Raleigh Builds to Solve Global Hunger

 The Raleigh, North Carolina office of IA celebrated the firm’s 30th anniversary with an award-winning design for the local Canstruction competition. 01-IA-Interior-Architects-30th-Raleigh

IA’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina joined the local Canstruction design/build competition in partnership with a client, Red Hat, to celebrate the firm’s 30th anniversary. “The 30th anniversary was very special for us, because IA’s established presence in the Carolinas is younger than some of our other offices,” says Megan Chorley, an intermediate designer with the firm in Raleigh.

The office’s design for a hot air balloon won the honor of Best Meal, a nationally occurring distinction for designs that incorporate nutritional balance. “Partnering with a global company like Red Hat sparked the idea of making a dent in the worldwide hunger epidemic, and helped us identify Canstruction as our charity,” says Sheri Ginett, managing principal of IA’s Raleigh and Charlotte offices. “Red Hat’s global footprint reinforces the theme of solving global hunger.”


A total of 2,517 cans of bean sprouts, coconut milk, pinto beans, field peas, red beans and rice, evaporated milk, tuna, chicken, salmon, veggies, and water chestnuts were configured in 3D Studio Max by Raleigh’s design staff. Each can was purchased ahead of time to test for building characteristics and color saturation of the labels. Collins Structural Consulting helped engineer the sculpture for stability. After the competition, all goods were donated to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

“Most firms suffered during the recent recession,” Chorley elaborates. “For IA to survive that economy and emerge with its vision and goals intact speaks volumes, not only about our design but also to the steadfast commitment to our communities.”

“It was an amazing opportunity to be able to donate our time for this event and give back to the community, as this event provides thousands of pounds of food to the hungry,” says Mary Farlander, Raleigh project architect and organizer of the event.



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