Chesapeake—located in the heart of Coastal Virginia—is a destination of tremendous historical and cultural significance. The city is now something of a corporate hotspot as well, with 68 international companies representing 18 nations making their headquarters here. Another 30 U.S. and North American major businesses have their headquarters here as well, including Canon and Dollar Tree.

Construction, information technology, and manufacturing also contribute heavily to the economy. As a result, talented contractors play an important role in Chesapeake. Read on as we introduce you to the 10 best commercial contractors in Chesapeake, Virginia.

KBS Inc.

360 Southport Circle, Suite 101, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Established in 1975, KBS has built a framework of providing quality, comprehensive construction services that has the flexibility to meet clients’ specific needs. It has been consistently rated among the top 30 construction firms in the mid-Atlantic region, with work extending from its headquarters in Richmond to its regional office in Virginia Beach. The firm also has projects in Roanoke, Washington, D.C., and beyond. 

A great example of its work is The Current, a full-block mixed-use development in Richmond’s Manchester neighborhood. It includes multi-residential, office, and retail spaces, creating a small community with shared common spaces featuring a ground-level courtyard and pool. These are accessed via a public plaza connecting 4th and Hull Streets that fronts the residential and office lobby, as well as the corner retail space.

Sussex Development Corporation

109 S Lynnhaven Road, # 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Based in Virginia Beach, Sussex Development Corporation has been featured in several publications such as the Inside Business, Business NC, The Coastland Times, Pilot Online, Daily Press, and Building Edge Magazine. Sussex Development Corporation has produced more than 40 quality construction projects on schedule and within budget in the Mid-Atlantic region since 1990. 

The firm runs under the leadership of founder Harry Davis, III. He is a Virginia Beach native with close ties to the community. His deep commitment to the community drives him to produce the best in construction for Virginia Beach and the surrounding areas. He has served the Associated General Contractors of Virginia in various capacities, including as President of both the state and local chapters. He is currently on the board of the Builders & Contractor’s Exchange and served as its President in 2018. 

SDC worked with Fink’s Jewelers as they opened their doors at their new location in Virginia Beach. The retailer already has an esteemed reputation earned by serving the communities of Hampton Roads for more than two decades. It welcomes its loyal patrons to the new location which is the largest of the company’s 11 stores and will feature a reimagined sales floor with distinct areas, including a hospitality lounge.


609 Independence Parkway, Suite #200, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Since 1990, Burt Cutright and Eric Olson, two uniquely astute entrepreneurs who joined together with one aim in mind: give creative and outstanding value to its consumers. The firm—based in Chesapeake—is dedicated to improving local communities. The company has earned numerous Apartment Community Excellence Awards from the Hampton Roads Apartment Council as well as awards from the Tidewater Builders Association.

The highly anticipated mixed-use property shown here is located directly on Bridge Road/Route 17 in North Suffolk. Bridgeport will serve as a top mixed-use destination in the market, offering the area’s greatest retail, dining, and entertainment options in a walkable environment. It will be designed as a genuine social hub for residents, guests, and the larger Suffolk region. On the 2nd – 4th floors of each building, there are approximately 700 multi-family units, boutique shops, restaurants, Class A office spaces. The medical facilities are on the 1st floor, for a total of 150,000 square feet.

S.B. Ballard Construction Company

2828 Shipps Corner Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

S.B. Ballard Construction Company, operating in Virginia Beach since 1978, works with top subcontractors to oversee all routine tasks including applying for business permits, securing the property, managing utilities, monitoring personnel on and offsite, collaborating with survey and engineering teams, disposing of construction waste, maintaining schedules, budgets, and keeping accurate records.

As the concrete contractor for MacArthur Center, S.B. Ballard Construction Company accomplished all the foundations and slabs for both the mall and garage complex. The mall consisted of 1,000,000 square feet of concrete, and the parking garage consisted of two 5-level decks with 4,000 spaces. Specialty items such as planters, foundations, benches were included in the construction.

Raymond Key Commercial Contracting

4014 Tanglewood Trail, Chesapeake, VA 23325

Since its inception in 2004, Raymond Key Commercial Contracting, LLC has been awarded projects ranging in size from 80,000 square feet to $15 million in construction expenditures. The company is a certified, bonded, and insured general contractor serving the Greater Tidewater region, including North Carolina. Raymond Key Commercial Contracting focuses on today’s environmental challenges, making sustainable building trends critical to its construction process.  

Woodard Group

5375 Henneman Drive Suite A, Norfolk, VA 23513

This firm is a master in multi-tenant commercial development and building. Founded in 1989, it has an extensive portfolio including retail, office, medical, and warehouse projects. Keith Woodard founded the company and has 40 years of commercial construction, engineering, and development experience. His extensive portfolio makes him a great advisor for Woodard Group projects. His attention to detail and long-standing relationships with industry professionals are valuable to the company’s success.

Currently, the firm serves the greater Hampton Roads, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach region as a full-service general contractor and commercial construction firm. Woodard Group also provides in-house quality services such as custom cabinetry and millwork installation. To provide these services, the firm employs a full team that can guide clients 24/7. The company supplies superior craftsmanship to each of its projects.

Heartland Construction

824 Curtis Saunders Court, Suite 108, Chesapeake, VA 23321

Heartland Construction is a woman-owned business that has been in operation since its year of incorporation in 1996. The company has a simple but solid approach to business that has maintained Heartland’s rapport with its clients over the years. The firm continues to provide projects in the industrial, commercial, and federal markets, with a current geographic reach across the mid-Atlantic region.

As seen in its construction work for Big Ugly Brewery, the firm used the latest technology and focused on its values of safety, professionalism, ingenuity, and passion, in delivering client-focused pre-construction, design-build, and construction management. Heartland’s adeptness in all construction aspects is inspired by the firm’s principal: Eric Stichler has two decades of experience in the commercial building industry.

Essential Contractors LLC.

644 Independence Parkway, Suite 100, Chesapeake, VA 23320

In business since 2006, Essential Contractors LLC’s corporate headquarters is located in Chesapeake with satellite offices located in Atlanta, Tampa, and Florida. Essential Contractors LLC is licensed in and covers a majority of the U.S. As a result, customers who require services in more than one state can go to Essential for all of their construction needs. In addition to general commercial construction, Essential Contractors LLC is also certified and licensed in electrical, mechanical, and refrigeration in most states. 

Under the leadership of CEO and CFO Derrick and Jennifer Carpinelli, Essential Contractors LLC has demonstrated excellence in more than 10 establishments erected all over the city and it has been honored with a National Diversity Award as well.  

JM Froehler Construction

2251 W Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

JM Froehler Construction has been a construction leader for over 30 years. J.M. Froehler Construction’s skill as a design-build contractor has put the firm into a league of its own, and it continues to make its mark in various communities. Matt and Michael Froehler, the company’s founders, have a long list of certifications and accolades, including Earth Craft Builders, Aging In Place Specialist, TBA Board Member, and Best of Houzz Service Awards from 2013 to 2020.

JM Froehler has helped restaurants of every kind and size improve their kitchen spaces, exteriors, bathrooms, dining layouts, lighting, and more. Fast-food franchises, local diners in Virginia Beach, fine dining restaurants: the firm helps shape the dining experience of a wide variety of customers. JM Froehler provides speedy service with quality results guaranteed.

M&M Contractors

508 Baylor Court, Suite B, Chesapeake, VA 23320

Since 1992, M & M Contractors has provided exceptional service to outstanding businesses in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Newport News, Suffolk, and throughout the Hampton Roads region as well as Northeastern North Carolina. M & M Contractors began as M & M Roofing Company, which provided high-quality, cost-effective metal roofing solutions for structures of all sizes. M & M Contractors is now a full-service design-build general contracting organization, recognized and praised for its wide range of specialties in pre-engineered steel building systems, metal roofing, conventional construction, and commercial or industrial rehabilitation.


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management