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Frequently Asked Questions About Contracting

Is the WSCC a state agency subject to diversity goals?

No, the WSCC Addition project is not subject to state rules on diversity goals. Even so, WSCC has voluntarily committed to partnering with minority, small, veteran, disadvantaged and women-owned businesses, both in day-to-day operations and with the Addition project.

Will you have diversity goals? What are they? Will they apply to all prime contractors’ scopes of work for both Design and Construction?

The Addition's goals are expected to provide $65 million to $70 million in contracting opportunities for local minority, small, veteran, disadvantaged and women-owned businesses. We believe these goals will result in record subcontracting opportunities for similar project types in the region. This reflects a 17 percent goal for architectural and engineering scopes and an 8 percent goal for construction scopes, including all prime contractors.

What is the total value of the WSCC Addition work? Over what period of time?

The total value of the project is approximately $1.6 billion and the work is targeted for completion in 2020.

Who should I contact to learn about the available contracting scopes of work?

Please watch the WSCCAddition.com website or contact Tony Johnson, Principal, Johnson Construction & Consulting (tony.johnson@johnsonconcon.com) for more information.

Are you looking for diverse professional service providers, vendors and suppliers?

Yes. Be sure to check our bid packages page for information on upcoming opportunities to perform contracted work as part of the WSCC Addition project. You can also sign up to receive information on contracting opportunities through our contact page

How do I sign up to indicate my interest?

Please sign up here and direct questions to Tony Johnson, Principal, Johnson Construction & Consulting (tony.johnson@johnconcon.com) for more information.

Who are the prime contractors and where can I find their scopes of work and contact information?

What are the Addition project’s criteria for DBE, MBE, SBE and WBE classification?

 

To qualify for the WSCCA Outreach Program, contractor/consultant must meet one or more of the following classifications:
 
1. MBE or Minority Business Enterprise is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more individuals who belong to a minority group and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of these owners.  Minority is defined as African American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Hispanic American, Native American or Alaska Native (as per the Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises).

2. WBE or Women Business Enterprise is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more women and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of these owners.

3. MWBE or Minority Women’s Business Enterprise is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more women and one or more individuals belonging to a minority group as defined in item 1 above, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of these owners.

4. VOSB or Veteran-Owned Small Business is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more veterans and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of these owners.   A Veteran is defined as a person who served on active duty with the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard for any length of time.  A reservist or member of the National Guard called to federal active duty or disabled in the line of duty or while training also qualifies as a Veteran.  The business must also meet the small business requirements set by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as noted below.

5. SDVOSB or Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business is a business that is at least 51% owned by one or more Service-disabled veterans and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of these owners.   A veteran is defined as a person who served on active duty with the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard for any length of time.  A reservist or member of the National Guard called to federal active duty or disabled in the line of duty or while training also qualifies as a Veteran.  A Service-disabled veteran is a Veteran who possesses either a disability rating letter issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) establishing a service-connected rating or a disability determination from the Department of Defense (DoD).  The business must also meet the small business requirements set by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as noted below.

6. SBE or Small Business Enterprise is a business that meets the relevant size standards adopted by the U.S. Small Business Administration.  See https://www.sba.gov/contracting/getting-started-contractor/make-sure-you-meet-sba-size-standards/table-small-business-size-standards for more info on the SBA Small Business Size Standards.

7. DBE or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise is a business that is at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged with a personal net worth below $1,320,000.  The eligible owner(s) must be a woman or belong to a minority group and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of these owners.  Minority is defined as African American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian, Hispanic American, Native American or Alaska Native (as defined by the Washington State Office of Minority & Women's Business Enterprises).  The business must also be a small business as defined by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

8. SCS or Small Contractors and Suppliers are businesses owned by one or more individuals with a personal net worth below $1,320,000 and whose size is 50% of the SBA business size standards. An SCS business must also agree to undergo 15 hours of business training.  See http://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/finance-business-operations/business-development-contract-compliance/certification/program-details.aspx for more info.

 
Certification by the City of Seattle, King County, the State of Washington and other organizational/governmental entities having jurisdiction over such certifications, are acceptable. If a business is not formally certified, the contractor/consultant may be required to demonstrate that a qualified individual(s) owns at least 51% of the business, controls the managerial and day-to-day operations, possesses the power to direct the management and policies of the business, and meets the applicable size standards.
Only firms performing a commercially useful function according to custom and practice in the industry will be counted.  Commercially useful function includes, but is not limited to, the performance of a distinct element of work by a firm, which has the skill and experience as well as the responsibility of actually performing, managing, and supervising the work using its own workforce and resources.  No credit will be given for a firm that is merely acting as a passive conduit of funds.

 

 

How do I determine if my business falls within the small business requirements for your program?

The criteria for the small business program are outlined in The Office of Minority & Women Business Enterprise (OMWBE; www.omwbe.wa.gov) and through the Small Business Association (SBA; www.sba.gov).  If your business does not fall under the small business requirements but does fall under the diversity ownership requirements, you can seek certification with the national certification programs identified as NMSDC and WBENC.

Why is the Convention Center proposing to expand?

The existing Convention Center turns away as many meetings and conventions as it books, due to the lack of available space or dates. The Addition project will have a profound economic impact on the Greater Seattle region by hosting many of the conventions it currently turns away, benefiting our region’s workers, restaurants, shops and hotels by adding an estimated $230 million to $240 million per year in spending to the local economy.  

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