CannonDesign’s Vision empowers us to seek answers to difficult challenges. Global climate change, resource security and resilience have sharpened our collective recognition of the true limits of our world. We share these collective challenges with every one of our clients.
Working to make economically, environmentally and socially responsible choices
We offer specialized sustainability services that create enduring value through reducing cost, optimizing energy and water consumption and creating durable, lasting and respected environments. Our long-standing client relationships allow us to redefine the scope from a near-sighted view to one of collaboration and understanding that endures over time.
A Focus on Performance
We identify specific sustainability and performance outcomes. These are targeted, defined, long-term outcomes for the facility guided by key principles.
High Performance, Efficient and Cost Effective
Occupant and User Health and Wellness
Community Engagement and Public Wellbeing
Inspiration and Connectivity
Resilient and Adaptive
CannonDesign Chicago Office
Industry-leading embodied energy to achieve LEED Platinum
The office relocation provided a special opportunity to perform industry-leading, CannonDesign-funded research on the embodied energy of building materials. By tracking the embodied energy of new materials used in this office build-out, Cannon Design developed new approaches for materials selection. This strategy encouraged the team to think about the benefits of re-use and focus on the impact that results from producing and consuming building materials. We determined the energy embodied in the materials used in our project build-out equate to at least 3+ years of the energy consumed by the company's operation within the space. Read more about the workplace strategies here.
A.E. Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, Illinois
Guiding a legacy education client to sustainable success
As a client of for more than twenty-five years, A.E. Stevenson High School has a campus our architecture and engineering team knows and loves. By leading the school through LEED®-EB certification, we became more intimate with campus operations— from helping Stevenson conduct an occupant comfort survey to coauthoring a green standard that allowed the school administration to refine its purchasing policies. The process offered an educational opportunity as students helped lead the process for calculating the school’s on-site storm water management.
METRIC: Building energy use ranks the school in the 89th percentile as compared to other schools in the US
Chicago Green Homes, Chicago, Illinois
Working with a city to help improve quality of life for all residents
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley had the vision for Chicago to be the greenest big city in the world. Individual projects could have certainly helped demonstrate this commitment, but the mayor charged his Department of Environment with thinking broadly about policy initiatives. A major step in achieving the greenest city goal was working with our team to create incentives for building green housing at all residential market levels.
- 1,130 tons of CO2 emission reduction
- 34,060 gallons of storm water runoff reduction
- 10,850 gallons of potable water use reduction