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Build Local



  • Institution-sponsored construction and renovation projects 
  • Construction projects that occur on long-term land leases to third parties 


Increase local and diversity representation in suppliers, contractors, and labor in campus construction projects


Internal staff

  • Top-level leadership, including the CFO
  • Leadership in the real estate, planning, and facilities divisions 
  • Implementation staff in those divisions
  • A community partnerships staff specialist

External partners

  • Local or regional capacity-building organizations connected to the building trades
  • Local or regional economic development organizations who can make connections to local and diverse construction suppliers and contractors
  • A representative from the local government’s office overseeing diversity in construction

Get Started

Understand the complexity of your local construction landscape.

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Identify “Local”

Construction Relationships are different from procurement relationships and There will be underemployed union laborers in your geography.

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The RFP Process

The RFP process is how and where your institution plants its flag in terms of your priorities in local and diversity representation in campus construction.

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Put the Data to Work

There is a set of choices you can make with data tracking connected to campus construction

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Create a Committee

Create a committee to review construction participation performance.

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Local Capacity Builders

Engage with local capacity building organization.

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Using a Single Contractor

The longer term of a multi-year contract, compared to the typical term of a single project contract, enables the contractor to establish a local presence, to get known by suppliers, subcontractors, and laborers, and to create consistency in meeting local and diversity participation requirements.

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Profile Nancy Trainer

Nancy Trainer has been leading Drexel’s campus design efforts for three years, having come from private practice as a principal in planning and design for college and university campuses.

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