Press Release

15th Annual Canstruction Competition Opens October 18, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

During the past 14 years, Boston-area design and construction firms have donated nearly 524,000 pounds of food (the equivalent of 399,000 meals) to the Greater Boston Food Bank through their participation in CANSTRUCTION. Thirteen firms will be participating again this year, during the 15th annual event taking place at Bunker Hill Community College starting on Monday, October 18, 2010, and running through Friday, November 5, 2010.

Competing CANSTRUCTION teams, led by architects and engineers, will showcase their talents by designing giant sculptures made entirely out of canned foods. The firms will play off the theme “HUNGER IS NO LAUGHING MATTER,” and sculptures will include a replica of Comedian Conan O’Brien, Cookie Monster, Garfield Eating Lasagna, a Penniless Clown, Mooninite Marketing Bomb Redeemed, and others. Participating firms include ADD Inc./Arrowstreet JV, ARC Architectural Resources Cambridge, CBT, EYP Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, GENSLER, Nitsch Engineering, Payette, PCA Prellwitz Chillinski Associates, Robert Silman Associates, Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, TRO Jung/Brannen and Wiss, Janney, Elstner/Northeastern University/JV.

CANSTRUCTION will be open to the public from Monday, October 18, through Friday, November 5, 2010. Viewing hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The opening reception/announcements will take place on October 18 at 10:30 a.m. in the main BHCC lobby. The GALA and awards announcement will take place on Thursday, October 21, from 6 to 9 p.m. Twelve structures will be placed throughout the Bunker Hill Community College campus, 250 New Rutherford Ave., Boston, MA. In addition, ARC Architectural Resources Cambridge will build “Mapping Hunger” at the Greater Boston Food Bank warehouse located at 70 South Bay Ave., Boston, MA. For additional information on events and activities that are being held in conjunction with CANSTRUCTION contact BHCC Art Gallery Director
Laura Montgomery at 617-228-2093 or by e-mail at

CANSTRUCTION is sponsored annually by the Society for Design Administration (SDA) and the Boston Society of Architects and 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 130 individual competitions scheduled to take place during the 2010-2011 cycle. For more information, log on to

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About Bunker Hill Community College
With more than 50 years of academic excellence, Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) is Massachusetts' largest community college, annually welcoming a diverse community of around 16,000 students. With campuses in Charlestown and Chelsea, BHCC extends its reach across several locations in Greater Boston. The College offers associate degrees and certificates, early college and dual enrollment, community education, corporate training, and industry-specific training programs. BHCC is celebrated for its diversity, boasting a student body where 65% identify as people of color and more than half are women. The College also embraces a global perspective, with over 600 international students representing 90 countries and conversing in more than 65 languages. Our commitment to diversity is further reflected in BHCC's designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).