CDOT Connection April Newsletter

News & Information

Get Connected to Central 70 Bid Opportunities

Last month we told you that Kiewit rolled out a Building Connected platform for subcontractors interested in working on the Central 70 Project. This month, they have over 40 different bid packages that you can review and quote online. 
 
If you’re interested in being a part of the Central 70 project, visitwww.kiewitcentral70bids.com and register. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to bid! 
 
If you have specific questions, please contact the following project leads:
  • Construction: John Locke, john.locke@Kiewit.com, (303) 265-0233
  • Maintenance: Christie Contreras, Christie_Contreras@royjorgensen.com, (713) 853-6206 
  • Electrical: Jim Bushnell, jbushnell@myrgroup.com, (303) 853-7624

Central 70 Opportunities & Certification Event on April 19

Central 70 banner
If you want to find out about opportunities on the Central 70 project and learn how small business certifications can help you get there, come to this event next week at the Workforce Training Center. You’ll get project updates from the team, as well as neighboring projects with DEN, National Western Center, and City and County of Denver.

From concrete and landscaping to catering and snow removal, there are hundreds of opportunities available for small and disadvantaged business on the Central 70 and other local area projects. Come find out what’s happening along this popular corridor!

Central 70 Small Business Opportunities & Certifications
April 19, 2018
4pm – 6pm
Central 70 Workforce Training Center
3600 E 46th Ave
Denver, CO 80216

Learn more…

CDOT Formalizes Commitment to Fostering Equal Access for Small Businesses in Contracting

Hands connectedThrough a gap analysis conducted by CDOT’s Civil Rights & Business Resources Center (CRBRC), staff identified a need for policy-level guidance to the Department on the importance of fostering small business capacity to compete for CDOT contracts.

Recently, the Transportation Commission voted unanimously to approve Policy Directive 606.0 which focuses on contracting methods and program development that CDOT may pursue in order to encourage small business capacity in competing for contracts on CDOT projects.

The policy codifies CDOT’s commitment to Colorado’s transportation-related small business community through program development, creative contracting opportunities, and project manager awareness of the significant role small business plays in driving competition and ultimately decreasing cost of project delivery.

This is one more way CDOT is helping to foster equal access to contracting opportunities for small businesses in Colorado and the Department and support efforts to decrease bid costs and increase competitive capacity for Colorado’s small business community.
Learn more…

Last Chance for CDOT Pre-Season Contract & Labor Compliance Training

Construction site

CDOT is holding the final 2-day contractor compliance workshop in Grand Junction on April 17-18. If you work on CDOT projects and have not yet attended this training, this is your last chance this spring to get the information you need to be in compliance!
You can register for individual sessions over 2 days and download the full schedule from the CDOT website.
Day 1: This workshop will walk through FHWA Form 1273 regulations, as well as certified payrolls, site of work, systems tracking, and compliance reporting. This day will end with a discussion panel with CDOT Engineers and Civil Rights Managers in the region.
 
Day 2: This session has two simultaneous tracks. The first is an advanced Software & Systems track that gets into the details of B2GNow & LCPTracker. The second covers the ADA and OJT programs, as well as a small business round table about best practices for subcontractors.
 

New CDL License Requirement for Truck Drivers Effective this Summer

Construction truck.

Truckers have long been the eyes and ears of the road, and Colorado lawmakers decided to officially put that perspective to use as the state continues its growing battle against human trafficking.
On Thursday, April 12, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1018 into law which will require truck drivers to complete a half-hour human trafficking awareness course (at no extra cost) in order to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL). The new law will go into effect over the summer.
Lawmakers and advocacy groups hope that, with more trained eyes on the road, law enforcement will have a helping hand in stopping sex and labor trafficking. It’s time we all help the effort!

Opportunities on Safe Routes to Schools Infrastructure Projects

Construction workers

Colorado’s Transportation Commission recently approved $2.49 million to fund 15 Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) projects around the state. These projects help get more students walking and biking to and from school. The program is federally funded, managed by CDOT, and implemented by the grant recipients.
 
The following 10 grantees received funding specifically for infrastructure improvements. Small businesses can start talking now with recipients about design and construction opportunities.
  • Boulder County Transportation
  • City of Edgewater
  • City of Florence
  • City of Gunnison
  • City of Thornton
  • City of Woodland Park
  • Lewis Palmer School District 38
  • Thompson School District
  • Town of Estes Park
  • Town of Manassa

Hands-On Workshop to Help A&E Firms Get Prequalified by CDOT

Construction map.

Are you an architectural, engineering, environmental or other professional services firm interested in doing business with CDOT? If so, CDOT requires all consultants (as defined by the Brooks Act) to be prequalified and have an approved Master Price Agreement (MPA) with CDOT.
The process can be intimidating but don’t be scared off just because you’re a small business! Whether you are a sole proprietor or have several employees, join us for a FREE workshop on May 14th to help you navigate the process and application for CDOT prequalification and MPA. 
 
May 14, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Denver Chamber of Commerce, 1445 Market St., Denver CO 80222
 

We’ll cover the following topics and you’ll walk away with completed documents that are ready to submit.

  • Are you a consultant or a vendor?
  • Overview of the CDOT Consultant Prequalification process – technical and financial (MPA)
  • Review required documents and learn how to identify which requirement is relevant. Complete Appendix A of the CDOT Financial Qualification Brochure
  • Navigating the CDOT consultant website and portal
  • Completing the Architect-Engineer Prequalification Questionnaire and submitting in the portal
  • Review Appendix E – Supplemental Accounting System Questionnaire and Appendix G – Employee Listing
  • Review the AASHTO Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ) for Consulting Engineers and discuss which sections need to be completed for your business
  • Accounting Policies and Procedures – What you need to know to align to CFR 48 Part 3
  • Walk away with an application ready to go!

Workshops & Training

DBE & ESB Certifications Workshop
April 16, 2018
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Pikes Peak SBDC
Colorado Springs
 
This workshop is essential for any small, minority or woman-owned small business interested in working on CDOT and other transportation projects. You’ll learn about the eligibility and application requirements for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Emerging Small Business (ESB) certifications. We’ll help you understand the benefits of both programs and answer your questions about certification.  

CDOT Contract & Labor Compliance Workshop

April 17-18, 2018
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Mesa County Workforce Center
Grand Junction
 
Join CDOT for a two-day event designed to provide construction contractors with the information, resources, and relationships they need to successfully maintain compliance with civil rights requirements on CDOT construction projects.  CDOT staff will present content on regulations, processes, and systems, as well as provide programmatic updates about ADA, On-the-Job Training, and upcoming projects from CDOT Region Engineers.   

 


Webinar: CDOT ESB Orientation
April 17, 2018
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Online
 
CDOT) has an Emerging Small Business (ESB) program that provides contracting benefits for small businesses in highway design and construction. Firms must be certified by CDOT in order to take advantage of these program benefits. This orientation provides an overview of the program and is mandatory for any firm interested in becoming ESB certified. Please note that the owner of the business or a key manager must attend the session within 6 months prior to submitting the ESB application. 

CDOT Central 70 Small Business Opportunities & Certifications

April 19, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Central 70 Workforce Training Center
Denver
 
Please join CDOT’s Central 70 and Small Business staff at an event about upcoming opportunities for small businesses on the $1.2 billion Central 70 project. You’ll learn what it takes to be a CDOT subcontractor, how to register and bid with the prime developer, and how small business certifications can help you be more competitive. We encourage all small, minority, and women-owned businesses interested in working on the Central 70 project to come and learn more.  

AGC: OSHA 10-Hour Course

April 19-20, 2018
7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Glenwood Springs Community Center
Glenwood Springs
 
The curriculum is based on the requirements set forth and approved by the DOL OSHA Outreach program and focuses on significant hazards encountered in construction. This course is based on OSHA 29 CRF Parts 1910 and 1926 requirements pertaining to construction activities. Participants will receive completion certifications and DOL wallet cards.  

CCA: Training Course for Traffic Control Supervisors

April 19-20, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
CCA
Centennial
 
This 2-day, 16 hour course is designed to give participants state-of-the-art knowledge of the entire process of planning, designing, installing, maintaining and monitoring traffic control for work zones. Anyone responsible for any phase of construction and maintenance operations cannot afford to miss this training. These principles applied to your maintenance and construction operations can save your organization many times to the cost of the course by helping you avoid tort claims and liability judgments. This short course is a basic requirement essential to all persons involved in street and highway work.  

Creating an Awesome Capability Statement

April 20, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Aurora / South Metro SBDC
Aurora
 
Due to the heightened competitive market place in the construction/transportation industry, a corporate capability statement is no longer exclusive to government contracting. They are now effective in the private sector as well. In order to be competitive and stay successful in your markets, a Capability Statement is a critical tool no matter what size company you represent. Join Adriane Sanford, Connect2DOT consultant for an informative workshop on why it’s important to have a capability statement and it’s purpose.

DBE Certification Intensive Workshop

April 23, 2018
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pikes Peak SBDC
Colorado Springs
 
This workshop is essential for any small business that is interested in applying for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification in the state of Colorado. You will learn about the eligibility criteria and requirements for DBE certification and the benefits of participating in the program. We’ll answer your questions and provide a follow up application review for participants. If your business is minority or woman-owned and you would like to gain a competitive advantage in bidding on CDOT and partner agency projects, this webinar is for you. 
CCA: Training Course for Traffic Control Supervisors
May 3-4, 2018
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
CCA
Centennial
 
This 2-day, 16 hour course is designed to give participants state-of-the-art knowledge of the entire process of planning, designing, installing, maintaining and monitoring traffic control for work zones. Anyone responsible for any phase of construction and maintenance operations cannot afford to miss this training. These principles applied to your maintenance and construction operations can save your organization many times to the cost of the course by helping you avoid tort claims and liability judgments. This short course is a basic requirement essential to all persons involved in street and highway work.  

How to Be a Successful CDOT Contractor

May 8, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Pikes Peak SBDC
Colorado Springs
 
Do you have what it takes to work on multi-million-dollar CDOT construction projects? Do you want to learn the secrets of making money in a highly competitive low-bid construction environment? Join us for an interactive workshop where you’ll learn about the best practices of the most successful CDOT contractors. We’ll walk you through the top mistakes to avoid and get lessons learned from a former CDOT Region Engineer who is now working as a CDOT prime contractor.  
CDOT A&E Prequalification & MPA
May 14, 2018
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Denver Chamber of Commerce
Denver
 
Are you an architectural, engineering, or other professional services firm interested in doing business with CDOT? If so, CDOT requires all consultants (as defined by the Brooks Act ) to be prequalified and have an approved Master Price Agreement (MPA) with CDOT. Whether you are a sole proprietor or small business, this hands-on workshop will help you navigate the process and application for prequalification and MPA. We’ll cover the following topics and you’ll walk away with completed documents that are ready to submit.