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Zurich North America’s HQ outside Chicago

Zurich North America’s HQ outside Chicago is rooted in one of the most expansive employee engagement efforts in history, and the extensive data it generated. Photo courtesy CannonDesign

Office Building Design | July 11, 2019 | Cannon Design Blog Heather Rosen, Workplace Strategy Consultant, CannonDesign

The traditional model of signing long-term leases, committing extensive capital to an inflexible solution, and then calling it a day is no longer v...

Translational health science environments: 6 strategies for open innovation and knowledge transfer

Rice University’s New Emerging Science & Technology (NEST) Center includes collaboration portals located across its floorplan designed for spontaneous interaction and defined by bright green, writeable glass panels. Photo courtesy CannonDesign

Laboratories | April 23, 2019 | Cannon Design Blog Abigail Clary and Chris Lambert, CannonDesign

Simply putting researchers and clinicians in the same building with hopes that serendipitous collaborations will ensue will often not yield the out...

Healthcare Facilities | April 09, 2019 | Cannon Design Blog Swapna Sathyan

The relationship between workplace design and company culture isn’t all that different from a tango.

Office Building Design | March 06, 2019 | Cannon Design Blog Swapna Sathyan

The relationship between workplace design and company culture isn’t all that different from a tango.

Hotel Facilities | August 10, 2018 | Cannon Design Blog Tina Manis

Responding to these shifting expectations, building owners and design teams working in other markets now regularly embrace leading ideas from the w...

Maryland's Cole Fieldhouse
Sports and Recreational Facilities | March 30, 2018 | Cannon Design Blog Christopher Whitcomb

CannonDesign recently shared new images of two collegiate sports projects with interesting ties to college basketball past, present and future.

Architects | February 08, 2018 | Cannon Design Blog Michael Tunkey

Cities change constantly, but given the numerous disruptive factors spanning technology, policy, climate and more that will impact 2018 – it could...

The awning outside an emergency room

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Healthcare Facilities | August 30, 2017 | Cannon Design Blog Elisabeth Perreault

The Golisano Center for Community Health offers integrated care to adults and children.

A rendering of Brunswick's current Headquarters
Office Building Design | August 01, 2017 | Cannon Design Blog Jonya Leverett & Chris Lambert

Connecting personal values to company values is important to millennial workers.

BIM and Information Technology | April 17, 2017 | Cannon Design Blog Brian Skripac

Now more than ever, owners are becoming extremely focused on leveraging BIM to deliver their projects.

Rendering for the new Afganistan International Organization for Migration.

Healthcare Facilities | October 31, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog Michael McManus

The communications challenges don’t even begin to compare to the inherent challenges of designing for a developing nation, writes CannonDesign's Mi...

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October 06, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog Chris Lambert

We consistently recommend that workplaces share collaborative spaces and quiet, private spaces, writes CannonDesign's Chris Lambert

Can you make a new building as cool as a warehouse?

Warehouse Office Community Space. Images courtesy Cannon Design

Office Building Design | May 09, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog Robert Benson

CannonDesign's Robert Benson insists that the industry needs to start looking at traditional office spaces differently.

3 key trends in student housing for Boston’s higher education community

Image: University Student Living.

University Buildings | April 04, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog Lynne Deninger

The city wants to add 18,500 student residence beds by the year 2030. CannonDesign's Lynne Deninger identifies three strategies that will help scho...

Ohlone Community College’s Academic Core project in Fremont, Calif., introduces three new academic hybrid buildings that build community and enhance learning. Rendering courtesy CannonDesign

Architects | March 11, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog Carisima Koenig

Even in the face of funding challenges and historic precedent, there are emerging examples of how partnership between two-year academic institution...

Early trends in healthcare for 2016

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Healthcare Facilities | February 19, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog Deb Sheehan

Fighting cancer, Design-Led Construction (DLC), and health sciences education are among the new efforts and developments, writes Cannon Design's De...

New ideas to help universities attract and empower STEM students

Rendering of an interior environment at University of Utah’s Lassonde Studios, a first-of-its-kind hybrid building that brings college housing together with a 24/7 entrepreneurial garage. Images courtesy Cannon Design

University Buildings | February 17, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog Stephen Blair

Educational institutions are focusing on new learning strategies that engage students in activities, enable collaboration across STEM disciplines,...

Four reasons the C-suite should care about Design-Led Construction

Allegheny Health's Wexford Health & Wellness Pavilion. Image courtesy Cannon Design.

Designers | January 07, 2016 | Cannon Design Blog Louis P. Astorino, PE

Lou Astorino shares four examples how a unified approach can directly help C-suite leaders achieve their organizational goals.

4 ways commissioning (Cx) could have prevented the NFL Deflategate scandal

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Engineers | September 16, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog Brett Farbstein, LEED AP BD+C, CEM, CBCP, EBCP, CDT

Properly inspecting footballs is not unlike commissioning protocol, writes CannonDesign's Brett Farbstein.

5 brand-building strategies in the outpatient environment

Image: University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center, courtesy CannonDesign

Healthcare Facilities | August 19, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog Jocelyn Stroupe

No longer coasting off of reputation, leading organizations are using new ambulatory care centers to re-brand for the future of healthcare, writes...

Can you make a new building as cool as a warehouse?

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Architects | June 01, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog Robert Benson

Just as we looked at that boarded up warehouse and thought it could be something other, office towers can be reborn, writes CannonDesign's Robert B...

Stop the Endless Debate to Nowhere – It’s Time to Measure Workplace Performance

Cannon Design used strategic solutions when developing the new Zurich North America headquarters. Image courtesy CannonDesign

Architects | April 21, 2015 | Cannon Design Blog Meg Osman

Rather than be confused by the constant stream of opinions, leadership teams contemplating workplace investments should start with powerful employe...

Graphic depicts an example of a primary care model of the future. In many primary care settings, a team consisting of a primary

Graphic depicts an example of a primary care model of the future. In many primary care settings, a team consisting of a primary care clinician, medical assistant, registered nurse, and administrative assistant are responsible for a panel of patients, helping to facilitate interactions with other members of an extended care team that may need to be involved. Illustration: CannonDesign 

Architects | November 25, 2014 | Cannon Design Blog

As healthcare systems shift their care models to be more responsive to patient-centered care, ambulatory care teams need to be positioned to operat...

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Architects | November 17, 2014 | Cannon Design Blog

In a recent article for Fast Company, CannonDesign's Meg Osman details how insurance giant Zurich used a workplace pilot program to empower its emp...

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Architects | October 30, 2014 | Cannon Design Blog

The new report, "Flooring Applications in Healthcare Settings," compares and contrasts different flooring types in the context of parameters such a...

The breakthrough simulation center features moveable walls and a modular ceiling grid that allow doctors and military personnel to easily reconfigure the shape and size of the space. Photo: CannonDesign

Architects | September 23, 2014 | Cannon Design Blog

The breakthrough simulation center features moveable walls and a modular ceiling grid that allow doctors and military personnel to easily reconfigu...

Photo: Christopher Barrett Photography

Architects | August 14, 2014 | Cannon Design Blog

Focusing on recent work at Follett and Zurich, CannonDesign’ Meg Osman reveals the power of research, strategy, change management, and measurement...

The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute at the University of Utah combines student residence space with 20,000 sf of incubator space, where students can develop ideas and potential launch companies. Rendering: CannonDesign

Architects | May 09, 2014 | Cannon Design Blog

Performance-based funding models and the adoption of advanced technologies like augmented reality for teaching are just a few of the predictions of...

Architects | February 06, 2014 | Cannon Design Blog

If you’ve been following news about workplace design in the popular media, you might believe that the open workplace has run its course. While ther...

Building Owner | October 10, 2013 | Cannon Design Blog

A recent study by Carnegie Mellon took a look at the impact of providing feedback in an energy dashboard form to workers and studying how it impact...

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