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.

 

CMS Awarded $10.3M Mechanical Contract for Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital

BARGERSVILLE, IN — CMS Corporation (CMS) has been awarded a $10.3 million mechanical contract by Pepper Construction Company for Purdue University’s Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital project at their West Lafayette, Indiana campus. Purdue is constructing three new facilities as part of this project: 1) a small animal hospital, 2) a large animal hospital, and 3) a farm animal hospital. These 3 facilities total 165,000 sq. ft. on a 13-acre site. This project is a LEED 4.0 project.

CMS’s scope of work encompasses Building Information Modeling (BIM) services, the installation of all HVAC systems (including 14 large custom air handing units designed for healthcare environments), hydronic and steam piping, ductwork, and the facility management system. CMS will also be responsible for supplying temporary systems for heating, cooling, and dehumidification within the facilities during the construction period. The construction period is estimated to be 16 months.

CMS, an Indiana-based minority business enterprise (MBE), competed against three other mechanical contractors for the win. CMS’s Chief Executive Officer, Ernest Enrique, noted, “CMS offered strategic value propositions for this project. This is a tremendous project for our firm and continues to bring high visibility to CMS in the animal healthcare market and to a key prime contractor partner, Pepper Construction Company.”

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.

CMS Wins $5.5M IU Dormitory Renovation

BARGERSVILLE, IN — CMS Corporation (CMS) has been awarded a $5.5 million mechanical contract by Messer Construction Co. for Indiana University’s (IU) McNutt Quadrangle North Residence Hall Renovation project in Bloomington, IN. CMS will be responsible for the demolition of the existing hot water and chilled water piping loop and risers, installation of a new 4-pipe system and 400 vertical fan coil units, air distribution systems, and a Siemens facility management system. The construction period is estimated to be 10 months.

CMS, an Indiana-based minority business enterprise (MBE), competed against three other mechanical contractors for the win. CMS’s Chief Executive Officer, Ernest Enrique, noted, “CMS offered strategic value propositions for a premier housing renovation project with an accelerated timeline on IU’s main campus. This is a tremendous project for our firm and will continue to bring high visibility to CMS in the higher education market.”

CMS is an award-winning small business construction contractor with design/build capabilities and strong self-performance experience in mechanical work. Nearly 90% of our revenues are derived from repeat business from satisfied clients, which is a testament to our success in building professional and lasting relationships.

CMS Awarded $11M Fuel Hydrant System at FedEx Indy Hub

BARGERSVILLE, IN – CMS Corporation (CMS), a leading mechanical construction firm, announced today that it has been awarded an $11.4 million turnkey contract with Walsh Construction Company (Walsh) to install a new extension of the aviation fuel hydrant system at the Federal Express (FedEx) Corporation’s Indianapolis Hub (INDH) at the Indianapolis International Airport in Indianapolis, IN.

Over a 2-year construction period, CMS will provide and install approximately 24,000 feet of 12-inch and 16-inch epoxy-lined and FBE-coated pipe, galvanic cathodic protection (CP) for the piping and related structures, 35 fuel hydrant pits, 19 large isolation pits, 22 low point drain pits, and 22 high point vent pits. Work also includes approximately 1,500 feet of directional boring for a section of the 16-inch hydrant piping to be placed beneath 2 active taxiways and a runway. The complete fueling system includes installation of all related pipes, pits, valves, appurtenances, and static ground and CP systems.

This project is part of a 7-year, $1.5 billion expansion of FedEx’s 320-acre, 2.5 million-square-foot Indianapolis hub. All in, CMS’s portion of this project accounts for $11.4 million injected directly into the US and local economies through the purchase of domestically-made steel pipe, as well as the use of domestically-made specialty underground structures, domestic material suppliers, Indiana-based contractors (including MBEs), and locally-sourced labor. CMS is a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Small Business headquartered in Bargersville, IN.

Ernest Enrique, CEO of CMS, stated, “CMS is known for performing complex industrial mechanical and fuels-related work for our DoD and commercial clients. This award, the result of a strategic collaboration with Walsh, allows us to showcase our mechanical self-performance capabilities building a pressurized aviation hydrant fuel system for a key commercial customer.”

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.”