CMS Corporation Named a Top-Performing U.S. Construction Company by ABC

MAUMEE, OH — CMS Corporation (CMS) was ranked 36th on the Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) 2021 “Top Performers with Special Designations” list, which recognizes ABC member firms in the areas of safety, quality, diversity, project excellence and special designations, ranked by work hours. CMS is proud to be certified as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

Published as a supplement to Construction Executive magazine, the ABC Top Performers lists identify industry top performers in a number of categories, including Top 200 Performers, Top Trade Contractors, Top Specialty Contractors, etc., all of which have earned the elite Accredited Quality Contractor (AQC) credential, as well as the “Top Performers With Special Designations.”

Company CEO Ernest Enrique stated, “CMS has been a member of ABC for nearly 10 years. During this time, ABC has recognized CMS, a merit-based construction contractor, via numerous excellence-in-construction and safety awards. We are proud to be a member of the ABC organization and ranked #36 on their list of top-performing construction contractors with special designations.”

To be eligible, CMS demonstrated world-class safety performance by achieving Gold status or higher in ABC’s Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Safety Management System, which makes the top-performing contractors up to 655% safer than the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics industry average, according to the ABC 2020 Safety Performance Report. Top Performers were ranked by size based on the number of hours worked in 2019, as reported in their 2020 STEP applications. ABC members that earn the AQC credential certify their commitment to quality, safety, craft and management education, talent management, inclusion, diversity and equity and community relations.

CMS is a previous recipient of numerous ABC awards, including the STEP Award, Platinum Level (2020), and the “Award of Excellence in Construction, Federal Government/Military Under $10M” category (2018). This is the second time CMS has been named to ABC’s Top Performers with Special Designations” list.

CMS Awarded $9M Design-Build Hangar Renovation at Dover AFB

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS), an experienced Department of Defense (DoD) construction prime contractor, announced today it was recently awarded a $9 million design-build (D-B) project to repair Hangar 706 at Dover AFB, DE. Dover AFB is under the operational control of the Air Mobility Command (AMC). The 436th Air Wing is the host wing and runs the busiest and largest air freight terminal in the DoD.

The scope of work for this project includes design and multi-disciplined construction to update and repair architectural/interior, HVAC, controls, fire protection, fire alarm system, and electrical at the hangar. The project also includes repairs to exterior wash rack drains at the site. Century Engineering is a member of the CMS D-B team and will be the Designer of Record (DOR) for this project.

The U.S. Air Force awarded this project to CMS – a prime contract holder under the $2.5 billion suite of Regional Engineering and Construction (RE&C) multiple award contracts for work at US Air Force installations across the United States. Company CEO Ernest Enrique noted, “CMS D-B Team members have a long, successful work history at Dover Air Force Base. Our institutional knowledge, coupled with our past experience and lessons learned at Dover, will ensure successful project delivery. CMS is currently working at the Base to execute Phase V of a project to bury primary overhead electrical lines base-wide. We look forward to executing these projects efficiently and safely in support of the Base mission.”

Most recently, CMS was one of eight firms awarded the $70 million Small Business (SB) Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) at Dover AFB. Projects under the MACC may include single- or multi-discipline design services and/or general building construction for new, renovation and addition-type projects at the Base, as well as interior design, lead and asbestos abatement and/or incorporation of sustainable features.

CMS is an award-winning construction contractor with D-B 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 enable us to provide our customers with best value for their construction dollars.

CMS Wins $70M Dover AFB Small Business MACC

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS) has been awarded a $70M Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) at Dover Air Force Base (AFB), DE. This contract is 100% set-aside for small business, with a 1-year base period and six 1-year option periods. Task orders issued under the MACC can range up to $10M dollars and will require either single discipline or multi-discipline design services and/or general construction for new, renovation and addition-type projects at Dover AFB. Projects may also require comprehensive interior design, lead and asbestos abatement and/or incorporation of sustainable features.

The Government received 29 proposals for this procurement and CMS was one of only eight firms selected to receive a contract. The estimated contract completion date is January 2028. The 436 CONS PKA at Dover AFB is the contracting agency.

In other news, CMS was also recently awarded a project for the design-build renovation of Hangar 706 at Dover AFB. The scope of work includes design and construction services to update and repair architectural/interior, HVAC, controls, fire protection, fire alarm system, and electrical at the hangar, as well as repair of the exterior wash rack drains at the site.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, noted, “These awards strengthen our presence at this important Base and throughout the region. In addition to these recent awards, CMS is currently working on a project to bury overhead electric lines at Dover. We look forward to the successful execution of these new projects and the opportunity to work with this important client in support of the Base mission.”

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.

 

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November 4-6, 2020

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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.