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we think we can! Canstruction Builds On A Tradition Of Giving by CAITLIN WHERLEY photo by L.G. PATTERSON
record player, a dodo bird, a dinosaur and a giant honeybee filled the two lobbies of City Hall during midMissouri’s 13th Canstruction competition on Feb. 26. The Society for Design Administration started Canstruction in the early ‘90s as a community service project for design professionals, says Kim Trabue, vice president of the mid-Missouri chapter of SDA and chairperson of Canstruction. Currently, about 80 cities compete in the annual international competition of building structures out of canned goods. Two architecture firms and two engineering firms from Columbia, along with a team of 18 students and three teachers from Columbia’s Center for Gifted Education competed in this year’s event, entitled “Extinction.” All cans utilized during Canstruction were donated to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri after a week on display. In all, about 14,000 pounds of food were donated to the Food Bank. The teams built their structures in a 10-by-10-by-8-foot area, following detailed plans designed on the same software used to design buildings, Trabue says. When they were finished, the judges handed out five awards. Simon Oswald Architecture won for Best
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Meal with The Endangered Honeybee, and Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw Inc. won for Structural Ingenuity with Record Player. The Society of Women Engineers won Best Use of Labels with Dodo Bird, and the Jurors’ Favorite went to Candace the Canufeedusaurus, built by Peckham & Wright Architects Inc. The Center for Gifted Education was awarded the Merit Award All cans for competing in Canstruction for 10 years. utilized during All teams from the February Canstruction competition will go on to the were donated international competition, which will be to the Food in June during SDA’s annual conference. Bank for Central Each team put considerable time and Northeast and effort into their entries. Peckham & Missouri. Wright’s team spent two weeks on the plan for Candace the Canufeedusaurus, according to Erik Miller, principal of the firm and the team captain. Team members believe the hours of planning and construction is time well spent, Trabue says. “It is a competition,” she notes, “but it’s also a community service project to raise awareness about hunger.”
Published on Mar 15, 2011
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