CMS Projects Receive ABC Award of Excellence

MAUMEE, OH — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) the 2018 Award of Excellence for projects at Purdue University, IN and Detroit Arsenal, Warren, MI. The Purdue Flex Lab Facility project received the Award of Excellence in Construction in the “Mechanical/ Commercial” category and the Detroit Arsenal Tank Command (TACOM) Miscellaneous Repairs, Building 230 in the “Federal Government/Military/Under $10M” category.

For the Purdue Flex Lab Facility, CMS performed mechanical scopes of work, including campus-wide systems integration, for the construction of a new 107,800-SF multidisciplinary engineering research building. As the prime mechanical subcontractor for this $54M state-of-the-art facility, CMS met the prime contractor’s mechanical requirements and expectations for constructability, design, function, operation, and life span. Work on the new facility began in 2016 and was completed in the fall of 2018. CMS self-performed over half the mechanical scope and also managed specialized mechanical contractors for quality, timeliness, and professional conduct.

As the prime contractor for the $3.6M design-build renovation of Building 230 at Detroit Arsenal, CMS reconfigured existing spaces to provide 200 work stations, 35 new offices, 4 copier/filing areas, 2 conference/team rooms, and a kitchenette/break room. CMS also upgraded the existing HVAC system and installed furnishings. Overall, CMS delivered an aesthetically pleasing, comfortable space for Army personnel that was in like-new condition, durable, maintainable, and sustainable. All work integrated seamlessly with the Arsenal’s other buildings and finishes.

The Award of Excellence honors the skill and creativity of project teams, including the contractor, owner, architect, and engineer, responsible for outstanding merit shop construction projects. CMS was recognized by ABC for excelling in innovation, quality, and safety on both projects.

Khush Mander, Executive Vice President, was on hand with other members of CMS to accept both awards at the ABC 2018 Merit Shop Construction Awards Gala on September 27, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

CMS Awarded $35M Navy Submarine Refit Facility

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS), an experienced DoD construction prime contractor, announced today that it has been awarded the $34.7 million P-400 Submarine Refit Maintenance Support Facility at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Silverdale, WA. The project award was made under CMS’s $240 million NAVFAC Northwest Multiple Award Construction prime contract (MACC).

For this design-bid-build project, CMS will construct a 24,000-square-foot (SF) low-rise, steel-framed, reinforced concrete masonry and blast-hardened waterfront support facility, as well as a 15,000-SF upland general purpose storage facility, at NB Kitsap-Bangor. The Base mission is to serve as the host command for the Navy’s fleet throughout West Puget Sound and provide support to submarines, aircraft carriers and surface ships home ported at Bremerton and Bangor. The Base also provides services, facilities and programs for the war-fighting commands, tenant activities, crew, service school and employees on Base.

Once completed, this project will consolidate operations on the pier and expand shops and upland capabilities closer to the point of use in support of the Base mission. The facility will not only increase capability, but also minimize the time and resources needed to coordinate production workers, tools, and equipment.

Company CEO Ernest Enrique noted, “CMS has a longstanding partnership with the Navy, having successfully completed many projects at naval installations in the continental US, Hawaii and Guam. This marks our first task order award under the NAVFAC Northwest Mega MACC. We are thrilled to have this large task order award and look forward to working with the Navy to deliver an on time, high quality facility.”

This project will be performed in five phases and is expected to be completed by June 2021. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest in Silverdale, WA is the contracting activity.

Join me for One Team. Same Page. Maximum Value at #SAMEJETC18

Join me for One Team. Same Page. Maximum Value.

Who: Moderator Danielle Barner, VP, Federal DB Director, Atkins; Ernest Enrique, P.E., CEO, CMS Corporation (Speaker), Sarah Cole, VP, BD, O’Brien Engineering, Inc. (Speaker); and Jason Winkler, Western Region BD Manager, North Wind Group (Speaker)

Where: SAME JETC 2018 – Kansas City Convention Center, Room 3501 H

When: Friday, 25 May 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

What: Our interactive panel discussion will provide pointers on how to better position for an opportunity and get the most out of your teaming partners. Whether you are a small or large business, full-service design firm, or general contractor, teaming with other firms is a large part of how we do business and pursue new work. Putting together a successful pursuit strategy, management approach, and winning proposal is challenging enough. Are you making it harder, or easier, on yourself by bringing additional firms into the fold? Let our panelists help you navigate the best way to build ONE TEAM, keep everyone on the SAME PAGE, and get MAXIMUM VALUE out of your partnerships.

Hope to see you there!
Ernest Enrique, PE, CEO
CMS Corporation


Moderator Danielle Barner, VP, Federal DB Director, Atkins; Ernest Enrique, P.E., CEO, CMS Corporation (Speaker), Sarah Cole, VP, BD, O’Brien Engineering, Inc. (Speaker); and Jason Winkler, Western Region BD Manager, North Wind Group (Speaker)

CMS’ Jacob Yoder Receives 2018 CCS Craft Person of the Year Award

BARGERSVILLE, 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 25th Annual CCS Anniversary and Awards Celebration on May 2, 2018, at the Indiana Field Museum in Indianapolis. Mr.Yoder is a repeat (2 time) winner of this key award.

Several CMS team members attended the awards ceremony with Mr. Yoder, including Khush Mander, Mercedes Enrique, Jake Hahn, Donna Brown, Stacey Nahlen and Stephen Gonzales. Nominations cited him for his strong commitment to quality and safety, resourcefulness, problem-solving capabilities, customer service and responsiveness, and team work.

CMS Receives SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year for Indiana District and Region V

BARGERSVILLE, IN – CMS was awarded the Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award at the 2018 Indiana Small Business Development Center IMPACT Awards on May 2, 2018. This award honors formerly certified 8(a) business development program participants that have successfully graduated from the 8(a) program with continued success. Award winners demonstrate a history of successful performance, successful current performance and sound financial conditions.

Upon graduation from the 8(a) program CMS has continued to contribute to the small business community and is a recognized success story within the SBA program. CMS also became involved in the SBA Mentor-Protégé Program and currently mentors an 8(a) certified and Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) under a Mentor/Protégé Agreement.

CMS was honored to be highlighted during the 2018 SBA‘s National Small Business Week celebration and extends sincere congratulations to the other SBA Small Business Week honorees.

Robert Scott, SBA Region V Administrator (right) visited with Khush Mander, Vice President, CMS Corporation (left) at CMS’s Bargersville, IN office on 16 Mary 2018. The visit followed up CMS’s receipt of the SBA 8(a) Graduate of the Year Award for Indiana District and Region V earlier this month.

CMS Wins 2018 CCS Outstanding Project Safety Award

BARGERSVILLE, IN – CMS Corporation (CMS) was awarded the Coalition for Construction Safety (CCS) Outstanding Project Safety Award for their work on the $27M Design-Build Recapitalize Deep Draft Berthing Wharf Charlie C-2, Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, FL project at the 25th Anniversary and Awards Celebration on May 2, 2018. The CCS Outstanding Project Safety Award is given to projects that exemplify an outstanding commitment to safety. CCS is dedicated to the elimination of construction and facilities maintenance jobsite injuries and illnesses with the ultimate objective of returning construction and maintenance workers home to their families, friends, and communities free from harm.

CMS CEO Ernest Enrique stated, “CMS successfully and safely navigated a number of unique challenges on this complex project, including extensive dewatering of 10 to 20-foot below sea level excavations, working at heights over water, and over 2,000 crane lifts. Despite these challenges, the CMS project team worked 157,000 labor hours with zero lost-time incidents. Overall, our successful completion of this project has extended the service life of the wharf bulkhead by an additional 50 years.”

CMS continually demonstrates how a company-wide commitment to safety, one of our core values, can deliver outstanding results. Safety awards, metrics, and trends demonstrate the success of our overall safety program. CMS has received several industry awards for safety awareness and zero accidents for our safety program, as well as for many of our individual projects and is proud to add this award to our list of achievements.

CMS Receives National Excellence in Construction Award From ABC

BARGERSVILLE, IN – CMS’s work on the Design-Build Recapitalize Deep Draft Berthing Wharf Charlie 2 (C-2) at Naval Station Mayport, FL, has earned the company a National Excellence in Construction® Pyramid Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) in the Federal Government/Military – $15M to $100M category. CMS representatives Ernest Enrique, PE, CEO and Mercedes Enrique, President, received the award March 21 during ABC’s 28th Annual Excellence in Construction Awards celebration at ABC Convention 2018 in Long Beach, CA.

“CMS earned this Excellence in Construction Pyramid Award through their outstanding craftsmanship, teamwork and world-class safety processes, and Associated Builders and Contractors is pleased to honor them,” said 2018 ABC National Chair George R. Nash Jr., Director of Preconstruction at Branch & Associates, Herndon, VA. “The uncompromising commitment to top-quality construction from the CMS team was clear from start to finish in building the Wharf Charlie 2 project. ABC is proud to claim these leaders in the merit shop construction industry among its members.”

The Excellence in Construction awards program is the industry’s leading competition that honors both general and specialty contractors for innovative and high-quality merit shop construction projects. The award honors all construction team members, including the contractor, owner, architect and engineer. The winning projects, selected from entries submitted from across the nation, were judged on complexity, unique challenges, completion time, workmanship, attractiveness, innovation, safety and cost.

CMS CEO Ernest Enrique stated, “CMS successfully and safely navigated a number of unique challenges on this complex project, including extensive dewatering of 10 to 20-foot below sea level excavations, working at heights over water, and over 2,000 crane lifts. Despite these challenges, the CMS project team worked 157,000 labor hours with zero lost-time incidents. Overall, our successful completion of this project has extended the service life of the wharf bulkhead by an additional 50 years.”

A panel of industry experts served as the competition’s judges. This year’s panel included representatives from the Building Owners and Managers Association International, the Smithsonian Facilities Construction Division, the Construction Management Association of America, Engineering News-Record, the Design-Build Institute of America, and various construction-related firms nationwide.

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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association established in 1950 that represents more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit them at abc.org.

Enrique Named to Indiana Chamber Board

BLOOMINGTON, IN – Mercedes Enrique, President of CMS Corporation, a Bloomington-based construction company, recently joined the Indiana Chamber Board of Directors. She will serve on the Board for a 3-year term through fall 2020.

Enrique joins over 100 individuals from member companies making up the Indiana Chamber Board. They are CEOs, presidents, and other high-level executives from organizations throughout the state, representing diverse industries such as agriculture, construction, technology and data management, legal, manufacturing, real estate, health care, and many others. She is one of 26 new additions to the Board this year.

Enrique noted, “I am honored to be elected to the Indiana Chamber Board. I look forward to the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with my fellow Board members to advance the Board’s mission of economic prosperity and job growth in the State of Indiana.”

Enrique earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Toledo.

She currently provides organizational leadership and strategic direction for CMS Corporation, an award-winning general construction company for Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial clients, with a self-performing specialty in mechanical, piping and fabrication. She serves or has served in various capacities and on several industry boards, among them the Indiana Construction Roundtable; Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC); Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC); and Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).

According to its website, the Indiana Chamber partners with more than 25,000 members and investors representing over 4 million Hoosiers with the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.” The organization’s board researches key topics to form policy positions that inform and evaluate state and federal legislation.

Read the Indiana Chamber’s article ”Indiana Chamber Names 26 Leaders to Board of Directors”

Read the Herald Times Online article “Area presidents named to Indiana Chamber’s board”

Siemens Government Technologies Selects CMS for Large Energy Performance Contract at the JSMC Tank Plant

BARGERSVILLE, IN – CMS Corporation (CMS), a leading mechanical construction firm providing turnkey and design-build services, announced today that it has been awarded a $8.7 million design-build (D-B) turnkey contract with Siemens Government Technologies (SGT) to install thirty-seven (37) steam-fired heat recovery units (HRUs) equipped with advanced enthalpic plates, and a single large air handling unit (AHU) at the JSMC Tank Plant in Lima, Ohio. The USACE Huntsville District has oversight of this Contract. The scope of work will include the removal and demolition of the existing HRUs and associated piping, electrical services, controls, and appurtenances. CMS will also supply and install controls with native BACnet connectivity to permit integration to a new facility-wide building management system on the new HRUs, as well as VFDs on the HRUs and exhaust fans. The project does not require any government spend as it will be funded by the energy savings resulting from the system upgrade; and in-line with environmental goals there will be a nice reduction in the facility’s carbon footprint.

“This contract represents an excellent opportunity for CMS to continue to develop a strong relationship with SGT and to demonstrate CMS’s extensive mechanical construction skillset to SGT and the Army Corp of Engineers in the performance contracting space,” said Ernest Enrique, CEO of CMS.