Our Company
A&W Contractors began in 1967 as a local family owned and operated business with 20 employees who managed construction of facilities to handle water, sewer and storm drainage. Today, A&W continues to build on its strong foundation of family values and commitment to customer service. With a staff of 90, A&W offers a broad range of contracting services to companies, governmental agencies and private property owners in Hampton Roads and beyond.

A&W Contractors, Inc. was founded in 1967 by Sam B. Archbell and today serves local municipalities, state and federal agencies, as well as local and national developers of residential and commercial projects.

Over the course of the last half century, A&W Contractors prides itself in staying true to its mission to deliver on time and on budget projects, and in doing so, develop long lasting relationships.

The countless completed projects over the years has allowed A&W Contractors to build, maintain and update a fleet of heavy equipment, vehicles and properties. These assets enable our team to ensure future success on any highway or utility project regardless of size or complexity. Additionally, A&W Contractors holds one of the lowest Workman’s Compensation ratings possible thanks to uncompromising adherence to safety first.

In A&W Contractors’ history, no project has ever been defaulted on, or completed outside the contracted time frame. All warranties set forth in the specific contracts are always honored and completed to the satisfaction of the owner. A&W Contractors steady growth and success over the past five decades allows it to bond in excess of $60 million.


James Archbell III, President
James C. Archbell IIICEO

Jay joined A & W Contractors in 1972 and worked alongside his father Sam until his retirement in 1987, at which time Jay took on the responsibility of President. Jay continued the development of A&W Contractors, which included growth and success in both the public and private contracting sectors. During his years with A&W Contractors, Jay has played an integral role in ensuring the timely completion of all projects with a focus on quality work. In addition to providing strategic leadership to the A&W team, he is extremely active in charitable work within the community and founded the James C. Archbell III foundation, which raises funds for services and opportunities for children in need. He is blessed with four children and 2 grandchildren and resides in Chesapeake.

Ian F. Hill, Vice President
Ian F. Hill President

Ian began his employment with A&W Contractors in 1994 after completing three years of service in the U.S. Army.

Liz Hamilton, Chief Financial Officer
Elizabeth HamiltonCPA, CFO

Liz has been with A&W Contractors since 1996. She has more than 30 years’ experience in accounting, tax preparation and contract administration.

Chris Logan, Estimator / Project Manager
Chris LoganVice President

Chris started with A&W Contractors as a member of a utility crew while attending Old Dominion University.

Mike Archbell
Mike Archbell Jr.
Purchasing Agent / Project Manager / Estimator

Mike joined A&W in 2012 to assist with estimating and material takeoff.



Wendy Gray, Accounts Payable
Wendy Gray
Accounts Payable
Dawn Boroden, Accounts Receivable/cfo Assistant
Dawn Boroden
Accounts Receivable /
CFO Assistant


James Archbell IV, Pipe Foreman
James Archbell IV
Pipe Foreman
Lee Atkins, Grade Foreman
Lee Atkins
Grade Foreman
Kori Beekman, Pipe Foreman
Kori Beekman
Pipe Foreman
Robert Breeding, Test Foreman
Robert Breeding
Test Foreman
James Creed, Pipe Foreman
James Creed
Pipe Foreman
Ben Curling, Grade Foreman
Ben Curling
Grade Foreman
Todd Graver, Grade Foreman
Todd Graver
Grade Foreman
Wesley Honaker, Shop Superintendent
Wesley Honaker
Shop Superintendent
Chad Hoskins, Grade Foreman
Chad Hoskins
Grade Foreman


Scheron Johnson, Pipe Foreman
Scheron Johnson
Pipe Foreman


530 Woodlake Circle
Chesapeake, VA 23320