CANstruction Winners Announced


LegosWe CAN Win the Fight Against Hunger

Winners of the 2014 Canstruction Orange County Design/Build Competition Revealed

The OC Food Bank is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Canstruction Orange County competition that brought together nineteen local architectural,engineering, and design teams to create phenomenal structures builtentirely out of canned food. The structures are on display at South Coast Plaza in conjunction with the Festival of Children.

“This year we had the best teams and all-star judges coming together to help the OC Food Bank,” said Betsy Nickless, Canstruction Orange County Event Co-Chair. “The winning teams really did a wonderful job of creatively using thousands of cans to build an interesting sculpture from every angle.” The following Canstruction winners were decided by a panel of judges comprised of Afshan Afshar, AIA Orange County; Dwight Detter, Whole Foods Market; Wing Lam, Wahoo’s Fish Taco; Anita Lau diary of a Mad Hungry Woman; and Kyle Patterson, J.L. Patterson & Associates.

HONORABLE MENTION BASSENIAN | LAGONI ARCHITECTS: “ORANGE You Glad We Are Helping to End Hunger?” (Total Cans: 2,332) is a giant orange with leaves created from teabags in green packets.

HONORABLE MENTION CH2M Hill: “Get your Fill with Tetris” (Total Cans: 3,318) is a 10′-high Gameboy with Tetris on the screen.

HONORABLE MENTION Disneyland Resort, Design & Engineering: “Melt Away Hunger” (4,932) depicts Olaf from the movie, Frozen.

MOST CANS SVA Architects: “Don’t Let Hunger Drag-On” (Total Cans: 5,680) was inspired by How to Train Your Dragon.

BEST MEAL Fluor: “Our LEGOcy to Children” (Total Cans: 5,258) shows giant Lego figures packing food boxes.

STRUCTURAL INGENUITY Gregg Maedo + Associates: “CANzilla Destroys Hunger” (Total Cans: 2,710) depicts a 10′-high Godzilla destroying a city plagued with hunger.

BEST USE OF LABELS Jacobs: “We Refuse to be Koi’ About Hunger” (Total Cans: 2,519) is a 10′-long colorful Koi fish.

JURY’S FAVORITE McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.: “Changing the Face of Hunger” (Total Cans: 2,315) used Leseur silver canned peas and beans to create a giant head with a hidden heart.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE Fluor: “Our LEGOcy to Children” (Total Cans: 5,258)

At the completion of the exhibition on September 28th, all of the cans will be donated to the OC Food Bank. This year’s donations will allow the OC Food Bank to provide 233,840 meals to low-income Orange County residents.

To teach children about the local fight to end hunger, the Festival of Children is also encouraging children to bring in a can of food to South Coast Plaza at noon on September 28th. Donors will get their picture taken with Yo Gabba Gabba!

If you are interested in information on how you can help end hunger during National Hunger Action Month and feed Orange County’s low-income children, please contact (714) 897-6670 x3404 or [email protected] Together, we can eliminate hunger and poverty in Orange County.


The OC Food Bank, a program of Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), has evolved into Orange County’s most comprehensive hunger-relief organization. Our aim is to make a positive impact in people’s lives by helping them meet basic needs and strengthen their support system. The OC Food Bank serves children, families, seniors, veterans, and disabled individuals. We have a stake in the health of our community and the ability to create real change in the lives of our neighbors. In 2013, CAPOC distributed more than 18 million pounds of food to Orange County residents. In addition to direct support, the OC Food Bank supplies 400 local charities with food. Our Food Bank mobilizes and directs resources to programs that assist, educate, and promote self-sufficiency.