HSBC Atrium
95 Washington St., Buffalo, NY

Date completed:
Cannon Design (see below)
7.65 acres of land
247,325 sq ft
2016 photos

HSBC at the NE corner Scott and Washington streets

HSBC at the NE corner  Scott and Washington streets ... Far left: The Buffalo News Building ... Background: First Niagara Sabres Arena  ...  Right: HarborCenter

HSBC north elevation facing Scott Street ... 716  is the Food and Sport restaurant in HarborCenter

HSBC at the NE corner  Scott and Washington streets

West elevation on Washington Street

West elevation on Washington Street

West elevation on Washington Street ... Curtain wall

West elevation on Washington Street  ...  Far left: The Buffalo News Building

West elevation on Washington Street ... South elevation on Perry Street

Perry Street South elevation

Far left: First Niagara Sabres Arena  ...  Center: HarborCenter  ... HSBC Perry Street south elevation

"French Connection" sculpture facing Perry Street

South elevation


East elevation facade

Facade faces the parking lot

Left background: First Niagara Sabres Arena

Far right: Phillips Lytle LLP/Courtyard Marriott Hotel

Facade center  ... Two details below:

Steel and glass barrel roof

Facade center detail  ... Below is the interior:

Interior lobby

Arcade leading to main entrance and lobby

Main entrance leading to lobby




In 1990 Cannon completed an expansion of its headquarters, adding 20,000 square feet to its Grand Island offices. With 115 employees in Grand Island and another 185 nationwide, the company had become the 12th largest architectural firm in the United States according to Building Design and Construction and the 27th largest privately owned firm in the Buffalo area according to Buffalo Business First. Cannon finished 1990 with billings just shy of $31.4 million, a healthy showing despite recessionary factors. By this time in its 46-year history, three quarters of the company's commissions came from the healthcare sector, and business was booming.

For the remainder of the decade Cannon hoped to grow both domestically and internationally. The firm parlayed its solid reputation in the medical architecture field into bids for contracts in Belgium, China, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Russia, South Korea, and Turkey. On U.S. soil, Cannon was thriving with numerous commissions, including Erie Community College's field house, construction of several area primary and secondary schools, the downtown convention center, the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and the HSBC Bank Atrium Center (Buffalo); research facilities for the National Institute of Health (Bethesda, Maryland), Cedars Sinai Hospital (Los Angeles), and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Huntington, West Virginia); a research center and educational buildings for Boston University (Boston); a redesign of Zippo Manufacturing Company's corporate headquarters (Bradford, Pennsylvania); and numerous college and university expansions throughout the nation.


Cannon Designs a New Name to Clarify Identity

By James Fink
Business First, May 29, 2000

For years, Cannon was known as just that, Cannon.

Named after company founder John Cannon, the Grand Island-based architectural, design and engineering firm has taken on a new moniker. Cannon is now officially known as Cannon Design.

"It is an effort to clarify our own brand name," said Mark Mendell, company president. "Cannon Design is something that seemed very appropriate, especially in the e-world."

Since its inception in 1945, Cannon Design has grown from an area architecture and engineering firm to one with a worldwide presence. Cannon now has eight offices across the country and works in 15 different countries.

Mendell said the idea of adding "Design" to the corporate identity covers all of Cannon's services. Cannon has a wide array of services from traditional architecture and design to project management.

Cannon was worked on a number of notable area projects, such as designing the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the HSBC Atrium and the Flickinger Natatorium.

Cannon has 185 people working out of its Grand Island headquarters and $47.4 million in 1999 billings.

... last year [2013] as  the bank [HSBC] vacated the tower then known as One HSBC Center. Workers moved into two other existing HSBC locations: the Atrium, which is next to First Niagara Center, and a leased facility in Depew ...

Though HSBC no longer has retail branches in Western New York, the bank still employs about 3,000 people in the region in areas including commercial, private and corporate banking, and back-office roles for national and global operations.
- Matt Glynn, Business First, August 24, 2014

Photos and their arrangement 2016 Chuck LaChiusa
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