New Library Construction Coming to Bertie County

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Bertie County has teamed up with A . R . Chesson Construction to build approximately 16,400 square foot community library, community room, cooperative extension offices, storage space, and teaching kitchen. The building is on a previously undeveloped approximately 4-acre site that includes the construction of a new parking lot, drives, and paved areas.

Martin County Transit Renovation

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Martin County trusted A . R. Chesson Construction to complete the renovations of the MTC facilities. Martin County Transit (MCT) is a public transportation system that operates as a branch of the Martin County government, with funding assistance from the state and federal government. The system operates a fleet of vehicles, including specially modified vans and LTV vehicles to accommodate the elderly, and/or physically challenged.

The renovations included a roof replacement, HVAC replacement, and the development and paving of a parking lot adjacent to the building.
Additional work on the building included:
* Window & boxing replacement
* Installing new doors
* Reception window
* Repair/Replace Sheetrock
* Painting (interior)
* Restrooms (Public & Employee)
* Electrical upgrade
* Signage
* Landscaping
* Gravel
The project was recently highlighted on WITN:

Martin County Transit building before renovations.

Martin County Transit building before renovations.

Regulator Marine Expansion Completion

Regulator Marine celebrated the completion of their expanded facilities with an open house on September 18, 2019.

The new Assembly area was completed in April.


New Dixie Mart of Gaston, Open Ceremony Celebration

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The town of Gaston, Northampton County officials and three chambers of commerce celebrated the opening of New Dixie Mart’s — a facility which combines the convenience store with Subway and Mama Deluca’s Pizza.

It is a 6,000-square-foot building with the store occupying about 4,200-square-feet and Subway and the pizza store occupying around 1,600-square-feet said Scott Aman, president of New Dixie. 

The store has 16 fueling stations and construction is expected to begin next week on an automatic car wash. The store will be open 24 hours, Aman said.

New Construction Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department


Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department has joined up with A. R. Chesson Construction to erect their 14,376 square feet pre-engineered metal building provided by our PEMB division. The project manager is Adam Hughes, and site superintendent is Greg Peck.


Old Dominion University-Monarch Hall Renovations

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Old Dominion University has partnered with A. R. Chesson Construction for the renovations of the new Monarch Hall Maker Space. The project consists of interior refinishing and construction with HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work. The project manager is Adam Hughes, and site superintendent is Jim Adkins.

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Under Construction for Central Middle School

Central Middle School

Gates County Public school systems chose A. R. Chesson Construction to serve as their Construction Manager for their 42,400 square foot addition and renovations for Central Middle School. The additions include new classrooms and group toilets, staff toilets, administration offices, media center, and new gymnasium including lockers. Some of the renovations include new electrical to supply the HVAC systems, roofing, windows, and room finishes.. This is the second Construction Manager at Risk project ARCC has been awarded by GCS. The project manager is Daniel Plyler and the site superintendent is Brian Plyler.

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Colony Tire Warehouse Expansion

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A. R. Chesson Construction has begun site work in Edenton, NC for Colony Tire's expanded warehouse facilities. The site is adjacent to the new Colony Tire corporate office that ARCC completed in 2017. The Design-Build warehouse includes a structure provided and erected by our Pre-Engineered Metal Building division.

A. R. Chesson Construction Employee Earns Construction Manager of Environmental, Safety and Health Certification


Williamston, NC – A. R. Chesson Construction Company, Inc., NC State University, the Safety & Health Council of NC and the NC Department of Labor announced that ARCC Corporate Safety Manager Andy Holliman has received his Construction Manager of Environmental, Safety, and Health (C-MESH) certificate from NC State University’s Southeastern Occupational Training Institute. This certificate represents 100 hours of training related to environmental, safety and health. The coursework is based on the 29 CFR 1926 construction standards and includes 60 hours of construction specific material.

The MESH program is designed to increase the professionalism of environmental, safety and health managers at governmental, commercial and manufacturing sites in NC through a rigorous series of continuing education programs. C-MESH specific training includes a broad field of topics including the core OSHA 510 and 500 training which qualifies the recipient as an OSHA Authorized Construction Trainer, followed by training in areas such as Fall Prevention, Trench and Excavation Safety, Ladders and Scaffolds, Environmental Emergencies etc. Experience criteria includes a minimum of three years in the professional safety industry and passing two certification exams in safety fundamentals and comprehensive practices.

According to NC Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry, “The certificate reflects a commitment to workplace safety and health, an objective that we consider essential in making sure that workers in this state go home safe at the end of the workday.” The NCDOL’s C-MESH certificate was presented to Mr. Holliman in October 2018 and marked 10 years of safety and construction experience.

The management and staff of A. R. Chesson Construction would like to congratulate Andy on this important achievement

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 Construction 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., with offices in Williamston & Elizabeth City, specializes in commercial, institutional, pre-engineered and industrial construction.

Gov. Cooper 'cares about the little towns' - Daily Advance

Pictured left to right: Greg Evans, Site Superintendent; Mitchell Ayers, Designer; Governor Roy Cooper; Al Chesson, President of A. R. Chesson Construction.

Pictured left to right: Greg Evans, Site Superintendent; Mitchell Ayers, Designer; Governor Roy Cooper; Al Chesson, President of A. R. Chesson Construction.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper toured Regulator Marine and had lunch at the Downtown Soda Shoppe during his visit to Edenton on Friday July 20th. ARCC has been working with Regulator Marine to expand they current production facilities. See the full article.

Small Towns Provide Success and Opportunities

Broad Street in Edenton, NC is thriving

Broad Street in Edenton, NC is thriving

A. R. Chesson Construction has been featured in the April 2018 issue of Construction In Focus. The article focuses on the success and opportunities found in small towns in rural Eastern North Carolina, such as those found in Edenton. We would like to thank the Boyd Agency and Roberson Heating and Air as partners serving with us in Eastern North Carolina.

Written by Margaret Patricia Eaton
It’s a real privilege to work with A. R. Chesson Construction and quite frankly a joy,” says Anne-Marie Knighton, Town Manager of Edenton, NC. “They are professional, they are smart, and they deliver a great product.”

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And deliver A. R. Chesson Construction continues to do. With $16 million worth of construction projects either recently completed or breaking ground in Edenton, the company, founded by president and owner Al Chesson in 1981, is sensitive to the needs of small communities. “We want to make a positive difference in the footprint and the landscape,” Chesson says, referring to work the company has done in both the historic center, such as the intricate Flemish bond brick and white colonnaded addition to the 1817 Edenton Baptist Church, new distribution centers and manufacturing facilities in the surrounding industrial areas, and volunteer projects designed to give back to the community.

Speaking of engaging with the broader community, there is also the proactive stance the company takes toward employment opportunities for minority groups. “We like to think of ourselves as being representative of the population,” Chesson says, noting that twenty percent of its employees are women, unusual in a workforce that remains dominated by men. “And we are proud to have smart, capable and talented women working with us. They do a wonderful job and they’re great team members.”
Named by Forbes as “One of the Prettiest Towns in America,” Edenton (population 5,500) is located where Pembroke Creek meets the Albemarle Sound. Founded in 1712, it’s the first permanent European settlement in what is now the state of North Carolina.
Its historic district contains the Lane House (1719), the oldest known house still in existence in the state; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1736); the Chowan County Courthouse (1767); and the Barker House (1783), which commemorates the life of Penelope Barker, the first recorded female political protester. In 1774 she organized the “Edenton Tea Party” in which 51 women petitioned George III, saying ‘No’ to taxes on tea and cloth.

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A. R. Chesson Construction’s involvement with Edenton dates to the mid-1990s, and includes serving in 2012 as the general con- tractor for the restoration and relocation of the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, the last remaining screw-pile lighthouse in North Carolina. After it was decommissioned, it sat neglected on land, in a state of disrepair, but it’s now situated once again on piles within the harbor breakwater and managed as a tourist attraction by the Edenton Historical Commission.
“We don’t tend to build new in the historic district,” Knighton explains. “We tend to restore and repurpose. But our new police station was a special project and Al and his team were great to work with. It was under budget and finished on time and a real asset to our police department, the town and the neighborhood in which it’s located.”

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“There’s a need to walk the fine line between balancing growth and development opportunities while at the same time protecting the historical character of our small towns,” explains Mitchell Ayers, the company’s technology specialist and one of four staff designers. “We consult with planning officials to make sure our designs work with their requirements and are sensitive to its historic nature.”
The 9,940 square foot police building, a mix of structural steel, metal studs and brick veneer, designed by Oakley Collier Architects, Rocky Mount, NC did just that. But while the exterior is traditional in appearance, the interior is a thoroughly modern facility.

One million employee hours, no lost days

Not only was Knighton thrilled with the result, she was thrilled when Chesson requested the police station job site as a venue to celebrate the company’s safety record of one million employee hours with no lost days due to accidents or injuries. The award was presented by the North Carolina Commissioner of Labor and it was inspiring, she says. “It motivated us as an organization and as an employer to work harder on our own safety programs for our employees. I think it’s enormously impressive.”
In addition to that milestone record, the company is looking forward to receiving its 13th Consecutive Gold Award for Safety in April. Chesson is rightfully proud of those accomplishments and the culture of safety the company has developed. “We have a full- time safety officer and he’s informed and constantly updating us with safety procedures, operations and inspections, so safety becomes an expectation. Our employees and our sub-contractors are using tools, up on lifts and scaffolds; it can be dangerous work, so it’s something we take seriously. We want to prevent people from getting injured so day-to-day training is mandatory.”

Constructing facilities for a viable economy

While Edenton enjoys its ‘prettiest town’ reputation, it’s more than just a pretty face. It’s a hard-working town whose manufacturing and distribution centers located outside the historic area are growing and providing employment, thanks to a combination of five major projects which were either completed in the last 12 months or will be completed by the end of 2018 by A. R. Chesson Construction.

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There’s the Colony Tire Headquarters competed in 2017, a 6,827 square foot design-build pre-engineered metal building which Ayers describes as a “combination of EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) with metal stud interior and cultured stone exterior.” Adjacent to it will be the new Colony Tire Distribution Center which broke ground in February.
Close by is Regulator Marine which, since 1988, has been building deep-vee console sport fishing boats up to 41 feet long and selling them worldwide. “We’ve been working with them for a while,” Ayers says. “We currently are working on three design-build projects to expand their existing facilities. We are adding a new 12,000 square feet pre-engineered metal storage building, adding nearly 35,000 square feet to an existing structure to house their new assembly process, and expanding their lamination facility by 8,000 square feet.”

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“We want to make a positive difference in the footprint and the landscape.”
Owen Maxwell, Vice President Product Development at Regulator, says that business leaders in Edenton are committed to maintaining a strong economy by providing good employment in rural eastern North Carolina. Likewise, small communities like Edenton can provide the opportunity, resources, and employees to allow businesses like Regulator and Colony Tire to thrive.

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Adjacent to Edenton’s historic area is a 20,455 square foot design-build project to replace the Kellogg Supply Company (motto: “Everything to build anything”) which was destroyed by fire on October 26, 2016. Fortunately no one was inside when the fire started, however the 70-year old building and all contents were lost. “Once again, we worked with the town planners to make sure the design fit into the character of the area that surrounds the building,” Chesson says. While it will be a pre-engineered metal building on a concrete slab it will have a cementitious horizontal siding façade in keeping with local traditional building finishes.
“In all of our design-build projects, we take a common sense, practical approach to green building and energy efficiency and we apply green technology appropriately, making it cost-effective for the owners to operate,” Chesson adds.
Just outside the town and presently under construction is the Chowan County Maintenance Assembly Office, a North Carolina Department of Transportation building. Like the police department, this was a publicly bid job with Chesson awarded the contract.
The Town of Edenton, through its continued relationship with A. R. Chesson Construction, has managed to realize the best of both worlds. Its cherished historic ambiance is being preserved while at the same time, there is growth and development and employment opportunities. Instead of disappearing as so  many small towns across North America are doing,  Edenton has bucked the trend and proved to be the exception. And in addition to that, neighborly helpfulness is flourishing.

Habitat for Humanity

Sally Holloway, president  of  Chowan-Perquimans  Habitat  for Humanity (HFH), echoes Knighton when she describes working with A. R. Chesson Construction’s staff.  “What  a joy!” she says, recalling how the company chose to partner with HFH two years ago and has since volunteered to erect two houses, one in Edenton and the other in the neighboring county.

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“We order kits, not pre-manufactured houses,” Holloway says, “and normally it takes our HFH volunteers weeks to put up because it’s heavy work. The kit has gotten heavier because the codes have changed. They used to be 2 x 4s but now they’re 2 x 6s, so that makes it a lot heavier for our people because most of us are retirees,” she explains. 
“But A. R. Chesson Construction came in with their crew of volunteers, people with the expertise to make sure it was done safely and properly. Al was leading by example, up on the roof, and to have a president and owner do that is quite incredible. They had that house framed in a day, including installing the house wrap and putting the wood sheathing on the roof so it was secure, and it was done on one of the hottest days of the year,” she shares.
“It was like in the Wizard of Oz. You blink, and a house appears on the ground. The homeowner told me she drove past the site on her way to work in the morning and there was just the slab foundation and when she came home the house was standing. She called it miraculous and says for her and her two children it’s like coming home to Christmas every day.”

A good decision

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Al Chesson graduated in 1977 from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. “I was intending to be a banker or stockbroker when I went to college,” he recalls, “but I’d worked my way through high school and college working construction. Construction sort of gets in one’s blood and I decided I liked it a lot better than sitting in an office.” After working for a few years as a construction site superintendent, he says, “I decided in 1981 to hang out my own shingle.”
People in North Carolina are glad he did.

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

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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