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17th Annual Canstruction Event Benefits Oregon Food Bank

April 24, 2013
OFB General
Celebrating two decades as one of the world's most imaginative food charities, the Canstruction® exhibition and competition will invite Oregon’s top architecture, engineering, and construction firms to transform more than 35,000 cans of food into whimsical, wildly inventive sculptures at Pioneer Place in downtown Portland from April 22 to 28, 2013. Admission is free.

An annual art show, design competition, and food drive all rolled into one, Canstruction® raises hunger awareness by challenging teams of architects, engineers, and construction personnel to create larger-than-life pop art masterpieces made entirely out of unopened cans of food.
Axium, a leading developer of enterprise and business intelligence software for architectural and engineering (A/E) firms, will be the presenting sponsor for the Portland event.  Glumac, Oregon Building Officials Association, The Oregonian, and Society for Design Administration are also contributing sponsors.

This year’s goal is to raise 270,000 meals – an increase of more than 100 percent over last year’s event, which resulted in a donation of 36,600 pounds of food and $31,390 to Oregon Food Bank. Since its inception in 1997, the Portland event has raised 444,600 pounds of food and donated $147,490 to help fight hunger in Oregon and southwest Washington. Nationally organized, Canstruction® is a 501(c) (3) charity committed to ending hunger. After the teams construct these elaborate structures, each structure will be judged by the Portland Canstruction® jury, and awards will be given for Most Meals, People’s Choice, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Best Use of Labels, Juror’s Favorite and Honorable Mention.
The structures will be on display and open to the public on both sides of Pioneer Place, 700 SW Fifth Ave., Portland. The exhibit will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This year’s participating teams include:  Ankrom Moisan Architects, Arciform, BergerABAM, Catena Consulting Engineers, Degenkolb Engineers, Dull Olson Weekes – IBI Group Architects, Emerick Construction,  GBD Architects, Group Mackenzie, Holland Partner Group, Hoffman Construction, Interface Engineering, KPFF Consulting Engineers, New Seasons Market, Mayer/Reed, MulvannyG2 Architecture, Oh planning + design, architecture, R&H Construction, SD Deacon, SRG Partnership and Turner Construction.
The jury this year is comprised of  Matt Kuerbis, executive chef, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts; Ed Quesenberry, principal, Equilibrium Engineers; Katherine Miller, editor FoodDay, The Oregonian; Stefanie Becker, Past-President of AIA Portland and Associate VP at HDR Inc.; Susannah Morgan, CEO, Oregon Food Bank; and Craig Briscoe, director, Integrated Design, Glumac; and Tyler Nishitani, associate, THA Architecture Inc.

About Canstruction®: A foundation of the Society for Design Administration (SDA), Canstruction® is a design/build competition held in cities throughout the world. Each year, teams of architects and engineers compete to build sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. Portland is one of more than 200 cities around the world taking part in the international competition, which has donated more than 20 million pounds of food to local hunger programs since its founding in 1992.
About Oregon Food Bank:  Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and support of the entire community, we believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food through a network of four branches and 16 independent regional food banks serving Oregon and southwest Washington. The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and helping communities strengthen local food systems. For more information, visit

About Axium, presenting sponsor for Canstruction Portland:  Axium, a developer of ERP and business management software, provides business intelligence to more than 1,900 architecture and engineering firms and 60,000 users in the U.S. and Canada. Axium has offices in Portland, OR; Los Angeles, CA; Indianapolis, IN; and New York, NY.
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