PASADENA, CA (December 7, 2015) – Parsons is pleased to announce that it is the winner of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Fiscal Year 2015 Small Business Industry Award. Parsons was named Large Business Prime Contractor of the Year for the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. Selection was based on Parsons’ support of small businesses under its Facility Construction, Engineering, and Technical Services (FaCETS) contract at Goddard, and the strength of its overall small business program.
“Parsons is committed to the growth and development of small businesses,” stated Mary Ann Hopkins, Parsons Group President. “We are proud of our successful small business program, which provides opportunities for qualified companies through subcontracting and initiatives such as the mentor-protégé program.”
Since the start of its FaCETS II contract in 2011, Parsons has maximized opportunities for small businesses and has employed nearly 50 small businesses. These include a women-owned HUBZone small business construction material supplier from Davis, WV, and a service-disabled veteran-owned small business general construction company based in Hanover, MD. Parsons is engaged in the NASA Mentor-Protégé Program to promote 3D design, safety, engineering processes, and business and proposal development. Small business enterprises have completed highly technical projects impacting a variety of NASA missions. For example, small business subcontractors have provided engineering designs, clean room systems, asbestos abatement, METASYS controls, and underground utilities; and supported the James Webb Space Telescope and the Magnetospheric Multiscale missions.
Parsons consistently surpasses the federal standards for small business contracting. In June 2015, it received an award from the National Veteran Small Business Coalition for its superb support to veteran-owned small businesses in 2014.
This record of achievement is the result of Parsons’ small business program, which was rated “Outstanding” by the Defense Contract Management Agency. Through this program, the company conducts outreach to identify qualified small businesses to support its federal contracts. Parsons not only awards work to these enterprises, but supports the companies on its team to improve their processes through training and mentoring. Parsons has established mentor-protégé relationships within the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and the Small Business Administration programs, in addition to the NASA program. These programs are designed to promote growth and build sustainable relationships with small firms, with the goal of improving their ability to compete for significant work in the marketplace.Parsons is a technology-driven engineering services firm with more than 70 years of experience in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries. The corporation is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, defense, security, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, systems design/engineering, cyber/converged security, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.