Buffalo Business First has published a Q+A profile piece on Joe Cassata, our new Buffalo Office Practice Leader. The article touches on Joe’s 14-year tenure with CannonDesign, how he launched and grew our Facility Optimization Solutions practice, and his vision for the Buffalo office’s future. In his new role, Joe takes the helm of a Buffalo practice with more than a century of experience in the region. He will direct the overall growth and development of the office with special focus on fostering new community relationships, championing business development, mentoring employees, identifying and nurturing talent, and establishing strategic partnerships across the health, education, commercial, science and civic industries the office serves.

The full Q+A is available for online and print subscribers. Here is a brief excerpt:

Do you think many locally realize the (Buffalo) office has played a big part in major project on a national and global scale?
Our office’s primary focus is on North American projects but we have worked on ones overseas. It’s all part of CannonDesign’s mantra of “Single-Firm, Multi-Office,” we could be playing a role on a project in Los Angeles or Israel or downtown Buffalo. Right now we are working with the Denver school system on a renovation project involving 360 schools and 16 million sf of space, and a lot of that work is being handled by people here.

Locally what are some of your current projects?
We are helping Ciminelli Real Estate with their 201 Ellicott project in downtown and D’Youville College on its Health Professions Hub.

Is the region still on an economic development upswing?
Buffalo is still in a cycle where things are on the rise. There’s a lot of new, private sector-backed projects on the books. We are seeing more people move here or stay here. People, it seems, want to stick around and not leave Buffalo. That’s a great change.

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