August 4, 2019

Michael Ohar Named Western New York K12 Practice Leader

We are thrilled to share Michael Ohar has been promoted as our new Western New York K12 Practice Leader. In this role, Michael will help K12 school districts across the state renovate, rethink, and create new learning spaces where students and staff thrive.

“CannonDesign has been helping school districts across New York State with design and strategy solutions for decades. Mike is perfectly suited to build on that legacy and continue to help K12 districts with our numerous design and strategy services,” explained Joe Cassata, CannonDesign’s Buffalo Office Practice Leader.

Michael brings more than a decade of experience guiding prime engineering and integrated architectural and engineering projects to his new role. This experience equips him with a unique perspective that allows him to help clients on numerous fronts: renovation, building assessment, new build projects and more. In recent years, he’s teamed with numerous K12 districts across the region to help them create successful integrated solutions.

“Today’s K12 districts face challenges and opportunities unique to our time,” explained Michael. “I’m excited to lead an amazingly talented practice with numerous service solutions for our clients. But more importantly, I’m excited to play a part in the development of our youth, to work with districts that have immense challenges, and partner with them to deliver solutions that have real impact to student education, comprehension, and outcomes.”

Michael leads a practice with extensive current work including projects with Buffalo and Rochester Public Schools, Addison Central School District and numerous other districts statewide. The practice has also worked with Niagara Falls, Roosevelt Union and Grand Island School Districts in recent years and can tap resources from the firm’s national K12 practice when needed.

“There’s no other design firm in the state that can bring as much expertise and perspective to help K12 districts meet any challenge they face,” said Michael. Although our local practice is vastly experienced and has helped local K12 clients for decades, we can also tap into the talented people throughout our National K12 practice, to bring on different perspectives and experience. We are here to help school districts shape the development of their educational programs, and in doing so, shape our collective future.”

Learn more about our K12 Practice >