July 5, 2015

Contribute to the MBI-PAC

The Master Builders of Iowa works tirelessly to represent the interests of Iowa’s construction industry at the Iowa Capitol as well as the local level (county, city and school).  In this role, MBI’s public affairs program is unique in its unwavering support of Iowa’s construction industry.  Likewise, an integral part of this lobbying effort is the MBI-PAC.  As you know, the MBI-PAC is an important tool to MBI’s public affairs program and complements our constant presence at the Iowa Capitol and at the local level. 

Best Practice - Safety Before Speed

The greatest “best practice” a contractor can implement is to make sure its employees understand that being safe while performing a task is more important than the speed at which the task is performed. For an employee to take this to heart, he or she must consistently hear it from their superiors – their supervisors all the way up to the CEO. When the CEO continually demonstrates that this “best practice” is the most important, it will become priority to everyone else as well.

Advanced Blueprint Reading - Coming Soon!

In response to membership training requests, Master Builders of Iowa delivered a Blueprint Reading Essentials course in May and will hold another class on July 1st.  
Both of these classes attracted a lot of employees of MBI members and from all indications, hit the target regarding expectations.
Now, with a large group of employees out there who have been through our introductory blueprint reading class, MBI has scheduled the next step in conquering blueprint reading.  

MB EYE on the Future Reunion Photo Gallery

On June 18-19th, MBI held the first all-class reunion for the MB EYE on the Future leadership program in Riverside, Iowa.  There were about 40 leaders in attendance and a great time was had by all.  We would like to thank the sponsors of the reunion and we couldn’t have done it without their support:  BirdDogHR, Stetson Building Products, Inc., TrueNorth Construction Specialty Group and Whitfield & Eddy, PLC. 

AGC Members Save 20% on EM 385-1-1 US Army Corps of Engineers Safety and Health Requirements

This manual (EM385-1-1) describes safety and health requirements for all Corps of Engineers activities and operations, including Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) construction contracts. Following this manual will help all contractors working on DoD projects meet all the necessary safety requirements to ensure success on all their current and future Federal projects. Includes: Errata Sheet 1 and Change Sheets 1 thru 6 (updated November 2014).

Protect Your Company From Cyber-Attacks

It is hard to imagine technology not playing a significant role in our daily activities, whether in the office, on the road, at a jobsite, or at home.  Technology is a substantial part of the construction industry with employees utilizing smart phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices for a wide range of daily tasks.  Unfortunately, cyber-attacks can happen and when a breach of your network takes place, it can be costly. 

MBI Welcomes Two New Employees

There will be some new faces showing up at future MBI events as we are pleased to announce two new additions to the MBI team. These “newcomers” and the existing MBI professionals are dedicated to continue to provide the best, most responsive service to our members. On behalf of everyone at MBI, we appreciate your support and are committed to helping you and your business receive the most benefit from your membership investment.

We would now like to introduce you to our newest team members!

Only 5 Sponsorships of 44 Remain for Annual Golf Outing

We are pleased to announce that only 5 sponsorships remain of the 44 available at this year’s MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!  We sell out the roster for 152 golfers each year and we are working to sell out the sponsorships.  Sponsoring the event is a great way for your company to support the MBI-PAC and our continued efforts to support pro-business, pro-construction policymakers.  The Golf Classic & Smoker has grown into the premier fundraiser for the MBI-PAC and the fee to golf in the event is $425 per person and includes a complete day of food, drinks, fun and comradery with others from the industry.  We have 15 foursomes reserved for this year’s event without sending out registration packets yet. 

John Templer Appointed Chair of Iowa State Bar Association Construction Law Section Council

We are excited to announce that John A. Templer was appointed by Iowa State Bar Association (ISBA) President Bruce Walker to chair the ISBA Construction Law Section Council.

The Council monitors developments in construction law, advises the Bar Association as to changes made or needed to be made in legislation and regulations, and conducts continuing education and other events to enable Bar Association members to more effectively understand Iowa construction law.

Legislature Adjourns for the Year

Legislative Focus
June 8, 2015

Volume XIV, Edition 20

With little fanfare, the 2015 Legislative Session came to a conclusion Friday afternoon – 35 days after their scheduled adjournment of May 1st.  All budget bills are sitting on the governor’s desk, so he now has 30 days to sign, veto or utilize his line-item veto authority on all bills passed the final week of the session.

Statute of Repose Reduction Fails to Make the Final Cut on Standings

Code of Ethical Conduct Created by 2014-2015 MB EYE on the Future Class

The 2014-2015 MB EYE on the Future class undertook a project that focused on the issues surrounding ethical conduct in the construction industry.  In doing so, they developed basic parameters that MBI-member companies can take into consideration for the development of a company-specific code, or review of an existing code of ethical conduct.   

EPA and Corps Finalize Scope of Jurisdiction Over Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) on May 27 completed and released a new and final rule on the water features over which they will claim jurisdiction. The new rule is the culmination of their long and controversial effort to align federal regulations with the latest U.S. Supreme Court decisions and simultaneously make permitting decisions easier.