WHAT IS THE CONSTRUCTION PARTNERING PROGRAM?

Current Partnerships

The Construction Partnering Program (CPP) is a program that creates 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.

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 that you trust and work well with.
  • Professional growth as a business owner.
  • Opportunities to network with businesses throughout the construction industry.
CPP 2017 AWARDS

The Construction Partnering Program Awards honor companies’ efforts to include women- and minority-owned contractors in their projects. The winners of the 2017 awards were:

  • Partnership of the Year: Gunnar Electric and Gephart Electric
  • Small Project of the Year: Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Large Project of the Year: Target Center Renovation
CPP 2016 AWARDS
  • Partnership of the Year: Gunnar Electric and Gephart Electric
  • Small Project of the Year: Anishinabe Bii Gii Wiin
  • Large Project of the Year: U.S. Bank Stadium
CPP 2014 AWARDS
  • Partnership of the Year: Tarraf Construction and McGough Construction
  • General Contractor of the Year: McGough Construction
  • Small Project of the Year: U of M Mayo Memorial Building 5th Floor Remodel
  • Large Project of the Year: Target Northern Campus

PARTNERSHIP TESTIMONIALS

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