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February 10, 2:02 PM click here to comment > 4

Connecting women and minority-owned businesses with the Elliott Bay Seawall Project

Our city is about to embark on one of the largest infrastructure projects we’ve ever undertaken, a project that has the potential to change the way our community interacts with our waterfront. The Elliott Bay Seawall Project incorporates elements of many fields, such as structural engineering, landscape architecture, computer drafting, surveying, and project controls. There is a lot of work available on this project for local businesses. We are committed to making sure that our whole community has the opportunity to participate.

Last week we welcomed guests at a well-attended luncheon designed to connect women- and minority-owned business enterprises (WMBEs) with opportunities to contract on the Elliott Bay Seawall Project. The Seattle Department of Transportation hosted the information and networking event for firms that are interested in being part of the final design team for the project.

We expect to issue the request for qualifications in late February. The prime consulting firms competing to lead the final design will need to build teams with subcontractors of varied disciplines to present a strong proposal. The goal of last week’s event was to provide more information to WMBEs about the project and to create a networking opportunity for the potential prime consultants to meet WMBE and other small sub-consultants.

The Seattle Department of Transportation conducted extensive outreach in the community to ensure that WMBEs with the potential of performing various elements of the project design were invited. The event was well attended—approximately 250 people representing eight prime consulting firms and approximately 80 WMBE small businesses participated in the event. Feedback from both the prime consulting firms and the small businesses has been positive.

Posted by: April Thomas


Comment from Beryl Fernandes
Time February 17, 2012 at 7:32 am

How does one get on these consultant lists?

Comment from Judith Hance
Time February 17, 2012 at 11:58 am

Why are there so few women in this picture? And what about minorities? Practically all I see are white male faces.

Comment from Sebastian DeGroot
Time February 25, 2012 at 3:47 am

Good initiative! Ever thought about Dutch assistance? We’re pretty good in building these huge infrastructural projects and will be glad to help getting your fine city safer!

Comment from Chris Nomdechy
Time May 21, 2012 at 4:02 am

Excellent undertaking! So have you got any information you could share about the progress of this project? When will it be started?