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


SR 99 Tunnel Project (main contract)

Prime contractor: Seattle Tunnel Partners
Contract type: Design-build
Construction period: Early 2011 to late 2016 (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.com. STP also hosts monthly meetings (pdf 220 kb) to discuss DBE opportunities on the project.

Tracking STP's progress
September 2014 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. As part of the agreement, WSDOT now submits monthly reports to FHWA.
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)
92 DBE firms have received contracts with STP
1 Alliance Geomatics Magnum Crane LLC
3D InFusion Lorache CAD/IT Services LLC
AAR Testing Laboratories Inc. Maks Dump Truck
Adept Mechanical Marshbank
Advanced Underground Utilities
Marine Vacuum Service Inc.
Amaya Electric MindSeekers LLC
BC Traffic Mobile Electrical Distributors Inc.  
Bear Wood Windows Neppel Electrical
Berona Engineers Inc. Nolan Morrison
BEST CCLS Inc. Novito Construction Inc.
Birch Equipment Rental & Sales Inc. NVL Laboratories
Bolima Drafting & Design Inc Oatridge Security Group Inc.
C & E Transport Corp. OMA
C2PM Oneill Service Group
Cascade Concrete Products Co. Inc. On-Site Environmental Inc.
Casseday Consulting Osborn Consulting Inc.
Catherine Bassetti Osborn Pacific Group Inc.
Chudgar Engineering Company Osiris Enterprises LLC
CivilTech Engineering Pacific Geo Engineering
Convergent Pacific Ponglia Trucking Inc.
DBE Electric Pro USA
DHD Trucking PRR Inc.
DKA Puget Sound Utilities
Duncan Asphalt Quality Discount Supplies & Services
Earth Mechanics Inc. Rebar International Inc.
Emerald City Weatherproofers Rose Super Clean and Park Mgmt. Inc.
Environmental Management Training Saez Consulting Engineers Inc.
EPC Consultants Inc. Savage Logistics LLC
Excel Supply Company Scheduling and Information Services
Exeltech Consulting Inc. Schemata Workshop
Fryer-Knowles Inc. Sea-Tac Sweeping Service
Garner Construction SSB Trucking & Construction
Gibson Door & Millwork ST Fabrication/Jabez
Global Concrete Cutting Steelkorr
Global Geophysics Sundancer
Grady Excavating Sunset Welding Inc.
Greylock Consulting LLC The Bag Lady Inc.
Highway Specialties LLC Transcon
Integrated Design Engineers, LLC Trinity Development
J. Harper Contractors Inc. TripleNet Technologies
J. Keiser & Associates United Professional Caulking
JMR Trucking Wakerobin
JP Francis & Associates Washington State Trucking
KBA Inc/Kristen Betty & Associates Inc. Wayron
Kiawa Trucking LLC West Coast Printing
Leajak Concrete Construction Inc. 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 Med-Tox Northwest
A Bio Clean Inc. O’Neill Service Group LLC
Express Iron Works Inc. OMA Construction Inc.
Grady Excavating Inc. Ponglia Trucking Inc.
Green City Inc. Salinas Sawing & Sealing Inc.        
JL Leasint Transportation Inc. Silver Streak Inc.
John Wayne Construction Co. Inc. Tan Trucking LLC
Kodo Construction The Bag Lady Inc.  



SR 99 Tunnel: South Access Project (drilled shafts)

Prime contractor: Condon-Johnson & Associates, Inc.
Contract type: Design-bid-build
Construction period: Late 2014 to early 2015
Total contract amount: $1.6 million
DBE goal: $33,000 or 2 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
Novito Construction Seatac Sweeping Service
Penny Lee Trucking       W.E. Coates Surveying 



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


October 2014 DBE progress report

Progress report to FHWA, October 2014