The Ohio State University Releases Version 3 of its BIM Project Delivery Standard

  • January 19, 2018
  • Author: Brian Skripac

Our Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) project team is excited to share it has kicked off 2018 by collaborating with our client team at The Ohio State University (OSU) to release Version 3 of their BIM Project Delivery Standard (PDS). The standard is available for review on the university’s website: https://fod.osu.edu/resources – under Design Guidelines, Specifications, Standards). While looking to embrace an environment of continuous improvement, our team has focused efforts of this release on the lessons learned and project adjustments that have stemmed from the wide range of current projects using the standard, while placing a strong emphasis on the turnover data process. To help this effort, V3 includes…

Q+A: Cat Adams is Focused on Sustainable Paths Forward for Pittsburgh

  • January 10, 2018
  • Author: Chris Whitcomb

Ever since Cat Adams first drove through the Fort Pitt tunnel to see Pittsburgh’s downtown core – full of buildings, bridges and bustle – she’s felt an unbreakable connection to the city. “I remember driving through the tunnel as part of my first visit to Carnegie Mellon University (CMU),” she recounts. “There’s something majestic about Pittsburgh’s skyline from that view. I was drawn to it instantly.” Originally from New Hampshire, Cat made Pittsburgh her home when she decided to attend CMU and study architecture. Now, six years into her career with CannonDesign, she lives in the city and looks forward to seeing that skyline each day. Beyond appreciating Pittsburgh’s beauty,…

Design Recognition in 2017

  • December 18, 2017
  • Author: CannonDesign

This is the season when we take a gratifying moment to pause and reflect on the incredible amount of design recognition our firm, our people and our work garnered over the last year. From being named one of the 10 most innovative architecture firms in the world by Fast Company to winning more than a dozen AIA awards from chapters around the country, our work is making a significant impact on the future of the built environment through design excellence…and we couldn’t be more proud. In 2017, our teams took home 74 design awards for design excellence and innovation. To see the full list of awards, download this infographic. Download…

2017 Year in Review

  • December 18, 2017
  • Author: CannonDesign

As designers, we are incredibly fortunate to do what we love every day — to help organizations around the world leverage design to grow their missions, help their people, enrich their communities and so much more. As we look toward our future in 2018, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on this past year and share some of our proudest accomplishments. Fast Company names CannonDesign one of the 10 most innovative architecture firms in the world It’s been about 11 months since Fast Company made this big announcement, and we haven’t stopped smiling since. The magazine recognized our firm for our ability to implement impactful innovation for more…

Creatively Stepping Outside Comfort Zones at BuiltWorlds 3rd Hackathon

  • December 18, 2017
  • Author: Hilda Espinal

Earlier this month, I had the  opportunity to help judge BuiltWorlds 3rd Annual Hackathon, a weekend-long competition where all-star developers, makers and built industry experts gathered to hack solutions to critical built world problems. It was an inspiring experience as the event brought together a diverse group of participants (students, software developers, real estate professionals, contractors and architects) to focus on how design and technology can improve our cities and global built environment. Given BuiltWorlds growing brand, the event was well attended by participants all interested in connecting, finding shared synergies and creating meaningful solutions. The Hackathon format required participants to form teams of 3-6 individuals and then choose a…

3 Key Takeaways from the Fall BIMForum

  • November 21, 2017
  • Author: Brian Skripac

It was a great experience to attend this year’s Fall BIMForum which was co-located with the AGC’s BuildCon conference in Dallas, TX and focused on “Professional Coordination: Exploring the New Standard” – a theme that allowed unique perspectives to be shared throughout the event. Under this thematic focus, the conference examined the changing standard of care for designers, builders and owners. It also dedicated extensive discussion to model-based coordination, a topic that has always been important and relevant, but the industry is dedicating more focus to it with increased understanding that constructability issues can almost always be resolved more cost-efficiently in the virtual world rather than on the job site….

Baltimore Light City 2018 Proposal

  • November 13, 2017
  • Author: Adam Louie

“Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2016, Light City is the largest festival of light, music and innovation in North America. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.” – Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts Here’s another reason to come to Baltimore: the whole city lights up for an entire week every spring! Since its inception, Light City has promoted local artists to showcase original outdoor works through awards with city-funded grants up to $75,000. The festival provides a huge opportunity…

Take 5 With Our Engineering Leaders

  • October 26, 2017
  • Author: Michael McManus

At CannonDesign, our engineers tap into industry-leading technology, decades of experience, and thought leadership in nearly every building type to deliver integrated solutions that blend science, art and inventive new ideas. Recently, three of our engineering leaders — Rob Garra, Paul Kondrat and Bob Ward — shared their thoughts on the profession, the challenges facing clients in the 21st century, and a few of the innovations they’re most excited about. What separates CannonDesign from other engineering firms in our industry? RG – The question we get at every interview! The cliff notes response: We have a relentless pursuit of the why. This helps us not only understand how our clients work…

Intern to Intern Part II

  • August 10, 2017
  • Author: James Janik

In a series of interviews titled “Intern to Intern,” I am sharing the stories of interns here at CannonDesign. The short stories below are a result of interviews that I have been conducting as a Marketing Communications intern in our Buffalo office. The stories include interns from various CannonDesign offices in the U.S. and Canada. Join me as I learn about the future members of the profession. Apply for an Internship at CannonDesign Today! > > Name: Thomas Mulligan Office: Buffalo School: University at Buffalo Discipline: Architecture Growing up, Thomas was always an artistic person and always had a general interest in architecture in high school. He even took some…

Intern to Intern Part I

  • July 30, 2017
  • Author: James Janik

In a series of interviews titled “Intern to Intern,” I am sharing the stories of interns here at CannonDesign. The short stories below are a result of interviews that I have been conducting as a Marketing Communications intern in our Buffalo office. The stories include interns from various CannonDesign offices in the U.S. and Canada. Join me as I learn about the future members of the profession. Apply for an Internship at CannonDesign Today! > > Name: Caroline Niederpruem Office: Buffalo School: University at Buffalo, Cornell University Discipline: Architecture Although always interested in art, Caroline did not discover architecture right away. She started off doing set design work and then moved…