By David R. Smith
Ian Coffey is on the road to having one of the more interesting resumes around.
Coffey, 26, currently serves as New York State Senate desk clerk. Beginning next month, though, he will begin his new job as “master model builder” for Legoland Discovery Center Boston following a two-day competition, during which he beat out more than 60 contestants over three rounds of construction challenges during “Brick Factor” at the Boston Public Library this past weekend.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime to turn a passion into a full-time job,” Coffey, who lives in upstate New York, said.
As master model builder, Coffey will be responsible for constructing new features, exhibitions and models at Legoland Discovery Center Boston when it opens in May at Assembly Row. He will also teach workshops and interact with the children who visit the attraction.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ian into the integral role of master model builder,” Legoland Discovery Center Boston General Manager David Gilmore said. “We were impressed with his creativity, talent and enthusiasm at the Brick Factor competition and look forward to watching him share his skills with our young visitors.”
During this past weekend’s competition, contestants tackled timed building challenges along three themes: something from your favorite book; something from your favorite vacation spot; and something that represents you. Ten contestants advanced to Sunday’s final round of competition.
“The Brick Factor competition was intense, and the pressure was high, but I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome,” Coffey said. “What could be better than getting paid to build Lego models all day and teach children how to harness their imagination and creativity?”
Legoland Discovery Center Boston will be the first and only one in New England. The 44,000-square-foot indoor attraction, geared toward children aged 3 to 10 and their families, will feature millions of Lego bricks and will offer a fun, highly interactive and educational two- to three-hour indoor experience. The attraction will feature interactive Lego experiences, Lego rides, Lego Studios 4D Cinema, Lego Miniland featuring replicas of Boston landmarks made out of Lego bricks, Lego factory tour and birthday rooms.
– Photos courtesy of Merlin Entertainments Group