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Engineers help to put food on children’s plates: BA Consulting Group, Halsall Asssociates, Carruthers and Wallace on winning teams

November 22, 2006
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

Toronto's eighth CanStruction event attracted 20 teams of architects and engineers to build structures out of canne...

Toronto’s eighth CanStruction event attracted 20 teams of architects and engineers to build structures out of canned food in the downtown core. The architectural and engineering companies, as well as three student teams, competed to create structures built entirely out of canned and packaged food for the benefit of Daily Bread Food Bank.<br>
The competition was held in the Toronto-Dominion Centre in the heart of the financial district. The teams built their structures amid the hustle and bustle — and interested gazes — of thousands of office workers, and the winners were announced on November 16 in the Design Exchange. <br>
Canstruction in Toronto is supported by Consulting Engineers of Ontario.<br>
The winning structures were:<br>
h Jurors Favourite: No More Rumbly in the Tumbly by Cassidy & Company Architectural Technologists and AATO East Chapter<br>
h Structural Ingenuity: CANthedral by BA Consulting Group Ltd.<br>
h Best Use of Labels: We CanCan Hunger by The Ventin Group and Carruthers + Wallace Ltd.<br>
h Best Meal: Monster House by Quadrangle Architects Limited<br>
h Honourable Mention: Hunger is huge. Hunger is invisible. by ARK Inc.<br>
h Honourable Mention: c-A-n-QUARIUM by Halsall Associates Ltd. and Kuwabara Payne McKeena Blumberg Architects<br>
The executive director of the food bank, Gail Nyberg, gave her thanks and reminded everyone at the announcement of the winners how important the program is: “As the holiday season approaches it is crucial to remember those families who must rely on food banks…. Last year 38% of the almost 900,000 clients that the GTA food banks saw were children.” The structures weighed in at over 62,400 pounds of food. <br>
The other teams created the following structures:<br>
h The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Bregman + Hamann Architects<br>
h Most Needed by CH2M Hill <br>
h One CAN Make a Difference by CORE Architects Inc.<br>
h Reach Out and Help Us End Hunger by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Incorporated<br>
h Ripples CAN End Hunger by Earth Tech Canada Inc.<br>
h Rising to the Challenge of Hunger by Halcrow Yolles<br>
h Helping Hands CAN Make a Difference by HOK Canada<br>
h Inukshuk-can: Marking Our Path to End Hunger by Kasian Architecture Interior Design & Planning Ltd.<br>
h All In To Flush Out Hunger by KMK Consultants Limited with Golder Associates<br>
h CAN-reaction by Montgomery Sisam Architects Inc. and Kearns Mancini Architects Inc.<br>
h Sharing Warmth by Morrison Hershfield Limited<br>
h CANning Hunger by Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. Consulting Engineers<br>
h Together We CAN CAN Hunger by Stantec Architecture Ltd.<br>
h Titanic Meets Riceberg by The Sernas Group Inc.<br>
One of the judges was Vinod Bhatia, P.Eng., manager of the structural department of SNC Lavalin. Another was Raymond Moriyama, the well-known found of Moriyama & Teshima Architects. <br>
The structures are on display until December 1.<br>
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