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.
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.
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.
Sand is being imported for the new Colony Tire Distribution Center in Edenton, NC. The site is behind the new corporate office ARCC completed in 2017.
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.”
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.
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.”
“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.
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.”
“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.
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.
“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
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.
The new mold storage facility is almost ready for concrete.
The new concrete slab has been poured for Kellogg Building Supply in Edenton, NC. Our Pre-Engineered Metal Building division will start erecting steel soon. Check out the 360 images here or in the post below.
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.
NCDOT Elizabeth City Engineers office is now complete. Brad May was the superintendent. Daniel Plyler was the Project Manager.
One of A. R. Chesson Construction Company’s most recent projects is Southern Smiles Orthodontics, located in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Owner and orthodontist, Courtney Aman, DDS, MS and her husband, Eric Nicholson, DDS, who is a dentist and partner at Arthur & Nicholson, are very excited about this endeavor.
Throughout their 36-year history of crafting iconic projects across eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, A. R. Chesson Construction design and construction expertise have established them as the premier client-focused general contractor in the region. Their long-term alliances with reliable subcontractors, suppliers, design firms, and fellow contracting firms give them the resources for project success. A. R. Chesson Construction coordinates the collaborative process with these parties to provide leadership, meet production schedules, ensure safety, control costs, and achieve results for their clients.
“This occasion has been a long time in the making,” said Dr. Courtney Aman, a Roanoke Rapids native, who plans to have the practice open by January. “Having spent a decade away from the Roanoke Valley while pursuing my education, it is with excitement that my husband, Eric (Nicholson), and I return to the community where I grew up.”
Dr. Aman said, “We had many choices when deciding where to settle, but ultimately chose to build our businesses and family life in the town that has served me so well. We both look forward to embracing all the positive aspects that a small, close-knit community has to offer and in turn giving back to our community.”
She noted the love and support of friends and family during her journey to reach her educational goals and her dream of being a business owner. “I would like to give special thanks to my husband, Eric, and to my parents Scott and Renee as well as my sister, Emily. I am also very fortunate to have such close relationships with my grandparents and other extended family and friends.”
Dr. Aman said she is excited to bring her orthodontic services to the community in which she grew up. “The spacious office is designed with patient comfort in mind and will feature modern technology, leading to a truly personal and quality treatment experience.”
During the design build process, A. R. Chesson Construction chose several local subcontractors in order to create a team of professionals who are dedicated to this project from the groundbreaking to the ribbon cutting. Southern Smiles Orthodontics is scheduled to open in January 2018.
A. R. Chesson Construction has a long-standing history with the Aman family, having completed 12 design build projects for Courtney’s father Scott Aman, owner of New Dixie Oil Company. This partnership has been fostered by A.R. Chesson Construction commitment to providing quality construction through expertise, efficiency, and integrity for each and every client. This pledge has resulted in repeat clients, their referrals, and many longstanding relationships within the construction industry and community.
A. R. Chesson Construction Company, Inc. is a full service construction firm providing a comprehensive portfolio of innovative project development, management and construction services. Family owned and operated since 1981, A. R. Chesson Construction has been a leader in design/build construction, project management and development services for new construction, renovation and expansion. The A. R. Chesson Construction team has the management skills and technical expertise to drive each project to completion. Their experience encompasses a wide range of project types, sizes and complexities.
To learn more about A. R. Chesson Construction Company, Inc. and their client-focused design build experience, call (252) 792-4486 or visit them at www.archesson.com.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new Design-Build project was held on what will be its location at 1121 Gregory Drive.
Construction is about to begin for a new 9,000 sq. ft, Design-Build PEMB warehouse for Tryon Distributing. The building was designed in-house by ARCC staff. The metal building structure is enclosed with a metal stud and siding facade.
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.
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.
The church original building was constructed in 1734. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
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.
A. R. Chesson Construction recently started renovations at East Carolina University's Family Medicine Second Floor. The project includes renovating the open floor plan space into multiple offices.
The expected completion date for this project is the end of May. Doug Chesson is the project manager and Andy Holliman is the site superintendent.
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.
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.
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.
A. R. Chesson Construction was on hand for the dedication ceremony of the new Elizabeth City Welcome Sign on the Camden Causeway. The project was managed by Daniel Plyler with assistance by his site superintendent Tyrone White.
The groundbreaking ceremony for Elmhurst Elementary School Addition in Greenville, NC was held on March 8, 2017. This project will include a slab on grade pre-engineered metal building with brick veneer and a membrane roofing. The project manager is Doug Chesson and the superintendent is Steve Richards.