CANstruction


by Allen Aldridge

During the month of November, KBS’ 171 17th Street building in the Midtown submarket of Atlanta participated in an inspiring event to combat hunger in the local community: Canstruction Atlanta. Only one word can describe this event…INCREDIBLE!

Canstruction® is a creative charity that hosts exhibitions throughout the world showcasing larger-than-life structures depicting the fight against hunger made entirely out of canned food. Once built, the structures go on an amazing public display, and are eventually donated to local hunger relief organizations—in this case, the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB). Any team in the Atlanta area was able to create a can structure, and this year’s participants included mostly architects and structural engineer firms.  However, 171 17th Street’s lead flagship tenant, Wells Fargo, has expressed interest in submitting a can structure for display next year.

The 509,237-square-foot 171 17th Street location was one of three Atlantic Station buildings (including 201 and 271 17th Street) chosen to host this year’s event. A total of 16 structures were on display from Nov. 7-18 in the building lobbies. Five of those structures were located at 171 17th Street, including one of the Colosseum, an anaconda, and an American flag.

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Approximately 85,000 cans were used for all of the structures, which equated to a whopping $500,000 donation to ACFB.  ACFB is an incredible organization within our local community—collecting more than 61 million pounds of food and groceries (more than 50 million meals) each year.

Atlantic Station is a live, work, and play community with restaurants, shops and residential within walking distance. The 171 17th lobby has great street views in a great location with plenty of pedestrian traffic—idea for such a phenomenal event.

 

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Mr. Aldridge is a senior vice president and asset manager for KBS Realty Advisors and its affiliate KBS Capital Advisors. As a part of the Eastern Region team, Mr. Aldridge oversees a portfolio size of approximately 3.6 million square feet.