At a time when jobs are still hard to come by and food banks are working overtime to meet the nutritional needs of struggling families, area architectural firms, construction companies, and contractors  have stepped up to the plate to help – while having a bit of creative fun for a most worthy cause.

CanstructionRI Design/Build Competition

CanstructionRI, sponsored by the RI Community Food Bank and Taco, Inc. among other companies, is an annual event held at the Providence Place Mall and features the efforts of competing teams building imaginative food can constructions.  This year there were a total of six “sculptures” representing the work of numerous firms.

LLB Architects and Shawmut Design and Construction’s display featured Cangry Birds – birds angry at the state of hunger in RI. It received an honorary mention by the judges. Other notable displays included a New England clam bake with a giant lobster topping out a boiling pot, a tug boat plowing through waves created by blue and white labeled cans, and a Winnie the Pooh display with a lot of honey and peanut butter jars.

Shawmut Design and Construction is the general contractor overseeing the construction of Taco’s new Innovation and Development Center building as well as interior renovations to the manufacturer’s existing 1904 building on Cranston Street in Cranston, RI. Joe Raposo, Shawmut’s Assistant Project Manager, headed up the 2012 LLB Architects-Shawmut canstruction team.

The 2012 competition marked the fourth time that LLB Architects and Shawmut have teamed up to compete in CanstructionRI. Other participating firms included Dimeo Construction, GTECH, Gilbane, Saccoccio Associates and Michael Warner Architect, among others.

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