Home Plate Update March 2019 - Page 16

MWBE spotlight Azteca Enterprises, Inc. Hispanic-owned company adds ballpark to long list of Arlington projects A zteca Enterprises, which has worked on AT&T Stadium, Texas Live! and Globe Life Park, can add another major Arlington landmark to its portfolio. The Dallas-based company, considered one of the largest Hispanic-owned construction companies in the country, landed two contracts worth almost $80 million on the $1.2 billion Globe Life Field project. Azteca Enterprises is working both as a subcontractor for W&W Steel on the retractable-roof of ballpark, as well as a Joint Venture Partner to Con-Real, doing finish-out work on the suites, Club level and concession areas. Luis Spinola, Azteca Enterprises president and CEO, said many of his employees are die-hard Rangers fan who are thrilled to play a role in creating the team’s new home. Each year, the company buys more than 150 tickets to treat employees and their families to a Rangers game. “A lot of the workers are big baseball fans. Some of our employees used to play baseball when they were younger,” Spinola said. “They follow the Rangers very closely. They feel very proud we are part of this construction project.” The company, celebrating 30 years in business, specializes in 16 construction and renovations for projects including airports, schools, stadiums and convention centers, entertainment venues, warehouses, medical facilities and more. In addition to the Arlington’s sports stadiums, Azteca Enterprises has also done previous work on street, drainage and utilities work for both the City of Arlington and the University of Texas at Arlington, including turn lanes and parking lot repairs for the Parks Mall. Azteca Enterprises applauded the City of Arlington and the Texas Rangers for the commitment to providing meaningful opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses to participate in the ballpark construction. For example, the opportunity to provide steel, infrastructure, project engineering and other services on a project of this scale and scope is beneficial in building his company's portfolio and bonding capacity, Spinola said. “Whenever public entities and private entities collaborate on public-private partnerships and intentionally include minority participation, it enhances the marketplace and proves the owner commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity,” Spinola said. “This particular project was an intentional effort to engage minority contractors. The way that the project packages were developed created multiple smaller packages, and breakout of the work has allowed us to have multiple contracts on the project and provide a variety of overall services.” MWBE Fast Facts The City of Arlington is working with the Texas Rangers and The Cordish Companies to ensure the diversity of the workforce for both the future ballpark and the Texas Live! development. Texas Live! $48,965,825.35, or 37 percent, of the total awarded contract dollars had been awarded to minority and women- owned businesses as of December 2018. Globe Life Field $225,389,719.50, or 25 percent, of the total awarded contract dollars had been awarded to MWBE firms as of December 2018.