CMS Receives SAME Excellence in Construction Award

Maumee, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS) recently received the 2017 Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Kentuckiana Post Small Business Award for Excellence in Construction Services for its work on the $1.1M Advanced Metering Project, Phases V & VI, at the Indiana National Guard’s Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center (CAJMTC) in Edinburgh, IN and the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC) in Butlerville, IN.

The award was made during a luncheon to open the SAME Kentuckiana Post Annual Small Business Workshop / USACE Louisville District Open House on 18 January 2017. SAME issued only three Small Business Awards – one each for Excellence in Environmental, A/E Services, and Construction Services – with CMS receiving the latter. This award recognizes a small business firm that has exhibited excellence in construction services over the past year via one specific project or a series of projects, projects that are public or private in nature, and projects that are either civil works or building projects.

This project was actually Phases V and VI in a 6-phase sustainable energy project performed by CMS dating back to 2012. Per the scope of the project, CMS installed a Utility Monitoring & Control System (UMCS) to meter and monitor gas, electric, and water usage throughout both locations. The UMCS incorporates life safety features (e.g., carbon monoxide and smoke detectors) and addresses building controls, such as temperature, humidity, lighting, and occupied/unoccupied status. Each of these areas can be monitored and controlled remotely by the installation energy manager. The project value for all six phases of work is $4.3M.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, noted, “To date, CMS has equipped nearly 200 buildings with advanced metering infrastructure, equipment, and controls at Camp Atterbury. We are proud to assist the Army in its efforts to achieve a high level of control and manageability of its energy usage at this installation.”

The SAME Kentuckiana Post luncheon was attended by well over 300 representatives of the military and the engineering, construction, and environmental industries.

CMS Project Receives ABC Award of Excellence

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BARGERSVILLE, IN — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) the 2016 Award of Excellence for the construction of a $16M ballistically-hardened structure to house generators at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA. CMS was recognized by ABC for excelling in “innovation, quality, communication, and safety” on this project.

aoe2016The 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 $16M Design/Bid/Build Waterfront Emergency Generators project received the Award of Excellence in the “Institutional $10M to $25M Division.” CMS constructed a 7,535-SF ballistically-hardened, climate-controlled emergency generator building to house and support two emergency backup generators, switchgear and control equipment, an overhead bridge crane, and external underground fuel storage, as well as utility and site improvements. Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is the home port for US Navy Fleet ballistic missile nuclear submarines. This project is critical to the Base’s ability to provide reliable emergency backup power to the 24/7 operations at this high security locale.

The client cited the CMS project team for on-time project completion, despite government operations that frequently halted work. The CMS project team worked over 75,000 labor hours on this project with zero injuries or accidents.

Khush Mander, Executive Vice President, and Bill Beach, Vice President of Business Development, were on hand to accept the award at the ABC 2016 Merit Shop Awards Gala on September 29, 2015 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

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 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.