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.

Currituck-Knotts Island Ferry Welcome Center

The Currituck Ferry Welcome Center located in Currituck County, NC, was unveiled Wednesday August 17th, 2016. This newer facility replaces the smaller and outdated one that was built in 1985. It contains vending machines, restrooms, and displays information on the Currituck heritage for travelers to see. 

Construction of a new $2 million Welcome Center for the Currituck-Knotts Island ferry is about to begin and is expected to be completed in early 2016. A federal grant will pay eighty percent, with the remaining twenty percent of the cost funded by the state. The new, larger Welcome Center will include a Currituck historical exhibit area, restrooms and offices, and will be replacing an outdated and undersized facility. 
This is the second NCDOT project that A. R. Chesson Construction has participated in the past two years. The NCDOT HWY-17 Rest Area Building near Chocowinity, NC is nearing completion.

Edenton Police Department

The groundbreaking for the new Edenton Police Department was held on June 15th. The new 9,440 S.F. structure will be build on an almost 1 acre site located at the corner of Oakum and Albemarle Streets in Edenton, NC.  The building will be constructed of structural steel and metal stud framing with masonry secure walls and a painted brick exterior façade.    This is the largest capital  building project the Town of Edenton has ever constructed.  The project manager is Adam Hughes. The superintendent is Dennis Bousman.

Currituck Community Park Phase 2

It only took 10 days to install 14 field lights poles that will provide 144,000 watts of lighting to the new athletic fields at the Currituck County Community Park.  The 60’-80’ tall fixtures were designed to withstand hurricane-force winds of 120 MPH.  Installers utilized lasers to  focus each of the 96 lights on specific parts of the fields.  The park expansion also includes an Alpine Tower: a 50’  tall structure built with pressure treated timbers.  The tower offers an ideal challenge course setting for fostering teambuilding and provides Universal Access for persons of all abilities. 
The new athletic fields are being constructed by a world-class turf contractor who has recently completed fields for several NCAA baseball stadiums as well as the Norfolk Tides and the Miami Marlins.  Fields have over a mile of sub-drainage piping allowing them to dry quickly and efficiently after rainfall and irrigation. 
Footings are in place for the 2-story concession stand structure which consists of restrooms for the facility as well as a fully equipped kitchen and press box.  There will be four pre-engineered picnic shelters to match the others on campus which will have powder-coated steel and standing-seam roofs. The project manager is Adam Hughes. The superintendent is Roger Steele.

Huntington Park Tennis Center is Ready to Serve

The newest amenity for the City of Newport News, Virginia, Parks & Recreation Department is now open.  The 5,108 square foot project was designed by James River Architects to support the surrounding tennis facilities. The center contains large locker rooms, a conference room, support offices and storage rooms. The project was completed in May, 2015, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on June 25, 2015, at the new center. The Project Manager was Daniel Plyler and Dennis Bousman was the Site Superintendent

Warren Field Airport Terminal Opens

The City of Washington, NC, dedicated the new terminal building at the Washington-Warren Field Airport as part of the Memorial Day celebration. It is a project that has been three years in the making after a tornado destroyed the previous terminal building in July 2012.  The new terminal is larger and was completed with the help of city, state, and federal money for $1.2 million. The previous building was constructed in 1975.
The new terminal is now officially open for public use. The Project Manager was Will Gautier.


Kayak Launch - Bertie County

Two grants from NC Division of Coastal Management's North Carolina Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program, in cooperation with Stanley Thompson, land owner, were used to provide new and improved public access to the public waters of the Cashie River in Bertie County NC. The fully accessible design build project included a passive recreation fishing pier, a small boat launch transfer station, a connector boardwalk from parking to piers, and other site enhancements. The project also supports the town of Windsor’s ongoing eco-tourism efforts highlighting the Cashie River's resources. There were many collaborative partnerships to make the project a success: the Windsor Board of Commissioners, David Hodges, Jr. with Mid-East RC&D Council, Inc., Dr. Paige Viren and her students from East Carolina University Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies for planning and project support, private land easement for the site provided by Stanley Thompson, Vic Thompson from Bertie SWCD, and NC Division of Coastal Management for resources through their Public Access grant program.
A. R. Chesson Construction provided design and construction management services, with construction services provided by Sawyer's Residential & Marine & Tim Phelps & Co.
The Town of Windsor and Bertie County adopted a cooperative mission of promoting sustainable, community-driven economic enhancement and stewardship in the region through environmental education, water-based recreation, and nature-based and cultural tourism. The focal point for such activities centers on the historical Cashie River, the only river in the nation whose headwaters and receiving waters are located in the same county.