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 Welcomes Jim Bell as Engineering Manager

MAUMEE, OH – CMS proudly announces the addition of Jim Bell, RA, LEED AP, as Engineering Manager. Bell joins CMS with 20 years of experience in architecture and engineering, facility planning and design, and construction management. Prior to joining CMS, Bell worked for La-Z-Boy Incorporated as Preconstruction Manager/Architect. Before that, he was the Engineering Manager for a worldwide Department of Defense construction contractor and also worked for various architecture and design firms.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, stated, “In this key position, Jim will support design-build proposal efforts and our project execution teams in the field. He brings the technical expertise, design oversight, design quality control, LEED implementation, and construction lessons learned necessary for our growing list of design-build projects. His extensive design-build project delivery experience in both the commercial and military sectors significantly enhances our ability to provide technical excellence and value engineering alternatives to our current and future clients anywhere in the world.”

Bell has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy, is a Registered Architect (RA) in the States of Indiana, Michigan, North Dakota, and Ohio, and holds a National Council of Architectural Board (NCARB) certification. He is also a U.S. Green Building Council LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional). He will work out of the CMS Maumee, OH office.