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For More Than 50 Years of Experience...

...as a leading Design Build Firm, Modern Builders takes great pride in overseeing every aspect of your project. This philosophy allows us to serve as your resource and answer any questions you have throughout the project, whether they are related to design, architecture or the construction process as a whole. As a single-source firm, we're accountable for all the managing all costs, scheduling and performance related to your project.

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An Experienced Team

Modern Builders features a team of design and construction experts with decades of combined experience that will be put to work for you. When you choose Modern Builders, you'll have access to our team's knowledge.

Get to Know Our Team of Professionals.

Rick Stensland,

Rick is a 1970 graduate of Waverly High School and served in the United States Army from 1972-1974.  He began working at Modern Builders as a general laborer in 1967, and assumed the position of office manager and estimator in 1979. In 1982, Rick became Vice-President in charge of sales. He began performing the duties of executive officer and assumed full responsibility for sales in 1989. In 1991, he became President and Chairman of the Board. Rick has been a member of the Executive Advisory Board for Armco/Steelox Systems since 1983 and served as board president from 1989-1991.

Robert J. Stensland, AIA

Vice President/Principal Architect

A 1982 graduate of Waverly High School, Rob earned his undergraduate degree in Architecture from Iowa State University in 1987 and completed his masters program in Architecture in December 1993. He started at Modern Builders in June 1990 as Estimator and Designer and was promoted to Vice-President (Design) of Modern Builders and to Corporate Secretary in 1991. Robert is a licensed architect and holds credentials in nearly 20 states/provinces across the US and Canada. Member of the MBI Board of Directors.

Kevin McConnell, AIAS
Design Principal

Kevin graduated from Central High in 1986 before joining the US Navy. After serving seven years, and being honorably discharged, Kevin attended Iowa State University, and received his BA in Architecture. When he joined Modern Builders in 2006, he had nearly 10 years of previous design & construction experience. He is an energetic, creative designer who can listen to the needs/wants of our clients and turn it into an innovative, fresh and efficient design that works. He is a master communicator who works closely with project managers to oversee projects timing, budgets, estimating and execution. Kevin enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family in his spare time.

Marty Leary,
VP of Sales

Marty graduated from Waverly Shell Rock in 1995 and continued his education at Wartburg where he received his BA. Marty joined Modern Builders in 2008 from American Buildings Company (one of MB’s principal building/roofing supplier). Marty brings the knowledge learned in the metal building world to help diagnose and correct existing building problems as well as master planning new additions. He enjoys working with clients from very diverse industries to establish budgets to achieve their building goals. Marty is heavily involved the Cedar Valley community and also owns a business in Janesville, IA.

Tamara Kofron,
Office Manager

Tami joined Modern Builders in 1989. She works closely with the construction team, subcontractors, and owners to ensure the administrative needs of the project are met. Clients appreciate her attention to detail and effective communication. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients and associates in the diverse field of construction. Tami is an active participant with her church and enjoys outdoor activities in her spare time.


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A Community Organization

We take pride in being members of the business communities, and we know that the projects we complete help other businesses better serve their own communities. We may complete projects across the country, but we know that facilities we build benefit the communities our clients serve. Our employees are involved in our own communities, as they participate in educational initiatives, youth programs and volunteer with other community service organizations.

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