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Students to use 1000s of cans to build their entry Nov.11 at d’Art Center


TCC students work on the practice build for Canstruction 2009.

NORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 26, 2009) – For the 11th year running, TCC’s Engineering Club is fighting hunger in Hampton Roads by thinking big, and building even bigger.

As participants in Canstruction, the group has designed a masterpiece made of cans to shed light on hunger concerns in the area. This year, the TCC team chose a theme of Stop Hunger in its Tracks, illustrated by a large, arched tunnel with a train at the end, emitting lights and sound.

Led by student team captain Paul Tobin and faculty advisor Paul Gordy, head of TCC’s engineering program, this year’s Canstruction team has more than 25 members. On the day of the build, Nov. 11, the group will have just six hours to construct the structure out of 10,891 cans, which were donated by Farm Fresh. The completed project will weigh in at close to five tons.

Gordy notes that the build project has to be contained in a 10 by 10 space, “giving us lots of opportunities to calculate can usage. We enjoy this process because it puts engineering skills to use, while promoting teamwork as we serve our community.”

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. For more information, visit the Hampton Roads Canstruction website,


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 40,000 students annually and has the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 15th highest associate-degree producer in the nation and the 35th largest community college, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. 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 Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit