Miller Park Version 8: Landscaping & Detailed Service Level
About this creation
Lego Miller Park Version 8: Current Model
This model is the latest version of a personal long standing project. To get more history on this project please click HERE to learn about it from the beginning.
After utilizing MLCad to plan another set of major changes it was time to temporarily take Miller Park off display to implement them. I removed the model from display at MSOE's Walter Schroeder Library and began changes on Saturday October 24th, 2010. Since I was working around my work schedule, I had all the bricks I thought I needed and began construction on the key feature, landscaping, before I even had the model back. I finished the model just in time for display at TrainTime 2010 at MSOE. Due to tight time constraints and software problems I only partially updated the MLCad model and thus don't have an accurate updated parts count for Version 8. My estimated brick count would be 35,000 with a Lego brick value of $7,500.
Version 8 includes the following changes:
Complete landscaping and building surroundings within the current model footprint
Addition of tile to entire building roof surface for smoother roof operation and easier dusting
Addition of ~30 working Lego concourse lights so building hallways and visible detailed rooms light up
Expansion of the "LED" panels between the Loge and Terrace Levels
Added Service Level rooms
Added Fire Protection piping and sprinklers
Two additional powered Mindstorms for enhanced lighting and more accurate roof control (Model now has 6 Mindstorms total)
In early 2016 I plan to update the model to fix a Mindstorm electrical lighting overload and update the scoreboard. A new crowd of new Lego figurines will also be added and I plan to get the new actual grand total of Lego parts used.
Current Display Information
Lego Miller Park is currently on display at the Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin as part of their "Olbrich Holiday Express" exhibit. This show runs from December 5th to December 31, 2015 and features several Lego models created by WisLUG members and a Garden railway layout courtesy of the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society. Given the location, all the trains and Lego creations are surrounded by colorful plants! Please note that you must pay standard admission to see the display. Olbrich's hours during this display are from 10:00am - 4:00pm daily.
Future Display Information
The stationary model will return to display at its semi-permanent home at MSOE's Walter Schroeder Library at 500 E. Kilbourn Milwaukee, WI 53202 late on Monday 1/4/2016. The library's current academic year hours are as follows:
-Sunday: 1:00pm - 12:00am (Midnight)
-Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 12:00am (Midnight)
-Friday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
-Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
These hours are subject to change without notice. To verify hours before you visit please call the library information desk at (414) 277-7180. If you'd like to see the model in action please e-mail me at TJKaebisch@gmail.com and I will get back to you at my earliest convenience to set up a time to meet you.
The model will not be available for display from Mid March through Mid June 2016. During this time it will be undergoing a renovation to upgrade building lighting, update the scoreboard and a few other small details.
Lego Miller Park Version 9 will debut at Brickworld Chicago June 18 - June 19, 2016. This expo features 50,000 square feet of Lego at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois!
There is also a slight possibility the model will return to the Louisville Slugger Museum in 2016 or 2017 for another display. Check back for more details once we get closer.
Past Display Information
Due to repeated requests and disappointment from not being at TrainTime 2009, the model reappeared at TrainTime 2010 at MSOE on March 6th and 7th. The newly revised model proved to be a big hit once again and drew consistent onlookers.
A fellow student in my MSOE Senior Design class told someone at the Milwaukee Art Museum about my model and I was called about a display. The model was displayed at the Milwaukee Art Musuem on Friday 2/11/2011 from 5pm to midnight as part of the "MAM After Dark: Mr. Wright" event. Waves of people stopped by to see the model and all were impressed. This event also proved how beneficial carts can be; I don't foresee moving the model again without one! While I don't have any Lego projects in the works, I plan to create a model of this museum at some point in the future.
The model reappeared at MSOE's TrainTime 2011 on March 5th and 6th. It drew constant attention even though it was the same model shown in 2010. Using a newly purchased cart proved to be a big back saver once again. I have no idea why I didn't think about that sooner!
In December 2010 I was approached by an MSOE professor about helping create a Lego Leaning Tower of Pisa. I lent some of my Legos to the MSOE Architectural Engineering Institute student group to create a mock up for the model. This was done so they could determine the type and quantity of new bricks to buy. While my involvement with the Leaning tower project was minimal, I was invited to display at the Italian Community Center and Festa Italiana as a result. The model was displayed at the Italian Community Center at 631 E. Chicago St Milwaukee, WI 53202 prior to Festa Italiana 2011.
Following the Italian Community Center display, the model was moved to Festa Italiana July 21st to 24th 2011 as part of the "Piazza di Lego." Unfortunately, I was only able to attend the event on Friday of the Fest but being able to show the model to another diverse crowd was a great experience. After kids were done being amazed with the Lego Leaning Tower model and Miller Park they were able to particapte in Lego building and contests set up by the ICC.
From March 2, 2013 to September 2, 2013 the model was displayed at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in downtown Louisville, Kentucky as part of their "Big Leagues, Little Bricks" exhibit. The roof was operated 1-3 times daily during this display and worked almost flawlessly for the 16,000 visitors who visited. A big thanks goes out my brother Kurtis, Nathan Stalvey, and the rest of the Louisville Slugger team who helped make this display happen! The new black base contribution is a great addition to the model!
On Wednesday July 16, 2014 the model was displayed at the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, WI as part of their 2014 "LEGO Night" themed game. Up until this display request I had never heard of this MiLB minor league baseball team but was excited to learn they feed players to the Milwaukee Brewers. While I was personally unable to attend the game night itself I was happy to arrange the display so a new group of adults and kids could see it.
From Tuesday June 16, 2015 through midday Thursday June 25, 2015 the model was displayed at the "The Lego Americana Roadshow" located within Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, WI. My display was the only local themed Lego landmark model to be part of the show to date and joined several large scale Washington D.C. landmarks built by Lego Master Builders including the:
Statue of Liberty
U.S. Capital Building
Old North Church
While the main show ran from Thursday June 11, 2015 to Sunday June 28, 2015 I was invited at the last minute and already had a different display set up on June 25th so I wasn't there the whole time.
From midday Thursday July 30, 2015 through museum closing on Sunday August 30, 2015 the model was on display at The Children's Museum of Green Bay This display was a direct result of someone seeing the display at the Fox Cities Stadium and was a great hit with kids!
Enjoy looking and feel free to e-mail me at TJKaebisch@gmail.com if you have any questions or comments. If you like my project and are a MOCpage member, please take time to rate it or write a review.
Thank You to everyone who has helped make this project a continued success! GO BREWERS!!!
Closed Roof Pictures
Back View: Notice the new Harley Davidson Entrance
Roof View: Notice the absence of "bumps" as the entire roof has been covered with Lego tiles
Open Roof Pictures
Back View: Outfield Panels Open
Back View: Outfield Panels Closed. I love watching the reaction of people when they realize these are motorized too! They move so slowly (as the real ones do) that it takes people awhile to notice.
Infield: Notice the roof pillar and hinge is now Blue, the closest I can get to the olive green steel color with Legos. (The Lego Statue of Liberty has the perfect green, but I have to be economical and realistic here)
Outfield: Notice the cleaning crew in left field waiting to open the gate and get on the field for touch ups.
Field & "LED" Lighting Only. The room would be completely dark if these Lego lights were off!
Interior Room Pictures
New Service Level Press, Storage, & Locker Rooms. The black circular pipe is part of the new building wide Fire Sprinkler System.
New Service Level Team Showers
New Service Level Water Room with Water Heaters
New Service Level Electrical Room
New Service Level Mail Room
New Service Level Laundry Room
New Service Level Fire Protection Riser/Control Room being inspected by the Milwaukee Fire Department. I design fire sprinkler systems as part of my career so I couldn't resist leaving them out in the newest model despite the frustration of the small fragile pipes.
New Service Level Office & Exercise Rooms
Ambulance helping Fan. I give credit to my friend Frank for coming up with the designs for the golf carts in this model.
Roof Control Room
Renovated Press Box
Scoreboard Control Room
Renovated "Metavante Club". This was the "300 Club" before a new team sponsor was named.
Terrace Level HVAC Room
Stadium Main Entrance
Ambulance helping fan before the game
Back Parking Lot: Notice the games free Valvoline Oil Change Winning car & new Harley Davidson Entrance
1st Base Side Dock
3rd Base Side Dock
To increase attendance at MSOE's annual TrainTime show, I was interviewed by Gus Gnorski from FOX 6 on Friday morning 3/5/10 for a short "teaser."
TrainTime 2010 (3/6/2010 & 3/7/2010)
Most of the pictures on this page are actually from this event as I didn't take many at home due to time constraints preparing the new model for this show.
Milwaukee Art Museum (2/10/2011 to 2/12/2011)
I left half the case off during this display since I was present and the crowd was easier to handle compared with other events. Spectators appreciated getting a better look inside.
It was really hard to miss the model in the surrounding whiteness of this great Milwaukee landmark.
TrainTime 2011 (3/4/2011 to 3/8/2011)
It was great talking to new and returning guests. This show marked the third anniversary the model was on display.
Italian Community Center (6/16/2011 to 7/16/2011)
The model was hard to miss due to it's location right next to the main entrance and main banquet hall. The skirt proved to be a nice addition.
Festa Italiana (7/16/2011 to 7/25/2011)
It was great speaking to the waves of people that heard about the Leaning Tower of Pisa or my Miller Park Model. Everyone was impressed with both models but loved the fact Miller Park moved!
Note the green signs on the side of the model. They contained a list of interesting things that could be found in the model and added another dimension of interest. Many people took the time to find all of the items of interest and found things they wouldn't have noticed with a quick look.
Louisville Slugger: "Big Leagues, Little Bricks" (3/2/2013 to 9/2/2013)
This front view of the model is my favorite picture of the project thus far. Large scale pictures of the real stadium and the racing sausages were great added touches are a great representation of the whole stadium experience!
Back side of the model with a better view of the famous racing sausages in the background.
As you can see this was a big hit for the museum. I was told this picture represented almost every day! It was great to hear that so many people were able to see the model as I'm sure it encouraged a lot of kids who visited from all over the United States.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Lego Night Game (7/16/2014)
The Lego Americana Roadshow at Wauwatosa's Mayfair Mall
(6/16/2015 - 6/25/2015)
This was the display location on the northwest corner of center court. It was the only Lego display featuring a local building and was behind a store front unlike the rest of the displays that were on the main walkways.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Lego Night Game (6/25/2015)
This was a big hit especially before and after the game. It was great standing back and operating the roof by remote control and seeing how long it took people to notice. The Timber Rattlers had a nice two step platform which made it easy for everyone to see the inside from above.
Green Bay Children's Museum (7/30/2015 to 8/30/2015)
This is the current display location on the southern edge of the 2nd floor. Another large Lego model of Milwaukee's Calatrava art museum is located by the staircase.
Many people ask how the model is transported so I thought I'd give some insight. It takes about a 90 minutes to dismantle the model at the MSOE library and pack it into a rental van for transport to a different display location. Six of the seven roof panels are taken off and put in one of three boxes after being reinforced with Lego bases/supports I've made to minimize damage. After the panels are packed, a few pieces are removed from the building and the two halves split apart. It takes three cart trips to put everything in a Chrysler Town & Country as shown below. All the seats fold into the floor with minimal work making this a perfect vehicle with lots of suspension to minimize damage while on the road. Resetting the model up at the temporary display also takes about 90 minutes depending on the site logistics. It's a lot faster to unpack the roof but I test run all the all the electronic functions after setup to ensure everything works.
Note that the crane usually doesn't go with this display since it's not glued and doesn't fit in the case. For more on the crane creation follow the link below. I made room for it at The Lego Americana show since everything was locked in a storefront.
The small bottom box contains 1 of the smallest movable panels and the stationary one. The top small box contains the other small movable panel and the miscellaneous pieces that are taken off the model prior to splitting it in half. The three largest (top) movable panels are stored in the large box for transport.