It’s that time of the year again for our yearly newsletter! There have been some changes at CDE and this newsletter will introduce you to those changes and the people behind them. Also, in this edition are several interesting project profiles CDE has recently worked on. We hope you enjoy it!
We are excited to announce the latest iteration in the growth of CDE. Our company, now in its 22nd year, is transitioning to the ownership of 8-koi, a vibrant, multifaceted, Melbourne-based firm that is recognized as one of Florida’s fastest growing companies.
We are also pleased to announce that co-founders Lutfi Mized and Kannan Rengarajan will remain at CDE, only now with the enhanced ability to focus their energy on their first passion – engineering. This latest evolution of the company allows Lutfi and Kannan to be even more hands-on with client needs.
“Our commitment, as it has always been, is to continue to provide the best professional engineering services to our clients,” Mized said. “CDE will not only maintain its name, its Merritt Island offices, and its staff, but most importantly its same standard of excellence.”
Rengarajan noted that “this is a great fit that solidifies CDE’s future growth. This was an important step and we are thrilled to be making it with 8-koi, a company with so much vitality and a gold-standard commitment to client services.”
For the past several years, CDE has often partnered with 8-koi and its owner, Inga Young. Her savvy business sense impressed us from day one – and still does today. She also shares the same core values that we do. We are confident that combining her talent, energy, and ambitious leadership with CDE’s well-established reputation and business model will ensure our company’s future success.
“I am delighted to be bringing the management expertise and personal touch of 8-koi to CDE,” Young said. “And I am even more delighted to have the expertise of Lutfi and Kannan still onboard to help guide the company.”
Lutfi and Kannan look forward in the coming weeks to introducing Inga to our clients.
The CDE Team
For more about 8-koi, please visit their website here.
CDE is a leader in providing engineering design, construction, and design/build services to an array of clients. CDE especially excels at providing designs for educational institutions from K-12 through the university level. In fact, CDE recently was awarded four new contracts by Florida K-12 entities.
Volusia County Schools
Volusia County Schools awarded two new individual contracts on a continuing basis for Structural and Electrical engineering services. This is our first time working with Volusia County Schools, and we look forward to partnering with their excellent team as they serve more than 61,000 students and 8,000 employees, helping them to ensure that each of their students receive a 21st-century education.
Brevard Public Schools
CDE is proud of our long history with our home county's educational administration entity. For more than a decade, we have provided Brevard Public Schools with MEP, Fire Protection, and Structural engineering services. Just last year, CDE was called on to help Brevard Public Schools with Cocoa High School, performing a sweeping revitalization of existing systems while also designing a new classroom building. In January 2019, Brevard Public Schools awarded CDE two new contracts. Those contracts have us providing on a continuing basis Structural engineering along with MEP and Fire Protection services. We at CDE believe in the truest sense of community, and we consider it a privilege to help our county's educators and also the students who will pave the way to the future.
We are convinced, and we believe you will be too, that CDE offers a clear advantage to the education community. Again and again, we have yielded quantifiable results – evidenced by the number of K-12 contracts awarded to CDE from Flagler County Public Schools, Volusia County Schools, Brevard Public Schools, and Indian River County Public Schools.
Is there any goal or project with your school district, college, or university that we can help you achieve? We would love to be of service to you!
Another year has come and gone! However, this year was special as it marked CDE’s 20th year of business! We would like to take a moment to thank all of our staff, friends, clients, and associates who have supported on this ride! With that said, CDE is proud to present the latest edition of our newsletter – Redlines.
As Eastern Florida State College develops new and innovative programs at the Health Sciences Institute, CDE has created a scholarship for deserving students. At the EFSC’s Foundation’s meeting in September the firm will present a check for $25,000. This amount will be invested by the Foundation and the earnings from this investment will fund Health Sciences Institute scholarships in perpetuity.
The CDE Scholarship will be awarded to a Florida resident, enrolled fulltime in their program of study at the Health Sciences Institute and must maintain a 3.5 GPA.
CDE’s founders Lutfi & Peggy Mized, Kannan Rengarajan, and Rama Kannan established CDE to provide professional engineering design, design/build, and construction services. As we celebrate our 20th year in business, CDE continues to offer the highest quality services to our clients in educational, health care, commercial, and industrial sectors, as well as the federal government and Department of Defense.
CDE started an energy study along with FPL services for Eastern Florida State College in 1999 (when it was known as Brevard Community College). In the last 18 years since, CDE continues to work diligently with the institution to provide high quality engineering designs, delivered on-time, and within budget. CDE’s impact has helped save the College millions of dollars in energy costs, enhanced performance of equipment and facilities, as well as contributing to a productive, inspiring, and safe place for those in the community to learn.
One of CDE’s most prestigious projects for Eastern Florida State College was the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design of the new Health Sciences Building on the Melbourne Campus. CDE realizes the impact this new state-of-the-art teaching facility will make on the community and is proud to have again helped Eastern Florida State College, a true cornerstone of Brevard County, provide a place to train and produce the next generation of health care professionals.
CDE’s vision is aligned with Eastern Florida State College – we believe in the power of community and education. We view the establishment of this scholarship as a duty to help the very community that we live in and we could not be prouder to do so. It is our hope and desire that this scholarship will not only help Eastern Florida State College promote higher education but will also help to raise up the next Titans of our community.
For more information on Eastern Florida State College and their Foundation, please click here. For more information about CDE, their services
Members of the CDE team recently enjoyed a day of Golf at the Wanderers Country Club in Wellington, FL with our partners at Palm Beach State College. The 12th Annual Golf Tournament is organized by the Palm Beach State College Foundation which is dedicated to helping students with scholarship opportunities and program enhancements that will impact the local community. We are thrilled to hear that our friends at Palm Beach State College were able to raise over $135,000 during this event! CDE is proud to be a long time partner with Palm Beach State College and a major sponsor of this highly successful event! CDE fully believes in higher education and the opportunities that education creates for people of all ages.
CDE would also like to extend a special thanks to our friend Dave Suarez with Palm Beach State College Facilities for joining us on a very successful day.
For more about the Palm Beach State College Foundation and ways you can help make a difference visit their website here.
The University of Central Florida has awarded CDE another continuing engineering services contract to provide essential mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (M/E/P) engineering services. CDE is proud to have been awarded this consecutive contract and looks forward to continuing our ongoing relationship with UCF, the UCF Facilities Planning and Construction group, and UCF’s Utilities and Energy Services group.
How is CDE helping UCF?
CDE was selected by UCF to provide M/E/P services in 2012. Since then, both have enjoyed a busy and fulfilling relationship through the execution of several projects. Some of those projects include:
Renovations to the Transgenic Animal Facility in the Biological Sciences Building
Renovations to the Biological Sciences Building laboratory exhaust fans
Boiler system overhaul for the Chemistry Building
UCF Library Air Handlers replacement
Liquid Nitrogen System for Engineering I Building Labs 154 and 163
Fire Alarm replacement at Sumter Hall
Fall Protection designs for various building
Air Handler replacements in the Education Building
Lab Exhaust Fan replacement for Engineering II
One of the more prestigious projects CDE has assisted UCF with is the newly planned UCF Athletics Wayne Densch Facility Expansion Building (also known as the WD77). The newly planned 40,000 square foot building will be the home to various sports offices and coaches. The project will be designed to achieve USGBC LEED® Gold Certification and will sit between the existing Wayne Densch building and the Nicholson Fieldhouse adjacent to BrightHouse Networks Stadium. CDE is providing the M/E/P and Structural engineering design services for this facility. The second phase of this project is currently under development. Construction of the new facility is slated for May 2017 with a completion of November 2017. For more details on this project, click here.
The University of Central Florida is a thriving preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando. With more than 64,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the U.S. In addition to its impressive size and strength, UCF is ranked as a best-value university by The Princeton Review and Kiplinger’s, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes. The university benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and opportunities for all students to grow, learn and succeed. For more information about the University of Central Florida, please visit www.ucf.edu.