KBR pre-bid meeting provides networking opportunities for minority-owned businesses

KBR Building Group held a pre-bid meeting this week to get acquainted with representatives from minority- and women-owned business enterprises (M/WBEs) who have an interest in working on HISD building projects.

“A big part of this meeting is about networking – we need to know who you are and what you do,” said Garland Burton, KBR Director of Community Affairs and Diversity. “We want to make sure we’re emphasizing our commitment to helping minority businesses.”

KBR is the construction manager at risk (CMAR) on four schools which are being rebuilt under the district’s current bond project – Sharpstown HS, Leland Young Men’s Prep, Furr HS, and Washington HS. The company expects to release detailed bid packages for these schools in the coming weeks and months, and used this event to give an overview of upcoming projects and introduce the project team and points of contact.

Representatives from about 40 companies, ranging from electrical and security firms to painters and staffing services, attended the meeting and had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the group and describe the work they provide.

“KBR doesn’t self-perform the work. We depend on our partners and contractors and we’re committed to meeting or exceeding our M/WBE goals,” said KBR Project Executive Matt Wood.

HISD’s minimum Minority- or Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) participation goal levels are 20 percent for purchasing and construction and 25 percent for professional services. HISD’s total combined commitment made by all design firms in the 2012 bond program is expected to top more than 53 percent participation by M/WBE firms.

Information on these and other upcoming bid and networking opportunities can be found on the HISD website or by calling the Business Assistance Supplier Diversity Department at 713-556-7273.