SOM's San Francisco office teamed with Whiting-Turner, BuroHappold and Clarendon JBBP Elementary School at the 34th annual Sandcastle Classic benefiting Leap Arts in Education. The charity event brings together teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, corporations, and local elementary school students to envision, design and build giant sand sculptures.
The event took place on Saturday, October 15th at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. This year's theme was “Makers & Movers," and SOM competed on a team named “SandBlasters." All proceeds from the event benefited Leap Arts in Education, which brings essential arts programs to more than 7,000 Bay Area students each year.
The SandBlasters team built a sand castle of the lunar module from the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. The students developed this design because they felt the scene inspired them to believe in "making the impossible possible." To complete the theme, children and adults wore astronaut t-shirts and had a cutout of an astronaut holding an American flag that visitors could take pictures with.
Prior to the contest, adults from the sponsoring companies visited the school, brainstormed with children about what inspires them, and taught students about plans, sections and elevations. Then, SOM hosted an office visit for 60 students and chaperones, where the children presented their design ideas for this year's sand castle. They also got a chance to learn more about structures, scale, and model building. SOM would like to thank the organizers, sponsors, students, parents, and attendees who made the event a successful educational opportunity for all.