The subconsultant team for the joint venture includes more than 40 percent minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE), as well as five percent small business enterprise (SBE) firms.
“During our advance pursuit meetings with DART, we began to understand the agency’s values concerning diversity and capacity building, and it was important to us as well that we built a diverse team to reflect those shared values,” Brown said.
The subconsultant team includes: Foster CM, Iconic Group, McKissick and McKissick, Kimley Horn, and Mas-Tek (African-American owned); K Strategies and Swayzer & Associates (African-American/Woman owned); and Raul Bravo & Associates and VAI (Hispanic owned).
“Our team will ‘keep the end in mind,’” Brown said. “That is, we will take an operations and service perspective from the earliest point in the project, and in all we do.”
He said that by taking an operator’s view, the team can integrate and manage each of the technical, commercial, and organizational interfaces effectively and efficiently.
“For DART, this means having a PMOR that can bring deeper understanding of what needs to happen during delivery to ensure a system is created that operates well on opening day, experiences fewer delays along the way, and requires less re-work later,” he said.
Brown and WSP have played key roles on several essential mobility projects in the north Texas region, including the Dallas Horseshoe and Southern Gateway, the North Central Expressway, LBJ Express Lanes, the DFW Connector, and the North Tarrant Express. “This project will add to WSP’s portfolio of significant transportation projects in the region and across the U.S.,” he said.
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