CMS Wins $49M USACE Hawaii MATOC

Maumee, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS) was one of eight firms awarded the $49M US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Honolulu District 8(a) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for Design-Bid-Build and Design-Build Construction Services within the Honolulu Engineer District area of responsibility (AOR). The contract ceiling is $49 million over a 5-year period of performance (a 2-year base period plus three 1-year option periods), with task orders potentially ranging up to $9M. The contract is being issued out of the USACE Honolulu District located at Fort Shafter, HI.

Under this MATOC, CMS will perform design-bid-build and/or design-build construction projects involving, but not limited to, such areas as civil, architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, security, communications, and abatement (asbestos and lead) activities. CMS received this ID/IQ award due to our experience, past performance, bonding capacity, and competitive pricing. CMS will compete against seven other contract awardees for task orders issued under this contract.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, stated, “This particular award has been a long time coming. It is a key win for CMS, given our strong presence in the Pacific and long contracting history with USACE. Our team stands ready to support the client’s mission in this AOR.”

CMS Welcomes Jim Bell as Engineering Manager

MAUMEE, OH – CMS proudly announces the addition of Jim Bell, RA, LEED AP, as Engineering Manager. Bell joins CMS with 20 years of experience in architecture and engineering, facility planning and design, and construction management. Prior to joining CMS, Bell worked for La-Z-Boy Incorporated as Preconstruction Manager/Architect. Before that, he was the Engineering Manager for a worldwide Department of Defense construction contractor and also worked for various architecture and design firms.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, stated, “In this key position, Jim will support design-build proposal efforts and our project execution teams in the field. He brings the technical expertise, design oversight, design quality control, LEED implementation, and construction lessons learned necessary for our growing list of design-build projects. His extensive design-build project delivery experience in both the commercial and military sectors significantly enhances our ability to provide technical excellence and value engineering alternatives to our current and future clients anywhere in the world.”

Bell has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy, is a Registered Architect (RA) in the States of Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, and Ohio, and holds a National Council of Architectural Board (NCARB) certification. He is also a U.S. Green Building Council LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional). He will work out of the CMS Maumee, OH office.

CMS Welcomes Ralph Canter as Construction Operations Manager

BARGERSVILLE, IN – CMS proudly announces the addition of Ralph Canter, PE, as Construction Operations Manager, leading our Mechanical/Fabrication Construction Group. Canter joins CMS with an impressive 38-year career spanning the power plant operations, large-scale mechanical construction, customer management, and executive leadership areas. He first spent 24 years with Indiana Power & Light (IPL), where he started as a Welding Engineer and Licensed Chief Pressure Vessel Inspector. He was later promoted to managing IPL Steam Operations and finally to leading Client/Customer Service Operations for this public utility company. His next 16 years were spent successfully growing profitable mechanical construction businesses and running a large, complex industrial construction project in the Northern Colorado area.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, stated, “Ralph brings over 38 years of hands-on construction management, engineering, and customer service experience in the mechanical and industrial sectors. His management and technical experience, combined with his extensive customer service background, is a terrific fit with the CMS organization. He will play a key role as we work to implement operational efficiencies and provide enhanced customer service to our existing and future clients. I look forward to working with him as we continue to grow CMS and expand into new markets.”

Canter holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, has been a Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Indiana since 1983, and has attended executive leadership education programs at the Harvard Business School, the University of Michigan, and the Colorado Springs Center for Creative Leadership. He will work out of the CMS Bargersville, IN office.

CMS Wins Mechanical Contract at Purdue

BARGERSVILLE, IN — CMS Corporation (CMS) has been awarded a $6.5 million mechanical contract by Pepper Construction for Purdue University’s Flex Lab Facility project in West Lafayette, IN. The Flex Lab Facility will have a footprint of approximately 107,000 square feet and will be used by Purdue’s School of Engineering.  The building will consist of three stories plus a basement and offer a combination of office and lab space to support the university’s research needs. The construction period is estimated to be about 15 months.

CMS, an Indiana-based minority business enterprise (MBE), competed against four other mechanical contractors for the win. CMS Chief Executive Officer, Ernest Enrique, noted, “For this hotly contested bid, CMS offered the best combination of price, in-depth understanding of the project, and value-added suggestions for project enhancement and success. This is a tremendous project for our firm and will bring high visibility to CMS in the central Indiana construction market and beyond.”

CMS Receives 9th CCS Safety Award

CMS Team at Awards GalaBARGERSVILLE, IN – CMS received the 2015 Zero Injury Award from the Coalition for Construction Safety, Inc. (CCS) at its 23rd Anniversary & Awards Celebration on April 28, 2016. 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 180,299 labor hours during the 2015 calendar year with zero recordable incidents.

This is CMS’s 9th Zero Injury Award in the past 11 years, a testament to CMS’s safety culture and exceptional health and safety program. Several CMS personnel attended the awards celebration, which was held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, among them Mercedes Enrique, President; Khush Mander, Executive Vice President; and Bill Beach, Vice President of Business Development. Ms. Enrique noted, “The fact that we have won this award 9 out of 10 years demonstrates we are a company that is conscientious about safety. Safety starts with our team members in the field. Each one of our team members understands safety is Priority One on all of our projects.”

Jacob Yoder Selected CMS Craftsperson of the Year

Jacob YoderBARGERSVILLE, IN — Jacob Yoder was selected by his peers to receive the Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS) Outstanding Craftsperson Award. This recognition gives every CCS 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. Yoder received the award at the 23nd Annual CCS Anniversary and Awards Celebration on April 28, 2016, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. He received a Carhartt winter jacket embroidered with the CCS logo, “Outstanding Craftsperson 2016,” and his name.

Several CMS team members attended the awards ceremony with Mr. Yoder, including Bill Beach, Mercedes Enrique (President), Jake Hahn, Khush Mander (Executive Vice President), Jack Robinson, and Phil Schmitt. Nominations cited him for his strong commitment to quality and safety, resourcefulness, problem-solving capabilities, customer service, and team work.

CMS Featured in ABC’s Construction Executive Magazine

In the following article, “Safety – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility,” appearing in the Associated Builders and Contractor’s (ABC) Construction Executive magazine, CMS Corporation’s CEO Ernest Enrique discussed CMS’s zero-incident safety culture. Most recently, CMS was one of only 20 firms nationwide to receive the prestigious ABC 2015 National Safety Excellence Award. See links below…

Safety – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
The Protégé Becomes The Mentor

May 2016 Digital Edition

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CMS Wins Informatics – Upgrade Utility Extension Project

Bargersville, IN, April 6, 2016 – CMS Corporation, a leading mechanical construction firm providing turnkey and design-build services, announced today that it has been awarded a $957,816 contract with Indiana University at their Bloomington campus. The scope of work includes the provision of all labor, material, and equipment to provide new steam and pumped condensate piping from a connection point near the Central Heating Plant to a point near Luddy Hall, a to-be-constructed Informatics & Computing Building, the provision of a hot tap and valves for the chilled water supply and return piping at the intersection of North Forest Avenue and 11th Street, and the installation of an electrical duct bank and medium voltage electrical service.

“This award gives a great opportunity to continue to showcase our core capabilities to one of the premier universities in Indiana,” said Ernest Enrique, CEO.

CMS Receives ABC’s Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction

2015 Ntl Excl in Constr Repair BQ 846BARGERSVILLE, IN, March 5, 2016 — The Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) National Chapter awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) the 2015 Eagle Award Excellence in Construction (EIC) for the NAVFAC Southeast project entitled, “Design-Build Repair Bachelor Quarters (BQ) 846” at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL.

The ABC Eagle Award EIC is the construction industry’s premier annual awards program, honoring the nation’s most innovative and high quality construction projects and safety programs. The program determines the winners from across all ABC chapters and confers its highest recognition on the most outstanding merit shop projects of the year.

Awards were presented March 2, 2016 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During the awards program, over 175 member companies were presented with awards for Excellence in Construction, Contractor of the Year, Safety, and Diversity. Prior to winning the National EIC Award, the $5.7M Design-Build Repair BQ 846 project also won the ABC Indiana/Kentucky Chapter’s Award of Excellence in its 2015 Merit Shop Construction Awards, category Other Specialty/Government Construction.

For this project, 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 repairing the exterior building envelope, replacing mechanical systems, applying new finishes, painting, upgrading bathrooms, and adding building security and key card access features. By recommending phases of work be performed concurrently, CMS was able to complete the project ahead of schedule.

CMS CEO Ernest Enrique stated, “This project received exceptional performance ratings from the Navy, which 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 challenging project due to the age and use of the facility, as well as its size and magnitude, was, in the words of our customer, ‘executed with precision and foresight.'”