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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.

58,000+ Alaskans access hunger relief programs supported by Food Bank of Alaska. CANstruction's annual Design/Build competition puts a visual spotlight on hunger while showcasing the Anchorage design community's best and brightest.

When: Build Day: March 24, 2023. On display ~ 2 weeks following the build.

Where: 5th Avenue Mall (320 West 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501)

Theme: FOOD

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



2023 TEAMS


  1. Architects Alaska, Inc. / BBFM Engineers / Davis Constructors

  2. Coffman Engineers, Inc. / Cornerstone Construction / MCG Explore Design

  3. CRW Engineering Group, Inc.

  4. DCI Engineers / KPB Architects

  5. DOWL

  6. Enterprise Engineering, Inc.

  7. Fred Meyer

  8. HDL Engineering Consultants, LLC

  9. NVision Architecture

  10. R&M Consultants, Inc.

  11. RIM Architects / Reid Middleton, Inc.

  12. RSA Engineering, Inc.

  13. Stantec



January 17, 2023

Registration Deadline

Teams pay fee, only need to commit to having a team. HARD deadline. Soft deadline is December 31, if you have expressed interest and not signed up at that time we will follow up with you to confirm.


January 18, 2023 @ 1600

Team Captain's Meeting

Representative(s) from each team attends a meeting the the committee to get more info and ask any questions they have.

Februrary 3, 2023

Preliminary Design Due / Reserve Idea

Email a your idea to the committee @  The committee believes in not having duplicate ideas, first come first serve to reserve your idea.

February 24, 2023

CAN Orders (Carrs)

Download form for Carrs or Fred Meyer. Follow instructions on form.

February 24, 2023

CAN Orders (Fred Meyer)

Download form for Carrs or Fred Meyer. Follow instructions on form.

March 24, 2023

Build Day

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

March 25 , 2023

Free Public Display of CANstructures and #peopleschoice voting.

Spend some time walking around all the awesome CANstructures throughout th 5th Avenue Mall.

April 7, 2023


Structures are taken apart. Teams must help de-CANstruct if their structure.

April TBD, 2023

Awards Ceremony

For participating teams only

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