Skanska USA Building Inc. announced that its “Meadowlands Foodball Stadium” sculpture won the “Best Meal” award at Canstruction®’s 10th annual New Jersey design-build competition held at Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City, NJ. Skanska also was an event sponsor.
Consisting of 6,100 food cans, the “Meadowlands Foodball Stadium” sculpture is a reproduction of the existing New Meadowlands Stadium project in East Rutherford, NJ, which Skanska is currently building.
Skanska’s Canstruction team members included Kevin McCormick, senior estimator; John Altieri, project engineer; Kate Cataldi, electrical estimator; Paul Cocuzza, pre-construction director; David Foose, estimating engineer; Gregory Hsu, estimating engineer; Nick Kizoulis, estimating engineer; and Casey Piscitello, administrative assistant.
Canstruction combines the competitive spirit of a design-build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people. Competing teams, led by architects and engineers, showcase their talent by designing and building giant sculptures with canned foods. At the close of the exhibit, all the canned foods were donated the Community Food Bank of New Jersey for distribution to the elderly, pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, and day care centers. This year’s event generated more than 40,000 pounds of canned food.
“More than 738,900 people in New Jersey live at or below the poverty level, approximately nine times the New Meadowland Stadium’s proposed seating capacity,” says McCormick. “Our sculpture illustrates the vast need to end hunger in our local communities. This is especially crucial when our economy is in a downturn and resources are even more scarce.”