The Ajax Building Corporation is looking to ensure minority-owned companies have an opportunity to participate in a newly planned $27 million, three-story, 73,000-square-foot complex to be housed at Florida A&M University.  The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019 and will act as student service building for the historically black university.

Ted Parker, director of outreach and vendor diversity for Ajax Building Corporation has said that “he’s reached out to the Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce, the Capital City Chamber of Commerce, the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality and the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council” to include as many qualified minority-owned businesses on the project as possible.  Although the state of Florida does not mandate minority-owned spend on public projects, the Ajax team is still pursuing support from the community.  Parker has also stated that “Ajax will work with applicants who don’t qualify for top contracts, to connect them with major contractors so they can bid as second-tier subcontractors.”

Currently FAMU “has received $16.1 million from the Legislature toward the Center for Access and Student Success” but is “requesting an additional $21 million toward the building this session.”  The building will ultimately be a “one-stop complex where most student services will be in one location, including the Office of Student Affairs and Student Activities.”