Registration deadline: Friday, Feb. 25

Build Day: Sunday, April 3, 10:30 a.m. - 3pm

Award: Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. -1 p.m.

Website: www.canstruction.org/content/santa-rosa

AIA Redwood Empire, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the Network for a Healthy California, Whole Foods Market and Coddingtown Mall plan to raise awareness to the problem of hunger in Sonoma County by building sculptures out of canned food.

There are many teams forming around the community including non-profit organizations, high schools, architectural firms, engineering firms and local retail businesses.

Those that have expressed interest include:

CamelBak, Petaluma

Sonoma Country Day School, Santa Rosa

AIA's Women in Architecture

Young Professionals Group

AIA Redwood Empire chapter, Santa Rosa

Whole Foods Market, Coddingtown, Santa Rosa

Maverick Media

YMCA, Santa Rosa

This is the first year for CanStruction in Sonoma County. The charitable competition is in its 14th year across the country. Last year, more than 100 cities participated donating more than 2 million pounds of food providing 1.5 million meals to hungry men, women and children. Each year the competition yields hundreds of new and exciting structures with themes all tied to ending hunger.

The theme for our local competition for 2011 is Health and Wellness.