San Diego Central Courthouse Project Labor Agreement
The Administrative Office of the Courts asked that the Construction Manager at Risk enter into a Project Labor Agreement with the State Building and Construction Trades Council for completion of 704,000 square foot court facility. The 22-story, 71-courtroom structure would be a "consolidated facility for criminal, civil, probate, family court, and small claims services." The total project budget is $450.3 million and the project labor agreement applies to bid packages above $125,000. The agreement mandates that 30 percent of all labor and craft positions are filled by workers residing in the County of San Diego.
- "The [agreement] had no appreciable negative impact on subcontractor interest or the bid pricing for this project."
- Over 20 percent of selected subcontractors are non-union and 21 percent of subcontractors are small businesses, women owned, minority owned, or disabled veteran businesses.
- The agreement is increasing access to on-the-job training, with the project's concrete subcontractor reporting that the apprentice program "is working well, providing better qualified personnel."
- The project is currently meeting its three percent target for engaging disabled veteran business enterprises.
- The project has seen minimal corrections in the field, and "the ability to handle the unique challenges of a project of this magnitude may be attributed to personnel that come from a skilled and trained work force."