Annual Canstruction competition coming to Phoenix Aug. 8-22

The Arizona chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services is hosting the ninth annual Canstruction Design Build Competition, Aug. 8-22 in the west building of the Phoenix Convention Center.

The event is free to attend and all proceeds benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Canstruction is a charity competition to design and build structures made entirely from canned foods using a strict set of rules and no permanent adhesives. Five person teams comprised of architects, engineers, and contractors come together to design and build a 10 x 10 x 10 structure, according to a press release.

In 2014, the event donated 45,341 cans, weighing 51,421 pounds to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, stated the release.

This donation came from a total of 11 teams comprised of 29 local architecture, engineering and construction firms from the greater Phoenix area, according to the release.

“This event brings so many people together for a great cause. The architects, engineers, and contractors who design and build these amazing structures, the general public who comes to view them, and those on the receiving end through St. Mary’s. It really is a great event.” Kris Gray, co-chair of Logan Simpson stated in the release.

The public is encouraged to visit the convention center to view these marvelous structures.

Ballots will be available to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award, stated the release. The structures can be viewed during the convention center’s normal business hours.

Since 1992, Canstruction has helped raise over 21 million pounds of food for local hunger relief, according to the release.

Canstruction events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North and South America, Australia, Europe and Asia, stated the release.

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