New Advanced Blueprint Reading Course Scheduled
Each year, commercial construction companies have access to a great deal of high quality training through Master Builders of Iowa and each year new programs are added. With contractors training their employees at a higher rate than ever before, MBI holds steadfast to its obligation to keep pace with the industry's educational demands.

A perfect example of our commitment to the industry is MBI’s Advanced Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction, a program that builds upon the 3-part series that has been offered over the past few years. This new course will incorporate quantity take-offs and estimating with two separate projects, along with activities utilizing the RSMeans Manual.

Advanced Blueprint Reading for Commercial Construction will be held in two locations:

October 26, 2018 | 8:00am – 4:00pm
West Des Moines

March 8, 2019 | 8:00am – 4:00pm
Cedar Falls

Though this course builds on our 3-part series, prior attendance in that series is not required, but we do prefer that attendees have a good understanding of blueprints and spec books.

Participants in the MBI Master Builder Designation program will earn 7 Project Management credits toward their Master Builder Achievement Award following successful completion of this course.

If you have questions or would like additional information regarding this course please contact Tom Fulcher at or (515) 657-4395.
MBI-PAC Sporting Clay Builders' Classic
Come shoot with us, and support your industry’s important PAC!
With elections right around the corner in 2018, the MBI-PAC is critical in our efforts to better the industry and support those candidates that share the values and outlook of the Master Builders of Iowa. One way to support the MBI-PAC, is to participate in one of our events. We just concluded the 2018 Annual Golf Outing dubbed the “Smoker”, that saw a sold out crowd of 39 teams. But we also have two sporting clay events that are just around the corner on September 20 in Riverside, IA and September 27 in Waukee, IA. Both events are expected to sell out again this year, so here is your Fast Track reminder to get your registration in today before it’s too late!
Just fill out the form here for Central Iowa and here for Eastern Iowa . Or, if you want to hold a team for now, just be sure and email Ben Hammes at and ask him to hold your spot. 
In the next week, we will be needing shirt sizes and gun preference for ordering ammunition.
Contact Your Local Schools About Construction Week 2018
The main goal of Construction Week is to raise awareness for students, parents, teachers, and counselors about the opportunities for great careers in construction after high school graduation. So how can you do your part to make 2018 the most successful Construction Week to date? As a contractor, you have the unique ability to contact your local school district TODAY to see if they would be interested in having your company visit their classroom on Oct. 1-5, 2018. 

You’re probably now wondering, “well, who do I contact at my local school district?” Fair question. That’s why we have done the work and compiled a list of all Iowa high school AND middle school guidance counselors and have it available for download in the Construction Week resources section . The list is separated for middle schools and high schools and each list includes the name, phone number, mailing address and email address for each counselor. 

Here is a list of things you could also do to bring construction to life for students:
  • Volunteer as a guest speaker in the classroom or after school program
  • Participate in K-12 career fairs
  • Offer mentoring
  • Offer job site tours
  • Invite a student or students on a job shadow
  • Bring students to your office
  • Donate extra building materials to a school program
  • Place construction-related ads in school newsletters and/or at sporting events

This is your chance to get creative and show your local students that a career in construction might be right up their alley! Good luck, and remember if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and we’ll provide whatever we can for you to be successful. 
MB EYE on the Future Class of 2019
In 2005 MB EYE on the Future held its inaugural class with 15 participants. The idea was for the course to provide leadership training to the next generation of company leaders while ensuring that industry leadership remained strong for years to come. Since that initial class, almost 300 individuals have graduated from the program, making it the longest running and most attended leadership program that MBI offers.

The 2019 MB EYE on the Future class has been selected and will begin the course in September 2018. The selection process they went through to gain admittance to the program involved being nominated by someone other than themselves, submitting an application for the course, and being chosen by the selection committee. There was a total of 35 individuals nominated for this year’s class with 21 being selected.

Congratulations to the 2019 class of MB EYE on the Future!
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