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Canstruction 2007 – Rules & Regulations


Timeline for Omaha, NE, Canstruction®

Feb 16 – deadline for entry
March 23 – food order due to The Food Bank; better pricing from Bag ‘n Save may be
        available if order is received before Friday, March 16 – try to be early!
April 9 – drawing/computer graphic due to The Food Bank
April 13 – Advise Food Bank of food delivery if not using Bag ‘n Save.
April 21, 5:00 – 9:00pm – deliver food products to the Mall if not using Bag ‘n Save.
        Supplies obtained from Bag ‘n Save will be delivered to the mall for your team.
April 22, 7:00am – Building begins! We must be finished building by 11:30am to allow for
        cleanup and to be ready to display when the Mall opens at 12:00 noon.
May 6, 6:00pm – DeCanstruction – attendance is not required unless there are building
        elements that you would like to keep.

RULES & REGULATIONS
Build Date: Sunday, April 22 – 7:00-11:30am, Westroads Mall – please use the East
       entrance by Panera Bread, not the Food Court or any other entrance.
Ending Date: Sunday, May 6 – 6:00pm (when the Mall closes. Volunteers will be on hand to
       do tear-down. Teams need not be present unless you want to keep your building
       materials – we will discard them at The Food Bank.)

Awards will be given in the following categories:
      Best Meal
      Best Use of Labels
      Structural Ingenuity
      Jurors’ Favorite
      2 Honorable Mentions
You may want to design your sculpture with these awards in mind.

After all the competitions are held, local winners go on to compete internationally through
submission of slide photography to a panel of jurors that convenes at the SDA/AIA National
Convention in June. The local jury may give additional awards, however they do not proceed to the
international competition.

1. BUILDING GUIDELINES
   If your company does not have access to a licensed architect or design engineer, The Food
    Bank will team you up with one from the Omaha Chapter of American Institute of Architects.
    There is no cost for this service. This is to aid in the design, construction and stability of a
    sculpture using the donated food products. Please call Nancy as soon as possible at 331-
    1213, or e-mail NancyL@omahafoodbank.org , if you need an architect.

   Maximum size of any canstruction is 97”l x 98”w x 8'h. Please provide a sketch or
    computer image and dimensions of your structure by April 9, 2007. Fax to the
    attention of Nancy Lee at 331-6632. The press likes to know in advance what types of
    structures will be built. Firm names will be kept anonymous prior to announcement of
    winners.

   The Food Bank will provide and position the 97”l x 98”w area on which to build your structure,
    accommodating the Canstruction® requirements. It will be flat on the floor, not a platform as in
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    previous events. Be sure when designing that your sculpture will fit on this area; no
    cans may hang over this area. Entire build surface must be covered with food
    products; no plywood may be visible. The ¼-inch materials mentioned below may be
    used for leveling on the platform.

   Structures must be structurally self-supporting. No 2x4’s, no half-inch plywood no half-inch
    thick tubing. Permissible for the purpose of leveling or balancing materials and are not load
    bearing: one-quarter inch thick foam-core, cardboard, masonite, plywood, plexiglas.
    Cardboard tubes used as guides must also be limited to one-quarter inch thick.

   Maximum size of the official team that actually builds the canstruction is five (5) people.
    You may have more people available to build and simply take turns.
    o Only 5 people will be permitted to work on the team’s sculpture at one time.
    o Five people must be selected as the official team members; their names will appear on the
       signage accompanying the structure.
    o Teams swapping out members are allowed maximum of 15 minutes for transition.
    o Five people includes those who are un-boxing cans, organizing cans, cutting foam-core
       and other materials, etc.
    o The Food Bank will provide “builder badges” for use by anyone who is working on the
       structure to help avoild any confusion.
    o 5 means 5.

   Aluminum food cans of all sizes may be used. Some food manufacturers are switching to
    plastic cans. If using plastic make sure they can take the pressure of cans from above.

   No glass containers allowed; also no pet food or alcoholic beverages are allowed to be used in
    the sculpture.

   Use of soda or junk food, while not forbidden, is discouraged; depending on the jury, you may
    run the risk of being penalized for using non-nutritional items.

   No opened or exposed food (attracts vermin).

   Cans must be full, unopened, and with labels intact and legible. Labels may not be covered,
    stripped off or altered in any way.

   Boxes are permitted by the National Competition, but are discouraged; the name of the
    competition is CAN–struction. Some jurors prefer to follow the name of the competition and
    in recent years structures with boxes (unless used for flooring) did not make it through the
    elimination process.

   Props are strongly discouraged. Jurors prefer pure food structures. Try to solve all design
    problems with food items. All things equal, a structure with props will be the loser when
    judged against a structure with no props. (Example: a structure that has eyes. One entry
    uses black cans to make eyes; another entry cuts out black circles of paper and pastes on cans
    for eyes. Once the jury sees that eyes can be made from cans or a food product, any entry
    that used paper cutouts is in disfavor.)

   Velcro, clear and double-faced tape may be used. The Food Bank does request that clear
    packing tape be used as minimally as possible, because it creates problems when time to
    distribute the food to the folks who need it.

   High-tension rubber bands, nylon string, wire, tie-backs are permissible.
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    No permanent adhesives. Glue that “pops off” the metal part of the can is permissible, but may
     not be used on the labels of the food products.

    Teams are responsible for leaving their site “broom-clean.” There is no need to save boxes to
     repack cans at Decanstruction, as The Food Bank will provide large boxes to simplify the
     process.

2. ACQUISITION OF CANNED GOODS
Whatever your method of obtaining your food products, be sure that your company retains receipts
for any food products purchased, and/or funds donated to The Food Bank to bulk-purchase food
products. This will be your record for tax deduction purposes.

    If you wish to purchase food items, arrangements can be made through The Food Bank with
     Bag ‘n Save. Fax your order to Nancy at the Food Bank, 331-6632. We will place your order
     and arrange delivery to the Mall. Orders need to be received at The Food Bank no later than
     March 23, 2007, to ensure that the needed items arrive in time for the event. The Food
     Bank does recommend the use of the grocery partner to simplify obtaining and delivery
     of food items.

    When choosing your food items at Bag ‘n Save (or other store if not using the grocery partner),
     please note the brand of the food item and all the numbers in the UPC symbol printed on the
     can, not on the shelf tag. Grocers handle thousands of items, and this is the best way to ensure
     that you receive the exact item that you have planned for.

     Please contact Nancy at The Food Bank if there are any questions about ordering/paying for the
     food order.

IF YOU ARE NOT UTILIZING GROCERY PARTNER, BAG ‘N SAVE:
 Participating businesses and organizations can conduct an in-house employee solicitation for
    canned and packaged foods. The goal should be at least 1,000 items. You might want to
    specify items to be donated as determined by your team and architect; label appearance is a
    large determining factor in how your sculpture will look.
OR
    You may solicit canned good or financial donations from manufacturers, consultants, vendors,
     contractors or conduct employee food drives. All canned goods must be purchased by
     and delivered to Westroads Mall on April 21 5:00 – 9:00pm -- without exception!
     Details on delivery below; contact Nancy at The Food Bank if you have any questions.
    If bringing your food items to the mall yourself, they should be packed in sturdy cartons and
     clearly labeled with your company name and numbered “Box 1 of __” to be sure that all the
     boxes are present. Contact Nancy at The Food Bank for specific instructions on delivering your
     own products.
    A team member should go to the site to make sure all cans have been delivered. If anything is
     missing you have until the beginning of building-day to find it and/or get it delivered.
    Boxes do not need to be retained after building the structure; The Food Bank will provide
     containers to collect the food items at the end of the event.

     MOVING INFORMATION - if not using the grocery partner.
     DEADLINE: Friday, April 13, 2007
     INFORMATION CAN BE SUBMITTED ANY TIME PRIOR TO DEADLINE. Cans may only
     be delivered to the site on April 21, 5:00 – 9:00pm.
    If arranging for canned goods from an out of town supplier, they must be delivered to the Mall.
     No sidewalk deliveries. The mover/delivery service must provide a Certificate of Insurance to
     the loading dock manager in order to enter the building to deliver the food. All the same
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      labeling requirements are necessary. Cans may be delivered to the site ONLY on April 21 –
      after 5:00pm – contact Nancy at The Food Bank for details.
     If using an outside mover to have your cans delivered to the building they must be delivered to
      the Westroads Mall Loading Dock on April 21 – after 5:00pm. Sidewalk deliveries only after
      8:30pm and you must be there to receive and deliver yourself with dollies.
     All boxes/cartons must be labeled with your company name and “Box 1 of __”.

3. SIGNAGE - A sample of a completed board is attached, at the end of this packet.
     Each entry will have a 30x42 foam-core board (self-standing easel back) that sits adjacent to
      the entry, provided by the team architect. There is an official graphic standard for the layout
      that is used without exception – sample is attached at the end of this packet. If you have
      contributors that must have their logos prominently displayed, this would be an additional
      easel-backed board created and produced by your architect.

     Please bring your properly formatted Sign with you on building morning, April 22, 2007.
      ▪ Please use the format provided, nothing extra. Use Times New Roman or Garamond font.
      ▪ Flush Left on all required text
      ▪ Enter a return between each piece of information required.
      ▪ DO NOT choose other fonts, sizes, graphics, etc.
      ▪ No columns
      ▪ No text boxes, no picture boxes, no graphics, no logos (firm or contributors)
      ▪ No colors.
      ▪ Repeat – please follow these rules and do not add your own formatting.
    TEXT FOR FOAMCORE BOARDS.
    The information requested should be submitted on a Word file in the following order (DO NOT list
    these category titles in your document but follow this order for providing the required
    information).
     FIRM NAME – the way it should officially appear. Confirm with a firm Principal.
     TITLE OF ENTRY. If any word in your title is to be italicized, please do so.
     DESCRIPTION of the structure. Keep to one paragraph. This is what is provided to the
        jurors and public as they view each entry. The descriptions are most helpful in drawing the
        jurors’ and publics’ eye to the rich detail in each design, play on words, double entendres with
        the label names, etc. Don’t get caught up in making long drawn out philosophical statements
        – keep that to one sentence and let your entry speak for itself. Spend your time describing the
        choices you made in cans and labels to articulate your theme. Remember to spell-check
        your paragraph.
     5-PERSON TEAM NAMES -- CAPTAIN FIRST (no exceptions, no co-captains) followed
        by the rest of the team in alphabetical order – get names spelled correctly – you must
        designate ONE team captain.
     THANK YOU'S for any sponsors and/or other firm members who participated. (If
        you are receiving major support from a food manufacturer or grocery store and need to
        display a sign with their logo, you will need to create a separate board at your own expense.
        It should be a foam-core board, self-standing easel back to sit on the floor.)

4. BUILDING DAY
     Building begins at 7:00am on April 22 – Please Be On Time.
     Try to do as much prefabrication of foam core cutting or other special materials you require
      prior to the evening of the build out.
     If you have a chance to practice building your structure, please take that opportunity to lessen
      surprises at the site.
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   Bring plenty of extra supplies (tape, scissors, foam-core, cardboard) – over-estimate!
   Bring a ladder if you are building tall or to position spotlights.
   When your canstruction is completely finished, send a representative to the onsite Canstruction
    manager to sign out. There may be a videographer; we want to get a combination of
    canstructing, finished objects, and team interviews.
   Nancy at The Food Bank will check the sculptures daily, and will contact the team immediately if
    your sculpture looks like it is structurally unsound, sagging, slipping, etc. Be prepared to go
    over and fix immediately. If rebuilding is impossible, box up cans and transport to The Food
    Bank.

5. JUDGING
    Make sure all team members know the following:
   Judging is done anonymously.
   Judging will commence at 1:00pm on April 22, 2007. Be prepared to go to the site and rebuild
    anything that may have fallen.
   Team members cannot be on location at the time of judging.
   Hosts should maintain a respectful distance while the jury views and discusses the structure. In
    other words, no eavesdropping.
   No signage displayed until the jury has left.


(6.) THE GALA (TBD)
The Food Bank is planning to hold a presentation ceremony to announce winners and who will be
continuing on, by photograph, to the national Canstruction® competition. If that occurs, The Food
Bank will contact participants.


7. PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
   Professional photographs will be taken of each entry.
   Winning teams will have their photos taken at the awards presentation.
   Videography will be taken the day of the building and evening of the gala, if held.
   After the winners are announced the winning teams are asked to go to their structures and wait
    for the photographer/videographer. This will take some time. If you do not wish to wait at
    your structure for a team photo please let us know in advance.
   You are encouraged to take your own digital pictures with highest resolution – Remove all
    signage out of the picture. Many times these personal digital shots are excellent and are used
    for the national competition and the media. PhotoShopping of pictures used to enter into the
    national competition is strictly forbidden.

8. DE-CANSTRUCTION

   The Food Bank will provide volunteers to dismantle the sculptures on Sunday, May 6, after the
    mall closes. If you wish to help or if you want to retain any structural items or decorations you
    should come to your sculpture location at 6:00 P.M. on May 6. The Food Bank is not
    responsible for any props other than the removal of the food items used for the
    construction of the sculpture. Please come to Decanstruction if you would like to
    retain any of your building materials, signage, etc.
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SAMPLE FOAM-CORE BOARD


                              Gilsanz Murray Steficek, LLP

                                The LinCAN Tunnel


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Team:          Claire Austin, Captain
               Ian Forsyth
               Jonathan Hernandez
               Ana Rincon
               Marius Wilk


Special Thanks to our other team members: Joe Basel, Lynda Guo, Jill
Hrubecky, Cathy Huang, Joo-Eun Lee, Glenda Orengo.

Special Thank You to Fresh Direct, Lucky Deli and Village Copier Services for
their generous contributions to our structure.

				
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