Cardno Haynes Whaley’s Seafaring Crew CANstructs a Worthy Vessel

On November 8, the Cardno Haynes Whaley team was proud to participate in Canstruction 2014. The competition is sponsored by Canstruction, Inc., a national charity created by the Society of Design Administration. Its mission is to produce a unique competition that provides an assortment of food products for the Houston Food Bank. Each team is expected to envision creative structures, fabricate those using ingenious methods and produce a canstructure that defies gravity.

As one of the 20 admirable competitors this year, the Captains of the CHW Sailboat met these demands. The strategic crew consisted of Tan Tran, Chris Hill, Chris Lee, Jenna Beth Whaley, Kim Baker, David Santino, Oscar Valdez and Jennifer Ju. The seaworthy crew included Tan Tran and his son, Brian, Chris Lee, Chris Hill, David Santino, Travis Connaway, Oscar Valdez, Stacy Chu, Jennifer Ju, Micaela Gomez, Paul Rangel, Sean Lamont and Joshua Avalos.

Front L-R: Tan Tran, Jennifer Ju, Micaela Gomez, Stacy Chu Back L-R: Oscar Valdez, Brian Tran, Paul Rangel, Chris Hill, Sean Lamont, Travis Connaway, Joshua Avalos, David Santino

Front L-R: Tan Tran, Jennifer Ju, Micaela Gomez, Stacy Chu
Back L-R: Oscar Valdez, Brian Tran, Paul Rangel, Chris Hill, Sean Lamont, Travis Connaway, Joshua Avalos, David Santino

In anticipation of the upcoming holidays, and in the spirit of generosity, our crew created a sailboat – a boat that, when powered by the kind thoughts of others, would billow with an abundance of food, allowing it to sail safely into the Houston Port.

This treacherous journey would not have been so triumphant without weeks of planning, hours of developing routes and scouring the sky for forecasts. There wasn’t a minute when the Captain or First Mate wasn’t constantly on the watch for the tides to turn.

Our long quest began during roll-call at 7 a.m. The first task was to unload the cans and supplies, then transport them to the shipyard. With our efficient crew members, we were ready to build the CHW Sailboat from bow to stern by 9 a.m. A trial run in the days leading up to the build allowed us to adapt to conditions on site. Each board layer was cut to the exact dimensions of the boat. However, along the way, the tuna tried to escape into the sea, and some pirates attempted to commandeer our fresh water. Fortunately, our sturdy cannons were able to ward off anyone with ill wishes.

The CHW Sailboat safely and successfully docked at CityCentre IV at 3 p.m. that day. Despite encountering some heavy rain, high wind and nefarious pirates, the CHW crew was able to transport over 4,000 cans of tuna, chili, and soup to harbor.

Front L-R: Sean Lamont, Stacy Chu, Chris Lee, Tan Tran, Jennifer Ju, Paul Rangel Back L-R: Joshua Avalos, Chris Hill, Brian Tran, David Santino

Front L-R: Sean Lamont, Stacy Chu, Chris Lee, Tan Tran, Jennifer Ju, Paul Rangel
Back L-R: Joshua Avalos, Chris Hill, Brian Tran, David Santino

Many thanks to all of our team members for your hard work in planning and constructing the sailboat. Cardno Haynes Whaley continues to provide great opportunities for us to give back to the community and interact with our coworkers outside of the workplace. It was an incredible journey through the seas, and thankfully each of us managed to cross the ocean without a single casualty!

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