President’s Perspective

Arch Marston final 1 2-18-2014

Arch Marston, P.E.
President / Sr. Principal

AES was founded by Paul Small in 1980 as a small firm providing engineering services for local developers and James City County. I joined AES in 1983 and Ford’s Colony was our major client.  We were fortunate enough to continue growing and working with new clients.

When Paul announced his plans to retire, Richard Costello and I acquired a significant stake in the company. That was 1994.  Soon, Richard was President and I was Vice President. It stayed that way for 18 years.

In 2013, we completed a planned leadership transition. I am honored to step into the role of President and to have my friend and business partner of 30 years, Richard, remain part of the management team. I know I speak for all of AES when  I thank him for his hard work and willingness to support this transition.

So much has changed in the past 30 years. When we wanted another engineer’s input on a project, all we had to do was poke our head into the hallway and call someone over. While in many ways those days were simpler, we are so fortunate to have grown the firm to over 50 employees in 3 offices.  Technology has transformed our business. Young engineers and surveyors join our firm each year more knowledgable than the last.

I am proud that we have found a niche in the market that allows us to provide timely and cost-effective client service to municpalities and regional builders and developers. We have also proven that we are large enough and capable of servicing national builders that are developing large tracts of land.  It seems that there has always been a signature project in our pipeline.  Ford’s Colony and it’s many builders have been a clients since the 1980’s. The 1990’s provided us with Harborview in Suffolk, and Governors Land in James City County. The late 1990’s and early 2000’s provided us with our first major mixed-use project, New Town as well as the Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center Campus. Colonial Heritage, a 2,000-unit age-restricted community soon followed and we continue work there.  The mid-2,000’s provided Quantico Corporate Center in Stafford County.  Today, we are pleased to work with Riverside Health System on projects including Quarterpath Crossing in the City of Williamsburg and Shore Memorial Hospital on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

These banner projects have sustained us and allowed us to grow the firm. But I am just as proud of our firm’s ability to assist local property owners, business owners, and developers with smaller projects.  We have helped clients expand warehouses, build banks, put shops on outparcels, and add a few more parking spaces for restaurants. We have grown to service the needs of larger projects, but we have never lost sight of the local business people and property owners that have supported us for over 30 years.

Over the years our dedication to hard work and putting clients first has sustained us. I look forward to continuing this level of commitment to our national, regional, and local clients.

Arch Marston, P.E.
President / Sr. Principal
2014