Our Unique Approach to Fountain Design
CMS acts exclusively as a fountain design consultant and like most architectural firms is structured for consultation, design, document production and construction administration. As such, we are dedicated advocates for architects and their clients. By not providing installation services, component supply, or proprietary designs, we are able to utilize a wide range of solutions to unique challenges.
We produce discrete sets of biddable fountain mechanical and electrical drawings. Our documentation has been a trademark since 1970 — always noteworthy for its comprehensive approach and unique style. Repeat clients provide more than 80% of our work, clients who recognize the difference truly complete construction documents can make, by easing communication among team members and reducing costs in the field. As industry standards evolve, design requirements place more importance on environmental protection. Using innovative technology, CMS continues to develop creative solutions that raise the standard for green aspects of water feature designs. We are well-versed in LEED and SITE specifications relating to water feature design and strive to incorporate those principles into our design solutions. Our design process is a collaborative effort, enabling CMS to execute a scope of work that is harmonious with client needs while addressing important environmental, architectural, technical, and budgetary concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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.