JAXPORT’s Board of Directors today unanimously approved a multi-year Construction Management and Inspections Services contract to Jacksonville-based Construction and Engineering Services Consultants, Inc. (C&ES). C&ES Consultants will perform routine facility inspections as well as management services during all phases of construction for JAXPORT’s capital improvement projects on an as-needed basis.
C&ES is a minority-owned and operated firm that provides professional construction management, inspection and engineering services to municipal, government and private clients. Although firms certified under the Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business (JSEB) program have served as sub-contractors in the past, this agreement marks the first time that a JSEB has been selected as a prime contractor for port projects.
In an effort to further encourage small business participation in JAXPORT’s engineering and construction contracts, the Construction Management and Inspections Services contract, which was previously awarded as part of a larger construction contract, was set aside solely for Small and Emerging Businesses.
The C&ES contract will run for three years with the option for two additional one-year contract extensions, for a maximum of five years.
“Contracts like this ensure that everyone has access to what I see as the American Dream: to make a real contribution and prosper,” said JAXPORT Board Chairman Dr. John Newman. “Having opportunities open to all has a proven, positive impact on the economic health of our community and that’s a crucial part of our work here at the port.”