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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 22, 2024. On display ~ 2 weeks following the build.

Where: Dimond Mall

Theme: Disney

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



2024 TEAMS

  1. Coffman Engineers / Cornerstone Construction / MCG Explore Design

  2. CRW Enginering Group

  3. DOWL
  4. Enterprise Engineering
  5. Fred Meyer
  6. HDL Consulting Engineers / HDR / Michael Baker / Architects Alaska
  7. RIM Architects / Reid Middleton



September - December 2023


Committee will be contacting you!

or email if you have questions.

November 15, 2023 @ 1600 (MS Teams)

CANstruction 101

Teams and all interested may call in to hear more about the event. Plan to record meeting for those who were unable to attend.

email for meeting invite.


December 22, 2023

Registration Deadline

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

January 19, 2024

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 16, 2024

CAN Orders (Carrs)

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

February 16, 2024

CAN Orders (Fred Meyer)

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

March 22, 2024

Build Day

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

March 23, 2024 - TBD

Free Public Display of CANstructures and #peopleschoice voting.

Spend some time walking around all the awesome CANstructures.

April TBD, 2024


Structures are taken apart. Teams must help

de-CANstruct if their structure.

April TBD, 2024

Awards Ceremony

For participating teams only

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