Our move to Downtown Crossing is a major milestone in our 32 year Boston history. The move puts us at the heart of Boston’s business innovation district and sets us upon a path of continued growth and community involvement.
Our history in the City began with the acquisition the John Carl Warnecke’s Boston office in 1983—at which time the firm’s Springfield, Massachusetts, design studio was moved to the 10th floor of 148 State Street in Boston and merged with the Warnecke office. The two firms combined to form Warnecke Cannon, an office of nine. Two years later, the firm rebranded as Cannon Boston and began the transformation from a small design studio to the full service A/E firm that we know today.
One of our significant legacies from that time was the connection created with Boston University, one of our longest standing client relationships. We helped to transform the face of the University from a series of buildings stretching along Commonwealth Ave, to a dynamic community, bridging the east and west campus. With such projects as the Agannis Arena, the John Hancock Student Village, Goldman School of Dental Medicine, the Center for Advanced Biomedical Research, and many others, we helped evolve the BU brand.
In the 1990s we moved to Center Plaza in Government Center. During this decade, we designed the Tufts University Science and Technology Center in Medford, the Acadia Hospital acute care psychiatric facility in Bangor, Maine, the MIT Computer Center office building in Chelsea, and renovated Polaroid Corporation’s Landmark Building in Cambridge.
In the early 2000s, we began our long relationship with Brigham and Women’s Hospital; the most notable project being the Shapiro Cardiovascular Center. In the mid-2000s, we moved to our most recent location at 100 Cambridge Street. Other projects in this decade included the University of Maine Student Recreation and Fitness Center in Orono, Maine, Plymouth State University’s Langdon Woods Residence Hall in Plymouth, New Hampshire, Suffolk University’s Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall and Worcester Polytechnic Institute Sports and Recreation Center.
Currently, we’ve been designing the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research Complex in Cambridge, the Lassonde Living/Learning Center at the University of Utah, and Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Southern New Hampshire University’s new stadium in Hooksett, NH.
A lot has changed at CannonDesign in three+ decades. We have evolved from a traditional A/E firm into a multi-faceted, multi-service design solutions firm. Today, we’re a cutting-edge office of 75 architects, planners, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural engineers, lighting designers and construction administrators. We are experts in behavioral health, cancer care, ambulatory care, student housing, student life, recreation and wellness centers, laboratories and sustainability. Our staff works on projects of all sizes and scales, from single room lobby renovations to new, ground up buildings and campuses.
Our staff teaches, writes white papers, presents, serves on local boards and is involved in improving our local community through our Open Hand Studio outreach. We’re a renewed, dynamic, passionate, growing office. Stay tuned.