Flatiron | Parsons, a joint venture Oakland Airport Connector


Attached is a list of local vendors that have been utilized on the project.

One of the core values of the Flatiron/Parsons team is giving back to the local community in which we work. 
Through ongoing outreach, our team members have engaged local vendors for supplies & services to maximize 
utilization of local businesses.
Local Business
For tracking purposes only
220 Auto Detail Center Auto 
ABC Security Security Services
Alliance Gas Products Gas Products 
Aramark Sport and Entertainment  Event At Oakland Coliseum 
Associated Services Coffee & Water Supplies
Balloon Odyssey Balloons - Groundbreaking
Bay Bolt Hardware
Bruce's Tire Tire Repair
Cable Moore  Cable and Rigging Supplies  
Charlie Chan  Catering
Courtyard Marriott Preferred Lodging
Culinary Excellence Catering Catering - Groundbreaking
Cypress Mandela Training Center Inc Community Outreach 
East Bay Blue Print & Supplies Reproduction
East Bay Ford Truck Sales  Auto 
East Bay Small Business Council  Annual Holiday Event
East Oakland Youth Development Center Community Outreach 
Elite Reprographics Project Boards, printing - Groundbreaking
Event Magic Tent/Chairs- Groundbreaking
Fountain Café Catering 
Friendly Cab Co  Transportation 
Gene Louis Hazzard Project Pictures
Give Something Back  Office Supplies
Hilton Hotel Lodging and Meeting Space
Just Business Cards Office Supplies
Kantors Furniture Project Office Furniture
Level Construction Supply Hardware
Metropolitan Golf  Leadership Program 
Napa Auto parts Equipment Parts
Oakland Airporter  Transportation 
Oakland Athletics Internship Event
Paradise Baptist Church Youth Group Sponsorship 
Park Plaza Hotel  Preferred Lodging 
Plumbing Supply (exp) Plumbing Supplies
Project Outreach - Food Give Away Event - E. Oak Senior Center
Red Lion  Lodging and Meeting Space
Roba's Pizza Café Catering 
Seulberger's Flowers Flowers 
Van Matre Lumber  Lumber
Yoshino Sushi Project Lunch/Dinner Meetings


DBE Program

Flatiron/Parsons has made a commitment to help DBE, small-sized, minority, and women-owned businesses to participate in the construction of the project.  Although we have committed to 20% of the Category II Construction Activities, our goal will be to exceed said commitment. Part of this plan includes $7,000,000 in design services to be completed by DBE firms.  The BART Office of Civil Rights defines eligible DBE firms as those who do business or have attempted to business in the past two years in one of the four BART service area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, and San Francisco. 

For information on BART's DBE Program or on how to get certified as an eligible DBE, please visit BART's Office of Civil Rights.

Contact Information

For more information regarding the DBE and Local Hire Programs, please contact:

Andrea Lowe

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Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) Program Update

The BART Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) requirements comply with Federal Law contained in 49CFR Part 26. The procedures contained in the DBE Program assure that the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) Contract is administered without discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex or national origin and that DBEs have an equal opportunity to compete for and participate in the OAC Contract.

Design-Build Contract

The OAC Contract process recognizes that at the time of bid on a design-build project, the contractor has not yet fully completed design so the methods of construction and quantities of materials are not yet known and construction subcontracts cannot yet be fully committed. Therefore the OAC Contract allowed for a two-phase DBE commitment to allow for both the design development and construction periods. The OAC contractor completed a Construction Commitment form indicating their DBE commitments for each category of work.

It is important to note that the OAC contractor has met and exceeded the DBE goals set by BART. However, additional DBE contracting opportunities may become available once construction begins.

View the latest OAC DBE Utilization update. 

Operations and Maintenance Contract

Following completion of the OAC Contract, currently scheduled for mid-2014, a 20-year operations and maintenance (O&M) contract will begin with Doppelmayr Cable Car (DCC), the system supplier. In its proposal, DCC listed Acumen Building Enterprise, Inc., an Oakland-based DBE engineering firm, as a subcontractor. DCC has indicated that Acumen will employ approximately 25 workers to operate and maintain the OAC for the next 20 years.

Project Stabilization Agreement

BART has entered into an OAC Project Stabilization Agreement (PSA) which covers all on-site construction work on the project. The PSA is not intended to duplicate the DBE Program and does not contain race or gender based hiring goals.  Rather, the PSA is a local hiring program to enhance and encourage employment opportunities for all residents of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo counties, defined as “Local Area Residents,” and specifically residents of the City of Oakland, which is defined as the “Project Local Impact Area.”

The PSA aims to enable an effective pathway for individuals into the construction industry and into union apprenticeship programs. As part of the PSA, the following local hiring goals have been established for hiring and retaining Local Area Residents and Oakland residents:

  • Fifty percent (50%) of all hours worked on the project, on a craft by craft basis, to be worked by Local Area Residents.
  • Fifty percent (50%) of all hours worked by Local Area Residents to be worked by Oakland residents (total twenty five percent (25%) of all hours worked on the project).
  • Apprentices to perform twenty percent (20%) of the craft hours performed by local area residents.  Fifty percent (50%) of those hours to be performed by Oakland residents. 

Joint Administrative Committee

The PSA was executed by the trade unions and BART, and the OAC contractor has signed an agreement to be bound to the PSA. All parties have committed to work together to meet the local hiring goals established in the PSA.  To ensure adequate monitoring of the PSA, BART, the OAC contractor and union representatives have established a Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) that meets regularly to ensure compliance with the local hiring program. 

BART Awards Grant for Local Apprentice Program

Local workers make up the bulk of employees building BART’s Oakland Airport Connector (OAC), and thanks to a newly awarded grant, some of those workers will come from an apprentice program aimed at training young Oakland men and women looking to learn a trade. BART officials recently awarded a grant of nearly $25,000 to the Oakland based Cypress Mandela Training Center to employ a young and diverse workforce made up of Oakland residents.

Read the BART news story.

Please note: The following progress report has not yet been approved and will be approved by the JAC at the next scheduled meeting.

View Cypress Mandela Training Center's monthly progress report about its use of the grant.

Last Updated: October 17, 2013

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