VAA, LLC Competes in 2018 Canstruction® Competition

Minneapolis, MN - VAA, LLC competed against six Architectural / Engineering / Construction (AEC) build teams in the annual Minneapolis / St. Paul Canstruction® event held at the Mall of America.

The engineering firm’s structure made from non-perishable food items raised over $16,000 for Second Harvest Heartland(SHH) – the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief food organization.

Depicting miniature versions of the Grain Belt Beer sign and part of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge, VAA’s build was an homage to the largest brewery in Minnesota, August Schell Brewing Company (Schell’s) relighting the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign. Schell’s purchased Grain Belt in August 2002.

As Grain Belt celebrates 125 years in 2018, the 48’ tall LED sign near the Mississippi riverfront in downtown Minneapolis and the company it represents is a testament to Minnesota’s dedication to going local.

After a decade participating in this event, the VAA team has seen thousands of meals contributed and dollars selflessly donated.

External and internal outlets again came together to contribute donations to the cause to fight hunger.

The result: over $10,500 raised and 69,744 meals provided to SHH supporting individuals and families primarily in the Twin Cities’ Metro area.

VAA’s 2018 build team included the effort of 20 employees, resulting in a structure that was recognized with three awards for “Best Use of Labels,” “People’s Choice,” and “Most Cans.”

The more recognizable the structure, the higher the stakes for the design.

Jami Kellington Carlson, this year’s Revit modeler, said, “The challenge is working from real-life images and mimicking them in a way that fits within the competition’s design parameters.

"It was rewarding to see the modeled design built and how the process brings everyone – a whole community – together.”

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Pictures of VAA's Canstruction Build

  • Vaa Canstruction Sign Only
  • Vaa Canstruction Entire Build
  • Vaa Canstruction Inspiration
  • Vaa Canstruction Build Team