Kids Building Wisconsin aims to get the next generation excited about construction

Kids Building Wisconsin aims to get the next generation excited about construction

Some kids were dozing off, while others lifted their spirits sky-high.

The “ins and outs” of construction were hammered home at the fifth edition of Kids Building Wisconsin at McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg.

“We wanted to create this industrywide event to promote the industry, and the great jobs that we have in the industry,” Event Coordinator Robert Thayer explained.

Thayer said especially locally, the construction industry is fighting an uphill battle. An aging workforce and a limited amount of replacements available are contributing to a work shortage.

Inspiring the next generation of builders and engineers is the goal of the event.

“To see them all playing, and to see them all interested in what we do, is the greatest thing in the world for me,” Thayer said.

There’s been an increase in women wanting to take control of construction sites and the controls of the bulldozer.

Thayer has seen this firsthand in his own home.

“As the father of a little girl who loves this stuff, for doing this for five years, seeing the little girls, and the little boys here is the best part of my day.”

It’s a similar story for Jonathan Stevens, whose daughters were fresh off of building a toolbox.

“It’s important to get all different viewpoints and perspectives involved in the industry,” Stevens explained.

His daughters are well on their way to be part of the new perspective.