ECM International was founded in 1983 in El Paso, Texas by Tom Cardenas. Our goal was to provide Program Management and Construction Management services in the southwest region of the U.S. and throughout Mexico. We experienced significant growth in the first ten years managing industrial projects for multiple Fortune 500 companies as they located manufacturing operations into Mexico. Clients included Johnson & Johnson, Bosch, Packard Electric, AC Nielsen, Cardinal Health, and Mallinckrodt Pharmaceutical. We continue to build the Industrial Sector in Mexico and have added significant projects for Nissan, General Motors, General Electric, Bombardier, BRP, Delphi, Cummins and Lexmark.
In 1994, ECM engaged in its first project for the City of El Paso –the project management of a large renovation and expansion of the El Paso International Airport. Over the years, ECM has provided a wide range of program and construction management services for multiple City of El Paso projects, including the Plaza Theatre Renovation and Expansion, the award winning Butterfield Trail Golf Course, ongoing Sun Metro Transit and El Paso International Airport work, and the Eastside Regional Park. The public works sector has developed into a significant segment of our business.
Also in 1994, ECM began to build its Education resume with a large construction management opportunity for multiple El Paso region school districts. Since then, we’ve worked on a spectrum of projects for K-12 school districts, community colleges and universities. In this realm, we’ve managed the construction of elementary, middle and high schools, athletic facilities, research facilities, student housing, classroom buildings, and many other building types across Texas. Clients here include Texas Tech University, the Texas State University System, Sam Houston State University, El Paso Community College and numerous Independent School Districts.
Being a registered engineering firm in the state of Texas, ECM’s infrastructure experience can be traced to its beginnings, performing due diligence studies and managing the development of large industrial campuses. Since 2007, ECM has significant infrastructure experience in the transportation and utility sectors. ECM is part of the General Engineering Consultant team for the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority and has multiple contracts with the Texas Department of Transportation. In addition, ECM has managed multiple construction projects for the El Paso Water Utilities and the El Paso Electric Company.
In 2007, ECM grew into the Federal government sector. Part of a joint venture team, ECM was selected to supplement the program management effort for the $4.6 billion expansion of Fort Bliss Army Base. This was the military’s largest ever program at the time. This program gave us Federal experience and helped us build capabilities to do large, complex programs.
ECM established its Central Texas office in San Marcos, Texas in 2013. This not only expanded our reach across Texas but also strengthened our staff with seasoned knowledge and deep community familiarity. This office is currently engaged with multiple City, County and Higher Education projects. The Central Texas office staff is particularly experienced in alternative project delivery methods, contract negotiations, project audits, and bond facilitation and management.