Lavallee Brensinger Architects Fights Hunger with Design, Wins People’s Choice Award

Lavallee Brensinger Architects participated in the 2015 Boston CANstruction competition to fight hunger, donating 3,171 cans of food to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. A record twenty-six Boston firms competed in CANstruction’s “CELEBRATE! 20 Years in Boston” design/build this year, using a broad array of canned foods to construct giant displays of public art. The Lavallee Brensinger team constructed:

  • Nearly 8 foot tall Calvin and Hobbes replica,
  • using 3,171 cans,
  • 2 ladders,
  • 20 volunteers,
  • All in 5 hours!

Lavallee Brensinger’s “Join Your Favorite Duo in the Fight Against Hunger” sculpture was awarded People’s Choice.

CANstruction is a unique nonprofit organization which hosts competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely of canned goods and other nonperishable food items. After the structures are built and the winners declared, the creations go on view to the general public at the BSA | Space & Atlantic Wharf Building in Boston as giant art exhibits. At the close of the competition, all of the food used in the structures will be donated the Merrimack Valley Food Bank for distribution to community emergency feeding programs.

In 2014, CANstruction Boston donated 38,381 pounds of food equaling 29,879 meal servings, or enough food to feed two-and-a-half meals to every child in Lowell, MA. In the past 19 years, CANstruction Boston has collected more than 750,000 pounds of food which has provided roughly 600,000 meals to those in the Greater Boston and surrounding areas.

Lavallee Brensinger Architects thanks the following sponsors:
PC Construction
Koroseal Interior Products
Kaplan Construction
Foley Buhl Roberts & Associates
RFS Engineering