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Breakfast of Champions
November 20, 2017
Across the country, Balfour Beatty has developed a strong reputation for delivering large rail transit projects that connect communities and help them grow. But in Denver, Colorado, that reputation is particularly evident to long-time client Regional Transportation District (RTD). For more than 10 years, Balfour Beatty has worked closely with RTD to build commuter rail, light rail, passenger stations and associated infrastructure to make progress against the organization’s multi-billion dollar transit expansion plan, FasTracks.
On November 9, Balfour Beatty was honored at RTD’s Small Business Breakfast of Champions, which was hosted by RTD’s Civil Rights Division. RTD organized the event to honor and celebrate the partnerships between contractors, small, minority, disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses that helped build RTD’s multi-modal infrastructure and changed the face of the Denver metropolitan area.
The breakfast offered contractors and subcontractors the opportunity to network and reflect on their contributions to the FasTracks Program. Through video and dynamic speaker presentations, RTD shared updates on the progress of FasTracks since its inception and celebrated the increased connectivity and benefits that the program has brought to the Denver community and economy. Balfour Beatty and Regional Rail Partners – the Balfour Beatty joint venture that is currently delivering RTD’s North Metro Rail Line project – helped sponsor the event.
When asked about Balfour Beatty’s history of incorporating small businesses into its projects for RTD, Zamy Silva, senior manager of RTD’s Civils Rights division explained, “Balfour Beatty is on track to exceed its design and construction DBE commitments for the Southeast Rail Extension project, and I appreciate and respect a contractor that clearly takes this program seriously and is willing to go above and beyond to ensure small, minority, women and disadvantaged owned businesses get a fair share. When there are issues or concerns, Anders and Greg are both at the table to discuss them, and the company has dedicated people who work directly with our compliance officers. Balfour Beatty is cooperative and collaborative, and the team is easy to work with.”
Anders Lindgren, project director for RTD’s Southeast Rail Extension project, attended the breakfast and accepted RTD’s “Champion for Small Businesses” award on behalf of Balfour Beatty. The award recognized Balfour Beatty’s work in building multiple components of the FasTracks program and offering opportunities for small, minority, disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses throughout the delivery of each.
“RTD is a great owner with a great plan to provide transit access for residents,” Anders said. “It’s been an honor to work with them and the many subcontractors involved in our five major projects for RTD.”