Canstruction 2014

Canstruction 2014

The BRS office, teamed with Alan Ford Architects, was pleased to participate in this year’s Canstruction Denver event.

Every year, cities across the globe participate in this great charity event that solicits from both students and professionals in the field of architecture, engineering, construction and the like to construct “cansculptures” to raise awareness (and money) for world hunger. Using canned food of the teams’ choice, they must construct a design without manipulating or damaging any of the cans and labels.

This year’s Denver event was held at the History Colorado Museum, which had sculptures on display for the public to see for nearly 2 weeks. Viewers were encouraged to donate either $1 or a can of food in order to cast a vote for their favorite design. Given a 10 ft. x 10 ft. x 10 ft. space the BRS/Alan Ford team, “Cans-N-Plans”, used over 1,200 cans of beans and 200 cans of tuna to construct their design. After 4 hours of stacking, turning and reinforcing, the team completed their Wile-E Coyote-inspired design, entitled “I Think I Can”. With most of our design consisting of a double-wythe, running bond of canned beans, we used our knowledge of horizontal reinforcement to get the job done. Once the public display was over, the teams decanstructed their designs and boxed them up to be shipped to the local food bank.

The Canstruction event is a great opportunity that offers a unique design challenge for a wonderful cause. This was not BRS’s first rodeo at Canstruction and it sure won’t be the last!

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 12:19pm

Tags: volunteering (6), teamwork (9), food bank (4)

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