About Us

About Us

CME has grown significantly from where we started in the early 70s, but some things remain the same. We still appreciate our history and how it helped shape who we are. We still value teamwork and the great things it can accomplish. We still strive to work harder and do better for our communities, clients, and team members. Those values have made us the firm we are today and keep us excited about what tomorrow might hold.

Timeline of Events

CME is founded:

CME was formed in 1973 and named for the founding partners; Cheney, Miller, and Ellis. The goal of the firm was to provide sound environmental consulting services to domestic and foreign communities. Their work took them as far as remote parts of Asia to aid villages in developing, controlling and protecting their vital water resources.

Bringing CME to Malaysia:

CME co-founder Philip Cheney brings CME’s services to Malaysia. Future CME President, P. “Brad” Bradford Cheney, a high school student at the time, accompanied him on the trip. He learned much and assisted with water quality projects during his extended stay in a remote village outside of Kuala Lumpur.

CME is Incorporated:

CME is incorporated and adds Land Surveying and Civil Engineering to its service offering. Brad Cheney joins the firm and expands CME’s Civil Engineering services to municipalities.

Structures and Transportation:

CME develops a Structures and Transportation Engineering Group led by Michael Culmo. This group sets a 10 year goal to become the top bridge firm in the region.

CME Merges:

CME merges with Chandler, Palmer and King of Norwich, bringing over 100 years of experience in Land Surveying and Real Estate Development to our clients. Brad Cheney brokers the merger and assumes control as President of CME/CPK.

CME Merges Again and Adds a New Location:

CME merges with Evelyn Cole Smith, Architect, adding specialization in Historic Architecture Preservation and adaptive reuse to its repertoire. CME designs and constructs a new Corporate Headquarters at 32 Crabtree Lane in Woodstock, Connecticut.

Municipal Planning Services and 2nd New Location:

CME hires a full-time Planner to bring Municipal Planning Services to the firm. CME also opens a new Central Connecticut office at 333 East River Drive in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Accelerated Bridge Construction:

In our first high-profile use of Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) techniques, CME provides the design for supports and movement of the 400 ft. steel I-Way Bridge. The bridge structure is built off-site and lifted onto barges that float it down river to its final location taking Interstate 95 over the Providence River in Rhode Island.

Project Management Division:

CME expands its services to include a Project Management Division focused on providing superior project and program management support for State-level transportation projects.

Re-branding Initiative:

CME launches a new brand identity. Our brand enhancement is more than just a logo makeover – it is a reflection of our company’s collaborative team approach and the dynamic nature of our staff. It’s a new look, with the same great mission. Commitment. Meaning. Excellence. In all we do.