Canstruction Houston

Building for a Cause! The Understory to Host 26th Annual Canstruction Houston Exhibition

September 1, 2022 (HOUSTON) – Canstruction Houston, Inc. announces the 2022 Canstruction® event, benefiting the Houston Food Bank, and hosted by the Understory of Downtown Houston. Saturday, November 5, will be the official build date for this unique art exhibition. Houston’s top architects, engineers, designers, contractors, and students across the Greater Houston area will be showcasing their talents and creativity. These sculptures, constructed entirely of unopened canned food, will be on display for the public to enjoy. 

This charitable event will officially take place on November 5 -November 14. 

Last year, Houston took the top national honor by winning first place in the 2021 Citywide Competition for Most Cans Donated to a Food Bank with 90,754 pounds which provided 108,905 meals. 

Designs will range from replicas of iconic Houston landmarks to popular locations around the globe to favorite characters in pop culture and will be on display. Visitors are encouraged to donate to the project through the event website or by dropping off non-perishable cans of food to The Understory at Bank of America Tower in Downtown Houston. All submissions will also be featured online and through social media channels for public viewing and voting of Public Favorite. 

“We are extremely excited to gather again this year to mark our 26th anniversary of Canstruction® in Houston,” said Carla Curtis-Galyean, President of Canstruction Houston, Inc. “Our annual event will unite us as a community to demonstrate that ONE CAN make a difference, ONE CAN at a time.” 

The need for food assistance has increased drastically as the COVID-19 situation has continued. As a result of the unprecedented food disparity, Houston Food Bank’s daily distribution is 593,097 pounds per day. In February, 2022 alone, the Houston Food Bank distributed an astounding 14,234,339 pounds of food. 

Through the generosity of volunteers, and members of the community, Canstruction® has contributed millions of pounds of food to community food banks-demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.


Build Day: Saturday, November 5

(All structures will also be viewable virtually through Social Media: @understoryhtx @canstructionhouston, on the Understory & Canstruction Houston website, and will be on public display in the Understory from November 6 through November 13, 2022}.


AWARDS: Winners will be publicly announced on November 14


The Understory & Bank of America Tower- Located in the Tunnel Level and Lobby Level of the Bank of America Tower in Downtown Houston {800 Capitol Street). Parking available onsite. Viewable online at

For more information on how to become a sponsor and register for a team, please visit the Canstruction Houston website at

About Canstruction®
Canstruction, Inc. is a national charity of the design and construction industry created by the Society for Design Administration. For millions, each day begins and ends with the anguish of hunger. Canstruction®, a charity sponsored by the design and construction industry, is determined to end this suffering. Canstruction Houston, Inc. is a 501{c)3 organization, which benefits the Houston Food Bank.

About the Understory & Bank of America Tower.
The Understory is downtown Houston’s destination for crafted amenities and experiences. Named for the lively space between the forest canopy and underbrush, Understory is a vibrant, centralized station where Houstonians visit for culture, commerce, and cuisine. This expansive 40-foot atrium space, filled with natural light and an abundance of community gathering spaces, truly connects the street level with the tunnels. Understory sits at the base of Bank of America Tower at 800 Capitol Street. Bank of America Tower is one of Houston’s most sustainable office buildings and provides a compelling environment that enables tenants and visitors to thrive. Cleaner air, efficient systems and more green space does more than lower carbon footprints-it improves the lifestyle of the community. Bank of America Tower is certified LEED Platinum v4, one of only three buildings in the country with this certification and the only one in Texas. 


– Best Original Design “Rainbow Fish” I Cobb Fendley & Associates

– Best Meal, Most Cans, and People’s Choice {National Winner} I “Goodnight Hunger” I Alief High School and Ziegler Cooper Architects (Mentor)

– Best Use of Labels (National Winner) I “Toucan Sam” I Ziegler Cooper Architects

– Honorable Mention I “Strike Out Hunger” I Heights Venture

– Structural Ingenuity I “Bob the Gummy Bear” I DPR/Griesenbeck/HOK