Swinerton Portland recently teamed up with KPFF Engineers and ZGF Architects to participate in Portland’s 22nd Annual CANstruction event. CANstruction is an annual competition for architects, engineers and general contractors where teams are challenged to build a structure out of cans and other non-perishable food items. Following the competition, all food is donated to the Oregon Food Bank.
The three offices began brainstorming in April, and it was decided to build a truly Portland-themed structure, a Morel mushroom. Over the following months, the details were finalized, and the structure was finally brought to life, in under six hours, on September 24. The hard work didn’t go unnoticed, as the team took home the award for Structural Ingenuity, due to the massive size of the Morel mushroom and the various leveling courses needed to stabilize all 3,452 cans.
Following the competition, the three offices joined up for one last adventure, volunteering at the Oregon Food Bank. During their shift, they sorted 11,508 pounds of onions into family-sized portions for the Food Bank’s community pantry and created 9,590 meals.
Congratulations to the team for all their hard work and accomplishments!