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 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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