Why We Volunteer

  • February 23, 2018
  • Author: Peter McClive

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…

We are All Designers

  • February 22, 2018
  • Author: Owen Dalton

Many people recognize great design as something that’s stunning and incredibly visual. We think of it as something tangible, apparent or obvious. Take for example the bold architectural moves on the façade of a new patient tower. It is evident to everyone that the design is nice, however, there is so much more beneath the surface. Concepts, models, calculations and explorations made along the way ultimately feed into that final result. At CannonDesign, we practice using design throughout the process, instead of just reserving the word to describe a well-constructed project. We should celebrate the small details of our work; the talented teams and disciplines that weave together to collectively…

The Importance of Mentorship

  • February 21, 2018
  • Author: Christoper Barlow

“I know you can do better than this,” he says as he taps the stack of homework on his desk. At the top I see mine, littered with blue X’s and stamped with an admittedly generous score at the top: 1/10 – Epic Fail. I stare out the window and pretend not to care. Six short years flash by, and I’m sitting at the Penn State Architectural Engineering 2017 Awards Banquet at the Nittany Lion Inn. The speaker booms, “And finally, the award for Best Overall Senior Thesis goes to…. get back up here, Chris!” I receive the award to a standing ovation from my professors and peers. On top of…

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

  • February 20, 2018
  • Author: Ted Fowler

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…

Engineers Week Kicks off at CannonDesign

  • February 19, 2018
  • Author: Bridget Supplitt

Engineers Week 2018 has officially begun and CannonDesign is ready to celebrate. Throughout the week we’ll be sharing insights from some of our engineers on topics ranging from the impact technology has had on the profession, to how we can all get more involved in opportunities outside of day-to-day project work. Be sure to keep an eye on our blog for posts from Ted Fowler, Christopher Barlow, Owen Dalton and Peter McClive. We’ll also be hosting events across the firm, hosted by our Young Engineers group. The brainchild of Bill Cielinski and Brad Palmisiano, the Young Engineers began a little over a year ago to help CannonDesign colleagues get engaged,…

Buffalo Engineers Celebrate Oishei Children’s Hospital Opening Through Volunteerism

  • November 13, 2017
  • Author: Danielle Forsyth

Last Friday, over a dozen Buffalo office employees and their spouses volunteered at Oishei Children’s Hospital for Move Day. The vast majority of our volunteers were project team members who worked on various aspects of the building. CannonDesign was the engineer of record and provided cost estimating, MEP and telecommunications engineering in addition to lighting design services for the project. Local news outlets reported the move was an overwhelming success. Moving day for Children’s Hospital goes off without a hitch – The Buffalo News Patient by patient, Oishei Children’s Hospital comes online – Buffalo Business First As the engineers of record on the Oishei Children’s Hospital, the team capitalized on its new…

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…