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: 2011 to 2016
Contract amount (base value): $1.14 billion
DBE goal: $91 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.

Tracking STP's progress

STP graph showing 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, August 2014 (pdf 2.4 Mb)
WSDOT progress report to FHWA, July 2014 (pdf 3.7 Mb)
Participating firms
84 DBE firms have received contracts with STP
3D InFusion Magnum Crane LLC
AAR Testing Laboratories Inc. Maks Dump Truck
Adept Mechanical Marshbank
Amaya Electric Marine Vacuum Service Inc.    
Bear Wood Windows MindSeekers LLC
Berona Engineers Inc. Mobile Electrical Distributors Inc.
BEST CCLS Inc. Nolan Morrison
Birch Equipment Rental & Sales Inc. Novito Construction Inc.
Bolima Drafting & Design Inc NVL Laboratories
C & E Transport Corp. Oatridge Security Group Inc.
Cascade Concrete Products Co. Inc. Oneill Service Group
Casseday Consulting On-Site Environmental Inc.
Catherine Bassetti Osborn Consulting Inc.
Chudgar Engineering Company Osborn Pacific Group Inc.
CivilTech Engineering Osiris Enterprises LLC
Convergent Pacific Pacific Geo Engineering
DBE Electric Ponglia Trucking Inc.
DHD Trucking Pro USA
Duncan Asphalt Puget Sound Utilities
Earth Mechanics Inc. Quality Discount Supplies & Services
Emerald City Weatherproofers Rebar International Inc.
Environmental Management Training Rose Super Clean and Park Mgmt. Inc.
EPC Consultants Inc. Saez Consulting Engineers Inc.
Excel Supply Company Savage Logistics LLC
Exeltech Consulting Inc. Scheduling and Information Services
Fryer-Knowles Inc. Schemata Workshop
Gibson Door & Millwork Sea-Tac Sweeping Service
Global Concrete Cutting SSB Trucking & Construction
Global Geophysics ST Fabrication/Jabez
Grady Excavating Steelkorr
Greylock Consulting LLC Sundancer
Highway Specialties LLC Sunset Welding Inc.
Integrated Design Engineers, LLC The Bag Lady Inc.
J. Harper Contractors Inc. Transcon
JMR Trucking Trinity Development
JP Francis & Associates TripleNet Technologies
KBA Inc/Kristen Betty & Associates Inc. Wakerobin
Kiawa Trucking LLC Wayron
Leajak Concrete Construction Inc. West Coast Printing
Lorache CAD/IT Services LLC 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.

Participating firms

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: 2014-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.

Participating firms

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


WSDOT DBE report to FHWA


WSDOT progress report to FHWA, September 2014