July 30, 2015

Dollar for Dollar - A Scholarship Fundraising Campaign

In an effort to continue its leadership and support of the programs at ISU and UNI, the volunteer leaders of the MBI Scholarship & Academic Advisory Committee are proud to announce a scholarship fundraising campaign that will dedicate Association funds to students of these fine institutions.  The MBI Board of Directors has made a commitment to a “dollar for dollar match,” up to $500,000, for funds raised during this scholarship campaign, which will conclude on December 31, 2015.

More Features and Benefits from iSqFt

The CUOnline Electronic Plan Room Network, powered by iSqFt has been providing companies with access to public bidding information including plans, specs and addenda information since 2001. Subscribers are able to garner this information anywhere an internet connection is available -- 24 hours a day --7 days a week. To assure that subscribers are up to speed with the latest and greatest features of the system, iSqFt is providing a complimentary workshop that will address Advanced Search and Managing Project functions.

Safety Reminder: Confined Spaces Rule Effective August 3rd!

On May 1, 2015, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to increase protections for construction workers in confined spaces.  This new rule will go into effect on August 3, 2015

Manholes, crawl spaces, tanks and other confined spaces are not intended for continuous occupancy. They are also difficult to exit in an emergency. People working in confined spaces face life-threatening hazards including toxic substances, electrocutions, explosions and asphyxiation.

Advanced Blueprint Reading - Register Today!

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.  

MBI Construction Camaraderie at its BEST! Sign Up Today for the Construction Golf Classic and Smoker!

The 16th Annual Construction Golf Classic and Smoker is scheduled for Monday, August 24th.  There will be a morning brunch before golf and a wonderful post golf reception with great food and refreshments.  During the golf event, all participants will be treated to complimentary beverages, food and of course, cigars.  And as in years past, the event will be held at the prestigious Glen Oaks Country Club.  If you are interested in reserving your spot, click here.

It's Not Too Late to Pull the Trigger on a Sponsorship

There are sponsorship offerings available for MBI’s 3rd Annual Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic.  Like many of MBI’s programs, the Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic will bring together construction professionals from throughout the state for some great construction camaraderie.  As a sponsor, you will be part of a premiere sporting event where you can easily mix business with a whole lot of fun. 

The MBI/UFG Program Continues to Grow

United Fire Group and MBI partnership is an exclusive insurance opportunity that rewards members for safe construction.  This exclusive insurance program offers UFG's best-in-class services, including the ability to meet complex certificate-holder requirements, along with access to comprehensive loss control services and UFG's industry-leading surety bonds department. Members insured within this program will be eligible to earn a safety dividend for their property and casualty lines of insurance (excluding workers compensation). 

Construction Practices Have Evolved, So Should Your Contracts

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MBI Membership Directory

Did you know that all MBI members are listed on the website?  The Guide to the Master Builders of Iowa is the Iowa construction industry's single most reliable source to identify and engage professional construction firms doing business in Iowa and elsewhere across the U.S.  To access the MBI Membership Directory, CLICK HERE.

For information on becoming a member of the Master Builders of Iowa, please contact Tania Bowman at 515-288-8904 or email


Who are MBI's Essential Partners?

The Master Builders of Iowa strive to be the essential resource for Iowa’s construction industry and a valuable component of that effort are those companies who support MBI’s programs and events.  Through the exclusive “Essential Partners” recognition program, MBI recognizes our industry supporters.  MBI's Essential Partners have contributed over $3,000 through sponsorships to the Master Builders of Iowa in the past year.  These companies are an important part of MBI's success and we couldn't do it without them!  For more information on opportunities to become an Essential Partner of MBI, p

The Master Builders of Iowa and United Fire Group Program - From an Agent's Perspective

As an active member of the Master Builders of Iowa, I see many benefits to my membership and feel I receive great value from the organization in exchange for my dollars and time. I have been privileged to serve on several committees within MBI, including serving on the Board of Directors and Associate Council.  I have also attended MB EYE on the Future and always look forward to the many conventions and educational sessions that contractors can take advantage of throughout the year.

The ACE Mentor Program Needs Local Volunteers

The ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa (ACE C-IA) is an affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program of America.  Celebrating its tenth year, ACE C-IA has served over 800 students, utilized over 160 industry mentors, and has worked with over 60 construction related firms.  In addition, ACE C-IA has awarded 57 scholarships for a total of $114,000 to students participating in Central Iowa through the generous donations by local architecture, construction and engineering firms.  The ACE Mentor Program of Central Iowa was recognized as an exemplary STEM Program by Governor Branstad’s STEM Advisory Counc

Registration is Officially Open for the 16th Annual MBI-PAC Construction Golf Classic & Smoker!

Registration materials have been sent out for the 16th Annual Construction Golf Classic & Smoker.  This year’s event is scheduled for Monday, August 24th at Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines, Iowa.  Can’t wait??  Register today! 

CLICK HERE to download the complete event brochure. 

CLICK HERE for the registration form.