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CANstruction 2013 

ai Design Group, Inc.

From Grounds to Sky

Awards: Jurors' Favorite, People's Choice Award

Just as coffee has been a staple in many people's lives throughout history, the JFG sign has been a staple to the Charlotte skyline for more than 40 years. Our Canstruction pays tribute to the iconic and architectural aspects of the 18th Fastest Growing City in the US (Forbes 2013)

Team: John Ellis, Denny Gappens, Ron Culpepper, Amanda Whittemore, Jill Scruggs

Special Thanks: Arp Engineering and King Bostrom Associates/LSI Floors for their generous contributions to our structure and this amazing cause.








Perkins + Will: Cylinders of Fury

Take a Bite Out of Hunger

Award: Structural Ingenuity 

OMM-nom-nom-nom... In our office we sure do love chocolate chip cookies and hate hunger. What better symbol for showing our love of cookies and taking a bite out of hunger than everyone's favorite googley-eyed cookie eating character? Our Canstruction Cookie Monster raises awareness of hunger in the Charlotte area while offering visitors a bit of nostalgia.

Team: Lauren Bellamy, David Gieser, Rachel Myers, David Wales, Eugene Wright

Special Thanks: Rick Kazebee, Richard Grubbs



Odell Associates, Inc.

Strike Out Hunger

Award: Best Use of Labels 

The "Strike Out Hunger" Canstruction is composed of a baseball and baseball glove, both set within a bed of green grass. The baseball mitt includes three types of cans: stewed tomatoes, baked beans, and black beans. The pattern created with the contrasting black beans represents the netting between the thumb and fingers of a baseball mitt. The baseball itself is composed of a smaller size (8 oz.) tomato sauce can in order to create the curve of the baseball and to incorporate the red stitching. Lastly, the green carpet tiles were selected and arranged in stripes to illustrate the lawn pattern of a baseball diamond and to further accentuate the bed of grass created through the use of cans of green beans.

Team: Devki Wright, Jonathan Blain, Jeff McDonald, Michael Montgomery, Rebecca Morris

Special Thanks: Other team members: Anthony Hersey for helping with the design and Amy Davis for acquiring the carpet tiles. Tandus Flooring for their generous contribution providing the "grass" colored carpet tiles for our structure.


Wright McGraw Beyer Architects

The Hunger Games

Award: Best Meal

In a district, far into the future, food is a scarcity and must be fought for in a match to the death that decides who will eat and who will have to fend for themselves. Unfortunately, that reality does not solely exist in the realm of imagination, and for some people, this illustrates an everyday struggle. We come together as a community, with cans, to play our games so that others do not have to fight to survive. 

Team: Damian Huneycutt, Chris Johnson, Emily Severyn, Robbie Harvey, Jason Hite, Leslie Curson, Mike Vess



Clark Nexsen Architecture & Engineering: The Big CAN Theory

Scaring Away Hunger

Award: Honorable Mention 

Mike and Sulley continue to live up to the motto of Monsters, Inc: "WE SCARE BECAUSE WE CARE!" By putting together a frightful combination of soup, fruit, fish, and vegetables, our top two Scarers are making it tough for hunger to sleep through the night!

Team: Glenn Aitchison, Melanie Anderson, Barb Aitchison, Nicole Hall, Alexander Lay

Special Thanks: To our team: Sara Abrams, Kent Bauman, Janet Brooks, Mark Dimoff, Tarik Hameed, Bethany Platt & Derek Stahl


 C design Inc.

Summer Reading

Award: Honorable Mention 

The symbol of books for education is universal. By reading and analyzing written text, solutions to problems can be achieved. Similarly, as the UNCC Center City Building represents an assembly of stacked books used to represent impact of higher education on the community, SUMMER READING adopts the form of the building with the realization that education can solve social issues, including hunger. The exaggerated, boldly-colored structure identifies the need to educate the public of those who wonder about their next meal. Moreover, the various cans represent those affected and the need to provide a universal solution to prevent this social injustice. 

Team: Dean McKenzie, Kip Wilcox, AIA, Joe Bevins 

Special Thanks: To our other team members: Marley Carroll, FAIA, Rob Crane, AIA






 Monteith Construction Corp.: Souper Stackers

 Sea Hunger Dissssappear

 Award: Honorable Mention 

Thisss ravenous sea serpent is named "Hunger," due to its tendency to eat anything (or anyone) it comes across. Its vast, rumbling stomach can lead him to take brutal measures to find a meal, yet its notoriety is somewhat undeserved; aren't we all a little cranky when we're hungry? Fortunately for us (and not so fortunately for Hunger), Second Harvest Food Bank is on its way to slay the serpent and use his cans to feed others who are in need. Then we can all celebrate as we Sea Hunger Dissssappear. 

Team: Kiley Maddox, Justin Collins, Trevor DuBroff, Sam Pierce, Chris Powell

Thank you to our Annual Platinum Sponsors




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