Southern Smiles set to open doors

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Residents in Roanoke Valley looking for orthodontic help will have a new option in Roanoke Rapids soon.

Dr. Courtney Aman, a Roanoke Rapids native, is announcing the grand opening of her new, full-time orthodontic practice named Southern Smiles Orthodontics.

Aman will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Friday at the business, which is located at 1121 Gregory Drive in Roanoke Rapids.

Aman graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School in 2007, then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving a B.S. in biology. She then graduated from UNC School of Dentistry in 2015. It was while attending the school she met her husband, Dr. Eric Nicholson, and they married in Atlantic Beach in June, 2015 after she finished her dental study.

The couple moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where Aman completed a two-year residency in orthodontics. Aman obtained a certificate in orthodontics from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and a Master of Science in Dentistry. She returned to Roanoke Rapids, and her husband is now a partner in the dental practice of Arthur and Nicholson.

Aman has been working with A.R. Chesson Construction and various dental equipment providers to create a “visionary orthodontic practice.” Her facility is about 4,000 square feet she says will offer a “quaint, coastal-inspired atmosphere for patients while featuring modern dental technology.”

She said since pineapples are frequently seen as a symbol of southern hospitality, she has chosen the pineapple as her logo. She says her patients can expect the highest quality of treatment and exemplary service.

Ground Breaking for the New Columbia Duck Thru

Proposed Rendering

Proposed Rendering

A. R. Chesson Construction, along with subcontractor Stevenson Sand, has broken ground for the newest Duck Thru convenience store in Columbia. NC.  This is a Design-Build PEMB project. Duck Thru’s parent company is Jernigan Oil Company. With nearly 50 stores in eastern North Carolina, Duck Thru is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. 

The superintendent for this project is Kent Manning. The project manager is Doug Chesson.

Stevenson Sand performing initial site work

Stevenson Sand performing initial site work

Stevenson Sand performing initial site work

Stevenson Sand performing initial site work



Aman, officials celebrate groundbreaking of new Design-Build orthodontics practice

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The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Design-Build project was held on what will be its location at 1121 Gregory Drive.

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New Work at Historic St Thomas Episcopal Church

A. R. Chesson Construction is working on an addition to the parish hall at St Thomas Episcopal Church in Bath, NC. The original church building was constructed in 1734 and is the oldest surviving church building in North Carolina.

Parrish hall addition

St. Thomas Parish was established soon after the founding of Bath County, North Carolina in 1696 with the original church parishioners meeting in homes. Around 1700 Rev. Thomas Bray, founder of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts in England, mailed books to St Thomas Parish, founding the first public library in the colony.

By Frances Benjamin Johnston - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [1], Public Domain,

By Frances Benjamin Johnston - Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [1], Public Domain,

The church original building was constructed in 1734. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.



New Dixie Mart Selma Ribbon Cutting

A. R. Chesson Construction participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, May 8th, for New Dixie Mart in Selma, NC. This is the latest of several renovations or new construction projects that ARCC has completed for New Dixie Oil Company. The new store includes a Shell gas station and a Hardees Restaurant. Will Gautier was the project manager and Clint Hardison was the site superintendent.

Another One Day Build for Habitat for Humanity in Hertford, NC

What a difference a day makes.  On Saturday, April 8th, A. R. Chesson Construction’s Elizabeth City office volunteered to transform a concrete slab foundation at 608 Dobbs St, Hertford, NC to a framed house in one day. 

The future residents are a couple with disabilities.  One is a veteran who lost his sight very suddenly due to a bacterial infection. The other requires the use of a wheelchair. The floor plan was designed by Mitchell Ayers, current ARCC IT Manger and former architectural project manager, using universal design principles to allow full accessibility for the future disabled residents.

The house construction consisted of panelized wall framing and engineered wood trusses.  Brad May, ARCC Site Superintendent, provided oversight and direction to all of the workers on site.

ARCC appreciated Edenton United Methodist Church providing lunch for all of the workers.


Elmhurst Elementary School

Construction of a new multipurpose building for Elmhurst Elementary School in Greenville, NC is underway. This project consists of a 6,000 square foot building which includes a new gym, restroom facilities, storage, and other spaces. Approximately 98 yards of concrete has been placed prior to erecting the pre-engineered structural frame. The structure is provided by the ARCC PEMB division. The estimated project completion is August 2017. Doug Chesson is the project manager. Steve Richards is the site superintendent.


Habitat for Humanity

A. R. Chesson Construction’s Carrie Baker participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Habitat for Humanity in Hertford, NC. This is A. R. Chesson Construction's second Habitat for Humanity project in two years. Construction for the next home has already begun. Employees of ARCC will come together on April 8th to begin vertical construction, including installing wall panels and setting roof trusses. 

One Million Employee Hours With No Lost Days

One Million Employee Hours Certificate from NCDOL

One Million Employee Hours Certificate from NCDOL

A. R. Chesson Construction Achieves Exceptional One Million Employee Hours With No Lost Days

A. R. Chesson Construction Co., Inc. announces that the firm has passed One Million employee hours without an injury related day away from work as defined by the NC Department of Labor (NCDOL).

The achievement qualifies the company to receive a 2017 NCDOL Million Hour Award. Million Hour awards are presented by the NCDOL in recognition of working 1 million employee hours, or multiples thereof, with no cases of injury or illness involving cases with days away from work (CDAW).  The Million Hour Award was presented by NCDOL Commissioner Cherie Berry during a company-wide recognition luncheon on Friday, March 10, 2017.  Commissioner Berry remarked that this achievement is unprecedented in the construction industry, and is a result of 12 years without a single lost-time workplace accident.

Al Chesson and Andy Holliman receiving One Million Hour Award from NC Commisioner of Labor Cherie Berry

Al Chesson and Andy Holliman receiving One Million Hour Award from NC Commisioner of Labor Cherie Berry

The term of the accomplishment began on January 1, 2005. The company completed 1 Million hours worked without a lost time accident (LTA), and with no CDAW on January 12, 2017, or 4,394 days. “Achieving one million hours without a lost-time workplace accident shows our employees, sub-contractors and clients that we are committed to a safe work environment,” Corporate Safety Officer Andy Holliman said. “The motto of “Safety First” is cultivated into the culture of our company.”

It is the policy of A. R. Chesson Construction to provide a safe working environment for all of its employees and subcontractors. This is accomplished by employee involvement, proper management and training, and implementing safety manuals with up-to-date information. Each employee's goal is to perform each task in the safest manner possible, performing every job task in accordance to the companies written safety policies, industry standards, and with observation of all OSHA and NCDOL regulations.

In addition to the Million Hour achievement, the firm’s employees have completed over 855 hours of community service since May of 2016.  

A. R. Chesson Construction Company, Inc. is a full service construction firm providing a comprehensive portfolio of innovative project development, management and construction services.  Established in 1981, A.R. Chesson has been a leader in design/build construction, project management and development services for new construction, renovation and expansion. 

A.R. Chesson Construction Company, Inc., has offices in Williamston, Elizabeth City, and Manteo, and specializes in commercial, institutional, pre-engineered and industrial construction.