CANstruction back for 2nd year
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
Ten teams will be competing in Belton's second annual Canstruction competition to benefit Helping Hands Ministry, the Belton-area food pantry.
Canstruction Belton will be held during Feb. 2-4 at the Mayborn Campus Center located on the UMHB campus. Events commence with the build competition on Thursday evening and conclude with the Gala and Awards Dinner on Saturday evening.
The community is invited to view and vote on their favorite canned structures throughout the weekend. In addition, a silent auction will simultaneously be open at the Mayborn Campus Center.
The ten teams competing include the Belton Young Professionals, Belton Tigers, Scott & White Physician Assistants, PC Floors, Christ the King Catholic Church, Grace Community Primitive Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, Foundation United Methodist Church, and Miller Heights Baptist Church.
Architectural Edge, the 2011 Belton and International Juror's Favorite Award Winners, have also entered to defend their title.
With last year's victory, Architectural Edge made Belton the first city in Texas to host the Canstruction, Inc.'s International Winner.
The competing teams will build their structures entirely out of canned goods in order to help stock the food pantry of Helping Hands Ministry.
Teams have five official members (with others in supporting roles) and at least one design mentor.
The mentors may be builders, engineers, architects or interior designers.
During the time of the competition, only five people may build.
The teams are completely responsible for providing all cans needed for their structures.
The Canstruction build competition will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 5-8 p.m. The structures built by the teams must have a minimum of 1,000 cans.
The space provided is 10 feet-by-10 feet-by 8 feet.
It is estimated that the ten competing teams will produce anywhere from 18,000-30,000 cans of food for the food pantry.
When the build competition ends, the structures will be judged by a celebrity panel.
The panel includes KCEN Chief Meteorologist, Andy Andersen, UMHB Chancellor, Jerry Bawcom, Bell County Judge, Gregory Simmons, and Temple's CAC Director, Marilyn Ritchie.