Robert Sullivan Named as Vice President of Design Engineering Division to Lead CDE

Effective March 11th, Robert M. Sullivan will be taking the lead for current and future projects at CDE. Robert is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Florida who enthusiastically accepted the position of Vice President for 8-koi’s Engineering Division. CDE became a wholly-owned subsidiary of 8-koi in 2019.

Robert joins the team in Merritt Island with over forty years of experience as an innovator in the fields of capital project contracts management, civil environmental, structural, and construction engineering, planning, forensics, emergency and reconstruction management, expert litigation support, and safety.

With over 25 years of service with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department FEMA response team, Florida Task Force One (FL-TF1), Robert’s work as a Structural Specialist with this international response rescue team has been integral in the development of his operations management skill set to include accurate rapid assessment and detailed analysis to achieve mission-critical goals when time and resources are not always optimum.

“Robert brings a high level of industry expertise and keen understanding of senior/executive management to CDE and 8-koi. His multi-disciplinary experience and background in Earned Value Analysis (EVA) will be an asset to growing our Design Engineering capability for years to come,” stated Dean Rosenquist, 8-koi’s Chief Operating Officer.

With a portfolio that includes work on special capital projects related to construction of unique buildings/facilities, airport and airfield upgrades, harbor dredging, environmental and hazardous waste system upgrades, value engineering, roadway and bridge transportation project management, Robert will be tasked with aligning business development strategy to CDE’s in-demand capabilities.

My motivation and motto is: Plan the Work – Work the Plan,” says Robert. “I’m really looking forward to making the most of the next chapter in my career with this dynamic small business.”

Please help us welcome Robert to the Team and be sure to connect with him on LinkedIn to learn more about his work.

CDE Supports Scholarships at Florida State Colleges

It’s golf season in Florida and our Cape Design Engineering Co. (CDE) team came out swinging in support of local scholarships last month. As corporate sponsors of the Palm Beach State College and Eastern Florida State College Foundations’ golf tournaments held on October 31st, CDE contributes to scholarship funds and helps students in-need advance their education.

The funds raised during the annual golf events go directly to students pursuing degrees in engineering, healthcare, and technical subjects. You can see more about the PBSC Golf Tourney in the video below and review the scholarships offered at EFSC.

CDE and parent company 8-koi have provided design engineering and construction services to both schools over the years and regularly offer student internships. We are proud to support our local state colleges and students!

Eastern Florida State College Health Science Building
Finished view of the Palm Beach State College Belle Glade Technical Education Facility

Rich Kube Named as Vice President of Design Engineering Division to Lead CDE

Effective today, Rich Kube will provide oversight for the programs of Cape Design Engineering (CDE) as Vice President of 8-koi’s Design Engineering Division and member of the company’s leadership team. CDE has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of 8-koi since March 2019.

An Air Force Veteran and lifelong Florida resident, Kube brings decades of experience in complex engineering and compliant operations for the government contracting industry to include aviation and aerospace. He is the former Director of Engineering and Senior Program Manager at Craig Technologies, and he supported NASA Shuttle systems engineering and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) with United Space Alliance in Cape Canaveral for over a decade.

“Rich Kube is an inspirational leader and strategic thinker who will help us to capture and fulfill advanced engineering contracts as 8-koi and CDE continue to mature in the marketplace,” says company President Inga Young. “We are looking forward to incorporating Rich’s knowledge of quality standards and his experience successfully leading multi-disciplinary project teams so we can further improve our processes and take on work with a larger scope.”

As VP of Design Engineering, Kube will be supervising a team of eleven engineers, technicians, and administrative support personnel to meet customer requirements from design to delivery. The company’s project portfolio includes Space Launch Complex (SLC) systems and lab facilities for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, airfield and submarine facilities for the US Navy in Jacksonville and Port Canaveral, and high-tech learning environments for Florida’s public institutions of higher education.

Kube earned a master’s degree in aeronautical science with specialization in aerospace/aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, graduated from the Boeing Leadership Institute in St. Louis, Missouri, is a recipient of numerous technical achievement awards, and volunteers his time to support missionary work building schools and hospitals with his church.

Please join us in welcoming Rich to the team. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.

Rich Kube, VP of Design Engineering

Li Li Celebrates Twenty Years with CDE

Li Li (her first name is the same as her last) was recently celebrated for her loyalty and longevity marked this month by 20 years serving CDE and now the 8-koi team. Currently, Li works to support new construction, having worked on projects that included: Daytona Beach State College Hosseini Center, Palm Beach State College Technical Education Facility, Space Shuttle Processing Facility (SSPF) Science Annex at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, and the Eastern Florida State College (EFSC) Student Union and Health Sciences Building. She’s also worked on various renovation projects for EFSC, Brevard County School Board and Florida Power & Light.

“I like to work on different kinds of projects so I can always learn something new,” she said.

After earning her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at TsingHua University in Beijing, China, she continued her education in the US earning her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.

In 2001, Li began working for CDE. With decades of experience, she’s skilled in handling projects through the beginning to end phases – from conceptual building, mechanical and plumbing system designs through the construction phase, and overcoming the challenges in between.

Around the Merritt Island office Li has a reputation for working smart and hard. She is the proud mother of her high school son, who has also earned a reputation for his smarts and she’s the wife to her husband engineer. When she’s not working, she enjoys gardening – planting all kinds of flowers, vegetables and fruit trees.

8-koi and CDE are grateful for Li’s dedicated 20 years of service to the team and customers. As 8-koi’s COO, Dean Rosenquist, put it, “There is no doubt that you have made your presence an invaluable one in our company. As you continue to commit yourself to uphold our values and vision, we won’t ever stop appreciating you.”

We congratulate you, Li Li, and thank you for 20 years with CDE!

CDE Helps Students Continue Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

CDE’s Vice President of Design Engineering, Victor Diaz, personally delivered KN-95 masks earlier this month to the Dean of Academic Affairs and Health Science’s Edward Willey at Palm Beach State College to ensure practical training could continue safely for the faculty and students of the school’s acclaimed nursing program.

The delivery was a part of parent company 8-koi’s community outreach during the COVID-19 public health crisis to ensure frontline personnel, first responders, schools, and non-profit organizations could continue their important work safely.

“We had to learn a lot in the beginning, but we are so fortunate to have these supplies on hand and fill a need when so many lives are at stake. These donations exemplify our company’s core values of being thoughtful and dependable and represent the ‘human touch’ our team strives to deliver in service excellence every day – even at a safe distance.” says CDE Owner Inga Young.  

CDE’s Victor Diaz and Edward Willey from Palm Beach State College

CDE and 8-koi have provided design engineering and construction services to PBSC and other Florida schools over the years and regularly offer student internships. You can see more about these projects at https://www.cdeco.com/projects/.

Read the press coverage about the company’s outreach in Hometown News.

CDE is Nominee for 2020 SAME Small Business Awards

Cape Design Engineering (CDE), a wholly-owned subsidiary of 8-koi, is in the running for the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Small Business Awards.

This annual awards program recognizes exemplary leaders and outstanding advocates for small businesses, and businesses that support small business programs on federal agency contracts. Nominations aim to honor individuals and organizations that show great achievement for their support of the A/E/C profession.

CDE is nominated in the SAME Small Business Award category for support as a small business. Other categories include SAME Large Business Award for support of small business programs, SAME Industry Small Business Advocate Award, and SAME Post Small Business Liaison Officer Award.

Awardees will be selected by the eligibility criteria for work completed for any federal agency within the last five years from nomination due date in an outstanding manner. Nominations include supporting details to include:

  • Letters of commendations, awards, previous project evaluations, etc. to show past performance from client or prime contractor,
  • Company’s track record for working with other Small Businesses in the Industry,
  • Company’s track record for the professional development of its employees through participation in SAME education and training activities; and
  • Company participation in one or more small business conferences (e.g. SAME Small Business Conference, Veteran-Owned Small Business Conference, and SAME Post-sponsored small business conference).

The awards ceremony will be held during the Virtual SBC Opening General Session held November 4-6.

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8-koi’s CDE selected for Palm Beach State College Continuing Services Contract

Palm Beach State College (PBSC) selected Cape Design Engineering (CDE) to provide Professional Engineering Services in several disciplines across the college’s five campuses in Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Lake Worth, Loxahatchee, and Palm Beach Gardens.

As a preferred service provider, CDE will have the opportunity to perform on PBSC’s structural and mechanical/electrical/plumbing (MEP) continuing services contracts for single projects under $1,000,000. CDE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 8-koi, a minority- and woman-owned small business headquartered in Merritt Island, FL.

“Our CDE team has a long-standing reputation for excellence in supporting academic institutions across Florida. I’m proud of the work we do to help students learn and teachers teach. We look forward to meeting PBSC’s physical plant needs for years to come,” says 8-koi President Inga Young.

CDE has provided engineering support to PBSC on a variety of projects for almost two decades. In 2010, CDE successfully completed work on the 34,000 SF Technical

Palm Beach State College is nationally recognized as an innovative academic leader advancing student success through its unparalleled commitment to excellence, engagement, and dynamic partnerships.

Education Facility at the College’s Belle Glade campus and was responsible for MEP design of the facility and for modifications to the campus central energy plant. It was the first public State College facility to earn the prestigious USGBC LEED Platinum rating in the State of Florida. Also, thanks to CDE’s ingenuity in the design, PBSC enjoyed a NET ZERO increase in energy costs despite adding a new building to the campus. [To see more about this project click here!]

Other related higher educational projects completed by CDE include the Daytona State College 2.5-million-gallon Thermal Energy Storage System, the Wayne Densch Athletics Administration Building at the University of Central Florida, and the Eastern Florida State College Health Sciences and Student Union Buildings.

In March 2019, 8-koi acquired Merritt Island design-build firm Cape Design Engineering Co. (CDE) to expand WOSB design engineering and mil-spec construction capabilities. Since its founding in 2008, 8-koi has grown to offer a diverse range of services that helped to earn the title “Florida’s Companies to Watch” in 2018 by GrowFL.

About 8-koi
8-koi is an 8(a) certified minority- and woman-owned small disadvantaged business headquartered in Melbourne, FL. Founded in 2008 by Inga Young, 8-koi specializes in providing Design Engineering, Construction, Training/Technical and Administrative Support, and Healthcare-Related Services to government agencies across the United States. 8-koi’s work within these divisions meets rigorous training/technical specifications to include Mil-Spec design-build, facility renovation, medical admin and direct care, quality assurance and risk management. See more at https://www.8-koi.com/.

About Cape Design Engineering
Cape Design Engineering Co. (CDE) was incorporated in 1997 by Lutfi M. Mized, P.E. and Kannan Rengarajan, P.E. to offer full-service, multi-discipline engineering and construction firm. CDE is well-known for commercial, industrial, educational, medical, institutional, military, and government facilities to include the designs of critical launch systems and facilities for NASA and USAF rocketry programs. Acquired in 2019 by 8-koi as a wholly-owned subsidiary, CDE continues to provide exceptional contracting services on time and within budget. See more at https://www.cdeco.com.

CDE Redlines Newsletter – Winter 2019 Edition

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!

Redlines 2019 Winter Newesletter
Redlines 2019 Winter Newesletter

CDE acquired by 8-koi

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.

Sincerely,

The CDE Team

For more about 8-koi, please visit their website here.