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Knoxville Holiday Canstruction winners announced



More than 51,145 pounds of food donated to Second Harvest Food Bank


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Best Meal award: “Duke’s CANvent Calendar” by Bush Brothers, BarberMcMurry Architects and Civil & Environmental Consulting. Image courtesy of Messer Construction.
 

KNOXVILLE – Thirteen teams of architects, engineers, construction companies and other local organizations gathered at the Knoxville Convention Center on Thursday, Dec. 1 to learn the results of Knoxville’s fourth annual Holiday Canstruction exhibit. Many teams were awarded for their design and engineering skills, but the ultimate winner was the beneficiary, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

Presented by Messer Construction Co., the holiday-themed art exhibition featured thirteen innovative structures that used more than 51,000 food items. This will allow Second Harvest to create and serve 107,900 meals to East Tennesseans in need this holiday season.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity, spirit, creativity and all around good hearted nature of our community,” said Randy Fields, business development executive for Messer Construction Co. “It was the largest event of all four years with 83,000 pounds of food valued at $46,000 donated to Second Harvest. I look forward to the continued impact we will make on the lives of those who need it most in our region in the many years to come.”

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Kids’ Choice award: “The Three Not So Wise Minions” by
Studio Four Design, CBI and Merit Construction

Twelve judges, who represented the media, local food production companies, arts and tourism organizations, convened to select the Holiday Canstruction award winners. They scored each structure in six categories. The People’s Choice award and Chef’s Challenge award were decided through a public vote on the Knoxville Canstruction Facebook page. The Kids’ Choice award, presented by East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, was selected through paper ballots by voters 17 years old and younger. More than 1,500 individuals voted online and approximately 400 kids cast their vote on-site.

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People’s Choice award: “CANley Street Bridge and Fort CANdoun Dam” by Chad Steward Associates,
Architects Wright and Harrison Construction


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Best Execution of Concept award: “Santa in CANcun”
by Michael Brady Inc. and Hickory Construction

At the Thursday reception, sponsored by Shoffner Kalthoff Mechanical Electrical Service, Fields announced the top awards. The winners and structures are as follows:

• Best Meal award: “Duke’s CANvent Calendar” by Bush Brothers, BarberMcMurry Architects and Civil & Environmental Consulting
• Structural Ingenuity award: “CANley Street Bridge and Fort CANdoun Dam” by Chad Steward Associates, Architects Wright and Harrison Construction
• Best Use of Labels award: “Holiday CHEERS and Holiday SPHERES” by Johnson Architecture, Partners and Moxley Carmichael
• Largest Food Donation award: “Duke’s CANvent Calendar” by Bush Brothers, BarberMcMurry Architects and Civil & Environmental Consulting, which used 10,953 food items
• Best Execution of Concept award: “Santa in CANcun” by Michael Brady Inc. and Hickory Construction
• Juror’s Favorite award: “Duke’s CANvent Calendar” by Bush Brothers, BarberMcMurry Architects and Civil & Environmental Consulting
• Kids’ Choice award: “The Three Not So Wise Minions” by Studio Four Design, CBI and Merit Construction
• People’s Choice award: “CANley Street Bridge and Fort CANdoun Dam” by Chad Steward Associates, Architects Wright and Harrison Construction

canstruction holiday cheers
Best Use of Labels award: “Holiday CHEERS and Holiday SPHERES” by
Johnson Architecture, Partners and Moxley Carmichael

Those interested in forming teams for the 2017 event may contact Randy Fields at knoxcan@messer.com to be notified when planning begins.

Nationally, Canstruction events take place in 170 cities and are one of the largest national contributors of food to local food banks.

“We are extremely grateful to Messer Construction Co., Food City and the local teams that dedicated countless hours of service to feeding the hungry,” said Elaine Streno, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. “One in six East Tennesseans lives in poverty and has difficulty meeting basic needs — this annual event allows us to serve 18 counties of families in need this holiday season.”

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee helps the working poor — those who are employed but might not receive benefits or earn self-sufficient wages. Second Harvest secures and distributes more than 18 million pounds of food and grocery products annually and is a partner with Feeding America.

Messer would again like to thank this year’s grocer partner, Food City as well as the supporting and media sponsors: Bush Brothers, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, E. Luke Green, Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., Shoffner Kalthoff and TIS Insurance Services, Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR and WIVK.

Participating companies to thank include: Architects Wright, BarberMcMurry Architects, Blue Ridge Realty, Bush Brothers & Company, C2RL, CBi, Chad Stewart & Associates, Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc., Cope Architecture, Design Innovation Architects, Gresham, Smith & Partners, Harrison Construction, Hedstrom Design, Hickory Construction, Johnson Architecture, Mast General Store, McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Merit Construction, Messer Construction Co., McGill Associates, Michael Brady Inc., Moxley Carmichael, Partners Development, Pershing Yoakley & Associates, R2R Studio, Realty Trust Group, Scripps Networks Interactive, S&ME Littlejohn, Studio Four Design, TN Road Builders Assn. - YLC , UT CEE and UT Construction Science.

Messer Construction Co. is a construction manager and general contractor, providing leadership for complex, commercial construction projects in the health care, higher education, life sciences and industrial market segments. An employee-owned company, Messer’s transformational investment in its people, communities and innovative building solutions has enhanced the landscape of the nine regions throughout the Midwest and Southeast in which its employees live and work. A local builder with national resources and expertise, the company has delivered value for more than 80 years through quality construction and client experiences, taking care to both exceed customer expectations and build long-term relationships.

Published December 6, 2016






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