What is the Construction Partnering Program?

The Construction Partnering Program (CPP) is a program that creates increased opportunities for majority and minority owned firms in the construction industry.  The CPP began as a City of Saint Paul initiative to create opportunities for minority and women owned businesses. Mortenson Construction and Thor Construction were one of the founding partnerships working on the Xcel Energy Center Project.  Nearly 20 years later they are still working together on high profile projects including US Bank Stadium, Target Field, and TCF Stadium.  Thor currently ranks #2 in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal list of Top Minority Owned Businesses.

The intent of the program is to develop mutually beneficial partnerships between established contractors and minority or women (M/WBE) owned firms to support a sustainable and robust pool of contractors.

AWC’s Role

  • Match established firms with developing M/WBE businesses and help develop the partnering relationships.
  • Provide contracting assistance to M/WBE potential partners.
  • Manage the monthly CPP meetings.
  • Promote and grow the CPP program.

CPP Program Goals

  • Develop ongoing, mutually beneficial partnerships between M/WBEs and established firms in the construction industry.
  • Provide access to projects and contract opportunities for M/WBE firms.
  • Build capacity in terms of revenue and employment through business development and mentorship.

Key Benefits to CPP Partners

  • Contract opportunities within the partnering relationship.
  • Increased access and opportunities for professional learning.
  • Increased potential to bid on municipal and private projects.
  • A partner to bid projects with that you trust and work well with.
  • Professional growth as a business owner.
  • Opportunities to network with businesses throughout the construction industry.
  • Leadership Development through program presentations.

CPP 2016 Awards

The Construction Partnering Program Awards honor companies’ efforts to include women- and minority-owned contractors in their projects. The winners of the 2016 awards were:

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Partnership of the Year: Gunnar Electric and Gephart Electric

Small Projet of the Year: Anishinabe Bii Gii Wiin

Large Project of he Year: U.S. Bank Stadium

CPP 2014 Awards

The Construction Partnering Program Awards honor companies’ efforts to include women- and minority-owned contractors in their projects. The winners of the 2014 awards were:

Partnership of the Year:  Tarraf Construction and McGough Construction

General Contractor of the Year:  McGough Construction

Large Project of the Year:  Target Northern Campus

Small Project of the Year: U of M Mayo Memorial Building 5th Floor Remodel

CPP 2013 Awards

The Construction Partnering Program Awards honor companies’ efforts to include women- and minority-owned contractors in their projects. The winners of the 2013 awards were:

Partnership of the Year:  Tarraf Construction and McGough Construction

General Contractor of the Year:  Kraus-Anderson Construction

Large Project of the Year:  U of MN Physics and Nanotechology Building

Small Project of the Year: U of M Research and Engineering Lab

CPP 2012 Awards

The Construction Partnering Program Awards honor companies’ efforts to include women- and minority-owned contractors in their projects. The winners of the 2012 awards were:

Partnership of the Year: Yaw Construction and JE Dunn Construction

General Contractor of the Year: McGough Construction

Large Project of the Year: Union Depot

Small Project of the Year: CCLRT West Stations

CPP 2011 Awards

The Construction Partnering Program Awards honor companies’ efforts to include women- and minority-owned contractors in their projects. The winners of the 2011 awards were:

Partnership of the Year: Bald Eagle Erectors and Sowles Construction

General Contractor of the Year (Tie): McGough Construction and JE Dunn Construction

Large Project of the Year: Cowles Center for Dance and Performing Arts

Small Project of the Year: General Mills Phase II

CPP 2010 Awards

The Construction Partnering Program Awards honor companies’ efforts to include women- and minority-owned contractors in their projects. The winners of the 2010 awards were:

Partnership of the Year: DelPrado Commercial Flooring and Target Commercial Interiors

General Contractor of the Year: McGough Construction

Large Project of the Year: University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital

CPP 2009 Awards

Partnership of the Year: Bald Eagle Erectors and The Sowles Co

Large project of the Year: Target Field – Twins Ballpark.

Small Project of the Year: United Family Medicine.

General Contractor of the Year: Shaw-Lundquist Associates Inc.

The Shining Star of Excellence Award: University of Minnesota

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