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UC San Diego and Local Public Agencies Seek Collaborations with Area Businesses

August 4, 2011

By Rex Graham

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General contractors and subcontractors are working on several major construction projects at UC San Diego, such as the new Structural & Materials Engineering Building, and others are in various stages of planning, preparation of working drawings, bidding and actual construction.

UC San Diego is increasing its efforts to collaborate with area companies as part of the university’s efforts to more effectively spend $450 million a year on everything from carpeting, general contracting and computer services to refurbished toner cartridges, fluorescent light bulbs and a wide range of “green” products and supplies.

The university is sponsoring workshops on Aug. 8 and 9 to provide pertinent information on campus bidding processes and procedures that are required for companies doing business with the campus.

“Some small local companies have grown substantially due to their business relationships with UC San Diego, and we think many more area companies could benefit as well,” said Anthony Singleton, manager of the university’s Small Business Office. “A new supplier to UC San Diego will have a little homework to do, but once we know a company has good products, services and customer support we let all campus departments know about them.”

UC San Diego receives about $1 billion a year in research funding, mostly from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and others. To ensure that an appropriate share of that spending involves small businesses, those agencies have established statutory goals for business spending.

UC San Diego’s Procurement and Contracts Department spent more than $412 million during the 2009-10 fiscal year, including more than $75 million under these programs:

  • $62.7 million in the Small Business Enterprise program.
  • $11.2 million in the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program.
  • $1.4 million in the Women’s Business Enterprise program.
  • $51,000 in the Disabled Veterans Enterprise program.

Two Days of Workshops for Small Businesses
On Aug. 8, UC San Diego’s Equal Opportunity/Staff Affirmative Action, Facilities Design and Construction Department, and the Procurement and Contracts Division will host a free business development workshop and networking session titled Doing Business with UCSD and Public Agency Partners. Workshops 8 – 11:45 a.m., at the Price Center West ballrooms are designed to help business owners better understand how the various areas of UCSD do business and also to learn about bidding on maintenance, design and construction opportunities. Representatives of local public agencies also will be available at the workshop for networking and to foster diversity and opportunities for businesses. For more information, contact Paul Tagliaferri at (858) 534-3694 or ptagliaferri@ucsd.edu.

Small Business Diversity Expo
The Aug. 9 "Small Business Diversity Expo 2011" at UC San Diego's Price Center Ballroom gives firms classed as small or disadvantaged a chance to present their products and services to buyers at the university.

On Aug. 9, the university’s Procurement & Contracts Division will host a “Small Business Diversity Expo 2011” at the Price Center Ballroom.  Formerly known as the Small Business Fair, the day-long event will host a variety a variety of vendors from firms classed as small or disadvantaged, who will present their products and services in a friendly and festive setting.  Campus customers who are responsible for purchasing goods and services will have the opportunity to meet these vendors and become familiar their offerings.

There is more information on the Aug. 9 expo at http://www-bfs.ucsd.edu/sbo/fair/. To participate, businesses must be small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, HUBZone small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, or service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. For more information, contact Anthony Singleton, UC San Diego’s manager of Small Business Development, at sbdo@ucsd.edu or 858-534-7236.

Important Steps for Businesses
Any business interested in responding to any bids on products and/or services for the university must register at http://www-bfs.ucsd.edu/pur/bizlink/UCSD_bizlink.html  First-time registrants should select the “New Supplier Registration” link and complete the registration process.
An information site for suppliers at http://www-bfs.ucsd.edu/pur/suppliers/bid.html  lists current requests for quotation, requests for proposal, and requests for information from UC San Diego.
In keeping with the University of California’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the University of California lists its sustainability requirements in all university-wide RFPs. These requirements may include criteria for energy efficiency and conservation, waste and packaging reduction, trade-ins and refurbishment of used products, use of recycled and recyclable material and other criteria.

‘Strategic Sourcing’ Opportunities
The University of California is maximizing its resources and efficiency during these economically challenging times. To this end, UC has developed a system-wide “strategic sourcing” initiative as a process to reduce the cost of purchased products and services. Strategic sourcing supports small businesses, encouraging them to participate in the bidding process. For more information, see information for suppliers at www-bfs.ucsd.edu/pur/suppliers .

Designers, General Contractors and Subcontractors
The current economic conditions are enabling UC San Diego to complete construction projects that have been in the planning stages for many years. Low-interest bonds and loans and competitive bids from outstanding construction firms are facilitating a wide range of large and small projects.  UC San Diego is relying on a wide variety of design firms and general contractors to complete the following projects, which are in various stages of completion:

  • Torrey Pines Center North renovation, $17.4 million (non-state funds).
  • East Campus Parking Structure, $22.6 million (non-state funds).
  • UC San Diego Medical Center Emergency Department remodel, $12.2 million (non-state funds).
  • Rady School of Management Phase 2, $47.2 million (state and non-state funds)
  • Marine Ecosystems Sensing, Observation and Modeling laboratory, $25.9 million (non-state funds).
  • Structural & Materials Engineering Building, $82.5 million (state and non-state funds).
  • Central Research and Services Facility, $23 million (non-state funds).
  • Health Sciences Biomedical Research Facility 2, $179.6 million (non-state funds).

While UC San Diego works with general contractors on individual projects, subcontractors can keep up to date on opportunities involving those projects by enrolling in an email-notification service. The email address for that service is Outreach-subscribe@fdc-intdev.ucsd.edu. A separate notification service for design professionals is available by email at Rfq-subscribe@fdc-intdev.ucsd.edu.


Media Contact: Rex Graham, 858-534-2248, ragraham@ucsd.edu

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