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Students to use 1000s of cans to build their entry Nov.9 at Selden Arcade

TCC students work on the practice build for Canstruction.

NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 2, 2011) – For the 14th year running, Tidewater Community College's Engineering Club is fighting hunger in Hampton Roads by creating a masterpiece out of cans.

As participants in Canstruction, the group is designing a super-sized structure to shed light on hunger concerns in the area. This year, the TCC team chose a theme of Take a Slice out of Hunger, illustrated by a large, multi-layered cake, with a missing slice and illuminated candles.

Led by student team captain James Dagres and faculty advisor Paul Gordy, head of TCC’s engineering program, this year’s Canstruction team has more than 25 members. On the evening of the build, Nov. 9, from 6 p.m. to midnight in Norfolk’s Selden Arcade, the group will have just six hours to construct the structure out of 10,532 cans, which were donated by Farm Fresh. The completed project will weigh in at close to five tons.

Created in 1992 and now held in 65 United States cities, Canstruction combines the competitive spirit of a design/build contest with a unique way to feed the hungry. After the creations are judged and exhibited for two weeks, the food goes to the local food bank.


Laurie White

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - served more than 46,000 students in 2010-11. The 16th highest associate-degree producer in the nation, TCC offers more than 150 programs including business administration, culinary arts, general studies, modeling and simulation, network security, nursing, and automotive technology. Among the fastest-growing two-year institutions in the United States, TCC was founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System. The college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in Norfolk’s theater district, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth, the Regional Automotive Center in Chesapeake, and the Regional Health Professions Center and the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach, as well as the Regional Workforce Solutions Center in Suffolk. Forty-five percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit