Hunter Roberts recognizes the need for construction projects to radiate beyond the bricks and mortar of the construction site and to leave in the project’s wake a healthier and more vibrant community, business, and employee base. Construction projects should utilize minority, women, disabled, veteran, and local business enterprises, as well as Section 3 residents on public housing work. Hunter Roberts makes every effort to not only meet diversity utilization requirements, but to achieve our own goal of 20% participation on all projects that we perform. Our management team has extensive experience and proven success in exceeding participation goals on many construction projects. For example, Hunter Roberts achieved 44% Tier 1 MWBE subcontractors to the Viacom – MTV Networks project at 345 Hudson Street while simultaneously procuring an average of 7%-8% of female laborers on site throughout the duration of the project. During the Avon North America Headquarters, our Purchasing Department was able to procure 20% MWBE subcontractor participation with 17% females in the work place. We maintain an extensive database of diversity subcontractors and vendors. The following are some of the many services we offer to diversity contractors to assist in their successful growth and development:
- Organizing community outreach techniques to inform and identify all contractors about a local opportunity.
- Developing a personal relationship by meeting with each contractor and determining its capacity.
- Assisting with contractual documentation requirements such as obtaining full and partial lien releases.
- Enforcing cash management and timely and proper payments to contractors.
- Mitigating disputes between suppliers.
- Assisting with arranging performance bonds and insurance requirements (such as liability or worker’s compensation). If the contractor is unable to secure a bond, we also provide services that eliminate this common hurdle.
- Follow up with each contractor once the project is underway to ensure that they are meeting their responsibilities and that their performance is on time and within budget.
Through Hunter Roberts’ experience, it has become clear that few programs and organizations possess the capability to tackle all of the concerns facing diversity contractors in today’s business environment. At Hunter Roberts, our experienced staff is very sensitive and familiar with these concerns, including pursuing new opportunities, preparing bids, proper money management, establishing credit and organizing paperwork. Hunter Roberts Construction Group’s technical assistance services for diverse businesses enable organizations to see the full potential of encouraging active participation from small contractors, whereas most organizations only see risk.