The 23rd Annual Canstruction NYC Design/Build Competition Exhibit

Canstruction New York has come to a close for 2015. We donated close to 80,000 pounds of food to City Harvest which they are busy packing into holiday boxes for Thanksgiving for those in need.
City Harvest repack


The winner of the People’s Choice Award for the 23rd Annual Canstruction New York exhibit is

“BatCAN: A Signal to End Hunger” by DeSimone Consulting Engineers


Competition Winners Announced Below

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Announcing the 2015 winners!

The winners of the 23rd Annual Canstruction Competition are:

Jurors’ Favorite: What’s Up, Doc? by Gensler

Structural Ingenuity: Wall Street Charging Bull by Thornton Tomasetti

Best Meal: Pipe Down Hunger by RAND Engineering & Architecture, DPC

Best Use of Labels: Scare Hunger Away by Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA)

Honorable Mention: Ask the Magic 8 Ball! by Gilsanz Murray Steficek LLP

Honorable Mention: Knocking Out Hunger by Ammann & Whitney / Louis Berger

Most Cans: Mini Appetizer by Manhattan Renovations with 9,000 cans

The Cheri Award was given to Perkins Eastman / Harlem RBI for their entry Cookie CAN-ster. This was the sixth annual awarding of this prize named for Canstruction Founder, Cheri C. Melillo. Each year the criteria for this award changes and is awarded by the organizing committee or its agents. Cheri’s son, Brion van Over, and husband, Bruce Melillo awarded this year’s prize to a team collaboration that embraces the vision that Cheri had for mentoring the younger generation and encouraging their engagement in social issues.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who made the 23rd Annual New York City Canstruction Design/Build Competition possible.

The jury was comprised of:

    • Madeleine Beckman, Journalist and Poet
    • Joy Habian, VP of Marketing, The Durst Organization
    • Chef Dean Kropp
    • Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIA NYS, Managing Director, AIANY
    • Mimi S. Raygorodetsky, Associate, LANGAN


From left to right: Chef Dean Kropp, Suzanne Mecs, Hon. AIA, Joy Habian, Mimi Raygorodetsky and Madeleine Beckman

is an international charity competition where architects, engineers, contractors and students they mentor, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food. At the close of the competition all of the food from the New York City competition will be donated to

New York City is joined by over 100 cities across North America and other countries such as Australia and New Zealand who will hold Canstruction® Competitions in the coming year. Highlighting the creativity and compassion of top architectural and engineering firms, these astounding structures are helping to change the world – by lifting the spirits of those in need, by raising public awareness, and most importantly, by collecting millions of pounds of food for local food banks.

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The Canstruction New exhibition is presented with generous support from Brookfield.