Vacaville firm gets $622,794 pact from Fairfield

By From page A4 | June 05, 2014

FAIRFIELD — A $662,794 contract to build the Oliver Road Park and Ride has been awarded to a Vacaville company after the Fairfield city staff said issues involving federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise requirements were resolved.

Fairfield public works staff further reviewed documents after initially concluding the company failed to comply with the requirements, the city staff report said.

Swank Construction Inc. of Vacaville showed they made a good faith effort to comply with federal goals and a bid by a disadvantaged business subcontractor was received late, the Fairfield staff said in a report to the City Council.

The subcontractor’s late bid meant Swank had a justifiable reason for not including the bid, the staff said before the 4-1 council vote awarding the contract to the Vacaville company.

Councilwoman Pam Bertani, who voted against the contract, said more facts were needed about the matter and sought to continue the matter to another meeting. But other council members did not second her motion.

Individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged must own at least 51 percent of a business to qualify the company to meet the federal definition. A federal transit administration grant and federal transportation Development Act funds are being used to pay for the park-and-ride project.

Swank submitted the low bid for the park and ride. Ghilotti Construction Company of Santa Rosa, which bid $684,367 on the project, said the Fairfield city staff notified the company Monday that the apparent low bidder Swank had failed to comply with the federal requirement.

But the city staff on Tuesday said it reversed that decision.

Thomas Smith, estimating manager for Ghilotti, called the matter “a bit of a mystery” and asked that the action on the contract be delayed.

Jack Swank,vice president of operations for Swank Construction, told the council that the company had called Fairfield last week about the park-and-ride bid. Swank called the disadvantaged business issue a minor misunderstanding.

George Hicks, director of public works for Fairfield, said the park and ride at Red Top Road with about 250 spaces was built because the Fairfield Transit Center is overcrowded. The Oliver Road site will have 177 spaces, Hicks said.

Reach Ryan McCarthy at 427-6935 or [email protected]

Ryan McCarthy


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