Engaging small, local and disadvantaged subcontractors in an area of high unemployment is a priority for the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, and on the San Diego International Airport’s Terminal 2 Landside Improvements project, it was also a priority for the Kiewit/Sundt Joint Venture. Kiewit/Sundt set the bar high for small, local and disadvantaged business participation. and achieved an actual participation rate of 34% of total contract value.
From the beginning, Kiewit/Sundt’s major focus was to maximize opportunity for small and local contractors and vendors wherever possible, and to make this landmark project truly a community effort. They were committed to maximizing opportunities for the small and local businesses.
In order to meet that goal, they packaged work into smaller scopes (where appropriate), as well as created participation goals for the larger scope packages. In this spirit, major trade contractors were strongly encouraged to provide every opportunity for local, small and disadvantaged firms to participate under their individual contracts.
During construction of the Landside Improvements at The Green Build at Terminal 2, Kiewit/Sundt utilized 78 subcontractors, 247 tiered contractors and 443 vendors to complete the work. Mentoring these subcontractors for success began in the pre-bid phase to clearly communicate the expectations for working in an airport environment, as well as Kiewit/Sundt’s detailed requirements for safety, quality, planning, scheduling and contract administration.
A detailed and transparent procurement process was utilized which required that all subcontractors were prequalified through Bids-Online prior to receiving a bid package. This procurement process was carefully coordinated with the airside contractor for continuity.
A Kiewit/Sundt subcontractor monitor was assigned to each subcontractor to provide mentoring. Subcontractor monitors reviewed work plans and shop drawings, arranged pre-activity meetings, checked the safety of tools and equipment, and recognized their accomplishments. Additionally, training was implemented to help subcontractors, tier contractors and vendors utilize the airport’s labor and compliance reporting system and to enroll in the Owner Controlled Insurance Program.
It is clear that Kiewit/Sundt valued the importance of implementing a vibrant small-business program as a key ingredient to executing this successful project. And with a small, local and disadvantaged business participation rate of 34 percent, this landmark project was truly a community effort.