Crewmember Recognition Program
January – March 2013: John Nemesh
John Nemesh, the owner of Western Building and Development, LLC, the Spaceport’s General Services support contractor, has been recognized this quarter as the Crewmember of the Quarter for his outstanding performance in providing general services support to the spaceport. He is responsible for ensuring the spaceport is clean, operationally functioning properly and well maintained. He is also responsible for developing the policies and procedures to keep the spaceport in tip top shape and to be able to respond to engineering related emergencies efficiently and effectively.
Nemesh, a New Mexico Vietnam Veteran, has been a reputable contractor for 35 years, founding the thriving multi-faceted construction company, Western Building and Development, LLC in 1978. Nemesh began his business shortly after graduating from NMSU with a Geology degree — starting primarily with residential construction, then quickly expanding to include innovative commercial building. Today, Nemesh and his Las Cruces, NM based company, focuses talent, energy and resources on large and small scale commercial construction projects regionally in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas; in the past, California, Texas, Oklahoma, Maryland.
October – December 2012: Brandon Torres
Brandon Torres, an employee of Fiore, the Spaceport’s Protective Service support contractor, has been recognized for showing consistent professionalism, maintaining a proactive can-do attitude that reflects positively on Spaceport America, and going beyond the call of duty to assist others.
A Truth or Consequences, NM-native, Brandon Torres graduated from Hot Springs High School and thereafter enlisted in the United States Navy as a Master at Arms (Security Forces). Upon completion of his service in the United States Navy, Torres moved back to T or C. He has worked at Spaceport America for approximately two years and is currently Acting Senior Shift Supervisor for Protective Services. His hobbies include spending quality time with family and friends, as well as hunting, fishing and camping.
July – September 2012: Cyndee Bourguet
Cyndee Bourguet has been recognized for: consistent tireless effort to advance the interests of NMSA in building Spaceport America; her professional administration of all construction contracts; her exemplary coordination of on-site construction activities, and; her stellar record of accurate and timely communication to all construction project stakeholders.
Cyndee Bourguet is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Las Cruces where she attended Las Cruces High School and NMSU. She is currently the SrPMA for Gerald Martin Ltd. at Spaceport America. In this capacity Cyndee assists in overseeing the construction of Spaceport America. Cyndee has been on the spaceport project for 3.5 years. Prior to coming to Gerald Martin, Cyndee was self employed in construction administration in Doña Ana County. Her hobbies include cooking and spending quality time with her children.
How to Nominate a Crewmember
Individuals employed by New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) support contractors (Crewmembers) who distinguish themselves in their work are eligible to receive a quarterly NMSA Crewmember Recognition Award. NMSA state employees are not eligible. Awards will be given for service of outstanding nature that distinguishes the individual in his or her particular area of responsibility. Emphasis for this recognition is placed on actions that go above and beyond the call of duty and that reflect positively on Spaceport America.Crewmember Recognition Nomination FormClick to download
AECOM, Inc., is the nation’s #1 transportation and aviation design consultant as ranked by Engineering News-Record in 2008, with New Mexico offices in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Los Alamos. The AECOM Team is responsible for programming the development of Spaceport America, the design and development of construction documents for the civil infrastructure, and program management of support contracts and third party efforts associated with the development of Spaceport America. The 43,000-person AECOM firm has been supporting the Air Transportation and Space Travel Industry for over 40 years, with numerous space related projects for NASA and the U.S. Government. AECOM, Inc., is working with two New Mexico-based partner firms for the Spaceport America project:
Spaceport America’s construction will happen in two phases. Phase I is the programming stage including roads, utilities, etc. Phase II will involve the full-fledged design. The project will integrate building materials and methods that promote environmental quality, economic vitality, and social benefit.
Molzen-Corbin & Associates is repeatedly ranked as one of the top engineering/architecture firms in New Mexico by New Mexico Business Weekly and Southwest Contractor and has also been nationally ranked in ENR’s top 500. Molzen- Corbin has also been consecutively named one of the “500 Largest Hispanic-Owned Companies” by Hispanic Business magazine for the past 16 years.
IDEAS is an Innovation Studio using the central premise that powerful stories create powerful experiences. IDEAS creates entertainment, learning, and marketing products for Healthcare, Corporate, Government, Education, Destinations, Television & Film clients as well as creating its own intellectual property. They are currently developing the Spaceport America Visitor’s experience. www.ideasorlando.com
URS Corporation worked in partnership with Foster + Partners to design Spaceport America. URS is a leading provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world. URS provides services for power, infrastructure, industrial and commercial, and federal projects and programs. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company operates through three divisions: the URS Division, the EG&G Division and the Washington Division. URS Corporation has more than 50,000 employees in a network of offices in more than 30 countries.
Foster + Partners worked in partnership with URS Corporation to design Spaceport America. Foster + Partners is an international studio for architecture, planning and design. The practice’s work ranges in scale from the largest single building on the planet, Beijing International airport, to its smallest commission, a range of door furniture. Since its inception the practice has worked in 73 countries, has received more than 500 awards and citations for excellence and has won 92 national and international competitions.
SMPC Architects offers a full-range of services, including planning, architectural design, landscape design, interior design, and sustainable design services. Serving New Mexico since 1944, SMPC has completed more than 3,600 projects across the full spectrum of building types, garnering numerous awards. Based in Albuquerque with an office in Santa Fe, SMPC Architects is the preferred firm for commercial and institutional design excellence because of its commitment to personalized service tailored to each project. SMPC is differentiated from other firms by principal involvement, high standards of professional integrity, technical expertise and creativity to produce innovative and sustainable design solutions.
Engineering System Solutions (ES2), is an engineering and design firm specializing in structural, electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems, steel detailing, and building systems commissioning. With offices in Idaho Falls, Las Vegas, Sacramento and Salt Lake City, ES² is a recognized name in engineering throughout the West and Southwest. With years of experience, ES² has coordinated and designed thousands of wood, concrete, steel and masonry building projects. ES2 designed and engineered the ARFF facility for Spaceport America including the unique modern insulated concrete thin shell used as the primary structural system for the building.
White Sands Research and Developers, LLC (WSRDs) The White Sands of New Mexico, our namesake, are plainly visible from space. Since 1999, WSRDs has pushed the envelope in designing flight modeling, simulation and analysis software. With cutting edge tools, a wealth of practical experience and a tenacious drive to find solutions, we help our customers explore new frontiers. Our specialties include aerodynamics, flight dynamics, flight operations, flight safety and systems engineering. Community-minded, we spearheaded an initiative that created the first Aerospace Engineering university programs in New Mexico so that future generations, as exploration leaders of the ultimate frontier, can look back and be reminded of their home.
Fiore Industries Inc. is a small business headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fiore specializes in high technology engineering, facility operations, aircraft/avionics electromagnetics protection and IT, and currently holds Protective Services (security guards, firefighters, safety, environmental protection) and IT Support Contracts at Spaceport America.
8601 Washington Street NE, Suite B
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Phone: (505) 255-9797
email@example.com (contact for employment opportunities with Fiore)
firstname.lastname@example.org (contact for Spaceport related matters)
Western Building & Development is a veteran-owned general facilities operation and maintenance management company, serving customers in New Mexico since 1978. The team has extensive experience in all areas of residential and commercial construction, project management and design build capabilities, as well as environmental consultation and compliance.
Contact Greg Powe, Program Manager, at email@example.com or 575-644-5125
Follow the Sun, Inc. is a woman/minority owned New Mexico business that has been in operation as a tour operator and charter bus company since January 2003. We have grown from a single van and minibus to a fleet of 11 vehicles. We have created multiday outbound tours as well as inbound tours for groups both in- and out-of-state. FTS Tours is currently the exclusive, official operator of the Spaceport America Preview Tours.
Contact Rose Bleth, Owner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-897-2886
Gerald Martin Construction Management is a division of Gerald A. Martin, Ltd., an award-winning construction company founded in 1974 and headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with offices in Santa Fe, and Taos.
The Gerald Martin Construction Management team brings extensive expertise to Spaceport America, with a group of specialists experienced in the areas of aviation facilities, Fire/EMS facilities servicing aeronautic and rocket facilities, and in working with NASA.
Gerald Martin Construction Management will act as the owner’s representative for the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) during the first phase of construction at Spaceport America.
SDV Construction is the Construction Manager for Spaceport America Phase 2 construction projects. A New Mexico Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, SDV Construction is a licensed General, Electrical, and Mechanical Contractor highly experienced with construction projects for air force and military bases, national laboratories, research laboratories, specialized hi-tech research and manufacturing clients, hospitals and healthcare facilities, public sector and private industry. The company is based in Albuquerque and works throughout the western United States. SDV was honored with the SBA Region 6 Small Contractor of the Year Award in 2012.
As an integrated firm with more than 8,000 employees and 185 locations worldwide, HDR provides a total spectrum of services for our clients. Our staff of professionals represent hundreds of disciplines and partner on blended teams throughout North America and abroad to provide solutions beyond the scope of traditional A/E/C firms.
Please visit us at aww.hdrinc.com or contact Mike Miller at 303-764-1520 email@example.com for additional information
CMC Construction was contracted by the State of New Mexico to provide construction services for the roads inside the Spaceport America site. With the company’s local resources and extensive experience, CMC Construction is proud to be a part of constructing the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.
900 Marshall PO Box 3366 T or C, NM 87901
(575) 894-0066 Office (575) 894-0067 Fax NMCL: #53383
FNF New Mexico, LLC. is a New Mexico corporation operating within the entire state. As a heavy/highway General Contractor, they provide a variety of services including paving, excavation, asphalt materials, sand and gravel, structures, and utility work. The company also has commercial aggregate and asphalt operations in and around Spaceport America, Ruidoso, NM and the surrounding areas.
Please contact the Albuquerque office at 505-247-9336 or the Ruidoso office at 575-275-2300 of email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
David Montoya Construction Inc. is diverse in the capabilities and has experience in every aspect of concrete, heavy and highway construction. DMCI remains on the cutting edge of technology by utilizing highly qualified personnel, armed with the latest technology and state-of-the-art equipment to produce a quality project with integrity. DMCI continues to surpass the expectations of our clients with consistent improvement and commitment to the construction processes from the beginning to end on all projects.
DMCI is proud to be awarded the contract for Spaceport America Airfield, constructing 10,000 lf of air strip runway for the future. For further information please visit the DMCI website www.montoyaconstruction.com
MWI is an Electrical/Instrumentation & Control Contractor specializing in High-Tech, Water, Wastewater, High Voltage Distribution, Roadway Lighting, Traffic Signalization Clean Rooms, Institutional and Industrial projects.
MWI’s Depth and Diversity of experience should leave little doubt that MWI is your Electrical Contractor of Choice for Essential Electrical Services.
AUI is a multi-faceted and diverse organization, which allows us to offer a wide range of construction services. As we specialize in heavy civil projects our primary construction activities include structural concrete and bridges; concrete paving and channels; pipelines for storm drain, sewer, water, communication and electrical ductbanks; plant facilities, which include pump stations and treatment plants; heavy dirt work; asphalt paving; roadway construction.
AUI currently leads the region in trenchless technology. AUI has established and maintained a solid record of positive working relationships with a variety of private owners, federal agencies, and government entities alike.
AUI’s mission is always centered around Safety, Quality and Integrity.
Smithco Construction, Inc., is a family owned business established in 1969 and headquartered in Caballo, New Mexico. While focusing mainly on utility, water and wastewater system projects, Smithco has also fulfilled both commercial and residential building contracts, as well as contracts for the Federal, State and local governments, including the Interstate Stream Commission, the Bureau of Reclamation, various Indian Reservations, and multiple New Mexico municipalities, for projects in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Specializing in versatility and customer satisfaction, we are proud of our 40 year record of zero default, having not only completed all projects awarded, but with no judgments or claims being filed against us.
For additional information, visit or call us at 1010 King Canyon Loop, Caballo, NM 87931 -PH: 575-894-6161 or by email at email@example.com
SUMMIT WEST, the New Mexico affiliate of Jeffrey C. Stone Inc., dba Summit Builders, was established in 1987. Currently ranked the 19th largest contractor in the Southwest by Southwest Contractor, the company provides preconstruction planning and construction services for both private and public sector clients. Project sizes range from $1M to over $100M.
Zia Engineering & Environmental Consultants, LLC., a Las Cruces-based consulting firm with offices in several states was awarded a contract by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority (NMSA) to provide Cultural Resources Data Recovery and Reporting services for Spaceport America. Zia conducted archaeological data recovery investigations in conformance to state and federal guidelines at four identified sites located within the Spaceport’s boundaries.
Bateman-Hall, Inc., is building the Air Rescue Fire Fighting Facility at Spaceport America. The structure will be constructed as a thin shell concrete monolithic dome. This intriguing design should fit very well with the overall project concept. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in Idaho Falls ID, Bateman-Hall specializes in large commercial retail space and has completed many projects in 15 western states.
Western Technologies Inc. is a leading professional services firm offering consulting services in New Mexico, the western United States and Mexico in the fields of geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting and allied services, construction materials engineering, construction inspection and materials quality control and nondestructive testing.
The Western Technologies’ staff of certified inspectors, technicians, and professional engineers provides a value-added service on any project through their experience and knowledge in the construction industry.
Contact our Albuquerque office at 505-823-4488 or www.wt-us.com for additional information.
B & D Industries Inc. , of Albuquerque, NM, was selected to configure, install and service the many technical systems and networks needed at the spaceport.
Visit www.banddindustries.com for additional information.
Valley Fence Company of Albuquerque, NM was contracted to construct fences and gates throughout the Spaceport America site, including the perimeter fencing and access gates to create the secured airfield area within the spaceport.
Visit www.valleyfencecompany.com for additional information.