Eat The Art is the Theme for the 14th Annual Canstruction; Opening October 19th at Bunker Hill Community College

Friday, October 9, 2009

Event to Benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank

Seventeen Boston-area design and construction firms will be participating in the 14th annual CANSTRUCTION® taking place at Bunker Hill Community College starting on Monday, October 19, 2009.  This community service project combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people by donating all of the food used to build the sculptures to The Greater Boston Food Bank.  Over the past 13 years, the Boston-area architecture community donated 491,500 lbs of food, the equivalent of more than 378,000 meals, to The Food Bank.

CANSTRUCTION® competing teams, led by architects and engineers, showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods.  The theme of this year’s event will be “EAT THE ART,” and will include King Tut’s Mask, a Sushi Boat, Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture and several of Andy Warhol’s iconic pieces.  Participating firms include AECOM, Add Inc., ARC, Arrowstreet Inc., CBT, EYP Architecture, DiMella Shaffer/LA Fuess Partners, GENSLER, JV/Northeastern University, Margulies Perruzzi, Nitsch Engineering, Payette Associates, Prellwitz Chillinski, Sasaki Associates, Simpson Gumphertz & Hager, Symmes Maini & McKee, and Tro Jung/Brannen.

CANSTRUCTION® will be open to the public from Monday, October 19 through Friday, November 6, 2009 from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm.  The seventeen structures will be placed throughout the Bunker Hill Community College Campus, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston, MA.   The opening ceremony will take place on Monday, October 19th at 10:30 am and the award winners will be announced on Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 pm.  For additional information on events and activities that are being held in conjunction with CANstruction visit www.bhcc.mass.edu.

CANSTRUCTION® 
CANSTRUCTION®, a foundation of the Society for Design Administration (SDA), is a trademarked design/build international competition.  Teams of architects, engineers, and students compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food.  Since its inception, ten million pounds of food has been donated to aid in the fight against hunger.  CANSTRUCTION® has over one hundred and thirty individual competitions scheduled to take place during the 2009-2010 cycle. For more information, log on to www.canstruction.org.

About Bunker Hill Community College 
Bunker Hill Community College is the largest community college in Massachusetts. The College enrolls 11,000 students on two campuses and at five satellite locations. Over 1,500 students take classes online. BHCC is one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in the Commonwealth. Six in ten students are people of color and more than half of BHCC’s students are women. The College also enrolls more than 690 international students who come from more than 95 countries and speak 75 different languages.  For more information, log on to www.bhcc.mass.edu.  

The Greater Boston Food Bank 
The Greater Boston Food Bank distributes approximately 30 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to nearly 600 member hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in our region. The Food Bank serves 83,000 people each week and is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. For more information about The Greater Boston Food Bank, visit www.gbfb.org or call (617) 427-5200.

Media Contact:
Karen M. Norton, Executive Director of Integrated Marketing and Communications
Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA 02129
Phone: (617) 228-2177; Email: kmnorton@bhcc.mass.edu