TPP Canstruction Project 2013

Posted on November 21st, 2013

On November 7th, The Preston Partnership participated in SDA’s annual Canstruction competition.  Every year, teams of architects, engineers, developers, and students work together to design and build some really creative 3D structures. However, these designs aren’t built out of concrete – they’re made entirely out of cans of food!  At the end of the competition, all of the food used to build the structures is donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.  It took months of volunteer time, hard work, design tweaks, and heavy lifting for the TPP team to complete the project, but it was well worth it for everyone involved. 


TPP’s entry, just one of many impressive structures, is entitled “Teach a Man to Fish.” By showing a father teaching his son to fish in order to feed himself in the future, TPP parallels the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s mission. The ACFB doesn’t simply hand out food; they educate our community about hunger and poverty issues, help build community gardens, and support thousands of local organizations such as church food pantries, childcare centers, senior centers, and community kitchens. In turn, these local agencies provide low-income Georgians with life-changing resources.



Let the build begin!



Step one: unpacking, better known as the tedious part most people forget about. The materials for our structure included: sardines, beans, sweet potatoes, fruits, vegetables, coconut milk, and 86% cacao chocolates (antioxidants!).



But our team, including Steve Byerly and Carolyn Mraz, are hard at work before too long, building the water line of a lake out of cans of tasty coconut milk.



Katy McNulty and Connor Grace seem pretty happy with the progress so far, unless that’s just the Red Bull talking.


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Katy surveys from above as Delton Moore and Carolyn build themselves a sunset.


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Katy meticulously rotates a can, putting the finishing touches on the sunset background.


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Don’t let that smile fool you – he’s got a glue gun, and he knows how to use it! Brian Crouch had a tough job keeping people out of the chocolate long enough to finish the silhouette.


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The design moves into the 3D world with the addition of the father and son silhouettes. We’re getting there, but there’s so much more to do!


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Later on in the evening, a few more TPP members – including Tami Wolf – appeared with some much-needed Chinese food and stayed to lend a helping hand.


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The team members are hard at work, filling out the back end of the structure with even more cans of food.


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Team members Joseph Ghobrial and Edwin Rocio begin the base structure of the boat.


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It’s almost complete! Just a few details here and there left to adjust.



And here’s the finished product! TPP’s “Teach a Man to Fish” structure contained over $8000 worth of cans – that’s over 5,000 cans of food donated from TPP alone! The team members were exhausted, but happy and proud to have been a part of Canstruction. “It was a great experience. I helped out the community, and I had fun while I was doing it.” says Carolyn Mraz.



On November 13th our team won the award for “Best Use of Labels”! Congratulations on a fantastic team effort! Team representatives are pictured here with Canstruction Event Chairperson Sarah Wallace and Bill Bolling, the Founder of the Atlanta Community Food Bank.



SO MANY PEOPLE worked hard to pull this off! There are only four of us represented in this photo, but the entire design and build team consisted of: Katy McNulty; Delton Moore; Carolyn Mraz; Edwin Rocio; Joseph Ghobrial; Connor Grace; Steve Byerly; Brian Crouch, Andrew Coletta & Dustin Sadler (our awesome E+M Structural guys); Edsel Arnold (our design consultant); Chandra Cherry; Andrew Butler; Joe Reboulet; Lucinda Barker (who nabbed us a few sponsorships from great vendors like Patcraft, Office Creations, and Ceramic Technics; Tami & Patsy (who showed up with life-saving Chinese food and then proceeded to pitch in and help build, break down boxes and clean up!); and Brad Ellinwood of Ellinwood+Machado Structural Engineers (who was our biggest sponsor and showed up to the build with a cooler of refreshments to cheer us on).




“We have worked with The Preston Partnership for a number of years and they have always brought a unique combination of creativity, problem solving, and deep market knowledge necessary to make a project a success.”
– Steven L. Shores, Pollack Shores Real Estate Group