ABC Virginia Honors Superintendent Chuck Arthur with “Field Management of the Year” Award
October 28, 2016
The Associated Builders and Contractors of Virginia recognized Project Superintendent Chuck Arthur at their annual Excellence in Construction Awards, held at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia on October 27, 2016. Chuck was honored with their “Field Management of the Year” award. This well-deserved honor recognizes his significant contributions to the construction industry and the impact he’s made in our community.
Norfolk. Chesapeake. Virginia Beach. Portsmouth. Newport News. Williamsburg. Look nearly anywhere in Hampton Roads, and you’re bound to see an iconic structure Chuck Arthur built. In his 34 years as a Project Superintendent with W. M. Jordan Company, Chuck’s completed 30 projects representing $548.2 million of construction put in place in today’s dollars.
These projects impact the lives of everyday citizens and have helped transform Hampton Roads into the burgeoning metropolis we know today. Chuck’s work at the Virginia Aquarium and the Hilton Resort Hotel attracts tourists, bringing new money to Virginia Beach’s economy. Children learn in Chesapeake’s Grassfield High School. New doctors and medical professionals train in Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Education Research Building in Norfolk. Seniors live out their golden years in Patriot’s Colony in Williamsburg.
By far, the greatest impact he’s made on the region is his work building hospitals and clinics for the biggest names in healthcare in our region.
Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters is near to Chuck’s heart. He supervised construction of a major expansion to their Norfolk hospital in the early 1990’s, adding 387,000 square feet in an eight story addition and renovating 120,000 square feet of existing space. More recently, he’s renovated the hospital’s entry with a new canopy and updated lobby, and is currently completing a free-standing 70,000 square foot Urgent Care Center and medical office building for CHKD in Virginia Beach.
Chuck learned his craft at Carpenter’s Apprentice School, then attended Old Dominion University, graduating in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. He continues to seek opportunities to learn and develop as a construction professional. He holds a Healthcare Construction Certificate from the American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association, and a Construction Quality Management for Contractor’s certification, as well.
Chuck is skilled at building complex projects in operational facilities. He supervised renovations to every floor of Chesapeake General Hospital and built a 47,840 square foot addition. This phased project took place over several years while the hospital remained open and operational. His next project will be as Lead Superintendent for Riverside Hospital’s Patient Pavilion Expansion, where he will add 160,000 square feet in three floors to the existing Pavilion while the hospital continues to treat patients below.
How does Chuck supervise construction of such complex projects? He has excellent leadership, communication and relationship building skills. He works effectively with engineers, architects, client representatives, building officials, contractors, building managers, inspectors and other industry professionals. He works closely with clients to review job progress and quickly addresses outstanding issues to provide the highest level of service to clients. Most importantly, Chuck pays special attention to the needs of the end user of each facility.
Chuck has a complete understanding of plans, specifications, shop drawings and sub-trades scope of work. He is proficient in pre-planning with subcontractors, materials, advance scheduling, and cost control. Gary Mulgrew, Project Manager with W. M. Jordan Company, said, “Chuck has the innate ability to encourage and foster a spirit of teamwork among each and every subcontractor on his projects. It’s a joy to witness the level of cooperation and camaraderie in the workplace.”
Chuck is resident of Chesapeake, where he lives with his wife Diane. During his free time, he enjoys running in charitable events. This past year he participated in the ODU Big Blue 5K in support of Old Dominion University’s Athletic Foundation and the Race for Hope 5K in Washington, DC in support of finding a cure for brain tumors. Chuck raised more than $10,000 for the Wounded Warriors Project In honor of a nephew who was wounded in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber.
Chuck is dedicated to completing every project safely, on time and within budget. His jobsites are always clean and organized. He works hard to balance the needs of everyone on the project team, from the owner to the end user to each subcontractor in the field.
Stop and take a look around; Chuck’s work is all around you!