September 21, 2017

Attending This Year’s AIA Show?

The upcoming AIA Iowa Convention, September 28-29, is always a valuable event for Iowa’s design professionals. What you may not have known, is that this year the Construction Update Network will be in attendance to further our relationships with this growing community.

If you are attending the popular trade show, be sure to stop by and check us out!

We look forward to seeing you!

Construction Dive: Construction managers offer increased transparency and improve construction outcomes

Often a problem not only calls but screams for a solution. The field of Construction Management (CM) rose out of such a need. In an industry where lack of transparency is a frequent complaint, a view into real construction costs is beneficial to Owners, investors and the public. Construction Management provides such a view. You can’t put a value on public trust – so this is a win for the construction industry as a whole.

Cornerstone Academy – Registration Now Open!

Registration for the 2017/18 Cornerstone Academy class is now open!  This will be the fourth year of the popular Cornerstone Academy, and the program has sold out each year.  A solid understanding of the topics included in this program are vital to the success of every commercial construction company.  Throughout the five month program, attendees will gain extensive knowledge in the areas of leadership, safety, insurance, contracts/bonding, finances, ethics, public affairs, cybersecurity, lean construction, environmental concerns, and much more.   

Safety Dividend Paying Insurance Program

We want to remind our members to speak to your insurance agent about the insurance program that is available through United Fire Group (UFG). UFG has written and issued over 140 policies to MBI members and Construction Update Network subscribers, with over $6,311,000 written premium in the program as of June 1, 2017.  Contractors insured in the program are eligible to earn a safety group dividend for their property and casualty lines of insurance (excluding workers compensation).

MBI’s Partner for Workers’ Comp Insurance

In 2013, MBI partnered with Midwest Builders’ Casualty Group (MWBC) to provide our members with access to their specialized workers’ compensation insurance program.  MWBC has focused on providing workers’ comp coverage to the commercial construction industry throughout the Midwest for over thirty years.  Their success has come from providing the highest level of service and knowledge because of their focused market.  They understand the construction industry and have built their program on fostering long-term partnerships by maintaining both competitive and stable pricing, while not overreacting when claims occur.  MWBC is also a dividend paying program that utilizes the most generous loss ratio for dividend qualification purposes in the industry.

Thank You Annual MBI Regional Membership Meetings Sponsors!

The Annual MBI Regional Membership Meetings are luncheon meetings held annually in different locations around the state.  All 2017 membership meetings are scheduled from 12:00 – 1:00 pm, and include a presentation on a new field leadership initiative, workforce development efforts, 2018 legislative priorities and an introduction to MBI’s new Director of Public Affairs – Ben Hammes. 

We want to THANK the 2017 MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker sponsors!!!

The 18th Annual MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker has once again SOLD OUT at 152 golfers and we would like to thank the sponsors that make this event first class year after year.  The Smoker brings together construction colleagues from throughout the state to participate in the MBI-PAC’s top fundraising event every August.  It is an event that leaders of the Iowa construction industry look forward to each year to support our industry’s important and influential political action committee.

Registration is OPEN for the 5th Annual MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic

Registration is now open for the 5th Annual MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic, so get your teams together for another great year!  For the Builders’ Classic, teams of five shooters test their shooting accuracy and skills using a Sporting Clays format.  The event is offered in both eastern and central Iowa in September and all proceeds go directly to the MBI-PAC.  For last year’s event, over 150 shooters participated and over $32,000 was raised to support pro-business, pro-construction policymakers.

Plan Now to Hold a Successful Construction Week Celebration

We invite and encourage you to join us in celebrating Construction Week 2017!  We held the first annual Construction Week in 2016 and saw many successes.  We invite you to celebrate our built environment and showcase those who create it, increase public dialogue about the shortage of construction workers and bring construction to life for students, educators and parents in an industry-wide collaborative effort.

Does your company get involved with local schools?

Being involved with local schools is probably the most important part of the entire Construction Week campaign when you consider that the main goal is to educate students, parents, teachers and counselors about the opportunities for great careers in construction after high school graduation.  As a contractor, think of Construction Week as a reminder to get involved with your local school districts, or even a reason to start a program for those of you that are not currently involved with local schools. 

Celebrate the Construction Industry in Your Community!

Construction Week is an awareness campaign designed to expose more individuals in our communities to the realities of construction as a safe, exciting and rewarding career option.  There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the industry and Construction Week is another way for us to join forces as an industry in order to educate people about the opportunities for great careers in construction.  It is also an opportunity to celebrate the workforce and point out that – WE BUILT everything around you – while we have a more captive audience.

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