Potential Contracting Opportunities With Dam Removal Design-Builder
The best way to stay updated on any construction subcontracting opportunities with KRRC is by getting in touch with the Design Build Prime Contractor, Kiewit. Please refer to Kiewit’s project website at www.kiewit.com/klamath to view anticipated subcontracting opportunities and an anticipated schedule of subcontractor procurement. Note, subcontract bid packages were advertised in December 2019, and many large subcontract packages were awarded following that round of solicitations. Kiewit will still be looking to award several smaller bid packages as we approach construction. Outstanding scopes of work that will be potentially awarded can be viewed on Kiewit’s project website. If you are interested in receiving bid solicitations for these remaining opportunities, please sign-up on their subcontractor bid solicitation system to communicate directly with their team.
If you are looking to be hired directly by Kiewit in one of the onsite construction trades, you will need to first join a union. Since Kiewit is a union contractor, you will need to register with local trade unions to perform work covered by applicable union agreements. Joining a union is easy. If you are interested, simply call, email, or walk into the local union hall representing your current or desired trade. Once you have joined, please complete Kiewit’s industry survey so that they can understand your desired position and abilities.
To stay updated on any opportunities with KRRC’s lead restoration contractor, Resource Environmental Solutions (RES), please refer to RES’ project website at res.us/home/restoring-at-scale/klamath-river-restoration. For any questions regarding restoration opportunities, please contact RES at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it true Kiewit has already hired all its subcontractors?
The major subcontracting scopes have been awarded. However, Kiewit has several smaller opportunities available (totaling up to $10M in work). We encourage any and all qualified TBE Firms to submit bids for the scopes of work that meet their skillsets.
What scopes of work does Kiewit still need to subcontract?
Kiewit has listed available scopes on its website at: https://www.kiewit.com/business-with-us/opportunities/klamath-river-renewal-project/.
What is the budget for subcontracting work, or how much are you paying for specific scopes?
There is approximately $10M of scope (made up of several opportunities) that is yet to be awarded. Potential subcontractors can set up meetings with Kiewit to review available scopes and discuss details. Potential subcontractors can then submit lump sum or unit rate based proposals to Kiewit for consideration. Costs must be competitive and potential subcontractors will need to show evidence of previously completing scope similar to scope quoted.
I have a company that does restoration work, can I get a subcontract with Kiewit to perform that scope?
RES is the contractor responsible for all restoration work on the Klamath River Renewal Project. For information regarding restoration opportunities, please contact Dave Coffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does my business need to be registered with a union to work for Kiewit on this project?
Yes. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is a union contractor, meaning both your company and its employees would need to be registered with local trade unions to perform work covered by applicable union agreements. Kiewit will assist subcontractors in working with applicable unions to sign “one-time job agreements” for the Klamath River Renewal Project. While working as a subcontractor under a one-time job agreement, only work on the Klamath River Renewal Project will be subject to union rules. No other current or future work for a company would be affected.
How do I apply to work for Kiewit?
If you want to work for Kiewit or one of our subcontractors on the Klamath River Renewal Project, you have to first join a union. Joining a union is easy. Simply call, email, or walk into the local union hall representing your current or desired trade. Your TERO can direct you to the best union contact for you.
How much do the jobs pay?
Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. works under standard union agreements with defined terms and conditions of employment, including pay. Different unions pay different amounts based on trade and experience; however, all jobs pay at or above the prevailing wage rate, which is the average wage paid to similarly employed workers in a specific occupation in the area of intended employment.
Do I have to be in a union to work directly for Kiewit on the project?
Yes. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is a union contractor, and any direct hire employee would need to be part of a trade union.
How do I become a union employee?
Joining a union is easy. Simply call, email, or walk into the local union hall representing your current or desired trade. Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) organizations have also been given information and can assist tribal members in reaching out to the appropriate union representatives for your work.
What if I have no experience?
Unions can be a great opportunity for someone who is just starting out learning a skilled trade. Reach out to the trade union of interest to you to enroll in its apprenticeship program. Once in the program, you can be dispatched to work for Kiewit (or one of Kiewit’s subcontractors) as an apprentice. This allows you to gain skills while getting paid; the more you work and learn, the more you advance your career. There is a significant demand for trade labor. Joining the apprenticeship program now could lead to a long, successful career, even beyond the Klamath River Renewal Project.
Is it true Kiewit has hired all workers already or plans to bring in all workers from outside the area?
Hiring local and giving back to the communities we serve is important to Kiewit and to KRRC. Because of this, we are working with our union partners to hire local workers. We also encourage any qualified TBE Firm to submit bids for the scopes of work that meet their skillsets. While some key Kiewit employees and foremen have been identified to work on the project, the majority of our craft labor will be hired from the local union halls – and none of these positions will be filled until closer to construction.
I’m interested in a job doing restoration work, does Kiewit hire for that?
Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC (RES) is the contractor responsible for all restoration work on the Klamath River Renewal Project. For information regarding restoration opportunities, please contact Dave Coffman at email@example.com.
Tribal Subcontract and Direct Hire Opportunities
Is there a goal on tribal owned business subcontracting?
Kiewit has a non-mandatory goal of 5% of its contract price to be subcontracted to TBE Firms. We encourage any and all qualified TBE Firms to submit bids for the scopes of work that meet their skillsets.
How will Kiewit determine if a person or company qualifies as a tribal person or tribal member owned company?
In KRRC’s contract with Kiewit, a Tribal Business Enterprise, or an TBE Firm, is defined as a business that is at least 51% owned by an Indian tribe or by Indian tribe members (see the definition below).
“TBE Firms” means any tribal business enterprise that is at least 51% owned by an Indian tribe or by Indian tribe members. For the purposes for this definition, as “Indian tribe” means any Indian tribe, band, nation or other organized group of community of Indians, which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians or is recognized as such by the State in which the tribe, band, nation or community resides.
Is there a preference for tribes local to the Klamath basin over other tribes?
Firms will be evaluated on their qualifications, and there is no contractual preference for subcontracting to those companies owned by Klamath Basin tribes over those owned by tribes outside of the Klamath Basin. However, we are specifically reaching out to Klamath Basin tribal owned businesses about potential opportunities and scopes, which inherently should provide an advantage to local tribes getting work on the project. We encourage any and all qualified TBE firms to submit bids for the scopes of work that meet their skillsets.
Is there a goal on tribal direct hiring?
While Kiewit has a non-mandatory goal of 5% of its contract price to be subcontracted to TBE Firms, Kiewit does not have a goal on tribal direct hiring. Even so, providing opportunities to the local tribal members is important to Kiewit and to KRRC. Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is working with its union partners to directly hire as many tribal members as possible for the project.
Do tribal members get a preference in getting hired on the job?
Yes. Hiring local and giving back to the communities we serve is important to Kiewit and to KRRC. Because of this, we have worked with our union representatives to arrange for a hiring preference for tribal members.
Is it true all tribal members must come into the union as an apprentice, rather than a journeyman?
No. If a tribal member is a skilled, experienced worker joining the union for the first time – and he or she can provide proof of experience – the union will honor that experience. In other words, if a tribal member can prove that they have worked enough hours equivalent to journeyman status, that person will be brought in as a journeyman.
Is it true there are “specialty scopes” for the project that tribal members are not allowed to complete for?
No. Tribal members and TBE Firms have no restrictions on the type of work they can do or bid on, as long as they are skilled, qualified, and part of the union.
Tribal Outreach Event: Subcontracting and Direct Hire Opportunities – June 4, 2022
On June 4, KRRC hosted an outreach event with representatives from local Tribes and Kiewit Project Management to provide details on the direct hire and subcontracting opportunities available, and answer any questions.
View or download event information and project opportunities here.
Tribal Outreach Event: Subcontracting and Direct Hire Opportunities – March 22, 2022
KRRC hosted an event with representatives from Tribal Leadership, Trade Union Representatives, and Kiewit Project Management to provide details on the direct hire and subcontracting opportunities available, and answer any questions.
View or download event information and project opportunities here.
Presentation at Tribal Economic/Job Summit – January 19, 2019
KRRC presented on upcoming contracting opportunities with the selected Dam Removal Design-Builder.
Briefing on Upcoming Opportunities – September 18 & 19 and November 7, 2018
KRRC joined regional business and economic development leaders in Redding, Klamath Falls, Medford, Mount Shasta, and Yreka to present on opportunities to work on the project. Please refer to the following resources from the informational meetings: