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Diversity & Inclusion

A Deep Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

WSCC has had a long commitment to diversity in its business practices.  This is a fully voluntary commitment, not mandated by any jurisdiction.  For the Addition project, the WSCC Board of Directors has set a goal of $80 million in participation by WMBE firms.  Like the City of Seattle, WSCC defines WMBE as state-certified or self-identified firms that are at least 51 percent WMBE owned, which includes Black-, Asian American-, Hispanic-, Native American- and White female-owned firms.

The WSCC outreach efforts include these components:

  • Contractor outreach.  WSCC has organized numerous bid package-related activities to ensure contractors have what they need to participate in contracting opportunities.
  • On-going engagement with community advocacy groups.  This includes: Tabor 100; National Association of Minority Contractors; Black Collective; National Association of Women in Construction; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Korean American Chamber of Commerce; Regional Contracting Forum; Contractors, Designers and Entrepreneurs; and, the Ethnic Chambers of Commerce Coalition. 
  • Targeted paid advertising with ethnic media.
  • Engagement with governmental agencies. 

 

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WSCC offers the following resources:

  • Regina Glenn, Pacific Communications Consultants. Regina has provided services to clients in public, nonprofit and private sectors in delivering their message to diverse communities and stakeholders. Regina Glenn at an Outreach event.
  • Viki Bamba Chennault, Clark Construction Diversity Manager.  Viki helps companies connect with the prime contractors and subcontractors on the Addition project.  Viki Bamba Chennault speaking at an Outreach event. 
  • Strategic Partnership Program.  Clark Construction’s Strategic Partnership Program provides free construction management and business skill training in an intensive MBA-style program for small, minority-owned, woman-owned and veteran-owned businesses.

The following are key components of the Project Labor Agreement for the Addition:

  • Apprenticeships.  An apprentice utilization goal has been set targeting performance of 15 percent of all project labor hours by apprentices, including at least 15 percent minority and 8 percent women.
  • Pre-apprenticeships.  WSCC provides financial support to pre-apprenticeship programs like ANEW.  Additional pre-apprentice support will be provided in coordination with the Seattle Building and Construction Trades Council.
  • Priority Hire.  The Priority Hire program incorporates zip codes for both the City of Seattle and King County.  WSCC has a goal of 19% Priority Hire participation and an aspirational goal of 26%, which matches the City of Seattle goals.

Resources for Contractors

The WSCC Addition has several resources available for qualified service providers interested in bidding on contracting opportunities. 

Union Partnerships

The existing Convention Center is a union facility and the Addition relies on union labors for construction. It is anticipated that the new facility will employ union labor.

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