Tips offered for how to land construction contracts

April 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Solar Energy Tips

Some may think it’s “who you know” that determines which company lands a contract, but some decisions are based on whether a business has its paperwork in order.

Tips for how companies can provide the necessary records to make it through a contract procurement process will be offered Thursday during a free workshop in Modesto.

“Sometimes there are hurdles to getting a firm qualified (so it can be considered for a construction project), but we can work with them to explain what it takes to get over those hurdles,” said Brent Andrew, spokesman for Chevron Energy Solutions.

Chevron and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union are holding the “Sourcing Day” event from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 4842 Nutcracker Lane.

Local construction contractors and skilled tradesmen are invited. That includes those who provide lighting, heating and air conditioning, energy efficiency, water treatment, solar power, metalwork, carpentry, mechanical engineering, equipment installment and demolition services.

By learning how to weave their way through the vendor-vetting process used by large companies and government agencies, Andrew said Stanislaus County contractors may be able to land more contracts – thus generating more local jobs and revenue for the community.

Andrew expects his corporation to be working on a “significant number” of public works projects in Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties during the next year, for which numerous subcontractors will be needed.

“Almost all large organizations require companies go through some vetting process” before they’re awarded contracts, Andrew explained.

Example: Corporations such as Chevron require their contractors to keep detailed safety incident records that can be verified.

“It is critically important to us to have people performing to our safety standards,” said Andrew, noting that certain forms must be kept on file.

Detailed work reference and work history – documenting how jobs were completed on time, on budget and to the required specifications – also are necessary.

“We want to know specifics,” Andrew explained. He said Chevron also “would expect any contractor working with us to make a commitment to follow employment laws.”

Andrew is confident there will many employment opportunities ahead in the region to do energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects on public buildings, including schools.

That’s because the passage of Proposition 39 in 2012 made energy-efficiency funding available. Chevron Energy Solutions is working with local agencies to get some of those funds, and it expects to hire local contractors to help it do the work.

Contractors who land a job on one of Chevron’s projects may find it easier to get work with other large corporations because it will look good on a small company’s résumé, Andrew said.

For information about Thursday’s event or contracting with Chevron Energy Solutions, email Brent. Andrew@Chevron.com.

Bee staff writer J.N. Sbranti can be reached at jnsbranti@modbee.com or (209) 578-2196.

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