DBE Contracting Opportunities

DBE contracting opportunities

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 disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation, so that smaller, minority-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 DBE 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.


Statement from Acting Secretary of Transportation Roger Millar 

Date: March 18, 2016
WSDOT is committed to seeing that all Washingtonians have access to the thousands of family-wage jobs generated by our projects. We establish mandatory goals for each federally funded project for disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) participation, so that smaller, minority-owned and women-owned businesses have a level playing field when competing for work. 
In response to ongoing interest, we are releasing the Dec. 31, 2013 recommendations developed by Special Assistant Attorney General Richard Mitchell regarding prior DBE contracting practices by Seattle Tunnel Partners, the SR 99 Tunnel Project contractor. The recommendations detailed in the memorandum informed WSDOT’s – and subsequently STP’s – DBE efforts. 
New agency policies and directives have led to significant progress in the past two years towards achieving DBE goals on projects across the state, including the SR 99 Tunnel Project which is a DBE success story. The project instituted independent DBE oversight and outreach positions for both WSDOT and STP, and set a $96 million DBE requirement, exceeding the 8 percent project goal. As of December 2015, STP made $73.5 million in qualified DBE payments.


SR 99 Tunnel Project (main contract)

Prime contractor: Seattle Tunnel Partners
Contract type: Design-build
Construction period: Early 2011 to 2019 (contingent on STP meeting its proposed schedule)
Contract amount (base value): $1.14 billion
DBE goal: $91.2 million, or 8 percent
DBE requirement: $96 million (contract modified by change order to establish this requirement)
DBE opportunities on this project: To learn about upcoming DBE opportunities with Seattle Tunnel Partners, receive information about their procurement process, obtain a list of subcontractors, or request any other information or assistance, please contact Janelle Boyd, STP’s DBE Compliance Manager, at 206-971-8351 or jboyd@stp-jv.comSTP attends established DBE community meetings on a quarterly basis and hosts scope-specific STP events as opportunities arise. 

Tracking STP's Progress





In spring 2014, the Federal Highway Administration and WSDOT signed a Conciliation Agreement (pdf 306 kb) that includes reporting mechanisms that will remain in place through the life of the project. WSDOT and FHWA recently amended the Conciliation Agreement to submit quarterly reports. 
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, March 2016 (pdf 11.2 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, Dec. 2015 (pdf 8.6 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, Sept. 2015 (pdf 16 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, June 2015 (pdf 15 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, March 2015 (pdf 11 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, February 2015 (pdf 4 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, January 2015 (pdf 14 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, December 2014 (pdf 10.4 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, November 2014 (pdf 5 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, October 2014 (pdf 5 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, September 2014 (pdf 4 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, August 2014 (pdf 2.4 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, July 2014 (pdf 3.7 Mb)
108 DBE firms have received contracts with STP
1 Alliance Geomatics Maks Dump Truck
3D InFusion Marshbank
AAR Testing Laboratories Inc. Marine Vacuum Service Inc.
Adept Mechanical MBI COnstruction Service
Advanced Underground Utilities Meeds Environmental LLC
AM Test Inc.  Michaelis Trucking
Amaya Electric MindSeekers LLC
Ball & Sons Excavation Mobile Electrical Distributors Inc.
BC Traffic Neppel Electrical
Bear Wood Windows Nolan Morrison
Berona Engineers Inc. Novito Construction Inc.
BEST CCLS Inc. NVL Laboratories
Birch Equipment Rental & Sales Inc. Oatridge Security Group Inc.
Bolima Drafting & Design Inc. OMA
Buckley's Hauling Oneill Service Group
C & E Transport Corp. On-Site Environmental Inc.
C2PM Osborn Consulting Inc.
Cascade Concrete Products Co. Inc. Osborn Pacific Group Inc.
Casseday Consulting Osiris Enterprises LLC
Catherine Bassetti Pacific Geo Engineering
Chudgar Engineering Company Penny Lee Trucking
CivilTech Engineering Ponglia Trucking Inc.
Convergent Pacific Pro USA
DBE Electric PRR Inc.
DHD Trucking Puget Sound Utilities
DKA Quality Discount Supplies & Services
Duncan Asphalt Quality Woodworking
Earth Mechanics Inc. Rebar International Inc.
Emerald City Weatherproofers Red Arrow Logistics
Environmental Management Training Road Runner Transportation
EPC Consultants Inc. Rose Super Clean and Park Mgmt. Inc
Excel Supply Company Saez Consulting Engineers Inc.
Exeltech Consulting Inc. Savage Logistics LLC
Fryer-Knowles Inc. Scheduling and Information Services
Garner Construction Schemata Workshop
Gibson Door & Millwork Sea-Tac Sweeping Service
Global Concrete Cutting SSB Trucking & Construction
Global Geophysics ST Fabrication/Jabez
Grady Excavating Steelkorr
Green City Inc. Sundancer
Greylock Consulting LLC Sunset Welding Inc.
Highway Specialties LLC Tan Trucking
Ideal Commercial Uniforms Teknograf
Integrated Design Engineers, LLC The Bag Lady Inc.
J. Harper Contractors Inc. Transcon
J. Keiser & Associates Trinity Development
JMR Trucking TripleNet Technologies
JP Francis & Associates United Professional Caulking
KBA Inc/Kristen Betty & Associates Inc. United Reprographics LLC
Kiawa Trucking LLC Wakerobin
Leajak Concrete Construction Inc. Washington State Trucking
Magnum Crane LLC Wayron
LK Media LT CBE Strategic West Coast Printing
Lorache CAD/IT Services LLC Yonemitsu Geological Services



SR 99 Tunnel: North Access Project

Prime contractor: Guy F. Atkinson Construction
Contract type: Design-bid-build
Construction period: Early 2014 to early 2016
Total contract amount: $42 million
DBE goal: $4.6 million, or 11 percent
DBE opportunities on this project: Because this is a design-bid-build contract, the list of DBE firms working on the project was approved by WSDOT when the contract was awarded.


DBE firms performing work on the North Access Project
Alliance Geomatics, LLC O’Neill Service Group LLC
Civil Tech Engineering Inc. OMA Construction Inc.
Express Iron Works Inc. Pearson Drilling Inc.
Grady Excavating Inc. Ponglia Trucking Inc.  
Green City Inc. Silver Streak Inc.
John Wayne Construction Co. Inc. Tan Trucking LLC
Kodo Construction The Bag Lady Inc.  



Understanding DBE requirements

We strive to maximize DBE 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.
The type of contract also makes a difference, particularly when it comes to the way work is awarded to DBE 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. To date, design-bid-build contracts within the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Program have resulted in more than $19 million worth of work for certified DBE firms.
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 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.


Additional resources

Bobby Forch

Bobby Forch

Progress report to FHWA, June 2016