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”

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.

CMS Project Receives ABC Award of Excellence

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BARGERSVILLE, IN — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) the 2016 Award of Excellence for the construction of a $16M ballistically-hardened structure to house generators at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, GA. CMS was recognized by ABC for excelling in “innovation, quality, communication, and safety” on this project.

aoe2016The 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’s $16M Design/Bid/Build Waterfront Emergency Generators project received the Award of Excellence in the “Institutional $10M to $25M Division.” CMS constructed a 7,535-SF ballistically-hardened, climate-controlled emergency generator building to house and support two emergency backup generators, switchgear and control equipment, an overhead bridge crane, and external underground fuel storage, as well as utility and site improvements. Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay is the home port for US Navy Fleet ballistic missile nuclear submarines. This project is critical to the Base’s ability to provide reliable emergency backup power to the 24/7 operations at this high security locale.

The client cited the CMS project team for on-time project completion, despite government operations that frequently halted work. The CMS project team worked over 75,000 labor hours on this project with zero injuries or accidents.

Khush Mander, Executive Vice President, and Bill Beach, Vice President of Business Development, were on hand to accept the award at the ABC 2016 Merit Shop Awards Gala on September 29, 2015 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown Indianapolis, IN.

CMS Featured in ABC’s Construction Executive Magazine

In the following article, “Safety – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility,” appearing in the Associated Builders and Contractor’s (ABC) Construction Executive magazine, CMS Corporation’s CEO Ernest Enrique discussed CMS’s zero-incident safety culture. Most recently, CMS was one of only 20 firms nationwide to receive the prestigious ABC 2015 National Safety Excellence Award. See links below…

Safety – It’s Everyone’s Responsibility
The Protégé Becomes The Mentor

May 2016 Digital Edition

Find out more at ConstructionExec.com

CMS Receives ABC’s Eagle Award for Excellence in Construction

2015 Ntl Excl in Constr Repair BQ 846BARGERSVILLE, IN, March 5, 2016 — The Associated Builders and Contractors’ (ABC) National Chapter awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) the 2015 Eagle Award Excellence in Construction (EIC) for the NAVFAC Southeast project entitled, “Design-Build Repair Bachelor Quarters (BQ) 846” at Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, FL.

The ABC Eagle Award EIC is the construction industry’s premier annual awards program, honoring the nation’s most innovative and high quality construction projects and safety programs. The program determines the winners from across all ABC chapters and confers its highest recognition on the most outstanding merit shop projects of the year.

Awards were presented March 2, 2016 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. During the awards program, over 175 member companies were presented with awards for Excellence in Construction, Contractor of the Year, Safety, and Diversity. Prior to winning the National EIC Award, the $5.7M Design-Build Repair BQ 846 project also won the ABC Indiana/Kentucky Chapter’s Award of Excellence in its 2015 Merit Shop Construction Awards, category Other Specialty/Government Construction.

For this project, CMS renovated an existing bachelor housing complex consisting of eight 3-story wings and one 2-story wing (over 94,800 SF total). Work included repairing the exterior building envelope, replacing mechanical systems, applying new finishes, painting, upgrading bathrooms, and adding building security and key card access features. By recommending phases of work be performed concurrently, CMS was able to complete the project ahead of schedule.

CMS CEO Ernest Enrique stated, “This project received exceptional performance ratings from the Navy, which cited CMS’s expert ability to manage its subcontractors, scheduling expertise, and exceptional communication skills as key to completing the project ahead of schedule and with superb quality. What was anticipated to be a challenging project due to the age and use of the facility, as well as its size and magnitude, was, in the words of our customer, ‘executed with precision and foresight.'”

CMS Projects Receive ABC Awards of Excellence

ANC Diamond STEP Award 2015

BARGERSVILLE, IN — The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Indiana/Kentucky recently awarded CMS Corporation (CMS) Awards of Excellence for two design-build projects constructed for the US military. The Design-Build Repair of Bachelors Quarters (BQ) 846 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville in Florida and the Design-Build of HVAC and Air Conditioning Systems Upgrades at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, were recognized by ABC for excelling in “innovation, quality, communication, and safety.”

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’s $5.7M design-build repair of BQ 846 received the Award of Excellence in the “Institutional $3M to $10M Category.” CMS renovated an existing bachelor housing complex consisting of eight 3-story wings and one 2-story wing (over 94,800 SF total). Work included repair of the exterior building envelop, replacement of mechanical systems, new finishes and painting, bathroom upgrades, and building security and key card access features. By recommending that phases of work be performed concurrently, CMS was able to complete the project ahead of schedule. This project received exceptional performance ratings from the client. The Navy cited CMS’s expert ability to manage its subcontractors, scheduling expertise, and exceptional communication skills as key to completing the project ahead of schedule and with superb quality. What was anticipated to be a burdensome project due to the age and use of the facility, as well as its size and magnitude, was “executed with precision and foresight.”

In the “Historical Renovation $3M to $10M Category,” CMS replaced existing control systems with a new direct digital control system for the central HVAC equipment and chiller plant at the Marine Corps Base at Kaneohe Bay, integrating it into the Base’s Energy Management Control System (EMCS). Associated work included installing new supply and return air ducts, replacing damper actuators on VAV boxes, and replacing flex ducts. This $4.4M project received exceptional ratings from the client. The work was completed ahead of schedule and performed with zero OSHA-recordable incidents. The Navy cited CMS’s excellent communications and ability to provide “no-cost solutions to provide a better design and end product’ as key to the success of this project.

CMS was also named a Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Winner – Diamond Level – at the awards ceremony. The STEP Award is presented to firms that possess exceptional safety records and make safety a core value, as evidenced by leadership commitment, safety culture, and rigorous employee training programs. With the Diamond Level designation, CMS is now eligible for the ABC National Safety Excellence Award.

Ernest Enrique, PE, CEO and Khush Mander, Executive Vice President, both of CMS, were on hand to accept these awards at the ABC 2015 Merit Shop Awards Gala on September 24, 2015 in downtown Indianapolis, IN.