick Mineo share thoughts on how compliance programs are key to building an ethical business culture with Buffalo Law Journal.
  • Community Gathers at BUFF Event to Discuss the Future of Niagara Street

    Community Gathers at BUFF Event to Discuss the Future of Niagara Street

    Community leaders, business owners and residents collaborate through workshop and discussion.
  • Danielle Forsyth Named to Business First Buffalo's 30 Under 30 List

    Danielle Forsyth Named to Business First Buffalo’s 30 Under 30 List

    Danielle Forsyth has been selected to Business First Buffalo's 2018 30 Under 30 list.
  • Mike Tunkey Talks Redesigning Airports with Fast Company

    Mike Tunkey Talks Redesigning Airports with Fast Company

    Mike Tunkey shares thoughts on Buffalo Niagara Airport's potential for the future with Fast Company.
  • University at Buffalo Continues Progress on "One World Café"

    University at Buffalo Continues Progress on “One World Café”

    Progress continues on the highly anticipated new dining hall for University of Buffalo students.
  • CannonDesign Hosts Despina Stratigakos, Author of “Where Are the Women Architects”

    CannonDesign Hosts Despina Stratigakos, Author of “Where Are the Women Architects”

    Our Diversity + Inclusion Council recently hosted architectural historian Despina Stratigakos to present a lecture based on her book “Where Are the Women Architects?” The event – held in our Buffalo Office and broadcast live throughout the firm – helped raise awareness surrounding the issues women face in the A/E/C profession to promote a thoughtful discourse within our firm moving forward. In addition to attending the lecture, all employees were encouraged to submit questions to Despina, which she responded to during a thought-provoking 30 minute Q+A session moderated by our own Carisima Koenig. Key takeaways from the lecture and Q+A discussion are outlined below. It’s no secret that a substantial loss...
  • The Martin Group Earns IIDA Buffalo Awards

    The Martin Group Earns IIDA Buffalo Awards

    The Martin Group HQ project secured multiple awards from IIDA Buffalo.
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    CannonDesign Ranks Top 5 in Modern Healthcare Annual Design Firms Report

    CannonDesign moves up as a global leader in Modern Healthcare's Design and Construction Rankings.
  • Buffalo Urban Futures Forum: The Future of Buffalo's Niagara Street Corridor

    Buffalo Urban Futures Forum: The Future of Buffalo’s Niagara Street Corridor

    The third installment of CannonDesign's Buffalo Urban Futures Forum will focus on developing a vision for the city's Niagara Street Corridor.
  • CannonDesign Partners with Autism Services

    CannonDesign Partners with Autism Services

    Recently, our Buffalo office hosted a student from Autism Services to give him a front row seat to a day in the life of an engineer. Although this organization primarily serves individuals with autism, they extend their career services to anyone who may have intellectual or development disabilities. Under this umbrella of services, Autism Services provides students who are either in their last years of high school or in early years of college the opportunity to learn more about careers they may be interested in by shadowing professionals. The student visitor came to CannonDesign with his job coach and spent half a day shadowing two of our engineers – Jason...
  • Why We Volunteer

    Why We Volunteer

    It’s no secret that the work of an engineer is demanding. We are responsible for translating dreams into realistic and functional projects. For keeping up on the latest trends in technology, materials, energy and security, while hitting deadlines and meeting client demands. For maintaining a positive attitude while anticipating worst-case scenarios and for creating safeguards to ensure they don’t occur. Our work is certainly not a nine to five job, and we have a lot to try and fit into a 24-hour day. But while the work is important and understandably takes priority, it’s also crucial that we make time to stay engaged in the industry we belong to, and the...
  • Adapt or Be Left Behind: Technology and the Future of Engineering

    Adapt or Be Left Behind: Technology and the Future of Engineering

    The building design and construction industry strongly affects the economy, the environment and society as a whole. It touches the daily lives of everyone, as the built environment heavily influences the quality of life. However, when compared to other industries, it has traditionally been slow at technological development and process change. While research and development boomed in all fields of science and technology after World War II, the information revolution age hasn’t alleviated the professional chores of an engineer. Sure, disciplinary technical chores are faster and more accurate, but there’s yet to be an integrated convergence of new technology to enhance our problem solving. Unlike in the past, engineering professionals now...
  • Business First Buffalo Talks Leading-Edge Office Design with CannonDesign

    Business First Buffalo Talks Leading-Edge Office Design with CannonDesign

    Michael Bonomo and Michael Tunkey talk to Business First Buffalo about modern workplace design.