Driving Awareness of Hunger in Washington, D.C.

November 22, 2015

Employees in the Alexandria, Va. office worked as their very own pit crew during the 2015 CanstructionDC competition, part of a national effort to raise awareness of the ongoing problem of hunger in local communities around the world. Teams from more than 25 architectural and engineering firms stacked canned goods in inventive ways at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on November 22. 

In its third year in the competition, the Michael Baker team took a cue from the program’s theme of “Transportation” and created “NASCAN #88.” The resulting three-dimensional structure is a replica of a car recently sponsored by the company that was driven by one of the world’s top professional race car drivers.  The 15-member team spent six hours creating the automobile out of 1,700 cans of produce. Following the event, Canstruction donates the canned goods to the Capital Area Food Bank of Washington, D.C., which can be used to prepare more than 200 meals.

Andrea Ryon, Alexandria’s office executive indicated that “our involvement in Canstruction demonstrates how ‘We Make a Difference’ in our local communities this holiday season by supporting those in need in the region.”

Recognized as an innovator in promoting global hunger relief, Canstruction hosts annual competitions and exhibit events in more than 150 cities around the world, which has led to the collection and donation of nearly 30 million pounds of food to the needy since 1992.