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Cecil H. Sanders, Jr.
Deceased President - Memoriam

Past Owner /Mentor to C. Christopher Sanders

Handed Down to Son /Legacy 

Bachelor of Architecture 1967 Hampton Institute
Drexel Institute of Technology - Architecture
Newark College of Engineering 1963
Founded in 1994 Cecil Sanders is the sole Principal and General Manager of CHS Construction Company. Headquartered in the historic Sandstone Building in Newark, New Jersey. Originally organized as a restoration and alterations specialist, CHS has expanded its base of expertise to include commercial, residential, industrial and public alterations and additions as well as new construction in all areas of real estate development.
CHS is one of the few minority owned general contractors in the City of Newark with a sales volume in excess of $3.5 million dollars. As Principal of CHS Construction, Mr. Sanders has completed a number of challenging renovation projects which involved phase construction as well as continuous occupancy. With expertise as Construction Manager/Contractor insight with constructability, trade negotiations, site conditions, and a myriad of other interests regarding the successful completion of a client’s project CHS has the
privilege of working with many repeat clients over the 39 years in construction services, which is a testament, of course, to the outstanding service provided.

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Cecil Christopher Sanders


Professional Status
Sole Principal, President & General Manager
CHS Construction Company

Cecil Christopher Sanders is a Construction Manager, Project Manager and Project Architect at CHS Construction Co.
Chris earned his Bachelors of Architecture from Hampton University, Va. in 1995. He finished at the top of his class, and was voted Mr. Architecture '95. He began his professional career with Wilson Woodridge Architects in East Orange, NJ, and within the 1st year, he was appointed lead designer for a new building commissioned by the Urban League of Essex County a national nonprofit organization. He later spent 10 years at Johnson Jones Architects Planners, Inc., in Princeton, NJ, as head of the firm’s Church and Residential Design Department.  He is also, President and part owner of WSM Associates LLC, which is an Architectural Design, Project Management, Web Design and Building Maintenance Company.
His areas of expertise also include commercial, educational, health centers, governmental facilities, restaurants, community centers and retail spaces.
At WSM Associates, Chris is designing inspiring structures to meet his clients’ needs and improve local landscapes. Chris believes that once a project starts a marriage is formed between the client and architect, "the project becomes that families baby", and it is OUR duty to raise a healthy, stable and successful project TOGETHER, as a team".
Lastly Chris also loves to give back, he heads Wisdom Shapes Minds Community Development Corporation (WSMCDC), a Non-Profit Corporation, who has united a group of 20 professionals, to implement elective programs, into schools, churches, non-profit organizations, juvenile detention centers and businesses. WSMCDC is focused on teaching the community young and old, the elements of wellness & healing, the program is called  "How to Create a Visionary with an Architect's Mind".

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General Contractor, Project Manager, Construction Manager, Building Inspector 

Graduated  Union County College, Liberal Studies, 1983, Hampton University, BA., Theology, 2018 & Cornell University, Project Manager 2019


Over 35 years’ experience in construction project management and supervisory roles ∞

Leading all functions of construction project management including planning, designing, budgeting, cost containment, cost analysis, scheduling, specification approvals, supervision, progress reporting and OSHA

S K I L L S   &   C O M P E T E N C I E S

OSHA 30 Certified ǀ Construction Management ǀ Project Management ǀ Emergency Management Certified ǀ Union Carpenter ǀ Licensed NJ Contractor ǀ FEMA ǀ Disaster, Commercial & Residential Inspector ǀ LEED 202 ǀ UCC ǀ ICC ǀ Risk Assessment ǀ Root Cause Analysis ǀ Feasibility ǀ Negotiation ǀ Entrepreneurship

Partial Client Listing:

American Cyanamid

Brooklyn Home for Aged People

Department of the Army - Corps of Engineers

Exxon Company, USA

Federal Aviation Administration

General Services Administration

Housing Finance Agency - Jersey City

New Jersey Bell

NY City Board of Higher Education

NY Health & Hospital Corporation

Opportunities Industrialization Center of New York, Inc.

Port Authority of New York/New Jersey

Prudential Insurance Company of America

St. Luke's AME Church

Studio Museum of Harlem

Veterans Administration

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