RM Builders JV Wins Two Projects at Fort Carson, CO.

Maumee, OH and Alamogordo, NM – RM Builders, a joint venture (JV) between experienced Department of Defense general contractor CMS Corporation and New Mexico-based protégé Jack Wayte Construction (JWC), announced it has been awarded two projects under the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Omaha FSRM Small Business Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC). CMS has been a mentor to JWC, an 8(a) and Woman-owned Small Business, under the US Small Business Administration 8(a) Mentor-Protégé Program since 2015.

The first award is a $900k task order to replace kitchen drain piping and the second is a $2.5M task order to replace water mains. Both projects are at Fort Carson, CO. Activities under the $900k task order include removing and replacing kitchen drain piping and saw cutting to remove and replace cast iron pipes. This job is anticipated to be complete in late March 2022. The $2.5M task order is a design-bid-build project to demolish and replace water mains, including the removal of buried obstacles such as reinforced concrete, as well as reroute the proposed water main alignment to avoid damaging existing communications cables and/or ductbanks. This project will take roughly one year to complete.

CMS CEO, Ernest Enrique, stated, “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to continue work with our protégé, Jack Wayte Construction, and perform this work at Fort Carson. The JV is currently executing other awarded work at Minot Air Force Base, ND and Schriever Space Force Base, CO under this Omaha Small Business MATOC. The RM Builders JV will continue to provide a superior client experience with on-time, exceptional results.”

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 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.”

 

RM Builders Wins $95M USACE Kansas City MATOC

MAUMEE, OH – CMS Corporation (CMS), under a joint venture arrangement with Jack Wayte Construction (JWC) called RM Builders, has been awarded a $95 million Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) with USACE Kansas City District. (JWC, an 8(a), WOSB, and EDWOSB, is a protégé to CMS, the mentor, under an SBA-approved Mentor-Protégé Agreement.) This contract is 100% set-aside for Small Business, with a 3-year ordering period and task orders valued up to $15 million. Task orders will be design-build (D-B) or design-bid-build (DBB) for a broad range of military construction and renovation work within the geographic boundaries of the Kansas City District, but may also be used to support other projects located within the larger Northwestern Division of USACE. Scopes of work may include construction of new facilities, renovation, general interior finish upgrades and space reconfiguration, electrical service improvements, roofing materials replacement, mechanical systems repair, storm drainage structure repair, and plumbing repairs and improvements. Facilities worked at may include industrial, distribution, manufacturing, office, retail, recreational, healthcare, residential, and commercial use.

There was tremendous competition for this contract. USACE received 40 proposals. RM Builders is one of only six firms awarded a contract. The estimated contract completion is January 2022. USACE Kansas City is the contracting agency.