CANstruction Series – Part I

We’re kicking off a 3-part series reporting on CANstruction, a nationwide program that aims to raise awareness about hunger. The event consists of teams from architecture and design firms from Washington, DC utilizing their skills to build sculptures out of cans of food. The build-out of these sculptures takes place on Sunday, November 18th at the National Building Museum and is open for the public to view the sculptures and vote for their favorite by bringing a canned good donation. All cans are donated to the Capital Area Food Bank after the event. Over the next 2 months we’ll cover the planning process, specifics on how the team developed the design-build model and actual footage of the build out day.

The Microdesk CANstruction team brings together varied backrounds and expertise to help execute the planning and physical build of the structure. Here’s an inside look at the team who will be participating in the planning, modeling and building of this structure. Meet AECO Strategic Implementation Managers Kathryn Dreitzler and Brendan Gregory; Architectural Solutions Specialist, Patrick St. Angelo and Director of Consulting Services, Greg Lehrer.

Kathryn Drietzler
Kathryn Drietzler
Brendan Gregory
Brendan Gregory
Patrick St. Angelo
Patrick St. Angelo
Greg Lehrer
Greg Lehrer

The team started working on the design specifics as soon as the 2018 theme, “CAN’t Stop the Beet!”, was released over the summer months. Working from that idea, Microdesk DC decided on the concept of “Come on Beets do the Loco-Motion: Union Station to Beetsville!” The structure will have a beet riding a DC Metro train with a backdrop of the main transportation hub, Union Station. “Incorporating the DC Metro and Union Station felt very appropriate for Microdesk, as we spend lots of time going through these stations for work as traveling consultants and executives!” says Kathryn Dreitzler, AECO Strategic Implementation Manager.

After deciding on the concept, the team set out to collect as much information as they could regarding canned foods. Both Patrick and Kathryn lead the collection of data for available cans. They set out to inventory available cans documenting the can size, weight and label color into a library within Autodesk’s BIM360 Design platform. Over the next few weeks the team will utilize the same tools of a traditional design-build project to create a model of the CANstructure.

Part 2 of this event series will explore the planning process and tools utilized to build their model. Stay tuned…

Interested in helping the Microdesk team reach their fundraising goal?

Donate today! All proceeds go to the Capital Area Food Bank. 

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