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SANDAG Bench Program for On-Call Contracts

Welcome to the SANDAG Bench Program! The Bench Program was developed to create opportunities for small and disadvantaged businesses to participate in SANDAG On-Call Contracts. The Bench is a pool of certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small Business (SB) firms that Prime Consultants are able to access for work on SANDAG Architecture and Engineering (A&E), Construction Management (CM), and Planning On-Call Contracts.

DBE and SB firms are invited to join the Bench to participate in these On-Call Contracts. A firm interested in becoming Bench certified must meet the following qualifications below:

Type of Firm and Qualification Services Certifications
  • Must be an architecture or engineering firm that can provide one or more of the On-Call A&E Services
and/or and/or
  • Must be a construction management firm that can provide one or more of the On-Call CM Services

SANDAG encourages Primes to use Bench firms when developing a consultant team to work on SANDAG projects. The Bench Program increases small and disadvantaged business opportunities, promotes and fosters diversity, and acts as a conduit for creating partnerships between large and small firms.

Join the Bench

To join the SANDAG Bench, please be sure that your firm is registered as a vendor on the SANDAG bidding platform and vendor portal hosted by BidNet Direct. Please follow the BidNet Vendor & Bench Registration Instructions to guide you in the registration process.

About the Bench

Architecture and Engineering (A&E) Bench

SANDAG executed 17 On-Call Contracts for A&E Design Consulting Services with an estimated value of $315 million. The A&E On-Call Contracts provide consultant services for transportation infrastructure projects in San Diego County including transit system improvements, freeway and bridge enhancements, landscape design, freeway corridors, and other design efforts

Download a sortable list of A&E Bench firms including a link to Bench member profiles.

What is the SANDAG A&E Bench
Join the A&E Bench Now
Architecture and Engineering Services
Applying for the A&E Bench
2017 A&E Speed Networking Event Presentation

Construction Management (CM) Bench

SANDAG executed 8 On-Call Contracts for CM and Engineering Services with an estimated value of $125 million. In addition, 2 On-Call CM Contracts were executed to support the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project and is valued at an estimated $120 million. These CM On-Call Contracts support transportation projects that include heavy rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, freeways, highways, toll roads, local streets and roads, bikeways, and walkways.

Download a sortable list of CM Bench firms including a link to Bench member profiles.

Creating Partnerships Between Large and Small Firms
Join the CM “Bench” Now!
Construction Management Services
Applying for the CM Bench
2020 CM Virtual Speed Networking Event Presentation

Planning Bench

SANDAG executed 10 On-Call Planning Services Contracts that is estimated up to $40 million. The Planning On-Call Contracts will support transportation planning projects including land use, active transportation, and transportation demand management planning efforts.

Download a sortable list of Planning Bench firms.

What is the SANDAG Planning Bench
Join the Planning Bench Now!
Planning Services
Applying for the Planning Bench
Planning Bench Rate Schedule and Classification List

Contact Us

For more information about the SANDAG Bench Program, please contact the Small Business Coordinator at or the Manager of Small Business Development, Elaine Richardson, at