Canstruction began in 1992 in New York City as a way make
a difference in the fight against hunger one can at a time. Canstruction brings together the
design and construction communities in friendly competition to improve the lives of those who
are struggling with hunger. Canstruction is now one of the largest contributors to food banks
world-wide raising over 17.2 million pounds of food since its beginnings.
Anchorage’s design and construction community have been participating in Canstruction since 2008.
Canstruction is hosted at University Center each Spring at a time when Food Bank of Alaska’s pantry is often bare. Teams of architects, engineers, construction professionals and students mentored by these professionals compete to design and build a structure entirely out of canned food. It takes months to plan and thousands of cans to build each structure.
This will be our biggest Canstruction ever with eleven local teams participating. The theme is
“Once Upon A Time: inside a book anything CAN happen.” A panel of judges hands out awards based on
design and the use of food within the structure. Some of the top awards are awarded for Most
Nutritious Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Most Cans Used, and Best Use Of Labels. Following
“deCanstruction,” all of the food is donated to Food Bank of Alaska. In 2013, eleven teams
participated and raised over 40,000 pounds of food.
You can participate too! Your vote picks the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Bring in
canned or non-perishable food items and place them in the barrel next to the structure you
like best. Each item equals one vote. If you work for a design or construction company,
consider putting together a team next year. We also need generous sponsors to help cover the
costs of the event.
Enjoy this year’s Canstruction entries, and thank you for believing that no one deserves to
This year, Canstruction will run from February 22nd — March 3rd, 2014
at the University Center.
Friday, February 22nd
Thrusday, February 27th
Awards Ceremony and Ribbon Placing
Monday, March 3rd
Tuesday, March 4th
People’s Choice Award Winner Announced
Davis Constructors, Inc.
Warning Lites of Alaska, Inc.