Minorities batting 51% at convention center remodel
NAMC-OR's equity report shows the push for minority contracting on the huge public project was a success. The organization claims that the Oregon Convention Center Renovation Project had:
The Oregon Convention Center Renovation Project was a boon for local minority contractors, according to Nate McCoy, executive director of the Oregon chapter of the National Association of Minority Contractors. NAMC-OR released its Equity Report to the Metro Council in late July.
The Equity Report highlights the equity goals and outcomes from the Oregon Convention Center Renovation Project (OCCRP), completed in September of 2019. Metro owns and runs the Oregon Convention Center.
According to McCoy, Metro's commitment to an Equity Lens Framework within the procurement process led to a fair and competitive response, resulting in the largest public improvement contract awarded to a BIPOC Prime Contractor (BPC) in Oregon at the time of the award.
The OCCRP was completed on time and on budget, and set records, notably delivering on an equitable workforce and an average contract amount of $2.6 million going to certified MBE firms. These outcomes translated to an extremely diverse workforce at all levels of construction.
"A diverse workforce is not only possible but will exceed all expectations when leadership is serious about utilizing and valuing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion," said Nate McCoy.
NAMC Oregon is a nonprofit trade organization headquartered in Portland and dedicated to serving Contractors by supporting the prosperity, sustainability and growth of minority-owned businesses for public and private construction projects.
Metro owns and runs the Oregon Convention Center and worked with the developer of the Hyatt Regency Portland (located across the street) to finance and make the hotel a reality. The hotel was designed to house an expected boom in conventioneers in 2020. This has not yet happened due to the collapse in business travel around the COVID-19 shutdown.
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