Choate Hosts Second CANstruction® Competition, Benefiting America’s Second Harvest

September 16, 2023

Choate Construction Company will host its second CANstruction® Competition September 25-30 at Telfair Museums, championing a goal to raise 10,000 cans. This year’s competition participants include Ardd + Winter, Cogdell & Mendrala Architects, Court Atkins Group, LS3P Associates, and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) AIAS Chapter. At the end of the competition, all cans will be donated to America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah.

“In 2021, Choate and competition participants raised 8,700 cans in our very first CANstruction®, benefitting both Second Harvest in Savannah and Second Helpings on Hilton Head Island,” said Kirk Gilbert, Vice President and Division Manager for Choate. “Using the momentum of this past success, we hope to set a new record by raising 10,000 cans! We can’t wait to see what the teams’ have designed, and we look forward to sharing these incredible structures with our community members for a full week at Telfair Museums.”

In a CANstruction® Competition, teams design and build a structure entirely out of canned food with the potential to win in these categories: Most Cans, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Best Use of Labels, Best Original Design, People’s Choice Award, and Best Overall. Between Monday, September 25 and Saturday, October 30, museum visitors can vote on their favorite CanArt® structure, which will be displayed in either the Jepson Center for the Arts or Telfair Academy.

Choate will also host an award ceremony on Friday, September 29 at 5 p.m. at the Telfair Academy to celebrate the ingenuity of each team and distribute awards to winning teams. Honored guest Savannah Mayor Van Johnson will speak at the ceremony and participate as a competition judge.

In conjunction with CANstruction®, Telfair Museums will run its fourth annual partnership and food drive through October 31. During this drive, a portion of each membership sale will help purchase canned goods for Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia’s food bank. This promotion applies to new and renewing members at the $175 Adventurer level and below.

About Choate Construction
Founded in 1989, Choate Construction Company provides unparalleled commercial construction services for clients across the Southeast, with 500+ professionals in offices in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Nashville, Raleigh, and Savannah. Believing success is driven by its relationships and reputation, the 100%-employee-owned general contracting firm has built a diverse resume of delivering successful projects across market sectors, including industrial/manufacturing, healthcare, corporate, retail and mixed-use, multi-family, and more. From its innovative OneLife safety program to its philanthropic efforts to “Build Up” the communities in which it serves, the heart of Choate is its people. Please visit for more information.

About CANstruction
CANstruction is a global nonprofit charity which hosts competitions and events creating awe-inspiring, gigantic structures made entirely out of food. Teams of volunteers, which include design industry professionals, participate in Canstruction events in over 100 cities around the world each year. Afterwards, all food is donated to local food banks. Since 1992, Canstruction has raised nearly 82 million pounds of food for hunger relief organizations around the world with its signature, trademarked CanArt®. To learn more, visit

About America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia
Established in 1981 in Savannah Georgia, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is a locally inspired, volunteer-driven nonprofit food bank and community partnering organization. Second Harvest serves as the food safety net for tens of thousands of children, senior citizens, low-income families, and people with disabilities who are at risk for hunger throughout Coastal Georgia.


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