One CAN make a difference.

Part team-building exercise, part food drive, and part creative design outlet, Canstruction takes an ordinary food drive and puts it on steroids!

Orlando was just one of the many participating cities in the United States, Australia, and Canada. This event is supported every year by the American Institute of Architects, along with national and local sponsorship from many corporations that support the design industry.

This year, Canstruction Orlando was held at the Orlando Science Center from October 14 to November 10. There were 11 incredible “Spooky Science” structures built by incredibly talented architecture firms, including AB Design Group, Bentley Architects & Engineers, Cuhaci & Peterson, Darden Design & Construction, Huitt-Zollars, KA/FDS Architects & Engineers, KMI, Little, DPR, ETM, Walter P. Moore, RLF and Robins & Morton, Turner Construction, and WDW Design & Engineering.

These talented teams brought in a total of over 35,000 cans, which translates into 31,588 pounds of food, and that 31,588 pounds translates into 37,906 meals for our neighbors in need!

Take a quick look at some of the award winners!

Structural Ingenuity & Best Use of Labels: Cuhaci & Peterson – “Unidentified Food Object”
Best Meal: KA/FDS Architects & Engineers – “CANbusters”
Best Original Design & Most Cans: WDW Design & Engineering – “Haunting Away Hunger”

So, not only was Canstruction Orlando a competition, but a food drive to benefit Central Florida at its heart. This highly visible and unusual food drive helps bring attention to the hunger issue and, as a bonus, everyone who participates becomes part of the solution!

“The challenge here is to take something ordinary (canned food) and make something extraordinary!” One CAN make a difference!

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