Cuhaci & Peterson, a long time participant in Canstruction Orlando, was part of the 2017 event that concluded, Sunday, November 5, 2017. Eight teams in total built structures completely out of non-perishable food items that were donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida after the event.
During the summer of 2017, the theme of “Honey I Shrunk the Hunger”, was announced by Canstruction Orlando. After that announcement local teams, including the C&P team began brainstorming what they could build within the parameters of that theme. The Cuhaci team decided to pay homage to the late 1980’s film, ‘Honey I Shrunk the Kids’ and build the laser shrink ray that is a main component of the storyline.
After modeling the proposed structure in REVIT, the team approached local business partners regarding sponsorships to purchase the cans needed to build the structure. T&G Constructors, Williams Company, Mulligan Constructors, J. Raymond Construction and WindCrest all donated funds that went toward nearly 4,000 food items for the build.
On Sunday, October 22, all of the teams met at the Orlando Fashion Square Mall for build day. The following Monday, judges looked at several parameters of the structures, including the nutritional content of the food items and the physical structures themselves. An awards ceremony was held on Thursday, October 26th at the Second Harvest Headquarters off of Mercy Drive, in Orlando. The Cuhaci team was presented with the “War on Hunger” award the “Patron’s Choice” for favorite overall structure.
C&P team captain, Melissa Sucre shared, “Congratulations to all of you, all the hard work paid off not only because of the awards but because we get to donate almost 4 thousand cans of food for people right here in central Florida. Thank you once again and keep in mind it’s never too early to start thinking about next year’s awesome structure!” with the team after the Canstruction awards ceremony.
The structures remained on display for the general public until the mall closing on November 5th, when volunteers held a Decanstruction event that involved taking down all of the structures and packaging the food up to be taken to the Second Harvest facility. Canstruction Chair, David Stone estimated that there were about 16,000 food items that would be available to the local community thanks to 2017’s Canstruction event, “…a win for everyone.”
About Cuhaci & Peterson
Cuhaci & Peterson is a national A/E/P firm specializing in commercial design. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida since 1978, the firm also has offices in Philadelphia, Boston and South Florida and is licensed in 49 states. Cuhaci & Peterson offers Architectural, SMEP Engineering, Fire Alarm/Protection, Lighting Design, Construction Administration, Landscape and Planning services as well as, In-House Government Relations and Interior Design on a variety of project types.