Held each year during the MBI Winter Conference, the awards programs are a celebration of the Iowa commercial construction industry and everything that has been achieved over the previous twelve months. The awards recognize companies, teams and individuals who deliver outstanding results in the industry through collaboration and innovation. These prestigious awards provide one of the most effective platforms for leading companies to maximize their industry exposure for excelling in the Iowa construction industry. This recognition helps attract new clients, bolster existing relationships and raise overall company morale. 

Master Builders of Iowa takes great pride in recognizing individual and organizational achievements in the Iowa construction industry.  Through MBI’s annual awards programs, members can receive recognition for excellence in construction. The annual awards are presented at highly visible events and all members are encouraged to submit nominations. 

The awards presentations continue to break records, elevating the profile of the companies involved. In order to be awarded for all your efforts you must take part in the awards process - plan now to submit in one, or multiple award programs.

  • Build Iowa Award

  • Leadership in Workforce Recruitment Award

  • Masters Award

  • Master Builder Achievement Award

  • Outstanding Company Safety Achievement Awards

  • Safety Champion Award

  • Safety Professional Award

  • WORKSAFE Project of the Year Award

Build Iowa Award 2020 Nomination Deadline – November 8, 2019

  • Overview
  • Latest Recipient
  • Past Recipient

Overview

The Build Iowa Award was initiated in 1989 as a vehicle to honor MBI members and to bring public attention to excellence in the construction industry. Each year, the Build Iowa Award is presented to a general contractor or an associate member employee who best exemplifies the tenets of our organization; Skill, Responsibility, and Integrity. The nominees are judged by the way they have performed both within the construction industry, as well as in their communities.

2019 Build Iowa Award Recipient

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Mike Tousley

  • The Weitz Company

Past Recipients

  • Kent Pilcher

    Estes Construction

  • Craig Hansen

    The Hansen Company

  • Tim Conlon

    Conlon Construction Co.

  • Jim Simmons

    Russell Construction Co.

  • Gene Leonhart

    Cardinal Construction, Inc.

  • Marshall G. Linn III

    Neumann Brothers Inc.

  • Thomas Werderitsch

    Selzer Werderitsch Associates

  • John W. Gleeson

    W.A. Klinger, L.L.C.

  • Dave Peters

    Peters Construction Corp.

  • James Grabau

    R.H. Grabau Construction, Inc.

  • Ron Sande

    Sande Construction & Supply Co.

  • Jack Taylor

    Taylor Construction Group, Inc.

  • Richard Johnson

    Story Construction Co.

  • Darrell Ball

    Ball Construction Services

  • Dick Bulkeley

    Oakview Construction Co.

  • Gerald Friauf

    Rinderknecht Associates

  • Mike Conlon

    Conlon Construction Co.

  • Dave Holtze

    Holtze Construction

  • Norman Riis

    Story Construction Co.

  • Robert M. McCline

    Chris Hansen Construction

  • David Ward

    Breiholz Construction Co.

  • Robert Maddox, Sr.

    Allied Construction Services

  • Louie H. Kuepper

    Carl A. Nelson & Co.

  • Ralph E. Emerson

    Cardinal Construction Co.

  • Woodrow "Woody" Buck

    Story Construction Co.

  • Bill Seedorff

    Seedorff Masonry, Inc.

  • Bob Gleeson

    W.A. Klinger, Inc.

  • Reuben Schaefer

    Henkel Construction Co.

  • Orville E. Crowley

    Ringland-Johnson-Crowley

  • Ken Gethmann

    Gethmann Construction Inc.

  • W.A. Klinger

    W.A. Klinger, Inc.

  • Fred W. Weitz

    The Weitz Company, Inc.

Leadership in Workforce Recruitment Award 2020 Nomination Deadline – December 13, 2019

  • Overview
  • Latest Recipient
  • Past Recipient

Overview

The Leadership in Workforce Recruitment Award recognizes the outstanding efforts of companies who are actively engaged in solving our industry’s labor shortage. This award is presented annually to an MBI member company who has displayed exceptional effort, engagement and leadership in communicating to future industry workers that there are incredible career opportunities in the commercial construction industry.

2019 Leadership in Workforce Recruitment Award Recipient

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Seedorff Masonry, Inc.

Past Recipients

  • 2018

    Henkel Construction Co.

Masters Award 2020 Nomination Deadline – November 8, 2019

  • Overview
  • Latest Recipient
  • Past Recipient

Overview

The Masters Award recognizes the exceptional efforts of a construction team in executing the process of completing a project. Although an aesthetically pleasing and functional design is always part of a successful project, it is not a criterion for selection of this award. This award is meant to recognize the role of the project team. As such, projects should reflect good management skills, imagination, perseverance under unusual and challenging conditions, and/or innovative construction techniques. The Masters Award was created to bring a sharper focus to the high degree of professionalism and skill in our industry. The Masters Award is presented in three different categories: $1 Million - $10 Million, $10 Million to $25 Million and Over $25 Million.

2019 Masters Award Recipients

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Ball Team, LLC

  • Des Moines Community Playhouse – Act II
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City Construction

  • UIHC Pediatric Specialty Clinic Expansion and Conference Center Development
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Ryan Companies US, Inc.

  • Krause Gateway Center

Past Recipients

  • 2018

    DCI Group

  • 2018

    Graham Construction Co.

  • 2018

    Peters Construction Corp.

Master Builder Achievement Award

  • Overview
  • Latest Recipient
  • Past Recipient

Overview

Through the MBI Master Builder Designation program, credits are awarded in the areas of Leadership, Project Management, Ecological Construction, Ethics, and Safety. Virtually every course or education program that is offered through MBI receives credits in at least of these critical areas. The Master Builder Achievement Award is earned when an individual surpasses 150 credits and fulfills.

2019 Master Builder Achievement Award Recipients

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Bill Bruce

  • Bush Construction Company, Inc.
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Matt Bulkeley

  • Knutson Construction Services, Inc.
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Rob Davis

  • Bush Construction Company, Inc.
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Tony Herring

  • Woodruff Construction, LLC
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Erin Hiscox

  • Hy-Vee Construction, LC
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Doug Kumm

  • Baker Group
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Chris McMullen

  • Hubbell Construction Services, LLC
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Rod Schumacher

  • Conlon Construction Co.
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Mike Sherman

  • Hy-Vee Construction, LC

Past Recipients

  • Adam Day (2018)

    Eick & Day Construction, LLC

  • Kevin Larsen (2018)

    Woodruff Construction, LLC

  • Jeff Scandrett (2018)

    Hy-Vee Construction, LC

  • Joshua Thrap (2018)

    Hy-Vee Construction, LC

  • Lee Hollatz (2017)

    The Hansen Company, Inc.

Outstanding Company Safety Achievement Awards 2020 Nomination Deadline – December 13, 2019

  • Overview
  • Latest Recipient
  • Past Recipient

Overview

The Outstanding Company Safety Achievement Award is an Iowa OSHA and Master Builders of Iowa sponsored award that has become one of the most prestigious safety awards in the state of Iowa for the construction industry. The overall goal is to encourage and recognize significant achievements in workplace safety. The process solicits the best practices in accident prevention and promotes the sharing of the industry’s best achievements to advance safety at all levels. The award is presented in two categories: General Contractor and Specialty Contractor. You must be a member of Master Builders of Iowa in order to submit for these awards.

2019 Outstanding Company Safety Achievement Award Recipients

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Ryan Companies US, Inc.

  • General Contractor Category
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Tri-City Electric Co.

  • Specialty Contractor Category

Past Recipients

  • 2018

    Graham Construction Co., General Contractor Category

  • 2018

    The Waldinger Corporation, Specialty Contractor Category

Safety Champion Award 2020 Nomination Deadline – December 13, 2019

  • Overview
  • Latest Recipient
  • Past Recipient

Overview

It is the duty of every individual on a job site to focus on safety. Safety, like other disciplines, has individuals who stand out for their positive efforts in exceptional performance and for leading others in their commitment to excellence on the job. This award is for individuals who are not safety professionals, but demonstrate a commitment to the goal of high performing safety and whose efforts have had a substantial impact on the overall safety of a job site.

2019 Safety Champion Award Recipient

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Paul Robertson

  • The Waldinger Corporation

Safety Professional Award 2020 Nomination Deadline – December 13, 2019

  • Overview
  • Latest Recipient
  • Past Recipient

Overview

Every successful safety program has a key leader who keeps the program on track and is responsible to see that all the components mesh together to produce the end result of eliminating hazards in the workplace. Some safety professionals in the construction industry go above and beyond in their devotion to preserving quality of life in the workforce. This award spotlights the most dedicated and innovative safety professionals and their achievements in safety both within their company and in the construction industry.

2019 Safety Professional Award Recipient

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Michael Doucette

  • Russell

Past Recipients

  • Russ DeFord

    Dean Snyder Construction Co.

WORKSAFE Project of the Year Award 2020 Nomination Deadline – December 13, 2019

  • Overview
  • Latest Recipient
  • Past Recipient

Overview

The WORKSAFE Project of the Year Award is recognition to the contractor of an enrolled WORKSAFE Project for significantly promoting, training and recognizing best safety practices on their site through the duration of the project. This award is given to recognize companies who are making it their mission to increase the visibility and effectiveness of worker safety in the built environment.

2019 WORKSAFE Project of the Year Award Recipient

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The Weitz Company

  • IMT Corporate Headquarters

Past Recipients

  • 2018

    Neumann Brothers, Inc., EMC Building