Trade Partner Workshop Series
Mortenson Seattle’s first Trade Partner Workshops came to a close this week after a five session series featuring various aspects of business and development. Eleonor Oshitoye, Diversity Inclusion Manager, gathered entities from the University of Washington, the Port of Seattle, the City of Seattle and leaders among the Seattle office to discuss the following topics:
GC/CM vs. Design Build – Taught by John Palewicz, DBIA and Director of Strategic Programs at the University of WA and Mortenson’s Bill Kent, former DBIA president and Business Development Executive. The 360 degree education environment shared perspectives from a clients perspective, a primes and our Trade Partners. This first session covered the topic of the different processes, procedures, procurement, estimating, scheduling and invoicing from different delivery methods.
Estimating – Taught by Mortenson’s Chief Estimator, Mark Wagner, this session talked about the difference between pursuit, award processes and what Mortenson looks for in an estimate.
PLA & CWA Contracts – Taught by the City of Seattle and the Port of Seattle, both types of contracts were discussed and how to successfully navigate as a union and open-shop contractor. As well as some valuable tips on cost considerations when pursuing projects with a PLA & CWA requirement and the different support methods the Port and the City has in place for subcontractors.
Safety & Quality – Taught by Group Safety Director Lyle Eisemen and Group Quality Director Mark Drzewiecki, this session covered how everyone has a role in safety and quality and discussed the impacts these programs have on craft engagement and company success.
Scheduling & Pricing – Taught by Construction Executive John Baker, this session covered the process of payment and tips to help improve the bottom line, how to apply different delivery methods into their pricing and scheduling.
Eleonor crafted the workshop with the idea that Mortenson would learn from the trade partners just as they are learning from us. More than 15 different trade partner firms were in attendance for all five sessions and the series will conclude Thursday, April 20, with a celebration. Each trade partner will also be given five minutes to speak on their trade and what they’ve taken away from the series. The University of Washington, City of Seattle and Port of Seattle have all been invited to observe and ask questions.
“The information and details provided are helping to enlighten the attendees on what it takes to achieve success with Mortenson and with public works projects overall. The knowledge and expertise provided the business concerns that participate is extremely valuable.”
Ralph Ibarra, President of Diverse America Network
"Working with Mortenson Construction on the Hill7 Hilton Garden Inn project has been a great experience for our team. Their professionalism, communication, and flexibility made the collaboration on the new hotel development run smoothly and efficiently. The result is a world class facility that was completed ahead of schedule and will be a standard for success in downtown Seattle for years to come."
Director of Project Development
The Hotel Group
"Mortenson has brought technical expertise, a team attitude, and leadership skills that have helped make our project a success to date. We have relied heavily on Mortenson to maintain the project budget and schedule and they have stepped up to lead the value engineering effort, which has allowed us to significantly reduce the cost of our project without affecting the program or quality."
Craig Sivley, P.E.
Assistant Public Works Director
City of Tacoma