November 2017 Building Buzz

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Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association

BUILDING uzz B November 2017

HBA TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL HOLIDAY HOME WALK ON NOV. 19 page 9

Eliminate the Dust: Complying with the New Silica Standard page 5

Mandan Named City of the Year page 7

A Step Forward for Association Health Plans page 10


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New Members & Anniversaries September 2017 New Members

Akovenko Contracting, LLC | Chad Akovenko 701-527-5030 Starion Bank - Brittany Stuhlmiller Brittany Stuhlmiller | 701-250-1539 Starion Bank - Chris Fraser Chris Fraser | 701-667-1661 First Community Credit Union - Debra Stoppler | Debra Stoppler | 701-204-2523 Security First Bank Of ND - Dennis Kraft Dennis Kraft | 701-471-9040 Guild Mortgage | Tracy Roberts 701-204-0537 Homeowners Financial Group Becki Wheeler | 701-595-3311

Starion Bank - Kassy Landis Kassy Landis | 701-250-1551 Choice Financial - Lindsey Matter Lindsey Matter | 701-471-4080 Security First Bank Of ND - Natalie Eckes Natalie Eckes | 701-425-3210 Orion Framing & Construction | Kelly Royball 701-204-8217 Palomino Construction, LLC | Ryan Hiatt 701-201-0126 First Western Bank & Trust - Sam Foss Sam Foss | 701-934-1099

Time to Renew!

Members with October Anniversaries. Renew by November 30, 2017. ABC Seamless of Bismarck | Paul Barnum www.abcseamless.com | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership) | Roofing/Siding/ Sheet Metal Work All Seasons Roofing | Robert Pulver Roofing/Siding/Sheet | Metal Work

Century 21 Morrison Realty - Amy Hullet Amy Hullet | century21landmarckrealty.com Land Development | Real Estate Burleigh Co. Building/Planning/Zoning Ray Ziegler | Other Cabinet Refresh, Inc. | Chris Reinicke cab-refresh.com | Remodeling-Residential

New Vision Security | Cameron Fleck https://newvisionnd.com/ | Security Systems Paradise Spas | Jason Nelson paradisespas.com | Other

Roots Landscaping, LLC | Matt Hubbard Landscaping Sattler Home’s, Inc. | Robb Sattler www.bismarckbuilder.com | Single Family Spec/Tract Building | RemodelingResidential | Land Development

Scott D. Berger Construction | Scott Berger Single Family Spec/Tract Building

Dakota Caulking, Inc. | Randy Monzelowsky www.B.L.A.K.jacket.com | Other

Truss Systems, Inc. | Wayne Friesz www.trusssystemsnd.com | Building Materials Lumber (Retail Dealership)

Elite Homes | Kasey Welch Single Family Spec/Tract Building | Single Family General Contracting | Single Family Custom Building

Kutzer Construction, Inc. | Bryan Kutzer www.kutzerconstruction.com | Single Family General Contracting | RemodelingResidential | Remodeling-Commercial

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Professionals building our community through promotion of home ownership, education and legislation since 1958.

2017 Board of Directors PRESIDENT

Shannon Reichenberg Diversity Homes Phone: (701) 751-3999 shannon@diversityhomesnd.com

1ST VICE PRESIDENT

Lynn Klein Gate City Bank Phone: (701) 355-7633 lynn.klein@gatecitybank.com

PAST PRESIDENT

Greg Zenker Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating & Air Phone: (701) 222-2155 greg@northernplains.net

SECRETARY/TREASURER Susie Franklin Choice Financial Phone: (701) 751-7282

2ND VICE PRESIDENT

s.franklin@choicefinancialgroup.com

Chad Moldenhauer K&L Homes Inc. Phone: (701) 258-4584 chad@k-lhomes.com

Rory Anderson Verity Homes of Bismarck Phone:(701) 354-2846 rory@verityhomes.com

Jeff Sattler Sattler Homes Phone: (701)255-7628 jeff@bismarckbuilder.com

Bill Schmid Townsquare Media Phone: (701) 250-6602

bill.schmid@townsquaremedia.com

Brian Eiseman Stoneshire Builders Phone: (701) 471-6935 brian@stoneshirebuilders.com

Wade Vogel Premier Homes, Inc. Phone (701)226-1809 wade@premierhomesnd.com

Marc Menge BNC National Bank Phone:(701) 250-3000 mmenge@bncbank.com

Ryan Karsky Construction | Ryan Karsky Single Family General Contracting | Remodeling-Residential | Carpentry Work

Century 21 Landmark | Charlotte Erickson www.century21landmarkrealty.com Land Development | Real Estate Creek Energy Services, LLC | Mike Hatzenbuhler | creekservices.com Other

Your membership is three-in-one: BMHBA, NDAB and NAHB

Stella’s | D’Arcie Malsam www.stellasnd.com | Remodeling-Residential Planner or Designer | Other

BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has named SHIRLEY THOMAS and LISA WILHELMLINDBERG “REALTORS® of the Month”! Shirley and Lisa had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the month of September 2017. Shirley has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001 and Lisa has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2004.

Waste Management of ND, Inc. | Mitch Dahlstrom | www.wm.com | Other

Western Steel & Plumbing | Mike Swanberg | www.western-steel.com Plumbing/Heating/Air Conditioning

Shirley Thomas

Lisa Wilhelm-Lindberg


Bismarck-Mandan Permit Reports

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President’s Letter

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reetings BMHBA Members,

It’s seems just like yesterday that Spring had begun and there was hustle and a lot of anticipation in the air for our prime building season. Fast forward a few months and Fall is here and most of those spring projects have wrapped up and we’re all busy trying to beat old man winter to get the last few houses in the ground and keep us busy through the winter.

The association has been busy this fall as well. The end of September saw the completion of our Fall Parade of Homes where we matched last fall with 33 homes by 25 different builders. I am happy to report that we did see a nice uptick in our attendance and by all reports there seemed to be excitement in the air. We introduced the Pink Ticket campaign this year where spectators could purchase a $20 pink ticket with $10 from every sale going to the Bismarck Cancer Center. We sold 100 tickets and presented a $1000 check to the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation. I anticipate that this check will get bigger every year.

Shannon Reichenberg

With the conclusion of the Parade always comes the need to celebrate and we did just Board President that at our Fall Awards Mixer & Board Elections event. We had a great time celebrating the success of the parade and I would personally like to congratulate the following winners: Boulder Homes, Apex Builders, Aspire Homes, Diversity Homes, Knutson Homes, Huntington Homes, Pinnacle Homes and Epic Homes. I also would like to thank the committee, our office team, each participating builder and the many sub-contractors that made our success possible. All of your hard work does not go unnoticed. At our Fall GMM we also saw the election of four board members. I would like to welcome new Builder board members Greg Meidinger and Joe Hillerson and returning Associate board members Susie Franklin and Greg Zenker. I look forward to working with them in 2018. In October we also hosted our Fall Building Officials Round Table. We have always seemed to struggle to get builder participation in this event so we switched up the format this year and we had a very productive meeting and the new format proved to be the catalyst.

Our association continues to work on cultivating community partnerships and we have had great success working with organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Bismarck Cancer Center. One of those relationship’s direct results is our partnership with the Symphony Youth Orchestra for the second annual Holiday Home Walk on Nov. 19, from noon to 5 p.m. Eight homes will be showcased in their holiday best. We also have youth musicians performing in the homes to help put everyone in the holiday spirit. Please also mark your calendars for:

• Holiday Open House – Dec. 3 at the Elks

• Bismarck-Mandan Home Show - Feb. 9-10

I look forward to seeing you all soon. All Hands On Deck.

Your President, Shannon Reichenberg

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Eliminate the Dust: COMPLYING WITH THE NEW SILICA STANDARD

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s NAHBNow.com has reported, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has decreased the permissible levels of exposure to crystalline silica for construction.

NAHB has told policy makers from the start that this wide-reaching rule will be difficult to meet and enforce. But it’s the law of the land, pending any change from NAHB’s legal challenge still outstanding.

Dan Johnson, CSP, managing partner of SFI Compliance Inc., a national safety consulting firm and member of the NAHB Safety Committee, told us what home builders need to know to comply with the new rule and avoid fines.

It looks like you’re going to be busy. It is a far-reaching standard, and a challenge to comply with in many ways. Home builders definitely need to be aware of this. Even if you use subcontractors, builders may still have oversight responsibilities for the jobsite. OSHA, under its multi-employer citation policy, calls that the “controlling employer.” As the CE, the home builder has general oversight responsibility over the jobsite, including the power to correct safety and health violations itself or require others to correct them. This creates potential liability for the builder if crystalline silica exposures above the permissible levels are present. What materials or actions create silica dust? Silica naturally exists in things like soil, stone and granite. It becomes an exposure issue for workers when dust is created from the many work processes of home building including drilling, chipping, sawing and sanding materials like tile, concrete, brick, stone, fiber cement siding and others. In short, it’s really about the dust. How can silica dust be mitigated to meet this rule? For your subcontractors, or you if it’s your team doing the work, it’s a matter of keeping silica dust out of the air so that it is out of the breathable zone of the worker. The two main ways to eliminate the dust is to vacuum as the dust is being created or spray water to keep it from going into the air. Both can be accomplished with add-on attachments to power tools or with the use of specific tool models. You can use a jackhammer with a water delivery system,

for example. Or you can use a shroud and dust collection system on a handheld drill.

What is your advice to home builders? I’d reach out to every single subcontractor I have and alert them in an email or other written communication and ask for written confirmation that they are aware of and complying with the silica requirements. And I’d save that documentation.

Remember, if it happens on your job, you have potential liability. If I walk up to my jobsite and see a dust cloud, it’s my responsibility in supervising the worksite and the overall build to stop that contractor and notify them they need to comply before continuing their work. Not all dust clouds are necessarily silica — some alternative products are on the market like drywall mud that contain no silica. But you need to check the product’s safety data sheet (SDS) to be sure. How prepared are home builders in the industry for this rule? I think this is still in a really early stage in terms of implementation by builders and contractors. It’s very important to go to OSHA’s website and to use the materials from NAHB to take the necessary actions to get into compliance. The 30-day “good faith” compliance period will end soon, so builders really need to get a firm hold on this. I also think there will be some surprises, especially among smaller builders. A guy doing 10 homes a year may not even know about this rule. I think this will catch those home builders off guard.

How have you seen builders and contractors going about meeting this rule so far? Any examples? We worked with a cabinet installer, who actually did a lot of the legwork and research herself and did a great job. She knew she drilled and installed material into concrete, therefore creating silica dust, and went to the Table 1 instructions from OSHA’s silica rule, and opted to buy a drill with dust collection system and knew she had to use a specific filter vacuum. So that’s the ideal scenario: A contractor identifies that an aspect of the work they do causes silica dust, and they seek out a means of keeping it out of the air. What about respirators? That’s actually a pretty tricky aspect

of all this. If you cannot keep all dust out of the air in the first place, you can use respirators to help keep the airborne silica out of your workers’ lungs and monitor the air content of your worksite for silica yourself. Under this method, your workers are also required to have medical evaluations performed on them if they wear respirators for 30 days or more in a year.

But keep in mind, if an employer chooses to use respirators, those respirators have to be used correctly. That includes being clean shaven to have a proper seal on the worker’s face, and ensuring the worker is trained, fit tested and medically cleared to use the respirator. Since it is more difficult to breathe with the device, heart and other conditions can make them dangerous to use. And again, you’re taking the risk that the worker will consistently and properly use the device, when they have a lot of other things taking their focus on the worksite. That said, it’s important to note too that for durations of exposure lasting more than four hours per day, and depending on indoor or outdoor conditions for the worker, respirator use may be a requirement of Table 1 — even if you are using dust collection or water delivery. You really have to do your homework.

How to do you go about helping your clients with silica compliance? We share the information I’ve mentioned here and the documentation from OSHA, and we help the client identify all the areas where silica dust can be created in their work process so that they know what to watch out for. We also have developed a checklist that home builders and remodelers can share with their subcontractors to help make them aware of the silica requirements and get their commitment that they are in compliance. Resources OSHA’s website has the details of the enhanced requirements that took effect Sept. 23. NAHB has a Silica in Construction Toolkit that includes helpful guidance and a set of tools and products sold by manufacturers to aid in compliance. These products and claims have not been verified by NAHB, but serve as a helpful start for home builders and contractors as a reference. November 2017 | Building Buzz

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CITY & COUNTY Business Incentives and North Opportunities A Nov. 14 “Business Incentives and North Area Opportunities” forum will highlight programs to assist new and expanding businesses in Mandan as well as developments along the interstate 94 corridor.

Speakers will also provide updates about economic development tools, residential and business projects in north Mandan, available land and buildings, plus future roadway plans. Entrepreneurs, real estate agents and developers, commercial lenders, accountants and other business advisors are encouraged to attend.

The session will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Starion Sports Complex, 111 Old Red Trail NE. Advance registration is requested by Nov. 10 online through www. cityofmandan. com/register or by calling 667-3485.

Shore Up Your Marketing Strategy The BMHBA requests you consider advertising and sponsoring our events to not only market your business to a captive audience, but to provide the association with a source of non-dues revenue. Only 8% of the association’s revenue comes from dues. Contact Tracy at tracy@bmhba.com or 222-2400 to learn how you can simultaneously ensure the success of our industry and your business. She’s happy to work out a 2017 marketing schedule customized to your needs.

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‘Railyard’ Entertainment District Proposed for West Main Mandan City officials are working with Icon Architectural Group to look at costs and revenues associated with potential implementation of a vision plan received in July. The City hired Icon last winter to assist with a plan for renovation and reuse of the former Central Market and Thrifty White Drug buildings.

After the cost and payback analysis, next steps include recruitment of developers and business tenants, then in 2018, pending City Commission approval, issuing requests for proposals to seek private sector investment in certain parcels and buildings. Updates will occur periodically at future City Commission meetings. Learn more about the proposed plan at www. cityofmandan.com.

Community Input on Stormwater Management Requested The City of Mandan is seeking community input on stormwater management issues. Mandan’s stormwater ordinances and engineering design methods were implemented in August 2006 to create an efficient and effective stormwater management program. These are in the process of being updated. Other considerations include future development and infrastructure planning, maintaining and creating flood control measures, water quality control, special assessments and managing overall system costs.

Under the 1987 Clean Water Act Amendments, the U.S. EPA developed regulations to address Stormwater that might impact water quality, commonly known as the MS4 Program (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System). The City of Mandan is designated as an MS4 community by the State of North Dakota.

To measure awareness and obtain insight on how Mandan is doing, consultants assisting the City Engineering and Planning Department with a stormwater management plan are requesting that you respond to a series of question online at surveymonkey.com/r/ MandanStormwaterSurvey.


CITY & COUNTY Remove Campers, Trailers and Boats from Streets Prior to snowfall, please remove campers, trailers and boats from streets and sidewalks to accommodate for snow removal. Local ordinances prohibit or limit boats, motor homes, buses, campers or trailers parked on a public street between Dec. 1 and March 31. Violations are punishable by a fine and towing at the owner’s expense.

Residents to Get Garbage Totes As part of the renewed contract for residential garbage collection in Mandan, Armstrong Sanitation, will be delivering a 96-gallon tote to every household that receives curbside garbage collection during the week of Nov. 13.

A tote is a two-wheeled, heavy duty trash cart. A 64-gallon tote is available upon request by calling Armstrong Sanitation at 6638219. Residents also may request additional totes that would be billed separately on an annual basis by Armstrong Sanitation. Each homeowner is responsible for the tote he or she receives, so please note the number on your container. If a tote is lost, there will be a replacement charge for a new tote.

State of the Cities Scheduled

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce is hosting the State of the Cities event on Nov. 7 at the Ramkota Hotel. Mayors Tim Helbling and Mike Seminary will present statistics Mandan and Bismarck, respectively. Registration for the breakfast is available online at bismarckmandan.com.

Mandan Named City of the Year Mandan was named 2017 City of the Year by the North Dakota League of Cities (NDLC) during the League’s 2017 Annual Conference, Sept. 30, in Fargo. Commissioner Dennis Rohr accepted the award on behalf of the city. In his presentation of the City of the Year award to Mandan, NDLC Executive Director Blake Crosby outlined many recent accomplishments of the city. • In 2003 ordinances were passed to restrict exotic dancing

• 2004 brought closure to a long-standing legal battle with BNSF related to an underground fuel spill in the downtown area.

• As part of the remediation project, several properties were acquired and subsequently razed by the city. • The City Commission recognized that it needed a champion for business development and created such a position in 2006.

• 2008 saw the opening of a new middle school, a mixed-use building in 2010, assisted living centers and a Walmart supercenter opening in 2013, new elementary school in 2014, and a universal playground for all persons of all abilities in 2015.

• 2015 also saw the city and park district address the recreational needs of a growing community. With a combination of voter approval and public/private partnerships, Mandan has invested $36 million in recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. This investment includes a sports complex for use by local youth and a wellness center in partnership with the YMCA and a local healthcare provider that is available for all ages and abilities. The existing recreational facilities are being repurposed into a multipurpose gymnasium with volleyball and basketball courts and the existing football/track area will repurposed for two baseball diamonds. A new sports complex will be a further economic driver, giving businesses more reasons to locate in the area. • Recently, a former historic school has been sold to a developer that will lead its transformation into 39 affordable housing units.

• The city has developed a brochure for new residents who may have questions about housing choices, recreation and education and has installed 24 “wayfinding signs” to help orient and direct visitors.

• Citizen surveys have all indicated the desire for more eating establishments. In response the city created several incentive programs directed specifically for restaurants. This past year, six new eating establishments have opened or are in the process of opening. • Another recent major project dubbed “The Rail Yard” includes the re-facing of an existing building and plans for new construction of two additional buildings on-site. This project strives to bring life back to part of downtown that has struggled since losing its grocery store.

The City of the Year Award was established in 1984 to recognize North Dakota Cities for the quality, number and progressiveness of activities undertaken in the community.

Bismarck Parks

Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) has been honored with the highest and most prestigious award attainable by a park and recreation agency; the 2017 Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The Gold Medal Awards program honors communities throughout the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.

Let’s Build Together.

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BMHBA NEWS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS RECOGNIZED At a time when countless college graduates are finding they are underemployed and saddled with crushing student debt, it is time for educators and policymakers to reexamine the widely held belief that a college degree represents the only road to success.

building construction, construction math, blueprint reading, sustainable/green building, energy efficient building, materials, cabinetry, and drywall. The majority of time is spent during the hands-on building of the home.

Bismarck State College has made a significant impact on the home building industry for the past 30 years. The Residential Carpentry Program at BSC under the direction of Earl Torgerson, guides students through the complete construction of a single family home. Areas of study include methods and principles of

For more information about career training opportunities in Bismarck-Mandan, visit the BPS Career and Technical Center online at http://www.btc.bismarckschools.org/, or Bismarck State College at https://bismarckstate.edu/.

The building trades offer a great career path. With the nationwide housing recovery now picking up steam, it is imperative that America trains more workers and leaders in the construction industry.

What Would You Do with an Extra $500? Visualize a spending spree that an extra $500 would support. Now claim that cash by participating in the HBA Rebates program. Members like Hallmark Homes, Hopfauf Custom Builders, and Stoneshire Builders pocketed $506, $330 and $133, respectively in 2017 so far.

Participation is simple and requires quarterly filing through hbarebates.com. For more information or support in getting started contact Tracy DeForest at 222-2400 or tracy@bmhba.com.

In addition to carpentry programs, Bismarck Public Schools and BSC offer various areas of study that offer careers in the residential home building industry, including electrical, HVAC and welding. The BMHBA recognized four outstanding BSC trade students at the 2017 Fall Awards Mixer & GMM. The 2017 BMHBA Scholarship recipients were Seth Privratsky and Bryce Fettig in the Carpentry program, and Mark Colvin in the HVAC program. Each student took home $1000 to continue their rewarding path to a promising career in the building trades.

Back in Action The membership has spoken, and Board members Greg Zenker with Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating and Air, and Susie Franklin with Choice Financial will be serving on the BMHBA Board of Directors for another term.

Zenker and Franklin were reelected to the Board of Directors during the Fall Awards Mixer & Board Elections event on Oct. 24. They were among a field of five candidates running for two Associate member seats that included Tracy Roberts of Guild Mortgage, Kevin Jacob of Northland Concrete and Heidi Rue of Superior Insurance. Zenker and Franklin currently serve on the Executive Board. Greg as a Past President and Susie as Treasurer. When asked what she was most looking forward to, Susie explained that in addition to standing next to Jeff and Rory in group photos, she is excited about, “Continuing to be a voice with a great group of Board Members in the ever-changing building industry.�

Thank you Greg and Susie and all BMHBA Board members for your commitment to furthering the building industry.

New Builders Join the Board Association members voted in two new board members who will begin their tenure starting Jan. 1, 2017. Greg Meidinger of Aspire Homes and Joe Hillerson of Boulder Homes will fill the seat being vacated by Wade Vogel of Premier Homes and a seat left unfilled from the last election.

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EVENTS Beer, Bavarian Pretzels and Builders Join fellow builders and contractors for the end-of-the-year Builders Social on Tuesday, Nov. 21. We’re renting out Buffalo Commons Brewery for the FREE event that includes an assortment of ale and soft Bavarian pretzels.

Register online at bmhba.com/events or call 222-2400. The event is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Jingle All the Way The 2nd Annual BMHBA Holiday Home Walk is just around the corner. On Nov. 19, area homes will be filled with the spirit of the holidays, thanks to the Bismarck-Mandan Youth Symphony Orchestra and participating builders. We encourage all of our members to gather family and friends to get out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays from noon to 5 pm.

Nov.19- Holiday Home Walk Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays as the BMHBA features new homes and remodels. Parade of Homes participants are eligible to showcase their homes FREE of charge. 12:00 – 5:00 PM. Contracts due October 20!

Dec. 5- Holiday Open House

The house member favorite! The Holiday Open house, hosted at the Elks Lodge in Bismarck, sets the stage for the season to come. Enjoy appetizers and beverages at this lighthearted festivity. 5-9 PM, admission is free for members.

A Fan Favorite Returns in February

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Proceeds from this event benefit the BMYSO, keeping a strong tradition of music alive in Bismarck-Mandan.

A special thanks to our builders and designers. View each of the following homes featured in the 2017 Holiday Home Walk on Sunday, Nov. 19: 1. Aspire Homes | 5510 Mica Drive, Bismarck | $399,900

2. Diversity Homes, Inc. | 4716 Marsh Hawk Drive, Bismarck | $406,900 3. Hopfauf Custom Builders | 3424 Overlook Drive, Bismarck Remodel

4. K & L Homes, Inc. | 5701 Crested Butte Road, Bismarck | $699,900 5. K & L Homes, Inc. | 1107 Community Loop, Bismarck | $474,900 6. Knutson Homes | 4000 High Creek Road, Bismarck | $649,900

7. Stoneshire Builders | 4617 Grey Hawk Lane, Bismarck | $579,900

8. Verity Homes of Bismarck | 2121 34th Avenue SE, Mandan | $339,990

Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony office, which is located inside the World War Memorial Building at 215 N 6th St.

Feb. 9-10, The Bismarck Event Center will be buzzing with over 200 vendors greeting consumers at the 41st Annual BMHBA Home Show. American Bank Center continues the tradition of offering free admission on Friday, February 9 and a day packed with excitement and prizes on Saturday. This family-friendly event features everything a home-owner needs, as well as a scavenger hunt for the kiddos.

Don’t miss your chance to connect with a homeowner looking for inspiration for their next project, major remodel, or new home by registering for your booth today! Visit bismanhomeshow.com to view a floor plan and book your premium space! Register these and all events at BMHBA.com/events, email tracy@bmhba.com or call 701-222-2400.

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NATIONAL NEWS

A STEP FORWARD FOR ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS “would empower home building firms such as my own and countless other small businesses to pool together through association health plans to purchase health insurance. This would put small businesses on an equal footing with large employers and unions when it comes to negotiating lower insurance rates.”

President Trump shakes hands with NAHB First Vice Chair Randy Noel after signing the executive order.

NATIONAL NEWS

President Trump signed an executive order that would ease restrictions on association health plans and health reimbursement accounts to create more options for small businesses to provide health benefits to their employees.

NAHB has long led the fight in support of association health plans, which would grant small businesses access to better and more affordable health care plans, allow them to negotiate lower costs for coverage, and level the playing field for smaller firms that want to help their workers and their families with their health care needs.

Attending the White House signing ceremony, NAHB First Vice Chairman Randy Noel said the president’s executive order

Moreover, the executive order would expand the use of health reimbursement arrangements, which allow small businesses to offer pre-tax dollars to insured employees to help pay premiums and/or other out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care and services. The IRS issued guidance in 2013 prohibiting the use of health reimbursement arrangements and NAHB led the charge to pass legislation in 2016 that would not only reinstate their use, but also abolish punitive IRS penalties associated with them.

While the president’s executive order is an important step forward to address the issue of health care affordability for America’s employers, much more needs to be done to make the expansion of association health plans a reality. It is still unclear what actions federal agencies will take to implement the changes outlined in the executive order and how states will respond to the presidential directive.

With small employers struggling to find affordable health care in the marketplace, NAHB will continue to work with the White House, Congress, and state and federal regulators to ensure the president’s executive order can be enacted across the nation.

LOTS: RECORD-HIGH PRICES, RECORD-LOW SIZES Prices have never been higher, and sizes have never been smaller.

NATIONAL NEWS

Recent NAHB analysis of Census Bureau data revealed the median lot value in 2016 was $45,000, matching the record high set the year prior. The previous high mark was $43,000 set in 2006.

Another record setter was the median lot size of homes sold in 2016, which dropped to an all-time low of 8,562 square feet (less than one-fifth of an acre). A variety of factors come into play such as local zoning regulations, land availability and housing demand. But regardless of their location, most builders are feeling the pinch. “Land prices are just getting asinine,” said a production builder in Utah, who asked to remain anonymous. “There’s a bubble out there, and it’s not in homes — the bubble is in land because that’s where people are getting ridiculous.”

The builder admits that even though his margins are “not even close to where they were back in ’04 and ’05,” business is still very good. As one of the top builders in his market, he’s building more than 500 homes annually despite the current cost and availability constraints for lots.

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“There’s massive demand right now, but very little of it is for the large, expensive homes,” the builder said. “It’s mostly for the more affordable stuff because we’re seeing a lot of interest from younger buyers. But keeping prices low is becoming extremely difficult to do.”

For this builder — and for many like him across the country — finding municipalities that will allow higher-density developments is one of the biggest hurdles to building affordable housing and generating stronger profits. However, that entry-level segment of the market is often where demand is strongest.

“[Demand] just isn’t there for half-acre lots; it’s simply too expense to develop,” the builder said. “When I hear some of these prices, I [want to say], ‘Are you kidding me? You’re paying that per acre and at that density?’ It reminds me of ‘05 and ’06, to the point I’m backing out on deals because I just won’t pay that amount.” “I don’t know how or when, but it’ll slow down eventually. And when it does, a lot of [builders] are going to get stuck.”

Go to eyeonhousing.org for more in-depth analysis of declining lot sizes and rising lot prices


NATIONAL NEWS

Business-Boosting Education is Virtually Everywhere

Lot Values Stable at Record High By Natalia Siniavskaia

Just one of the many benefits NAHB members enjoy is the opportunity to join industry councils and participate in exclusive events. In September alone, the Federation’s councils hosted several webcasts on a variety of subjects unique to their members’ business interests. For example: • NAHB Remodelers Chairman Dan Bawden presented “The Top 10 Legal Pitfalls for Remodelers.” Armed with a law degree, Bawden discussed different legal clauses that should be include in every remodeler’s contract.

• The National Sales and Marketing Council‘s webcast series featured “Techniques and Strategies for Purposeful Branding.” Featured presenter Dennis O’Neil of O’Neil Interactive showed how a well developed brand can help edge out competitors and increase referrals.

• The Building Systems Councils produced its eighth virtual presentation this year as part of its Lunch-N- Learn webcast series, illustrating the high-performance and cost-saving benefits found in systems built housing. If you’re interested in joining an NAHB council and taking advantage of the member benefits, including webcasts like these, visit nahb.org for more information.

HOUSING INDUSTRY COULD GET ‘CHOPPY’ IN THE MONTHS AHEAD

Despite ongoing positive market conditions, recent home sales data have come in below expectations. And in the months ahead, housing data is expected to be choppy as the economic impacts of hurricanes Harvey and Irma are registered. Contracts for sales of new single-family homes fell an estimated 3.4% in August. Though sales have trended flat through the middle of 2017, year-to-date sales are 7.5% higher than they were at this point last year. While inventory has risen to a healthy 6.1 months’ supply, affordability remains a primary concern, especially as interest rates will continue to rise into 2018. Similarly, the pace of pending sales of existing homes declined for the fifth time in the last six months, falling an estimated 2.6% in August. The low levels of inventory, particularly entrylevel homes, is restricting sales growth in both the existing- and new-home markets. The good news is that economic conditions remain stable, and recent NAHB analysis shows an increase of consumers planning to purchase a new home in the near term.

Single-family lot prices remained at record high levels in 2016, with half of the lots priced at or above $45,000. According to NAHB’s analysis of the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction (SOC) data, the median lot value reached $45,000 for the first time in 2015 exceeding the previous record of $43,000 reached in 2006. The rising lot values are consistent with persistent record lot shortages that NAHB reported in July of this year. They are also consistent with significant and rising regulatory costs that ultimately increase development costs and boost lot values. It is also possible that home building shifted towards more urban and dense areas where land values are typically higher, and land development faces more stringent regulation requirements.

For this analysis, the median lot values were chosen over averages since averages tend to be heavily influenced by extreme outliers. This analysis is limited to single-family speculatively-built homes by year started and with reported sales prices. For custom homes built on owner’s land with either the owner or a builder acting as the general contractor, the corresponding land values are not reported in the SOC. Consequently, custom homes are excluded from the analysis.

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In his remarks in the latest issue of Eye on the Economy, NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz provided the following overview of the housing market:

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• The 55+ Housing Council hosted a presentation about which design trends are making the biggest impact on the industry. Topics included floorplans, amenities and sales strategies to appeal to the rapidly growing aging- in-place market.

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NAHB OPPOSES OMB PROPOSAL TO REFORM NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM The Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney submitted a proposal to congressional leaders to reform the National Flood Insurance Program. NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald issued the following statement regarding the proposal:

“While NAHB supports reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that will keep the program fiscally sound and preserve rate affordability, we strongly oppose the new proposal by OMB Director Mulvaney to phase out new NFIP policies for newly-constructed homes. It would simply prevent home builders from being able to provide safe and affordable housing to consumers. By creating uncertainty in the housing market, this proposal would also harm local communities and

impair economic growth.

“New homes are built to more stringent safety standards and usually fare much better than the older housing stock in flooding disasters. Moreover, new construction policyholders pay full-risk rates, so they put more into the NFIP than they take out in claims. Why does OMB needlessly propose to penalize new construction? It would only hurt the fiscal soundness of the NFIP and fail to ease taxpayer burdens. “NAHB will continue to work with Congress and the administration to achieve needed reforms to the NFIP that will ensure it remains efficient and effective in protecting property owners, creates more stability in the housing market, and improves the financial viability of the program.”

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NAHB REVISES POLICY AS TAX REFORM DEBATE HEATS UP NAHB unanimously voted to revise its policy regarding the nation’s tax code in light of recent discussions on tax reform between congressional leadership and the Trump administration.

The Oct. 3, 2017 vote by the Executive Board gives NAHB greater flexibility as the tax debate unfolds and stakeholders seek consensus to shape a tax code that best serves the nation’s consumers and small businesses. “This is the first time in NAHB’s 75-year history that we have been open to the idea of broader options regarding housing tax incentives,” said NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald. “Now is the time to reform tax policy, and housing will not be left behind in this process.” NAHB supports a tax system that is simple and fair, and that promotes greater housing opportunity for Americans across the economic spectrum.

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The tax policies that NAHB is promoting include:

• A homeownership tax incentive;

• The low-income housing tax credit, along with additional resources to meet the affordability crisis;

• Tax incentives for remodeling, including energy efficiency tax credits; • The exclusion of capital gains on the sale of a principal residence; and • Business interest deductions for small businesses.

“Tax policy is key to homeownership, affordable rental housing, business success and job creation,” MacDonald said. “That’s why NAHB will be fully engaged in this debate and pushing for innovative solutions that bring a better policy environment for American enterprise and lasting prosperity for our nation’s people.” For more information, visit nahb.org/taxreform.

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NAHB CEO Jerry Howard joined Administration and industry leaders at a White House event Monday, highlighting the need to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses and the economy.

“Residential construction remains one of the most heavily regulated industries in the country,” Howard said. “We are pleased that the Trump administration recognizes the regulatory challenges placed on our industry and that it is taking steps to reduce these burdens.”

After the White House event, NAHB was invited to participate in three of 10 breakout sessions hosted by federal agencies, including the Labor Department, Small Business Administration (SBA) and Treasury, to discuss the specific regulations in need of reform. Here are some recent examples of how NAHB has been working with the Administration and federal agencies on this issue:

• Organized members to participate in SBA Advocacy roundtables held across the country, where members gave firsthand accounts of the problematic federal regulations they face.

• Submitted comments to HUD about which of the agency’s regulations should be repealed, replaced or modified; and met with HUD Secretary Carson to discuss regulatory and housing affordability issues. • Met with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to discuss steps to reduce regulatory burdens that are raising housing costs for home builders and home buyers.

“We look forward to helping this Administration deliver meaningful regulatory relief to the industry and, in doing so, generating substantial local economic activity and job creation,” said Howard.

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Looking at single-family homes started in 2016, the median prices per square foot, excluding improved lot values, range from $164 for contractor-built homes in the Pacific division to $81 for speculatively built homes in the East South Central division. Per square foot costs exclude the cost of developed lot, so highly variant land values cannot explain the regional differences in per square foot costs. However, higher and rising regulatory costs undoubtedly contribute to higher per square foot costs.

Custom, or contractor-built, homes are built on owner’s land (with either the owner or a contractor acting as a general contractor). Consequently, contract prices of new contractor-built homes do not include value of improved lot and, typically, are lower than sale prices of spec, or built for sale, homes. To make comparison more meaningful, the cost of lot development is excluded from sale prices of speculatively built homes.

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• Submitted comments to the EPA recommending that the agency revise regulations governing wetlands, stormwater and lead-based paint.

SALE AND CONTRACT PRICES PER SQUARE FOOT IN 2016

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Vice President Mike Pence, who hosted the event, was joined by the entire cabinet, A display at the White House members of the Republican congressional leadership, regulatory reform event several governors and shows the growth of regulations approximately 100 industry from 1960 until today. leaders. Pence cited the Administration’s progress on regulatory reform across federal agencies and its plans to continue working on regulatory relief moving forward.

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NAHB SUPPORTS WHITE HOUSE EFFORTS TO REDUCE REGULATORY BURDENS

Typically, contractor-built custom homes are more expensive per square foot than spec homes after excluding improved lot values, suggesting that new custom home buyers are not only willing to wait longer to move into a new home but also pay extra for more expensive features and materials. For the square footage statistics, the SOC uses all completely finished floor space, including space in basements and attics with finished walls, floors, and ceilings. This does not include a garage, carport, porch, unfinished attic or utility room, or any unfinished area of the basement.

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NDAB NEWS Monthly News from the North Dakota Association of Builders

Presidents Message

November 2017

How to Reduce Winter Energy Bills

At a time when countless college graduates are finding they are underemployed and saddled with crushing student debt, it is time for educators and policymakers to reexamine the widely held belief that a college degree represents the only road to success. October was NAHB careers in construction month, so I think it is worth reiterating and reemphasizing the great jobs that are available in the construction industry.

Aside from those who play the part of Ebenezer Scrooge in a Christmas Carol, no one should be forced to wear a night cap to bed because their home is too cold. But as the fall and winter months bring chilly temps to many parts of the country, some will do whatever it takes to offset rising energy bills. Wearing your heaviest winter parka, gloves and a stocking cap around the house at all times is Kim Schneider one method. There are also several other lessCEO Eric Brenden cumbersome ways — ranging from small adjustments to major modifications — to stay warm and use less energy. The building trades offer a great career path. Regrettably, fewer Here are some basic tips to stay comfortable and keep costs down this students are seeking careers in the construction industry because winter: many parents and guidance counselors are steering them toward a Hello? Anyone home? college pathway rather than a vocational route. This is particularly If there are generally long periods of time throughout the day when no unfortunate, given the shortage of skilled workers in the one is home, adjust your thermostat accordingly to limit the amount of residential construction industry and the fact that carpenters, wasted heat. This can be done manually each day if you have a good electricians, framers, roofers and others in the field earn good memory and you’re the last one out the door. If not, consider the benesalaries and express high job satisfaction. According to the fits of installing a smart thermostat that will automatically monitor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics interior temps, keeping your house cozy when it counts and saving Survey data and analysis by the National Association of Home energy when everyone’s away. Builders (NAHB), the 2014 median annual wage of most positions The selection of smart thermostats is continually expanding. Many in the residential building sector was $39,500 – 10 percent above smart thermostats feature online calculators that show approximately the U.S. median annual wage of $35,540. how much users will save based on their region, size of home and heating type. In many cases, the investment results in significant savings The labor shortages can be attributed in part to the fact that many over time. skilled residential construction workers were forced to seek Mind the Gaps employment elsewhere during the Great Recession, when more By sealing air leaks in a home, an average household can cut 10 perthan 1.4 million jobs were lost as builders across the nation were cent of their monthly energy bill. Use caulk to seal any cracks or small forced to shutter their doors or lay off workers. Many trades openings on non-moving surfaces such as where window frames meet retrained their construction workers and they are not returning to the house structure. Check your weatherstripping in exterior door the housing sector. frames and replace any that is deteriorated or cracked. Sealing windows and doors will help, but the worst culprits are may be With the nationwide housing recovery now picking up steam, it is utility cut-throughs for pipes (plumping penetrations), gaps around imperative that America trains more workers and leaders in the recessed lights, and unfinished spaces behind cupboards and closets. construction industry. The number of open construction sector Do-it-yourselfers can buy material that expands to fill the gaps and jobs in March was 147,000, the third-highest monthly total since prevent air from escaping. the Great Recession ended, according to the latest BLS data. Going Beyond D-I-Y The best way to know exactly what will reduce your home’s overall To meet the housing needs of a growing population, attitudes must energy consumption is to hire a professional energy auditor to evaluate change. Parents, teachers, counselors and students need to your home and identify any inefficiencies. In addition to showing you understand and believe that a vocational education is just as where to tape, caulk and seal, the auditor might also suggest improveworthwhile as a conventional four-year college and that both ments that would require a professional. Adding attic insulation, uproutes offer satisfying career paths and financial gains. Academic grading to an energy-efficient HVAC system, or installing highinstitutions can aid in this effort by funding and promoting more performance windows are sizeable investments, but they can have a two- and four-year programs that cater to students interested in dramatic impact on your home’s air quality, energy efficiency and construction management and the building trades. overall comfort. For more information, please contact your local association. Eric Brenden, NDAB President 2017

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sponsors. Tiffaney Dolechek, Executive Officer • The 3rd Annual Chili-Cook off tournament was scheduled for Bismarck/Mandan HBA for donating a Decorating Services, Top Recruiter; Ken 701-483-0044 | dickinsonareabuilders.com October also be 1st Annual Bean computer forhosting our newits Executive! Krajsa, Bell State Bank & Trust, Top14th. The FBA will Dot Frank, Executive Officer Toss Tournament along with it. We are very excited about Spike;on George Fraza, BlueBag Cross Blue • The City of Dickinson presented at our October GMM  Home show booths are being sold now! 701-222-2400 bmhba.com thisKen event and hope to see many faces there! Please call the Shield of ND, Top New Spike; Krajsa the Renaissance Zone Development Plan Expansion. The January 8th is the deadline for our office if$12,500 you are interested in having a Chili or Bean team15 preferred vendors. Home showBag is April changes allowed City of Dickinson Cornerstone to expand Award. HBC granted  approved The BMHBA has been busy the following

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– 17, 2016 ordinance updates in Bismarck the Renaissance Zone from 25 and blocks to 38 blocks. The and college students in or students contact Jackie@willistonbuilders.com for Mandan, Burleigh and Morton Association of Builders expansion of the zone is part Counties. of the City’s overallplanning downtown on enrolling Minot in the construction questions. All are reviewing and updating dated Elysha Head, Executive Officer programs. revitalization program. It was a great presentation and we codes. Eyes are currently on permit cost  Our December General Membership would likeand to thank Walterstandards. Hadley and SteveJosephson The HBAfor of F-M held701-852-0496 a PAC Social with| minotab.com changes development meeting will be held on the 17th presenting to our members! special guest Jerry Howard to talk about • Hard Hat Happy Hour took place on October 10th at Arny’s 2.0  A housing analysis conducted by Bismarck issues NAHB is working on in D.C. and andDABA Mandan outlines a need for an and Awards Banquet • The annual Christmas Party and how theyistie in locally. TheLounge event was a Bottle Shop. Attendees took part in Builder Bingo Thank you so much to our Annual additional 15th 7,786at owner-occupied homes December the Elks! We are planning for asuccess fun night enjoyed comraderie. with 75 members and in attendance. Banquet Sponsors! Your support 2030. The HBA is working a task ofby networking, awards, and aon silent auction that will benefit  Just under 20 members • attended Lunch MAB isain the process of organizing a City Leaders Luncheon force to explore implementation of the helped us to put on a great event! We two local non-profit organizations. More information willwith be local building officials to talk Session study’s recommendations. with the Minot City Manager, City Engineer, Public Works had a great crowd and a fun evening available soon! about the latest issues in residential Director and the celebrating Park Districtthe Director. Cityand Manager, Tom  Members elected a new Builder board year end construction. member the Fall GMMison Nov.7th 24 and to fill8th and booth spaces • The DABAatHome Show April Barry, will lead the discussion all andour give an update on Minot recognizing amazing Award The New Year Celebration & City Night is Past President Vance seat. are still available! ThisVetter’s year we areThe following in Bismarck’s happenings with time afterward andlooking ask questions. winners. We to aremingle already on Jan. 28 at the Radisson in Fargo. 2016 board directors will be sworn in at forward to doing it all again next year footsteps andofdoing Mayors from Fargo, Moorhead, • The West Builders Banquet is December 5th at the Grand Hotel the Annual Banquet on Jan. 14. in Bismarck! Fargo, Dilworth & Oxbow will be in in Minot. City Manager, Tom Barry, is the keynote speaker.  The BMHBA welcomes all members to attendance and participate on a mayoral Homeattend Builders ofand Fargo-Moorhead Registration will open soon. a LeadAssoc. Renovator Lead panel. We will also have special guest Al Bryce Renovator Johnson, Initial Chiefand Executive Officer Refresher course Jaeger, Secretary of State. If you would have started for the 2018 Home and Garden • Preparations on Nov. 30|and Dec. 1, respectively. 701-232-5846 hbafm.com like to attend, please visit the events Show! Vendor registration began on October 16th with many Visit bmhba.com/events to register.

calendar at www.hbafm.com. booths already spoken for by MAB members. MAB is looking • The HBA of F-M New Year Celebration & City Night will be Dickinson Area Builders Assoc. forward to a great event! Forx Builders Association Jan. 25. Platinum Sponsors—Kuntz Builders, Irene Schafer, Executive Officer Betty McDonald, Executive Officer • The HBA organized and hosted the Fall Parade of Homes and Inc. and Winn Construction, Inc. 701-483-0044 dickinsonareabuilders.com 701-746-4536 forxbuilders.com Williston Area Builders Association Remodeled Home Tour which featured 54 new homes, plus a Jamie Montgomery, Executive Officer  selection Our regular GMM was held at the Eagles Silver Sponsor—ProBuild  ThereHomes was good attendance at Slate of renovation projects. Luxurious Featured 701-572-5744 | willistonbuilders.com Club on November 11 with a moment of Interior Design’s raised $2,130 during the event for Home Builders Care of F-M November Builders after silence honoring our veterans. NDAB-PAC Reception Hours. Thank you Alissa. • WABA recently delivered a proposal to the Sponsor—Bosch City of Williston to Foundation.  Our Home Show committee is busy Co. in the Building Department.  The December Builders after Hours bewithLumber assist thewill City recent changes planning our Home Show in April, • The HBA partnered with Fargo and West Fargo Public hosted by the MembershipThe Committee andserves as a starting point to help foster a more proposal updating and adding new features. Banner between Sponsor—Roers West, LLC Board Security relationship Schools to showcase building industry careers tothe over 170of Directors at Keith’s collaborative the City and the builders.  students. Our mainThe focus rightwere now isofon Jim Bisson owner of Keith’s Lock & tours a newly constructed World. home and a Key will be retiring the end of December the State Meeting here in Dickinson. We • Our October Meeting is October 17th and is hosted and renovation were this partaof the Fall Parade andof weHomes will be helping him sponsored celebrate thisby South are lookingproject forward that to making Fair Also, Ridge Thank and you to the Hills NDABApartments. 2015 and Remodeled milestone. special night for Home Arnold Tour. Karsky as he is Partners! We truly your City Administrator David Tuan will appreciate be speaking to the

installed as our State President.  race Ourwas Home Design and Garden Show will about support and we have enjoyed serving membership the changes in the Building Department, • A Candidate Forum for Dilworth’s City Council held Following that, we also busy planning our be held April 1, 2 & 3 at thethe Alerus Center. you WABA throughout the entire year! collaboration with and more. for the November election. annual Christmas Party. Newly elected Minot Association of Builders Vice President, Voelkering busy with Hour • Our Annual Awards & Membership Meeting will be held on • The HBA of F-M Val hosted a HardisHat Happy at Floor to Executive Officer her committee putting final touches to a November 21st and is co-hosted and sponsored by McCody Ceiling Carpetevening One, which 100 members attended. very special at the over Elks Club. 701-852-0496 minotab.com Concrete and Windsong Custom Homes. We will be presenting  We would like to take this opportunity to the awards to the 2017 BEAM and BAOTY winners and  We are having a “Holiday Open House” for Forx Builders Association extend an invitation to Kim and Heather welcoming our 2018 Board of Directors. our members here at the office December other associations to attend our Cassieand Thompson, Executive Officer 15th from noon-7pm with• food Christmas |party. Theand McKenzie County Builders Association (MCBA), Gold Partner - Montana Dakota Utilitiesa 701-746-4536 forxbuilders.com beverage. sub-chapter of WABA, located in Watford City, established  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to • The FBA hosted the 24th Annual Golf Outing.Williston We hosted aArea total Builders Association Silver Partners - Bismarck-Mandan their board of directors and held their first BOD meeting in everyone! of 144 golfers at King’s Walk Golf Course. A big thank you is Home Builders Association, chapter is very excited toDickinson get started in Janna Lutz, Executive Officer September. The new extended to our Event Sponsor, Marvin Windows; Brat Lunch Builders Association, Home Builders Watford City and isArea actively recruiting new members. 701-572-5744 willistonbuilders.com Bryce Johnson, Executive Vice President Sponsor, First State Banks; and all of our hole and door prize Association of Fargo-Moorhead, & hbafm.com 701-232-5846 Northern Plumbing Supply  WABA welcomes new incoming board

Thank you to everyone who attended our Awards Gala & Annual Meeting. The HBA of F-M celebrated award winners and scholarship recipients with over 200 of its members. The awards went to Clay Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, Inc., Builder of the Year; Paul Krabbenhoft, Coldwell Banker First Realty, Associate of the Year; Heritage Homes, BEAM; Dan Beecher, Foam Doctor’s LLC, Extra Mile; John Koerselman, Red River Drywall &

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