A team of volunteers from the Washington, D.C., office of Leo A Daly won the Juror's Favorite Award for constructing a larger-than-life Capital BikeShare bicycle structure at the Washington Architectural Foundation's 2011 D.C. CANstruction event.
The Capital Area Food Bank, D.C.'s largest nonprofit food resource, will receive a total of 49,000 pounds of food collected from the design competition as well as donations from the public as part of the People's Choice Award voting process.
Leo A Daly's design concept and sculpture, "Capital 'Bite'Share," celebrates the city's popular bike-sharing system, the spirit of community and the joy of giving back to others. The structure incorporates 1,900 cans, the majority of which were provided at-cost by Amy's Kitchen Inc., a natural and organic food company. In addition, several other donors supported the purchase of the canned goods used in the design.
"We are really proud of our structure, our team and the process, but mostly that we were able to help a small group of people in need," said architect Jean O'Toole, AIA, LEED AP, associate of LEO A DALY's Washington, D.C., office, who led the award-winning CANstruction team.
Three jurors-Stephen Ayers, AIA, Architect of the Capitol; Ellen Kassoff Gray, co-owner with Chef Todd Gray of Equinox and Watershed restaurants; and Dawn Marcus, communications director, Hines-evaluated the design entries based on their subject matter, the quality and structural ingenuity of the designs, the quality of the food and the label selection.
"I know that this entry is true-to-life because I ride Capital BikeShare every day to work," said juror Ellen Kassoff Gray, commenting on the creativity, color choice and proportions of Leo A Daly's sculpture.
Photo: Erin Kelleher Photography