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May 19, 2023

Champion of Diversity Award Business Diversity

Photo courtesy of Kiewit
Future Women in Kiewit seminars offer Kiewit interns and new or incoming female employees the opportunity to network, hear leadership talks and attend expert-led breakout sessions.


Kiewit consistently meets or exceeds DBE goals through incorporating a diverse business inclusion strategy as part of its overall subcontracting plan. Recent Washington state projects that have exceeded DBE goals include the Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition (exceeded goal by 9.7%), SR 520 floating bridge and landings (exceeded goal by 0.8%), and SR 530 Trafton and Schoolyard creeks fish passage (exceeded goal by 4%).

Kiewit uses various strategies to foster DBE participation, including certification assistance; hosting pre-bid meetings and one-on-one sessions; unbundling work packages; and ensuring a transparent and consistent bid process. The company is also committed to building capacity and enhancing the success of its small/diverse business partners by providing technical and administrative support to help mitigate barriers to participation.

Successful partnerships drive successful projects, and Kiewit regards the success and growth of its diverse partners as its responsibility. Finding opportunities to mentor and develop the subcontracting community is a part of its ordinary course of business. Kiewit’s internal mentoring program promotes success and growth by providing participating firms access to sponsored workshops, roundtables, and educational sessions delivered by industry experts. Kiewit has also participated extensively in programs like WSDOT’s Mentor Protege Program.

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