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Swinerton Builders Hawaii: October 07, 2014

Jurors’ Favorite at AIA Honolulu’s 2014 Canstruction is a Lego Ninjago: Slideshow

Swinerton Builders and Group 70 International received honorable mention for "The Cat in the Hat" canned sculpture at the 2014 Canstruction Competition.

A giant replica of a Lego Ninjago character built by Allied Builders System and MGA Architecture out of canned tuna was the jurors’ favorite in AIA Honolulu’s annual Canstruction competition, a benefit for the Hawaii Foodbank held at Pearlridge Center.

The Allied Builders/MGA Architecture team’s “CANjagoans” can structure was among the structures built around the theme “Childhood Dreams” honored by the judges, who included John Ida of Urban Works Inc. and the 2014 AIA Honolulu president; Moses Ramos Kia-Tupua, administrator for the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting; and Marisa Yamane, a news anchor at KHON.

Coffman Engineers’ dragon structure titled “Fiercely Fighting to End Hunger” was honored for best structural integrity; Richard Matsunaga & Associates’ giant balloon from the Walt Disney Co. movie “Up,” entitled “Dream UP High,” was honored for best use of labels; while WATG’s “Pirate’s Plunder: Treasure a Child’s Dream” was honored for best meal.

Receiving honorable mention were ADM Retail Planning & Architecture’s Olaf snowman character from Disney’s “Frozen,” called “Summer Dreams are CANceivable”; and “The Cat in the Hat” by Group 70 International and Swinerton Builders. Other companies participating in this year’s competition include Bowers + Kubota Consulting and Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.

The can sculptures will be on display at Pearlridge Center through Oct. 19, and the public can participate by bringing canned food donations for the structure of their choice. Each can will equal one vote, and the structure that collects the most will win the People’s Choice Award. After that, the structures will be taken down and the food will be donated to the Hawaii Foodbank.

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