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2014 Engineered Documents Now Available Online
Friday, January 24 2014

A benefit of BAM membership is access to up-to-date engineered documents that accompany the Member Code Guides: Guide to Foundation Wall Support and Guide to Cantilevered Foundation Walls.

The engineered documents have been updated and are now available online at bamn.org/regulation.

Minnesota is still operating under the 2007 Minnesota Building Code. The 2012 IRC has not been adopted in Minnesota yet. Once it has been adopted, it will not be enforced for 6 months after.

 
2014 Session Sneak Peek
Wednesday, November 27 2013

Introducing Brian Halloran of Redmond Associates; the lobbying firm that represents BAM at the State Capitol. Redmond Associates are among the best in the business and we’ve asked them to give us a sneak peek of the 2014 session.

Read the article here>>

 
You Could Win!
Friday, November 08 2013

It's that time of year - time to crown this year's state award winners! Get your local association and your amazing peers recognized on the statewide stage. BAM is awarding Builder, Remodeler, Associate, and Rising Star of the Year.

We have so many outstanding members in this association. Nominate one and give their business a boost! Deadline is November 15th. More information here >>

 
Don't Miss the Party of the Season!
Friday, November 08 2013

Following the Board meeting December 17th, BAM is hosting its rockin' holiday party! We'll have a wine wall, wine tasting, silent auction, and dinner in addition to announcing and presenting this year's BAM Award winners and installing the 2014 president and leadership. You don't want to miss it!

Click here for more information.

Register online or call Jenae at 651-646-7959 ext. 163.
[The registration link is for both members and non-members. Disregard mention of non-member pricing. The cost for all attendees is $50.]

Thank You to Sponsors!

Fredrikson & Byron

Thermo-Tech Windows & Doors

Xcel Energy

Get in on the sponsor action!

 
Get Registered for Construction Industry Conference Feb. 6
Friday, November 08 2013

Registration is now open for the first-ever Minnesota Construction Industry Conference on Feb. 6, 2014, at the Ramada Inn Mall of America in Bloomington.

The event will update construction industry members about current regulations and rules and provide an opportunity for attendees to share ideas with the state officials about how to build a better Minnesota. Select courses will offer continuing education units and attendees will have the option of scheduling individual time with state agency staff during the conference’s 1-on-1 with the State sessions throughout the day.

What: Minnesota Construction Conference 2014
When: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Where: Ramada Inn Mall of America, 2300 American Blvd E., Bloomington, MN 55425
Cost: $79 before Jan. 1, 2013; $99 after Jan. 1, 2014
Full details and registration: www.dli.mn.gov/construction
Questions? or (651) 284-5018

 
Welcome to RAB's New Public Affairs Director
Monday, October 21 2013

Rochester Area Builders, Inc. (RAB) has hired a new Public Affairs Director Matt Limoges. Limoges joined RAB October 21, 2013. Matt earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from North Dakota State University in May 2010 and his Juris Doctor from the University of St. Thomas School of Law. BAM and RAB are excited to welcome Matt to the team! More >>

 
Association Job Posting: Public Affairs Director
Friday, September 06 2013

Rochester Area Builders is looking for a Public Affairs Director. Check out the job description here.

 
New BAM Contracts
Friday, August 23 2013

 

One of the benefits of BAM membership, is access to high-quality contract templates. Drafted by attorneys that specialize in residential construction, and updated when the law changes, these contracts are available in word and pdf so you can download and edit the contracts easily. With a value of over $10,000, that will pay for your membership for years to come!

BAM's model construction contracts are freshly updated to reflect both the 2013 law changes. Download the new 2013 BAM Contracts here [BAM Legal Resources]

 

 
New BAM Benefits
Thursday, August 22 2013

 

Are you getting the most from your membership?

Well, take a look and let's make SURE you are! Hot off the press is this color-blocked beauty with lots of information about the VALUE of BAM membership!

Are you getting a $400 check from Holiday Station Stores at the end of the year? Are you getting 22% off your Verizon plan? Do you need contract templates? Guides on how to build to the building code? Check it out! BAM has you covered!

 
See Your Name in Lights!
Friday, August 16 2013


Get your company in front of 2,800 member companies statewide, easily!

Let us do your marketing for you -- while you support the industry that supports you. With BAM's brand new build-your-own sponsorship options and discounts you can get promoted at any rate!

BAM is celebrating 40 years in 2014, so get in on the fun! Let's do this!

Click for Sponsorship Opportunities

 
Calling all Leaders, BAM Wants YOU
Friday, August 09 2013

 

BAM is statewide industry leadership. Join the BAM Executive Committee and lead the statewide voice of Minnesota's builders and remodelers! BAM celebrates 40 years in 2014 and we want you to be part of the rich tradition in leadership.

Grow your leadership skills
Give back to the industry
Guide the association and important industry policies

And submit your application by August 23rd to !

Download the application, complete and save. Then send to . Applicants must have served on the BAM Board of Directors the past two years.

Since 1974, BAM represents you and your business at the State Capitol, regulatory agencies and courts because industry unity and doing business with members is good business.(c)

 
Industry Job Posting: Trade Sales Consultant
Friday, August 02 2013

BAM is offering a new service to members - industry job postings!

Check out the Trade Sales Consultant position available with Pella here.

 

 
MN Court of Appeals Rules on Centra Homes v. City of Norwood-Young America Case
Friday, August 02 2013

Monday July 29, 2013 the Minnesota Court of Appeals issues its decision regarding whether Centra Homes LLC may pursue the overcharging of the City of Norwood-Young Amercia's building permit fees in District Court. The Court of Appeals disagreed with Centra's Claim to pursue a district court trial, despit the fact the City had agreed to accept the fees in escrow under the statute that allows such trials to occur.

Click here for a full summary and link to the ruling.

 

 
New Reports for Members Only
Friday, July 19 2013

Ever wonder what BAM does for you? Or maybe you just want to know what's been happening. Either way, you've come to the right place. As a member, you get cool reports with tons of links for more on the issues you care about most.

The Inventory is the place to get the latest on our work with legislators, regulators, and in the courts, a look at membership across the state, every email that's been sent the past month, information on member benefits and more.

The Ambassador is the place to find out what's going on at local associations statewide. There's some cool stuff happening and some really cool events, classes, and benefits available to you.


 
Radon in the media, BAM's Response
Friday, July 19 2013

The issue of Radon has been popular in the media as of late. Several outlets have run stories the past two weeks:

Star Tribune July 13
Kare 11 July 17
Winona Post July 10

In response to the Star Tribune article, BAM submitted an op-ed piece that was printed in the Friday, July 19, 2013 Star Tribune:

"In Minnesota, radon is a diminishing risk" by Chad Kompelien, BAM 2013 President

BAM also crafted a general op-ed piece (available for download here) for use with other media outlets.

 

 
FourStar Solutions: Your Insurance and Risk Management Program
Monday, July 15 2013

Four Star Solutions

BAM has endorsed the FOURSTAR program - a partnership between Corporate Four and RMC Solutions. This program is available as a benefit of builders association membership. Time to check it out if you haven't yet!

Corporate Four provides insurance solutions for BAM members - and they're as good as it gets. The don't just offer good insurance solutions, they offer the right solution for each builder. Mike Hoppe and Larry Larson are two insurance agents at Corporate Four - they've been members for a long time and specialize in the Minnesota construction market.

RMC Solutions relieves the burden of insurance certificate tracking for BAM members by professionally requesting, reviewing, recording, reporting and storing the certificates of insurance for the builder member’s subcontractor vendors. Steve Zuckerman, Founding Partner, has over 20 years experience in the insurance industry and can't wait to start helping your business!

Read more about these awesome insurance solutions here!

 

 
Now Available - MPCA Stormwater Manual Online
Tuesday, April 09 2013

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency stormwater manual is now available online. The manual is 850 pages long which precipitated the switch to a wiki platform. The Manual is designed to be a user-friendly and flexible document that guides users directly to the information they need. The online manual was developed in an interactive wiki format to make it easy for the user to get to the subject of interest and to move between subjects. More information available here.

Below is a portion of the MPCA's announcement:

"At 850 pages and 25 megabytes online, the Minnesota Stormwater Manual offers a wealth of information on managing urban stormwater that can carry pollutants to lakes and streams. However, the current manual (at right) and its delivery method need updating. The delivery method is improving, thanks to Clean Water Legacy funding and a design team of professionals from public agencies and private firms.

The MPCA is replacing the Minnesota Stormwater Manual with a powerful online version that uses a wiki platform. Wiki is a Hawaiian word that means “quick.” Set to go live today (April 2), this online manual offers quick ways to search for information, provide feedback to the MPCA, and update the contents. This is the first wiki project for the agency and may be the first of its kind in the United States."

 
Case Heard Today in MN Court of Appeals
Thursday, April 04 2013

Today the Minnesota Court of Appeals heard oral arguments from Centra Homes, a member of BAM, regarding the equity of the City of Norwood Young America's fee schedule for building permits. Joe Springer of Fredrikson & Byron is representing Centra Homes and presented the panel with the argument.

This effort is supported by one of the industry's legal action funds. Within 90 days we will hear the panel's decision on jurisdiction. We will report on the decision as soon as it's available.

Joe Springer, Fredrikson & Byron Minnesota Court of Appeals

Joe Springer                     
Attorney
Fredrikson & Byron

 
Rep. Tama Theis Sworn In at State Capitol
Tuesday, February 19 2013

Today, at 1:00pm Tama Theis was sworn in as a member of the Minnesota House by Supreme Court Justice Barry Anderson in the House chamber. Rep. Theis won the special election held to fill seat vacated by former Representative Steve Gottwalt, who resigned last month. Rep. Theis' husband Greg Theis, their son and daughter in law, and Rep. Theis' parents were present for the ceremony in addition to several friends. BAM staff was present and was able to get a few photos and a little video too.

Check it out:

www.facebook.com/BuildersAssociationOfMinnesota

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mfQ1mmtAIs

 

 
Governor's Office Provides Further Explanation of Sales Tax
Friday, February 15 2013

Just today, the Governor's office published more information on how his proposed sales tax would affect the industry.

In the "Still Exempt" category for contractor and labor are:

1. Construction labor for construction, remodeling or improvement of real property remains exempt. Construction labor includes services such as wiring, welding steel beams, carpentry, laying bricks, cement finishing, pipe installation and plumbing.

2. Repair, installation and replacement of real property such as furnaces, garbage disposals, built-in dishwashers and stovetops, water heaters and softeners, and central air conditioning, or when you work on plumbing or electrical wiring also remains exempt.

In the "Newly Taxes" category are:

Architectural services, engineering services, environmental consulting services and repair labor to "restore tangible personal property so it can be used for its original purpose," such as: furniture reupholstery, electronics repair, and refrigerator repair.

For more information download: http://mn.gov/governor/images/sales_tax_booklet.pdf

Or visit: http://mn.gov/governor/budget/toolkit/

 
Builders Association Member Tama Theis Wins Special Election
Wednesday, February 13 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to builders association member Tama Theis, of St. Cloud, who won her special election race for Minnesota House of Representatives district 14A. She’s now Representative Tama Theis!

Tama retained the Republican seat vacated by former Representative Steve Gottwalt with 54.5% of the vote defeating DFL candidate Joanne Dorsher, who received 42.7% of the vote, and Independence Party candidate Todd McKee, who received 2.7% of the vote. Politics in Minnesota reported that chairman Pat Shortridge and deputy chair Kelly Fenton of the Republican Party of Minnesota issued a joint statement today saying Tama is a “small business owner who will bring common sense solutions to Saint Paul.”

Thank you to all who supported her during her race. We wish Representative Theis great success at the Legislature!

Rep. Tama Theis

Her win has been reported in several news outlets. See some of the coverage below:

MinnPost http://www.minnpost.com/political-agenda/2013/01/tama-theis-gets-gop-endorsement-special-election-house-district-14a

WJON http://wjon.com/theis-wins-seat-in-mn-house-in-district-14a-special-election/

St. Cloud Times http://www.sctimes.com/article/20130213/NEWS01/302120069/

CBS http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/02/12/theis-johnson-win-minn-house-special-elections/

Politics in Minnesota http://politicsinminnesota.com/2013/02/johnson-theis-win-house-special-elections/

 

 
BAM Announces New EVP
Wednesday, January 16 2013

The Builders Association of Minnesota (BAM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Remi Stone as BAM’s executive vice president effective January 16, 2013. Stone brings more than 20 years of extensive experience with the Minnesota state government and the construction industry to her new role having previously worked as a lobbyist, practicing attorney, and director of government affairs for several organizations in 23 states and Washington D.C.

“We welcome Remi’s experience and leadership to the BAM community,” said Chad Kompelien, 2013 BAM President. “She has a unique knowledge of the homebuilding industry, our association, the legislative process, our issues, and a unique perspective of subcontractors, suppliers, building officials, regulators and municipalities across the state. In her new role as executive vice president, she will be responsible for extending BAM’s excellent reputation at the State Capitol and delivering value to the statewide membership.”

Stone has experience representing the Residential Subcontractors and Suppliers and the Association of Subcontractors, the statewide building officials association (AMBO), the League of Minnesota Cities and the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, and the Builders Association of Minnesota and the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. Stone most recently served as the regional director of government affairs for MillerCoors Brewing Company. Earlier in her career, Stone served as Planning Commissioner for the City of Roseville and committee administrator to Minnesota State Senator Jim Vickerman.

Stone earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, and served in the United States Air Force, Minnesota Air National Guard. Stone also earned a juris doctorate from the Hamline University School of Law where she currently serves as an adjunct professor.

“BAM is refocused, recharged, and hungry for success,” Kompelien said, “And Remi is the right leader to move BAM forward, driven by our core focus to represent the Minnesota home building industry in the legislative and regulatory arenas and the courts.”

 

 
Chad Kompelien is BAM's 2013 President
Wednesday, January 02 2013

BAM is happy to announce its 2013 President is Chad Kompelien of Mike Kompelien Custom Homes and Skuttle Tight, based in Willmar, MN.

Chad is a member of both the West Central Builders Association and the Builders Association of the Twin Cities. We look forward to a great year under Chad's leadership.

Read more about Chad here>>

 
Staff Announcement
Friday, December 14 2012

It is with deep regret that the BAM Executive Committee accepted the resignation of Karen Linner, BAM’s Director of Codes and Research earlier this year. Karen’s last day on staff is December 14th. While we are sad to see her leave the staff, we’re pleased to announce Karen will be contracting with BAM on specific code adoption issues including the fire sprinkler administrative law judge hearing.

Karen has been with the association for 12 years serving as the Director of Codes and Research. She worked tirelessly for the association and has become a leading expert in the area of residential codes in Minnesota. She represented the industry with integrity and determination and worked to create the best codes possible. Karen successfully won the administrative law judge hearing on the 2007 state code, authored several code guides and alternate code methods, designed and ran a federal stimulus rebate program Project ReEnergize, wrote and supervised many successful grants, and taught numerous classes around the state.

At the BAM Board of Directors meeting December 5th, 2012 President Keith Kylmala thanked Linner for her hard work, dedication, and passion for the industry. We will miss Karen’s strong leadership, can-do attitude, and her laugh, and we wish her every success in her new endeavors.

If you have a code question or concern please contact Katherine Nielsen at or call 651-646-7959.

 

 
2012 BAM Award Winners Announced
Wednesday, December 05 2012

Congratulations to the 2012 BAM Award Winners!

Builder of the Year - KC Chermak, Pillar Homes

Remodeler of the Year - Todd Bjerstedt, McDonald Remodeling

Associate of the Year - Gerry Traut, Xcel Energy

Rising Star - Sam Horn, Brainerd Savings & Loan

Read more>>

 
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