Builders News Feb. 2019



Affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders & Home Builders Association of Iowa

Join Us at The Home Show

Attend The Home Show and support your Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association.

Details on page 3. Your Home Show Committee has been hard at work. It’s not too late to display a poster.

If you need one, contact or See you there!


Check the Calendar of Events


for more information.

Third Deadline for Parade

of Homes Applications

JAN. 31

The Home Show


Coralville Marriott Hotel

& Conference Center

Remodelers Council Meeting

FEB. 12 NOON – 1:00 P.M.

IC Area HBA Conference Room

Remodelers Parade and

Final Parade of Homes

Applications Deadline

FEB. 15

International Builders Show

FEB. 19-21

Las Vegas Convention Center

2019 Home Show Committee

Front Row – 2019 Home Show Co-Chairs Maggie Gehrls, PSC Distribution/Studio H2O and Katy Stutsman, McCreedy-Ruth Construction

Back Row – Jeff Dill, Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS; Karyl Bohnsack, The Greater Iowa City Area Home Builders Association (HBA); Devin

Madsen, Collins Community Credit Union; Rick Vogelzang, Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS; Michelle Moore, HBA; Taylor Yezek, Collins

Community Credit Union; Elaine Rayner, The Gazette; Heather Gierut, Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS; Barbara Messer, Kitchens By Design;

Mike Jensen, Lepic-Kroeger REALTORS; Ken Duncan, Ad-Market

Legislative Committee


FEB. 26 7:30 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.

IC Area HBA Conference Room

Board of Directors Meeting

FEB. 28 NOON – 1:00 P.M.

IC Area HBA Conference Room

New Members

New Affiliate Members:

Affinity Builders LLC

Polly Riggan

250 Holiday Road

Coralville, IA 52241

(319) 631-1432

Sponsored by Jane Axt –

Urban Acres Real Estate

Blank & McCune

Real Estate Co.

Bryant Nicholson

506 E College Street

Iowa City, IA 52245

(319) 853-3555

Exit Realty Hawkeye

Mindy Huls

615 Horseshoe Drive, Suite B

Grinnell, IA 50112

(641) 990-2888

Exit Realty Hawkeye

Paul Parmley

615 Horseshoe Drive, Suite B

Grinnell, IA 50112

(641) 990-6133

Exit Realty Hawkeye

Terry Stone

1900 James Street, Suite A

Coralville, IA 52241

(319) 350-0798

Lepic-Kroeger Realtors

Debbie St. Clair

2346 Mormon Trek Blvd.

Iowa City, IA 52246-4371

(319) 963-6776

Urban Acres Real Estate

Cathy Pugh

250 Holiday Road

Coralville, IA 52241

(319) 400-0489

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Message from the President

Dear HBA Members,

I want to wish everyone a belated “Happy New Year” as

we move into the second month of the 2019 calendar. I

very much look forward to the opportunity to help lead

this great association and

hope I can live up to and

display the same great

leadership skills as the

presidents who served

before me.

Each new year is a

time to reflect and

look ahead. The year

2018 was challenging

and could probably

be best summed up as

the year of “increase.”

Increased construction and development costs, increased

regulation, increased land values and increased

mortgage rates. While we all want and promote a strong

economy, the individual effects can cause harm in certain

sectors and new construction pricing was one area hit

hard throughout the year. While it’s nice when things

maintain a steady growth, when the total costs and

listing prices of new construction so far outpace existing

home pricing it makes new construction a much tougher

sell. The national story last year was that inventory was

tight or nonexistent in certain price ranges. Locally, we

have seen a rise in some held-over inventory to the new

year, which is never fun.

Tim Terry Named to

CBJ Influential Listing

Tim Terry, founder of accounting

firm Terry, Lockridge & Dunn (TLD),

was recently named to the Corridor

Business Journal’s Top 25 Most

Influential persons in the Iowa City/

Cedar Rapids area – coming in at the

No. 18 spot. It’s the third time Tim

has been named to the listing.

Tim is greatly involved in area.

He has a special place in his heart

for children, as demonstrated

by his commitment to the Little

Free Libraries and the Total Child

project in the Cedar Rapids Wellington Heights area, and

Iowa City’s Willowwind School. Tim also works with the

Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature project and, besides

the Iowa City HBA, holds memberships with the Corridor

Community Advisory Committee, the American Academy of

Poets, Iowa City Rotary Club and the Iowa City School District

Superintendent’s Circle.

When notified of the honor, he responded “I could not be active

in our communities without the extraordinary backing of our

partners at TLD and World Trend Financial. Their willingness to

support my efforts is the real thing that should be commended. I

am proud to be a part of organizations that remain committed to

supporting nonprofit organizations in Eastern Iowa.”

Congratulations, Tim!

As for 2019, early signs are positive for what the market

might bring. We hope this will be the year of “leveling

off.” It would be nice if every industry could get a modest

increase for their profit margin, but we don’t want to see

20, 30 and 40 percent cost increases in individual products.

Mortgage rates have not only stabilized but begun a slight

shift lower. Gone are the days of 3 percent rates, but low to

mid 4 percent rates do a lot more for housing affordability

than 5+ percent. With the expectation that there will not

have to be drastic price increases due to costs, the biggest

push from new construction will come from higher prices on

existing homes. Ordinarily there is a reasonable gap between

new and existing homes. Buyers who prefer new pay a little

more. Buyers who prefer existing might get a little more

room. In 2018 the price disparity was far greater than normal

which led to a surge in existing homes sales. As that price

difference “levels” off in 2019, we should see more favorable

competition on the new construction side of the world.

As we get going into the new year I want to say, “Thank

You” for allowing me the opportunity to be part of The

Greater Iowa City Area HBA. I have enjoyed my time on

the Board of Directors and, as president, look forward to

meeting as many members I don’t know as possible. I also

want to say a special “Thank You” to Adam Hahn for his

tremendous leadership during 2018. I look forward to a

prosperous 2019 for all!


Mike Bails

Urban Acres Real Estate

2019 Greater Iowa City Area HBA President

Students Learn About Construction

Field During Career Caravan

The Greater Iowa City Area HBA talked to prospective workers Dec.

19 at the annual Career Caravan put on by Kirkwood Community

College’s Workplace Learning Connection arm. The event, designed to

introduce high school

students to different

professions, was held

at The Kirkwood

Regional Center at the

University of Iowa in

Coralville. Freshman

and sophomore

students from all four

Iowa City district high

schools (City, Liberty,

West and Tate) picked

three different careers

to explore and then

listened to speakers

in those fields discuss their personal occupational paths, educational

background, skills used daily and how coursework relates to what they

do in their jobs. Iowa City Area HBA Executive Officer Karyl Bohnsack

and 2018 President Adam Hahn of Watts Group talked to individuals

as they cycled through the Careers in Construction room throughout

the day. Information shared to get kids thinking about working in the

skilled trades included national and Iowa wages for various homebuilding

jobs; different entry points into the field and subsequent roles/

hierarchies; responsibilities of various positions; what they can do now

to prepare; and HBA student chapters.

“Many students were excited about what they heard,” said Karyl.

“They took the information straight home to their parents and want to

learn more.”



Mike Bails

Urban Acres Real Estate


Adam Hahn

Watts Group


Glenn Siders

Siders Development


GT Karr

Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling


Kelly Manning

Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor


Marty Tunning



Mike Pugh - Pugh Hagan Prahm, PLC

Art Floss - CBI Bank & Trust

Chad Keune - Advantage Custom Builders

Rory Triplett - Insurance Associates Iowa City

Todd Helle - Terry Lockridge & Dunn

Andy Martin - Martin Construction


Aaron McGlynn - Cabinet Works


Tim Ruth - McCreedy-Ruth Construction


Melissa Schooley - Great Western Bank


Kevin McCreedy - McCreedy-Ruth Construction



Mitchell Manning - Sobaski Abbey

Carpet & Floor


Katy Stutsman - McCreedy-Ruth Construction

Maggie Gehrls - PSC Distribution/Studio H2O

The Greater Iowa City Area

Home Builders Association


Karyl Bohnsack



Michelle Moore

PO Box 3396, Iowa City, IA 52244

Phone: 319.351.5333 • Fax: 319.358.2443


2018 HBA-Member Locals Love Us Winners

Our members are loved! A whopping 74 Greater Iowa City Area HBA members

were 2018 Locals Love Us winners for the Iowa City market. Locals Love Us is a

website on which consumers sign up and vote all year for their favorites in more

than 200 categories, including businesses, events, health-care facilities and more.

Only votes from locals count. A maximum of five nominees in each category, who

also are among the top 20 percent of total nominees, are awarded the designation

of a Locals Love Us winner. We salute these preferred companies and individuals!

February 2019 | ICAHBA Builders News 3


2018 Locals Love Us Winners That are HBA Members


Advanced Electrical Service Inc

Aero Rental & Party Shoppe

Andino Construction LLC

Bachmeier Carpet One

Basement MD A division of

Stumpf Construction

Bea Day Plumbers

Bergo Insulation & Landscaping

Billion Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac

Blue Lagoon Pool & Spa

Bower Drywall Inc

Boyd Crosby Construction

Brandt Heating & Air Conditioning

Budget Blinds

Bud Maas Concrete Inc

Bunting Construction Inc

Cabinet Style

Coldwell Banker Real Estate


Country Landscapes Inc

Dan’s Overhead Doors & More

Dan Wegman - AW Welt Ambrisco

Insurance, Inc

Davis Heating & Air Conditioning Co

Deery Brothers Ford Lincoln

Dudley Brothers Co

Dwell Home Furnishings

& Interior Design

Elite Home Audio

Foster Appliance

Hochstedler Building & Development

Hills Bank and Trust Company

Home Repair Team Inc

Homewood Electric

ImOn Communications

Iowa City Landscaping

& Garden Center

Jill Armstrong - The Jill Armstrong Team

Skogman Realty

KBD Kitchens By Design

Kelly Heating & Air Conditioning Inc

Klosterman Construction Corp

Knebel Windows Inc

Lepic-Kroeger, REALTORS

Lite Window & Door

Lowe’s Home Improvement

Lynn Weinstein - Blank & McCune

Mark Law - UICCU

Wealth Management

Martin Construction

McCreedy-Ruth Construction LLC

McGrath Hawkeye Harley Davidson


MidWestOne Bank

Mike Jensen - Lepic-Kroeger, REALTORS

Mulford Plumbing & Heating Inc

PIP Marketing Signs & Print

PSC Distribution

Randy’s Flooring



Shay Electric Inc

SK Cabinetry & Design

Slager Appliances

Southgate Property Management

Steves Roofing

Streb Construction Co

Studio H2O

Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling

Terry Lockridge & Dunn Inc

The Mansion

Todd M Nash - Edward Jones

Tomlinson Cannon

Toyota Of Iowa City

Tracy Adams/Brittany Kramme Team,

Coldwell Banker

Real Estate Professionals

University Of Iowa Community

Credit Union

Urban Acres Real Estate

Watts Group

Weldon Drywall Inc

Whitney Russell - Urban Acres

Real Estate

William Easton Design



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Home Show Exhibitor Party

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Immediately following The Home Show

Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will

be served at no cost to exhibitors.


RSVP to by Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

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Members Rocked and Raised Scholarship Money at Holiday Party

It was a festive atmosphere at the Dec. 6 Greater Iowa City

Area HBA Holiday Party, held in partnership with the

Iowa City Area Association of Realtors, at The University

Club in Iowa City. Approximately 200 people attended to

mingle with colleagues, nosh on appetizers, listen to a little

classic rock and bid on silent auction items. Our Women’s

Council organized the auction, which featured more than

55 items from generous donors, in addition to the famous

wine and whiskey trees. Wine-cork ornaments adorned

the small trees and party goers bought them as chances for

winning a bottle. The auction and trees combined to raise

more than $5,200 for Women’s Council scholarships given

to students entering the trades. Thank you to everyone

who contributed, and a huge thank you to our sponsors!

Iowa City HBA Women’s Council volunteers, such as

Margaret Sanders and Lorraine Bowans of Ruhl&Ruhl

Realtors, staffed the wine and whiskey tree tables to sell

chances for winning a bottle.

So many wonderful auction items were on display, and

the bidding was competitive.

Roy Wier (left) of Vigilant Home Inspections and Nicole

Lepic from Keller Williams wore their holiday spirit.

IC HBA President Mike Bails (left) of Urban Acres Real

Estate attended his first HBA event since being elected

to lead the association. He’s shown with wife Angie

Bails (right) and Joe Hughes of SouthGate Companies.

Emily Welsh (left) of Keller Williams and Monica Hayes from Skogman

Realty celebrate the season.

Thank you to our Silent Auction,

Wine and Whiskey Tree Donors!

Thank You Holiday Party Sponsors


Jill Armstrong (left) and Denise Miller of Skogman

Realty jammed with the band.


Alexander Lumber

CBI Bank & Trust

Hawkeye Title Services, L.C.

Insurance Associates

REP Radon and Electric



MidWestOne Bank


PIP Printing


AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance Inc


Carpet One Floor & Home

Ferguson Bath,

Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

Greiner Buildings, Inc

Kitchens By Design

Knebel Windows, Inc

LattaHarris, LLP

Martin Construction

Pugh Hagan Prahm PLC

Residential Mortgage Network

Sobaski Abbey Carpet & Floor

McCreedy-Ruth, UICCU

Recognized for Leadership

McCreedy-Ruth Construction and the University of Iowa Community Credit Union

(UICCU) were honored for leadership excellence Dec. 6 at the 2018 Corridor Business

Journal (CBJ) Workforce Awards at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center in Cedar Rapids.

The CBJ and Kirkwood Community College partner to recognize local companies

ahead of the curve in creating and maintaining their workforce talent edge. We are

proud of these member organizations.

McCreedy-Ruth Construction earned Best Internship Program (Small Company.)

With a goal of giving students fresh out of school the same opportunities they had,

partners Kevin McCreedy and Tim Ruth created an internship program last summer

that employed five students — 30 percent of the company’s workforce. During the

past two years, McCreedy-Ruth has hired 17 employees, nine of whom were students

or interns. The internships provide the opportunity to work in the field as a laborer or

in the office as a draftsperson. Each student is paired with an experienced carpenter

to gain hands-on experience and education. McCreedy-Ruth, in conjunction with The

Greater Iowa City Area HBA and Kirkwood Community College, also resurrected the

Student-Built House Program offered through area high schools and Kirkwood.

“Even though we are a small construction company we can have an impact on the

lives of younger adults who want to be in the building industry. Having been an

intern myself, it meant a lot to have someone willing to hire me and help me learn”

said Kevin. “We have hired interns for many years and they have become long-term

employees. We need the younger generation to take over good-paying jobs as our

workforce ages and retires.”

UICCU was recognized for Best Training for Existing Employment Needs. The

organization has a strategic objective of attracting, engaging and retaining only the

best talent and makes lifelong learning part of its culture. Twelve full-time staffers are

dedicated to learning and development and six full-time employees spend significant

time on those areas. More than 31,200 hours and $865,000 in salaries are spent annually

focused solely on lifelong learning. Additionally, UICCU teams invest more than 71,500

hours each year on learning and development opportunities at the financial center and

branches. The cooperative pays more than $100,000 to make the classes available.

HBA Holds CAPS III Class

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Twelve Greater Iowa City Area HBA members took a Certified Aging-in-Place

Specialists (CAPS) III class all day Dec. 13, culminating in sitting for a certification

exam. Everyone passed with flying colors. The Iowa City Area HBA was host for

the course, held at the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors Education Center in

Coralville. The class builds on CAPS I and II courses and provided attendees with

marketing techniques, design solutions and other expertise specific to the aging-inplace

market – the fastest-growing segment of the remodeling industry.

“Having access to continuing education classes, such as CAPS, helps me keep up

with the ever-changing higher standards of our industry that would otherwise be

overlooked,” noted Mark Buell of CLB Home Planning & Design. “It’s one of the

benefits for me and my business of being an HBA member.”

Test time for (clockwise,

beginning top center) Steve

Van Abbema, Iowa Valley

Habitat for Humanity;

Joanne Abbas, Lammers

Construction Services; Kevin

McCreedy, McCreedy-Ruth

Construction; and Andy

Martin, Martin Construction.

Working on redesigning a

home layout for improved

accessibility are (clockwise,

beginning top center) Jenny

Wunderlich, PSC Distribution/

Studio H2O; Andy Martin,

Martin Construction; Mark

Buell, CLB Home Planning &

Design; and Kevin McCreedy,

McCreedy-Ruth Construction.

“We are grateful to be recognized by the CBJ for our training of existing employment

needs,” said Sue Freeman, UICCU senior vice president/human resources. “Our focus

around learning and development as a lifelong art has allowed us to better serve our

membership and continues to enhance the overall culture for employees.”


Construction’s (from right)

James Robinson, Tim

Ruth and Kevin McCreedy

receive their 2018 CBJ

Workforce Award for Best

Internship Program (Small

Company). James was a

Kirkwood student hired

as a draftsman before the

end of school.

Sue Freeman (left),

UICCU senior vice


resources, accepts the

cooperative’s accolade

for Best Training for

Existing Employment

Needs at the 2018 CBJ

Workforce Awards.

UICCU also was

chosen to participate

in a Q&A panel

discussion after the

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Terry Lockridge & Dunn,

Watts Group Celebrate 40 Years

Accounting/business consulting firm Terry Lockridge & Dunn (TLD) and

construction/realty/leasing/development company Watts Group have each marked

40 years in business. TLD is celebrating the milestone by asking employees to

volunteer within the communities that have supported it for so many years. The

organization has a long commitment to giving back by serving on nonprofit boards,

lending professional expertise and more. Watts Group started out in real estate

then expanded to development and construction. The company has left its mark on

corridor communities with 23 subdivision and more than 2,500 homes and condos. It’s

especially proud of its role in helping Johnson County to thrive, particularly the Iowa

River Landing project. We applaud the commitment and longevity of these two Iowa

City area pillars!

Amy Pretorius Named to

Board of Adjustments

Amy Pretorius of Elevation Home Builders has been named

to the Iowa City Board of Adjustments by the city council.

Her term began Jan. 1 and ends Dec. 31, 2023. The board is

a citizen panel that reviews special exceptions and variance

requests and considers appeals when there is a disagreement

about a city administrative decision made. It works closely

with the City Attorney’s office and planning staff.

“My goal is to do my best to make the right decisions for

the community as a whole,” explained Amy. “I’m hoping

my professional history regarding building, remodeling,

land development and real estate will help me make fair

decisions while still being forward-thinking.”

Amy co-founded Elevation Home Builders in 2017 and formerly was with the Peninsula

Development Company that developed and built most of Iowa City’s unique Peninsula

Neighborhood. She is a University of Iowa nursing-school graduate and has worked in

the construction industry for more than 10 years. Congratulations, Amy!

Build My Future Event is April 2

Terry Lockridge & Dunn employees celebrate 40 years with bowling and cake.

Team Watts Group.

The first annual Build My Future Construction Career Day & Industry Showcase

is April 2 at Jones Hall (6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW) on the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood

Community College campus. The event is sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust

Company, The Greater Iowa City Area HBA’s Vocational Training Council, The

Cedar Rapids HBA and Kirkwood Community College with a grant from the

National Association of Home Builders Association. Hosted by the ACE Sector

Board, the event gives 7th- and 8th-grade students an opportunity to spend a day

in the construction industry through an interactive showcase. Hands-on learning

labs include construction industry practices, such as carpentry, electrical, heavy

equipment, masonry,

welding and more.

There also will be

educational displays

and equipment

operations. Contact

Karyl or Michelle

at (319) 351-5333 if

your organization

wants to be a part

of Build My Future.

Watch Builders News,


IowaCityAreaHBA for

further details.





The Greater Iowa City Area HBA is proud to announce that the new

Construction Technologist Apprenticeship launched last month at

Kirkwood Community College. The program is the result of more than

three years work between the Iowa City Area HBA and Kirkwood. Six

students are enrolled in the three-year program, at the end of which they

will have 6,000 hours of on-the-job learning and more than 432 hours

of in-classroom training. HBA-member employers participating are

Greiner Buildings, McCreedy-Ruth Construction and Streb Construction.

The apprenticeship is registered with the Department of Labor. All

involved are excited the first round is underway!

2018 Iowa City Building

Codes Changes Presented

to Board of Appeals

The City of Iowa City presented

proposed 2018 Building Code changes

to the Iowa City Board of Appeals Dec.

20. Our Legislative Committee met Dec

18 with two City of Iowa City staffers:

Danielle Sitzman, the new coordinator

of Development Services, and Tim

Hennes, senior building inspector, to

get a preview. Most amendments to

the building codes are for clarification

of a code requirement, to reflect local

practices that have evolved from

previous building codes and their

amendments and to remain consistent

with the Fire Code as amended. Below

are notable changes and proposed new


Building Codes

Table R301.2(1): Modification to include

Manual J criteria on design tables.

Comment: Additional information is

included on the table to aid the HVAC

contractors in designing and sizing the

mechanical equipment based on climatic

and geographic design criteria based on

local conditions.

Section R302.5.1: Delete the requirement

that requires house to garage doors to

have self-closing devices.

Comment: The amendment to delete

the requirement maintains current

requirements. The amendment does not

prohibit someone from installing such


Section R302.13: Delete the requirement

to protect the underside of floor/ceiling

assemblies in unfinished basements.

Comment: This amendment eliminates

the requirement to drywall the ceiling

or sprinkle an unfinished basement

ceiling. The amendment to delete

the requirement maintains current

requirements. The amendment does not

prohibit someone from installing such


Section R312.2 (IRC) & 1015.8 (IBC):

Delete the requirement to install guards

on operable windows that are located

less than 24 inches above the floor and

more than 72 inches above the finish

surface on the exterior of the building.

Comment: The amendment eliminates

the requirement to install guards on all

operable windows that meet specified

location criteria. The requirement is not

consistent with other guard location

criteria requirements and could conflict

with emergency and escape window

opening requirements. The amendment

to delete the requirement maintains

current requirements. This amendment

does not prohibit the installation of fall

protection devices on windows.

Section R313: Delete the requirement

to install a fire sprinkling system in

one- and two-family dwelling and


Comment: This amendment eliminates

the requirement for structures regulated

by the IRC have an automatic fire

suppression system installed. The

amendment to delete the requirement

maintains current requirements.

The amendment does not prohibit

the installation of an automatic fire

suppression system.

Section R314: Delete the requirement to

interconnect smoke alarms when a home

is being altered, repaired or an addition

is added.

Comment: This amendment eliminates

the requirement for smoke alarms to

be interconnected when a home is

being altered, repaired or an addition

is added. Previous codes have not

required this extensive of an update

and eliminating the requirement does

not forgive the requirement to install

battery operated smoke alarms when

alterations, repairs or additions. The

amendment to delete the requirement

maintains current requirements. The

amendment does not prohibit someone

from installing such protection.

Section R320.2: Maintain eight

provisions to implement universal

design features that provide accessibility,

usability and visit-ability for all.

Comment: The amendment applies

only to new dwelling units and is not

required for existing structures for

repairs, alterations, change of occupancy

or additions unless the square footage of

the addition is more than 25 percent of

the existing structure, then, the addition

must comply. The minimum usability

requirements are as follows:

1. Step-less Entrance: At least one

entrance must be designed to

provide a step-less entry.

2. Interior Doors: At least one

bedroom and one bathroom,

if either are provided, and all

other passage doorway header

widths, on the level served by

the designed step-less entrance,

must be framed to accommodate

a minimum 38 inches clear rough

opening. The framing for the

doorway width opening may be

reduced to accommodate any

door size.

3. Sanitation Facilities: There must be

at least one bathroom containing

a water closet toilet and lavatory

(sink) on the level of the dwelling

to be accessed by the designed

step-less entrance. The room shall

have a minimum thirty inches by

forty-eight inches clear floor space

at the water closet and lavatory.

4. Wall Reinforcement: A bathroom

must be provided with wood

blocking installed within wall

framing to support grab bars as


5. Decks: All exterior decks and

patios surfaces adjacent to the

level served by the designed stepless

entrance must be built within

four inches of the dwelling units

finish floor level.

6. Switch and Outlet Requirements: All

wall switches, controlling light

devices and all receptacles shall

be located in an area between 15

and 48 inches above the finished


7. Electrical Panel Requirements:

Electrical panels on the level of

the dwelling step-less entrance

shall be located so that the

individual circuit breakers are

located between 15 inches and 54

inches above the floor.

8. Garages: Must be wired for poweroperated

overhead doors.

Section R326: Delete Section R326

Swimming Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs.

Comment: This section was moved to the

body of the code from the appendix in the

previous code cycle. Deleting it results in

no change of enforcement for pools, spas

and hot tubs. They are still regulated by

the electrical and zoning code.

Section G2415.3: Eliminates the

requirement prohibiting gas piping not

extend through any townhouse unit

other than the unit served by such gas


Comment: Amendment is consistent

with the mechanical and fuel gas code

with regard to gas piping being installed

through dwelling units. Zero lot-line

units will still be required to have

separate services but single structures

that contain multiple units will be

allowed to have the gas piping extend

through other units. This is consistent

with how gas pipe is installed now and

in the past.

Appendix J (IRC): Existing Buildings

and Structures: (1 & 2 family residential)

Comment: The purpose of these

provisions is to encourage the continued

use or reuse of legally existing buildings

and structures. These provisions are

intended to permit work in existing

buildings that is consistent with the

purpose of this code.

Existing Building Code

(Multifamily and Commercial)

Section 102.6 in the International

Building Code directs us to the

International Existing Building Code

(IEBC) for existing structures.

Comment: The IEBC allows and

encourages the use and reuse of existing

buildings while requiring reasonable

upgrades and improvements for

alterations, repairs, additions, occupancy

change, historic and relocated buildings.

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Energy Code

Adopted by reference the State

Energy Code.

Comment: The State of Iowa adopted the

2012 Intemational Energy Conservation

Code (IECC). Referencing the state

energy code provides consistency

for designers and builders. Tentative

schedule for the state to adopt the 2018

IECC is mid-2019.

Accessibility Code

Adopted by reference the State

Accessibility Code.

Comment: The State of Iowa

Accessibility Code is based on the

2010 ADA Standards for Accessible

Design and requirements of the federal

Fair Housing Act. Adopting the state

accessibility codes by reference provides

consistency for designers and builders.

Plumbing Code

Adopt by reference the State Plumbing


Comment: Iowa Code Section 105.4

requires local jurisdictions to adopt the

State Plumbing Code. The Iowa State

Health Department, as administered by

the Plumbing and Mechanical Systems

Board, by law adopts the current edition

of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC)

within six months of publication with a

few amendments. Tentative schedule for

the state to adopt the 2018 UPC is first

quarter of 2019.

Section 422.2.1 of the UPC: Amend to

require single-use restroom signage.

Comment: This amendment will require

single-user restroom to have signage

indicating usage by either sex.

Mechanical Code

Adopt by reference the State

Mechanical Code.

Comment: Iowa Code Section 105.4

requires local jurisdictions to adopt

the State Mechanical Code. The Iowa

State Department of Public Health,

as administered by the Plumbing and

Mechanical Systems Board, adopts the

current edition of the International

Mechanical Code within six months of

publication with a few amendments.

Tentative schedule for the state to adopt

the 2018 UPC is first quarter of 2019.

8 ICAHBA Builders News | February 2019


he goal of any remodeling project is to combine


form with function while creating something

the homeowner loves. Studio H2O is excited to

feature this kitchen remodel and celebrate the new

look with the homeowners. This project originally began

with a plan to update the kitchen with new countertops,

flooring and appliances, while keeping existing cabinetry.

The original cabinets were built on site (in 1967) and they

would’ve needed to be removed and reinstalled to fit with

the new flooring.



After discussing the many options available with Sherri

Eagle, Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer, from Studio

H2O, the homeowners elected to update the kitchen with

Yorktowne cabinetry and opened many more possibilities

for the room. Removing the old cabinetry, along with an

existing half-wall, cleared the way to expand the kitchen

an additional eight feet toward the living and family

rooms. From there, a new countertop peninsula was added

providing an informal seating/eating area for four diners.

Expanding the kitchen and opening the layout of the living

and family rooms allows the homeowners to entertain

family and guests in a much more open space. Because the

space is going to be used for more than entertaining, Studio

H2O added pull-out pantries, roll-out shelving, storage

for spices, tray dividers and other accessories to increase

storage capacity. A light-colored Corian Quartz countertop

was chosen to contrast the darker Gingersnap stained

maple cabinets. The homeowners are very pleased with

the outcome of the project and the overall look, design and

functionality of their new kitchen. Remodeling projects can

be daunting, but the consultants at Studio H2O are here to

help you make your home one of a kind!

Katie Lammers Women Build Home Dedicated

The Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity (IVHH)

Katie Lammers Women Build home, 924 N.

Governor Street in Iowa City, was dedicated

Dec. 2, culminating with keys to the home being

given to new owners Dieudonne and Martine.

Women Build is a program created by Habitat

for Humanity to encourage and empower

women to volunteer on construction of Habitat

homes, but locally the program has been used

to highlight the exceptional service being done

by women in our community. Our own Katie

Lammers of Lammers Construction Services

was honored with the 2018 Women Build due

to her dedication to the building industry –

including cultivating a supportive environment

for women in the field. Katie and a team of

more than 20 women on the Women Build

Committee came together early this year with

a goal to raise $50,000 to support the home’s

construction. With the help of thousands of

supporters, they exceeded that goal by raising

$57,027. Additionally, the committee secured

gift-in-kind contributions and discounts of

construction labor and materials valued at

$20,255. Katie and Lammers Construction

Services also donated nearly $10,000 of labor to

help build the home. Jane Hagedorn and Bea

Day Plumbers were an integral part of building

the home, as they have for countless previous

IVHH projects. Women – and men – put in

many, many volunteer hours during multiple

build days since ground broke June 24.

Deiudonne, Martine and their children

Antoine, Theresa and Charlaine came to Iowa

after leaving Kinshasa, the capital city of the

Democratic Republic of the Congo due to job

instability from decades of conflict and war.

Dieudonne expressed satisfaction that he is

learning about home maintenance through

classes at Kirkwood Community College each

month. Now he will have the opportunity,

along with the skills and knowledge, to provide

a home without everyday misery for his family.

The children are also excited. Eight-year old

Antoine commented, “We say thanks to the

Habitat for Humanity for building us this

house. I get to have my own room and no one

can bother me.”

Thank you to every volunteer, donor and

supporter who lent a hand so this family could

become homeowners.

Katie Lammers

of Lammers


Services speaks

to a packed

room about

the honor of

being involved

with the 2018

Women Build


Greater Iowa

City Area HBA

Executive Officer

Karyl Bohnsack

(left) with Katie

Lammers of



Services celebrate

the Iowa Valley

Habitat for

Humanity Katie

Lammers Women

Build dedication.

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