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.


SR 99 Tunnel Project (main contract)

Prime contractor: Seattle Tunnel Partners
Contract type: Design-build
Construction period: Early 2011 to 2018 (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 Erin Lopez Nielsen, STP’s DBE Compliance Manager, at 206-971-8214 or elopez@stp-jv.comSTP hosts quarterly meetings to discuss DBE opportunities on the project, and attends established DBE community meetings during other months. 

Tracking STP's Progress




2014 DBE progress


2013 DBE 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, 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)
97 DBE firms have received contracts with STP
1 Alliance Geomatics Marshbank
3D InFusion Marine Vacuum Service Inc.
AAR Testing Laboratories Inc. Meeds Environmental LLC
Adept Mechanical MindSeekers LLC
Advanced Underground Utilities Mobile Electrical Distributors Inc.
Amaya Electric Neppel Electrical  
BC Traffic Nolan Morrison
Bear Wood Windows Novito Construction Inc.
Berona Engineers Inc. NVL Laboratories
BEST CCLS Inc. Oatridge Security Group Inc.
Birch Equipment Rental & Sales Inc. OMA
Bolima Drafting & Design Inc 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 Ponglia Trucking Inc.
CivilTech Engineering Pro USA
Convergent Pacific PRR Inc.
DBE Electric Puget Sound Utilities
DHD Trucking Quality Discount Supplies & Services
DKA Quality Woodworking
Duncan Asphalt Rebar International Inc.
Earth Mechanics Inc. Rose Super Clean and Park Mgmt. Inc.
Emerald City Weatherproofers Saez Consulting Engineers Inc.
Environmental Management Training Savage Logistics LLC
EPC Consultants Inc. Scheduling and Information Services
Excel Supply Company Schemata Workshop
Exeltech Consulting Inc. Sea-Tac Sweeping Service
Fryer-Knowles Inc. SSB Trucking & Construction
Garner Construction ST Fabrication/Jabez
Gibson Door & Millwork Steelkorr
Global Concrete Cutting Sundancer
Global Geophysics Sunset Welding Inc.
Grady Excavating Tan Trucking
Greylock Consulting LLC Teknograf
Highway Specialties LLC The Bag Lady Inc.
Integrated Design Engineers, LLC Transcon
J. Harper Contractors Inc. Trinity Development
J. Keiser & Associates TripleNet Technologies
JMR Trucking United Professional Caulking
JP Francis & Associates United Reprographics LLC
KBA Inc/Kristen Betty & Associates Inc. Wakerobin
Kiawa Trucking LLC Washington State Trucking
Leajak Concrete Construction Inc. Wayron
Magnum Crane LLC West Coast Printing
Lorache CAD/IT Services LLC Yonemitsu Geological Services
Maks Dump Truck  



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, Sept. 2015