CMS’s Guam Team Wins GCA Excellence in Construction Award

GCA 2015 Award

BARRIGADA, GUAM – CMS Corporation’s project for the Retro-commissioning of 33 Facilities at Andersen AFB (AAFB), Guam has received a 2015 Guam Contractors Association (GCA) Excellence in Construction Award.

This project was selected for award in the “Federal Government/Military Less Than $10M” category. This $7.4M Design-Build project was highly rated by the Government, earning Very Good and Exceptional performance ratings in such areas as management, coordination, quality, and schedule.

The CMS-led Team completed retrofitting and commissioning of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) components in 33 facilities at AAFB, including HVAC ducts, duct air sensors, air-cooled condensing units, air handing units (AHUs), variable air volume (VAV) boxes, HVAC controls, instruments and gauges, direct digital controls (DDCs), air volume dampers, chillers, and chilled water pumps. The completed project will reduce utility expenditures by reducing energy and resource consumption. High-efficiency, low maintenance materials were utilized to obtain the desired energy savings and sustainability outcome. This project was completed in December 2014.

CEO Ernest Enrique noted, “This project demonstrates excellence in innovation, quality, communication, and safety. Our project team was very proactive in coordinating the work with all facility managers, which not only minimized operational impacts, but also improved overall quality, safety, and customer satisfaction with the finished project. With work being performed in 33 facilities, the CMS team often worked weekends and evenings to ensure we met each customer’s unique needs.”

The GCA awards banquet was held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on November 6, 2015.

CMS Projects Receive ABC Awards of Excellence

ANC Diamond STEP Award 2015

BARGERSVILLE, IN — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) Awards of Excellence for two design-build projects constructed for the US military. The Design-Build Repair of Bachelors Quarters (BQ) 846 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida and the Design-Build of HVAC and Air Conditioning Systems Upgrades at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, were recognized by ABC for excelling in “innovation, quality, communication, and safety.”

The Award of Excellence honors the skill and creativity of the entire project team – contractor, owner, architect, and engineer – responsible for an outstanding merit shop construction project. CMS’s $5.7M design-build repair of BQ 846 received the Award of Excellence in the “Institutional $3M to $10M Category.” CMS renovated an existing bachelor housing complex consisting of eight 3-story wings and one 2-story wing (over 94,800 SF total). Work included repair of the exterior building envelop, replacement of mechanical systems, new finishes and painting, bathroom upgrades, and building security and key card access features. By recommending that phases of work be performed concurrently, CMS was able to complete the project ahead of schedule. This project received exceptional performance ratings from the client. The Navy cited CMS’s expert ability to manage its subcontractors, scheduling expertise, and exceptional communication skills as key to completing the project ahead of schedule and with superb quality. What was anticipated to be a burdensome project due to the age and use of the facility, as well as its size and magnitude, was “executed with precision and foresight.”

In the “Historical Renovation $3M to $10M Category,” CMS replaced existing control systems with a new direct digital control system for the central HVAC equipment and chiller plant at the Marine Corps Base at Kaneohe Bay, integrating it into the Base’s Energy Management Control System (EMCS). Associated work included installing new supply and return air ducts, replacing damper actuators on VAV boxes, and replacing flex ducts. This $4.4M project received exceptional ratings from the client. The work was completed ahead of schedule and performed with zero OSHA-recordable incidents. The Navy cited CMS’s excellent communications and ability to provide “no-cost solutions to provide a better design and end product’ as key to the success of this project.

CMS was also named a Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Winner – Diamond Level – at the awards ceremony. The STEP Award is presented to firms that possess exceptional safety records and make safety a core value, as evidenced by leadership commitment, safety culture, and rigorous employee training programs. With the Diamond Level designation, CMS is now eligible for the ABC National Safety Excellence Award.

Ernest Enrique, PE, CEO and Khush Mander, Executive Vice President, both of CMS, were on hand to accept these awards at the ABC 2015 Merit Shop Awards Gala on September 24, 2015 in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

Matt Fields Selected CMS Craftsperson of the Year

May 27, 2015

BARGERSVILLE, IN — Matt Fields was selected by his peers to receive the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS) Outstanding Craftsperson Award. This recognition gives every MICCS Association member firm an opportunity to publicly honor a craftsperson who they believe warrants distinction. It is intended to honor employees who work in the field, up to the level of Foreman.

Mr. Fields received the award at the 22nd Annual MICCS Anniversary and Awards Celebration on April 30, 2015, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. He received a Carhartt winter jacket embroidered with the MICCS logo, “Outstanding Craftsperson 2015,” and his name. Mr. Fields is a repeat (2 time) winner of this key award.

Several CMS team members attended the awards ceremony with Mr. Fields, including John Eden, Jake Hahn, Chris Jones, Khush Mander, and Phil Schmitt. Nominations cited him for his strong commitment to quality and safety, resourcefulness, problem-solving capabilities, customer service and responsiveness, and team work.

CMS Receives 8th MICCS Safety Award

May 27, 2015

MAUMEE, OH – CMS received the 2014 Zero Injury Award from the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety, Inc. (MICCS) at its 22st Anniversary & Awards Celebration on April 30, 2015. The Zero Injury Award is given to companies whose craftspeople working for the company have not suffered a work-related accident resulting in loss of consciousness, restriction of work or motion, transfer to another job or requiring medical treatment other than first aid in the previous calendar year. CMS worked a total of 152,262 labor hours during the 2014 calendar year with zero recordable incidents. This is CMS’s 8th Zero Injury Award in the past 10 years, a testament to CMS’s safety culture and exceptional health and safety program.
Several CMS Operations personnel attended the awards celebration, which was held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, among them Khush Mander, CMS Vice President of Operations. Mr. Mander noted, “The fact that we have won this award 8 out of 10 years demonstrates we are a company that is conscientious about safety. Safety starts with our guys in the field. Each one of our team members understands safety is Priority One on all of our projects.”

CMS Awarded $20M Navy Mechanical MACC

May 7, 2015

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS) was one of five firms awarded the Naval Support Activity (NSA) Crane Mechanical Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC). This full and open ID/IQ MACC is for mechanical construction projects at NSA Crane and the Glendora Test Facility. The majority of the work will be performed in Crane, IN, with the remainder executed in Sullivan, IN. The contract ceiling is $20 million over a 5-year period of performance (a base year plus 4 option years). The expected completion date is May 2020. Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic out of Norfolk, VA is the contracting agency.

Under this MACC, CMS will provide all labor, equipment, tools, supplies, transportation, supervision, QC, professional design services, and management necessary to perform various HVAC construction, renovation, and maintenance design-build or design-bid-build projects at assorted buildings and structures. Work includes, but is not limited to, design, general construction, alteration, repair, demolition, and work performed by special trades.

NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic received a total of eight proposals for this contract. CMS will compete against four other contractors for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract.

One of CMS’s first federal government clients, NSA Crane is a long-time customer of CMS. CMS CEO Ernest Enrique, stated, “This win, in large part, recognizes the good work we have done for this installation over the past 10 years. The customer clearly recognizes the best value CMS offers in terms of our self-perform mechanical and fabrication capabilities. We are pleased to continue our relationship and support of NSA Crane and its mission via this contract vehicle.”

SBA Approves CMS and JWC Mentor/Protégé Agreement

April 23, 2015

MAUMEE, OH – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the Mentor/Protégé Agreement (MPA) between CMS Corporation (CMS – the Mentor) and Jack Wayte Construction Co., Inc. (JWC – the Protégé). CMS is an award-winning small business with over 20 years of experience in design-build, new construction, renovation, and mechanical/fabrication work for the federal government and commercial clients. Based in Alamogordo, NM, JWC has been in business for 56 years. They have experience in renovation, design-build, and heavy civil construction in both the public and private sectors. JWC is a family owned and operated business.

CMS has worked with JWC for the past two years. Just last year, both firms were awarded two ID/IQ Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOCs) – one with the USACE Albuquerque District and the other with USACE Ft. Worth District. These contracts, with ceilings of $140M and $49M, respectively, were awarded under an SBA-approved 8(a) Joint Venture between CMS and JWC called the “JWC CMS JV.” The JWC CMS JV is currently executing projects at Camp Bullis, TX, and Kirtland AFB, NM under these contracts, with a combined value of $4 million.

The purpose of the MPA program is to encourage Mentors to provide a broad range of business development assistance to Protégés. Such assistance may include technical and/or management assistance, financial assistance in the form of equity investments and/or loans, subcontracts, and/or assistance in performing prime contracts with the Government through JV arrangements. CMS had a highly successful Mentor-Protégé arrangement as a Protégé that ended in 2014. This positive experience has positioned CMS to becoming a top Mentor to JWC.

Under the CMS and JWC MPA, CMS will provide JWC assistance in the following areas:

  • Expansion of their management team
  • Expansion of their operations
  • Estimating and proposal support
  • Marketing

The MPA offers CMS, a 2014 graduate of the government’s 8(a) program, a meaningful opportunity to “give back” to the small business / 8(a) community.