Small Business Week in Region 9 highlights new sustainable LA Courthouse project
By Alex Randolph
The project team has established an aggressive 52-percent small business participation goal.
More than 120 small business owners crowded into the Public Works Chamber at Los Angeles City Hall on Tuesday, May 13 to participate in the Los Angeles Courthouse Subcontractor Outreach event as part of National Small Business Week. Co-hosted by GSA Region 9’s Office of Small Business Utilization, the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office, and Clark Construction, the event offered the small businesses a chance to learn more about the current courthouse project, meet the prime contractor, network with each other, and potentially establish new subcontracting relationships that go beyond just this project.
Alex Randolph, Special Assistant to GSA’s Regional Administrator Ruth Cox, welcomed the attendees that morning and highlighted GSA’s strong leadership and commitment to sustainability projects, many surpassing President Obama’s 2020 environmental goals. Sustainability and energy efficiency play a big role in the LA Courthouse $318 million construction project, which aims to achieve LEED® Platinum in the new construction category.
“Federal agencies have reduced greenhouse gas pollution by more than 17 percent since 2008—the equivalent of permanently taking 1.8 million cars off the road—and President Obama believes that the Federal Government must be a leader in clean energy and sustainability,” said Randolph. “GSA is proud to be leading the way to achieve the President’s goals by reducing our energy use and operating our buildings more efficiently.”
Additional speakers included Pamela Smith-Cressel, Director of the Office of Small Business Utilization, Ronald A. Lowe, Senior Director at the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, as well as Theodora Oyie and Kwaku Gyabaah from Clark Construction.
“We’ve put today’s event together because GSA and Clark Construction are strongly committed to ensuring local small businesses play a large role in this construction project,” said Smith-Cressel. “There is no doubt in my mind that including a larger percentage of small businesses on this project will help stimulate the local economy, creating jobs right here in the Los Angeles area.”
Clark Construction stressed that the project team has established an aggressive 52-percent small business participation goal in the project requirements.
The new and energy-efficient U.S. Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles will address the Courts’ requirements for space, functional alignment and increased security. This project has been the Judiciary’s number one priority for new construction for a number of years and finally broke ground last August. ¿
The building will feature high-efficiency systems, water-efficient fixtures, and advanced irrigation systems meeting energy and water conservation goals. With these and other sustainability features, the new courthouse will not only conserve critical resources and protect our environment, but also realize energy cost savings for years to come.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti strongly supports the construction of the new sustainable courthouse, which will create thousands of jobs and turn an empty lot into an important part of the Civic Center cityscape. This project is a great example how a commitment to sustainability and support for our small businesses go hand in hand.