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Vote on your favorite 'canstruction'

April 15, 2010
OFB General
When: Now through Sunday, April 18
Where: Pioneer Place

PORTLAND, Ore. – An enormous Dinty Moore can ... a hungry polar bear ... Alice in Hunger-Land ... The Little Engine that Can ... Multnomah Falls ... the Red Queen ... Olympic Rings ... and more. Vote on your favorite “canstruction,” now through Sunday, April 18, at Pioneer Place, downtown Portland.

Canstruction® is a free, family (kid) friendly event to raise awareness, food and money for the skyrocketing hunger problem in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.

Bring your family to see eight huge structures, built entirely from nonperishable food, now through Sunday, April 18, at Pioneer Place. Then, vote for the People’s Choice Award. Visit our Web site at Become a ‘fan’ on Facebook (search “canstruction, Portland”) and vote for People’s Choice.

Area architectural, engineering and construction companies showcase their creativity and engineering feats at the 14th annual canstruction®, a rousing design-build competition, sponsored by the not-for-profit Society for Design Administration (SDA), Portland Chapter to benefit Oregon Food Bank.

Canstruction® firms will donate an estimated 28, 000 of nonperishable food items used in the competition to Oregon Food Bank. In addition, SDA raised more than $3,000 to help Oregon Food Bank fight hunger.

In an average month, an estimated 240,000 people eat meals from emergency food boxes in Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Past canstruction® competitions provided 339,467 pounds and $73,638 in donations to Oregon Food Bank.

“We are thrilled to be part of this artful event and deeply grateful to SDA and the architectural, engineering and construction firms for sharing their time, talents and creativity,” said Rachel Bristol, CEO, Oregon Food Bank and a canstruction judge. “The generous donations of food that make up the structures will provide the nutritious ‘building materials’ to forestall hunger for thousands of families throughout our community.”

“In a tough year, it’s been amazing seeing folks in the design-build industry still come together to support Oregon Food Bank and the community. The level of dedication and creativity have been inspirational,” said Derrick Starr, canstruction® Co-chair, DLR Group.

SDA announced winners -- with the exception of the yet-to-be-voted-on People’s Choice Award – at its award celebration, April 13.

Juror’s Favorite – The Engine that CAN, Glumac/ZGF/AMEC/ACE Students. The jury choose this structure as its favorite because of the sheer volume and variety of food it provided; because of the clever use of labels to define the shape and character of the structure, including using cans to bring out the details such as the windows, the wheels and the bell support; because of the structural design of the body, the mountain, and especially the smoke stake; and the theme of the structure as it relates to providing help for Oregon Food Bank. This structure fell into many categories and won the jury’s heart.

Structural Ingenuity – Bridge Over Troubled Waters, KPFF Engineers/HDR Architects. The jury was impressed by the design of this structure. The suspension of the bridge was a difficult design factor given the limited use of materials other than cans. The fact the road bed of the bridge was truly supported by the suspension aspect made this an overwhelming favorite. The jury was also impressed with the volume of food used, the design of the troubled waters and the word “HUNGER” spelled out in the water below the bridge.

Best Use of Labels – Give More. Hoffman Structures. Based on a Dinty Moore Stew can, this 8-foot tall structure delighted the jury with its use of labels to spell out “Give More” as well as show the design of a bowl of stew and a spoon on the label of the can. They felt this was an iconic tribute to a food product that could meet the nutritional needs of the many families in need. The can opener alongside the can provides a bit of whimsy to the design.

Best Meal – Can’t Beat the Feeling, CAN Beat Hunger. Skanska USA/LRS Architecture. The jury appreciated the structural design of this entry with its undulating shape of both the polar bear and the soda bottle; the use of labels to define the structure; and the cuteness and popularity of these two images. But it was the variety of food and the ability to use the food items in the structure to make a complete meal that led the jury to award Best Meal to this structure. It provided a beverage, an entrée, vegetables, and fruit. While the structure did include potato chips, the jury felt that food recipients with children would appreciate being able to provide a treat and would also be able to use the chips as topping on a healthy, filling tuna casserole.

Honorable Mention – Alice in Hunger-Land, The Cheshire Cat. DOWA/Cardno WRG. The Cheshire Cat was considered a runner-up in several categories: Best Use of Label for the design of the stripes on the cat and its features; Structural Ingenuity for the design of the cat’s tail with its undulating form using very little support material; and Juror’s favorite for its sheer attitude toward hunger. The jury felt this structure deserved recognition for its overall appeal.

Gala Choice Winner – The Engine that CAN. Glumac/ZGF/AMEC/ACE Students, Based on voting with dollars at the Awards Gala Tuesday evening, this structure generated the most dollars to benefit Oregon Food Bank, making it the Gala Choice Winner.

Other structures on display:
Otak, Inc., Alice in Wonder CAN
R&H Construction and MCM Architects, An Olympic Effort Against Hunger
Group Mackenzie/Lease Crutcher Lewis, Multnomah Falls

Jury: Rachel Bristol CEO, Oregon Food Bank; JoMarie Farrell, PE, SE Equilibrium Engineers; Kurt Haapala, AIA, Associate, Mahlum, President-Elect AIA Portland Chapter, MulvannyG2 Architecture; and Kathleen Nash, LEED AP, CSBA Studio Proprietor, Design Within Reach.

2010 canstruction® organizing committee: Derrick Starr, DLR Group; Leslie Franken, Glumac; Colette Adams, Glumac; Kelly Perkins, AMEC Earth & Environmental; Kim Dorris, Dull Olson Weekes Architects; and Erica Bitterman-Ryon, Precision Images.

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