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CANstruction's Annual Event Calls Attention to Hunger

Founded in 1992, Canstruction® is a unique food drive created by the Society for Design Administration (SDA) to call national attention to hunger. Events are held annually in more than 300 cities and have grown to become one of the largest and most consistent canned food contributors to food banks around the world.

Strongsville, Ohio – On Thursday evening April 27, 2017 at South Park Mall, 15 local teams designed and built structures made entirely of full cans of food. This years theme -- CHAMPIONS FOR HUNGER. At the end of the exhibit, the cans were donated to the Greater Cleveland food bank assisting local families in Northeast Ohio. Through combined CANstruction Cleveland and CANstruction Jr. efforts, over 40,000 pounds and an additional check for $4,000.00 was donated from the event this year! 

The completed structures were judged and awards were presented to the following teams:

CanSpirit - AIA Students Kent State University “Breaking the Loop”

(The most cans used to create the structure - 4,850 CANS!)

Best Meal - Perspectus Architecture “Champions for Hunger”

(The structure that uses its cans to create the most nutritious meal - Taco Night!)

Best Use of Labels - HSB Architects & Engineers “Ringing in the Championship for Hunger”

(The structure that has the most creative and unique use of lables)

Structural Ingenuity - Leiden Cabinet “Champions for Hunger”

(The structure that pushes the limits of construction with a challenging design and use of cans)

People’s Choice - Herschman Architects “The Champs for Hunger”

(The structure that the juror's felt should be recognized, that does not fit into any of the other categories)

Best Original Design - Domokur Architects “Time for Some Spinach”

(The structure that is the juror's most exceptional design, concept, and execution)

Thank you to the following teams who also participated:

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Northern Ohio Chapter, AM Higley Company, Bialosky Partners, Cleveland State University, DS Architecture, GPD Group, Hasenstab Architects, Sol Harris Day Architects and USGBC.


If you would like more information on how to form a team, volunteer, or sponsor the 2018 Canstruction® event please contact the Canstruction Cleveland Planning Committee at [email protected] or 216-223-3202.


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