Employees of Keystone won an Honorable Mention Award for their design entry, “Spiedie Fest Balloons” at the 1st Annual Canstruction of the Southern Tier event, held at the Oakdale Mall, Johnson City, New York. Canstruction® is a global, not-for-profit anti-hunger project founded by the Society for Design Administrations, an affiliate of the American Institute of Architects. With the help of design professionals, groups of participants competed to build structures made entirely of canned food. At the conclusion of the exhibit, 100% of the cans were donated to CHOW and the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
The Keystone canstructure featured a 5 ft tall by 4 ft wide balloon made up of over 1,540 cans of tuna fish, pears, and creamed corn. The balloon was built over an aerial print of Otsiningo Park, the site of Binghamton’s annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally. Team members from Keystone included Daniel Dain, Kyle Ellsworth, David Geist, Ashley Johnson, Adam Krager, Tyler Lozzi, Nicole Marble, Aaron Perelstein, Joshua VanValkenburg, and Michelle Weeks. With the support of 17 local sponsors, Keystone’s commitment to solving the problem of hunger is demonstrated through this inaugural participation in CANstruction.