Company updates from 8-koi :: winter 2023
In the new year, many people embrace Chinese New Year as a cultural celebration that brings good fortune and good health. At 8-koi we celebrate the Lunar New Year, which began January 22, 2023, and continues until the next Lunar New Year on February 9, 2024. The year of the rabbit symbolizes kindness, loyalty, understanding, generosity, thoughtfulness and honest. People born in the year of the rabbit are believed to possess those qualities, according to the zodiac.

In this issue of kurrents you’ll find stories of 8-koi team members and why we’re celebrating the – passion, excellence, dependability, thoughtfulness – demonstrated by our team in every lunar year, no matter the zodiac sign. Our team continues to produce extraordinary results for our clients and offers our four unique attribute of design/build/staff and supply - full-specrtrum contracting solutions to new and repeat clients. Our gratitude is rooted in your continued trust and loyalty.

The very values 8-koi was founded on are the same attributes we proudly celebrate. Demonstrating our values is what builds our reputation in communities and with you, our clients. It’s an everyday practice. 

Thank you for the trust you put in us,
Inga I. Young
Founder and President
Delicious food and festivities were shared among the 8-koi team in celebration of the New Lunar Chinese Year at Headquarters in Melbourne, FL, on January 26, 2023.

People, Programs, Process and Pipeline

Together we get it done and are committed to getting it right.

We continue to gain traction by executing excellent “Human Touch” operations. Here are some of the highlights of this past quarter:

People: We welcomed new team members at Walter Reed, in El Paso, at our headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, and added team members in support of FBI admin and Physical Readiness Information Management System (PRISM).

The 8-koi construction team, supported by the engineering team, recently received an Exceptional Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS) report for the Upgrade Mechanical Systems at various locations for Kennedy Space Center (KSC) projects. The work for this contract consisted of providing the labor, equipment and materials to replace existing air handler units (AHUs) and condensing units (CUs) with new Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment. 
From the CPAR: “The contractor provided exceptional workmanship for the replacement and the new installation of the AHUs, and CUs, when it came to connecting new branch ducts to the existing deteriorated above the ceiling duct system.” 

8-koi's Construction Department worked on the following contracts:
- Restore Finishes Provide Electrical and Data contract at NAS Jax POP - awarded 7/13/22, completion 12/27/22. 8-koi provided all labor, material, equipment, transportation and supervision necessary in RM 1235: removed tile, built wall with door, moved switches, leveled the floor and added eight receptacles and 16 drops (DATA/Phone) and RM 1102 removed all carpet tile, added new LVT in the main office and conference room and new carpet tile in other office. Remove wallpaper, patch dry wall and paint to a level four finish in all rooms. This project is located at NAS Jacksonville Hospital.
- HVAC System at NOSC at Tampa, FLAwarded 8/22/22, estimated start in March 2023. The scope of work is to provide modifications to the HVAC system at NOSC Tampa to improve the reliability of service to the server and secure spaces. It will also address the building’s inadequate ventilation in the locker room area and overcooling in other spaces. 8-koi will provide all the labor, material, equipment, supervision, and quality control necessary to complete the project.  
 - VAB HB4 Modification (Project Scheduling) at KSC, FL. POP Awarded 8/23/22-12/23/22, construction cost estimate and scheduling services in support of a study of facility requirements in support of Mobile Operation, V AB High Bay 4 Modifications at Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL.

Design Engineering
Cape Design Engineering successfully captured contracts supporting multiple federal, state and county agencies. Some projects include:
  • Install 25,000-Gallon Reserve Fuel Tank for Boiler Plant at VA in Atlanta
  • Design to Repair Various Roofs at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
  • Design to Renovate Storage B56944 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station
  • Continuing Engineering Services (VCSB) for Volusia County School Board
  • Design for Astronaut Memorial Fund (AMF) Mech Upgrade at Kennedy Space Center

8-koi’s healthcare division is busy supporting the DHA Emergency Dispatch Services Contract. 8-koi operates this contract 365/24/7 at Walter Reed.

Technical Administration
8-koi won a 4-year contract for a Federal agency in Washington DC that will provide personnel for Top Secret front office and administrative support.

Processes: We are preparing to be ISO 9001:2015 certified for our Healthcare Division supporting HR, recruiting, and credentialing processes. The international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS). 

Pipeline: We continue to leverage our 8(a) eligibility – valid until April 2023. 8-koi won a total of nine contracts and identified 58 new business development opportunities that are being evaluated for pursuit this quarter. As always, we're pursing both prime and sub-contractor opportunities and are open to opportunities, [email protected]

As a team we continue to build our strengths and provide the tools and the skills it takes to win and keep our customers satisfied.

8-koi team members and current customers make our success possible. We appreciate each of you and the trust you place in us.

Dean Rosenquist
Chief Operating Officer
8-koi Honored with HIRE Vets Gold Medallion for Second Year in a Row
The HIRE Vets Medallion Award is the only federal award recognizing exceptional achievement in veteran employment. By meeting the criteria required for a Gold Medallion Award, 8-koi “demonstrated both patriotism and recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace."

8-koi Dog Day Afternoon
Team members brought along their four-legged friends to 8-koi's Melbourne, FL Headquarters to celebrate our pet-friendly workplace on December 9, 2022.
In the Community
Our CDE team was on the greens in support of student scholarships at Palm Beach State College's 17th Annual Golf Classic at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens on Oct. 21, 2022.
Pictured above from L to R: Dean Rosenquist, Chris Manning, Philip Tahernia, Sami Mized
Holiday cheer and spirts were shared as the CDE team mingled at the SAME Space Coast Post social in Cocoa Beach on December 1, 2022.
Pictured above from L to R: Inga Young, Krutika Kanfade, Elizabeth Berry
Pictured above from L to R: Otto Herrera, Inga Young, Dean Rosenquist
8-koi Earns Patent for Bollard System
Did you hear? 8-koi's VP of Construction, Otto Herrera, saw an opportunity to improve, simplify and reduce costs to an existing but dysfunctional vehicular barrier system and earned a patent and military approval for the OttoBollard(TM). Congratulations, Otto!
Read more about how Otto put his idea into concrete here.

Our Leadership Team is ready to learn more about how 8-koi and CDE can help to meet your 8a and Small Business goals for 2023.
Yesenia Molina


Approaching her two-year anniversary with 8-koi, Project Manager for the Fort Bliss, Texas, Migrant Shelter, Yesenia Molina, supports the hiring, recruiting, every day operations and administrative duties for the site.
“Tasks and priorities change day by day. The 8-koi leadership and administrative teams work together to support each other when facing challenges, last minute changes and short deadlines,” Yesenia said.
A typical day involves balancing the prime contractor and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) requirements, and insuring compliance with their standards, providing the support to resolve conflicts and challenges and finding ways to improve everyday work life and make the work environment more enjoyable for the Fort Bliss 8-koi team. Yesenia is passionate about her work and the people she works with and helping others.
"She is mindful of what is needed when ORR requests things and very compassionate regarding the employees that work there. She goes above and beyond to assist," said May Rilo, 8-koi HR/recruiter working closely with Yesenia.
One of the most important skills she’s developed in her role is, “learning to pivot to accomplish the most critical tasks for the day and time management.”
8-koi COO, Dean Rosenquist, remembers the day he and 8-koi's CEO, Inga Young, interviewed Yesenia.
"Right away we recognized Yesenia was a very hard worker and always helping other employees. Yesenia was the obvious choice to assume the role and has been doing a great job ever since."
Born in Mexico, Yesenia grew up in an entrepreneurial family where her parents demonstrated the virtues of hard work and being considerate and kind to others. She believes that everyone has something to give, no matter how little.

“A smile and encouraging words are free to you and are great value to somebody, changing their day or mood for the better,” she said.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away.” - Pablo Picasso
8-koi Veteran Employee Resource Group NOW ONLINE!
Veteran Employee Resource Group (VERGe) helps to "codify a framework attracting, hiring, retaining, nurturing and developing veterans within our organization." Learn more about available resources at
Engineers Welcome Here!

We are now accepting resumes.

Contact our Recruiting Team for more information.
8-koi and, its wholly owned subsidiary, Cape Design Engineering (CDE) are Equal Opportunity Employers. 8-koi and CDE do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Our commitment to equal opportunity employment applies to all persons involved in our operations and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee, including supervisors and co-workers.
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8-koi, Inc. has complied with the passage of an interim rule to bridge the gap toward full transition to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program. The Department of Defense is requiring all contractors with the clause at Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) 252.204-7012 in their contracts to conduct a self-assessment of NIST SP 800-171 standards and enter their results into the Supplier Performance Risk System by November 30, 2020. Contractors who have not entered their results by that deadline will not be eligible for an award on a contract containing DFARS 252.204-7012.
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