8 20, 2014

P2S Engineering to create large-scale replica of Queen Mary entirely out of canned food

2,000+ cans of food will be donated to Long Beach families as part of the “CANstruction®” competition

LONG BEACH (August 20, 2014)  –  P2S Engineering staff will build a giant replica of the Queen Mary this week as part of a charity competition benefiting Food Finders and their work in feeding impoverished families. Just over 2,000 cans of food will be used to create the stunning model, which will also feature the ship’s surrounding lighthouse park and green space. Cans were donated by P2S employees, partners and vendors and will be distributed to local Long Beach families when the event is complete.

The CANstruction competition will take place Thursday, August 21, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Mercedes Benz of Long Beach (2300 E. Spring Street in Signal Hill). As part of the event, participants have 12 hours to build a unique structure made entirely out of canned goods. P2S will be partnering with Long Beach structural engineering firm MHP to complete its structure. The final model is expected to be up to 10’ x 10’ x 10’ with cans totaling over 7,000 lbs.

“The CANstruction program is a fun challenge for our team, but in the end it’s about building more than a fantastic structure,” says Kevin Peterson, President and CEO of P2S Engineering. “It’s about rallying our organization together to assist our community’s struggling families.”

Four teams comprised of five local architectural and engineering firms will be competing in this year’s event, which is the first of its kind in Long Beach. Other participants in this year’s competition include Sennikoff Architects, Moffat & Nichol Engineering, and Jeffrey Rome & Associates.

Community members are invited to view the completed CANstruction structures from August 22 through September 2. All visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to the event, which will be used to “vote” for their favorite structure. A “People’s Choice” award will be given to the team with the most canned good “votes.” Additional awards including “Best Use of Labels” and “Structural Ingenuity will be chosen by a panel of local judges following the exhibition.

P2S Engineering is a strong supporter of the local community. For more information about the company’s role in the CANstruction event, please contact Jessica Stonefield at 562-497-2999 or jessica.stonefield@p2seng.com.

About P2S Engineering

P2S Engineering is a provider of professional engineering and commissioning services for a broad range of
markets, including higher education, healthcare, ports/harbors, industrial, entertainment, commercial, laboratories, municipal, and federal. P2S specialties include electrical, mechanical, commissioning, and technology integration engineering. With over 100 employees, P2S Engineering is an internationally recognized leader in many of the key markets that it serves. P2S provides a blend of innovation and technical excellence in delivering green solutions that enhance and sustain the built, natural and social environments. | www.p2seng.com

About CANstruction®

CANstruction® was founded in 1992 to help promote the design community and raise food donations for hunger relief efforts. CANstruction® events have been held in over 140 cities worldwide donating over 15 million pounds of canned food to alleviate the concern of hunger and malnutrition. CANstruction 2014 is sponsored by the Long Beach Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. | www.longbeach.canstruction.org

About Food Finders

Food Finders, founded in 1989, works with local food vendors, grocery stores, restaurants and caterers to distribute donated food to other nonprofit organizations that feed impoverished families, children and elderly. Today there are eight staff and some 250 volunteers who help rescue an average of 7 million pounds of food each year. Food Finders’ mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste while improving nutrition in food insecure communities. | www.foodfinders.org