HFR Design & PBG Builders teamed up with WSM Radio to participate in CanStruction Nashville, which took place on April 16, 2015. CanStruction features structures built entirely from canned food and supports the Second Harvest Food Bank. The nationwide event is hosted locally by the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee.
The Sound of Nashville, HFR and PBG’s entry, features the Historic WSM Tower, The Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium. Mike Terry and Eddie Stubbs, WSM Radio Personalities, assisted on the build team on the day of the event. The 12ft wide, serpentine-walled structure stood 8ft tall at its highest point, and utilized more than 2,000 cans. Designed by HFR staff member Audra Herriges (Associate Designer) and Kevin Caudle (Associate, Project Architect), it is an artistic interpretation of the significance the musical landmarks played to the legacy of country music.
“In approaching this design, it was our goal to encompass a unique perspective on what makes up the sound of Nashville,” says Sara Thomas, Team Captain and Graphics and Brand Manager at HFR Design. “Another important goal for the team was incorporating a variety of foods that would be the most beneficial to Second Harvest and local Emergency Food Banks. We are thrilled that we could accomplish both.”
HFR Design is Nashville’s oldest Architecture and Engineering Firm, and designed the WSM Broadcasting Station, which was completed in 1932 and added to the Historic Register in 2011. HFR also undertook several renovations and additions to the Ryman Auditorium from 1940-1995, notably completing the restoration in the late 1980’s that restored the Ryman as a music venue. HFR continues to create timeless designs, and has the honor of carrying that work into the future.
The CanStructure is on display at the South East Library, next to the new Ford Ice Center, until April 30th.