For a number of years, the local A/E community has come together to have a little fun and give a little help to The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, via Canstruction Orlando. Each year after the teams find out the theme, they head to the drawing board to figure out how to build something incredible using only non-perishable food items. 2017 was no different; the theme this year was “Honey I Shrunk the Hunger”, a play on the title of the late 80’s film “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”.

With that in mind, when our team started brainstorming, one of the ideas was to build a giant shrink ray, mirrored after the one in the movie. As planning begun, we decided to build the entire scene, not just the ray. Just the right cans were scouted out and the REVIT model was completed. More than 3,000 cans were purchased with the help of our amazing sponsors and a practice build, complete with an actual laser was planned, to work out the details of the build. Before we knew it, build day had arrived.

Thanks to T&G Constructors, we had a nice big truck to transport all the cans from C&P’s Baldwin Park office to the Orlando Fashion Square Mall where the build would take place. Sunday, October 22, 2017 eight different teams arrived to build their creations, as those shopping in the mall looked on. About 5 hours later, our team had a giant laser made out of green beans and Perrier, sitting on a floor of potatoes, surrounded by a wall made of sweet potatoes, baked beans and sour kraut.

This year we are delighted to announce that we won the “War on Hunger” award as well as the “People’s Choice” award for Canstruction Orlando 2017! All thanks goes to our volunteers throughout the process, our generous donors, and all of you that voted!

Check out our Build Day Video!

Laser Focused On Shrinking Hunger-Canstruction Build Day 2017 from Cuhaci Peterson on Vimeo.

Check out WESH 2 coverage of Canstruction Build Day

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Many thanks go out to our 2017 sponsors!