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Nancy Mccarthy of The Skanner

Kaiser Permanente is launching an outreach and mentoring program to help minority contractors compete for construction projects the hospital is planning in Portland during the next several years.

More than $1.7 billion in construction projects are planned for Oregon and Washington, with most of that in the Portland area, said Joanna Davison, manager of National Facilities Services Diversity for Kaiser.

But just as construction plans are coming on line for Kaiser, local construction crews are heading out of Portland and down to Louisiana to rebuild New Orleans and other towns. The new program will help "build our pool of contractors" for the future, she said.

"This is an opportunity for contractors to gain experience in the health care environment and to add to their portfolio so they can grow their business," Davison said. "Kaiser benefits by having increased available contractors qualified to help us with our projects."

Last year, Kaiser Permanente in the Northwest spent $5.024 million on minority small business and $2.9 million on large minority-owned businesses. Another $12.7 million was spent on women-owned businesses, according to Davison
The new program is designed to remove the barriers that have blocked non-union minority contractors from working on Kaiser projects. Those barriers include a lack of long-term experience in the construction field and in health-care construction specifically, Davison said. In addition, because of Kaiser's commitment to support labor union, nonunion contractors have been ineligible to bid.

Small one- and two-person shops aren't too small to be considered, she said, as long as they're willing to follow union rules on particular projects.

"The corner stone of our project is to ensure they have the tools necessary to succeed not in construction but in hospital construction," Davison added.

The first steps in finding minority contractors began with a presentation by Kaiser in Portland. Letters are being sent out to the contractors who expressed interest. They will be asked to complete a profile sheet, and after Kaiser has determined their licenses are in good standing,  they  can participate, Davison said.

"We're going to start with fairly small projects but will expand them as the contractors become more experienced," she said.

Renovation and remodeling projects worth up to $500,000 will be offered at the beginning, as the contractors learn more about working in a medical environment, said Rick Ginley, a consultant to Kaiser.

Ginley noted that, unlike office buildings, hospitals require special precautions, such as life-safety equipment, patients and medical staff to work around. Project managers will be assigned to assist contractors in adjusting to the health care environment.

"We're really excited about the program," Davison said. "This is a first for Kaiser Permanente, and we're vested in its success in Portland."

To learn more about the program, write to Davison at 1800 Harrison St., 19th floor, Oakland, CA  94612, or call her at 510-625-2885.

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