Stantec joined in our Capital Region CANstruction event for the first time this year. Stantec embodied the Play theme by bringing the fun of arcades to the fourth floor with their CANcade exhibit. As you can see, this Skee-Ball game comes complete with a scoreboard and tickets!
“This is the first year that our Albany, NY office has participated in CANstruction. However, across Stantec’s 250+ locations, many of our offices have been participating in the program for years. One of our employees brought up the idea of participating in the CANstruction event and suggested that we consider putting together a team.” explained Kate Miller of Stantec. “After doing some research, it felt like CANstruction would be the perfect event for us to participate in with its combination of engineering, community outreach/education and the amazing benefitting charity. Prior to our involvement in CANstruction, many of us didn’t realize the extent to which people in our local communities struggle with food insecurity and hunger on a daily basis. After reading about both the CANstruction event and wonderful work that The Food Pantries for the Capital District does, we got right to work. “
Every year participating teams go through great team building and learning experiences. Kate went on to explain, “This project has brought together multiple different departments within the Stantec Albany office and has created a sense of unity within the team, which is comprised of individuals who are typically not able to work together on the same project, given their dissimilar specialties. We are very excited about this year’s theme “Play” and are having a lot of fun with it. We have finalized plans on a very creative design and are eager to start building.”
When asked why they find being part of CANstruction rewarding Kate responded for the team saying, “It’s been a great opportunity to increase comradery within our office, while contributing to our local community. With the go go go of everyday life, it’s been great to take the time out and work together for the betterment of others. Our design calls for quite a lot of interior structural support which has afforded us the opportunity to utilize a wider variety of food items from the needs list. Not all food products will be seen from the outside, but we’re excited that our contribution will be meaningful both inside and out! Our participation, and as well as that of the other 14 teams, are bringing a greater awareness of hunger in community and helping numerous individuals in need… that in and of itself is the most rewarding element of this event.”
The team is also incredibly grateful to their supporters including, Hoffman’s Carwash, Mazzone Hospitality and MMC Millwork, a division of Greco Construction.
Congratulations to this awesome first year team! If you’d like to see them win the 2016 People’s Choice Award, bring cans down to the Museum and deposit your votes (cans) in the donation bin next to their structure.
This photograph was taken by Damian B Photography.