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The People’s Choice winner, chosen by the public via social media and ballots located at the build site, was the team of HDR, Sundt and CH2M Hill.

The Valley's AEC Community Gives Back Once More at the 7th Annual Canstruction Competition



The Valley’s 7th Annual Canstruction Design-Build Competition returned to the West Building of the Phoenix Convention Center in March, with 11 competing teams comprised of 29 different companies within the architecture, engineering and construction industry.

The goal: to design and built structures using more than 45,000 cans of food. At the end of the two-week event, all food and cash donations were donated to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

Canstruction has become one of the largest single-event donations for the Food Bank, with more than 52,000 cans used to construct incredibly imaginative designs. All the non-perishable items used helped fill the more than 30,000 emergency food boxes St. Mary’s distributes into the community each month.

The international competition is hosted by the Arizona Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration (SDA).

The committee of AEC industry volunteers begins planning the event every fall and relies on sponsorship money and in-kind donations from the community to execute the event. Teams who participate are responsible for acquiring their own canned food.

Many teams solicit donations from local businesses, project clients and fellow employees to help cover the costs of their structures. The average structure uses approximately 3,900 cans. This year, the structure from DWL Architects + Planners entitled “ICan….sCAn,” was constructed using 6,158 cans of tuna.

Awards in five categories were handed out at the awards mixer held recently at My Big Fat Greek Restaurant at Arizona Center.

Award winners included the Juror’s Favorite Be “The Voice” of Hunger, designed and constructed by the team of Deutsch Architecture Group, Transact Commercial Furnishings, Jokake Construction, Benson Systems and JLC Consulting Group.

The People’s Choice winner, chosen by the public via social media and ballots located at the build site, was the team of HDR, Sundt and CH2M Hill.

Additional award winners included DWL Architects + Planners for Best Use of Labels; SmithgroupJJR/DPR Construction for Best Meal; Corporate Interior System, Gensler, SPS+Architects and Holder Construction for Structural Ingenuity; Honorable Mention went to the team of HKS, Kitchell and CCRD.

CANstruction not only raises awareness of the issue of hunger but provides food to fight the problem on the front lines.

For more information on the event or how your firm can participate visit smpsarizona.org/canstruction. Photos and video from this year’s event can also be found via social media at facebook.com/phoenixcanstruction.

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Valley Woman From Carollo Engineers Earns ‘Young Engineer’ Honor

Jessica Dresang, project manager at Carollo Engineers, has been named the 2012 Outstanding Young Engineer, an honor that acknowledges Arizona engineers who are 35 years of age or younger and have already made outstanding contributions to the profession, society and their communities. The award was presented during the National Engineers Week in Phoenix on February 23.

Dresang earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Arizona and an MBA in Business Administration at Arizona State University. She began her career at Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. in 2002, where she worked for nine years as a Senior Project Engineer/Project Manager before moving to Carollo.

Dresang has been with Carollo Engineers since January 2012, where she is involved with projects including the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Water Reclamation Facility, a greenfield 0.5 MGD facility expandable to 3.0 MGD, which will serve the community and provide reclaimed water to the new Sewailo Golf Course. She also recently completed several water and wastewater-related projects for the City of Goodyear.

“I was extremely surprised to be nominated,” says Dresang. “I am passionate about my work in protecting public health, involving young people in science and engineering education and fighting hunger and homelessness. I feel very honored to be recognized for these things in front of my peers.”

Dresang’s longtime involvement with key industry organizations has also contributed to her recent award. Since 1998, she has belonged to the Society of Women Engineers, holding leadership positions for six terms and, most recently, the title of president of the Phoenix Section. Jessica is also a participating author for three publications.

In addition to Dresang’s professional accolades, she is also highly engaged in civic and humanitarian efforts, including Canstruction, Habitat for Humanity, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Race for the Cure. She has also made important societal contributions while employed as an environmental engineer, all of which helped provide the public with clean drinking water and safe treatment of wastewater.

For more information on Carollo Engineers, visit Carollo’s website at carollo.com.


'Canstruction' 2012 Aims to Demolish Hunger

Competing teams of architectural, engineering and construction firms will both showcase their talents and feed the hungry when the CANstruction ® 2012 competition and judging takes place March 31 through April 7 at its new home, the Phoenix Convention Center’s West Building, 1003 N. 3rd St.

Now in its sixth year, the CANstruction competition will again benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and will be hosted by The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Arizona chapter, under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration (SDA). The event has become one of the largest single-event donations for the Food Bank, with more than 56,000 cans used to construct incredibly imaginative designs last year, with all the non-perishable items used earmarked to help fill the more than 300,000 Emergency Food Boxes St. Mary’s distributes into the community annually.

The teams, which will include high school and college-aged design students working alongside some of the professional firms, have 12 hours to build their structures on the morning of Saturday, March 31 at the convention center. The completed structures will be on display for the public to see beginning March 31 and continuing through Friday April 6. During the exhibition, the public may cast their vote for the AIA Phoenix Metro People’s Choice Award and donate canned food to food drive boxes positioned around the exhibits.

Other awards will be given for Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity and Jurors’ Favorite by a panel of judges. Winning teams will be publicly honored at an Awards & Networking Mixer on Tuesday, April 3. Winners from local competitions around the nation will compete in the national Canstruction competition through a slideshow photography submission.

“ CANstruction is a unique way to raise awareness and non-perishable items for the Food Bank,” said Terry Shannon, the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance President and CEO. “We are excited to be involved in the event for the sixth year and, as always, are very curious to see what kind of incredible structures will be created by these innovative minds.”