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 Minority, Small, Veterans, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MSVWBE & DBE firms).
SR 520 Program Administrator Julie Meredith (center) is on the job with Larry Kyle, Program Engineering Manager, and Regina Glenn, Diversity and Inclusion Manager.
This page contains information about our ongoing outreach to these firms for contract opportunities with the SR 520 Program, particularly on upcoming architecture and engineering opportunities on SR 520’s I-5 to Lake Washington Project – the “Rest of the West.”
Commitment to diversity and inclusive contracting
In 1982 the U.S. Congress established the Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) program 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 those areas. WSDOT is committed to ensuring that DBE firms are provided equal access and opportunities consistent with DBE programs.
Note: Information on audited-rate requirements for DBEs is available on the WSDOT Safe Harbor Program page.
There are multiple resources available for DBE firms. More information about these services is available on WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity webpage and WSDOT’s Opportunities for Small Businesses webpage.
Quarterly Diversity and Inclusion progress reports for the SR 520 Program
Upcoming opportunities for A&E work on the ‘Rest of the West’
The SR 520 Program’s $1.64 billion I-5 to Lake Washington Project – the “Rest of the West” – is moving into additional design with full funding now in place. WSDOT and its lead design consultant, HDR, are seeking MWDBE firms to participate in the design and A&E work in advance of construction of the project elements. Please view our A&E contract opportunities list by discipline (pdf 179 kb) for more information.
We are working with interested firms to be sure that 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 these 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?
Recently published resources
The spring edition of the quarterly WSDOT DBE News has been posted. Read all about upcoming DBE opportunities within WSDOT and changes within the Office of Equal Opportunity.
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Recent meeting materials
Networking at WSDOT's Jan. 21 Connecting Washington open house
WSDOT hosted a Connecting Washington open house on Jan. 21 in Bellevue, Wash. At the event, we were able to connect with more than 400 consultants, contractors and subcontractors. Attendees got information about WSDOT's transportation plan for the next six years and had a chance to network with agency staff and other members of the contracting and consulting community.
SR 520 Deputy Program Administrator Denise Cieri greets guests at WSDOT's Jan. 21 Connecting Washington open house in Bellevue, WA.
If you are interested in the information provided at the event, please visit the Connecting Washington open house event webpage or check out WSDOT's Open House Packet, which includes project one-page overviews.
June 2015 WSDOT open house for MWDBE firms
WSDOT hosted an open house on June 2, 2015, to promote potential contract opportunities in engineering and design for the SR 520 program. The open house was targeted specifically at Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWDBE).
Contact: Regina Glenn
SR 520 Diversity and Inclusion Manager