CANstruction Competition

Our NORRForward team raced against the clock at the annual, globally-held CANstruction design and build competition.

On your mark, get set, go. Our NORRForward team in Toronto, ON, raced against the clock at the annual CANstruction design and build event.

The global competition brings together businesses and organizations from various industries helping to generate awareness for hunger issues facing communities around the world. Through citywide competitions, CANstruction is helping to provide urgent access to food for those in need. Teams compete to win a title in the following categories: Best Original Design, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, Most Cans, Best Use of Labels, and People’s Choice awards. Winners from each local competition then go on to compete internationally.

There’s always a theme for teams to follow when designing their canned food structure. This year’s concept was ‘Food for Thought.’ Our team’s design was inspired by the famous work from French sculptor Auguste Rodin – The Thinker. It aimed to invoke the thought of fighting hunger and helping those less fortunate.

NORR’s team of architects and engineers spent six hours at the competition site – the Toronto Dominion Centre in the city’s downtown core – designing and coordinating the build. Upon completion, all structures were included in a week-long exhibition followed by deconstruction and donation of all unopened food cans.

According to the World Health Organization, 735 million people are currently experiencing hunger – that’s an increase of 16% since 2019. The Toronto event alone generated 57,000 pounds of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank, which supplies food to nearly 200 local programs, schools and support centers. Over the years, CANstruction Toronto has donated more than one million pounds of food to fight hunger in the city.