Diversity and inclusion

Diversity and inclusion

WSDOT is committed to seeing that all Washingtonians have access to the thousands of family-wage jobs generated by our projects. We establish goals for each project for diversity and inclusion, so that disadvantaged, small and minority-, veteran- and women-owned businesses have a level playing field when competing for work.
This page contains information about active contracts within the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program. If you have questions or concerns, or would like to learn more about diversity and inclusion opportunities within the program, please contact Bobby Forch, DBE Administrator for the AWV Program, at 206-805-5418 or Forchbo@consultant.wsdot.wa.gov
The Washington State Department of Transportation is a public agency and is subject to the State of Washington’s Public Records Act (RCW 42.56). Therefore, public comments and questions may be made available to anyone requesting them for non-commercial purposes.


SR 99 Demolition, Decommissioning, and Surface Street Project

Prime contractor: Kiewit Infrastructure West Co.
Contract type: Design-build
Construction period: late 2018 to mid-2021
MSVWBE opportunities on this project: 
The SR 99 Demolition, Decommissioning and Surface Street Project is funded entirely with state dollars. Because of this, DBE goal attainment as a condition of award is not applicable. The participation of minority, small, veteran and women business enterprises (MSVWBE) is an important strategic objective for the State of Washington. The contractor is encouraged to utilize MSVWBEs in accordance with RCW 39.19 and Executive Order 13-01 (issued by the Governor of Washington on May 10, 2013). While the goals are voluntary, efforts to provide MSVWBE firms maximum practicable opportunities are strongly encouraged.
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. has made great progress on the project. The Alaskan Way Viaduct has been completely demolished and the Surface Streets restoration work is rapidly approaching completion. Decommissioning of the Battery Street Tunnel is well underway and the overall project is over 75% complete.* While there are only minimal subcontracting opportunities remaining on the project, Kiewit has and will continue to look at all remaining opportunities that exist for Small & Disadvantaged Businesses to provide Supplies, Small Tools, Services, and other professional scopes.  MSVWBE owned firms may still be able to participate in some of the minor work scopes on the Surface Street restorations and other tasks required for contract close out.

Questions about opportunities? Contact:

Dennis Ahl
Email: dennis.ahl@kiewit.com
Phone: 253-943-4070

*As of January 2020

SR 99 Tunnel Project (main contract)

Prime contractor: Seattle Tunnel Partners
Contract type: Design-build
Construction period: Early 2011 to early 2019
Contract amount (base value): $1.21 billion
DBE goal: 8 percent
DBE requirement: $96 million (contract modified by change order to establish this requirement)
The SR 99 Bored Tunnel Design Build Contract was awarded to Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP, a joint venture between Tutor Perini and Dragados USA) on Dec. 17, 2010, with an 8 percent Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal. WSDOT is pleased to announce that through March 2019, $147 million in total payments have been made to the DBE community, of which $116 million is eligible to count towards the DBE goal. At 9.5 percent, this exceeds the 8 percent goal. Due to WSDOT support and encouragement, STP exceeded the goal by utilizing 113 DBE subcontracting firms, spanning 248 subcontracts.

Understanding diversity and inclusion requirements

We strive to maximize diversity and inclusion opportunities on all of our projects, but each project has different needs and requirements. For example, construction projects that receive federal funding must hire certified DBE firms to complete a portion of the work within their contract, while projects that don't include federal funding are subject to voluntary MSVWBE goals.
The type of contract also makes a difference, particularly when it comes to the way work is awarded to DBE or MSVWBE firms. WSDOT uses two main contracting methods – design-bid-build and design-build. Design-bid-build contracts are a more traditional approach for delivery of transportation projects. Under the design-bid-build structure, the owner completes the project’s design and accepts the lowest responsive bid for construction from qualified contractors. 
Design-build contracts combine design and construction in a single contract. WSDOT is increasingly using this contracting method as a way to minimize risk and build projects more efficiently. Rather than requiring contractors to identify the DBE or MSVWBE firms that will be utilized to meet the goal prior to signing the contract, design-builders have until the end of the project to achieve the DBE contract goal or the voluntary MSVWBE contract goals.


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