WORKSAFE Assists in Project Procurement

For many years now, owners have been evaluating a contractor’s safety program and records to help determine if a contractor should be allowed to submit a price for work. Contractors are always looking at various ways to differentiate themselves from their competition in their marketing efforts. Telling an owner that you use an independent third party, which includes OSHA, to assist in your safety management efforts is a great way to do this. It shows that you’re not afraid to have a regulatory authority and an outside set of eyes examine your safety work practices. It shows that you are always looking for ways to improve.

Enrolling a project in WORKSAFE shows the public, through the 4’x10’ banner on your job site, that a particular project is doing something special to see that injuries won’t happen. The public might not know what WORKSAFE is, but just from the words you can tell that the owner and contractor want to be a step ahead of others in prevention of construction accidents.

When you go for that next interview or complete that next form to be included on a bidder’s list, check out how WORKSAFE can improve your chances. Contact Tom Suckow at or 515-657-4384 or click on the WORKSAFE icon at

Bidding and Project Procurement

Project procurement in the public sector for the state of Iowa is based on a design / bid / build process, in which the lowest responsible AND responsive bidder is awarded the contract.  Iowa’s competitive bidding laws for public projects have withstood a century of scrutiny and challenges and the Master Builders of Iowa has a long history of working with public owners and contractor-members in keeping the public procurement process free of political favoritism, corruption, cronyism and graft.  Establishing a strong competitive bidding law aids public owners and contractors in the award of contracts, but the biggest benefactor is the Iowa tax payer, who gets a project of high quality and value.

This portion of the website will focus on bidding and project procurement.  You can access the Iowa Code and those chapters that deal with competitive bidding for each respective public owner.  You will also find information on other laws the assist the public project procurement process. 

MBI is unmatched in its expertise on Iowa’s competitive bidding laws and MBI members and public owners are encouraged to draw upon the years of experience MBI has in the arena of project procurement.

Kelly Baier

Bradley & Riley PC.
Cedar Rapids, IA

Chad Kleppe

(515) 657-4382

Brian Rickert

Brown Winick Law Firm
Des Moines, IA

John Templer

Whitfield & Eddy, PLC
West Des Moines, IA

Scott Norvell

(515) 657-4381