April 24, 2018

Construction Headcount Dips in May but Outpaces Overall Rate of Job Gain Since May 2015; Rising Pay, Plunging Unemployment Suggest Worker Scarcity

Construction employment dipped for the second consecutive month in May, but rising industry pay and plunging unemployment suggest contractors would be hiring more workers if they were available, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that worker shortages may be reaching the point where they undermine the sector’s growth.

Notice to Bidder Changes Go into Effect on July 1, 2016

On March 23, 2016, Governor Terry E. Branstad signed SF 2170, which amends the notice to bidder timeframe provisions of Iowa Code Section 26.3.  The new law will increase the estimating time between a notice to bidders being published to when a public owner can actually set a bid letting date.  Effective July 1, 2016, a notice to bidders shall be “posted” at least once, not less than 13 days and not more than 45 days before the date for the bid letting.  Previously, the timeframe was 4 days and 45 days.


Leading the Next Generation - FMI 

West Des Moines
April 24, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Leaders today are challenged to achieve more with less, enhance the performance and effectiveness of their staff, and grow the bottom line. Those who can do this consistently over time recognize that leadership is not about tactics, fads or spreadsheets. It is about a leader's ability to win the hearts, minds, and commitment of their people. However, our culture is changing so fast that the leadership of yesterday is not enough. This highly interactive session will help current and emerging leaders understand themselves, those they lead and the critical changes that are happening in today's construction environment. 

Master Builder Designation: Leadership - 8 credits




Des Moines
April 26, 2018
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The AGC Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) is an assessment-based certificate credential that denotes knowledge and understanding of concepts related to BIM adoption, practice and process transformation outlined in the AGC BIM Education Program (BIMEP). Successful candidates will carry the CM-BIM designation.


Become a Lean Construction Champion

West Des Moines
May, 2018

Unit 1: May 3
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Unit 2: May 4 
8:00 am - 12:00pm

Unit 3: May 4
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Unit 4: May 10
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Unit 5: May 11
8:00 am - 12:00pm

Unit 6: May 17
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Unit 7: May 18
8:00 am - 12:00pm

Everyone related to the construction process has the incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost - from the project owners who want to see tangible results for their investment to the contractors and designers who want to do their job well and move on to the next project. Lean Construction is based on the holistic pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project: planning, design, construction, activation, operations, maintenance, salvaging, and recycling.

The AGC Lean Construction Education Program (LCEP) is the curriculum available to help you reach these goals. The LCEP consists of seven units that instruct all aspects of Lean, allowing practitioners to benefit from these principles. Construction professionals at all experience levels will learn the building blocks necessary to transform their projects and companies into a Lean operating system. In addition, this course provides tools to help participants recognize sources of variation on their own projects, examine variation’s effect on operations, and mitigate the effects of variation in their every-day work.

Webinar - Distracted Driving is Never Worth It
May 8, 2018
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presenter:  Shawn O'Brien, United Fire Group - Cedar Rapids, IA

We hear about distracted driving accidents almost every day, but driving distracted is no accident. Instead, it’s a choice people make when they get behind the wheel. It’s time to change our way of thinking. In this webinar, we’ll discuss the epidemic of distracted driving, focusing particularly on issues in the commercial industry. We’ll also offer suggestions on how employers can create, adopt and enforce a cell phone safety policy.

FLSA Salary Threshold Increases

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) released its final rule implementing changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.   The rule will be officially published in the Federal Register on May 23.  The most significant change is a doubling of the standard salary threshold for exempt employees – from $455 per week ($23,660 per year) to $913 per week ($47,476 per year).  The rule takes effect on December 1, 2016.

Construction Employment Rises in 42 States and the District of Columbia Over Latest 12 Months, While Only 23 States Add Jobs From March to April

California and Hawaii Add Most Jobs for the Year, North Dakota Has Biggest Actual and Percentage Declines; California and Idaho Top Monthly List of Gainers, Tennessee and Rhode Island Have Largest Monthly Decreases 

Are You Taking Advantage of the Free MBI Training Vault Program?

As a value-added membership service, Master Builders of Iowa offers the MBI Training Vault to MBI member firms at no charge.  The Training Vault is an electronic tool that is designed to make the process of tracking and documenting training records easy, organized, accurate and accessible. Your company-specific Training Vault contains all training conducted by MBI dating back to 1998. This internet-based credential tracking system gives company management, as well as employees, easy access to training records. To reap the maximum benefits of the Training Vault system, you are encouraged to include ALL additional training, past and future, that your employees receive and to include all of your employees.

Within the MBI Training Vault there are two types of users for your company - Administrator and Employee. The Administrator has access to the training records of all of their respective company’s employees.  In addition, the Administrator is able to view and edit all employee records, add company training classes, as well as add and remove employees.  Each MBI member company is assigned one Administrator username and password.  To learn more about the Administrator role and who has been assigned from your company, please contact Tom Fulcher at the contact information below.  Company employees are able to login and view their own personal training records, as well as view and register for upcoming MBI and company provided training. To receive employee login credentials, please contact Aly Schmidt at or (515) 657-4380.

New WORKSAFE Program Features

In an effort to continuously improve our services to the construction industry, MBI convened a task force of safety personnel last summer to evaluate the services provided through the WORKSAFE program.  The group’s focus was to improve job site safety by developing a more responsive WORKSAFE program.  After a series of meetings, the task force made recommendations that were then presented and approved by the MBI Board of Directors. 

New Features of the WORKSAFE Program:

Subcontractor Inclusion Plan – All subcontractors on a WORKSAFE project are eligible to receive 24/7 safety services from MBI throughout the duration of the project and will be included in all of the WORKSAFE correspondence including the pre-construction safety review, and all survey reports. 

Additional Safety Resources – Under the direction of the WORKSAFE Taskforce, MBI has developed two new online resources:

  • Safety Best Practices - We have assembled a listing of safety best practices on the MBI website.  Safety best practices can improve any safety program and have an impact on the bottom line. 
  • OSHA Rules & Regulations - OSHA’s website on construction regulations is extensive, intricate, hard to understand, and can be difficult to find needed information.  MBI developed an easy to read and understand online resource for construction-related OSHA regulations.

Special Package Pricing – For optimal safety results, safety professionals recommend additional site visits depending on the duration of the project.  For this reason, we have developed a special discounted pricing structure.

No Time to Wait for Classroom Training?

We have you covered.  Members of MBI are eligible to receive a discount on online education courses available from ClickSafety. Online education is becoming a very popular option for many contractors because it is convenient and less expensive than sending an employee to a classroom education session. All it takes is an internet connection and a desktop, laptop or tablet. There are courses for safety, management, transportation and human resources. The courses can be started and stopped as the student’s time allows. Certificates of completion are also available.

Project Pre-Qualification and Training Vault!

Master Builders of Iowa recently released the MBI Training Vault as an online education and training credential tracking tool that is a free service for MBI member firms and their employees.  In addition to all of the outstanding tracking features of Training Vault, we have built in a component that assists MBI members with their project pre-qualification process as it relates to the education, training, and safety of the their workforce.