BWI Marshall Airport announces CANstruction Awards

An awards ceremony on September 18 at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport honored teams that participated in a local CANstruction event. CANstruction is a design competition and charity event that supports the Maryland Food Bank.

Four local teams made up of architects, engineers, and students recently gathered at BWI Marshall to design and build large, unique structures made entirely out of canned goods. The structures are on display throughout the airport terminal until October 2.

The CANstruction competition is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, Baltimore chapter (AIABaltimore) and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF). The four teams participating in the CANstruction are: Johns Hopkins University; Michael Baker International; Whitman, Requardt and Associates; and Wilmot Sanz, Inc. The four teams used more than 6,300 cans of food in the competition.

During September, the Maryland Department of Transportation is leading Operation Orange Drive, a month-long action to support the Maryland Food Bank’s Hunger Action Month. MDOT business units are collecting food from employees and customers at more than 100 locations across the state. Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) Administrator Greg Slater is the Chairman of the Operation Orange Drive. He presented the awards this afternoon at the CANstruction ceremony this afternoon.

“I want to congratulate the four teams that worked so hard to design and build these amazing structures,” said MDOT SHA Administrator Slater.  “We appreciate your energy, generosity, and the valuable food that will support the Maryland Food Bank.”

Awards were presented this afternoon in several categories.

Most Cans (2,392)—Whitman, Requardt and Associates

Structural Integrity—Whitman, Requardt and Associates

Best Meal—Johns Hopkins University, Department of Civil Engineering

Best Use of Labels—Wilmot Sanz, Inc.

Best Original Design—Wilmot Sanz, Inc.

Public voting for the People’s Choice Award remains open until Noon on October 2. Members of the public may select their favorite CANstruction design on the BWI Marshall Airport Facebook page.

The Maryland Food Bank is a nonprofit hunger-relief organization, leading the movement to end hunger throughout Maryland.  For more than 35 years, the Maryland Food Bank has partnered with communities across the state to distribute food to individuals and families in need. To learn more about the Maryland Food Bank, click here.

Source: Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport

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