Cannon Design opens Calgary office

Cannon Design has announced the establishment of its newest Canadian office in Calgary. In response to North America’s leading economy and trend towards P3 projects in Alberta, Cannon Design is expanding their western regional presence in the Canadian market. The new practice will focus primarily on health care, sports, recreation and wellness development.

Cannon Design has served the Alberta market for over 20 years, with their predecessor firm Johnston Sport Architecture, established in Calgary in 1986. “This has been a natural progression for us and we are confident that our knowledge of the region has offered our firm an invaluable opportunity for growth,” said Gary Miller, Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cannon Design.

The Calgary firm offers the expertise of a specialized sports team and experience in the P3 health-care market. The practice is led by Doug Campbell, Vice President, an architect of wide-ranging public, commercial and residential projects and John Paulsen, a specialist in sport and recreation facilities who lends over 25 years of managing high-performance teams in the area of planning, design, construction and operation. With their combined leadership and knowledge, the practice is set to expand their team within the next three months.

Cannon Design’s portfolio of work in Calgary includes an extensive range of health and wellness projects, covering university and health care, federal and civic initiatives. The first LEED Gold-certified recreational facility in Canada is Cardel Place, a multi-use regional recreation and education centre built for the City of Calgary, and stands among the examples of the firm’s leading achievements in P3 innovation.

Cannon Design has been responsible for multimillion dollar renovation and expansion projects of sport and recreation centres in Alberta, such as the City of Airdrie Aquatic and Fitness Centre, Talisman Centre in Calgary, and the University of Calgary Roger Jackson Centre for Sport and Wellness Research. Bringing key expertise and a vision for the future, Cannon Design’s Bob Johnston was employed by the University of Calgary as a project manager responsible for the sport technical detailing for the CODA Calgary Olympic Development Association National Ice Complex, Concept Design. The facility serves as the University of Calgary’s Olympic Oval, a high-performance training facility and the first project of its kind envisioned in the world.

Current assignments include the Track and Field Stadium at the University of Lethbridge, Phase II of the Airdrie Health and Wellness Centre (in collaboration with Gibbs Gage Architect), Phase I of the Souldice Park Synthetic Fields Project, Cardel Place schematic design and functional programming study in Calgary, and the Grande Prairie College Community Centre Retrofit.

Cannon Design is ranked among the leading international firms in planning and design for health care, science and technology, education, sports and recreation, and government clients. At present, the firm employs a staff of 800, delivering services in 17 offices throughout North America, as well as abroad in Shanghai, China, and Mumbai, India.

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