October 20, 2018

Setting the Stage for the 2018 Midterms

People often forget that 2018 is an election year. It’s not just an election year, but a vitally important election that will undoubtedly impact the make-up of our federal and state governments. At MBI, we are focused on putting our PAC resources to state and local candidates that embody the mission of our organization—to be the essential resource for improving member performance and promoting a business environment that is favorable to the construction industry. There is a lot of information that we could cover in 4 congressional and 125 house races, but this article is meant simply to highlight some of the individual races that could impact whether Republicans retain control, or give up control, to the Democrats. 

On November 6, 2018, voters will go to the polls. While MBI does not do political endorsements and never has in the past, we wish to do our part in GOTV, or “get out the vote” efforts. We are encouraging all of our members to do your civic duty and vote for the candidates that you think will be pro-construction and pro-business. In addition, if you need information on how to register to vote, changing your registration or any other information regarding the mid-term elections, please visit the Secretary of State’s website at

Thank You Regional Meeting Sponsors!

Every year MBI hosts Regional Meetings around the state in an effort to better connect with our membership, and these meetings would not be possible without our generous sponsors.

These are companies that have made the decision to support MBI while gaining access to an audience that can help further their business.

We want to give a large and sincere THANK YOU to the companies below!


Bangert Computer Systems – Waterloo Regional Meeting

Bradley & Riley PC – Iowa City Regional Meeting

Exceptional Field Staff Gallery

Construction Week is an opportunity for all of us in the industry to raise awareness of the vast opportunities available right now, and to promote the industry as a safe, exciting and rewarding career option. However, it’s also an opportunity to stop and say “Job well done!” to the employees in our companies that do an exceptional job day in and day out. Showing appreciation for your co-workers and employees can sometimes be difficult—not because you don’t want to, but you don’t think about doing it during the regular hustle and bustle of a 40 hour + work week. 

WORKSAFE Certified Classes

Once again, CSSI professionals will be conducting WORKSAFE Certified training classes.  This program is a specifically developed safety training that will enhance the knowledge base of jobsite supervisory personnel.  To become WORKSAFE Certified, individuals would need to satisfactorily complete a 2-day training curriculum that is primarily focused on hazard awareness and mitigation. Is For You!

Whether your company is a specialty contractor, supplier or general contractor the declining number of workers is most certainly affecting your business. MBI understands this and we are proud to offer resources to MBI members to assist them in this area. is a major part of these resources. It includes career information that can be used to educated students or other potential workers as well as videos, training opportunities and information for parents and educators.

What is the Last Planner System?

The Last Planner System (LPS) is a collaborative planning process that involves trade foremen or design team leaders (the last planners) in pl­anning in greater and greater detail as the time for the work to be done gets closer. This is sometimes known as Pull Planning.

LPS was created to enable more reliable and predictable production in projects. It also:

  • Supports the flow of work through the project
  • Builds trust and collaboration with a project team
  • Delivers safer projects faster.

LPS brings together those who will execute the work (the team) to plan when and how work will be done through a series of conversational processes. It requires the team to collaboratively remove constraints as a team and to promise delivery of each task. These systematic processes increase the chances that work flows reliably, and recognizes that personal relationships and peer pressure are critical to that process.

MBI Awards - Get Your Team Recognized!

Each year Master Builders of Iowa recognizes companies and individuals with Iowa’s commercial construction industry for outstanding projects, safety, workforce development efforts, and career longevity.  In conjunction with the annual winter conference, MBI recognizes the outstanding efforts of several companies and employees to shed light on the importance of quality workmanship and teamwork in the commercial construction industry.

The Advantages of MBI Membership

You’ve already discovered the value of a Construction Update subscription for obtaining your construction project information, but did you know that you could get that same subscription for less by becoming an MBI member?

That’s right. When you are a member of Master Builders of Iowa, you receive a 20% discount on a regular Construction Update subscription. Click HERE to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member with Master Builders of Iowa, in addition to a 20% discount on your project information.

The old adage ‘knowledge is power’ would certainly apply to the world of bid date selection. More specifically, knowing the type, size, and location of bidding projects is of the utmost importance in making sure that you select the bid date that is right for your project.

With your project submission on you are notifying other project representatives of your projects’ bid date thus allowing them to choose a bid date that will not conflict with yours.

Great Times at the 6th Annual MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic Events!

The powder may still be smoking off everyone’s guns, but it’s time to recap the 6th Annual Sporting Clay Builders’ Classic. We had a hot day out in Eastern Iowa (Riverside) on Sep. 20, and a beautiful cool day in Central Iowa (Waukee) yesterday on Sep. 27. Both shoots again were very successful and turned out 175 Shooters again (15 teams in Eastern Iowa, 21 Teams in Central Iowa).

This year, MBI members raised over $40,000 for the MBI-PAC to support pro-business, pro-construction policymakers at the Capitol. This event continues in the great MBI tradition of bringing together industry colleagues for a day of construction camaraderie.

Environmental Workshop Coming Soon – Register Today!

Master Builders of Iowa has partnered with Iowa Lead & Asbestos Safety / Iowa Air Quality to develop a 1 day workshop that will address the health hazards, code compliance, exposure levels and more on some of the most dangerous and deadly products on a construction project.

The key topics that will be addressed in this workshop include Lead, Asbestos, and Silica as well as the role that proper respirator use plays in keeping workers safe and healthy. For each of these topics, we will explore the health risks involved, air quality monitoring, recordkeeping, permissible exposure levels, medical surveillance, and much more.

In addition to great information to keep employees healthy, this workshop will provided individuals enrolled in the Master Builder Designation program with seven (7) Ecological credits toward the Master Builder Achievement Award.

Shine the Spotlight on Your Field Staff

During Construction Week 2018 (Oct. 1-5), we will “shine the spotlight” on exceptional field workers of our member firms on social media and in our communication pieces.

We are asking our members to submit exceptional field staff to shine the spotlight on them during Construction Week! We will post all submissions throughout the week on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.  We will also create a photo gallery of all submissions on our website and they will be featured in the Winter Edition of the InsideMBI magazine.  

Simply return the submission form and a high-resolution photo of your exceptional field worker to Aly Schmidt at by Thursday, September 27! Please limit your submissions to 5 individuals per company (MBI member firms only). 

Utilizing MBI’s Job Board

For quite some time now the labor shortage surrounding commercial construction has taken center stage on the list of issues facing our industry. To ease this burden for your company, it is vital to utilize all of your available resources, and the MBI Job Board is one of those.

MBI Curriculum Features New HR Webinar Series

The most important component of any commercial construction company is their human capital and Master Builders of Iowa is constantly looking for ways to assist companies in the development, improvement, and protection of this priceless resource.

As part of the 2018-19 curriculum, MBI has included a 3-part webinar series that will be delivered by attorneys from Des Moines based law firm, BrownWinick.  This series will address some of the most common topics in the industry and provide guidance on how to best handle situations if they should arise in your workplace.