The Vision of the Office of Capital Program’s Small Business Development Unit is to maximize the participation of small, minority, and women owned, locally operated business enterprises by identifying and providing unlimited opportunities within the School District’s Capital Improvement Program. It is our vision that the award of each professional service contract and prime construction contract accurately reflects the diversity found in the Philadelphia community.
Our vision is being realized by the utilization of multi-faceted tactics. By establishing high participation goals in our professional services and construction contracts, by focusing on opportunities to create joint ventures, by creating and utilizing a Small Contractors’ Capital Maintenance Program, and by conducting “opportunity sessions” within both the professional services and construction industries.
The methodology described above requires the utilization of a broad base of small, minority, and women owned business enterprises. The Office of Capital Programs boasts a current programmatic participation level in excess of 41%.
THE SMALL CONTRACTORS CAPITAL MAINTENANCE WORK PROGRAM
The Small Contractors Capital Maintenance Work Program (“SCCMWP”) ensures small contractors will have meaningful opportunities of participation in the School District‘s Capital Improvement Program.
“Small Contractors“ mean firms pre-qualified as “Category 3” prime construction contractors in the Office of Capital Programs Pre-Qualification process. A “Small Contractor” can receive a single contract up to two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) in value, with a cap not-to-exceed seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($750,000) for uncompleted work at any given time.
“Capital Maintenance Work” includes the following projects:
- Classroom Modernizations
- IMC/Library Modernizations
- Gymnasium Modernizations
- Science Classroom Modernization
Trades in the SCCMWP include but are not limited to:
PRE-QUALIFICATION PROCESS FOR SCCMWP:
- General Construction
- Other trades as required or needed by the District
Pre-qualification includes the review and approval of the following:
- MBE, WBE, SBA or DBE’s Certification
- The School District of Philadelphia does not provide certification in these areas but recognizes the certification issued by the following agencies:
- SEPTA – Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
- DRPA – Delaware River Port Authority
- WBEC – Women’s Business Enterprise Center
- MSDC – Minority Supplier Development Council
- SBA – Small Business Administration
- PennDOT – Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
- OEO – City of Philadelphia Office of Equal Opportunity
- Other certifications will be reviewed on individual basis
- Completed Capital Program pre-qualification application which includes:
- Reference Evaluations
- Bonding Capability and Capacity
- Certification of Good Standing
- Proof of Insurance in the following amounts and categories:
- $2Million – Commercial General Liability
- $1Million – Automotive Liability
- Statutory Workers Compensation
- $3Million Excess Umbrella
For upcoming contracting opportunities under the Small Contractors Capital Maintenance Work Program, please view the following list:
Upcoming Contracting Opportunities
For information on MBE/WBE please visit the following links:
Small Business Development home page
Comprehensive directory of contractors/vendors that can be searched by ethnicity