We CAN Feed the World


Canstruction is an international community service project by the design and construction industry with a goal of ending world hunger. Teams of AEC professionals compete by designing structures constructed from cans of food, which are ultimately donated to local community food banks.

Ware Malcomb’s Irvine office was among 15 teams who participated in CANstruction Orange County 2011. Our Canstruction Team was responsible for:

  • Designing a freestanding structure to be built from canned foods
  • Soliciting donations to purchase the cans required
  • Participating in build-night to construct the structure

Ware Malcomb’s Director, Design, Jinger Tapia, served on the Canstruction Orange County 2011 Board of Directors as Teams Committee Chair.

Ware Malcomb’s team designed a fortune cookie structure, delivering the message “You CAN Feed the World.” Selecting the tuna can for its small scale and low center of gravity, the team addressed the cookie’s challenging tapered form by slightly cantilevering each can over the previous layer. The team incorporated a masonite base designed as a red plate featuring the Chinese symbol for the year of the Golden Rabbit. The fortune cookie structure will result in a donation of 1,998 cans to Orange County Food Bank!

The completed Canstruction  designs will be on display throughout South Coast Plaza mall until September 25, 2011. Structures will be judged to receive awards in several categories, including People’s Choice Award. To vote for Ware Malcomb’s You CAN Feed the World Fortune Cookie structure, “Like” Canstruction Orange County on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Canstruction-Orange-County/102975420929), then “Like” the Ware Malcomb “Feed the World (Fortune Cookie) photograph (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150359267780930&set=pu.102975420929&type=1). People’s Choice Award will be decided based on the photograph with the most Facebook Likes!

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous contributions in support of this worthy cause:

Murtaugh, Meyer, Nelson & Treglia | Panattoni Construction | Bolar, Hirsch & Jennings | KPRS Construction Services | Englekirk Partners Consulting Structural Engineers | Knoll | Ridge Landscape Architects | ARC | Trinity Printing | IOS | Lorie Schafer | Associates Purchasing

Congratulations to Ware Malcomb’s Canstructors for volunteering their creativity, talents, and time to help address the issue of hunger in Orange County:

Salena Streenz | Nathan Nutting | Brett Jones | Carolina Weidler | Ilyes Nouizi | Andrew Fuller | Jung Kim | Maureen Bissonnette | Sarah Walker | Ken Wink | Cassidy Nelson | Heather Shreve | Lon Stephenson | Evan Raabe | Anita Makwana | Krista Venti

Over 500,000 Orange County residents are food insecure. Canstruction Orange County will result in a donation of approximately 65,000 cans of food to the Orange County Food Bank this year.