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Glendale – The city's top architectural and engineering firms are being challenged to design structures with an unconventional building material: canned food.

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center has partnered with Bayshore Town Center and its philanthropic arm, Olshan Outreach, to bring "Canstruction," an international charity competition, back to Bayshore.  The event challenges architects, engineers and students they mentor to design and build giant structures made entirely of canned food.

Firms will unveil their designs – under a theme of “Wisconsin Proud” – and begin building at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, in the rotunda of Bayshore Town Center.  The canned food sculptures will be on display throughout the week, with a juried awards ceremony and reception scheduled to take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. The Canstruction exhibition is free and open to the public.

After the exhibition and awards ceremony, the food will be donated to the Jewish Community Pantry, which provides emergency food to individuals and families in crisis throughout the greater Milwaukee community. The pantry is located at 2900 W. Center St.

“We are blessed and grateful to have the design community’s support of this event,” said JCC President and CEO Mark Shapiro.  “Working in tandem with our community partners we are able to share this incredibly creative architectural display with the public while they help us fight hunger in Milwaukee.”

The canstruction program is being led by JCC Board Member Brent Arnold, an estimator at Hunzinger Construction Company. Participating organizations include Hunzinger Construction Company, Plunkett Raysich Architects, Eppstein Uhen Architects, GRAEF and Zimmerman Architectural Studios. Miron Construction Company is also sponsoring the event.

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