Penske Technical Center is requesting pre-qualification information from companies interested in bidding

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To ensure participation of Detroit-based, and minority and women owned businesses, the design/build team for M-1 RAIL Penske Technical Center is requesting pre-qualification information from companies interested in bidding on multiple packages of work that will be released in the first quarter of 2015.

“We are asking companies to complete our pre-qualification process by Dec. 15, 2014 so that they may participate in upcoming bid opportunities,” said Ron Dawson, project executive, Turner Construction, one of the members of the design/build team. “The pre-qualification process allows us to better understand the qualifications of potential subcontractors to ensure that we are hiring the best companies for the job. This process allows us to involve more Detroiters in the construction of the M-1 RAIL Penske Technical Center.”

The following bid opportunities will be available in the first quarter of next year:

1. Fencing

2. Landscaping

3. Doors, frames and hardware

4. Ceramic tile

5. Carpet/flooring

6. Building accessories and miscellaneous equipment

Subcontractors interested in submitting information should visit http://www.turnerconstruction.com and complete the pre-qualification form, and should also mail a letter of interest addressed to: Ron Dawson, project executive, 535 Griswold, Suite 1525, Detroit, MI 48226, by December 15, 2014.

The Penske Technical Center will be located near the northern terminus of the line at Woodward Ave. just beyond West Grand Blvd., in the city’s New Center neighborhood. It will be one of the first new construction projects in the neighborhood and is an important component of the project.

“We’ve been working extensively with the community on the Penske Technical Center, holding community meetings and incorporating residents’ feedback into the design of the facility,” said Sommer Woods, director of external relations, M-1 RAIL. “Now we’d like to make sure we can hire Detroiters to work on the design/build too, so we’re encouraging companies to go through this pre-qualification process.”

“The M-1 RAIL project will award nearly 30 percent of the construction and concurrent road work to Detroit-based companies, along with women, minority and DBEs,” Woods continued. “We want to keep building on that momentum, and these bids help us do that.”

ABE Associates, Inc. and 3.L.K. Construction, two of the companies in the design/build team are registered Detroit-Headquartered Business (DHB), Detroit-Based Enterprise (DBE) and Minority Based Enterprise (MBE). Turner is a registered Detroit-Based Business (DBB). The fourth team member, RNL, is a national designer of light rail and mass transit maintenance facilities and is teamed with ABE Engineering, Inc. for architectural services.

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