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.

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”

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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.

CMS Welcomes Ralph Canter as Construction Operations Manager

BARGERSVILLE, IN – CMS proudly announces the addition of Ralph Canter, PE, as Construction Operations Manager, leading our Mechanical/Fabrication Construction Group. Canter joins CMS with an impressive 38-year career spanning the power plant operations, large-scale mechanical construction, customer management, and executive leadership areas. He first spent 24 years with Indiana Power & Light (IPL), where he started as a Welding Engineer and Licensed Chief Pressure Vessel Inspector. He was later promoted to managing IPL Steam Operations and finally to leading Client/Customer Service Operations for this public utility company. His next 16 years were spent successfully growing profitable mechanical construction businesses and running a large, complex industrial construction project in the Northern Colorado area.

Ernest Enrique, CEO, stated, “Ralph brings over 38 years of hands-on construction management, engineering, and customer service experience in the mechanical and industrial sectors. His management and technical experience, combined with his extensive customer service background, is a terrific fit with the CMS organization. He will play a key role as we work to implement operational efficiencies and provide enhanced customer service to our existing and future clients. I look forward to working with him as we continue to grow CMS and expand into new markets.”

Canter holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, has been a Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of Indiana since 1983, and has attended executive leadership education programs at the Harvard Business School, the University of Michigan, and the Colorado Springs Center for Creative Leadership. He will work out of the CMS Bargersville, IN office.

CMS Wins Mechanical Contract at Purdue

BARGERSVILLE, IN — CMS Corporation (CMS) has been awarded a $6.5 million mechanical contract by Pepper Construction for Purdue University’s Flex Lab Facility project in West Lafayette, IN. The Flex Lab Facility will have a footprint of approximately 107,000 square feet and will be used by Purdue’s School of Engineering.  The building will consist of three stories plus a basement and offer a combination of office and lab space to support the university’s research needs. The construction period is estimated to be about 15 months.

CMS, an Indiana-based minority business enterprise (MBE), competed against four other mechanical contractors for the win. CMS Chief Executive Officer, Ernest Enrique, noted, “For this hotly contested bid, CMS offered the best combination of price, in-depth understanding of the project, and value-added suggestions for project enhancement and success. This is a tremendous project for our firm and will bring high visibility to CMS in the central Indiana construction market and beyond.”