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

2019 Student-Built House

Update, Tools Request

MARCH 2019

Check the Calendar of Events

at iowacityhomes.com

for more information.

Legislative Committee


FEB. 26 7:30 - 8:30 A.M.

Emma Harvat Hall

City of Iowa City City Hall

Riverfront Crossings Form Based Code

For the second consecutive

year, nonprofit Reach

For Your Potential is

the client for the Student-Built

House Program. The project is

sponsored by The Greater Iowa

City Area HBA members and

its Vocational Training Council,

in partnership with Kirkwood

Community College. Through the

program, students build a home

supervised by professionals. It’s a

chance for young people to gain

college credit, OSHA certification

and experience in home-building

trades. Many tools and materials

are needed for the job. Below

is a list. If you can provide

something, contact the Iowa City

Area HBA office at (319) 351-5333

or karyl@hbaofic.org. You also

can contribute your Menards

rebate checks, or other monetary

donations, to aid the project. It’s

going to be another terrific home!

extension cords 2 - 50’ and 1 - 100’

two-sided step ladders 2 - 8’ and 2 - 10’

skill saw

½” hammer drill

angle drill

compressor splitter

air hoses for compressor - 5 - 50’

three sections of rolling scaffolding

two air nailers

power staple guns

section of aluminum plank

swing staplers

panel saw for siding

3 framing squares

4’ T-square

couple hand saws

back saw

set of chisels

nail sets

PPE’s for 10 people


-respirators for painting

-ear protection muffs

-OSHA approved harness

hand tool for each student


-cat’s paw

one large chalk line

3’ wrecking bar

nylon string for laying out building and

straightening walls

2018 Student-Built House

2019 Student-Built House Tool & Material Requests

orange, blue, and green spray paint for

marking lines

levels 2 torpedo levels, 1 - 2’, and 1 - 8’

two spades

two round shovels

scoop shovel

garden rake

leaf rake

3 push brooms

dust pan

two push pulls for pulling concrete

clamps a few c-clamps, and a few quick

grip clamps

2 pliers

two pair of side cutters Dikes

two pair of each right handed and lefthanded

tin snips

¼” and ½” rope 50’ lengths

assortment of nails and lengths

assortment of screws and lengths

screw tips for the different types of screws

3-in-1 oil for the air tools

rolls of plastic

rolls of resin paper

duct tape

masking tape




padlocks for doors

wheel lock for trailer

HBAI Board of Directors

and Legislative Day

FEB. 27 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Iowa State Capitol, Room 304

Board of Directors Meeting

FEB. 28 NOON - 1:00 P.M.

IC Area HBA Conference Room

March Membership Meeting

MARCH 14 6:00 - 8:00 P.M.

Kirkwood Regional Center – Room 118

2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville

CPR/First Aid Training

MARCH 27 9 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

PSC Distribution

2nd Floor Training Room

72 Commercial Drive, Iowa City

Board of Directors Meeting

MARCH 28 NOON - 1:00 P.M.

IC Area HBA Conference Room


M&R Construction

Lindsey Mills

PO Box 315

Lone Tree, IA 52755

(319) 430-1583



Sponsored by: Danny Brandt, LITE

Window & Door Co.


Urban Acres Real Estate

Mark Paterno

250 Holiday Road

Coralville, IA 52241

(319) 936-7447



2 ICAHBA Builders News | March 2019

Message from the President

Dear HBA Members,

By now everyone should be well recovered from the “Polar

Vortex” that hit us at the end of January. It is a timely

reminder that the weather is never truly predictable, and

in an industry that is so

incredibly susceptible

to even slight weather

changes, extreme weather

like we endured can be

a true challenge for even

the most experienced

contractors. A positive

to take away from these

events is the value

of membership and

teamwork. On several

occasions I either

personally witnessed or

heard firsthand about members helping each other out to

prepare as much as possible for the unprecedented cold.

They were lending equipment or manpower to assist others

out and generally being good neighbors to one another. For

that, everyone should be commended!

The start of our Spring market has now been kicked-off

by yet another successful Home Show. The variety of

vendors and diversity of attendees allowed everyone to

see new things from a multitude of different perspectives.

The opportunity to view upcoming trends and learn from

industry experts is always a fun time. It also gets us in

the mood to start thinking about better weather, which

is always welcome. Spring is also a good point during

the year to take some time to clean up clutter. Whether

its cleaning at home, cleaning up your shop and trailers

or getting ready for the always “fun” tax preparation,

a little de-cluttering and organizing goes a long way

toward keeping busy and destressing at the same time.

Some energy also can be channeled into smaller projects

before the market is in full swing and working on closing

deadlines and more will be everyone’s priority.

On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I would like to

wish everyone the very best of luck and as much prosperity

as you can handle during the coming year. While talk of a

potential slowdown is creeping into the national narrative,

at present our local economy is still humming along and we

continue to expand and grow. It is nice to live in an area that

appreciates and rewards hard work and quality. In business

and in life, we can’t control every situation, but we can

control how motivated we are and how much we care about

the job we are doing. As a valued member of our association,

you reflect the true success one can have by not just showing

up for work every day but showing up and caring about

your job. If we maintain that commitment, we will continue

to grow and be an example of a job well done!


Mike Bails

Urban Acres Real Estate

2019 Greater Iowa City Area HBA President



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

Join Us

March Membership Meeting

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Kirkwood Regional Center – Room 118

2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville

6-8 p.m. | Cost: $15 | Gold Card Applies

Mingle with fellow and potential Greater Iowa

City Area HBA members and hear updates

about area development from city and county

managers and administrators.

RSVP BY MARCH 11: Karyl@HBAofIC.org,

Michelle@HBAofIC.org or (319) 351-5333


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

Website: iowacityhomes.com

Gary Watts on CBJ

Economic Forecast Panel

Our members are experts. Watts Group CEO Gary Watts served as a panelist for the

Corridor Business Journal’s Economic Forecast Luncheon Jan. 16 at the Cedar Rapids

Doubletree Hotel. The event featured a keynote speaker followed by a moderator/

panelists segment. Among the discussion topics were predicting that a recession won’t

come this year, how the farm bill will affect Iowa farmers and tariff negotiations.

March 2019 | ICAHBA Builders News 3

Parade of Homes, Remodelers

Parade Coming in June

The annual Parade of Homes and Remodelers Parade, put on by The Greater

Iowa City Area HBA, are just around the corner. The Parade of Homes is a

highly recognized event hosting thousands of visitors who search for the latest in

innovative building and decorating trends in residential construction. Nineteen

homes are a part of the event. Our Remodelers Parade, presented by The Greater

Iowa City Area HBA Remodelers Council, helps area homeowners meet remodelers

and see their work. Six remodeled homes will be featured. See full dates and times

for both parades below. Watch future Builders News issues, iowacityhomes.com

and facebook.com/IowaCityAreaHBA/ for further details.


Watts Group CEO Gary Watts addressed the

real estate and construction areas at the Corridor

Business Journal (CBJ) Economic Forecast


Build My Future Event is April 2

There are 140 students from nine schools signed up so far for the first annual Build My

Future Construction Career Day & Industry Showcase being held 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. 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. There’s still time for your organization to be a part of

this inaugural event. Contact Karyl or Michelle at (319) 351-5333 to participate.



Speaks at


Housing Meeting

2019 Parade of Homes


Saturday, June 1: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 2: Noon - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 4: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 6: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 8: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 9: Noon - 5 p.m.


2019 Remodelers Parade


Saturday, June 1: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 2: Noon - 5 p.m.

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Call Hills Bank!


Gabe Martin, community outreach director with Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

(IVHFH), concludes his presentation to the monthly Johnson County Affordable Housing

Coalition meeting Jan. 25 at Johnson County Health and Human Services. Gabe discussed

IVHFH’s work, including initiatives to expand its reach in the community.

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Approximately 1,800 people attended the 2019 Home

Show, held Feb. 8-10 at the Coralville Marriott Hotel &

Conference Center, to find just what they needed for

their next home project. The latest in new construction,

remodeling, lawn and garden, interior design, spas,

home products and more were showcased through

nearly 80 exhibits and a multitude of professionals.

Thank you to Home Show Corporate Sponsors

Collins Community Credit Union and Lepic-Kroeger,

REALTORS ©, who also underwrote the scavenger

hunt through which two lucky winners received a

$500 voucher toward an HBA-member show vendor.

We also greatly appreciate the following sponsors:

CLB Planning and Design (lay out and exhibit hall

design); Iowa City Landscaping & Garden Center

(Kids Zone); Kitchens By Design (Kids Raffle); King’s

Material (lanyards and badges); and Window Depot of

Eastern Iowa (parking).

Lepic-Kroeger, REALTOR’s (LKR) Julie Dancer

(top) is interviewed by CBS Channel 2/Fox 28

News reporter Lukas Voss on opening day. LKR

held two screen-printing demonstrations at its

booth where Iowa-themed prints were made

and then given away.





booth. The


had a


for a play



The Home Show was fun for the whole

family. In the Kids Zone, sponsored

by Iowa City Landscaping & Garden

Center, children made pine-cone bird

feeders using Crisco and bird seed.

Kitchens By Design hosted the Kids

Raffle in their tailgate-themed booth

that included bean bag toss.

March 2019 | ICAHBA Builders News 5


Various members of The Greater Iowa City Area

HBA were on hand throughout the show at the

Ask the Experts booth to offer free advice and

answer questions about home improvement

projects or building a new house. Thank you to

the following volunteers:

Brad Storck - Bachmeier Carpet One; Jane

Hagedorn - Bea Day Plumbers; Art Floss - CBI

Bank & Trust; Barbara Messer - Kitchens By

Design; Dan and Katie Lammers - Lammers

Construction; Andy Martin - Martin Construction;

Kevin McCreedy - McCreedy-Ruth Construction;

Marc and Susan Olson - Olson Remodeling;

Phoebe Martin - Skogman Homes; and G.T.

Karr - Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling.

They say it’s

not a home

without a

pet. The Iowa

City Animal


and Adoption



Gertie the

dog, was

on hand

to share

adoption info

and more.

Since a

car is a




with most






of Iowa





Each year following opening night of The Home Show, a reception is held for our dedicated exhibitors to thank

them for being a part of the event and provide an opportunity for socializing and networking. Thank you to Collins

Community Credit Union and Lepic-Kroeger, REALTORS© for sponsoring The Home Show reception!

Iowa City Area

HBA 2019


Mike Bails of

Urban Acres

Real Estate


exhibitors to

the show.

Above: Former long-time Greater

Iowa City Area HBA Executive Officer

Joan Tiemeyer (left), her husband

Jon (right) and retired King’s Material

executive Mark Hall (center) were on

hand to celebrate another show.

Walter Sparks (left) with Lepic-

Kroeger, REALTORS© and Jim

Sweeney with Hills Bank and Trust

Company enjoy the reception.


to all attendees, exhibitors and sponsors!

6 ICAHBA Builders News | March 2019



The Value of Designations

March is National Designations Month!

National Association of Home Builders

(NAHB) designations can lead to more earned

income, credibility and prestige for members

and their companies.

NAHB Education offers courses and designation

programs to building-industry professionals

nationwide that enhance their business savvy,

broaden their areas of expertise and increase

their marketability. In today’s changing housing

market, what better way to get ahead or maintain

your edge on the competition than a professional

designation? Professional designees stay up to

speed on the latest developments in business,

building methods and technology while showing

clients they have the know-how and dedication

to earn a professional designation. Potential

clients can use designations to help identify and

select professionals with superior training, realworld

experience and in-depth knowledge of

their area of need.

Earning an NAHB designation is hard work

and the rigorous coursework is continually

being elevated. Still, many are signing up, such

as Dan Marine of Oak Tree Homes who has

earned CAPS, CGB, CGR, CGP and Master

CGP designations.

“Since I started my business in 2006, I’ve

relied on NAHB education and designations

to help me learn better ways to build and run

my business. In many instances, the course

information has helped reduce our liability by

improving our processes and finished product,”

explains Dan. “The business management

courses have also significantly improved our

profitability and designations have improved

our credibility in the market. All education costs

money but NAHB education helps you invest

before you learn instead of always needing to

learn from your mistakes.”

Dan adds the NAHB Builder or Remodeler 20

Clubs, comprised of builders and remodelers

from noncompeting markets who meet several

times a year to share wisdom and ways to

CAPS is one of 13 designations NAHB offers.

improve operations and increase bottom lines,

is another way for those with CAPS, CGA,

CGB, GMB, CGR and GMR designations to

earn continuing credit.

“I’m 100 percent confident we would not

have made it through the recession without

investing in a Remodeler 20 Club,” said Dan.

“I came into the home-building industry with

14 years of military experience, an MBA and

a master’s degree and thought I’d be in good

shape. What I didn’t realize is that I had no

real idea of how to apply my experience and

education to creating a robust and profitable

business. It’s worth the money.” Learn how to

get involved in these clubs at nahb.org.

During the past year, The Greater Iowa City

Area HBA has offered Certified Aging in

Place Specialist I, II and III classes as part

our and NAHB’s commitment to offering

industry professionals the best, most-extensive

continuing education program. Find more

information on specific designations at nahb.




Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

Joanne Abbas – Lammers Construction Services

Karyl Bohnsack – The Greater Iowa City Area HBA

Lorraine Bowans – Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors

Mark Buell – CBL Home Planning & Design

Jane Hagedorn – Bea Day Plumbers

Julie Hajek – Home Repair Team

Rob Hajek – Home Repair Team

Travis Hugunin – Oak Tree Homes

G.T. Karr – Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling

Dan Marine – Oak Tree Homes

Andy Martin – Martin Construction

Kevin McCreedy – McCreedy-Ruth Construction

Barbara Messer – Kitchens By Design

Susan Olson – Olson Remodeling

Marc Olson – Olson Remodeling

Tim Ruth – McCreedy-Ruth Construction

Steven Van Abbema – Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity

Wayne Winn – Home Town Restyling

Jennie Wunderlich – PSC Distribution/Studio H2O

Certified Graduate Builder

Dan Marine – Oak Tree Homes

Chad Keune – Advantage Custom Builders

Amy Pretorius – Elevation Home Builders

Certified Graduate Remodeler

Jane Hagedorn – Bea Day Plumbers

Rob Hajek – Home Repair Team

Dan Marine – Oak Tree Homes

Wayne Winn – Home Town Restyling

Certified Green Professional

Jason Baxter – Baxter Construction

Jane Hagedorn – Bea Day Plumbers

G.T. Karr – Sueppel’s Siding & Remodeling

Chad Keune – Advantage Custom Builders

Dan Marine – Oak Tree Homes

Andy Martin – Martin Construction

Chris Mottinger – Legacy GreenBuilders

Tim Ruth – McCreedy-Ruth Construction

Wayne Winn – Home Town Restyling

Master Certified Green Professional

Dan Marine – Oak Tree Homes

Certified New Home Sales Professional

Karyl Bohnsack – The Greater Iowa City Area HBA

Andy Martin – Martin Construction

Adam Pretorius – Blank & McCune Real Estate Co.

Housing Credit Certified Professional

Melissa Sisler – RSM US LLP

Our Own EO Speaks to ACE Class

Greater Iowa City Area HBA Executive Officer Karyl Bohnsack spoke Jan. 18 to high

school students studying architecture, construction and engineering (ACE) at the

Kirkwood Community College Washington County Regional Center. Class instructor and

HBA member Aaron McGlynn of Cabinet Works invited Karyl to talk about the various

professions available in the construction industry, ranging from plumbers and electricians

to bankers and attorneys. She addressed educational requirements for various positions and

the great salaries that can come from building-trades work. “Karyl really highlighted the

value of ACE professions and the tremendous opportunities available in the construction

field,” said Aaron. “She has great credibility and insight.” Karyl also explored her executive

officer role and responsibilities, and the career path that led her to the position.

Iowa City Area HBA

Executive Officer

Karyl Bohnsack

(background) spoke

to ACE students

about constructionfield


Karyl tossed the

kids candy if they

asked a question.

Share of Adults Planning to

Buy a Home Drops From 24

Percent to 13 Percent In a Year

March 2019 | ICAHBA Builders News 7

The Mansion Has Moved

During the final quarter of 2018, 13 percent of adults reported plans to purchase a

home within a year. A year earlier, during the final quarter of 2017, a significantly

larger portion – 24 percent – had the same plans. This sharp decline in the share of

prospective home buyers provides additional evidence that the erosion of housing

affordability has become a serious concern for the housing market. The deterioration

in affordability has been driven by several years of strong home price appreciation and

interest rate increases throughout much of 2018.

Additional findings from the latest Housing Trends Report show that in the fourth

quarter of 2018, 53 percent of prospective home buyers had never owned a home before.

In comparison, a year earlier, 60 percent of buyers were first-timers.

The intention to buy is inversely related to age: whereas 22 percent of Millennials have

plans to purchase a home in the next year, only 14 percent of Gen X’ers, 7 percent of

Boomers and 4 percent of Seniors share that goal. Most of the 22 percent of Millennials

planning a home purchase are first-time home buyers (77 percent). Among prospective

Gen X and Boomer buyers, 47 percent and 28 percent, respectively, would be buying a

home for the first time. Since only 4 percent of Seniors reported plans to buy a home,

not enough data are available to reliably estimate the share that would be first-timers.

In terms of the type of home these prospective home buyers are interested in, 42

percent would buy either a new or existing home, 40 percent are looking to buy an

existing home and 18 percent are looking only at newly-built units.

After 40 years of operating out of the

historic Close house on South Gilbert

Street in Iowa City, The Mansion has

moved. The new interior design and

furniture showroom is a more open,

streamlined layout, conducive to

client interactions.


501 12th Avenue, Suite 3

Coralville, IA 52241

(Corner of 5th Street and 12th Avenue

directly across from the Coralville Center

for Performing Arts.)

CPR/First Aid Training

March 27, 2019

PSC Distribution

2 nd Floor Training Room

72 Commercial Drive, Iowa City


Kate White, Owner and Trainer

National Safety Training Service, LLC

COST: $85.00 person TIME: 9:00a.m. - 12:30 pm

American Heart Association Certification good for two years

To Register: karyl@hbaofic.org or 319-351-5333

RSVP Required by March 20, 2019

Bloodborne Pathogens

While you may face significant health risks if you come in contact

with blood or other potentially infectious materials, our NSTS

trainers will teach you how to reduce those risks.

n Bone, joint & muscle injuries

n Rescuing & moving victims

n Bleeding & wound care

And much more

Our certified trainers will show you how to protect yourself and

what to do if an exposure occurs. This course specifically covers:

n An introduction to bloodborne pathogens

n Information on common pathogens found in the United States,

including the hepatitis and zika viruses and HIV Prevention

techniques for infection

The course, which is taught according to your company’s Exposure

Control Plan, also includes up-to-date information relating to the

OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.

Standard First Aid

This three-hour course will teach you how to respond in a first-aid

emergency. Whether it’s a simple sprain or a serious emergency, our

Standard First Aid course will teach you how to care for an injury or

illness until professional help arrives.

This course will cover topics such as:

n Shock

n Burns

n Poisoning

Our certified trainers will teach you the very latest first-aid

techniques, giving you the confidence and expertise to help

someone in an emergency.

Certifications can be for either two or three years to meet the

needs of your budget.


Nearly every two minutes, someone dies of cardiac arrest. In

just one to three hours, you can learn the basics of emergency

life support. An NSTS trainer will teach you how to recognize a

cardiac emergency, respond appropriately and sustain life.

CPR Training

Learn how to assess the scene of an emergency, perform onerescuer

and two-rescuer CPR and manage a choking victim.

Hands-on AED Training

Learn and use the key operating characteristics of Automated

External Defibrillators (AED), as well as proper precautions and

maintenance techniques.

8 ICAHBA Builders News | March 2019


929 Design Inc. has been in business for more than 13 years.

The bulk of owner Monica Boeckenstedt’s work is design

and sale of cabinets for new construction and remodels.

Monica had an office in Cedar Rapids but when the

building was purchased, she decided to begin working from

her Coralville home. According to Monica, now working

from home only made her feel “slightly” guilty about

updating her 5-year-old kitchen.

“Personalized space planning, flow and function are

paramount to me. Then comes making a space look

stunning,” said Monica. The main goals of the remodel

were to brighten the kitchen, add more storage and remove

barriers that blocked the flow. The original pantry in the

home, built by Klosterman Construction, had been turned

into an elevator by the previous owner, so a new walk-in

pantry was added. Cherry cabinets were replaced with

new white cabinets. The dark wood-paneled appliances

replaced with Sub Zero and Wolf stainless steel, including

a 60-inch range and refrigerated drawers. New, bright

Cambria quartz counters were installed, and a new favorite

is a motorized garbage. “We love to cook and entertain, so I

didn’t hold back,” said Monica.

Other HBA members who worked on the redesign, included

A Tech Freeman Systems, AVI Audio Video Integrators,

Randy’s Flooring, Kelly Heating and Air, Grout Electric, The

Appliance Barn and Vittetoe Plumbing and Heating.

The project will be part of the 2019 Greater Iowa City Area

HBA Remodelers Parade (see page 3). Stop by and check it out.



Iowa City

Area HBA


Council is

Nation’s Fastest


The Greater Iowa City

Area HBA Remodelers

Council showed the

greatest growth in the

large-size category

nationally during 2018!

The council went from

a high in 2017 of 73

members to an amazing

167 members as of

Nov. 30, 2018. It was

recognized at the National

Association of Home

Builders’ Remodelers

Board of Trustees meeting

at the International

Builders’ Show in Las

Vegas in late February.

Watch for an IBS recap in

the April Builders News.

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