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.
As the engineers of record on the Oishei Children’s Hospital, the team capitalized on its new location in the downtown medical campus and location to Buffalo General Hospital and sought innovative solutions to share mechanical systems and services to keep costs low and avoid duplication. The team tapped into the existing central plant for electrical, emergency generator backup, chilled water for cooling, and steam boilers for heating. They also were able to incorporate the existing loading dock and main kitchen at Buffalo General by including an interconnecting tunnel under Ellicott Street and a two-level bridge. By sharing these systems and services, the team not only reduced costs, but also increased the available square footage of the building footprint.
You could feel in the team meetings that we were all part of a larger purpose. We all rallied behind the shared goal of making this new hospital for the women and children of Buffalo a great success.
We were proud to be part of the 700-person volunteer team to ensure a smooth transition for patients and families. Beginning at 5am and ending at 9:30pm, each CannonDesign team covered a five-hour shift. We were assigned to the food service area, which provided all of the food and beverages for volunteers, families and staff for Move Day. Many of us found our niche at the coffee station, which, to no one’s surprise, was very busy for a hospital.
Thanks to everyone who made a difference that day!