Wenaha Group: Owners Representative for TriMet

Donaldson Enterprises served as a DBE consultant, providing outreach services for multiple projects over 2 years on this all-DBE and all Native American-owned team as an Owners Representative for TriMet on projects of various sizes and scopes.

Tasks include:

  • Served as a Community Liaison to introduce opportunities and gain interest by certified firms
  • Prepared and distributed Notices of Invitations to Bid while directing bidders to TriMet’s Vendor Registration System
  • Identified real or perceived barriers in regards to bidding projects
  • Maintained transparent communication within the team

This contract consists of Wenaha Group Project Management staff working with TriMet’s Operating Projects Division to manage several different task orders ranging from program planning to full construction management services. This contract is unique in that it is 100% DBE. We brought together (3) three DBE / Native Owned firms that make up our team for these task orders. Our partners for this work include Cooper Zietz Engineers and Donaldson Enterprises. Projects were on schedule and on budget.

In our industry you meet and build relationships with a wide variety of companies and individuals, but none quite like Suzanne Donaldson of Donaldson Enterprises. Suzanne is a unique individual that holds strong ethical values and understands the value of community and the strength of diversity. Suzanne Donaldson has become a key component of our team here at the Wenaha Group. She was a vital part of our team that was awarded the Facilities Group Project Management Services contract for TriMet. Over the past two years she has been instrumental in helping the Wenaha Group and TriMet achieve DMWESB Participation goals on several projects. Her knowledge of construction and ability to outreach effectively in the community directly attributed to five (5) Certified firms submitting price proposals on a very large multi-year contract for TriMet. These were the only firms to submit pricing and four (4) of them were awarded contracts. Her excellent communication and presentation skills have been paramount. In conclusion, I would highly recommend Suzanne Donaldson. With her expertise, experience and reputation, she would be a great addition and asset to any team. We have truly have enjoyed working with her and look forward to our continued successful relationship.

-Jim Houchins, Senior Manager, Wenaha Group, Inc.


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