“Pam’s Party Line” column for Sept. 4, 2013

If you want to see how talented and what out-of-the-box thinkers some of our local architects and their support staff are, you need to go check out the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Institute of Architects’ CANstruction exhibit at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum. The annual event, now in its third year, benefits the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. In fact, some 17,000 pounds of food were collected this year, which will provide more than 14,000 meals.

In thanking all the participants for their hard work, Food Bank CEO Mike Manning said, “You help us do what we do: feed the hungry on a daily basis. I can’t tell you what a difference you’re going to make.”

Announced as both the Jurors’ and People’s Choice award winner at the opening reception Aug. 29 was “A is for Apple” created by the team from Grace Hebert Architects — Brian Asa (captain), Savannah Brown, Seamus McGuire, Jennifer Price and Mark Talley. Seems like everyone agreed it best captured the theme “Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies.”

Crump Wilson Architects team of Michael Miller (captain), Katharine LeBlanc, Wade Lavignette, Jay Latiolais and Maddie Stevens captured the award for Best Meal for its “Food CAN Pyramid” made entirely out of canned goods. Coleman Partners “I CAN’t Put it Down,” which highlighted the importance of feeding both the mind and body, received the award for Structural Integrity. Team members included Will Thibaut (captain), Buddy Ragland, Frank Meyers, Brent Guilbeau, and Jennifer and Steven Romero.

Taking home the prize for Best Use of Labels was the “Don’t Be a Basket Case” picnic scene created by the team of drafting students from ITT Technical Institute — Nicole Hebert (captain), Chad Bajoie, Bryer Diggins, Shakel Matthews and Akheil Shah. The team from Post Architects — Lisa Nice (captain), Brian Falcon and Rachel Riley — created a “Hunger Workout” that earned them a “creative” honorable mention.

Jurors for the competition were Jenni Peters, WAFB-TV’s Diane Deaton and 225’s Jeff Roedel. The exhibit runs through Sept. 14.

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