CMS Project Receives ABC Award of Excellence

BARGERSVILLE, IN — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) the 2017 Award of Excellence in the “Federal Government Over $10M” Division for a $27.1M design-build project to recapitalize deep draft berthing Wharf Charlie 2 (C-2) at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, FL. CMS was recognized by ABC for excelling in “innovation, quality, communication, and safety” on this project.

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 constructed a new steel bulkhead and fuel delivery system at the existing Wharf C-2, successfully navigating a number of unique challenges along the way, including extensive dewatering of excavations of 10 to 20 feet below sea level, working at heights over water, and heavy rigging (including crane work from landside over water and from barge over water).

CEO Ernest Enrique noted, “Despite the many challenges of this high hazard project, the CMS project team worked 157,000 labor hours with zero lost-time incidents. For example, we performed over 2,000 crane lifts (including nearly 500 critical lifts) without incident. Overall, our successful completion of this project has extended the service life of the wharf bulkhead by an additional 50 years.”

In addition to the Award of Excellence, CMS was also recognized as an ABC Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) winner at the Platinum Level. The program recognizes the efforts of firms that consistently strive to achieve effective, best safety practices on jobsites and provides contractors with a tool to objectively evaluate their safety programs, policies, and procedures.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, and Mercedes Enrique, President, were on hand to accept the award at the ABC 2017 Merit Shop Construction Awards Gala on September 28, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

CMS Awarded $99M Navy Small Business MACC for TN, MS, and FL Panhandle

MAUMEE, OH – Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast has awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) its Design-Build Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) for Tennessee, Mississippi, and the Florida Panhandle. This 5-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contract, with a base year and four 1-year options, has a ceiling of $99M for general construction-type projects. It was solicited as a competitive 100% Small Business Set-Aside. CMS is one of only five successful firms, out of 39 companies that submitted proposals when the solicitation was originally released in March 2015.

Work solicited under this contract will be for DoD activities in the Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida Panhandle areas managed by NAVFAC Southeast. Work will consist of design-build vertical or horizontal new construction, renovation, alteration, demolition, or repair work. Task orders will be in the range of $4M to $20M. Anticipated design and construction facility types include industrial, airfield, aircraft hangar, aircraft traffic control, infrastructure, administrative, training, dormitory, and community support facilities. The NAVFAC Southeast in Jacksonville, FL, is the contracting activity.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, noted, “This is a key win for CMS and marks our 10th major ID/IQ contract award from the Navy. We are excited to win this contract and have the opportunity to continue our long-standing partnership with this client.”

CMS Completes $27M Wharf Recapitalization for US Navy

BARGERSVILLE, IN: CMS Corporation (CMS) recently completed the $27.1M design-build recapitalization of deep draft berthing Wharf Charlie 2 (C-2) at Naval Station (NS) Mayport, FL. This project included construction of a new steel bulkhead at the existing Wharf C-2. CMS successfully navigated a number of unique challenges on this highly complex, high hazard project.

Crews placed 4,135 tons of piles, including 124 king piles and 282 sheet piles, placed 450 tons of rebar, poured 30,000 cubic yards of concrete, and performed extensive dewatering of excavations of 10 to 20 feet below sea level. Unique safety concerns included working at heights over water, trenching and excavating (e.g., installation of utilities below 8 feet in depth from finish grade), and heavy rigging (including crane work from landside over water and from barge over water). Crews performed over 2,000 crane lifts (including nearly 500 critical lifts) without incident.

CMS also constructed a new fuel delivery system. The system connected to the existing fuel line originating from the Navy Fuel Farm through six branch lines and ultimately to six fuel vaults on the bulkhead. The entire fuel system is comprised of double containment fuel piping and delivers both marine diesel fuel and JP-5 to ships moored at Wharf C-2.

At peak, CMS managed up to 10 subcontractors, including a crew of up to 60 people, working on site concurrently. Overall, the CMS project team worked nearly 157,000 labor hours with zero lost-time incidents.

Wharf Charlie 2 was officially accepted by the US Navy in a memorandum dated April 14, 2017. With the successful completion of this project, the service life of the original, degraded wharf bulkhead has been extended by an additional 50 years. With this new facility, the Navy can more efficiently fuel and service ships at NS Mayport.

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.