Pickering Associates wins award

PARKERSBURG – The Pickering Associates team finished with the Structural Ingenuity award that will now enter the “Avenging World Hunger” structure into the international Canstruction competition.

Pickering Associates completed the 2013 Canstruction design and build challenge in Charleston. The Pickering Associates’ design and theme centered on Marvel’s Avengers.

With 2,292 cans of green beans, 248 cans of Kroger spaghetti, 1,287 salt and pepper shakers, and numerous other food items, the Pickering Associates Avenging World Hunger Team constructed a massive Hulk, Iron Man mask, Captain America shield, Thor hammer and Avenger symbol. In addition to the structure, the team raised almost $5,000 to purchase the more than 4,500 food items needed.

Canstruction is a national nonprofit organization which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing large structures made entirely of full cans of food for the public to view and vote on. At the end of the viewing, all the food is donated to local food banks.

The 2013 Canstruction event in Charleston was hosted by AIA West Virginia and The Covenant House.

While official contest rules stated all food used in the competition would be donated to The Covenant House in Charleston, Pickering Associates will bring half of its food items home and donate them to food banks in the Parkersburg/Marietta area.