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8th Annual Phoenix “CANSTRUCTION” Design/Build Competition Underway

Posted on: June 24th, 2014 by smpsarizona



The Arizona chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) is hosting the 8th Annual CANSTRUCTION Design Build Competition, July 19, 2014, through Aug. 1, 2014, at the West Building of the Phoenix Convention Center. All proceeds benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

CANSTRUCTION is a charity competition to design and build structures made entirely from canned foods. Five person teams comprised of architects, engineers, and contractors come together to design and build a 10 x 10 x 10 structure. In 2013, the event donated 45,341 cans, weighing 42,595 lbs. to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance. This donation came from 11 teams of 29 local architecture, engineering and construction firms from the greater Phoenix area.

“Each year the event gets better and better. Just when I think I have seen the best of the Phoenix A/E/C community, the creativity of the firms exceeds my expectations,” said, Jennifer Schaefer, Co-Chair, Henderson Engineers, Inc., Phoenix.

Beginning July 21, 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. The structures can be viewed during normal operating hours.

“This is not just an industry event, we encourage the community to participate by coming to the Convention Center to see the displays, vote for their favorite

CANSTRUCTION and bring a canned food donation for St. Mary’s Food Bank,” said, Dawn White, Co-Chair, It’s All About the Marketing, Phoenix. CANSTRUCTION is a unique charity which hosts competitions and exhibits showcasing structures made entirely from canned food. Since 1992, CANSTRUCTION has helped raise over 21 million pounds of food for local hunger relief. CANSTRUCTION events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North and South America, Australia, Europe and Asia.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, visit

CANSTRUCTION® 2012 Aims to Fight Hunger as it Moves To Phoenix Convention Center

Posted on: March 15th, 2012 by Kimberly Mickelson

6th Annual Event Begins on Saturday, March 31 Using Thousands of Cans to Fill Emergency Food Boxes at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance

Competing teams of architectural, engineering and construction firms will both showcase their talents and feed the hungry when the CANstruction® 2012 competition and judging takes place March 31 through April 7 at its new home, the Phoenix Convention Center’s West Building (1003 N. 3rd Street).

Now in its sixth year, the CANstruction competition will again benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and will be hosted by The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Arizona chapter, under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration (SDA). The event has become one of the largest single-event donations for the Food Bank, with more than 56,000 cans used to construct incredibly imaginative designs last year, with all the non-perishable items used earmarked to help fill the more than 300,000 Emergency Food Boxes St. Mary’s distributes into the community annually.

The teams, which will include high school and college-aged design students working alongside some of the professional firms have 12 hours to build their structures on the morning of Saturday, March 31 at the convention center. The completed structures will be on display for the public to see beginning March 31 and continuing through Friday April 6.  During the exhibition, the public may cast their vote for the AIA Phoenix Metro People’s Choice Award and donate canned food to food drive boxes positioned around the exhibits.

Other awards will be given for Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity and Jurors’ Favorite by a panel of judges. Winning teams will be publicly honored at an Awards & Networking Mixer on Tuesday, April 3. Winners from local competitions around the nation will compete in the national Canstruction competition through a slideshow photography submission.

“CANstruction is a unique way to raise awareness and non-perishable items for the Food Bank,” said Terry Shannon, the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance President and CEO. “We are excited to be involved in the event for the sixth year and, as always, are very curious to see what kind of incredible structures will be created by these innovative minds.”





ABOUT ST. MARY’S FOOD BANK ALLIANCE: Now in its 45th year of operation, the world’s first food bank is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to 500 agencies that serve the hungry.  Serving two-thirds of Arizona’s 15 counties, the organization is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, and is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. Last year, the Food Bank distributed more than 74 million pounds of food to families and individuals, provided enough food for 275,000 meals every day, and garnered more than 310,000 volunteer service hours. Web site: Phone: 602-242-FOOD.

Canstruction—Changing Lives One Can at a Time

Posted on: January 20th, 2012 by Kimberly Mickelson

By Jodi Weisberg for the Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Can you make a difference?  Yes, you can.  Literally—one can at a time.

Canstruction, an international community service project of the design and construction industries to benefit food banks, is kicking off its 2012 competition.  The event is run through the local chapter of the Society for Marketing Professionals (SMPS).

Founded in 1992 in New York City, the event is now celebrating its 20th Anniversary.  In the last decade, canstruction has spread to almost 200 cities and several foreign countries.  It incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1998, and became trademarked in 2000.

Jerry Brown, Director of Public Relations for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, said this is an important event for them and among their top 10 largest food drives.  “Everyone thinks of us in November and December, but in the Spring, we don’t receive as much food.  So this is stuff we can really use!”

Jennifer Schaefer of Henderson Engineering and Maureen Carpenter of Pulice Construction are the co-chairs of this year’s event.  They expect 15 teams, up from 10 last year, which means even more food will be donated. “The more food we can raise the better,” said Schaefer.  “More teams equals more cans which equals more food.  It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Some interesting facts about how Phoenix fared in the 2011 contest:

  • Ranked #7 nationally in the amount of cans donated
  • More than 56,100 pounds of food donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
  • Enough food for 47,547 meals

The rules are simple: Five person teams must plan, shop, construct and then tear down their can structures. Teams are comprised of architects, engineers, designers, contractors, and professionals mentoring students, associations or businesses.

St Mary’s Food Bank Alliance helps each team by weighing, wrapping and delivering the cans to the event site each year. “We want the teams to focus on building their structures and not worrying about hauling cans to the site,” said Brown. “We deliver everything on wooden pallets to make things easier for them.”

Among the new teams this year are a group of ASU graduate students in architecture and engineering.  With no company backing, the team is looking to use student food cards to purchase their cans.

The event will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center and is open to the public free of charge.  The public is invited to watch the teams as they build their structures on March 31, and to view them during the week they remain up, from April 1-7.

If you want to join in on the fun, or just have a desire to give back to the community, contact either Jennifer Schaefer at 602-336-5235, or Maureen Carpenter at 602-889-1448,

“I just want to encourage everyone to come out to this event,” said Brown. “It is unbelievable to see what these teams do and to see the planning, structures, and colors.  They are like works of art.”

Sponsorships are still available – see the benefits and levels of sponsorship available here.

In the coming weeks look for a complete list of teams and their theme build. Learn more about it here


Phoenix Canstruction 2011 Winners

Posted on: March 9th, 2011 by Kimberly Mickelson 2 Comments

March 8th was the 2011 Phoenix Canstruction Awards Gala held at Red Development in CityScape.  The winners are…

Juror's Favorite

Juror’s Favorite – It’s Time – We Can End Hunger by Arrington Watkins Architects / Dibble Engineering / Paragon Structural Engineers / LSW Engineering / Gilbane Building Company


Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: DESPICABLE Meals, No More! By FoRM Design Studio / Ryan Companies / Kendle Design Collaborative/ JRC Design/ JLC Consulting


Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: The Stagecoach Journey – A Mission to End Hunger by DWL Architects + Planners / Mortenson Construction


Best Meal

Best Meal: Hal the Hungry, Hungry Hippo by ULI Central Arizona Young Leaders Group


Best Structural Ingenuity

Best Structural Ingenuity: Take Hunger Off the Grid by SmithGroup / JJR|Floor / DPR Construction


Best Use of Labels

Best Use of Labels: The CANdidate for Change – is You by McCarthy Building Companies / Leo A Dal

Last but not least, other great entries and winners in our book for helping St. Mary’s Food Bank are…


CAN-u-copia by Lawrence Lake Interiors LLC / Loewen Design Group LLC / Sources + Design / Phoenix Architecture, Design & Planning, LLC


Step Up to the Plate

Step Up to the Plate by Gensler, Holder Construction and Corporate Interior Systems


Through Perseverance, We CAN Wear Down Hunger

Through Perseverance, We CAN Wear Down Hunger by Strand Associates / East Valley Academy


Bridging the Hunger Gap

Bridging the Hunger Gap by AECOM


The Most Important Meal of the Day

The Most Important Meal of the Day By Michael Baker Jr., Inc. / Felten Group, Inc.

Canstruction: 5th Annual Phoenix Design/Build Competition March 5-12, 2011

Posted on: January 14th, 2011 by Kimberly Mickelson

The Society for Marketing Profesional Services Arizona chapter under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration is bringing you once again the 5th Annual Canstruction competition.

Teams of local Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Designers and Students.

Canstruction 2011 Teams
Even in these economically challenging times, the following teams have committed to ending hunger with Canstruction 2011!

Design and build structures made entirely from canned (nonperishable) foods within a 10′ x 10′ x 8’h space!

January 6, 2011
Kick-off Meeting and St. Mary’s Food Bank and Tour, 5 p.m.

January 14, 2011
Entry Form and Fee due by 5 p.m.

February 24, 2011
Can Count Spec Sheet Due to Lori Bennett

March 5, 2011
Building Begins at 5:30 a.m. (teams only)

March 5-12, 2011
Exhibition open to public

March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011
Awards Celebration (time TBD)

March 12, 2011
De-Canstruction (time TBD)

RED Development / CityScape
One E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85004

Help us fight hunger in Arizona by being a sponsor or participating in the build competition. Download the sponsorship form or the call for entries from our website.

Complete rules and regulations were provided to registered teams. Teams are responsible for obtaining all food items for their structure. For more information on Phoenix Canstruction, please contact:

Kristopher Gray, Canstruction Organizer KGray@LOGANSIMPSON.COM
Lori Bennett, Canstruction Organizer

Visit Phoenix Canstruction or for more information on Canstruction throughout the United States.

Watch a time lapse of the “Giving is Winning” structure at Canstruction 2010 Build Night!

Canstruction Awards & Networking Mixer

Posted on: February 3rd, 2010 by Sommer Caraway

can-logo-webStop by Fiesta Mall the week of Feb. 22 to see the eight structures A/E/C teams build to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance for Canstruction. Then mingle with the creators of the structures to at the Phoenix Canstruction Awards & Networking Mixer to learn the secrets of the pros and be one of the first to hear who wins the coveted AIA Phoenix Metro People’s Choice Award!


February 24, 2010, 5-7 p.m. by registration only

Chevy’s Fresh Mex® Restaurant

1335 S. Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ 85210


Appetizers and a drink ticket will be provided for all attendees. 

Check-in and networking from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.; the awards presentation will begin at 6 p.m. 

Limited seating is open to all SMPS Members and Non-members for the full $20/person rate.  


Please register online by February 22, 2010 to attend the Awards Mixer: E-mail Brenda Gerhardt with questions.

Canstruction 2010 Marks Fourth Year for Demolishing Hunger

Posted on: January 6th, 2010 by Sommer Caraway


MESA, Ariz. — Currently, one in five children in Arizona lives in poverty with the risk of going to bed hungry at night.

The Society for Marketing Professional Services Arizona chapter, under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration (SDA), will host its 4th annual Canstruction® competition Feb. 19–20 at Fiesta Mall (Alma School Road and US 60) in Mesa, Ariz. to help end hunger for adults and children.  Canstruction® combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed the hungry. Competing teams, led by architects, engineers and contactors, showcase their talents by designing and building giant structures (10’ x 10’ x 8’h) made entirely out of canned foods to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Teams, which will include high school and college-aged students working alongside professionals this year, have 12 hours to build their structures, which will be on display for the public to see at Fiesta Mall Feb. 20–27.  The public may also cast a vote for the AIA Phoenix Metro People’s Choice Award and donate canned food at the simultaneous food drive.

Other awards will be given for Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity and Jurors’ Favorite by a panel of judges.  Winners from local competitions around the nation will compete in the national Canstruction competition through a slide photography submission.

At the close of the exhibition, all of the canned food used to create the structures will be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Event sponsors are AIA Phoenix Metro, Fresh & Easy, Thomas Reprographics and Shelley Marie Images.

Visit for more details.

Canstruction® ( is a design/build competition showcasing the talents of design and construction industry professionals and students they mentor. At events held around the world, teams are given just 12 hours to defy expectations, logic, and gravity as they build fantastic sculptures from thousands of cans of food. Driven by the knowledge that their structures will change lives – by lifting the spirits of those in need, by raising public awareness, and most importantly, by filling the shelves of local food banks – dedicated volunteers work tirelessly to bring their creations to life. The following day, the super-sized masterpieces are judged in a variety of categories as these unconventional art exhibits are opened to the public, the cost of admission – just one can of food.

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance (, the world’s first food bank, is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficientlygathering and distributing food to more than 500 member agencies at 700 sites that serve thehungry. Serving 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life for Arizonans in need. During Fiscal Year 2008-2009, the Food Bank will distribute more than 60 million pounds of food to families and individuals, provided enough food for 300,000 meals every day, and garnered more than 230,000 volunteer service hours.


Canstruction Entries Due Friday!

Posted on: December 3rd, 2009 by Sommer Caraway

PeasBus02Canstruction entries are due Friday, Dec. 4 to  Please visit for more information!

‘Ironman’ in the Making

Posted on: November 19th, 2009 by Sommer Caraway 1 Comment

In a previous post, I mentioned the Canstruction 2010 competition and the Call for Entries.  Since some may be hesitant to take on the challenge of erecting a structure that measures 8′ x 8′ x 10′ high, I thought I would share a video of the process.  Thanks to the “People’s Choice” award-winning Arrington Watkins, Paragon Structural and Dibble Engineering team, you can get a glimpse into just what it takes to build one of these structures. 

The Canstruction 2010 Kick-off Meeting is tonight at 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Here’s a look at “Ironman CAN Conquer Hunger” in the making!

Canstruction 2010 Call for Entries Now Available

Posted on: October 7th, 2009 by Sommer Caraway

ironman_webCanstruction 2009, held in February, was my first experience with this amazing charity event.  Although I didn’t actually build a structure, I supported the committee with the organiatzion and promotion of the event.  It was utterly incredible!  Well over 100 people were bustling at Fiesta Mall just after Build Night commenced at 9 p.m.  Ten structures were built, including favorite characters like Wall-E, Ironman and The Hungry Hippo.  A treasure chest filled with gold appeared as well as a bulldozer, a giant Wii and a LEGO man.

I am looking forward to seeing what creative characters and structures appear at Canstruction 2010!  The Call for Entries is now available, and teams are already beginning to brainstorm winning ideas!  Build night is scheduled to begin Friday, February 19 and go until Saturday, February 20.  Check out the 2009 local winners

Team up with other companies in the A/E/C industry, and don’t forget college and high school students who can help out.  All of the canned food at the end of the 12-hour build competition and week-long exhibition will be donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.  Nearly 50,000 meals were provided earlier this year making Canstruction St. Mary’s largest single-event donation.

If you have any questions about getting involved, please e-mail Amy Marr, Janine Pelekoudas or myself.  Also check out the new website at