Help us Canstruct

Help us compete in Canstruction Chicago 2016 and benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository

Each year, professionals in the design and construction industry participate in Canstruction, an international design competition held in over 150 cities around the world. Canstruction’s mission: To feed and inspire the world one can at a time. At the Chicago Canstruction design competition, teams join together, stay up late and build unique and stunning sculptures using thousands of cans of food in an effort to raise awareness about hunger in our community. All the canned food from the exhibit is donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. As an architect in Chicago, I find Canstruction Chicago to be the industry fundraiser I most look forward to every year!


This year, we have assembled a highly committed team to design and build a structure for the event. On behalf of the Stantec/Pepper Construction team, I’m requesting your support for the purchase of cans and materials to build our structure. After the event, all canned food items will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository to feed hungry families in Chicagoland and to raise awareness in the fight to end hunger.

Please donate to the Stantec/Pepper Canstruction effort online. 


In 2015, Canstruction Chicago collected over 113,000 lbs of non-perishable items for distribution through the Food Depository’s network of 650 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters and programs throughout Cook County. Canstruction Chicago is the Food Depository’s largest one-day food drive. It helps to put food on the table for one in six men, women and children who turn to the Food Depository annually.

This year’s “Cansculptures” will be exhibited to the public on the first floor of Chicago’s iconic Merchandise Mart between August 10 and September 6, 2016.  They will be judged in various categories by a celebrity chef and prominent members of the AEC industry. Canstruction Chicago culminates in an awards presentation and cocktail party on August 30 at the Merchandise Mart.

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