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Who: Teams of Architects, Engineers, Contractors or Student Teams.

Why: It starts with one CAN. To feed the hungry. To lift a spirit. To change the world.

100,000+ Alaskans, including 30,000+ children, access hunger relief programs supported by the Food Bank of Alaska. CANstruction's annual Design/Build competition puts a visual spotlight on hunger while showcasing the Anchorage design community's best & brightest.

Think You have what it takes to CANstruct and win #bestorginaldesign? We are SUPER excited to see what our 14 teams come up with (team list below).

When: Build-Day - March 22, 2019 (noon-midnight)

Where: Dimond Center Mall (800 E Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99515)

Theme: Superheroes vs Villains

What: Design and build structures made entirely from CANned food within a 10'x10'x10' area. See instructions rules and regulations for more information.

Awards will be given in the following categories

  • Best Original Design #bestoriginaldesign

  • Most CANs #mostCANs

  • People's Choice #peopleschoice

  • Best use of Labels #bestuseoflabels

  • Structural Ingenuity #structuralingenuity

  • Food Bank of Alaska #fbamostwanted (see more here)

Additional Info: See Links above. Have questions/comments/ideas, email us at

2019 TEAMS

  1. Alaska Testlab

  2. Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities / PND Engineers

  3. Architects Alaska

  4. Anchorage School District - Dimond High School Engineering Academy / MBA Engineers

  5. BP Alaska

  6. Cadence General / KPB Architects / Alaska Industrial Hardware

  7. BBFM Engineers, Inc. / NorthForm Architecture / Shannon & Wilson, Inc

  8. Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) / Cornerstone Construction / Coffman Engineers

  9. DOWL

  10. Enterprise Engineering, Inc.

  11. HDR

  12. Nvision Architecture / DCI Engineers

  13. AMC Engineers / R&M Consultants

  14. RIM Architects / Reid Middleton

  15. Anchorage Native Tribal Heath Consortium (ANTHC)


October 31, 2018

Registration Deadline

Teams pay fee, only need to commit to having a team.


November 14, 2018 @4:30 PM

Team Captain's Meeting

One representative from each team attends a meeting the the committee to get more info and ask any questions they have. Meeting will be held at Food Bank of Alaska.

December 7, 2018

Preliminary Design Due

Email a sketch (PDF or JPEG) to the committee @ The sketch can include any level of detail you wish.

January 11, 2019

CAN Orders to Carrs

Forms will be provided in excel and should be emailed to Carrs representative, more info at team meeting.

February 1, 2019

Team Board Info

Provide committee with a description of your structure, including but not limited to describing what foods you included in your structure, how your structure ties into the theme and/or hunger. We love and encourage plays on the word CAN, but its not required. Let us know names of people on your team, sponsors you want to acknowledge.

March 20, 2019

CAN Drop

Carrs delivers CANs. Teams do a general inspection of the delivery for CANs that are missing

March 22, 2019 @ Noon-Midnight

Build Day

Teams will be building, the public is welcome to view the action in progress

March 22, 2019 to

March 31, 2019

Free Public Display of CANstructures and #peopleschoice voting.

Spend some time walking around all the awesome CANstructures throughout the Dimond Center.


March TBD, 2019

Awards Ceremony

For participating teams only

April 1, 2019


Structures are taken apart. Teams must help de-CANstruct if their structure is over 8 feet tall. All teams are encouraged to help.

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