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 Bridge Replacement and HOV Program. Please check back often as we update this web page on a regular basis.

Julie Meredith and Tabor 100 President Ollie Garrett attend the organization's January 2020 grand opening of its Business Hub Center in Tukwila.

WSDOT Deputy Assistant Secretary of Megaprograms Julie Meredith (left) and Tabor 100 President Ollie
Garrett attend the organization's January 2020 grand opening of Tabor 100's Business Hub Center in Tukwila.

Montlake Project contracting information

Subcontractors interested in working with Graham, prime contractor for the Montlake Project, should contact Darling Nava, Graham's Diversity & Inclusion resource specialist, at 813-947-8586 or Darling@zanninc.com. You'll find more information on upcoming Montlake Project contracting opportunities in our Q2 2020 Diversity & Inclusive Contracting report (pdf 2.4 mb).

Large gantry cranes on the old SR 520 west approach bridge over Union Bay in Seattle's Montlake neighborhood.

The Montlake Project expects to have business opportunities for qualified firms owned by minorities, women or veterans.

WSDOT and Graham held an online meeting on May 28 with minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses to discuss potential contracting opportunities on the SR 520 Montlake Project. If you missed the meeting, you can view this presentation (pdf 2.4 mb) to see the information we shared.

Get more contractor information specific to the SR 520 Program.

Montlake Project Community Workforce Agreement

WSDOT implemented a Community Workforce Agreement (CWA) for the SR 520 Montlake Project in Seattle. 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 (pdf 5 mb) for additional details.

Madison Owens, coordinates the apprenticeship program for WSDOT's SR 520 Montlake Project Community Workforce AgreementSmall and minority businesses working as subcontractors on the SR 520 Montlake Project have a resource to help them navigate the CWA’s provisions. This resource is a company called Intelligent Partnerships. WSDOT hired Intelligent Partnerships as the CWA Administrator for the Montlake Project. Intelligent Partnerships works alongside Graham, the project’s design-build contractor, to implement the agreement.

Madison Owens, with Intelligent Partnerships, oversees the CWA coordination. You can reach Madison at (206) 606-3477 or email her at: madison@ipartnerships.net.


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 December 2019, Graham had achieved 14.6% 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 (Graham’s apprenticeship coordinator), Foluke Jackson (laborer apprentice),
Mary Wing (laborer apprentice), Marek Bednarczyk (senior project manager).

You can reach Brittany Grenard, Graham’s HR apprenticeship coordinator, at Brittany.Grenard@graham.ca or 425-620-6038.

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 meeting video shows the presentation given by WSDOT management, Graham Contracting Ltd., the Seattle Building Trades, and Intelligent Partnerships, which administers the SR 520 CWA.

Additional WSDOT contracting information

WSDOT project notices & resources

Current project notices:

For information regarding other possible opportunities:

Commitment to diversity and inclusive contracting 

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

Managers from WSDOT and our Montlake Project contractor, Graham, hold regular meetings
to track diversity and inclusive contracting progress on the Montlake Project.

WSDOT goals for state-funded projects
On projects supported entirely with state funds, WSDOT set a voluntary goal of 26 percent participation by minority-, small, veteran- and women-owned business enterprises (MSVWBEs). Please read WSDOT's Diversity Roadmap (pdf 335 kb) for additional information on WSDOT's inclusive contracting goals. The current SR 520 Montlake Project and future SR 520 “Rest of the West” projects in Seattle are fully state-funded projects.

WSDOT goals for federally assisted projects
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 provide opportunities for DBEs on transportation projects that receive federal support.

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.

Quarterly progress reports

Diversity and Inclusion progress reports for all WSDOT megaprograms

  • Quarterly diversity and inclusive contracting progress reports for all WSDOT megaprograms are posted on the WSDOT Office of Equal Opportunity website.

SR 520 Diversity and Inclusion progress reports

Additional resources

Tips & Tools

WSDOT periodically publishes "Tips and Tools" to provide small businesses owned by minorities, women or veterans with useful information on potential contract opportunities with WSDOT and other government agencies.

The latest news and updates from WSDOT's Office of Equality Opportunity (OEO) are available online at wsdot.wa.gov/EqualOpportunity/news.htm.

Resources for learning how to become certified for work on WSDOT projects as a disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) or as a small business owned by a minority, woman or veteran (MSVWBE):

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

May 2020 online meeting regarding Montlake Project contracting opportunities 

  • WSDOT and the SR 520 Montlake Project contractor, Graham, held an online meeting on May 28, 2020, to promote potential contracting opportunities for minority-, woman- and veteran-owned businesses. You can view the meeting's presentation (pdf 2.4 mb) to learn more.

January 2016 Connecting Washington open house

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: March 2020