On January 13, almost 100 construction management firms and contractors interested in bidding on more than $2 billion in Sandy-related repairs attended a NYCHA Construction Industry Outreach Program at BNY Mellon. The final stage of NYCHA’s Sandy repairs program includes 37 repair and resiliency projects in all five boroughs. Expanding and diversifying vendor participation in the bidding process for construction projects ensures that public housing residents receive the best value and quality of services.
General Manager Cecil House opened the event by welcoming participants. Ray Ribeiro, Executive Vice-President for Capital Projects and Administration, then described NYCHA’s streamlined procurement process that awards contracts in less than 90 days from the close of bids and pays invoices in less than 30 days. In addition, NYCHA’s dedicated Project Management Office (PMO) works with vendors one-on-one to resolve issues. Vendor support is also provided through a web-based project management system that helps track clearly defined performance metrics.
REES Director Sideya Sherman described assistance that NYCHA provides to meet HUD’s Section 3 requirements mandating that 30 percent of hires for NYCHA contracts be public housing residents whenever possible. NYCHA’s Resident Employment Program extends the reach of the federal regulation by requiring NYCHA’s contractors to spend 15 percent of their labor cost on the employment of residents. More than 1,000 residents have graduated from the Resident Training Academy and 86 percent have gone on to job placement, many in the construction industry.
Closing the event was a panel discussion featuring Vice-President for Disaster Recovery Mike Rosen, Senior Vice-President and Chief Supply Officer Victor Martinez, PMO Program Manager Tyson Hackenberg, REES Director Sideya Sherman, and Assistant Director of Risk Finance Carol Tennenbaum, who answered a range of thoughtful questions from attendees.