Buffalo State College Donor Recognition Wall

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Cannon Design was tasked with providing a custom interior donor wall for the Phase II addition to the Science and Mathematics Complex at Buffalo State College. The vision was to use the space to pay tribute to the generosity of the donors and benefactors who made the space possible and also to pay homage to the science and mathematics programs within the complex and, lastly, to recognize the important work the Great Lakes Center is providing in improving the Great Lakes ecosystem.

The solution consisted of circular PVC “frames” of various dimensions, routed wall panels, digitally printed photos, custom illuminated light boxes and dimensional letters. Plywood backers were installed to help ensure a plumb installation on the existing brick wall. Spaced throughout the design are illuminated light box panels to provide further dimension and “movement.” The locations of the electric leads for the illuminated panels had to be carefully planned and all wires were run before foundation panels were installed on Z-Clips; the Z-Clips allowed the panels to be removed if required.

The beginning of the donor wall features digitally printed graphics and dimensional letters that pay homage to the mathematics and science excellence of this grand complex. The main installation features images of the sciences and mathematics, pictures of the Great Lakes eco system and donor names set within circular “frames” and arranged together to form a geographic representation of the shape of the Great Lakes. On the wall panels, the names of the Great Lakes and reference to Biology, Mathematics and Physics were routed into the wall panels. Successfully integrating three elements—donors, the Great Lakes and the college’s programs—ensured that the expectations of the College were met.

Design Firms: 



State University of New York College at Buffalo

Project Area: 

1,200 sq ft

Open Date: 

August 2015

Photo Credits: 

Dawn M. Gibson Photography

Design Team: 

Keith Joslyn (value engineering), Andy Bernatovicz, Karla Reyes, Bob Pellegrine (redesign to build wall), Kate Bantle (CannonDesign), Chris Hayes (CannonDesign) 


Facilities Planning Department at Buffalo State College


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