Our Unique Approach to Fountain Design
CMS acts exclusively as a fountain design consultant and like most architectural firms is structured for consultation, document production, and construction administration. As such, we are dedicated advocates for architects and their clients. We are not involved with installation or component supply and have no incentive to impose proprietary conceptual design or materials onto a project. Our design process is a collaborative effort, enabling CMS to execute a scope of work harmonious with client needs while addressing environmental, architectural, technical and budgetary concerns.
We produce discrete sets of biddable fountain mechanical and electrical drawings. Our documentation has been our trademark since 1970 - always noteworthy for its unique style and comprehensiveness. Repeat clientele provide more than 80% of our work and recognize the difference that truly complete construction documents can make, by easing communication among team members and reducing mistakes and costs in the field.
The roots of CMS are traced back to 1964 when Richard Chaix oversaw the fountain division of the engineering firm Beamer Wilkinson. In doing so, Dick effectively established the concept of an independent fountain consultant, providing an unprecedented level of expertise and professionalism to the architectural community. Dick's open personality and genuine interest in advancing the state of the art allowed a free exchange of ideas with industry professionals and clients. This open approach is still very much part of the CMS philosophy.
In 1981, with the addition of Tom Mallonee, Richard Schuder, and Diane Schuder, the partnership of CMS Collaborative was formed, bringing enhanced design, technical, and coordination abilities to the firm. In 2001, with the retirement of Richard Chaix, Richard Schuder, and Diane Schuder, the firm continues as CMS Collaborative, Incorporated. The current principals are:
Tom Mallonee, President
Roy Kaplan, Principal
Nadine Nemec, Principal
Tanya Larson, Associate Principal
Scope of Services
Our available Scope of Services meshes well with the professional services of our clients. With decades of experience in the architectural community we are conversant with the issues, interests, and methodology of our clients. CMS has helped pioneer everything from in-house production techniques to water reclamation and LEED certification.
Who we are
Over the years, the CMS office environment has been a comfortable place to work in a San Francisco area beach town. We feel that an environment without a rigid hierarchy promotes discussion and rethinking of design and administrative issues, and our combined talents offer the best solutions.
When I began working with Dick Chaix in 1977 I was so impressed by the professional relationships and friendships he developed and nurtured. Whether it was celebrating the completion of a successful project or working with a client to solve difficult issues, Dick taught everyone the importance of staying with a client and project until it was truly finished. Dick freely exchanged ideas and experiences with clients and competitors alike to raise the state of the art. These standards are still core to CMS and continue to flow down to our younger principals.
Tom Mallonee, President
Through Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA), we hope to make a difference by supporting sustainable engineering projects in developing rural areas. CMS is also working with Water.org to bring awareness to the world's #1 health problem and create accessible, safe water supplies to communities world wide.