Lifting up construction workers, I Build America to hold first Construction Appreciation Week

Updated Aug 29, 2018

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To foster a positive dialogue about America’s construction workers, I Build America has announced the first-annual Construction Appreciation Week, slated for September 17-21.

I Build America is the only organization solely dedicated to promoting the value of the construction industry, a press release says.

Activities spotlighting the American construction worker throughout the week include national contests, social media campaigns thanking construction workers and local efforts in the Houston area’s I Build America’s headquarters.

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“We were surprised to learn there wasn’t a week dedicated to promoting the significant contributions the construction industry makes every day to the nation’s growth,” says Hattie Routh, marketing manager for I Build America.

“With I Build America’s mission to show the value of construction and instill pride within the construction industry, we thought this was a natural fit for our organization to pioneer.”


Two national contests running now

Beginning August 22 and running through September 21, I Build America will hold two national contests in support of Construction Appreciation Week.

Both Dream Builder and Kids of Construction contests can be entered by visiting I Build America’s website dedicated to Construction Appreciation Week,, and clicking on the appropriate contest link.

At the end of Construction Appreciation Week, I Build America staff will award the winning entry a prize package.

If someone who worked or works in construction has impacted your life for the better, then I Build America wants to know about and promote the story, a press release says.

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The Dream Builder contest can be entered by submitting a story detailing the ways in which a member of the construction workforce positively influenced a person’s life. The winner of this promotion will receive a prize package that includes a customized I Build America Yeti cooler and a $500 gift card to Academy Sports + Outdoors.

Those with a son or daughter who is a future builder, obsessed with dump trucks, excavators, dirt and building blocks, should enter the Kids of Construction contest.

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Simply submit a video of the child explaining why he or she loves construction. One lucky winner will receive an I Build America backpack filled with toys and a $500 gift card to Academy Sports + Outdoors.


Get involved by posting on #ThanksForBuilding

I Build America is also planning a strong social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram promoting Construction Appreciation Week.

Construction workers and community members alike are encouraged to post photos and videos on their social media platforms with the hashtags – #ThanksForBuilding and #ConstructionAppreciationWeek.

It is also recommended that supporters update social media profiles with construction graphics and stories using the hashtags.

For more information about Construction Appreciation Week, tips on social media posts, ideas for showing appreciation to construction workers locally, to download the Construction Appreciation week brochure and to enter the Dream Builder and Kids of Construction contests, visit

Launched in 2016 by HCSS CEO Mike Rydin, I Build America is an image-building movement dedicated to showing the value that the men and women in construction bring to our modern life.

The purpose is to instill pride within the construction industry and inspire the next generation of young people by telling the story of American construction.