Mercedes Enrique Elected to Minority Business Board

December 17, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN — CMS President Mercedes Enrique has been named 1st Vice Chair of the Minority Business Enterprises Input Committee (MBEIC), a standing committee of the Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (Mid-States MSDC) Board of Directors. Elected into membership by Mid-States MSDC-certified minority business enterprises (MBEs) , the MBEIC is organized specifically to provide to Board members and the Council constructive and solution-oriented input on issues affecting minority-owned businesses, and to promote Council programs and activities, such as the following:

  • Acts as an advocate for issues related to minority business development
  • Provides a platform for suppliers to network and partner for future business opportunities
  • Supports the mission of the Council
  • Recommends and develop programs for the Council’s MBEs and our diverse partners
  • Works to recruit additional MBEs
  • Serves as a liaison between the MBEs and the Council’s board

CMS Wins ABC Merit Shop Awards for Navy Projects

October 10, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently presented Awards of Excellence to two CMS-led joint venture projects performed for the US Navy.

The Design-Build Port Operations Waterfront Facility at Marine Corps Support Facility (MCSF), Jacksonville, FL, and the Design-Build Repair Trident Refit Facility Dry Dock project at Naval Submarine Base (NSB) Kings Bay, GA, were recognized by ABC for excellence in construction at the ABC Awards Gala September 25 in Indianapolis.

The new 12,000-sf Port Operations Waterfront Facility consolidates MCSF administrative operations into a single, state-of-the-art, two-story structure overlooking the St. Johns River. An exterior wall of glass windows provides ample natural light and an expansive view of a large Navy staging and shipping area. The structure was built to withstand gale force winds and high humidity conditions, while meeting anti-terrorism/force protection requirements. Designed and constructed to LEED Silver standards for sustainability and energy efficiency, the Port Operations Waterfront Facility has been submitted to the US Green Building Council for official certification. The project was completed with an exemplary safety record with zero accidents or injuries over 34,000 work hours at the site.

At NSB Kings Bay, the Trident Refit Facility is the largest covered dry dock in the world. The facility provides logistics support for the modernization and repair of Trident submarines that circumnavigate the globe. Massive pumps, motors, valves, actuators, annunciators, flow meters, controls, HVAC equipment, and grates were repaired or replaced under a tight operational timeline. All work was performed in phases to accommodate a rotational schedule of submarines entering and leaving the dry dock. Since the area was protected by high-level Government security measures, daily entrances for contractors and other non-Government personnel created a daily logistical/scheduling challenge. To accommodate the rotational schedule of submarines coming in and out of the dry dock, renovations and repairs were finished, sealed, and tested in sections, which required precise coordination efforts and frequent meetings with the dock supervisor. The project was completed on time with without interruption to NSB operations, while earning the Navy’s STAR award for safety program excellence and leadership.

CMS Senior Project Manager Ken Stegall Named Small Business Liaison Officer of the Year

May 28, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN — CMS Senior Project Manager Ken Stegall was recently named the Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) of the Year by the Kittyhawk Post of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). The award is presented annually to the SBLO whose leadership, support and activities best exemplify the mission of the Small Business Council.

Mr. Stegall is currently serving as president of the Kittyhawak Post. He previously served as Vice President, co-chair of the Industry Affairs Committee, Small Business Liaison Officer, and Chair of the Small Business Committee. Mr. Stegall has been extremely active in the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) from the beginning of his career in the Corps (Detroit and Louisville Districts), and has worked toward the advancement of small business in many capacities.

The award was presented to Ken on May 23, at the Post Awards Breakfast held at the Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo (JETC) 2013.

CMS’ Jason Randolph Receives MICCS Craft Person of the Year Award

May 13, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN — CMS Field Team Member Jason Randolph has been named the 2012 Outstanding Craft Person of the Year Award from the Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS). Joining Mr. Randolph at the awards ceremony were fellow employees Chris Ackert, John Eden, Mercedes Enrique, Joey Kremer, Romeo Marroquin, and Jack Robinson. The MICCS Awards Program is the largest gathering of the industry in central Indiana and has become an important tool used by area companies to improve their safety programs. Mr. Randolph was selected by his peers and supervisors for exceeding safety standards at CMS.

CMS Marches for Babies

May 10, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN — CMS kicked off its new Health and Wellness initiative by forming a team to walk in the March of Dimes three-mile “March for Babies” on April 28 in Bloomington. CMS Team members, Mercedes Enrique (accompanied by Enzo the puppy), Jana Hasty, Claire Mitchell, and Stacy Nahlen, dedicated their efforts and earnings as a memorial to Owen John Wick, wearing shirts that read “Team CMS Marching for Owen.

The mission of the March of Dimes is to “help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.”

Team CMS raised $1,170 in donations, including a large donation raised at the pitch-in hosted in Bargersville on Wednesday, April 24. Many thanks to all who walked, donated, grilled, and/or “pitched-in” at the delicious lunch!

Monroe County Youth Council Hosts Second Annual Global Youth Service Day in Bloomington

May 5, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN — CMS was a proud sponsor and participant in the second annual Bloomington Global Youth Service Day. President Mercedes Enrique spent the day as an Adult Leader Volunteer in the mural painting activity. The service day, held April 26, was hosted by the Monroe County Youth Council (MCYC), along with partners Asset Building Coalition, United Way of Monroe County, The Bloomington Volunteer Network, The Warehouse, and Youth Service America.

Global Youth Service Day, established by Youth Service America in 1988, is the
largest service event in the world, and is celebrated annually in over 100
countries. Over 250 students from Bloomington and Ellettsville high schools
chose to spend their day working on one of 12 local community service projects,
including repairing bicycles, picking up trash along a recreational trail, painting a
mural for a community center, and planting trees at a local park. The event encourages local improvement and youth empowerment, creating a dynamic environment where students can share their interests and make new connections while making a difference.

Rebecca Garcia, Co-President of the MCYC, spoke for the organizers, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to create this event. A youth council with 30 members can do some things, but we really wanted to create something that all of the community could participate in.”