November 15, 2021

CannonDesign Secures Two AIA Buffalo/WNY Design Awards - Including Chapter's Highest Honor of the Night

We are proud to share the AIA Buffalo/WNY chapter has recognized both the D’Youville Health Professions Hub and Sheppard Pratt Behavioral Health Hospital with 2021 design awards.

During a ceremony last week, the D’Youville Health Professions Hub received the Buffalo Design Award – top honors of the night – for its beautiful and impactful design. The Hub significantly elevates and expands health education at D’Youville while nourishing Buffalo’s traditionally underserved West Side community – one rich with immigrants and refugees.

All at once, the building improves community access to healthcare services, introduces educational opportunities focused on breaking the cycle of chronic illness, prepares a new workforce to seize in-demand healthcare jobs, and supports a living-wage ecosystem for Buffalo’s West Side residents. The building features innovative learning spaces, a workforce center, public art, extensive virtual training resources, a clinic offering primary care and other needed services.

To date, the D’Youville project has been recognized by extensive national media like Next City and Architect’s Newspaper for it’s clear civic impact.

Our team also tallied another design award for our work on the Sheppard Pratt Behavioral Health Hospital in Maryland. The project brings critical mental health resources to the community and capitalizes on a dynamic natural site to ensure the calming and healing benefits of nature are essentially ever-present in patient and staff experience.

The 85-bed facility fosters community and belonging for patients who may be struggling with isolation, loss or simply the stigma that comes with mental health treatment. Interior courtyards and exterior pathways offer a variety of opportunities for connecting with the nearby hills, hollows, creeks and wetlands while maintaining patient privacy and safety.

Stepping away from project recognition, it is also worth noting that our Frank Sica received a standing ovation as part of last week’s AIA Buffalo/WNY design award festivities for receiving the 2021 AIA New York State Henry Hobson Richardson Award earlier this year. The honor is reserved for those in the design community who have made significant and transformative contributions to the quality of NYS public architecture.