A locally African-American owned firm has been selected to handle construction services for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
DNC announced Thursday that Perryman Building and Construction has been hired. Perryman will oversee construction operations before, during and after the convention, from flooring to painting, air conditioning and other needs.
“Perryman Building and Construction is known not only for quality construction work, but also for being a leader in the community,” the Rev. Leah D. Daughtry, CEO of the DNCC said. “I know they will be a strong partner in turning the Wells Fargo Center into the Convention Hall. This construction contract will help our convention remain on time, on task and on budget.”
The convention, which will be held July 25-28, is expected to draw 50,000 attendees.
Perryman is a commercial, general construction and construction management services firm headquartered in Center City.
“We are excited about the opportunity to fulfill such a significant presentation of Philadelphia to the country,” said Angelo Perryman, president and CEO of Perryman Building. “To have been given the confidence by the DNC to be the implementer of the vision of the Democratic Party is an awesome acknowledgement.”
Perryman was selected after responding to a request for qualifications sent out by the DNCC’s event services firm, Hargrove Inc.
“There’s a lot that has to be done and logistics and coordination of vendors is going to be critical,” Perryman said. “We’ll have to have our hand on the pulse from the minute we get started to make sure we can deliver everything that we promised.”
The company is currently working on the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Community Health and Literacy Center in South Philadelphia, the Love Park renovation project in Center City and the Subaru of America headquarters in Camden, N.J.
Perryman joins three other major convention contracts that have been awarded to diverse companies thus far. The DNCC has set a goal to award 35 percent of its contracts to minority-owned businesses.
Earlier this week, the DNCC Host Committee announced that it selected Impact Dimensions, LLC to be its official merchandise provider and manager. Impact Dimensions, an experienced, local certified Hispanic Minority Business Enterprise, is responsible for manufacturing, marketing, selling and fulfilling orders for a variety of host committee merchandise and promotional materials.