June 2022 Building Buzz

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BISMARCK-MANDAN HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION JUNE 2022 || WWW.BMHBA.COM


BUILDING Building Buzz is a publication of the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association.

Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association 2600 Gateway Ave, Ste 1 Bismarck, ND 58503 Phone: 701.222.2400

www.facebook.com/bmhba PROFESSIONALS BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH

PROMOTION OF

SINCE 1958.

JAMIE SCHMIDT, PRESIDENT Investcore, Inc. 1601 N 12th St. Suite 605 Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 223-3030 jamie.schmidt@investcore.com

JOE VETTER Joe Vetter Construction 2523 Powder Ridge Circle Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 258-9394 joevetterjvc@gmail.com

JOE HILLERSON, VICE PRESIDENT Boulder Homes PO Box 1421 Bismarck, ND 58502 (701) 400-5554 boulderhomesnd@gmail.com

VICKI MORAN Hallmark Homes 3200 Rock Island Place, Suite 4 Bismarck, ND 58504-7717 (701) 471-7634 hallmarkhomes@outlook.com

AMY LARSEN, 2ND VICE PRESIDENT Apex Builders PO Box 652 Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 527-7899 amy@apexbuildersnd.com

MCKENZIE LAWLER Dakota OutdoorScapes 8351 Hwy 1804 N Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 595-0890 mckenzie@ndscapes.com

LORI WILLSON, TREASURER Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air 2510 Vermont Ave Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 226-8810 lori@northernplains.net

RON STOTZ CAVES 1365 Tacoma Ave, Suite 1 Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 751-1162 rons@cavesnd.com

GREG MEIDINGER, PAST PRESIDENT Aspire Homes 3313 Bayshore Bend SE Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 426-8583 greg@daretoaspirend.com

ANDREW MELDAHL Pinnacle Homes and Design 214 Riverwood Ave Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 426-0237 andrew@pinnaclehomesnd.com

BILL SCHMID Townsquare Media 1830 N 11th St Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 250-6602 bill.schmid@townsquaremedia.com

JOSHUA JACOBCHICK JSJ Construction 714 Custer Dr. Manda, ND 58554 (701) 226-0526 jsjconst@hotmail.com

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Dawn Watson dawn@bmhba.com Office: 701-222-2400 Cell: 701-390-5049

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR Brittney Roehrich brittney@bmhba.com Office: 701-222-2400 Cell: 701-240-3540

LAYOUT DESIGNER Elysha Head

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The BMHBA consists of building specialists from every section of the construction field and associated industries. Your membership strengthens our voice in Bismarck-Mandan construction sector as well as at a state and national level. If you haven’t already submitted payment, please renew your membership by June 30, 2022. Jami Benz

Barry Schumaier Shannon Erie

Nick Roemmich

Pat A. Thomas Jacoby Woehl Brian Frank

William Watson

Your recruitments can now be seen on NAHB.org. Click “My Profile” then “My Spike Referrals.” Top Recruiters as of 05/05/2022.

Mark Roningen Terry Leabo

Kenny Smithers

Thank you to our members who have helped grow our BMHBA membership over the years by recruiting new companies to join our association. If you know of a company that is interested in joining, contact Brittney Roehrich at brittney@bmhba.com or 701-222-2400.

Vance Vetter

Brandon Fraser Lynette Wohl Dan Domagala

Kyle Herman Amy Mazigian Mike Keller

Please welcome our new members from May to the association!

BRAVERA BANK - LEANNE WESTGARD Affiliate Membership (701) 221-4799 lwestgard@bravera.bank https://www.bravera.bank/leanne-westgard BRAVERA BANK – MEGAN MAXON Affiliate Membership (701) 391-2521 mmaxon@bravera.bank https://www.bravera.bank/megan-maxon QUALITY TITLE, INC. - KARLI SKJERET Affiliate Membership (701) 204-0177 karli@qualitytitlend.com http://qualitytitlend.com TOBIAS MARMAN CONSTRUCTION - SYDNEY MURPHY Affiliate Membership (701) 751-4330 sydney@tmc-build.com https://www.tobiasmarmanconstruction.com/

Statesman Spike 500-999 Credits Kelly Moldenhauer (740.00) Super Spikes 250-499 Credits Todd Brady (379.50) Robb Sattler (293.50) Eddy Mitzel (291.50) Mike Todd (288.00) Lee Mitzel (268.00) Pat Marback (257.00) Royal Spikes 150-249 Credits Lori Willson (214.50) Mike Hopfauf (194.50) Rory Schlosser (192.50) Berna Vetter (190.00) Colby Well (165.00) Jack Knutson (160.00) Red Spikes 100-149 Credits Blair Ihmels (146.50) Steve Redding (125.00) Dan Sparling (120.50) Chad Moldenhauer (107.50) Jerry Sposkwaski (106.00) Dana Schlomer (102.50) Green Spikes 50-99 Credits Vance Vetter (98.50) Paula Haider (95.00) David Patience (94.00) Mark Larson (91.50) Eric Brenden (88.50) Darren Buffington (83.50) Kenneth Knodel (67.00) Art Goldammer (64.50) Scott Moran (57.50) Nadine Schaff (55.00) Scott Duchscherer (54.50) Life Spikes 25-49 Credits Marc Conrad (47.50) Gerry Rudnick (47.50) Gerald Hopfauf (45.00) Drew Knutson (42.00) Matt Shauer (41.50) Jeff Sattler (39.50)

Greg Meidinger (39.00) Greg Zenker (37.00) Lyle Forderer (26.00) Kevin Fischer (25.50) Blue Spikes 6-24 Credits Jason Frank (22.00) Shane Gaffaney (19.00) Earl Torgerson (16.50) Melinda Llyod (15.00) Todd Schmidt (14.50) Bob Kupper (12.00) Jamie Schmidt (11.00) Wayne Solberg (10.50) Kelli Thompson (9.00) Pete Brendel (8.50) Darryl Hatzenbuhler (7.00) Bill Schmid (7.00) Mike Wolf (7.00) Joe Hillerson (6.50) Rory Anderson (6.00) Spike Candidates .50-5.50 Credits Shannon Reichenberg (5.50) Kurt Steiner (4.50) Jason Kerner (4.00) Parker Pladson (4.00) Roger Grendahl (3.50) Jarred Roloff (3.50) Mike Baumgartner (3.00) Vicki Moran (3.00) Brian Eiseman (2.50) Sam Gietzen (2.50) Heidi Rue (2.50) Mark Abramson (2.00) Wade Vogel (2.00) Melanie Staiger (1.50) Jackie Andahl (1.00) Natalie Eckes (1.00) Tiffany Eckroth (1.00) Lynn Klein (1.00) Alissa Kleinsasser (1.00) Reid Kubesh (1.00) Terry Leabo (1.00) Tom Reinke (1.00) Jeran Thomson (1.00) Travis Welle (1.00) Bryan Brendel (0.50) Kassy Landis (0.50)


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’ Construction season is finally in full swing, and I hope everyone is able to have a successful building season!

I would also like to take this time to remind everyone that your membership with BMHBA comes with great benefits. Each year NAHB partners with reputable companies to bring serious savings that can benefit both your professional and personal life, whether you're looking for a new vehicle or staying in a hotel, NAHB has a discount for you. If you have any questions regarding or obtaining these discounts don't hesitate to contact the office.

The Spring Parade of Homes went fantastic, and it was great getting to see everyone's amazing homes As always, if you want to know how you can be more and more importantly the involved in the association or have suggestions, please don't high traffic at all the homes hesitate to contact me or any of the board members. that were showcased. In talking with our members, Make sure to sign up for these upcoming events: it was also good to hear everyone having either • 35th Annual PAC Golf Tournament: July 12 JAMIE SCHMIDT already sold their home or • 15th Annual Sporting Clay Shoot: August 4 2022 BMHBA PRESIDENT had serious interest in it. It • 30th Annual Fall Parade of Homes: September 29 sounds like we are going to have a busy building season! October 2 The BMHBA currently is preparing for the 35th Annual PAC Golf Tournament which is always a summertime favorite and is also our main PAC raising event for the year so if you have not registered yet, please do as the popular event at Hawktree Golf Club is filling up fast! If you are interested in golfing or sponsorship, please call the office.

Have a fantastic month and I look forward to seeing everyone at the PAC Golf Tournament! “We are stronger together then we are alone”- Walter Payton

35th Annual PAC Golf Tournament July 12 10:00am-5:00pm Hawktree Golf Club Register now! https://business.bmhba.com/events


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BISMARCK SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING Apex Builders Boulder Homes Boulder Homes C.G. Enterprises Diversity Homes Hallmark Homes J.E. Homes J.E. Homes Joe Vetter Construction Joe Vetter Construction K & L Homes K & L Homes K & L Homes K & L Homes Prairie Aire Homes

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614 Mehrer Dr 5312 Cobalt Dr 5316 Cobalt Dr 5505 Smette Bnd 3914 Herd Pl 3801 Cogburn Rd 1903 Tule Ln 514 Calvert Dr 2121 Tule Ln 4013 Valley Dr 1004 Cornerstone Ln 1718 Community Loop 1930 Community Loop 6232 Heritage Ridge Rd 516 Shale Dr

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5612 Yukon Dr 917 N 34th St 3354 Tyndale Dr 4907 Maltby St 4926 E Calgary Ave 4810 Cornice Loop 4826 Cornice Loop

BISMARCK ETA SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING Legendary Homes Sattler Homes Sattler Homes Vance Vetter Homes

5824 Lariat Loop 427 Fuji Dr 8432 Mcintosh Cir 8520 Mcintosh Ave

MANDAN SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING Diversity Homes J.E. Homes Verity Homes

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LINCOLN SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING Rusch Homes Rusch Homes Self/Owner

2942 Armstrong St 7015 28th Ave SE 5094 66th St SE

Big River Builders Grendahl Designs Hallmark Homes Legendary Homes Red Deer Homes Self/Owner Stoneshire Builders Troy Miller Construction Vance Vetter Homes

7855 Scenic Hills Rd 8141 80th St NE 18109 Hwy 1804 NW 2200 305th Ave NW 28300 Hwy 1804 29264 54th St NW 14356 Paniolo Way 30850 Hwy 1804 8025 Star Ln

BURLEIGH COUNTY SINGLE FAMILY DWELLING

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The New York Times has referred to North Dakota as the Saudi Arabia of wind, in reference to the amount of potential energy to be generated from wind turbine technology. While wind brings potential energy opportunity for the state it also brings with it some challenges, which can include wind-blown debris.

related to securing construction debris. City of Bismarck Ordinance 8-07.1-01 “Unlawful Dumping and Littering by Contractors: Duty to Clean,” outlines a number of considerations to be taken by contractors associated with the construction site, as well as, Historic monthly windspeed data, maintained by North the transport of construction and demolition material. Dakota State University, indicates that on average, March, Specifically, the ordinance indicates, “A contractor or owner April, and May tend to be the windiest months in Burleigh shall take any steps necessary to secure construction County. The timing of these windy periods not only materials, construction debris or solid waste on-site to coincides with spring snow melt, leaving snow covered prevent any migration of these materials by wind, water or debris to be exposed, but also the typical beginning of the by general construction activities. A contractor or owner construction season. It tends to be during these times, every shall be responsible to clean up any property that has year, that various City of Bismarck departments receive a received a migration of their materials.” variety of complaints, from residents, related to wind-blown debris into their property. Most of the complaints tend to be We all take pride in the beautiful community we live and generated from locations on the edges of the community, work in. Please continue to do your part in helping to secure which are generally the most exposed, but are also areas construction debris from being blown into a nearby where new construction activity is occurring. property. Thank you for helping to do your part in keeping Bismarck beautiful. As a friendly reminder, Bismarck has an ordinance

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Homeownership is the foundation of the American Dream, and the home building industry celebrates this by recognizing June as National Homeownership Month. Currently, about 65 out of 100 households own their own home. Homeownership has been and continues to be a cherished ideal and a source of pride, accomplishment, social stability and peace of mind. Most Americans consider homeownership to be the single best long-term investment and count on their home equity to fund retirement, their children’s education, and other important needs. Yet, housing affordability is at risk due to increasing interest rates and rising material costs.

KAYLA PULVERMACHER NDAB CEO

MIKE JANGULA 2022 NDAB PRESIDENT

During homeownership month, members of the home building industry are calling on policymakers to resolve supply chain issues that are keeping the dream of homeownership out of reach for many families. The nation’s housing and homeownership policies over the last century have contributed to the growth of the middle class and helped the United States become the most dynamic economy the world has ever seen. Housing is also vitally important to local, state and national economies. About 15 percent of the U.S. economy relies on housing and nothing packs a bigger local economic impact than home building. The construction of 1,000 single-family homes creates 2,900 full-time jobs across all U.S. industries, approximately $189 million in wages and more than $129 million in federal, state and local tax revenues and fees.

It is critical that homeownership remains attainable and that access to safe, decent and affordable housing remains a national priority. A healthy housing industry means more jobs and a stronger economy. Kayla Pulvermacher, NDAB CEO Mike Jangula, 2022 NDAB President

June 14-18 NAHB Spring Legislative Conference & Leadership Meetings June 21 Grand Forks Sporting Clay Shoot




2022 BMHBA Take me out to the ball game! On Tuesday, May 10 the BMHBA membership gathered at Bennigan’s in Mandan for the annual Spring Mixer. Members were encouraged to dress up in their favorite baseball gear! A Grand Slam Baseball Gift Pack was given away to Preston Schmidt (PCS Masonry). All registered attendees were automatically entered into the drawing along with anyone who donated to PAC in 2022. Extra tickets were put into the drawing for those who donated to PAC the night of the event! The BMHBA would like to extend our gratitude to our generous sponsors and members! We couldn’t host these events without you. If you did not attend this year’s event, we hope to see you at the 2023 Spring Mixer!

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Builder Member Spotlight

What is an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know? Sattler Homes is a 2nd generation home building company, founded by my father. We have been in Bismarck since 1987. We do both residential and commercial projects. Do you have any advice for someone just entering this industry? Stay focused on what you want to accomplish and have a future goal in mind. What is a typical day like for you? The first stop in the morning are to complete jobsite visits. After those are complete, it is office work to schedule everything for all projects, drafting and estimating current and future projects. If I weren’t a home builder, I’d be an… Adventure Guide

What do you hope to see Sattler Homes, Inc. accomplish in the coming years? Bring an affordable house back to the market in Bismarck/Mandan. What inspired you to enter this industry? I grew up going to jobsites and working on projects. It is something that has always been in my blood, and I look forward to growing the business and have another generation want to do the same. What makes your business unique from other builders in the area? We do a lot of the trades ourselves instead of subcontracting them out. This gives us the ability to keep projects on schedule and have greater control over the project. What is your favorite part of your job? Meeting new customers for their first meeting and working with them to accomplish their goals in the project at hand. What is your favorite part of the summer season? Digging the first foundation of the year.

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What is an interesting fact about your business that most people don’t know? We’re a locally owned company, operating for 26 years. TransTrash is a DBA of Kaelberer Construction, Inc. In addition to a fullservice garbage and recycle business, we operate a recycle transfer station. Kaelberer Construction also offers services such as excavating, demolition, site prep, utilities, septic systems, sanding and snow removal. Do you have any advice for someone just entering this industry? There’s a lot of opportunity as the industry is an essential year-round business. Along with that comes very little down-time so dedication and determination are key. We focus on our customer service and place great value on our team members. Without either of them, our success would not be possible. What is a typical day like for you? No day is ever the same at TransTrash. Summer months are busier for construction companies/ roll-offs. If trucks break down, routes need to be rerouted, customers need to be informed. Wind and storms can cause a challenge as well. If I weren’t in this industry, I’d be … It would be something with a truck or equipment in the construction industry. So really, not much different from what I am doing or what I have done in my past. This type of work has always been my passion and had my interest. What do you hope to see TransTrash accomplish in the coming years? I would like to continue to grow and sustain that growth. Through this, we will be able to have more opportunities for our customers and employees.

What inspired you to enter this industry? As stated, I started out in the ready-mix industry. Those are a lot of the same customers as roll-off/trash customers, so I already had those relationships built with my current customers. Also, the trucks are very similar between garbage and cement trucks, so it was an easy learning curve. What makes your business unique from other trash disposal companies in the area? We offer a wide variety of services including roll-offs, residential and commercial trash removal, recycling, and storage containers. I also like to pride myself and our company on our focus on excellent customer service. If someone is not happy with their service, I try to make sure and take care of our customers. What is your favorite part of your job? Getting new customers and hearing the positive feedback on the excellent service our team members provide. It’s always nice to receive notes or phone calls from customers on the great service they receive. What do you like to do in your spare time? I like spending time with my wife and grandkids. I also enjoy golf, traveling and spending some time on the river. What is your favorite thing about the summer season? The warm weather and the ease of operation. The cold weather makes operations challenging. It’s nice to get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine in the summer.

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I was born and raised in New Salem, North Dakota. I moved to Mandan in 1990 and started a ready-mix plant. I successfully operated that business until I sold out to Strata in 1995. I then started TransTrash in 1996. I am married to Cindy Kaelberer, who is a co-owner in the business.




Bismarck Mandan Professional Women in Building visited Liberty Elementary School to talk to 2nd graders about the book, "The House That She Built." A true story about a home built in Utah by all female skilled trades. We are thankful for the opportunity to teach young children about careers in the building industry and introduce them to the many different skilled trade opportunities that are available to them. A book was donated to the Liberty Elementary library by our local HBA PWB council. We look forward to donating more books to many more schools in the Bismarck/ Mandan area.

Knife River is a full service aggregate-based construction company, providing ready-mix concrete aggregate sales and delivery and concrete construction services. We provide services throughout North Dakota for public, private and commercial construction projects.

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More than 10,000 NAHB members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico sent a letter to President Biden on April 27 calling on the White House to take immediate action as the growing housing affordability crisis is pushing the housing market to an inflection point that threatens to derail the current housing and economic expansion. Members of the housing community hammered home the following message: Rising costs stemming from historically high price levels for lumber and other building materials, supply chain bottlenecks, surging interest rates, excessive regulations and a persistent lack of construction workers have significantly decreased housing affordability conditions, particularly for entry-level buyers and renters.

“Reducing burdensome regulations that account for nearly 25% of the price of building a single-family home and more than 30% of the cost of a typical multifamily development will provide more homeownership and rental housing opportunities for all Americans,” the letter said. While NAHB has made some recent inroads with lumber prices beginning to decline in recent weeks and the Commerce Department announcing a reduction in lumber tariffs, much more needs to be done to improve housing affordability in this high-inflation environment. Congress Must Act as Well NAHB is calling on Congress to take the following steps to help ease the housing affordability crisis and to fix supply chain disruptions that are raising construction costs:

NAHB — through its powerful grassroots — called for meaningful steps to allow builders to increase the supply of affordable single-family and multifamily for-sale and forrent housing. NAHB warned the White House that if the housing sector falters, the economy will surely follow.

• Pass Rep. Bruce Westerman’s (R-Ark.) No Timber from Tyrants Act, which would ban lumber imports from Russia and ramp up responsible harvesting of timber from federal lands to create jobs and produce more sustainable wood products.

Suspend Lumber Tariffs Now

• Pass the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which would ease building material supply chain bottlenecks and allow builders to increase production of badly needed affordable housing.

With tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments into the United States and production bottlenecks fueling lumber price volatility that has added more than $18,600 to the price of a new home since last August, residential construction industry workers called on Biden to immediately suspend tariffs on softwood lumber imports from Canada and to move quickly to enter into negotiations with Canada to pursue a new, long-term softwood lumber agreement. In the letter to Biden, builders also called on the White House to address federal regulatory reform to reduce upward pressure on housing costs.

• Promote and fund job training programs to prepare individuals for careers in home building and pursue immigration policies that help fill labor gaps while protecting the nation's borders.

NAHB will continue to keep the pressure on the Biden administration and Congress, and is working 24-7 to keep housing in the national forefront and to resolve these critical housing affordability issues that are affecting all our members across the country.


Worsening affordability conditions stemming from growing supply chain disruptions and rising mortgage rates pushed new home sales lower in March.

Forecasting and Analysis, Danushka NanayakkaraSkillington. “Only 14% of new home sales in March were priced below $300,000. A year ago, it was 34%.”

Sales of newly built, single-family homes in March fell 8.6% to a 763,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate from an upwardly revised reading in February, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. New home sales are down 12.6% compared to March 2021.

A new home sale occurs when a sales contract is signed or a deposit is accepted. The home can be in any stage of construction: not yet started, under construction or completed. In addition to adjusting for seasonal effects, the March reading of 763,000 units is the number of homes that would sell if this pace continued for the next 12 months.

“Growing affordability challenges are slowing new home sales and taking a toll on the housing market,” said Jerry Konter, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Savannah, Ga. “Mortgage rates jumped nearly a full percentage point between the end of February and March and builders continue to face escalating construction and development costs which are putting upward pressure on new home prices.”

New single-family home inventory was up 52.4% over last year, rising to a 6.4 months’ supply, with 407,000 available for sale. However, just 35,000 of those are completed and ready to occupy.

“Buyers are facing sticker shock due to deteriorating affordability conditions and a lack of existing home inventory,” said NAHB Assistant Vice President of

In an effort to fight inflation, the Federal Reserve raised its benchmark federal funds rate by half a percentage point — the largest rate hike in 22 years. In an official statement, the Fed said: “The invasion of Ukraine by Russia is causing tremendous human and economic hardship. The implications for the U.S. economy are highly uncertain. The invasion and related events are creating additional upward pressure on inflation and are likely to weigh on economic activity. In addition, COVIDrelated lockdowns in China are likely to exacerbate supply

The median sales price rose to $436,700 in March from $421,600 in February and is up more than 21% compared to a year ago, due primarily to higher development costs, including materials. Regionally, on a year-to-date basis, new home sales fell in two regions, down 9.2% in the Midwest and 13.9% in the South. New home sales were up 10.5% in the Northeast and 8.5% in the West.

chain disruptions.” The Fed also announced that as of June 1, it will begin reducing its holdings of U.S. Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities at a rate of $30 billion per month and $17.5 billion per month until Sept. 1 when the monthly rate reduction will increase by $60 billion and $35 billion, respectively. Rising interest rates are expected to increase the cost of all kinds of credit, from small business loans, auto loans, credit cards to home mortgages.


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