Charles Cochran, a Project Manager on the Traffic [...]
As a civil engineering firm, our engineers are always planning buildings and structures. When we heard about The First Annual Canstruction® Birmingham Event to Benefit the Foundry Rescue Mission and Recovery Center that involved building giant structures out of canned food, we knew it was an event we wanted to be involved in because it’s for such a great cause.
We like a challenge, and Canstruction® is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and the students they mentor design and build structures made out of only canned food. At the end of the event, all the food is donated to local organizations that feed the hungry in those communities. Since its inception in 1992, Canstruction® has contributed over 21 million pounds of food nationwide.
Canstruction® Birmingham aims to raise awareness about hunger and those who are homeless or disadvantaged. All canned food used in the competition will be donated to The Foundry to help provide more than 300,000 meals the Foundry serves every year to the residents of their long-term programs and for hungry men, women and children in the community.
Because business is an integral part of the Birmingham community, we take it as our civic responsibility to give back to those around us. We want to become more engaged in Birmingham because the more we can help, the better we will all be.
The Foundry is hosting the Birmingham event at Colonial Brookwood Village. All of the participating teams had from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, October 4 to build our structures. Our team was made up of Captain Laura Beth Yates, Caitlin Williams, Jennifer Brown, Michael Lynch, Lauren Nickles and me.
While we didn’t practice building our “canstructure,” we came up with the overall concept beforehand. Michael created a CAD design, which included the height, width and depth, along with number of cans and other details. We had a highly detailed layout for the structure, which was very helpful when it came to actually building it.
Judging also took place on Friday to determine the winners for prizes: Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, Jurors’ Favorite and Honorable Mention. Winners will be announced on October 10.
Starting on Saturday, October 5 the public was invited to view the creations and donate $1 to vote onsite for the People’s Choice award. Voting is open through October 10, but all structures will be on display through October 18.
We have been so impressed by the level of involvement and participation from the Birmingham business community. It’s heartwarming to see so many companies reaching out for a greater cause by dedicating time, money and energy into raising awareness for The Foundry. We were so happy to be involved and are looking forward to many full bellies as a result.
Sain Associates, Inc., is headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, with offices in Cullman, Alabama, Pulaski, Tennessee and Mandeville, Louisiana. Sain is a site engineering, traffic/transportation engineering and planning and land surveying firm with experience in more than thirty states.