Foundations for the Future Week

To the Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City (KCHBA) and its members, building foundations for the future means two things: promoting rewarding careers in construction and assisting local non-profit organizations that build communities. 

In 2022, these missions have come together to create the first ever “Foundations for the Future” week. Between April 2-10, the greater Kansas City public will have the opportunity to learn about the skilled trades as a career path for their children through several events being held at Union Station in downtown Kansas City.

This is an opportunity for the public to bid on a playhouse for their backyard in an online auction. The proceeds of the auction will benefit Science City. Sponsored by Bodine AshnerAshner Construction and Wilshire Hills, the Parade of Playhouses will showcase eight playhouses. Six playhouses have been built by high school and/or area technical school students and two will be provided by KCHBA builder members.

  • WHEN: Playhouses on display April 2-10
  • WHERE: Union Station | 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108
    View playhouses in Haverty Family Yards (grassy area outside Science City)
  • BID: Bidding opens April 2 at 9:00 a.m. and ends April 10 at 5:00 p.m. Bid now!


Our builder participants are Ernst Brothers Construction and Patriot Homes.

Patriot Homes has created a playhouse with a Latin American heritage theme to coincide with Union Station’s upcoming Mayan exhibit.

Other playhouse themes include a pirate ship, What-a-Builder, school bus, and a colorful gingerbread house. These playhouses will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and proceeds will be donated to Science City.

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The KC Manufacturing and Design Expo is a contest among high school students (grades 9-12) in construction and manufacturing programs. Projects are not limited in scope. Participants have the freedom to enter everything from a tiny house to a dining room table. 

  • WHENApril 5-9 | 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Science City | 30 W. Pershing Rd., Kansas City, MO 64108
    View KC MADE projects inside Science City (ticket required)
  • VOTE: Vote for your favorite project to win the People’s Choice award! Voting will open April 6 at 8:00 a.m. and end April 9 at 10:00 a.m.

A panel of industry professionals will judge the projects and determine the award winners based on project quality, skill knowledge and professionalism. Students can win prizes and program grants will be rewarded to the schools of the first, second and third place overall student winners in the amounts of $1,000, $750 and $500.

To win the Showmanship award, the individual must display professionalism with their attire, communication skills and leadership. This award is chosen by the panel of judges.

The Foundations for the Future Luncheon allows students and educational leaders to make connections and speak directly with professionals in the home-building industry. Winners of the KC MADE competition and the Parade of Playhouses are announced during this time.

“I just wanted to send a quick ‘Thank you’ again for hosting such an awesome event and the luncheon connecting our high school students with industry professionals. What an eye-opening experience for us as parents, to find an organization like yours that is available for our students to reach out to, talk to and help make connections within the home building and woodworking industry! We have encouraged Trevor to reach out to Courtney to get some contact info for several local industry professionals to talk more about opportunities for him as a graduating high school student with their company now and opportunities for growth within the company.”

–Parent of 2022 KC MADE winner

Through Foundations for the Future week, KCHBA hopes to promote careers in the skilled trades and increase the number of students choosing careers in the residential construction industry. This will put less pressure on home prices, ultimately assisting Kansas City families in achieving the American dream of owning a home.