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Northeast Times | January 28, 2023

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CANstruction goes to State Fair to benefit Tarrant Area Food Bank charities

CANstruction goes to State Fair to benefit Tarrant Area Food Bank charities

Imaginative sculptures as large as 10-feet square by 8 feet tall designed by professional architects, designers and engineers and constructed with cans of food are on display for the 16th annual Fort Worth/Tarrant County CANSTRUCTION® Competition and Show, Sept. 26 – Oct. 19.

For the FIRST TIME EVER, the Fort Worth as well as the Dallas CANSTRUCTION® competition and show will be at the State Fair of Texas. Food used to build the can-structions in the Fort Worth show will go to Tarrant Area Food Bank and its partner hunger-relief charities in 13 counties; food in the Dallas show will go to North Texas Food Bank. These two CANSTRUCTION® competitions and shows are among five being held in Texas in 2014 and one of dozens held throughout the U.S. each year as community service projects benefiting local hunger-relief charities while showcasing the design and construction professions.

The two Canstruction exhibits are on display from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily in the Science Building at the corner of Grande Ave. and Big & Bright Blvd. in Fair Park, Dallas, 75210. Admission to both the Dallas and the Fort Worth CANSTRUCTION® shows is free with a State Fair admission ticket. The two CANSTRUCTION® shows are sponsored by the State Fair of Texas and Bank of America.

From Sept. 26 through Oct. 19, each visitor is invited to vote for a favorite can-struction in one or both city’s exhibition for a “PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD.” Voting is done by texting to donate to the respective food bank receiving food from the can-struction. Visitors to the exhibitions may vote as many times as they like.

Before the State Fair opens on Sept. 26, a panel of celebrities and experts will judge the Fort Worth can-structions in the categories of BEST USE OF LABELS, BEST MEAL, STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY and JURORS’ FAVORITE. The juried awards will be posted at each winning sculpture.

Building this year’s Fort Worth can-structions as a community service project focused on local hunger in Fort Worth/Tarrant County are volunteer teams from: ARLINGTON—Tarrant County College Southeast, and the School of Architecture of the University of Texas at Arlington; from MANSFIELD: Level 5 Design Group; and from FORT WORTH: Brown & Gay Engineers, Inc., Dunaway Associates, Franz Jeanes Lazo Cora, Frank W. Neal & Associates, Inc., Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Architects, Huitt-Zollars, Inc., Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., and VLK Architects.

OVER THE PAST 15 YEARS, Fort Worth/Tarrant County CANSTRUCTION® teams and their sponsoring firms have donated nearly 767,000 POUNDS of FOOD to Tarrant Area Food Bank, which is equivalent to approximately 639,000 MEALS.

“Partner charities of Tarrant Area Food Bank will especially appreciate having canned goods from the can-structions,” said Bo Soderbergh, the food bank’s executive director. “Since most of the food donated to us by the food industry is fresh and frozen, the nonperishable goods are especially welcome,” he said.

CANSTRUCTION® Fort Worth/Tarrant County is a community service project of the Fort Worth Chapters of the Society for Design Administration (SDA) and of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) under the auspices of the national SDA and its CANSTRUCTION® Foundation. The local SDA and AIA chapters also present the local awards.

LOCAL WINNERS are entered in the INTERNATONAL CANSTRUCTION® competition. Over the past 15 years, NINE Fort Worth can-structions have won awards in the international contest. These winning canned sculptures have been designed and built by the firms Dunaway, Frank W. Neal & Associates, Freese & Nichols (2 years), Gideon Toal, Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford Architects (2 years), Huckabee Architecture, Engineering and Management and VLK Architects.

TO SEE WINNING CANSTRUCTION® sculptures from last year’s Fort Worth/ Tarrant County competition, visit