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Office Space: Jeremiah Boehr, 30

The Kansas City man, formerly a Lincoln College Prep art teacher, beat out 170 competitors in a Lego contest to earn his job as master model builder with digs at the new Legoland Discovery Center at C

Jeremiah Boehr, LEGO Master Model Builder

One day on the job

7 a.m.

Wake up and work out with weights. Sure, he lifts Lego bricks all day but …

8:30-10 a.m.

Arrive at Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City and head to MiniLand, where there are 20 miniature Kansas City landmarks made of Lego bricks. A shop vac and canned air work wonders for deep cleaning (serious Lego models get glued together so they don’t get sucked up). Check to make sure that the Lego fountains are working (yes, you read that right) and that no green bricks are missing from the Emerald City.

10 a.m.-noon

Yellow buses arrive! Hundreds of school kids file out to tour Legoland for the first time. Boehr discusses the finer points of Lego building.

Noon-12:30 p.m.

Lunch, usually at Crown Center. Usually with dessert at Sheridan’s Frozen Custard. He has a sweet tooth.

12:30-2 p.m.

Write and answer emails. That includes ordering Lego parts from headquarters in Billund, Denmark. Because a six-week lead time is required, he’s already working on Halloween and Thanksgiving models.

2-6:30 p.m.

Design Lego models in his workshop with breaks to help kids and their parents build Lego race cars.

6:30-7 p.m.

Walk through the door of his Lego-brick-filled workshop to head home.

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Adults-only nights

Is a cash bar possible? Maybe, Boehr says. Since adults aren’t allowed in Legoland Kansas City without kids and vice versa, the third Monday night of each month is for 18-and-older Lego lovers only. Why? Big kids like Boehr enjoy building with Lego bricks, too. The next one is June 18 and has a superheroes theme — dressing as your fave is encouraged. Tickets are $15 at kansas.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/kansascity and $20 at the door.

Inspiration

“When I’m coming up with Lego models, I think of things I would have liked as a kid,” Boehr says. So he recently built a triceratops. He also gleans ideas from lego.cuusoo.com, where you can submit your own Lego ideas that are considered if you get more than 10,000 supporters. If Lego makes your design, you get 1 percent of net sales for the product.

Palette of 2012

Who knew Lego bricks come in 52 colors? Boehr does. With all the shapes and sizes, there are more than 8,000 varieties of bricks. This year, the addition of Lego Friends, geared for girls, added more pastels. Boehr doesn’t know (or isn’t giving up) what new hues will be introduced in 2013.

Ship shapes and exit signs

Boehr is building a large-scale miniature Lego Titanic. He has researched the actual dimensions of the infamous ship that sank 100 years ago. “I’ll end up building two. One as a prototype and one to glue together.” Another current project is a large Lego mini figure for the exit that will playfully remind visitors to re-deposit their plastic bricks before leaving.

Details, details

When you tour MiniLand, you can tell Boehr is having fun with his gig. There’s a couple on a date at the Plaza, and the guy’s car is being towed. City Hall is surrounded by police because a cat is up in the tree. “People will always notice some different scene or nuance.”

More than 1,000

Boehr’s workshop is lined with bins of Lego bricks, categorized by color and shape. It’s inching — get this — close to 2,000 compartments. Holy Lego, Batman.

Fish bowl

No, it’s not the Sea Life Aquarium next door, but a clear window lets Legoland visitors study Boehr’s every move. They tap on the glass. He can hear their conversations. “Adults say to their kids, ‘He gets to sit and play all day. Would you like to do that when you’re bigger?’ But it’s serious design work.” Still, he’s living his dream. “Each day is different. You get to make something new all the time. You get a sense of satisfaction when something is built.”

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