The people’s choice winner of this year’s Canstruction San Antonio went to “Poke-Can Go – End Hunger” by H-E-B Design and Construction.

The annual competition in which architects, engineers, and designers build life-size structures out of non-perishable cans of food took place on Sept. 14 at North Star Mall. The day before, ten teams from local architecture, design, and construction firms had 12 hours to build a statue at one of the designated locations at the mall. Then judges examined each of submissions and selected their overall winner, while the winners of categories such as “best meal,” best use of labels, and structural ingenuity were announced at the Canopener Awards hosted by KSAT TV’s Fiona Gorostiza.

This year’s panel of judges was made up of San Antonio Food Bank President and CEO Eric Cooper, Whataburger Design Manager Matt Bartholomew, State Rep. Diego Bernal (D-123), AIA San Antonio Chapter President Christine Viña, and Rivard Report Director Robert Rivard.

The jurors selected “PesCANtarian – The Empty Side of Hunger” by Alamo Architects and Turner Construction as their winner. The sculpture will be displayed in the lobby of the Food Bank for a full year.

The array of impressive statues created during the competition stayed on display in the mall through Sept. 24. They were then taken down and their “building blocks” were donated to the food bank.

To date, Canstruction San Antonio has raised 571,811 pounds of food or 446,727 meals for the Food Bank. This years event raised 28,848 pounds of food or 22,537 meals.

The two runners up for the people’s choice award were:

RVK Architects, Spectrum Lighting, and Lundy and Franke Engineering Inc's entry for the 11th annual Canstruction, "Paving Our Way Out of Hunger." Photo by James McCandless.
RVK Architects, Spectrum Lighting, and Lundy and Franke Engineering Inc’s entry for the 11th annual Canstruction, “Paving Our Way Out of Hunger.” Photo by James McCandless.
The Winner of Canstruction 2016. "PesCANtarian – The Empty Side of Hunger" by Alamo Architects and Turner Construction. Photo by James McCandless.
The Winner of Canstruction 2016. “PesCANtarian – The Empty Side of Hunger” by Alamo Architects and Turner Construction. Photo by James McCandless.
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Top Image: “Poke-Can Go – End-Hunger” by H-E-B Design and Construction.  Photo by James McCandless.

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James McCandless

Former intern James McCandless is a recent St. Mary's University graduate. He has worked with the San Antonio Current and Texas Public Radio.