CMA Architects & Engineers LLC | Design for a Better Future
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Founded in 1959 by engineers José Capacete and Ignacio Martin, CMA Architects & Engineers LLC carries on a tradition that has placed it at the forefront of the industry, making it one of the leading full-service architecture and engineering firms of Puerto Rico.
"We operate as a multidisciplinary firm, with a team of 145 professionals committed to transform our clients' project ideas into reality", said Alvin M. Rodríguez, PE, Managing Member at CMA. "As an interdisciplinary firm, we can provide stand-alone services, as well as combine our expertise to handle a project and provide the client with the most complete and relevant solutions. Our mission is to provide continuous commitment that exceeds client expectations, stemming from our experience providing top-tier quality service, innovation, leadership, and ethical standards in our communities and abroad."
CMA is comprised of various service divisions that include architecture, civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering; transportation; environmental engineering; permitting and projects, and construction management. The markets CMA serves include healthcare, hospitality, disaster recovery, transportation, life science (pharma, biotech, and medical devices), mixed-use buildings, high-end residential, industrial facilities, clean energy, cogeneration, marine facilities, and urban planning. The firm is renowned for both past and recent project, including the pavilion on the grounds of the Bacardi Distillery in Cataño, development collaboration on the Plaza Las Américas mall in the Hato Rey sector of San Juan, Caribbean Towers in the Miramar sector of San Juan, the Presbyterian Hospital, and the Westin Rio Mar Beach & Resort.
More recent works are an example of the firm's versatility and ability to work within a wide array of industries, both private and public. These include the Ritz Carlton Reserve at Dorado Beach Resort & Country Club in Río Grande, the City View Plaza Complex in Guaynabo, the San Patricio Medflix Building in Guaynabo, industrial projects throughout the Island, the Palmas del Mar Yacht Club in Humacao, Cervecera de Puerto Rico modernization in Mayagüez, and the historic Mata de Plátano Bridge Rehabilitation Center in Ciales, among others.
The firm also looks at reconstruction efforts in the wake of Hurricane María in 2017, working with public agencies such as the Puerto Rico Highway and Transportation Authority to address the effects of landslides and repair bridges. CMA is also currently working in the Capital Improvement Program of the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority. Additional work for the public sector is currently being coordinated and resources allocated as a result of the federal funding that is slated for Puerto Rico, and expected to have a positive effect on the local construction industry.
"We are ready to continue working on projects, both in the public and private sectors, driven by the knowledge that, when it comes down to it, our work helps people in Puerto Rico enjoy a better quality of life," said Rodríguez.