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Construction Services & Engineered Equipment Procurement
Metropolitan plans and builds for the Southland’s future. That has been our legacy since our formation nearly 100 years ago. It began with the construction of the Colorado River Aqueduct, considered to be one of the country’s civil engineering wonders. It carries on today with the Pure Water Southern California, formerly known as the Regional Recycled Water Program, which could become one of the largest water recycling projects in the country.
As regional growth, climate change, and other challenges place new demands on our aging and complex water infrastructure, we take pride in making infrastructure investments to maintain reliability.
Our job to provide reliable, high-quality water to the 19 million Southern California in the six counties we serve is bolstered by our long-standing efforts to provide stable jobs and expand opportunities for local and small businesses to work with us.
Our landmark Project Labor Agreement accomplishes that by bringing structure and stability to our construction projects and the billions of dollars Metropolitan will be investing in the coming years to help ensure water supply reliability for our region. Covering about 90 percent of Metropolitan’s planned Capital Investment Plan projects, this agreement ensures fair wages, provides new opportunities for workers across Southern California to be part of the building and construction trades, and helps grow our small business community.
At least 33 future CIP projects are covered by the PLA, including the regional recycled water project, Pure Water Southern California.
We partnered with the construction unions within our service area on this agreement, including the Los Angeles and Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, the San Bernardino and Riverside Counties Building and Construction Trades Council, the San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council, the Tri-County Building and Construction Trades Council (including Ventura County), and the Southwest Mountain States Regional Council of Carpenters.
The PLA became effective after board approval on Oct. 11, 2022, for a term of five years.
Construction Careers Pipeline Program
Building a pool of diverse, qualified employees is critical to Metropolitan’s success. The PLA creates the Construction Careers Pipeline Program to support local and transitional workers. The framework includes:
Hiring local helps us better engage the communities we serve. The PLA establishes a 60 percent goal for employment of local workers who live within our service area and those near our construction projects.
As one of the largest local worker employment goals in Southern California, our program also seeks to reach local workers who are underrepresented in the construction industry, including women, veterans, and people of color.
Transitional Workers and Veterans
As we invest in our water system, we want to ensure we have a positive on those who need it most.
To that end, the PLA establishes hiring goals for our community members who may be experiencing barriers to employment, or who need support pursuing a construction career.
Helmets to Hardhats – A Resource for Veterans
As part of our efforts to engage veteran-owned businesses, this agreement promotes the services of Helmets to Hardhats, a non-profit organization that connects veterans with skilled training and quality career opportunities in the construction industry.
Small Business Enterprises & Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises
From minority women-owned engineering firms to a two-person virtual reality startup, our Business Outreach Program is helping small businesses across Southern California grow and thrive.
Since the program’s inception two decades ago – one of the first such initiatives in the state –we invested more than $1.5 billion in Southern California’s small, local and disabled veteran-owned businesses.
Metropolitan’s business outreach team works hand in hand with small business owners to put them on the path to success.
The PLA was designed to be complementary to our Business Outreach Program by providing flexibility and construction workforce solutions to Small Business Enterprises and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises.
SBE is an independently owned and operated business that isn’t dominant in its field and meets the criteria set by the Small Business Administration in Title 13, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 121; or a business that has been certified by the California Office of Small Business and DVBE Services as a Small Business, or a small business for the purpose of public works.
DVBE is an independently owned and operated business that isn’t dominant in its field and meets the criteria set by the Veterans Benefit Act of 2003 (15 USC 657f) and by the California Department of General Services, Procurement Division, Office of Small Business and DVBE Certification.
“Our Project Labor Agreement is a reflection of our commitment to improve communities across the region by providing quality jobs and expanding new opportunities through apprenticeship and training programs.”
Adel Hagekhalil, Metropolitan General Manager
As the nation’s largest water wholesaler, we typically manage 50 public works construction and engineering contracts totaling more than $300 million. With a delivery and treatment system that spans six counties, our projects can be found in communities across Southern California. We have construction and rehabilitation projects that focus on upgrading infrastructure, improvements to water treatment, addition of green energy like solar, as well as contracts through our professional services group who solicit competitive bids to support these and our capital improvement projects.
This program is intended to provide our prospective contractors with an understanding of our high standard of construction requirement, strict compliance procedures and deadlines, specification and submittal requirements, as well as to provide a list of upcoming construction projects and schedule.
Building A Network
It benefits all of Southern California to maintain a consistent dialogue and strong network with our Southern California contractor community. This program brings opportunities for mutual collaboration and provide transparency throughout the entire construction and procurement process.
How It Works
Metropolitan will hold a series of quarterly construction workshops that will provide opportunities to effectively work together and share information about upcoming contracting opportunities.
Click here to view a video that explains this program.
Click here to view materials from our archived workshops.
We engineer solutions that can accomplish what only a regional entity can do.
Most of our solicitations require that prime contractors possess valid California contractor license(s) and have a minimum required level of experience and insurance. Contractors also may be required to attend a mandatory pre-bid conference as noted in the Notice Inviting Bid.
All Metropolitan construction contracts over $100,000 include a small and/or disabled veteran business enterprise subcontractor usage requirement, unless waived.
San Diego Canal Rehabilitation – Phase 2
Spec No. 2084
Bids Open: 9/13/2023
Approximate Construction Value: $2.4M - $3M
Mandatory Prebid Conference: 8/7/2023
Furnishing 69kV and 230kV Power Transformers for the CRA Pumping Plants
Spec No. 1897
Bids Open: 9/21/2023
Approximate Construction Value: $39M - $56.5M
Mandatory Prebid Conference: None
Gene Communication System Upgrade
Spec No. 1976
Bids Open: 9/21/2023
Approximate Construction Value: $1M - $1.3M
Mandatory Prebid Conference: 8/14/2023
Badlands Tunnel Surge Protection Facility
Spec No. 2040
Bids Open: 9/28/2023
Approximate Construction Value: $15.5M - $19.5M
Mandatory Prebid Conference: 8/15/2023
DVL Floating Wave Attenuator Replacement
Spec No. 2004
Bids Open: 10/10/2023
Approximate Construction Value: $7.7M - $9.4M
Mandatory Prebid Conference: 9/6/2023
DVL Floating Wave Attenuator Replacement
Spec No. 2002
Bids Open: 10/19/2023
Approximate Construction Value: $37M - $40M
Mandatory Prebid Conference: NA
Right of Way Infrastructure Protection Program – San Bernardino County Pipelines – West – Stage 2
Weymouth Plant Area Paving
Furnishing Slide Gates for San Diego Canal East Bypass
Furnishing One Brushless Exciter for Gene Pumping Plant
Headquarters Courtyard and Parking Garage WiFi Upgrade
Metropolitan Headquarters Building - 3rd Floor Interior Modifications
Colorado River Aqueduct Employee Housing Roof Replacement and Abatement
Desert Microwave Upgrade
Diamond Valley Lake to Lake Skinner Trail - Phase 1
Metropolitan Housing Fencing and Playground Sun Shade Improvements
E. Weymouth Filtration Plant Hazardous Waste Staging and Containment
Lake Mathews Aboveground Storage Tank Replacement
Service Connection WB-23A
Weymouth Machine Shop Equipment Assessment
Metropolitan Delta Properties Flow Meter, Datalogger and Telemetry Installation Phase 5
Metropolitan Headquarters Courtyard Improvements
Bids Open 9/7/2023
Iron Mountain Pumping Plant Operation and Maintenance Building Demo & Abatement
Bids Open: 8/17/2023
Inland Feeder Rialto Pipeline Intertie
Spec. No. 2021
Bids Open: 8/9/2023
Freda Siphon Barrel No.1 Internal Seals
Spec No. 2057
Bids Open: 8/8/2023
Sepulveda Feeder CFRP Urgent Relining
Spec No. 2088
Bids Open: 7/25/2023
Metropolitan Headquarters Building HVAC Chiller #2 Rehabilitation
Spec No. 2079
Bids Open: 6/15/2023
Lake Mathews Administration and Warehouse Building Roof Replacement
Spec No. 2051
Bids Open: 6/8/2023