Minority-, Women- and Locally-Owned (MWL) Businesses and Workforce Participation
Minority-, Women- and Locally-Owned (MWL) businesses and MWL workforce participation
Columbia University is committed to supporting MWL businesses and workforce participation.
I. Minority, Women and Local (MWL) Goals
- Columbia University's goal is to award 35 percent of the total dollar value of Phase I Site Development construction subcontracts governed by the PLA to Minority-, Women- and Locally-Owned Business Enterprises (MWLBE), excluding Specialty Construction Services. (As defined in the CBA, "Specialty Construction Services" shall mean construction services of a unique or special nature and for which there exists a limited number of qualified business entities that can perform such services. These Specialty Construction Services are specifically listed in CBA - Exhibit E.)
- Columbia University's goal is to award 35 percent of total dollar value of non-construction contracts (excluding academic and research contracts) throughout the life of the Project to MWLBE, provided that “Local” shall include the five (5) boroughs of New York City.
Construction Workforce Participation
- Columbia University has a goal of 40 percent MWL workforce participation in construction activities, excluding Specialty Construction Services.
- Columbia University includes non-discrimination and affirmative action obligations in all construction contracts entered into by Columbia or by Columbia contractors or subcontractors relating to the construction of the Project
- Columbia University uses good faith efforts to unbundle (e.g. divide into smaller bid packages) certain sections of the Construction Work to increase participation by MWLBE’s
- Columbia University includes in its standard RFP templates (i) a statement indicating that the University is committed to the hiring of qualified Local Residents when possible and (ii) a question seeking information about the vendor’s record and practices in that regard
Columbia’s Implementation Plan
The most recent Implementation Plan Report submitted to Empire State Development, along with evidence of compliance, is available below:
3. Exhibits to construction contracts: Minority- and Women- owned Business Enterprises, Locally-based Business Enterprises (M/W/LBEs) Non-Discrimination and Affirmative Action Requirements in Columbia University Construction
How to Access
Construction firms interested in working on the Manhattanville Development project should contact:
For the University Forum project:
Diversity Program Director (Metro Region)
Skanska USA Building
Empire State Building
350 Fifth Avenue, 32nd Floor
New York, NY 10118
For the Business School - Below Grade project:
200 Park Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10166
Subject Ref.: Columbia Manhattanville Phase 2 Below Grade
Construction tradespersons interested in working on the Manhattanville Development project should contact:
DACK Consulting Solutions, Inc.
Manhattanville Workforce Team
275 Lenox Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Applications may be completed online or picked up at the Columbia University Employment Information Center located at 3180 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.