CMS Caps Off Year with Additional $13.5M in Awards

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS) is closing out 2020 with two significant awards – one at Dover Air Force Base (AFB), DE, and the other at Buckley AFB, CO. At Dover AFB, CMS was awarded a $7.8M project to bury primary medium voltage overhead distribution lines located along the north half of Atlantic Street and the flight line. This project is Phase 5 of a 6-phase project to relocate overhead lines basewide. Once completed, the project will yield increased power capacity and reliability for the Base, as well as significant savings on maintenance costs associated with replacing weathered or damaged light poles, insulator maintenance, and line damage from ice storms.  

At Buckley AFB, CMS received a $5.7M award to replace power plant controls at Building 433. Equipment, computer hardware and software for the Power Plant Control System (PPCS) at the facility is old and in need of replacement. Programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and generator controls are obsolete and no longer supported by manufacturers, making it impossible to find these replacement parts. CMS, teamed with local controls/systems integrator, Winn-Marion, will replace the generator controllers and PLCs making up the PPCS with new units, adding redundancy and additional functionality so the system can be more effectively monitored and controlled by power plant personnel.

Both projects were awarded under CMS’s existing prime indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts with the US Air Force – the Regional Engineering and Construction (RE&C) East Region and RE&C Central Region contracts, respectively. CMS CEO Ernest Enrique stated, “These two awards mark the end of a challenging, yet highly successful year for CMS. From the onset of the pandemic, our No. 1 goal has been to protect our team members, their families, and our clients against the spread of the virus, while continuing to provide a high level of service to our clients. Like others in the construction industry, we have faced many challenges over these past months, but together we have been largely successful in meeting this goal.”

CMS is currently performing work for our Department of Defense customers at military installations in the Pacific, Caribbean and across the United States.

Happy Holidays from the CMS Family

Best wishes for the holidays and a safe and prosperous New Year!

Despite many challenges in 2020, we have much to be thankful for. We are on track to achieve our No. 1 goal – protecting our team members, their families, and our clients against the spread of COVID-19, while continuing to provide a high level of service to our clients.

Stay safe and be well. We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

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CMS gives back this holiday season

Now, more than ever, families all across the country are struggling with food and home expenses and the thought of providing toys, books, or games for their children for the holidays might seem impossible. The CMS Bargersville and Maumee office locations participated in a Holiday Toy Drive to support each of their local communities.

The Bargersville toys will be donated to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots of Central Indiana campaign.

The toys from the Maumee office will be heading off to support our local news channel’s (13abc) “Hope for the Holiday” Toy Drive.  They partner with the Salvation Army and Toys for Tots.  This is their 10th year helping families in the Southwest Michigan and Northwest Ohio areas.

SBA Approves CMS Corporation and Compass Constructors Mentor-Protégé Agreement

St. Louis, MO – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program (ASMPP) between Compass Roofing, LLC (dba Compass Constructors – the Protégé) and CMS Corporation (CMS – the Mentor). Based in Kansas City, MO, Compass Constructors is an 8(a) and minority business enterprise (MBE) certified company. In business for 8 years, they are a general contractor with self-perform capability in roofing for clients in the public and private sectors. CMS is an award-winning small business and MBE with over 20 years of experience in design-build, new construction, renovation, fueling systems and mechanical work for federal and commercial clients.

CMS President Mercedes Enrique and Compass Constructors CEO Allan Arias met in 2019 while participating in the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative-Education Program called Scaling. Over the past year, the ownership of both firms discovered not only a shared corporate philosophy, but also a common goal and commitment to provide a profitable, high quality, and safe project, with a high level of customer satisfaction, to its clients. Compass Constructors entered the SBA 8(a) program earlier this year, becoming eligible for the ASMPP. Under this program, the two firms plan to pursue strategic 8(a) set-aside Federal construction opportunities in the coming years.

Enrique noted, “Entry into the SBA’s ASMPP is a huge commitment of time, money and resources from both the Mentor and the Protégé. In Compass, we have found a motivated, hard-working management team that is up to the challenge. They are dedicated to getting the most out of the ASMPP program – learning from the successes and challenges CMS has faced over the years and growing their business the right way.”

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 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 become a top Mentor.

Arias stated, “For many years, Compass has had the vision and desire to become a top-tier small business contractor for the federal government. Finding the right mentor has been a critical step towards attaining this goal and in our overall growth strategy. We are proud to have CMS as our guide and mentor under the All Small Mentor-Protégé Program.”

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. Compass Constructors joins CMS as their second active protégé under the ASMPP. CMS also maintains an MPA with Alamogordo, NM-based Jack Wayte Construction under the SBA 8(a) MPA. JWC is soon graduating from the 8(a) program.

 

Visit the CMS Booth at the SAME Virtual Small Business Conference!

November 4-6, 2020

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Visit CMS Corporation at the 2020 SAME Virtual Small Business Conference.


And an invitation from our President, Mercedes Enrique…

I am moderating an exciting session at SAME VSBC this year – “SB Subcontracting Plans…From the Government’s Perspective.” This session is slated for Wednesday, November 4 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM EST. Distinguished panelists for “SB Subcontracting Plans” include:

  • Mr. Christopher Clarke, Office of General Counsel, SBA
  • Ms. Elizabeth Mudd, Directory, Office of Small Business Programs, USACE
  • Ms. Cindy Readal, Assistant Commander for Acquisition, NAVFAC

Whether you are a small business transitioning to large, a large business, or in government acquisition, you will benefit from hearing the DoD and SBA perspective on small business subcontracting plans, commitment plans and reporting expectations. This session will give you an opportunity to benchmark and increase your competitiveness! This is an interactive session designed to cover DoD and SBA expectations for excellence in Small Business Participation and Subcontracting Plans. Federal contractors benefit from understanding government expectations under competitive procurement proposals and awards.

Takeaways from the session will include:

  • Agency requirements for SB Participation Plans and SB Subcontracting Plans
  • SBA existing and upcoming regulations and advocacy as it relates to SB Participation Plans and SB Subcontracting Plans
  • Evaluation process (pre- and post-award)
  • Best in class SB Participation and Subcontracting Plans
  • Accountability to Subcontracting Plans and consequences for non-compliance

I look forward to your participation at the VSBC!

Mercedes O. Enrique
President
CMS Corporation
An SB and MBE company


CMS JV Wins Key Government Year-end Projects

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS), under a joint venture (JV) arrangement with Alamogordo, NM-based Jack Wayte Construction Co., Inc. (JWC) called RM Builders JV, has been awarded two projects totaling $11.6 million by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Omaha District. The awards were made under the JV’s $225 million Facilities Sustainment, Restoration, and Modernization Small Business Multiple Award Task Order Contract (FSRM MATOC) prime contract with USACE Omaha District. (JWC, an 8(a), WOSB and EDWOSB, is a Protégé to CMS, the Mentor, under an SBA-approved Mentor-Protégé Agreement.) 

In the first award, the JV received a $9.4 million design-build project to demolish and replace the HAZMART building at Minot Air Force Base, ND. Constructed in the 1960s, the existing facility will be demolished and replaced with a new facility designed and constructed within the same footprint. The new facility will provide for approx. 16,328 SF of fully-enclosed operations, administrative, storage, and training space.

The JV was also awarded a second project to repair switchgear at Schriever Air Force Base, CO. Under this $2.2 million design-build project, the JV will remove and replace existing medium voltage switchgear at the Central Utility Plant. The project has options, that if exercised by the Government, could raise the value of the project to well over $5 million.

Ernest Enrique, CEO of CMS, noted, “These are important awards for CMS and our joint venture partner and protégé, Jack Wayte Construction. CMS is currently working at Minot Air Force Base, giving us institutional knowledge and established relationships with local subcontractors that were instrumental in winning that project. We look forward to working with USACE and the facility end users at both Minot and Schriever on these key projects.”

 

CMS Awarded $11.6M Fuels Project in Guam

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS), an experienced Department of Defense construction and bulk fuels prime contractor, announced today it has been awarded an $11.6 million project to repair multiple aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) at Andersen AFB, Guam. Under this project, CMS will make a wide range of repairs to three ASTs containing JP-8 jet fuel. Each 100,479 BBL (4.2M gallon) tank stands 24-feet high with a 173-foot diameter. All of the tanks are currently in service.

The scope of work will include tank cleaning prior to repairs, internal and exterior coating repairs using a 3-coat system, and specified repair/replacement of corroded or worn vents, manways, pumps, vents, valves, drains, gauges, flanges, strapping, name plates and labeling, piping, stairs, roofs, tank floors, etc. During the project, only one tank can be taken out of service at a time. CMS will perform a full API 653 out-of-service inspection on each tank after all repairs have been completed and certify each tank fit for return to service.

The U.S. Air Force awarded this project to CMS – a prime contract holder under the $2.5 billion Worldwide Engineering and Construction multiple award contract. Company CEO Ernest Enrique noted, “CMS has a 10-year history of excellence working on Guam. We have successfully completed over $100 million in new construction, renovation and bulk fuels work for our Air Force and Navy clients at this strategic location. We recently completed a project to make emergent repairs to 6 STI tanks and are currently repairing five other fuel tanks ranging in size up to 100,500 BBL at Andersen AFB. We look forward to executing these projects efficiently and safely in support of the Base mission.”

CMS is an award-winning construction contractor with design-build experience and strong self-performance capabilities in mechanical, piping and fabrication work. Our scope of services encompasses new construction, renovations, fueling systems, and energy and sustainability projects for a wide range of federal government and commercial clients. Our standard business practices of empowering our employees, partnering with our clients, and consistently applying innovative solutions to project challenges enables us to provide our customers with the best value for their construction dollars.

CMS Awarded $5.4M Fuels Project in Bahamas

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS), an experienced Department of Defense construction prime contractor, announced today it has been awarded a $5.4M project to clean and repair seven fuel tanks at the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center (AUTEC) located at Naval Station Andros Island in the Bahamas. Located just west of Nassau and roughly 180 nautical miles southeast of West Palm Beach, FL, the AUTEC is a laboratory that performs integrated 3-D hydrospace/aerospace trajectory measurements covering the entire spectrum of undersea simulated warfare — calibration,  classifications, detection and destruction. The AUTEC mission is to assist in establishing and maintaining naval ability of the United States through testing, evaluation and underwater research.

Under this project, CMS will make repairs to seven tanks, including such items as high/low level alarms, platforms and stairs, valves and flanges, piping, and areas where the coatings have failed. The tanks contain either Jet A-1 fuel, diesel fuel or MOGAS and are all currently “in service.” The project will be phased, so only one tank of a given fuel type is taken out of service at a time. The period of performance for this project is 18 months.

This award was made under CMS’s Worldwide Engineering and Construction prime contract with the U.S. Air Force.

Company CEO Ernest Enrique noted, “This project has a number of unique challenges above and beyond working during a pandemic, including limited site access, the logistics of getting equipment and materials to the island, and the potential for weather impacts during the hurricane season. CMS is currently executing another large fuels project in the Caribbean – a $5.4M tank repair and vehicle refueling station project at Luis Munoz Marin Air National Guard Base, Puerto Rico – and is well versed in managing these unique challenges. We look forward to executing this project in support of the AUTEC mission.”

CMS is an award-winning construction contractor with design-build experience and strong self-performance capabilities in mechanical, piping and fabrication work. Our scope of services encompasses new construction, renovations, fueling systems, and energy and sustainability projects for a wide range of federal government and commercial clients. Our standard business practices of empowering our employees, partnering with our clients, and consistently applying innovative solutions to project challenges enables us to provide our customers with the best value for their construction dollars.

CMS Awarded $10.3M Mechanical Contract for Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital

BARGERSVILLE, IN — CMS Corporation (CMS) has been awarded a $10.3 million mechanical contract by Pepper Construction Company for Purdue University’s Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital project at their West Lafayette, Indiana campus. Purdue is constructing three new facilities as part of this project: 1) a small animal hospital, 2) a large animal hospital, and 3) a farm animal hospital. These 3 facilities total 165,000 sq. ft. on a 13-acre site. This project is a LEED 4.0 project.

CMS’s scope of work encompasses Building Information Modeling (BIM) services, the installation of all HVAC systems (including 14 large custom air handing units designed for healthcare environments), hydronic and steam piping, ductwork, and the facility management system. CMS will also be responsible for supplying temporary systems for heating, cooling, and dehumidification within the facilities during the construction period. The construction period is estimated to be 16 months.

CMS, an Indiana-based minority business enterprise (MBE), competed against three other mechanical contractors for the win. CMS’s Chief Executive Officer, Ernest Enrique, noted, “CMS offered strategic value propositions for this project. This is a tremendous project for our firm and continues to bring high visibility to CMS in the animal healthcare market and to a key prime contractor partner, Pepper Construction Company.”

CMS is an award-winning construction contractor with design-build experience and strong self-performance capabilities in mechanical, piping, and fabrication work. Our scope of services encompasses new construction, renovations, fueling systems, and energy and sustainability projects for a wide range of federal government and commercial clients. Our standard business practices of empowering our employees, partnering with our clients, and consistently applying innovative solutions to project challenges enables us to provide our customers with the best value for their construction dollars.

CMS’s Ely Receives 2020 CCS Outstanding Craftsperson Award

BARGERSVILLE, IN – Pat Ely was selected by his peers at CMS Corporation (CMS) 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. Ely received the award at the 27th Annual CCS Virtual Awards Celebration held on August 6, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event was held virtually. Nominations cited him for his strong commitment to construction safety and quality, resourcefulness, troubleshooting capabilities, responsiveness, and teamwork. Mr. Ely works out of CMS’s Bargersville, IN office.

CMS Awarded $10.4M in Fuels Work in Guam

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS), an experienced Department of Defense construction prime contractor, announced today it has been awarded two tank repair projects in Guam. The first project is a $5.4M project to repair two hydrant fuel tanks at Andersen Air Force Base (AFB). The 10,000-BBL tanks are each 34 feet high by 50 feet in diameter. Tank repairs will include floating roof replacement, installation of aluminum stairways and handrails, replacement of level alarms, interior and exterior coatings, etc. CMS will perform API 653 inspections after the repairs are made and certify the tanks fit for service. The period of performance (POP) is 12 months.

The second project is a $5M project to repair two additional fuel tanks at Andersen AFB. The two tanks are also 10,000-BBL jet fuel tanks, 34 feet high by 50 feet in diameter. The range of repairs is similar to those previously described for the first two tanks. Repairs will also be followed by API 653 inspections and certification that the tanks are fit for service. The POP for this project is 13 months.

Both awards were made under CMS’s Worldwide Engineering and Construction prime contract with the U.S. Air Force.

Company CEO Ernest Enrique noted, “Since 2010, CMS has successfully executed over $80 million in construction projects on Guam for our Air Force and Navy clients. We have also completed or are currently performing fuels-related work in Korea, Guam, the U.S. and the Caribbean. Our expertise in performing complex industrial mechanical and fuels-related work, plus our Guam presence, make us uniquely qualified to successfully execute these important projects in partnership with our Air Force client. ”