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.

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.

CMS Wins 2017 SAME Small Business Award

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS) has been awarded the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Small Business Award for 2017. This award goes to a small business (SB) that has completed work for the US Army, US Navy or US Air Force within the last 5 years in an outstanding manner. CMS received this prestigious award due to a proven track record of working with other SBs in the industry; letters of commendation, awards, evaluations, etc. showing exceptional past performance for our clients; and participation in and contributions to various SB conferences.

The award was presented 16 November 2017 at the SAME 2017 Small Business Conference (SBC) in Pittsburgh, PA. CMS CEO Ernest Enrique and President Mercedes Enrique attended the SBC and received the award.

CMS was one of 300 exhibitors at this year’s SBC. Over 2,500 people from the A/E/C industry, including small and large businesses and government officials from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Veteran’s Administration, Department of State, etc. attended this year’s conference. Ernest Enrique noted, “We are truly humbled by this recognition. This award showcases what is best about CMS and garners us tremendous visibility among our current and potential future clients, as well as firms that may wish to partner with us in the future.”

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.

Stephen Gonzales Selected CMS Craftsperson of the Year 2017

(Photo left-right: Jake Hahn, William Beach, Ralph Canter, Lisa Gonzales, Stephen Gonzales, Tom Medina)

BARGERSVILLE, IN — Stephen Gonzales 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. Gonzales received the award at the 24th Annual CCS Anniversary and Awards Celebration on May 4, 2017, at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. He received a Carhartt jacket embroidered with the CCS logo, “Outstanding Craftsperson 2017,” and his name. Mr. Gonzales’ wife and daughter were in attendance to support him in this honor.

Several CMS team members also attended the awards ceremony with Mr. Gonzales, including William Beach, Ralph Canter, Tom Medina, and Jake Hahn. Nominations cited him for his strong leadership skills, positive can-do attitude, and proficiency in multiple disciplines and crafts.

Mr. Gonzales is currently working as a Foreman on the Purdue Flex Lab Facility project at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. CMS is providing the mechanical scope of work for this $6.7M project.

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.