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May 2012

Volume 20 Number 5

Working on Committees Leads to New Business pg. 2 / Housing Recovery News pg 4

April Twisted Tuesday & Mac & Cheese Cook-off

The MBA held its first ever Mac & Cheese cook-off at the April General Membership Twisted Tuesday meeting. Parr Lumber Co. hosted five different mac & cheeses to more than 60 voters. Thank you Parr Lumber Co. for this great event, and congratulations to all of the participants and winner Parr Lumber Co!

Thank you April Sponsors Business Examiner Harr Family Homes Parr Lumber Co. Signature Woodworks LLC Weir’s Appliance & Video Contact Kawehi Marshall if you would like to sponsor an MBA program or event at 253.272.2112 ext. 105.

Rebuilding Day 2012 – Rebuilding Together South Sound

On Saturday, April 28 Rebuilding Together South Sound brought together over 700 volunteers and sponsors to take on 30 projects for National Rebuilding Day. Volunteers were deployed throughout Pierce County and the South Sound area to complete critical home repairs for low-income homeowners who are elderly, disabled or families with children. Missed Rebuilding Day and still want to help? Go to or call the office at (253) 238-0977 to volunteer for Emergency Repair and Year-Round projects. Be sure to look in the June Dimensions as we recognize our MBA volunteers for Rebuilding Day!

May Recruiting Opportunities pg 13 / EPA Reports First Enforcement Action on Lead Paint Rule pg. 15


2012 Builders in Schools Program Rick Hjelm,


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his year our award-winning “Builders In Schools” program was held at Arlington Elementary in Tacoma. More than 45 third grade students participated in learning about the home construction process from the beginning to end, thanks to a dedicated group of MBA member volunteers. The MBA developed the program “Builders in Schools” with the idea of creating learning sessions that are fun and interactive to allow students the opportunity to grasp the large concept of home building. This year students were able to identify famous architectures, learn how to make a house safe after it is contaminated, and create a setting with color. They also learned about more difficult concepts such as buying and selling a home, dealing with banks, and the importance of a contract. “The students can’t wait for the Master Builders members to come in,” said third grade teacher Maria Borgert. “It’s been a great learning session for them.”

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The MBA thanks all of those who have participated this year. According to the teachers at Arlington Elementary the students were very enthusiastic about their speakers. “We can’t wait to have the volunteers back next year,” said Borgert. “They do a fantastic job.”

Board of Directors

Executive Committee Rick Hjelm, CGR/CR President Joe Zehnder Kurt Wilson Vice President Secretary Vice President Treasurer Gary Pedersen Joe Maxwell Immediate Past President 2nd Vice President Local Directors Kent Arola, Josh Dunn, Carolin Fast, Ron Hendrickson, Leslie Jensen, Joe Maxwell, Cathi Mahan, Bob McClellan, Tessa Miller, Gary Pedersen Steve Shattuck CGR/ CAPS, Laureen Skrivan, Kurt Wilson, Dale Yeager, Tim Yokes, Duke York CGR/ CAPS, Sue Zimmerman

Recruiter Rewards Winner! Leslie Jensen of Signature Woodworks LLC won the April Recruiter Rewards prize – one registration in the MBA Golf Classic on June 8, 2012 (value of $105.) Thank you for recruiting a new member to the MBA! Special thanks to all the April Recruiters: Kurt Wilson, Barb Berntsen, Lynne Hill, Josh Dunn, Leslie Jensen, Cathi Mahan, Ernie Dittmann, Steve Shattuck and Dan Garber. May Recruiter Rewards – Take YOU out to the Ball Game! You and 29 friends can take in a game at Cheney Stadium as the Tacoma Rainiers take on the Reno Aces on Sunday, June 10th in a LUXURY suite courtesy of ServiceMaster of Tacoma. Prize includes 30 tickets and 7 VIP Parking Passes. For every new member you recruit in May, you will receive one entry to win this luxury suite Tacoma Rainiers package. Let the games begin!

Lifetime Directors Dan Abercrombie, Al Berger, Terry Brink, Rick Brunaugh, Robert Camp, Bud Crest, Sean Comfort, Bob Coyne, Ray Dally, Bob Denomy, Jeff Edwards, Mike Fast, CGR, Lyle Fox, Steve Garitone, Dave Graff, Buzz Grant, Glen Graham, Harold Hansen, Dave Hendrickson, Clem Johnson, Rebecca Jones, David Kelly, David Litowitz, Todd Lord, Bob Lund, Ann McLaren, Bob Mickey, John Miller, Merrit Nelson, State Directors Kent Arola, Ernie Dittmann, Mike Susie Nelson, Les Rhea, William Schuur, Jr., John Slott, Pat Fast CGR, Dan Garber, Steve Steffan, William Triquart, Doug Garitone, Rick Hjelm CGR/CR, Vieselmeyer, Dick Wegner, Rick Randy Kruse, Carrie Litowitz, Yorkk, Jim Yurina, Joe Zelazny Susie Nelson, Gary Patterson, Matt Rock, Tom O’Connor, Corey Watson Lifetime State Directors Robert Camp, Don Cash, Lyle National Directors Fox, Steve Garitone, John Slott Bob Camp (Alt), Mike Fast CGR, Lyle Fox (Alt), Carrie Litowitz Lifetime National Directors Robert Camp, Ray Dally, Mike Fast CGR, Lyle Fox, Jim Yurina MBA Staff Tiffany Speir- ext. 104 Executive Officer Kim Taylor- ext. 103 Member Benefits Director Laura Haworth- ext. 102 Communications/Marketing Manager

Kawehi Marshall, CGA, CGP- ext. 105 Events & Education Director Shawn Hoey- ext. 101 Government Affairs Manager

Official Publication of: Master Builders Association of Pierce County 1120 Pacific Ave., Ste. 301, Tacoma, WA 98402 Phone: (253) 272-2112 Fax: (253) 383-1047 MBA Mission Statement The Master Builders Association of Pierce County is an organization consisting of home building professionals and related service providers. We promote the interests of the home building industry through membership involvement, legislative action, networking and education while striving to maintain the highest ethical standards. Volume 20, Number 5, Dimensions is published 12 times per year: monthly in Jan., Feb., March, April, May, June, July, Aug., Sept., Oct., Nov. and Dec. by the Master Builders Association of Pierce County, 1120 Pacific Ave, Suite 301, Tacoma, Washington 98402. Copyright 2012 by Master Builders Association of Pierce County. Opinions expressed are those of the authors or persons quoted and not necessarily those of the MBA. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission from the publisher.

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Spring 20120 NAHB Construction Forecast

Mixed Predictions for a Slow Recovery Tiffany Speir, Esq.


AHB’s Spring Construction The Long Road Back to Normal Forecast was initially presented on April 25. Mirroring the uneven economic recovery, the housing market is expected to move in a slow, gradual upward path in 2012, while encountering its share of speed bumps along the road. While the latest monthly housing data have shown signs of a slight softening, NAHB Chief Economist David Crowe said this is Relative Rank Q4 2013 to Normal more reflective of typical month-to-month < 45% Bottom 20% 45% - 49% volatility in the numbers and unusual seasonal 20% to 40% 40% to 60% 49% - 61% factors than they are an indication of any 60% to 80% 61% - 70% Top 20% 70% < significant downward trend in the broader This map shows how the states rank in the return to more normal levels of housing production. housing market. Pointing out that less volatile By the end of 2013, the top 20% will be above 70% of normal production. The bottom 20% will still be below 45% of normal production. quarterly data have continued to show modest improvement in key housing indicators such remain positive for housing at this time, including as builder sentiment, new-home sales and housing demographic factors (with pent-up household demand production, Crowe said the “housing outlook expected to ramp up and echo-boomers heading into continues to slowly brighten.” their prime household formation ages), historically Crowe noted that numerous other fundamentals favorable mortgage rates that are not expected to

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move higher than 5 percent by the end of next year, more than 100 local markets currently listed on the NAHB/First American Improving Markets Index, and the fact that house price-to-income ratio has now returned to its historical average of about three-toone versus the nearly five-to-one to which it had previously risen during the height of the housing boom. However, he cautioned that housing still continues to face formidable challenges of its own -- such as rising foreclosures, persistently tight lending standards for home buyers and builders and difficulties in obtaining accurate appraisals. Moreover, disappointing job growth numbers in March and uncertainty in the European economy are undermining prospects for a vigorous recovery. “No one is anticipating that an upward path for housing will run in a straight-line trajectory,” said Crowe. “The economy is in an uneven recovery and we can expect some corresponding ups-and-downs in the housing market in the months ahead. However, NAHB believes that on the whole, we can expect a slow and gradual recovery in housing starts, home sales and the overall housing market in 2012.” continued on page 5

continued from page 4 Starts and Sales on Upward Path New-home sales are expected to climb from a recordlow of 305,000 units in 2011 to 357,000 this year and 505,000 in 2013. Existing single-family sales are expected to follow suit and rise from 3.8 million last year to 4.4 million in 2012 and 5.4 million next year. Housing starts are also anticipated to move in the same upward trajectory, Crowe said, with singlefamily housing production increasing from 434,000 units last year to 503,000 this year and a more solid 660,000 in 2013. On the multifamily side, starts posted a healthy 55 percent increase in 2011 over 2010. “A lot of newly formed households have become renters, so we need more rental units,” Crowe said. “We don’t expect to see the same rate of increase moving forward, but we should continue to see a healthy recovery.” NAHB is anticipating that multifamily starts will rise from 177,000 units last year to 216,000 in 2012 and 235,000 in 2013. With many households choosing to stay in place and remodel their homes rather than move, residential


Trough and Current Level of Production Relative To “Normal” 1.10 1.00 0.90

Housing Starts / Average 2000-03 Starts

National Average bottomed out at 27% in early 2009 and reached 36% in 2012Q1

0.80 0.70




0.50 0.40


0.30 0.20 0.10 0.00


Source: US Census Bureau

remodeling is expected to rise 12 percent this year and another 7.9 percent in 2013. To view the full presentation and speaker handouts on-line, please go to and click on the link to the Spring 2012 Construction Forecast within the MBA’s blog. NAHB’s Fall Construction Forecast will be broadcast in October.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2012

alk a Mile in Her Shoes” is a fundraiser benefiting the Sexual Assault Center of Pierce County. Along with wearing heels, many men accessorize with boas, make up, and dresses. This fifth annual walk through downtown Tacoma is to help stop rape, sexual assault & gender violence in Pierce County. More than 20 members and staff participated in this year’s walk on May 4, 2012 raising more than $1,000. Donations are largely spent on educating minors on sexual abuse, rape, and information on date rape drugs. The Center says they help educate over 10,000 kids a year and is the only certified center in Pierce County. Thank you Chris Lockhart, AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet Corp, Josh Dunn and Lander Martinson, South Sound Magazine, Glenn Robb, Legends Roofing Co., Inc., Scott Lee Wilson, Team Me Up Scotty, Duke York and York Enterprises team, and Rick Hjelm and Phase II General Contractors team. To donate or participate log onto www

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THANK YOU! Shawn Hoey


ver the course of the last year, several jurisdictions have taken the lead and made positive steps to help encourage the residential building community rebound. The MBA appreciates any action by government that makes residential building more successful and predictable, especially as the housing market continues to struggle in the current economy. The following are a few key examples of what some jurisdictions have done to help within the past twelve months: Bonney Lake TIF reductions- The City Council recently voted to temporarily reduce the City’s traffic impact fees (TIFs.) The reduction would waive the first PM trip hour or 25% of the total fee, whichever is greater. Since a single family home generates slightly above one PM trip, the new reduced fee would be approximately $40 per new home. The original Traffic Impact Fee was $4,035. This reduction is scheduled to be in effect until August 1, 2014. Landscaping Ordinance that exempts Residential Construction- The Planning Commission has forwarded an ordinance to the City Council that would exempt single family, duplexes, and short plats from being required to provide a landscaping buffer between them and dissimilar uses. Edgewood Traffic Impact Fees- The City Council voted and passed a reduction in the City’s Traffic Impact Fees that reduces the fee by 75%. The previous residential fee was $4,615 and the new fee is $1,150. Increase in SEPA Threshold- The City Council voted to increase the SEPA threshold exemption for residential development from 4 units to 6 units. Increase in density- The City Council passed an ordinance that would allow up to 48 units per acre in certain zones. Gig Harbor Does not require fire sprinklers- The City Council decided to dismiss an ordinance that would require fire sprinklers in new buildings that are 5,000 square foot or greater. The Council decided that it


would not be wise to add any further requirements to residential construction during these economic times. Lakewood Not increasing fees- Lakewood city staff presented the City Council with the idea of raising the fees for short plat subdivisions as well as an 18% increase to the costs of building permits. However, a majority of the members of the council agreed that now is not the right time to be increasing fees. Puyallup Fee Deferment with no interest- The City Council passed an ordinance that allows for the deferral of water and sewer system development charges, as well as traffic and park impact fees. Fees would be deferred until occupancy, or two years from the date of the building permit issuance. This deferral option is available until December 31, 2012. University Place Traffic Impact Fees- After a review by an Ad-Hoc Committee, the City Council passed an ordinance that reduces the City’s traffic impact fees by 20% for residential construction. The ordinance also allows for fee deferral until occupancy. The new TIF in University Place is now $3,199. We would like to thank these jurisdictions, and all the others, who have made strides to help the residential construction recover. With your proactive actions homebuilders can continue to make residential construction a key productive industry throughout Pierce County. Pierce County About My Property- The County has made its website for Planning and Land Services mch more user-friendly. The new tools available under “About My Property” for everyone from permit runners to real estate agents to homeowners have reduced the need to drive to the Annex and made information much more accessible. Electronic Permit Tracking- PALS has also started providing electronic notifications on permit status - applicants can sign up from their offices. Thank you!

PIERCE COUNTY Lots Created SF Base / Custom Addition / Remodel Duplex / Man. / TownHouse BONNEY LAKE SF / Add-Remodel MF / Manufactured DUPONT SF / Add-Remodel MF / Manufactured FIFE SF / Add-Remodel MF / Manufactured GIG HARBOR SF / Add-Remodel MF / Manufactured LAKEWOOD SF / Add-Remodel MF / Manufactured TACOMA SF / Add-Remodel MF / Manufactured UNIVERSITY PLACE SF / Add-Remodel MF / Manufactured

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MAR. ‘11

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184 62 / 46 38 / 8 16 / 10 / 0

201 160 / 98 77 / 22 24 / 26 / 0

20 49 /19 33 / 4 6/1/0

20 188 / 75 87 / 12 10 / 35 / 0

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25 / 5 0/0

4/1 0/0

12 / 1 0/0

0/0 0 / NA

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4/2 0 / NA

9/3 0 / NA

2 / NA NA / NA

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3 / NA NA / NA

12 / 1 0 / NA

26 / 2 0 / NA


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18 / 71 0/0

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35 / 149 0/0

2/7 1 / N/A

8 / 16 1 / N/A

1/0/7 0 / NA

3 / 0 / 12 0 / NA


Your L&I premiums are increasing again. But for $99, MBA’s Group Retro Program (GRIP) can help lower your payments to L&I AND potentially help you earn refunds on e (what was here?)

Benefits of GRIP: • $99, 1-Time, Refundable Enrollment Fee • No Premium Minimum to Participate • FREE Claims Assistance • FREE Safety Program Assistance • FREE Education Programs • FREE Multilingual Services • Nurse Case Managers, Expert Witness & Legal Services and More Enrollment for 2012-2013 Plan Year starts NOW Enrollment Forms must be submitted by June 14

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he MBA of Pierce County hosted the 2012 Daffodil princesses at the MBA office prior to the Annual Daffodil parade. The girls performed a routine for more than 100 family members, friends, local officials and military participants. “We are so thankful to all the MBA did for us,” said Susan McGuire, the festival’s head of public relations.

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Detached: Mar. ‘12 Av. New Hm. Price = $256,200/ Median New Hm. Price = $243,825 Av. New Hm. Cost per Sq. Ft. = $105.14 (up 4% from 3/11) Attached (new & existing): Mar. ‘12 Av. Hm. Price = $152,413 / Median Hm. Price = $138,550 / New Av. Cost Per Sq. Ft. = $113.89 (down 31% from 3/11) Mar. ‘12 Average Lot Price = $33,703 / Median Lot Price = $33,624 / Av. Lot = 13.2% of Av. Home Price Med. Lot = 13.8% of Med. Home Price  Av. Foreclosed SF Home Price: $155,395 (46.1% of existing homes / 45% of all homes for sale) Source: RealEstats (360-693-6525)

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National Membership Month – Membership Drive


ay is National Membership Month, and do we have a deal for you! Thinking about a company that should be a member AND getting “Just 1” new member? Talk to your prospective members now and get them in this month while membership offers some great “signing” bonuses. All new Builder & Associate members between May 1 and May 31 receive: $50 off their first year’s membership dues, 2 FREE tickets to the famous MBA 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off, and a new member highlight on the MBA’s new website – a $130 value! Contact Kim at the MBA office to get information or to have a prospective member packet sent to your new member.


New Member Meet & Greet June 13 5:30 – 7:00 pm Vinotique Wine Shop (7304 Lakewood Dr W, #12, Lakewood, WA 98499)

The Membership & Spike Club Committee would like to invite new and potential members to attend a New Member Meet & Greet. Network with Membership Ambassadors, MBA Board of Directors, other MBA Members and fellow attendees, enjoy a bite to eat and a beverage and learn more about the many benefits of membership with the MBA. RSVP your attendance to this FREE introductory Meet & Greet by emailing your name(s) to or online at:

RSVP @ Join the DPC for a networking meeting as they go to Albert Lee Appliance in Tacoma for a Gourmet Kitchen & Cooking Show – bring your appetite! Ever wonder what a chef could do with a kitchen from their dreams, full of the latest, greatest appliances? Come find out and learn a bit more about the Design Professionals Council. Cost is free and all Design Council and MBA members are invited. Please RSVP no later than Monday, June 11.

June 26th

6 pm- 8pm Keller Supply Co.

3620 South Cedar- Tacoma

June 14, 2012

5:30 – 7:30 PM Albert Lee ApplianceTacoma

4124 Tacoma Mall Blvd

While at the Keller Supply Showcase, you can learn about the latest products available and find out about the most recent trends in home bath and kitchen products. The Keller Supply Showcase staff will be happy to provide you with informative product literature that you can use to help guide your customers in making the best decisions for their home.

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“CALL FOR DEVELOPERS” 2013 Showcase of Homes Here’s Your Chance to Showcase Your Development The SOH Committee is looking for a location that meets the following criteria: ƒ

Prices of finished homes in the range of $525,000 - $675,000 (Adjustment on price range possible)


Development with a minimum of 10 to 12 available home sites, preferably more


Lot size that will accommodate a 2,500 – 4,000 square foot home


Good market appeal: unique location, open space, water view, etc.


Good market location: centrally located, easy access preferred


Area set aside for the concession and ticket trailer


Parking area for approximately 500 cars – at least 3 acres

Your petition should include the following: ƒ

Cover letter with contact person’s name and brief description of proposed subdivision


Location, size of show lots, and price of home sites


Location, size, and price of additional lots set aside in the subdivision for show participants


Vicinity map


Confirmation of developer’s MBA membership or have an application in process for consideration of site selection

RESPONSE DEADLINE: Please respond by Monday, June 4 SUBMIT TO: Master Builders Association of Pierce County 1120 Pacific Ave, Suite 301 Tacoma, WA 98402 Fax: (253) 383-1047 Email:

Billie Jo Hyland, Hyland Cabinetworks, Inc.


n the past few months the Design Professionals Council has seen quite an increase in participation. The key to this increase has been some phenomenal meeting topics! Our February meeting at Crescent Lighting Supply, Inc. had more than 40 attendees learning all

The DPC is a great networking and educational opportunity – please feel free to join us at our next meeting or invite a guest so we can keep growing the DPC. about light bulbs and new lighting requirements. In April, Tessa Miller from the Business Examiner gave us free tech tips to improve our businesses. We are working hard to continue this trend. Not only will we have our popular summer picnic in July, Albert Lee Appliance Tacoma is sure to impress with the Gourmet Kitchen & Cooking Show on June 14th. Have an idea for a meeting or something you want to know more about? Please contact the Design Professionals Council Development Committee through Kim Taylor at With more people learning about the DPC, we have also seen our DPC membership grow! Three of our student members have moved to Graduate Memberships and one Graduate Member switched to a full MBA membership! The Design Professionals Council currently has 55 members including both student and graduate members. The DPC is a great networking and educational opportunity – please feel free to join us at our next meeting or invite a guest so we can keep growing the DPC. The DPC Development Committee is also working hard on a number of projects for the Design Professionals Council, including a DPC Designer Garage Sale this summer. Stay tuned for more details!


SHHHH! What happens in Vegas will stay in Vegas – But you have to get there first! Our 2012 Membership Drive is underway and members are earning their trips to Las Vegas for the 2013 International Builders Show! Kurt Wilson (SoundBuilt Northwest) has recruited 14 new members and won 2 trips! Kent Arola (Wind River Homes), Ernie Dittmann (ServiceMaster of Tacoma), and Cathi Mahan (Mahan & Company) have all recruited 4 new members towards their trips. Dave Graff, Ron Hendrickson, Rebecca Jones, Steve Shattuck and Sue Zimmerman have recruited 2 new members. Barb Berntsen, Josh Dunn, Lyle Fox, Lynne Hill, Rick Hjelm, Leslie Jensen, Gary Pedersen, Scott Lee Wilson, Tim Yokes, Duke York and Joe Zehnder have all recruited 1 (so far!) You can win a trip (or two) – recruit 7 new Builder/Associate members by November 30 and you will be planning your trip for 2 to Las Vegas in January 2013 for the IBS Show that includes airfare, hotel, IBS Show admission, private cocktail reception and the famous NAHB Spikes Only Party. Don’t keep this a secret – tell everyone & join in the trip!

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Key to Success? Participation!


Alside Supply Robert Harris 6701 S Glacier St Tukwila, WA 98188 (425) 291-9161 (F) (425) 291-9165 Building Materials/Lumber/ Products Spike: Rick Hjelm Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Property Solutions Bob Smith 10611 Canyon Rd E #126 Puyallup, WA 98373 (253) 651-7494 Tree Service; Excavation/Land Spike: Rebecca Jones C.C. Edwards Construction Inc. C.C. Edwards PO Box 1387 Sumner, WA 98390 (253) 627-1324 (F)(253) 627-1397 Land Developer Spike: Kurt Wilson Chateau Homes & Construction LLC Deanna Aldrich PO Box 2252 Sumner, WA 98390 (253) 435-9296 (F) (253) 435-9297 General Contractor Spike: Sue Zimmerman Elliott Family Homes Inc. Ed Elliott 11509 Steele St S Tacoma, WA 98444-1426 (253) 820-6192 (253) 539-1293 Builder, Custom; Builder, Single Family Spike: Dave Graff Fife Commercial Bank Mandy Skidds 5209 Pacific Hwy E Fife, WA 98372 (253) 922-5100 (F) (253) 922-3400 Bank/Credit Union; Mortgages/ Specialty Financing Spike: Kurt Wilson


Green Tech Excavation Inc. Chad Bickle 9812 Coral Dr SW Lakewood, WA 98498 (253) 223-1120 (F) (253) 212-3780 Excavation/Land Clearing/Site Prep Spike: Bill Tucker Hyland Cabinetworks Inc. Nancy Finneson PO Box 1763 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 (253) 973-8442 Cabinets; Interior Design Spike: Billie Jo Hyland McCoy Electric & Communications Kevin McCoy 415 N McNeely St Buckley, WA 98321 (253) 380-6176 (F) (360) 829-5273 Electrical Contractor Spike: Ron Hendrickson Miles Resources LLC Mike Bradley 400 Valley Avenue NE Puyallup, WA 98372 (253) 383-3585 (253) 572-8648 Asphalt Spike: Kurt Wilson Richmond American Homes of Washington Robert Trent 310 29th St NE, Ste 200 Puyallup, WA 98372 (253) 446-7277 (F) (253) 693-4750 Builder, Single Family Spike: Kurt Wilson Terry L Brink-Attorney At Law Terry Brink 1201 Pacific Ave, Ste 2100 Tacoma, WA 98402 (253) 620-6666 (F) (253) 620-6565 Attorney Spike: Steve Shattuck

Windermere Real Estate-West Campus John Tidwell 33310 1st Way South #200 Federal Way, WA 98003 (253) 838-7900 (253) 838-9909 Real Estate Spike: Ron Hendrickson Yard Works Inc. Paul Webking PO Box 45499 Tacoma, WA 98448 (253) 939-1539 (F) (253) 954-1724 Landscaping Contractor Spike: Kurt Wilson Zorko Electric Inc. Kent Vander Weide PO Box 100 Duvall WA 98019 (425) 788-7710 (F) (425) 788-7730 Electrical Contractor Spike: Ernie Dittmann WELCOME BACK Addison Construction Supply, Inc. Brad Armour 6201 So Adams Tacoma, WA 98409 (253) 474-0711 (F) (253) 475-7120 Supplier, General; Concrete Spike: Ernie Dittmann Alarmguard Security Systems Inc. Chris Hruza PO Box 98 Puyallup, WA 98371 (253) 759-7316 (F) (866) 497-3899 Security Systems; Low Voltage Wiring Spike: Sue Zimmerman Chicago Title Co. Denise Sokol 5605 112th St E #900 Puyallup, WA 98373 (253) 435-4572 (F) (253) 435-4589 Title Insurance/Escrow Services Spike: Cathi Mahan

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ith recruiting being challenging for all associations across the nation, the MBA’s 2012 first quarter numbers have been positive with 39 new members this year (and 24 of them in March alone!) Our retention rate has also remained strong at 73.6%, which is one of the highest of the builders associations in Washington state. I’m encouraged by these numbers and hope our recruiting effort will continue to grow stronger and stronger throughout the remainder of the year. Remember the “Just One” campaign. Strive to recruit just one new member and we’ll continue to be a strong and proud local in Washington and the nation. Thank you to all the members who have jumped on board the Just One campaign, with a very special thank you to Kurt Wilson who so far has already recruited 13 new members for 2012! May is national membership month, and we have some exciting things to coincide with the celebration. We are hosting an afternoon membership phone-a-thon May 17th from 2-5pm at MBA’s headquarters where we will be calling a list of prospective members to invite them to join our association. There will be plenty of snacks, beverages, and lots of good warm prospects to go around. Design Professionals Council has a networking event scheduled for May 10th (see DPC column), and REX Awards are May 15th (see Events calendar for details). Don’t miss out on our May recruiting prize! Recruiting has it’s rewards as this month’s prize is the use of a private luxury suite for 30 guests at Cheney Stadium for a Tacoma Rainiers baseball game Sunday, June 10. Recruit just one new member in May and you will be entered in the drawing for a chance to win a prize valued at $500! Finally, on April 5th the membership committee hosted its first Membership Meet and Greet happy hour at Vinotique Wine Shop in Lakewood. A group of 27 people made up of board members, committee members, new and prospective members attended this free after-hours event. It was an awesome opportunity to sip wine, eat wonderful appetizers, and get to know each other in a fun casual atmosphere. Our next Vinotique happy hour will be coming in June. Keep your eye open for the invite so you can plan on taking advantage of networking yourself and your business, introducing a prospective member, or just relaxing with friends at this popular FREE event! WELCOME BACK ESM Consulting Engineers LLC Fred Brown 181 S 333rd St, Bldg C, Ste 210 Federal Way, WA 98003 (253) 838-6113 (F) (253) 838-7104 Engineering/Surveying Spike: Kurt Wilson Guardian Security Group, Inc. Jim Rich 5424 S Tacoma Way Tacoma, WA 98409-4313 (253) 474-5855 (F) (253) 475-8227 Gates, Automated; Locksmith; Security Systems Spike: Kent Arola

Hodge Engineering, Inc. John Hodge 2615 Jahn Ave NW, Suite E-5 Gig Harbor, WA 98335 (253) 857-7055 (F) (253) 857-7599 Engineering/Surveying; Plan Review/Permitting; Design, Residential Spike: Cathi Mahan

Weir’s Appliance & Video Dave Blankenship 10909 Portland Ave. E Tacoma, WA 98445-5206 (253) 537-0231 (F) (253) 537-3185 Appliances Spike: Kent Arola

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt Aaron Laing 1420 5th Ave, Ste 3400 Seattle, WA 98101 (206) 407-1553 (F) (206) 292-0460 Attorney; Land Use Permitting Spike: Kurt Wilson

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May Recruiting Opportunities


General Membership Events May 15 Remodeling Excellence (REX) Awards Dinner Location:Fircrest Golf Club

June 8 MBA Golf Classic Location: Lipoma Firs (Puyallup) June 27–29 BIAW Summer Board of Directors Meeting Location: Pasco July 17 General Membership Twisted Tuesday Networking Location: Sterling Bank

August 21 General Membership Twisted Tuesday Networking Location: Associated Petroleum Products September 18 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off


Design Professionals Council 5:30 p.m. - 2nd Thursday

Remodelors™ Council 6 p.m. - 4th Tuesday

June 14 Gourmet Kitchen & Cooking Show at Albert Lee Appliance Tacoma Location: Tacoma Mall Location

June 26 Keller Supply Tacoma, WA

July 12 BBQ Picnic & Potluck Location TBA

July 24 Annual Crab Feed Chambers Bay Golf Course Gray Lumber (TORH Sponsor)

August 9 Education Meeting Location TBA

August 28 Contract Furnishings Mart (lifetime sponsor)- Fife

September 12 Networking Meeting Location TBA

September 25 Crescent Lighting (REX Sponsor)- Fife October 23 Milgard Windows (TORH Sponsor)- Fife

EPA Reports First Enforecement Action on Lead Paint Rule Duke York, CGR, CAPS York Enterprises


n April 5, 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its first known enforcement actions on remodelers following implementation of the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (LRRP) on April 22, 2010. In the first of three cases, a rental property owner agreed this March to pay $10,000 to resolve rule violations tied to what the agency says was improper use of power equipment to remove paint from the exterior surface of an 1850s apartment building in Rockland, Maine. The complaint further alleged that workers had not been trained under the rule and that the property owner had failed to apply for firm certification with the EPA. In the second case, a New Jersey window and siding company had to pay $1,500 this March due to failure to contain renovation dust, contain waste and train workers in lead-safe practices as part of a home renovation project in Edison, N.J. The third case involved a home repair company in Omaha, Neb., that was charged a $5,558 penalty for failing to provide owners or occupants of housing built prior to 1978 with an EPA-approved lead hazard information pamphlet and failing to obtain written acknowledgement from residents prior to the beginning of renovation activities at five homes. The EPA states that a

Please let NAHB know if you or a colleague has a work site that has been visited by the EPA in relation to the lead paint rule, as this information can help us keep others informed and develop further compliance resources. company’s or individual’s ability to pay a penalty is evaluated in all such cases, and that penalties are adjusted accordingly. As enforcement actions move forward around the country, utilize the updated sample checklist that NAHB has developed to help keep your business in compliance with the LRRP. NAHB has also compiled a significant amount of information and resources to aid our members in dealing with the lead paint rule at www.nahb. org/leadpaint. Please let NAHB know if you or a colleague has a work site that has been visited by the EPA in relation to the lead paint rule, as this information can help us keep others informed and develop further compliance resources. Going forward, NAHB will continue to work with EPA to try to address our members’ concerns with the rule and will also continue building support for recently introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate that would restore an important “opt out” provision and implement other measures to improve the rule. For more information, contact Nissa Hiatt 800-368-5242 x8451 and Matt Watkins x8327. I want to personally thank Weir’s Appliance for a great

RC meeting on May 1st. It was great to see their new showroom, if you missed it, stop by and say hello to Lonnie, Dave and the team. Don’t forget our REX award Gala and presentation on May 15th at the Fircrest Golf Club. If you can, we would love to see you there! Our next RC meeting will be June 26th at 5:30 pm at Keller Supply, 3620 South Cedar St. Tacoma, WA 98409.


6pm- various locations JUNE 26 Keller Supply 3620 S Cedar, Tacoma JULY 24 Annual Crab Feed Chambers Bay Golf Course 9850 64th St. W, University Place, Gray Lumber (TORH Sponsor) AUGUST 28 Contract Furnishings Mart 3600 E Industry Drive – Fife (lifetime sponsor) SEPTEMBER 25 Crescent Lighting Supply Inc.

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Reprinted from RENEWS

TOP 25 RECRUITING SPIKES * Per NAHB Active Spikes as of 3/31//2012. Spikes that have recruited in the past 12 months.


Members 25 to 29 Years

Carlson Builders, Inc. Contractor’s Roof Service, Inc. Lee’s Drywall Co., Inc. Seattle Lighting Fixture Company

Members 10 to 14 Years

Goldmark Homes, Inc. Gypsum Wallboard Supply, Inc. HiLine Homes Residential Wiring Specialists, a MADSEN division Story Acoustics Inc.

Members 5 to 9 Years

APCON City Glass Evergreen Concrete Cutting, Inc. Hewitt - Lockwood dba Hewitt Cabinets Hyland Cabinetworks, Inc. Hymer Electric LLC Master Millwork Inc Neu Construction, Inc. Pac West Engineering Puget Sound Energy-Gary Nomensen, Affiliate Signature Woodworks, LLC

Vaughn Bay Construction Wren & Willow, Inc.

Members 2 to 4 Years

Alliance Property Services DRK Development, Inc. Habitat for Humanity - Tacoma/Pierce Co-Karen Roice, Affiliate Helix Design Group, Inc. Kelley Excavating & Site Development-David Kelley, Affiliate MetLife Financial Planning DivisionDevin Loughlin, Affiliate MetLife-Ty Lee The Hub Water Concepts-Devin Rosen, Affiliate

Members First Year

Hendrickson Construction CompanyGary Hendrickson, Affiliate Totem Electric of Tacoma, Inc. Windermere Real Estate/Puyallup Inc.

*As of 3/31/12

Dave Graff Steve Garitone Pat Steffan Susie Nelson Rick Hjelm Steve Shattuck Cathi Mahan Gordon Neu Lyle Fox Sue Zimmerman Rebecca Jones Duke York Gary Patterson Matt Rock Dan Garber Kent Arola Joe Maxwell Kurt Wilson Jim Yurina Joe Zehnder Josh Dunn Lynne Hill Laureen Skrivan Tim Yokes Billie Jo Hyland

599.75 516.75 287.25 262.5 253.5 235.75 158.75 150 149.5 140.25 128.25 107.75 91.5 84.25 82.75 76.5 65 61.5 50 49.5 48.75 38.5 34.25 32.25 29.25

Dave Graff Steve Garitone David Litowitz Pat Steffan Carri Litowitz Susie Nelson Rick Hjelm Steve Shattuck Randy Kruse Robert Camp William Schuur Jr Bud Crest Dave Hendrickson Kirk Harr Cathi Mahan Michael R. Fast Gordon Neu Lyle Fox Sue Zimmerman Rebecca Jones Fred Brown Wayne Mangan Duke York Gary Patterson Gary Howe

599.75 516.75 325 287.25 276 262.5 253.5 235.75 232.5 206 191 173.5 171.5 167 158.75 155.5 150 149.5 140.25 128.25 119.5 114 107.75 91.5 89


* Per NAHB Spikes as of 3/31/2012

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