Saccoccio & Associates, DiPrete Engineering and HV Collins teamed up for CANstruction 2016, paying tribute to the new Star Wars movie while donating more than 3,500 cans of food to help fight hunger.
Held in over 100 cities across the United States and Canada, CANStruction challenges teams of architects, engineers and contractors to design and build structures made entirely from cans of food. The food is then donated to a local food banks for distribution. CANstruction competitions have generated donations of more than 40 million pounds of can goods since 1992. Saccoccio has participated in the bi-annual Rhode Island event since 2007.
In this year’s competition, Saccoccio and DiPrete drew inspiration from Star Wars Episode VII the Force Awakens with replicas of the legendary R2D2 and newest android BB-8. The team used 230 cans of salmon, 543 cans of soup and more than 2,600 cans of tuna to create a five-foot tall R2D2 and a three-foot tall BB-8.
The construction was completed on March 12 with finished entries on display at the Providence Place Mall until March 25th. The Star Wars entry took home “Best Meal” honors and was runner-up in the People’s Choice contest.
Sponsors included Adler Pollock & Sheehan, the Cranston Rotary, Garden City Center, the New Harbor Group, Janney, Shaw Contract Group, Unilock and W.B. Mason.