We designed the 35,000-sf workspace in its entirety to best empower our creative teams to design breakthrough solutions for our clients. The state-of-the-art space is a showcase destination for our firm and a hub for collaboration and ingenuity.
Truly in the heart of Buffalo’s downtown, the new workplace sits at the nexus of two important streets in the city: Main and Chippewa, just footsteps from the city’s transit line and business and theater districts. This location better connects CannonDesign to the city and allows our staff to drive, ride or bike to work.
Inside, the space also offers new wellness amenities including showers, a mother’s room, a large cafe, bicycle storage, sit/stand desks for everyone and more. Beyond our own workplace, the building also connects our people to a gym, indoor and outdoor community space and numerous restaurants via the Mezzanine level and surrounding area.
“This was an incredibly fun and exciting process. Our workplace strategy and design teams essentially treated us as our own client,” explains Bob Donahue, CannonDesign’s Buffalo Office Leader. “We engaged our staff, deployed future-focused workplace strategies and pushed for innovation just as we would with our clients. The result is a dynamic and flexible space that will fuel our future in downtown Buffalo. The move better connects us to the city’s present, future and DNA.”
The workspace embraces an open floor design with assigned desks for our nearly 190+ teammates and very few private offices. Surrounding the work areas are a diverse array of huddle rooms, teaming spaces, meeting rooms and formal and informal collaboration zones. The diverse spaces allow staff to choose how and where they work to best suit their personal needs. A central cafe brings people together for work and socialization during the workday and can also host client or community events.
“Our Commercial team works with leading-edge companies in Buffalo and nationally and is deeply attuned to what makes modern workplaces successful,” said Michael Tunkey, CannonDesign’s Buffalo Commercial Office Leader. “This space is essentially a living laboratory for the workplace of the future. It empowers our people to work how and where they need to for maximum creativity. And, it’s capable of adapting to future changes in work or as we learn more about how our team is using the space.”
“Most of these amenity spaces are completely new for our staff and it’s going to enhance their everyday experience,” added Peter McCarthy, Vice President and Project Leader. “Not to mention the space is designed to maximize views to the city’s significant buildings, downtown energy and urban core. We could not be happier with this space.”
Our new office also features an intelligent lighting and building experience system designed by our team that is the first-of-its-kind in the northeast region. The technology provides a completely customizable network of lighting, temperature, ambient control, acoustic tuning and room scheduling controls that increase staff performance and comfort in new ways.
Frank Ciminelli, President & CEO of Arc Building Partners, our construction partner on the space, shares his thoughts, adding, “There is no greater compliment to our team than to work with CannonDesign on their new headquarters. They are consistently recognized as one of the most innovative design firms. We worked together on innovative design solutions and our construction team built this space with design intent by laser scanning existing conditions to fit in the existing space, which helped with floor leveling, precise building and budgeting. It was an honor to work with such a great team implementing design innovation.”
In addition to our new workplace, we designed the renovation of the lobby of 50 Fountain Plaza, and are connected to valuable projects in the city including D’Youville’s Health Professions Hub and 201 Ellicott. We also continue to host Buffalo Urban Future Forum events, a discussion series focused on advancing the city’s urban future through exciting, sustainable and equitable development strategies.