March 22, 2013, Reno, NV-- The CANstruction Jurors examined the CANstruction creations late Thursday afternoon and completed the very difficult task of deciding who would take home the trophies for two Honorable Mentions, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Best Structural Ingenuity and Juror's Favorite for this year's event. The winners will also have photographs of their structures sent to compete nationally in CANstruction through the American Institute of Architects.
The two Honorable Mention awards were given to Harrah's for their structure named "Wolf" and Cold Springs Middle School for their "CANcer Awareness" structure. Best use of Labels went the Depoali Middle School for their structure "Strike out Hunger" with design professional, Max Hershenow. Best Meal was awarded to the American Society of Civil Engineers for their structure "Giving a DAM about Hunger" with design professional Catie Harrison. The award for Structural Ingenuity went to Sierra Nevada Job Corps with their structure, "Float above Hunger" and design professional Pete Dube. The Juror's Choice award was given to NV Energy for their "Smart Car" structure, completed with design professional, Dolores Henderson.
Also awarded was the first year of the Ric Licata CAN Do award. Ric Licata, a Reno Architect was responsible for bringing CANstruction to the area. He passed away in August of 2012 and the American Institute of Architects of Northern Nevada, and the Food Bank of Northern Nevada wanted to honor Ric by creating an award recognizing team spirit and exemplary collaboration, as Ric always showed. Ric's wife, Shanna Licata chose the winner and presented the award to the team. After to speaking to the teams, she found that two teams were actually working together to make it all happen and chose a tie decision. The two awards were given to the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Pampered Chef/YESCO team. This new award will occur each year.
There is one additional award to be decided over the weekend and this is the People's Choice Award. The public can now vote, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for their favorite structure. Each vote is $1 and all of the money will go to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.
People's Choice voting is available 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Friday & Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The event is organized by the American Institute of Architects of Northern Nevada (AIANN) and sponsored by Wetlab, Meadowood Mall, AIANN, Pat Pusich, DJE Architects, Fred and Janice Graham, Walmart, Kinross Gold, Microsoft, GML Architects, KTVN Channel 2, Peter Duffy, Freeman Decorating, Cooks Photography, Nevada Blue and Digiprint. All of the food at the end of the competition is donated to the Food Bank of Northern Nevada.