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The Lincoln



You’re Invited

April 2017

Published monthly by the Home Builders Association of Lincoln

Vol. 54 No. 4

Home Builders Association of Lincoln’s Tribute to Youth with Guest Speaker LPS Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel

Monday, April 10 6:00 p.m. - Social • 6:30 p.m. - Dinner Nebraska Champions Club 707 Stadium Drive Cost: $15 for HBAL Members or $25 for guests

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Save us a call and send your RSVP by April 4 to or call 402-423-4225.

Weekend of April 29 & 30 Noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission: $5 for all 19 homes See page 7 for a listing of homes on the Tour.

Also in this issue... • Parade of Homes

pages 8 & 9

• Lunch & Learn: Soil Issues

page 11

• YBP Light the Way 5K

page 21



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President’s Message

President’s Message April 2017 Vol. 54, No. 4

Contents President’s Message 3 Calendar of Events 4 Dr. Joel to Speak at Tribute to Youth 4 LHBCF Golf Tournament 5 Tour of Remodeled Homes 7 Spring Parade of Homes 8-9 Member News 10 Lunch & Learn: Soil Issues for Residential Construction 11 Stay at 17 Inches 12-13 9th Annual Chili Cook-off 14-16 HBAL/MOBA Coalition 18 Primary Election 19 Young Building Professionals Council 20 YBP Light the Way 5K 21 Window Safety Week: April 3-9 22 Renewals 23 Cancellations 23 New Members 24-25 Directory Changes 25 Building Permits 26

Home Builders Association of Lincoln 6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C, Lincoln, NE 68516 (402) 423-4225 phone • (402) 423-4251 fax • The Lincoln Business Builder is published 12 times per year by the Home Builders Association of Lincoln. The Lincoln Business Builder is mailed to all members of the HBAL. The Home Builders Association does not accept responsibility for or endorse any statements or claims made by advertisers or authors of any articles. The annual subscription rate is included with your membership dues. Michaela Harrison Jennie Korth

Publisher Editor, Photographer, Designer

HBAL Staff Jennie Korth, Laure Husmann, Andrea Wilkins

Matt Kleinschmit HBAL President

Imagine physically turning toward something, as a result you might notice you are simultaneously turning away from something else. This philosophy was introduced to me a few weeks ago and has been stuck in my head ever since. With this viewpoint, I find things changing in my life. One experience I can share is having the feeling of loneliness. Yes, you might find it hard to believe that a man having a family of ten can feel alone. Well one day as I am driving across town to pick up my 11-year-old from dance, I made a decision to turn off the radio and call a family member who I have not visited with much. I found in turning myself toward a friendly conversation that I was turning away from loneliness. This conversation with my family member was nothing but a chance to catch up, however it lifted a feeling of guilt I had placed on myself. I found that opening up a little and reaching out to someone else was something God had in mind when he created us. “We are made to be in relationships – to bless and to be blessed by the care and companionship offered by others. God wants us to be in friendships that bring joy into our lives, that bring us closer to him, and that make us better people.” So then again, I found myself traveling across town to pick up from dance and this time I decided to reach out to an old high school friend whom I haven’t spoke with for over a year. It was nice to catch up and as it turns out we decided to go running together to try and hold on to our youth for a little longer. :) As I write this letter, I hope to inspire you to think about turning toward something that will have a positive effect in your life by turning your back on something bringing you down. Whatever you may be struggling with, I pray that God gives you strength and courage. God Bless,

Executive Committee Matt Kleinschmit, President Bo Jones, President Elect Denny Van Horn, 1st Vice President Perry Haralson, 2nd Vice President Lori Wellman, CKD, CGR, CAPS, Secretary Bob Bryant, Treasurer Justin Johnson, Immediate Past President Michaela Harrison, Executive Vice President

Board of Directors Mark Aksamit Taylor Ashburn Jess Baker, CGP Kelli Fleek Ruth Hietbrink Matt Kinning Jerry Maher, CGP, CAPS, CGB, Stephanie Krueger-Ponce Lance Roach Marlene Stroup Ken Svoboda Jason Woita

Remodelers Council Pam Magner

Young Building Professionals Council Tyler Reynolds

Past Presidents Jerry Boyce Jim Christo, CGR, CGB Steve Fulton Mike Goings John Hoppe, Jr. Ward Fred Hoppe Mike Kinning Dan Klein, Sr. Rick Krueger Dan Kubr Joe McKee Donn Mann Sam Manzitto Mike May Roger Reynolds Mike Rezac J. Greg Schwinn Greg Shinaut Bob Stephens

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Calendar of Events | Dr. Joel to Speak at Tribute to Youth

Calendar of Events April 4

Primary Election

April 5

Remodelers Council Meeting SCC’s Building Construction Technology Program HBAL Office • 6100 S. 58th St., Ste. C 11:30 a.m. • Cost: $10 per person

April 10

Tribute to Youth: LPS Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel Nebraska Champions Club • 707 Stadium Drive 6:00 p.m. Social • 6:30 p.m. Dinner $15 for HBAL Members • $25 for Guests

April 13

HOMEPAC & Board of Directors Meetings HBAL Office • 6100 S. 58th St., Ste. C 9:45 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

April 25

Lunch & Learn: Soil Issues for Residential Construction HBAL Office • 6100 S. 58th St., Ste. C 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cost: $10 per person (includes lunch)

April 29-30

Tour of Remodeled Homes

Dr. Joel to Speak at Tribute to Youth Dr. Steve Joel will be the guest speaker at our annual Tribute to Youth event on Monday, April 10. This annual event honors scholarship recipients as well as the winners of our Interior and Residential Design Contest and the “If I Could Build a House” Art Contest. The future of building is in the hands of these young people who are showing an interest in interior or residential design or simply drawing the home of their dreams. We hope you join us on April 10 as we pay tribute to youth! In 2010, Dr. Steve Joel joined Lincoln Public Schools as superintendent. Previously, he served for ten years as superintendent in Grand Island and eight years in Beatrice. A native of Long Island, New York, he has degrees from Doane College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kansas State University. Dr. Joel has been honored with a wide variety of awards and distinctions including: Nebraska Superintendent of the Year and Leadership Excellence by the Educational Resource Development Institute. He also has been active in many community clubs and coalitions, and serves on a number of boards including “Our annual Tribute to Youth event will be the Chamber of Commerce, held on Monday, April 10. The evening will Foundation for Lincoln Public feature Dr. Steve Joel as our guest speaker. We Schools, Lincoln Community will also be honoring our local youth who won Foundation, The Career Academy and President of the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County Board. this year’s Residential and Interior Design In his time as superintendent at various school districts, Dr. Joel has focused on comprehensive solutions to significant school and community issues. The immigration raid in Grand Island led to the formation of a community coalition to begin the arduous process of rebuilding community unity, and the tragic fire that resulted in a complete loss of the Lincoln Public Schools District Office allowed for the construction of a new facility. More recently, Lincoln has grown rapidly to include almost 41,000 students and 8,000 staff members. With Dr. Joel’s leadership, Lincoln Public Schools has adopted a comprehensive instructional technology plan and developed The Career Academy leading Nebraska into the next phase of K12 education.

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Contests as well as our Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation scholarship recipient. Please join us for this special evening supporting the youth in our community who are pursuing interest in our industry.” - Matt Kleinschmit 2017 HBAL President

LHBCF Golf Tournament


Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation

Golf Tournament Benefitting

Sponsorship & Golfer Registration Yes! I would like to be a:


#150 Highlands Golf Course Friday, June 2, 2017 “Texas Scramble” $65 per person First tee-off at 6:45 a.m. Last tee-off at 4:00 p.m.


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Giveaway Sponsor

Item: ________________

q I do not wish to be a sponsor, but I do want to support Habitat for Humanity’s Build 150.

Enclosed is my contribution of $______.

q I would like to register a team (Cost: $65 per golfer) Name: Company: E-mail: Golfer #1: Golfer #2: Golfer #3: Golfer #4: Preferred tee time: Total Amount Due: $ q Check enclosed

We are excited to dedicate the proceeds from this tournament to Habitat for Humanity of Lincoln’s 150th home to be completed later this year!

Complete the above form and mail it with payment to:

Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation 6100 S. 58th Street, Ste. C Lincoln, NE 68516

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Tour of Remodeled Homes

Weekend of April 29 & 30 Noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission: $5 for all 19 homes

1. 16200 Hickman Ridge Road, Roca Kitchen Remodel Reynolds Design & Remodeling 2. 6931 Laurent Circle Kitchen & Master Bath Remodel Bielenberg Builders, Inc. 3. 6701 East Shore Drive Home Remodel Tru-Built Construction 4. 7820 N. Shore Drive Addition, Kitchen, Master Suite, Laundry Reese Construction, Inc. 5. 6132 Fleetwood Drive Solatube Daylighting Devices Natural Light Co. 6. 2941 Crown Pointe Road Main Level & Kitchen Remodel Change House Design & Construction, Inc.

7. 6800 Rexford Drive Whole House Remodel JR Platinum Properties

13. 3020 O’Reilly Drive Kitchen Remodel Willet Construction, Inc., Remodeling Specialists

8. 6421 Shenandoah Drive Main Level Remodel Lincoln Cabinet

14. 3820 Cape Charles Court Bathroom Remodel GoodeGuy Construction, Inc./ 3 Day Kitchen & Bath

9. 3515 Woods Avenue Kitchen, Dinette, Powder Bath, Living Room Russell Remodeling, LLC

15. 3800 Lynchburg Court Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room, Dinette, Powder Bath, Pantry, Laundry Russell Remodeling, LLC

10. 3001 Plymouth Avenue Kitchen Remodel CS Kitchen & Bath Studio 11. 1660 Otoe Street Kitchen Remodel GoodeGuy Construction, Inc./ 3 Day Kitchen & Bath 12. 3313 S. 28th Street Addition & Remodel Goings Homes, LLC

16. 6616 Old Dominion Road Whole House Remodel Russell Remodeling, LLC 17. 3333 Gettysburg Court Kitchen Remodel Lincoln Cabinet 18. 7549 S. 38th Street Whole House Remodel Nate’s Custom Renovations, Inc. 19. 9510 Wildfire Circle Basement Bar Lincoln Cabinet

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Spring Parade of Homes

May 14-21, 2017 Hours: Weeknights: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. & Weekends: 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.


1. 6651 S. 19th Street Lincoln Custom Home Builders

WILDERNESS HILLS 2. 9032 S. 31st Street Rybak Homes, Inc.

3. 9101 S. 32nd Street Old City Building Group 4. 9410 S. 32nd Street Great Plains Custom Homes, LLC 5. 9600 S. 32nd Street Smetter Custom Homes 6. 9620 S. 32nd Street Smetter Custom Homes


7177 Natney Street Denali Custom Builders, Inc.

8. 16685 S. 75th Street Kinning Design Build, Inc.

BAYLOR HEIGHTS, HICKMAN 9. 1200 Birchwood Drive Prairie Home Builders, Inc.

GRANDVIEW ESTATES 10. 7300 Gerald Avenue Destiny Homes, LLC

11. 7308 Gerald Avenue Mulder Construction, Inc. 12. 7200 Braxon Lane Richland Homes 13. 9600 Fairbury Lane Pine Crest Homes

THE WOODLANDS AT YANKEE HILL 14. 7371 Dempster Drive Third Generation Builde r

VILLAGE MEADOWS 15. 6510 Aiden Circle Aspen Builders, Inc.

16. 6321 Kelsey Lane Schneider Custom Homes 17. 6311 Kelsey Lane Schneider Custom Homes 18. 6400 Cavvy Road Buhr Homes, Inc. 19. 7516 S. 66th Street BDR, LLC 20. 7641 S. 64th Street Beck Custom Homes, LLC

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21. 7550 S. 64th Street BK Custom Homes 22. 7430 Blanchard Blvd. BDR, LLC 23. 6311 Eureka Drive Innovative Homes and Design, Inc. 24. 7360 S. 64th Circle Ironwood Builders, LLC

JOSHUA’S GLEN 25. 5640 Kayla Court Tuscany Townhomes

SOUTH LAKE 26. 7802 S. 96th Bay Trademark Builders

27. 8020 S. 78th Street MPI, Inc.


28. 7237 Hidden Valley Drive Schwinn Homes, LLC


29. 11303 Whispering Creek Drive MK Builders, Inc.


30. 6520 Boulder Ridge Road Timber Ridge Homes 31. 8700 Gold Dust Road Van Horn Family Building Co. 32. 8620 Gold Dust Court R & D Custom Homes


33. 5621 Barrington Circle Prairie Home Builders, Inc.

HIMARK ESTATES 34. 8881 HiMark Lane Black Oak Builders

35. 8964 HiMark Lane MK Builders, Inc.

THE PRESERVE ON ANTELOPE CREEK 36. 7728 Viburnum Drive Manzitto Bros. Residential & Commercial Construction

PARK PLACE 37. 2920 Park Place Court Goings Homes, LLC


38. 10025 Shore Front Drive South Shore Builders, LLC 39. 831 N. 96th Street Old City Homes 40. 9333 Northern Sky Road Prairie Home Builders, Inc. 41. 801 N. 96th Street Salt Valley Construction 42. 9901 Sweet Water Road Salt Valley Construction 43. 1217 N. 100th Street Derun Construction and Homes, Inc. 44. 1230 N. 99th Street Salt Valley Construction

PRAIRIE VILLAGE NORTH 45. 9425 Blacksmith Road Rybak Construction, Inc. 46. 3030 N. 95th Street Rybak Homes, Inc. 47. 3506 N. 89th Street Tuscany Townhomes


48. 13075 Lizzie Lane Patrick Alan Homes, LLC

NORTHBANK PRESERVE 49. 7120 N. 50th Place Gerlach Carpentry


50. 5960 Mad Creek Place Rembolt Development, LTD

STONE BRIDGE CREEK 51. 1517 La Plata Drive Deprez Custom Homes

GARDEN VALLEY 52. 6640 N. 13th Street Hartland Homes

53. 1131 Humphrey Avenue Legacy Homes 54. 1145 Humphrey Avenue Legacy Homes

CHARLESTON HEIGHTS 55. 6839 Mimosa Lane Remington Homes, LLC

ACREAGE, PLEASANT DALE 56. 702 168th Street Rybak Homes, Inc.

Spring Parade of Homes

Important Notice for the Builders in the Spring Parade of Homes The following are guidelines which the Building & Safety Department requires in order to have a house open in the Parade of Homes. These items are required. Please observe. Your Parade contract requires that your home have final inspection.

City of Lincoln Building & Safety Department Parade of Homes Code Items to be completed Prior to being Open to the Public A show home in the Parade of Homes needs to meet basic safety criteria due to the large volume of public that passes through each home. Final inspections for all sections (plumbing, mechanical, electrical, building) must be scheduled AND completed before a house can be open to the public as a show home. As as reminder, each contractor or subcontractor must schedule their respective inspections separately for each permit. A building inspection can occur only after plumbing, mechanical and electrical finals have taken place. When all final inspections have taken place, the building inspector may issue a Certificate of Occupancy or a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. Temporary Occupancy permission may be granted by the building inspector based on the following guidelines:


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Address posted on the exterior of the house Sidewalks, steps completed leading to main entrance Handrails and guards on decks, porches, stairs Smoke detectors installed throughout the house Door hardware installed on all exterior doors Tripping hazards have been corrected due to uneven floor finishes

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Main electrical panel is properly enclosed and doors installed All switch and outlet plates covered Lighting fixtures installed (substitute fixtures may be used) Outdoor lighting installed



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Main plumbing fixtures installed Any missing plumbing fixtures need to have waste piping sealed Water heater needs to be installed All gas piping must be final inspected and approved for furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, etc.

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Heating/AC must be operational Bathroom exhaust fans need to be installed Floor registers installed


These guidelines are not considered to be all inclusive but meant to assist the permit applicant in obtaining permission to have a show home open to the public.

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Member News

HBAL Mailbox

Modular Ramp

Dear HBAL: What a beautiful way to honor Joe Hampton with your gift of $1,500 to the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools. Thank you. Your thoughtful memorial will create a legacy by providing more opportunities for Lincoln’s students to thrive. Supporting creative and innovative ways to educate all our children is a legacy that makes our public school system so successful. The Foundation for LPS has been working on this rich legacy for 30 years, and is made possible through true partnership with our community. Your gift directly benefits students and inspires possibilities for the next generation of leaders or do-ers. Thank you.

In 2001, the Home Builders Association of Lincoln was asked by an employee of the Building & Safety Department to help build a ramp for a fellow city employee. Because the need was temporary, it was decided the best approach was to purchase a light-weight modular aluminum ramp which could be assembled on site and, once the ramp was no longer needed, it could be removed and stored for future use. Since then, the ramp has been used numerous times by those in need and Remodelers Council members are quick to volunteer the man hours required to make it happen. Members of the Remodelers Council installed the modular ramp system for a Lincoln couple in 2013 however the ramp is no longer needed. We are now looking for a volunteer to store the ramp until it is needed again. If you are interested in helping with this project or if you know of someone in need, please contact Jennie Korth or Michaela Harrison at 402-423-4225.

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The HBAL Online Buyer’s Guide has hundreds of visitors every month?

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In fact, the HBAL website has had over 33,000 visitors in the past year! Our highest traffic is during May and October in the weeks leading to the Parade of Homes. We had almost 1,300 visitors on Mother’s Day which marks the first day of the Spring Parade!

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Take two and and review your listing on HBAL’s Online Buyer’s Guide If you haven’t had a chance to check out HBAL’s website, please do so at Under the Find-A-Pro menu is our online buyer’s guide. This feature gives HBAL members an opportunity to distinguish themselves with a logo and short paragraph. To make the search function in our online buyer’s guide more efficient, be sure to include your business’s keywords in your company’s description. We have found that most users searching for businesses on our website use the search field to type in keywords to find the business they need instead of selecting one of the buyer’s guide categories listed. We highly suggest using a company description to make your company more visible to prospective customers. Please submit the text you would like included along with your company logo to (Max. 100 words.)

Lunch & Learn: Soil Issues for Residential Construction

Educational Opportunity Lunch & Learn

Soil Issues for Residential Construction Doyle Petersen is a soils engineer who has worked in the Lincoln office of Alfred Benesch & Company (formerly HWS Consulting Group, Inc.) his entire career. Doyle has over 38 years of design and construction soils experience relating to foundations, embankments, pavements, airports, railroads and highways. Doyle will be discussing and answering questions on various soils-related topics regarding residential construction including: swelling/heaving soils; compressible soils; foundation/under oor drainage systems; effects of trees and vegetation on foundation/sub grade soils; proper placement of fill/backfill; mud jacking; slab curl; possible drying of soils because of under floor radon systems; under floor vapor barriers; helical anchors; and push piers.

Tuesday, April 25 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. HBAL | 6100 S. 58th Street, Ste. C Cost: $10 per person (includes lunch) RSVP to by April 19 Name __________________________________ _______________________________________ Company _______________________________ Address ________________________________ City ___________________________________ State ________________

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Stay at 17 Inches

Stay at 17 Inches In Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA convention. Nineteen times since, many of the same professional, college, high school, youth, and a slew of international coaches from passionate and developing baseball nations have gathered at various convention hotels across the country for two-and-half days of clinic presentations and industry exhibits. Sure, many members of the American Baseball Coaches Association have come and gone in those years; the leadership has been passed, nepotistically, from Dave Keilitz to his son, Craig; and the association — and baseball, in general — has lost some of its greatest coaches, including Rod Dedeaux, Gordie Gillespie, and Chuck “Bobo” Brayton. I have attended all but three conventions in those nineteen years, and I have enjoyed and benefited from each of them. But ’96 was special — not just because it was held in the home of country music, a town I’d always wanted to visit. And not because I was attending my very first convention. Nashville in ’96 was special because it was there and then that I learned that baseball — the thing that had brought 4,000 of us together — was merely a metaphor for my own life and those of the players I hoped to impact. While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend. One name, in particular, kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh man, worth every penny of my airfare.”

In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948. He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a fullsized, stark-white home plate. Seriously, I wondered, who in the hell is this guy? After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches. Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage. Then, finally … “You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck. Or maybe you think I escaped from Camarillo State Hospital,” he said, his voice growing irascible. I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility. “No,” he continued, “I may be old, but I’m not crazy. The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.” Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room. “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?” After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches,” more question than answer.

Who the hell is John Scolinos, I wondered. No matter, I was just happy to be there.

“That’s right,” he said. “How about in Babe Ruth? Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?”

Having sensed the size of the group during check-in, I woke early the next morning in order to ensure myself a good seat near the stage — first chair on the right side of the center isle, third row back — where I sat, alone, for an hour until the audio-visual techs arrived to fine-tune their equipment. The proverbial bee bee in a boxcar, I was surrounded by empty chairs in a room as large as a football field. Eventually, I was joined by other, slightly less eager, coaches until the room was filled to capacity. By the time Augie Garrido was introduced to deliver the traditional first presentation from the previous season’s College World Series winner, there wasn’t an empty chair in the room.

Another long pause.

ABCA conventions have a certain party-like quality to them. They provide a wonderful opportunity to re-connect with old friends from a fraternal game that often spreads its coaches all over the country. As such, it is common for coaches to bail out of afternoon clinic sessions in favor of old friends and the bar. As a result, I discovered, the crowd is comparatively sparse after lunch, and I had no trouble getting my seat back, even after grabbing a plasticwrapped sandwich off the shelf at the Opryland gift shop. I woke early the next morning and once again found myself alone in the massive convention hall, reviewing my notes from the day before: pitching mechanics, hitting philosophy, team practice drills. All technical and typical — important stuff for a young coach, and I was in Heaven. At the end of the morning session, certain that I had accurately scouted the group dynamic and that my seat would again be waiting for me after lunch, I allowed myself a few extra minutes to sit down and enjoy an overpriced sandwich in one of the hotel restaurants. But when I returned to the convention hall thirty minutes before the lunch break ended, not only was my seat not available, barely any seats were available! I managed to find one between two high school coaches, both proudly adorned in their respective team caps and jackets. Disappointed in myself for losing my seat up front, I wondered what had pried all these coaches from their barstools. I found the clinic schedule in my bag: “1 PM John Scolinos, Cal Poly Pomona.” It was the man whose name I had heard buzzing around the lobby two days earlier. Could he be the reason that all 4,000 coaches had returned, early, to the convention hall? Wow, I thought, this guy must really be good. I had no idea.

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“Seventeen inches?”came a guess from another reluctant coach. “That’s right,” said Scolinos. “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?” Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear. “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?” “Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident. “You’re right!” Scolinos barked. “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?” “Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison. “Any Minor League coaches here? How wide is home plate in pro ball?” “Seventeen inches!” “RIGHT! And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?” “Seventeen inches!” “SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls. “And what do they do with a a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?” Pause. “They send him to Pocatello!” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter. “What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy. You can’t hit a seventeen-inch target? We’ll make it eighteen inches, or nineteen inches. We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it. If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.’” Pause. “Coaches …” Pause. ” … what do we do when our best player shows up late to practice? When our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven? What if he gets caught drinking? Do we hold him accountable? Or do we change the

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rules to fit him, do we widen home plate? The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold. He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something. When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows. “This is the problem in our homes today. With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids. With our discipline. We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards. We widen the plate!”

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Pause. Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag.

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“This is the problem in our schools today. The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people. We are allowing others to widen home plate! Where is that getting us?”


Silence. He replaced the flag with a Cross. “And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years. Our church leaders are widening home plate!” I was amazed. At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curveballs and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable. From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader. I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.

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“If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today. It is this: if we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools and churches and our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …” With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside. “… dark days ahead.” Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine. Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches. He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach. His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players — no matter how good they are — your own children, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches.” He was, indeed, worth the airfare. © Chris Sperry, Baseball/Life, LLC. Reprinted with permission. Chris Sperry is a baseball consultant who develops players and amateur coaches, assists professional scouts, and counsels families of prospective college-bound student-athletes. He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from the University of Portland, the same institution at which he served as head baseball coach for 18 years. His key interests are in player and personal development as they pertain to a life in and beyond sports.

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9th Annual Chili Cook-off

Ninth Annual Lincoln Home Builders Care Foundation

Chili Cook-off



Best Chili





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Best Chili

Winners! 1st - Rainwood Interiors 2nd - Lincoln Federal Savings Bank 3rd - Dann Husmann


9th Annual Chili Cook-off

“A special thank you to all our sponsors for promoting this year’s chili cook-off. The food was delicious and my family had a great time! The evening was a huge success and I wanted to express my gratitude to all who attended. It was truly inspiring for me to witness the camaraderie of our association! Congratulations to this year’s winners and thank you for sharing your talents with all of us.”



- Matt Kleinschmit 2017 HBAL President



Thank you to all our contestants! Booth #1 Lincoln Federal Savings Bank Booth #2 Home Depot Booth #3 Lincoln Laminating Booth #4 Window Option Specialists

Booth #5 Habitat for Humanity Booth #6 Window & Door Store/ Hartland Homes Booth #7 Black Hills Energy

Booth #8 Rainwood Interiors Booth #9 Presidential Chili Booth #10 Lincoln Winlectric Booth #11 Dann Husmann

And our Sponsors! Event Sponsor

Prize Sponsors

Sam’s Club

HBAL Black Hills Energy Lincoln Children’s Museum Lincoln Title Nebraska Furniture Mart Nebraska Land Title & Abstract Nebraska Title Company Union Title Company

Beverage Sponsor Lincoln Federal Savings Bank

Cinnamon Rolls Sponsor West Gate Bank

Bottled Water Sponsor Culligan Water Conditioning

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9th Annual Chili Cook-off

Prize Winners $25 Defy Gravity Gift Card courtesy of HBAL: Landon K.



20 Oz Tumbler & Spatula courtesy of Black Hills Energy: Samantha Grella & Mike May Cast Iron Crockpot Secret courtesy of Nebraska Furniture Mart: Marlene Stroup Phorus PS5 Speaker courtesy of Nebraska Furniture Mart: Lori Wellman Homedics Bubble Spa Pro courtesy of Nebraska Furniture Mart: Andrew Hartman $25 HyVee Gift Card courtesy of Nebraska Land Title & Abstract: Matthew Schaaf $5 Runza Card courtesy of HBAL: Kent K. $5 Amigos Card courtesy of HBAL: Gemma J. $25 HyVee Gift Card courtesy of Lincoln Title: Sue Crawford Cooler & $25 HyVee Gift Card courtesy of Union Title Company: Brandy Johnson 4 Passes to the Children’s Museum courtesy of the Lincoln Children’s Museum: Henry T. $25 Lowes Gift Card courtesy of HBAL: Steve Peregrine $50 VISA Gift Card courtesy of Nebraska Title Company: Shayne Daughenbaugh

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HBAL/MOBA Coalition

HBAL/MOBA Coalition In 2013, HBAL formed a coalition with Metro Omaha Builders Association (MOBA) to have a voice in our Nebraska Legislation. United, we contracted Radcliffe and Associates, Nebraska’s oldest lobbying and governmental relations law firm, to be that voice. On January 23, your representatives of HBAL, Michaela Harrison, Justin Johnson, Matt Kleinschmit, Bo Jones, Denny Van Horn and Jim Cristo met with MOBA and Radcliffe and Associates to review all 2017 Legislative bills that they felt might impact the building industry. Summarized is a list of these bills and HBAL’s position. If you have any questions please feel free to contact any of those who attended.

Legislative Report for 03/17/2017 Bill







(Krist) Adopt the Radon Resistant New Construction Act

Urban Affairs

General File




(Craighead) Adopt the First-Time Home Buyer Savings Account Act




(Schumacher) Adopt the Modern Tax Act




(Crawford) Change provisions relating to the Community Development Law and tax-increment financing

Urban Affairs



(Albrecht) Change the Employment Security Law

Business & Labor


(Harr) Adopt the Insured Homeowners Protection Act




(Harr) Change provisions relating to rent-restricted housing projects




(Erdman) Change provisions relating to the inclusion of multiple lots in Revenue one parcel



(Harr) Redefine agricultural or horticultural purposes for revenue and taxation purposes




(Groene) Change provisions relating to undeveloped vacant land under the Community Development Law

Urban Affairs



(Briese) Change and eliminate revenue and taxation provisions




(Walz) Change and eliminate licensure, regulation, and penalty provisions under the Professional Landscape Architects Act




(Schumacher) Change and eliminate revenue and taxation provisions




(Lindstrom) Authorize remote electronic notarial acts




(Quick) Update references to the National Electrical Code

Urban Affairs


(Groene) Redefine development project under the Community Development Law

Urban Affairs


(Williams) Adopt the Rural Workforce Housing Investment Act and transfer funds from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund

Business & Labor


(Lowe) Provide for a nonelection of coverage under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act

Business & Labor


(Crawford) Change state building code provisions

Urban Affairs


(Crawford ) Provide for enforcement of building codes under the Contractor Registration Act

Urban Affairs



(Groene) Provide for application process through county assessor and Tax Commissioner prior to using tax-increment financing

Urban Affairs



(Groene) Exempt certain improvements on land from taxes as prescribed Revenue



(Wayne) Appropriate funds to the Department of Economic Development




(Wayne) Constitutional amendment to allow cities and villages to pledge taxes relating to a redevelopment project for up to twenty years if area is extremely blighted

Urban Affairs

General File

General File


Legislative Planning

Monitor Oppose

General File


Business & Labor Committee

Monitor General File

General File



Note: The full text of all bills and other information is available online at

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Urban Affairs

Killed in Committee

Primary Election

The Primary Election is April 4. Please remember to vote! HOMEPAC, the Political Action Committee of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, supports the following candidates for City Council: Tom Nesbitt

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Young Building Professionals Council

Bean Bag Tournament The YBP Council is currently planning a Bean Bag Tournament to be held during the annual Hog Roast on Friday, August 11. If you are interested in having a team, helping at the event or for more information, contact Andrea at or 402-423-4225. Spring is here and we are very excited for the months to come! Our focus this year has been about enriching our members lives through education, comradery and most recently, we have been focused on remembering the importance of giving back. We are in the final stages of planning a 5K run at Holmes Lake Tyler Reynolds YBP President on June 24 with proceeds going to the Lighthouse. Their mission is to promote the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of adolescents. The kids who pass through the Lighthouse are our next generation of leaders with many of them undoubtedly becoming future young professionals within our industry so we feel that it is imperative to help them succeed. You can learn more about this fantastic organization at We will also have a presence at the Hog Roast this August with our bean bag tournament which will again raise money for our community and will involve other future young professionals in the project. The students of the Building Construction Technology program at SCC will be building the boards for this tournament. I look forward to seeing you all at both of these events as we cheer on our fellow HBAL members and raise money for great local causes at the same time.

Welcome to YBP! Brian Beadle

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Special thanks to Window Option Specialists for sponsoring the tournament!

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YBP Light the Way 5K

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Proceeds directly benefit the Lincoln Lighthouse. The Lighthouse After School Program offers middle and high school aged youth academic support, evening meals and enrichment/recreational activities during non-school hours, Monday through Friday. The Lighthouse After School Program’s goal is to increase the likelihood of high school graduation of middle and high school aged youth by providing high quality programming.

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8:00 AM Registration • 8:30 AM Kids Mile • 9:00 AM 5K Start • 9:45 AM Awards

Registration Fee:

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Payment must be received prior to June 23. We are unable to take payment or registrations the day of the race.

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Waiver: In consideration of this entry, I hereby release the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, the officials of this program and any and all groups, people and facilities connected with the Light the Way 5K for any and all injuries incurred to me or by me or any acts or omissions by any organization, or individual that take place during said program. I further certify that I am physically able to participate in this program. I hereby grant full permission to any and all of the foregoing to use any photos, videotapes, motion pictures and recordings or any record of this program. Signature:


Return to: Home Builders Association of Lincoln • 6100 S. 58th Street, Suite C • Lincoln, NE 68516 Phone: 402-423-4225 • Fax: 402-423-4251

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Window Safety Week: April 3-9

Windows Play Major Role in Emergency Evacuation Help Get the Word Out During Window Safety Week April 3-9

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds everyone that it only takes 5 minutes to prevent a child from falling out a window. ​ indows let in light and fresh air, and can provide breathtaking views, W but they also are vital to safety. It’s important to understand what you can do to observe window safety, especially when young children are in the home. Why is Window Safety Week Important? Window Safety Week in April coincides with the arrival of spring, when homeowners naturally want to open the windows and let in fresh air. Its goal is twofold: For families to understand the role of windows in escaping a fire or other emergency and to learn to safeguard against accidental window falls. The Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council proudly observes Window Safety Week each year during the first full week of April. Print our window safety brochure, checklist and kids’ activity book, and share them with everyone in your household so they are aware of their role in window safety. Our hope is that these lessons will last a lifetime. A Window Could be Your Lifeline in an Emergency Windows have saved many lives when used as emergency escape routes. Larger, egress windows can take on an even greater role by preventing families from being trapped in a basement and by more easily allowing rescue crews to enter the home. How prepared are you to escape a fire? You will likely have little time to think, which is why it is essential to develop and test an escape plan at least twice a year with everyone in the home. As part of your home escape plan: • Make sure windows are not nailed or painted shut • Do not install air conditioners in windows that may be needed for escape • Make sure at least one window in each bedroom meets escape and rescue requirements • Window guards, security bars, grilles or grates render windows useless in an emergency unless they have a release mechanism; update them if necessary • Develop an emergency escape plan and practice it during the day and at night • Keep emergency escape ladders in second- or third-story bedrooms and teach everyone in the home how to use them Window Falls are Preventable According to • Children are twice as likely to sustain a fall-related injury at home than at a childcare facility • Window falls occur more frequently in urban areas • Window falls account for about eight deaths and 3,300 injuries among children 5 and younger each year “It only takes seconds for a preventable window fall to occur,” said Amy Artuso, program manager at NSC. “To avoid these needless tragedies, it is very important for parents and caregivers to take steps to prevent home falls.” Do you ever think about your windows, other than how dirty they are

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getting? Take a few minutes now to consider what you can do to help keep your loved ones safe around windows, and commit these rules to memory: • Remember that insect screens cannot support a child’s weight • Never leave children unattended around open windows, with or without a screen • Windows within a child’s reach should remain closed • Don’t place furniture under windows; children can climb and potentially fall from an open window • Keep children’s play areas away from windows, balconies or patio doors While April 3-9 is officially Window Safety Week this year, we encourage you to practice window safety year-round. Lives depend on it. What is the Window Safety Task Force? Formed in 1997, the Window Safety Task Force works year-round in conjunction with NSC, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Safe Kids Worldwide, the International Code Council and other safety advocates to promote window safety awareness. Members include representatives from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association, the Screen Manufacturers Association and other organizations. Find more information about Window Safety Week at

Renewals | Cancellations

Thanks for Renewing Your Membership! (Please allow 60 days for names to appear on this list.)

48 Years

24 Years

9 Years

4 Years

• KFOR Radio 103.3 FM/1240 AM

• ESPN/KLMS 1480 Lincoln’s Sports Authority

• Custom Concrete • Rybak Homes, Inc.

• Derun Construction and Homes, Inc.

44 Years

23 Years

8 Years

3 Years

• Athey Painting, Inc.

• Pinnacle Bank

36 Years

22 Years

• Great Western Bank • Robison Design Build, LLC

• Cohawk New Horizons Drywall, Inc.

• KIBZ The Blaze 104.1

• Barcroft Building, Inc. • BK Restoration & Remodeling • Buckley & Sitzman CPA • Craig Construction • Holly Well Drilling • Huenink Construction, Inc. • Infinity Excavating • Judson Irrigation • Mark Manske Custom Trim • Nickell Construction • ‘O’ Street Carpet • South Shore Builders, LLC • Third Generation Builder • Tru-Built Construction

35 Years • Bath and Kitchen Idea Center by Lincoln Winnelson

33 Years

21 Years • Jerry’s Waterproofing, Inc.

20 Years • KLNC-FM 105.3

• Hans Electric, Inc. • Lincoln Glass, Inc.

18 Years

31 Years

16 Years

• KZKX - KX96.9 - 12 In A Row New Country

• Neighbors Family Homes, Inc.

30 Years

14 Years

• Reese Construction, Inc.

• KTGL The Eagle 92.9

• Cattle National Bank & Trust Co. • Craig Bauer Construction Co. • Two Men And A Truck

25 Years

10 Years

• KFGE Froggy 98.1 • Wellmann Heating & Air

• Nissen’s Hardwood Floors, Inc. • Old City Homes

29 Years

• Briggs, Inc. of Lincoln

6 Years

2 Years • Erickson Construction, Inc. dba BK Custom Homes • JR Platinum Properties • Remington Homes, LLC

1 Year • Beck Custom Homes, LLC • LeafGuard of the Midlands • Phoenix Pools • Refinishing Unlimited • RFD Sales Co., LLC

• Andes Painting, LLC

Sorry to See You Go! If you see your company listed below, contact HBAL at 402-423-4225 to renew your membership TODAY! Lifetime Cookware, Inc. Stark Siding, Inc. Hampton Enterprises, Inc.

This Ad Space is Available $67 per issue • Contract for a year and get a 15% discount Contact Jennie Korth at or 402-423-4225 for more information.

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New Members

Welcome New Members Aflac

Kerry Butzke

Busey Home Mortgage Ben Barrett

1511 448th Road, Utica, NE 68456 Phone: 402-413-9108 Cellular: 402-643-5148 Fax: 888-958-5531 Email:

2930 Ridge Line Road, #105, Lincoln, NE 68516 Phone: 402-328-6000 Email: Affiliate: Lyndsey Minchow, 402-613-2805,

Sponsor: Bob Gabriel, Nebraska Building Products

Sponsor: Matt Minchow, Cattle National Bank

Reason I joined HBAL: to build relationships with business owners like myself and grow my business. Desired areas of involvement: Golf, Sporting Clay Shoot, Home & Garden Show or Parade of Homes. Personal: Son, Rhett; horse, Trixie; dog, Harper. I enjoy concerts, outdoors, playing sports, Husker athletics and the Denver Broncos.

Reason I joined HBAL: To increase networking and marketing opportunities. What I hope to get out of my membership: New relationships with people working in the real estate/home industry. Desired areas of involvement: Chili Cook-off, golf events, Parade of Homes.

I have been representing Aflac as an independent agent in the community since 2011. I specialize in educating employers on how to create a robust benefits package tailored to each individual employee. Aflac can help with workers compensation, paycheck protection, high deductibles and out of pocket expenses your health insurance does not cover. Aflac helps increase productivity, decrease worker compensation claims, lowers your turnover rate and most importantly helps with employee satisfaction. We offer Accident, Cancer/Critical Care, Disability, Hospital, Dental/Vision, Life Insurance. THE BEST PART, it doesn’t cost you anything to offer it as an employer.

Joe Holmberg

Blackstone Builders Jarid Jochum

1604 S. 1st Street, #4, Lincoln, NE 68502 Phone: 402-843-8588 Fax: 800-265-5501 Sponsor: Matt Kleinschmit, Pride Homes

Holmberg Construction, LLC P.O. Box 22994, Lincoln, NE 68542 Phone: 402-770-1925 Email: Sponsor: Lori Wellman, Lincoln Cabinet

Lincoln Custom Home Builders Scott Murray

2840 S. 70th Street, Ste. 7243, Lincoln, NE 68506 Phone: 402-275-1888 Cellular: 402-610-3201 Email: Website: Sponsor: Matt Murray, Murray Custom Homes, LLC Reason I joined HBAL: To promote my business, as well as network with other professionals in the industry. What I hope to get out of my membership: To gain knowledge and exposure. Lincoln Custom Home Builders is one of Lincoln’s premier, yet affordable custom home builders. We will walk you through the entire home building process, from selecting the perfect lot to choosing the final touches. Let us design and build the house of your dreams. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

Little Giant Ladders Kenyan Allan

1198 N. Spring Creek Place, Springville, UT 84663 Phone: 801-489-3684 Fax: 801-806-9330 Email: Sponsor: Lance Roach, JL Exteriors

Lyon Enterprises, LLC, dba The Plan Man Dennis Lyon

5910 S. 58th Street, Ste. B2, Lincoln, NE 68516 Phone: 402-420-7711 Email: Website: Sponsor: Chad Lyon, Keystone Homes

Patrick Alan Homes, LLC Patrick Kelley (Alison)

9020 S. 72nd Street, Lincoln, NE 68516 Phone: 402-610-1652 Email: Website: Sponsor: Ruth Hietbrink, Black Hills Energy

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New Members | Directory Changes

Welcome New Members

Directory Changes

Richland Homes

• Mary Pat Waite-Ficke is a new affiliate member with LincolnFirst Realty. Phone: 402-430-7494. Email:

Neil Smith

11205 S. 150th Street, Ste. 100, Omaha, NE 68138 Phone: 402-592-6942 Cellular: 402-689-9455 Fax: 402-592-5381 Email: Website: Sponsor: Sherri Walker, Home Real Estate At Richland Homes, we put your family’s wants and needs in a home within reach. We offer open, airy ranch and two-story homes that are designed with what’s important to your family in mind and will leave your friends and family saying “Wow!” From concept to completion you can rely on our experienced team and trusted partners to build your home with efficiency and attention to detail. When your home is finished, our warranty professionals handle your concerns, hassle free.

Rybak Construction, Inc. Alex Rybak

141 W. 1st Street, Malcolm, NE 68402 Phone: 402-617-4070 Email: Sponsor: Anatoli Rybak, Rybak Homes, Inc.

Showhomes Lincoln Tyler Vitosh

P.O. Box 22207, Lincoln, NE 68542 Phone: 402-480-7066 Cellular: 402-239-1879 Email: Website: Sponsor: Bo Jones, Tru-Built Construction Reason I joined HBAL: To help improve my business and educate what my business has to offer as well as learn about all members and businesses currently with HBAL. What I hope to get out of my membership: Connections, education, professional and personal releationship, marketing. Desired areas of involvement: Home & Garden Show, Chili Cook-off, Parade of Homes, golf, education, membership. Personal: Spending time with family, Nebraska sporting events, real estate. Showhomes Lincoln just opened their doors to the Lincoln community in October 2016. We offer services such as vacant home staging, home manager staging, home makeovers and home updating. Showhomes is the one-stop shop for getting your home ready for the market and we focus on getting the seller top dollar for their home. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Tyler Vitosh at 402-480-7066.

Virtuactive 3D Drafting & Design Dave Lakin

4833 N. 32nd Street, Lincoln, NE 68504 Phone: 402-979-8100 Cellular: 402-995-1505 Email: Website: Sponsor: Mike Rezac, Rezac Construction, Inc.



• Jacob Morris is no longer an affiliate member with Lincoln Laminating, Inc. • Derek Kats is now with Keller Williams. 5539 S. 27th Street, Ste. 206, Lincoln, NE 68512. Phone: 402-466-3748. Email: • Katie Thompson is the new principal member for Great Western Bank. Phone: 402-473-6136. Email: • New address for Pace Epoxy Stone is 5612 Guenevere Lane, Lincoln, NE 68512. • Anita Anderson, Home Real Estate, is no longer an affiliate member. • Tyler Irons is the new principal member for VRLY. Cellular: 402-570-4196. Email: • Brian Beadle is the new principal member for Two Men and A Truck. Email: • New email address for Trademark Builders is • New website for McKinnis Residential is • Amy Shinaut is no longer an affiliate member with PDI, Paul Daniels Interiors. • Gary Pitts is no longer an affiliate member with United Rentals, Inc. • New email address for MPI, Inc. is

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Building Permits Building Permits

City of Lincoln - 11 -Year Table

Jan. Feb. YTD

2007 TH 8 4 12

SF 40 35 75

MF 4 12 16

SF 35 22 57

2008 TH 19 0 19

MF 6 4 10

SF=detached single family - TH=townhouses - MF=multi-family (including duplexes)

2009 TH 14 2 16

SF 11 29 40

MF 0 3 3

SF 24 32 56

2010 TH 7 18 25

MF 2 60 62

SF 22 26 48

2011 TH 0 0 0

MF 4 20 24

2012 TH 4 13 17

SF 27 31 58

MF 0 144 144

SF 24 34 58

2013 TH 2 4 6

MF 0 0 0

SF 34 40 74

2014 TH 6 18 24

MF 51 5 56

SF 36 33 69

2015 TH 2 44 46

MF 0 201 201

SF 29 42 71

2016 TH 19 6 25

MF 0 0 0

SF 28 54 82

Remodeling Permits: Additions City of Lincoln - Detached Single Family - 9 Year Table

2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Cost # Cost # Cost # Cost # Cost # Cost # Cost # Cost 2 52,000 6 152,980 3 80,100 2 43,500 6 422,000 3 59,336 4 114,877 6 288,700 5 125,240 3 99,500 7 178,700 5 107,786 2 33,000 3 64,000 2 18,650 2 392,168 122 4,070,396 128 3,833,360 145 5,688,098 121 5,137,317 109 4,152,838 109 3,888,548 123 6,878,337 125 5,673,076 33,364 29,948 39,228 42,457 38,099 35,675 55,921 45,385 #

Jan. Feb. Total Avg. Cost

2009 2010 2011 2012 # Cost # Cost # Cost # Cost 71 784,232 57 502,454 69 988,395 81 804,484 76 706,588 69 600,743 79 893,584 69 565,929 929 9,563,267 1,443 13,149,592 1,231 11,553,638 1,173 11,495,937 10,294 9,113 9,386 9,800

Jan. 10 Feb. Total 8 Cost Avg.


Alterations 90



2 160 0 120 100







2013 2014 2015 2016 Cost # Cost # Cost # Cost 66 751,024 90 1,279,205 71 1,254,169 60 743,166 42 702,668 87 811,667 71 949,830 64 392,168 988 10,894,934 1,087 13,660,485 1,047 13,136,560 1,073 12,518,199 11,027 12,567 12,547 11,667


Single Family Permits (Jan.-Feb.)


2011 60

2012 Jan.


40 20 0











40 #




# 30 2011

20 10 0


























Total Townhomes & Multi Family Permits (Jan.-Feb.) 300 250 200 150 100 50 0


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# 13 3 16

2017 Cost 1,255,950 686,575 1,942,525 121,408

# 77 87 164

2017 Cost 1,001,282 1,282,094 2,283,376 13,923


4 200 180

MF 0 6 6

Remodeling Permits: Alterations

Additions 12

2017 TH 3 9 12









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Lincoln Business Builder (April 2017)  
Lincoln Business Builder (April 2017)  

Monthly newsletter of the Home Builders Association of Lincoln, NE.