July 15, 2020

Bob Donahue named leader of CannonDesign’s Buffalo and Pittsburgh Offices

We’re excited to announce Bob Donahue, MBA, has been named the leader of our Buffalo and Pittsburgh offices. In this role, Bob takes the helm of the largest design practice in the region with more than 180 employees.

He will direct the overall growth and development of the offices with special focus on fostering new community relationships, mentoring employees, identifying and nurturing talent, and establishing strategic client partnerships across the health, education, commercial, science and civic markets.

“I’ve spent all of my professional career in Western New York and am continually inspired by the region’s ongoing resurgence,” said Bob. “Our firm has played an active role in shaping the region for more than a century and I look forward to leveraging all of the talent and integrated services we offer to help our communities and clients achieve even more.”

Bob takes on this role at an exciting time for our Pittsburgh and Buffalo offices. Last fall, our Pittsburgh office relocated to a new downtown location to better connect our firm with the city’s business district, and last summer, our Buffalo office—which was located on Grand Island for more than 40 years—moved to the heart of downtown Buffalo. The office is in a temporary space while building out a new, future-focused workplace at 50 Fountain Plaza.

Prior to assuming this new role, Bob was a client leader for CannonDesign’s health practice, guiding institutions through strategic and capital planning, facility planning, design and delivery, and ongoing building operations. His understanding of the unique challenges complex organizations face is informed by more than 28 years’ experience as a senior executive of operations at Unity Health and Rochester Regional Health systems in Rochester, NY. In these roles, he oversaw $750 million in construction and was responsible for a team of 1,600 employees while managing a $700 million operations budget. Bob also spent three years working for a regional contractor focusing on business development and strategic planning.

More about CannonDesign in Buffalo and Pittsburgh

CannonDesign has called Buffalo home for more than 100 years and has a legacy in Pittsburgh spanning back to the early 1970s. Current work in Buffalo includes D’Youville’s Health Professions Hub, 201 Ellicott, Erie County Medical Center’s New Emergency Department, One World Café at the University at Buffalo and the Buffalo State Science Building. In Pittsburgh, recent projects in the region include the Seneca Valley Elementary and Middle School, UPMC South’s new Hospital and Medical Center in Jefferson Hills, and Westmoreland County Community College’s Student Achievement Center in Youngwood.