SR 520 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program - Diversity program

Overview

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 to promote participation and inclusion of small, disadvantaged business enterprises owned by minorities, veterans or women (MSVWBE and DBE firms).

This page contains information about our ongoing opportunities for small and diverse firms with the SR 520 Program. Please check back often as we update this web page on a regular basis.

A group of 12 professionals sit and stand behind a table during a meeting

WSDOT and Graham managers hold regular meetings to track diversity and inclusive contracting progress on the SR 520 Montlake Project.

Montlake Project contracting information

Subcontractors interested in working with Graham on the Montlake Project should contact Darling Nava, Graham's Diversity & Inclusion Resource Specialist, at 813-947-8586 or Darling@zanninc.com.

Montlake Project Community Workforce Agreement

WSDOT has a Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) for the SR 520 Montlake Project in Seattle. Construction of the project began in summer 2019. The CWA provides a variety of benefits to WSDOT, its contractors, and the skilled construction workers building the project. The agreement also aligns WSDOT with other public agencies in the region that use similar labor agreements on their projects. Learn more by reading our SR 520 CWA folio (pdf 2 mb) or view the SR 520 CWA document for additional details.

Promoting apprenticeships on the Montlake Project

WSDOT contracts worth $3 million or more contain a 15% apprenticeship utilization requirement. The requirement obligates contractors to use a hiring program approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council. In addition, contractors and their subcontractors must meet the 15% apprenticeship requirement.

WSDOT's SR 520 Montlake Project, a $455 million project, includes a 20% apprenticeship utilization requirement for each craft. Of that amount, aspirational goals are set at 21% for minority apprentices, and 12% for women apprentices.

The Montlake Project contractor, Graham, was given notice to proceed with construction in November 2018, with project completion estimated for approximately 2023. As of August 2019, Graham had achieved 12.8% apprenticeship utilization. Through a WSDOT-sanctioned, preferred-entry program that provides apprenticeship or pre-apprenticeship training, Graham works with unions and other community partners to engage apprentices.

A group of construction apprentices wearing safety vests and hardhats pose for a photo

From left to right: John Donovan (laborer journeyman), Luis Marchan Hernandez (laborer apprentice), Ja'Mahri Mitchell (laborer apprentice), Aaron Childers (operator apprentice), Brittany Grenard (HR coordinator), Foluke Jackson (laborer apprentice), Mary Wing (laborer apprentice), Marek Bednarczyk (senior project manager).

Video of 2019 "Roadshow" outreach meeting
WSDOT hosted a meeting in April 2019 to share information about WSDOT's Puget Sound Megaprograms and the SR 520 Montlake Project Community Workforce Agreement (CWA). This video shows the presentations given by WSDOT management, Graham Contracting Ltd., the Seattle Building Trades, and Intelligent Partnerships, which administers the SR 520 CWA. 

Commitment to diversity and inclusive contracting 

DBE goals
The U.S. Congress established the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in 1982 to ensure nondiscrimination in the awarding and administration of USDOT-assisted contracts; help remove barriers to the participation of DBEs in USDOT-assisted contracts; and assist the development of firms that can compete successfully in the marketplace outside of the DBE program.

WSDOT strives to create equal access and make opportunities available for DBEs on public works and other transportation-related projects.

Individual DBE goals are established for SR 520 projects that receive federal funds. The DBE goal is based on the types of work in each project and the availability of DBE firms in a particular area. WSDOT is committed to ensuring that DBE firms receive equal access and opportunities consistent with DBE programs.

MSVWBE goals
On state-funded projects, WSDOT has a voluntary goal of 26 percent participation by Minority, Small, Veteran and Women-owned Business Enterprises (MSVWBEs). Please read WSDOT's Diversity Roadmap for additional information on WSDOT's inclusion goals.

Current quarterly Diversity and Inclusion progress report

Past quarterly Diversity and Inclusion progress reports

Reaching out to the community regarding Montlake Project construction

A man and a woman stand at a table and speak with a project staff member, while looking at a roll-plot graphic located on the table
Montlake Project construction Manager Greg Meadows outlines upcoming construction plans with attendees of a June 2019 open house hosted by Graham, the project's lead contractor.

Opportunities for A&E work on the ‘Rest of the West’

With $1.64 billion in funding in place for SR 520's “Rest of the West” projects in Seattle, design work is moving forward. WSDOT and its lead design consultant, HDR, are seeking MSVWBE and DBE firms to participate in the design and architectural and engineering (A&E) work. Please view our A&E contract opportunities list by discipline (pdf 179 kb) for more information.

We are working with interested firms to ensure they are MSVWBE and DBE certified, and have approved rates and appropriate North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes to match the project’s needs. Once these items are verified, we request statements of qualifications from eligible firms for our consideration as potential team members. We will stay in contact with these firms as the contracting process moves forward. 

Interested in working on the SR 520 Program's A&E team?

  • Please fill out our interest form (pdf 321kb) and submit it by email. 

Additional resources

The latest news and updates from WSDOT's Office of Equality Opportunity (OEO) are available online: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/news.htm. The OEO's overall website is available at http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/default.htm.

Learn how to become certified to work on WSDOT projects:

Learn how to get a Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) compliant Indirect Cost Rate (ICR) approval for required WSDOT projects:

Find notices about upcoming WSDOT contracting opportunities on the WSDOT Contract Ad and Award website.

Get contractor information specific to the SR 520 Program.

Learn more about WSDOT's Connecting Washington projects.

Small-business owners can use Sound Transit's Small Business Resource Guide, which includes information and support services to help small businesses succeed.

Past meeting materials

January 2016 Connecting Washington open house

June 2015 SR 520 open house for MWDBE firms

WSDOT hosted an open house in June 2015 to promote potential contract opportunities in engineering and design for the SR 520 program. The open house was targeted specifically at disadvantaged business enterprises owned by minorities or women (MWDBE).

Questions or comments?

Regina Glenn
Diversity and Inclusion Manager, WSDOT Megaprograms
Phone: 206-770-3520
Cell: 425-503-7212
Email: GlennRe@consultant.wsdot.wa.gov 


Page last updated: December 26, 2019