Press Release: 09.08.2016

McCarthy Joins in the Fight Against Hunger

McCarthy Team at the Arizona Construction Awards

The team of McCarthy, architect DLR Group and engineer Kimley-Horn took home the Structural Ingenuity award at the 2016 Canstruction competition in Phoenix. Canstruction® is an international community service event, where teams compete to build structures entirely out of canned food.

The design featured an alien spaceship with the theme “abducting hunger” because hunger has no place on Earth. The project was made up of 3,574 cans of food, which has been donated to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix. The team’s project will be submitted to the international Canstruction competition, which will be judged in April 2017 at the American Institutes of Architects (AIA) annual convention.

McCarthy Team with their "abducting hunger" spaceship canned food statue

“Our team at McCarthy always enjoys participating in Phoenix Canstruction to donate to a worthy organization as well as show off our design and building skills,” said McCarthy Assistant Project Manager Lynsey Jones. “We had fun with our theme, collecting protein via canned tuna to help our intergalactic teammates abduct hunger.”

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of Phoenix Canstruction® held at the Phoenix Convention Center West Building to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and help fight hunger across Arizona. In total, more than 50,000 cans of food were collected at this year’s event held in August.

Each year Phoenix Canstruction, in conjunction with the Arizona Chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, invites local Phoenix architects, engineers, contractors, design firms and schools of design to participate in this unique effort.

Since its inception in Arizona, Phoenix Canstruction® has provided close to 400,000 pounds of canned food for those in need across Arizona through St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, the world’s first food bank.

About McCarthy
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 16th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

About Canstruction
Canstruction, Inc. is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta. Canstruction® has grown from a New York-based competition to an international competition involving the entire design and construction industry in over 150 cities across the world. Every local winner goes on to compete, internationally via digital photography. Official award categories include: Honorable Mention, Juror’s Favorite, Best Meal, Peoples Choice, Best Use of Labels and Structural Integrity. Recognized for our commitment to innovation, hunger relief and collaboration, our work has helped raise over 21 million pounds of food since 1992 and continues to impact communities across the world. Visit for more info.


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