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Projects | Online Plan Room

Project Update: 9/22

posted on 09.22.2021

Total Projects Received from 9/13 - 9/17:  63

Total Project Leads Reported from 9/13-9/17:  4

Total Active Projects Received and/or Reported as of 9/21:  214


When accessing our Online Plan Room, keep in mind the different phases a project moves through within the system.

The Phases - Projects begin in the "Active" phase when bidding, progress to the "Apparent Lows/Postbid" phase after the bid date, then to the "Archived" phase (about 60 days post-bid date).

Searching By Phase - The best way to find projects based on its phase is by starting on your My Deskpad page. On the right-hand side, enter the project name, project ID, scope and/ore notes in the Search box. Check the appropriate phase, then hit 'Submit'. Click here for a visual!

Unsure of the phase the project might actually be in? Try more than one search, or check more than one box. And, another tip, remember to track the project with email so you don't have to search for it again!


Sporting Clays North recap

posted on 09.20.2021

Eighteen teams with nearly 100 shooters didn’t let a few early sprinkles ruin an otherwise perfect day of shooting, fun, and socializing at the MBEX Sporting Clays North event on September 8 at Old Vermilion Shooting Preserve in Duluth, Minn. The day started out with a 50-round sporting clays shoot on one of the toughest courses in the state. I’m proud to report that our female shooters competed quite well. Victoria Smith from Maverick Cutting and Breaking’s score of 23 was the top female score, outshooting many of her male counterparts! There was a three-way tie for top male shooters with scores of 45: Brian Jackson, David Salo, and Todd Yrjanianen. A crowd gathered to watch as teams of two finished the day of shooting by testing their shooting and loading finesse with a 24-bird flurry shoot that lasts less than a minute. Several two-man teams scored 18’s in this shoot. A social hour, BBQ dinner, awards and prizes were the finishing touches on the day.


Congratulations to our Raffle Winners:
- $500 Cash - Dave Fulda
- Boxes of Shotgun Shells - Jeff Wiklund, Jerry Folman (x 2), Carl Maki & Jason Moreau
- Upland Hunter Rifle Package - Todd Yrjanianen (Fun FactL Todd has won this raffle 2 years in a row!)


We like to extend a special thank you the following sponsors for supporting this event:
MAJOR SPONSOR: The Builders Group (TBG)
SOCIAL HOUR SPONSORS: Jamar Company, ASDCO Construction Supply, Northland Consulting Engineers, Northern Industrial Insulation, St. Germain's Glass Company & Contract Tile + Carpet
DOOR PRIZE SPONSORS: Contract Tile + Carpet, Jamar Company, Northern Industrial Insulation, Johnson Carpet One, Northland Constulting Engineers, Sorlie Acoustics, American Engineering Testing Inc, ADSCO Construction Supply, Max Gray Construction, St. Germain's Glass Company & UHL Company
STATION SPONSORS: Gardner-Builders & Maverick Cutting + Breaking
DINNER SPONSOR: AW Kuettel + Sons Inc
MAJOR RAFFLE SPONSOR: Adolfson + Peterson Construction

To see photos from this event, visit the Minnesota Builders Exchange Facebook page (and if you're not following us, make sure to do so!)

Member News

Welcome New Members (August)

posted on 09.17.2021

Before heading out of the office for the weekend, won't you help us extend a big welcome to the newest members of the Minnesota Builders Exchange?

These companies joined the MBEX community in August. We're so glad you're all here!

Carleton Companies, Inc (Bemidji, MN)
PCR Builders (Montrose, MN)
AVSi (Minnetonka, MN)
Elysian Construction (Minneapolis, MN)
VSI Construction (Maple Grove, MN)
Viking Track Services (Grand Forks, ND)
Raymond Electric LLC (Coon Rapids, MN)
Mobile Mini, Inc (Forest Lake, MN)
Snappy Construction, Inc (Minneapolis, MN)
Doran Construction (Bloomington, MN)
Scherber Roll-Offs LLC (Rogers, MN)


To learn more about each of our new member companies, click on their company name above listings to visit their website.

Whether you've recently joined our community or considering becoming an MBEX member, our Membership page is a great resource for learning about the many benefits our members can take advantage of as well as what is fully included. We offer two levels of access: Basic and Premium. Learn about the perks of each here.

Please contact Ashlee at ah@mbex.org or Tom at tg@mbex.org with questions or to discuss membership options.

Projects | Online Plan Room

Tip of the Week + Project Update: 9/15

posted on 09.15.2021

Total Projects Recevied from 9/6 - 9/10:  59

Total Projects Leads Reported from 9/6 - 9/10:  2

Total Active Projects Received and/or Reported as of 9/14:  224


This week's quick tip involves tracking your projects of interest within the Online Plan Room.Tracking projects is a huge advantage of one's MBEX membership! Utilizing the tracking tool helps easily keep your company informed of important updates to projects of interest. Updates may include plan arrival, new addenda, bidders list updates and bid results.

To track any project, click on the blue button with an envelope (hover your mouse over it and you'll see "TRACK THIS PROJECT WITH EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS") found to the left of the project title. Updates will be reflected in your company's nightly email and on the Plan Room's Deskpad.

If you have questions about the nightly email updates, please contact us at (612) 381-2620, Monday-Friday between 7:00am-3:00pm.

Become a member today; it's easy! Visit www.mbex.org/join-now and apply online or download and mail in the application to our Minneapolis office.

Projects | Online Plan Room

Project Update: 9/8

posted on 09.08.2021

Total Projects Recieved from 8/30-9/3:  64

Total Project Leads Reported from 8/30-9/3:  3

Total Active Projects Received and/or Reported as of 9/7:  220


Learn how MBEX can help you with your construction bidding prospects (that includes receiving a weekly email containing the latest projects and their plans, specs, and addenda, all found in one easy-to-use Online Plan Room). Become a member today by visiting www.mbex.org/join.


Golf Tournament North - Event Recap

posted on 09.07.2021

Bright blue skies and temperatures in the mid-70s greeted over 150 golfers participating in the 2021 MBEX Golf Tournament North on August 25 at Ridgeview Country Club in Duluth. Early morning and early afternoon tee times, registration, lunch, golf, social time, dinner, and an awards program made it a full day for all attendees. The national award winning UMD Dance Team provided volunteer support along with numerous MBEX volunteer committee members. Thank you to the many, many MBEX member companies participating as sponsors and event supporters.

MAJOR SPONSOR: The Builder's Group (TBG), Workers' Compensation Insurance
LUNCH SPONSOR: Northland Constructors of Duluth
DINNER SPONSOR: North Shore Bank
BEVERAGE SPONSOR: Marsch MecLennan Agency/Western Insurance
BEER HOLE SPONSORS: Maverick Cutting & Breaking and Adolfson & Peterson Construction

To see view the full event recap, including additional event sponsors & event photos, please click here.


  • ADSCO: 58
  • Northern Industrial Insulation: 59
  • Scaffold Service: 60
  • Pinnacle Wall Systems: 61
  • Johnson Wilson Constructors: 63
  • Schwab Vollhaber Lubrant: 63


  • Closest to the Hole:  Matt Olin
  • Closet in 2 Shots:  Tom Johnson
  • Closest to the Keg:  Aaron Brockman
  • Closest to the Pin:  Rocky Pihlaja
  • Closest in 1 Shot:  Kyle Erickson
  • Closest to the Line:  Rob Haglin
  • Women Longest Drive:  Becca Bohlman
  • Men Longest Drive:  Tyler Austreng
  • Women Longest Putt:  Sarah Byers
  • Women Longest Drive: Sarah Byers
  • Men Longest Drive:  Pat Miller



We hope to see you all at the next event, and thank you for your continued support of MBEX!

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