Welcome to San Francisco Canstruction! 

The 3rd Annual SF Canstruction was held September 23-27 at Rincon Center based on the theme, "From CANdyland to WoW!".


2013 Award Winners

Photo credit: Paul Mourraille

Best Meal
Solving the Hunger Puzzle

Team of: SmithGroupJJR | Source Planning and Construction | Tipping Mar | Parsons Brinckerhoff

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Juror’s Favorite & People's Choice
Duck Hunt: Aiming to Reduce Hunger!

Team of: Huntsman Architectural Group
| Rutherford + Chekene | GCI General Contractors

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Honorable Mention – Best Interpretation of Theme
Skee-ball - It's not just for kids
Team of: DPR Construction | KMD Architecture

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Best Use of Labels
Donkey CAN – The Evolution of Donkey Kong

Team of: MBH Architects
| Threadbare Games

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Structural Ingenuity
CANnect Four
Team of: ASD | Ben C. Gerwick | Principal Builders

Thank you to this year's teams, who built 9 amazing structures using nearly 30,000 cans of food for the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank.

What is Canstruction? Well, it’s similar to a sand castle contest, but our sculptures are made of canned food. Teams of architects, engineers and contractors design huge structures. Then these giant, fantastic sculptures can be viewed by the public for several days afterward. When the exhibition is over, the structures get dismantled. All of the canned food and money raised go to feed the hungry in San Francisco and Marin.

Canstruction, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to construct fantastic, giant sized, structures made entirely out of canned food. In each city after the structures are built and the winners declared the creations go on view to the general public as giant art exhibits. At the close of the competitions all of the food used in the structures is donated to the local food banks for distribution to community emergency feeding programs.

Our Vision: Wherever a Canstruction competition is held thousands of hungry people are fed, a greater awareness of the issues surrounding hunger is brought home to the public, and a spotlight is placed on the design and construction industry giving back to the communities it helps build.

Our Mission: To engage, amaze and inspire the community while working together to raise food to feed hundreds of thousands of hungry people.

Who Benefits? Men, women and children seeking food assistance through community feeding programs. 

Who Donates Food? Architects, engineers, designers, contractors, the public and generous donors come together to raise money and collect canned food to donate to local food banks each year. The viewing public is encouraged to bring cans of food to donate when they visit the exhibit. 

Food Bank & Venue: For the third year in a row our beneficiary will be the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank (SFFB). We're delighted to be working with them again. A HUGE THANK YOU goes to the generous Hudson Pacific Properties who donated the gorgeous atrium at Rincon Center.