July Email Update

In this issue

  • Community Advisory Committee hears a project update and learns about workforce and business opportunities
  • ODOT issues Notice of Intent to Award, takes step toward unlocking the project’s economic opportunity
  • Sliding into Summer: Engagement in Virtual Spaces
  • Community Opportunity Advisory Committee will meet online August 13

Rose Quarter underground: Looking at conditions from the bottom up

Community Advisory Committee hears a project update and learns about workforce and business opportunities

The Project Community Advisory Committee (CAC) met online on July 23, 2020. ODOT Office of Urban Mobility Director Brendan Finn expressed gratitude for the committee members’ service to the Project and stated that partnerships with and support from our Black community is core to Project’s success. Brendan said that the Project cannot be successful without acknowledging past harm to the African American community. The committee also heard from Megan Channell, Project Director, who summarized CAC input from the last CAC meeting, including the importance of wealth generation and investing in the Black community, the need for open and public communication throughout the Project, and questions about the scope of the project. Megan previewed an example Community Accountability Matrix that will soon be available on the Project’s website to help the committee and community members hold ODOT accountable by tracking committee requests.

The CAC brings community interests and experience into the Project’s decision-making process. CAC meetings are open to the public and include a public comment period. Click below for information about the CAC’s past and future meetings. View a video of the meeting and download materials at the project website.
The next CAC Meeting will be on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 5:30 to 8:00pm.

Learn more about upcoming CAC meetings

ODOT issues Notice of Intent to Award, takes step toward unlocking the project’s economic opportunity

On July 13th, ODOT announced the notice of intent to award the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) contract to Hamilton Sundt, a Joint Venture, in association with Raimore Construction to help design and build the project.

ODOT is bringing a construction team on board early in the design phase to ensure the design and construction benefits from full collaboration with the community.

With a focus on restorative justice, the project is committed to leveraging deep ties with the historic Albina community to ensure meaningful involvement from the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) contracting community and using input from the community to help shape the project and outcomes for the community including generational wealth.

The CM/GC is expected to join the team this Fall.

Read the Press Release

Sliding into Summer: Engagement in Virtual Spaces

While community engagement for the Project has been ongoing since the 1990s, we know that there is still a lot of work to do. ODOT is committed to ensuring Black community members living, working, or with historical ties to the Albina neighborhood and broader N/NE Portland are engaged, participating in and actively shaping the Project.

This summer and into fall, you will see us online and actively and meaningfully engaging with people, with a focus on the Black community. We will use traditional and creative engagement techniques such as mailers and phone calls and working with community-based organizations and faith-based communities to meet communities where they are. We want to foster a two-way dialogue that demonstrates how these conversations inform decision-making.

Through our outreach, we commit to reflecting the shared power of our community and local, regional, and state government to influence project decisions and outcomes. We want you to hold us accountable for those outcomes. To do so, we are going to bring people with diverse backgrounds and expertise together to gain understanding and input and to ensure the Project addresses past harm and present and future local, regional and state transportation system needs in a way that enables communities to thrive.

We’ll be sharing information on the Project and upcoming events throughout the summer and fall in the mail, on our website, and in social media platforms. Stay tuned and please share these opportunities with your friends, colleagues, and networks – we need your help to make this a project for our community, by our community.

Learn more about Events

Community Opportunity Advisory Committee will meet online August 13

The public is invited to attend the next I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Community Opportunity Advisory Committee meeting. On Thursday, August 13, the Community Opportunity Advisory Committee will meet online from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. See the Project’s website for more information on the meeting’s agenda and how to engage.

Learn more about upcoming COAC meetings

Rose Quarter underground: Looking at conditions from the bottom up

ODOT contractor crews are out in the Project area to collect critical data to inform Project design. Three types of separate field work are scheduled to take place:

Activity Description Duration
Pavement exploration Pavement coring, testing and surface measurements on local streets May 4 – August 2020
Utility mapping Locate, map and record data on underground utilities in Project area June – December 2020
Soil sampling Soil sample collection in Project area July – November 2020

Learn more about work hours and traffic noise impacts

About the Project

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project adds auxiliary lanes and shoulders to reduce congestion and improve safety on the main north-south freeway on the west coast and redesigns the local multimodal street network. The project will smooth traffic flow on I-5 between I-84 and I-405 where three interstates intersect and feature the biggest traffic bottleneck in Oregon. The project will also improve community connections by redesigning overpasses and reconnecting neighborhood streets, enhancing public spaces, and promoting economic development opportunities.

Learn more about the project and sign up for email updates at:

www.i5RoseQuarter.org

Read full news release

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Community Advisory Committee will meet online July 23

July 16, 2020

For more information, contact: April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

The public is invited to attend the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project Community Advisory Committee meeting.

On Thursday, July 23, the Community Advisory Committee will meet online from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The committee will hear ODOT’s response to last meeting’s listening session and learn about the Project’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Workforce Program.

Anyone can observe the meeting and share comments via email, phone or online:

  • Email comments on specific agenda items to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with the committee name in the subject line.
  • Submit comments via phone at the project’s hotline: 503-470-3127.
  • The facilitator will also provide an opportunity for online participants to provide comments during the meeting.

Comments received by 11:00 a.m. the business day before the meeting and will be shared with committee members in advance. All written and voice recorded comments received will be added to the meeting record.

This is a virtual meeting in response to Governor Brown’s directive on physical distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities. The meeting will also be livestreamed on YouTube.

All project committee meetings are open to the public. If you wish to attend a virtual meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, or you require language accommodations, please contact the project team at 503-470-3127 at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

Meetings are open to everyone

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735- 2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.

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Read the full news release. 

 

I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project selects construction team

For more information, contact:  April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

July 13, 2020

PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Transportation announced a Notice of Intent to Award the Construction Management / General Contractor contract to Hamilton Sundt A Joint Venture, in association with Raimore, for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. The Notice of Intent to Award to Hamilton Sundt a Joint Venture is a step to add another important partner to help design and build a project that is founded on community input and values.

This marks a significant moment for ODOT and an action towards doing business differently. For the first time in the Portland metro region, ODOT is bringing the construction manager on board early in the design phase and developing contractor specifications directly from community input.

ODOT is changing the way it does business by setting goals to achieve values-based outcomes on how the project will contract with Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and engage with the community. In its Request for Proposals, ODOT also included a provision that the proposers meet a goal range of 18-22% use of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises. Workforce goals include a 20% goal for apprenticeships, 25% minority male and 14% female workers.

The project’s values include a focus on restorative justice for communities harmed by previous government actions and using community input to shape the Project and the outcomes for the community.  Having the Construction Management / General Contractor on board early in the design process is a key step toward those commitments.

The Construction Management / General Contractor method was chosen to:

  • Improve Community Partnership: The contractor is able to work with the community to develop the Project’s design together.
  • Increase Economic Opportunities: The contractor is the key to unlocking the project’s economic opportunities through contracts to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises, building business capacity and jobs for minority workers.
  • Optimize innovation: The Construction Management / General Contractor procurement method encourages the contractor to provide input and innovation in the design process, including identifying cost and schedule risks that can be addressed and reduced during design as a result of the contractor’s experience.

The project’s Community Opportunity Advisory Committee will help keep ODOT and the contractor accountable to Disadvantaged Business Enterprise goals, mentor/protégé programs, workforce and apprenticeship programs and other ways in which to build the workforce pipeline that will not only bring short-term jobs, but also generate wealth in the local community.

About the project:

The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project adds auxiliary lanes and shoulders to reduce congestion and improve safety on I-5, the main north-south freeway on the west coast. It also redesigns the multimodal local street network.

The project will smooth traffic flow on I-5 between I-84 and I-405 where three interstates intersect and feature the biggest traffic bottleneck in Oregon. The project will improve community connections by redesigning overpasses and reconnecting neighborhood streets, enhancing public spaces, and promoting economic development opportunities.

Learn more at www.i5rosequarter.org

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Read full news release

Meet the Proposers event scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:  

Michelle Godfrey, 503-986-3903, michelle.d.godfrey@odot.state.or.us

April deLeon-Galloway, 971-233-6514, april.m.deleon@odot.state.or.us

July 6, 2020

The public is invited to participate in the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project’s Meet the Proposers Event on Wednesday, July 8th from 4:00-6:00 p.m. This event is part of the Request for Proposals (RFP) to hire a Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) for the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project.

Hiring the CM/GC is a key step to establishing a path that allows for investment in the historic Albina district and is intentional to fit the needs of the I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project. We acknowledge that historic transportation investments caused harm to the African American Albina community. We are committed to doing business differently; the Oregon Transportation Commission directed ODOT to create the Urban Mobility Office to build a transformative project that addresses climate, congestion and safety while it works to bring economic opportunities for our African American community members.

The CM/GC will join the Project team early in design to use a variety of innovative tools for increased community engagement and inclusion of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) firms, including maximizing the opportunity to help build the capacity of minority-owned businesses for current and future projects. The addition of the CM/GC is critical to advancing the Project’s DBE program and economic and workforce opportunities.

At the Meet the Proposers Event, selected CM/GC proposers will provide an informational briefing and respond to moderated questions from the community. The meeting is open to the public. The community questions and feedback provided at the event will inform an interview question that the proposers will answer at ODOT’s mandatory interview the following day.

Contractor presentations will focus on several Project themes, including how the CM/GC proposers anticipate to:

  • Optimize local DBE contracting and workforce development
  • Optimize the use of Mini CM/GC opportunities
  • Optimize the use of COBID-certified DBEs, increase apprenticeship opportunities and ensure the utilization of a diverse workforce during construction of the Project
  • Approach the management of diversity outreach, support, and technical assistance of DBE contractors and workforce training during construction of the Project

Visit www.i5rosequarter.org/get-involved/events for information on how to join these meetings and for meeting agenda.

The public is welcome to attend and submit questions related to the proposers’ presentations during the meeting. The public may submit questions during the proposers’ presentations and up to 5 minutes after the close of the last presentation through the following options:

  • Submit questions during the meeting by joining the meeting via Zoom and using the “Q&A” feature.
  • Email questions during the meeting to info@I5RoseQuarter.org with “Meet the Proposers Question” in the subject line.

If you wish to attend the meeting but cannot attend by phone or computer, or you require language accommodations, please contact the Project team at 503-470-3127.

All public meetings are online in response to Governor Brown’s directive on social distancing measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the risk of exposure to our communities.

Read the full news release