15th Annual CANstruction event ends today

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE: Jurors who toured the structures March 8 chose winners in 5 categories: Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Most Cans and Best Original Design.

The winners are:
• Most Cans: Tomorrow’s Space Explorers, Scout Pack 46/Ardagh Group (3,780 cans)
• Structural Ingenuity: “Freeze” Out Hunger, Kendyl Depoali Middle School
• Best Meal: Caesars Entertainment HERO Lighthouse, Harrah’s Reno
• Best Use of Labels: Solving the Hunger Puzzle, Custom Ink
• Best Original Design: Chew Chew Train on Track to End Hunger, Hug High School


For the 15th year the American Institute of Architects of Northern Nevada (AIANN) prepares for CANstruction, presented by Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, an event to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

There are ten teams participating this year, with five of those being student teams. Each team designs a structure that they will create out of canned food and which will be judged, viewed and finally donated to the hungry in the community through the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.

This year’s CANstruction event will be held at Meadowood Mall from Wednesday, March 7 through Sunday March 11, 2018. The structures will be built during a twelve-hour period Wednesday, March 7. Teams will gather with their food and build in the mall, keeping the structures inside a 10’x10’x10’ area. Teams will practice teamwork, planning, design and giving back to the community all at one event.

“This is going to be a great year for CANstruction,” said Fred Graham, architect with Worth Group Architects and CANstruction committee chairman for northern Nevada. “It’s amazing that we have been doing this event for 15 years in the area. CANstruction really offers the unique opportunity for students and professionals to work together on a community service project that has so many facets of learning and creativity. The support and the imagination that has evolved from these groups and their designs over the years has been fantastic, and we can’t thank them enough.”

The structures will be judged Thursday afternoon by a panel of jurors in 5 categories. Teams will be competing for the following awards: Best Original Design, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Best Use of Labels and Most Cans. The awards will be announced at a public ceremony in Meadowood Mall Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. and these winners will be submitted to the national level of CANstruction to be judged at the international level against other cities’ award winners.

The Reno CANstructors will also compete for a local “People’s Choice” Award. The public is invited to vote in the People’s Choice award from 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 7 through Monday, March 12. Each vote is $1 and all of the money goes to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada where $1 helps to deliver 3 meals to those who need them. People’s choice voting will take place during the event at the Guest Services Desk at Meadowood Mall or online.

CANstruction is organized by American Institute of Architects of Northern Nevada and made possible by presenting sponsor Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, Jade Miller, DDS & Gilbert A. Trujillo, DDS. Additional CANstruction sponsors include John Anderson Construction, Basalite Concrete Building Products, and Fred & Janice Graham. CANstruction is also supported by Meadowood Mall, Alice 96.5, Connie Wray, Winco, Freeman, Cooks Photography, Digiprint, Nevada Blue, and Silver and Blue Outfitters.