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 75, 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 has prided itself not only on staying true to our mission to deliver on time and on budget projects, but to also develop long lasting relationships.

The countless completed projects over the years has allowed A&W Contractors to build, maintain and update our own 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 a strong adherence to safety first.

In A&W Contractors’ history, no project has ever been defaulted upon, or completed outside the contracted time frame. Any and all warranties, as stated in the specific contracts, are always honored and completed to the satisfaction of the owner. This has set A&W Contractors up for success with clients and to assure and bond in excess of $60 million.


James Archbell III, President
James C. Archbell IIIPresident

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 sector. 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 community works and founded the James C. Archbell III foundation, which raises funds for services and opportunities for children in need. He is blessed with a lovely wife and four children and resides in Chesapeake.

Ian F. Hill, Vice President
Ian F. HillVice 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 LoganEstimator / Project Manager

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

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


Robert Steele II, Business Development Manager
Robert Steele IIBusiness Development Manager

Rob Steele joined A&W Contractors in February 2016 to aggressively pursue new work in the public sector and assist in estimating and managing public projects. Rob’s background encompasses a wide range of utility and highway construction experience. With the exception of two years’ service in the United States Army, Rob’s 47-year career includes civil design with Wiley & Wilson Consulting Engineers; construction project management of heavy utility and highway projects and advancing to Vice President of Construction Administration and Estimating with Suburban Grading & Utilities, Inc.

Martina Stephens, Asst. Estimator / Project Manager
Martina Stephens
Asst. Estimator / Project Manager
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
Mike Curran, Pipe Foreman
Mike Curran
Pipe Foreman
Todd Graver, Grade Foreman
Todd Graver
Grade Foreman
Cj Hereth, Pipe / Grade Foreman
Cj Hereth
Pipe / Grade Foreman
Danny Honaker, Pipe Foreman
Danny Honaker
Pipe 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