Construction Zone...For Kids

Volunteers spend weekends making a construction zone "kid proof." Their hard work paid off!

The Construction Zone at the Omaha Children's Museum has it all! From a crane, to a paint room...to plumbing projects.

Larry Keith, of Topping Out, helped design the crane and pulley system.

Keith says, " We wanted kids to have an idea of what pulley's can do."

Keith, and his coworkers, volunteered every weekend for a month to help design it.

Mike Naccarato, a structural engineer, also helped.

He says, "The crane weighs about 13,000 pounds. I did a couple of calculations to make sure it wouldn't fall through the floor."

These volunteers worked out of a retired man's garage, setting up a temporary shop to design it all.

The exhibit runs through April 22nd.

For more information go to: www.ocm.org.

Topping Out is just one company that volunteered time to this exhibit.

These other companies/groups helped, too: Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Metropolitan Utilities District, Ash Grove Cement Company, Kiewit Building Group, RDG Planning and Design, Werner Enterprises, HDR, Topping Out, Inc., Oriental Trading Company, Backyard Playworld, , Millard Lumber, Lyman-Richey Corporation, Diamond Fence Co., Ready Mixed Concrete Company, Universal Flooring, Davis Erection Company, Inc. Sheet Metal Workers Local 16, Steamfitters and Plumbers Local 464, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 22, Ironworkers Local 21, Omaha Plumbers Local Union 16, Piping Resources, Inc. Midwest Scaffold Service, Clear Creek Landscapes, Watkins and Heartland Scenic Studio.

The organizations involved have spent hundreds of hours developing the exhibit and building it in the 10,000 square foot traveling exhibit gallery on the museum's second floor.


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