The Port of Seattle has awarded four new custodial contracts to provide small and disadvantaged businesses with better opportunities and increase performance at Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International Airport in the US.
The large exclusive contract for janitorial services has been broken up into small deals to help enhance customer service, accountability and offer revenue opportunities for the small and disadvantaged businesses.
Sea-Tac Airport managing director Lance Lyttle said: “We see this as a win-win-win for passengers, workers and small businesses.
“This contract will improve quality and performance to provide world-class service to our travellers, reward the companies with the best performance, increase the opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses, and build in protections for valued workers.”
Under the terms of the new deals, small businesses will provide services equal to nearly 45% of the four contracts combined.
The winning bidders include C&W Services and partner Whayne Enterprises, who would operate in Sea-Tac Airport’s South Satellite, Concourse A, Concourse B, and public pre-security areas such as the ticketing and baggage claim areas.
The other winners are Pride Industries, in collaboration with Evergreen Building Services, who would operate in the airport’s Central Terminal, Concourse C, Concourse D and North Satellite.
Whayne Enterprises won the bid to operate independently in non-public areas such as the bagwell, airport office building, police/security areas, and remote facilities.
The four new contracts have been awarded for a guaranteed two-year period with up to three one-year renewals based on performance.
The first two years are estimated to cost $16.4m and $17m.