New Jersey’s Michael Nieves won the job of Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Philadelphia, which is opening this spring at the Plymouth Meeting Mall. Nieves won the title of Master Model Builder in a competition held at the mall on December 10th and 11th. By winning the job, Nieves will combine his background in mechanical engineering and passion for building with LEGO® bricks into a full-time career. Nieves beat out more than 40 competitors, from an original pool of around 75 applicant.
“Michael has all the qualities we’re looking for when hiring a Master Model Builder,” said Michael Taylor, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia’s General Manager, in reference to Nieves’ Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and previous roles as a LEGO instructor, math tutor and freelance LEGO designer. “He demonstrates a clear understanding and passion for learning through LEGO play and a gift for teaching children. Michael will be a natural fit in the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia family.”
One of the most exciting and innovative jobs on the market today, the Master Model Builder plays a primary role in developing Philadelphia’s MINILAND, a replica of the city’s skyline made entirely of LEGO bricks. Today, LEGOLAND Discovery Center announced the top ten finalists for MINILAND Philadelphia. The final round of voting begins today, Dec. 12, and will determine the Master Model Builder’s first assignment.
In addition to an opportunity to work alongside Philadelphia’s first-ever Master Model Builder, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia will feature an interactive LEGO ride, a 4D Cinema and 10 LEGO-themed play areas, making it the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. To keep up with pre-opening events and activities, or for more information, follow LEGOLAND Discovery Center Philadelphia on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.