The Lakota Group / Myefski Architects / Valenti Builders Canstruction Team Wins International Award

Ian Sisson, Lakota Urban Design and Planning Associate and 2015 Canstruction team member, reports great news in the following piece:

Awards keep coming for “CANsanova Knuckle-Crushes Hunger”, the towering silverback gorilla constructed out of canned food goods by a team of designers and builders from The Lakota Group, Myefski Architects, and Valenti Builders. After winning the prizes for People’s Choice and Structural Ingenuity at the Chicago competition, the structure has gone on to receive the 2015 Canstruction International Founder’s Memorial Award. The Founder’s Memorial Award is one of eight granted in this year’s competition that included over 1,200 submissions from 124 cities around the world, and is the first Chicago Canstruction to receive an international prize.

CANsanova has also been nominated for the 2015 Canstruction International People’s Choice Award. Votes will be tallied by photo “likes” on the Canstruction Facebook page through May 1st, 2015. Vote for CANsanova at!

Canstrustion is a design/build competition with a mission to feed the hungry, while shining a spotlight on the design industry. The canned food used to build CANsanova was given to the Greater Chicago Food Depository following its display in the Merchandise Mart, contributing to the overall 4.7 million pounds of food donated by Canstruction this year.


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