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November 18, 2017

Order Your RS Means at a Discount!

The Construction Update Network is currently in our 28th year as a retail outlet for the RS Means annual cost data publications.  RS Means books and CD-ROM’s are the most widely used cost data and estimating programs in the entire country and are relied upon by hundreds of thousands of construction companies.  The Construction Update Network is excited to announce that there is a 15% discount off of all RS Means retail prices!

CLICK HERE to view the 2018 RS Means Order Form!

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. 

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. 

Calling All Architects! Don’t Forget About IowaBidDate.com

IowaBidDate.com is a free website that has been designed to assist project owners and their representatives with selecting the most beneficial bid date possible. The Construction Update Network tracks more than 4,000 projects on an annual basis, and all of these are placed into a bid date calendar that gives an up to date outlook of all currently bidding projects.

What Are You Missing?

It is common knowledge that investing in anything comes with an inherent degree of risk. Sometimes that risk is large… sometimes small. Most would agree, however, that an investment decision is typically based on the potential for return.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Your Life Just Got Simpler

Iowa Bid Date

Your life is busy. The last thing you can afford is wasted time. If you are an architect, engineer, project owner, owner representative, construction manager, or anything in between,  IowaBidDate.com is the perfect tool to make sure your project advances to the building stage without unnecessary hiccups.

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