VACO Safety Award

The Virginia Contractors Group Self- Insurance Association (VACO) and The VACO Board of Directors are pleased to announce Emerald Construction Company of Richmond, VA, as the winner of the Gold Award for Safety in the General Contractor classification.

VACO annually recognizes leaders among their membership that have demonstrated the embracing of safety as a value in their company culture. A Gold Award winner is truly a pacesetter based on both activity and results.

The award criteria includes an in-depth review of leading and trailing indicators including: management leadership; hiring practices; training for new hires, experienced employees, and supervisors as well as specific task and compliance training; elements of a drug program in place; safety audits and executive review of safety related activity; loss ratio results; and experience modification history.

VACO is a self-insured group offering Workers’ Compensation coverage for contractors domiciled in Virginia. Our focus, now and since our founding in 1982, is on safety. We work closely with our insured members to provide safety consultation through office visits, management assessments, jobsite inspections, specialized training and group safety presentations. The management of VACO consists of a Member’s Supervisory Board, the Administrator, and a Service Company.

VACO congratulates Emerald Construction Company!

2018 Best Places To Work in Virginia

Emerald Construction Company was recently named as one of the 2018 Best Places to Work in Virginia. The annual list of the Best Places to Work in Virginia was created by Virginia Business and Best Companies Group.

This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Virginia, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. The 2018 Best Places to Work in Virginia list is made up of 100 companies.

To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
- Be a publicly or privately held business;
- Have a facility in the state of Virginia;
- Have at least 15 employees working in the state of Virginia; and

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Virginia. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75% of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Virginia and also analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final ranking.

The final rankings will be announced at an awards luncheon on February 1, 2018 at The Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, VA. 

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Virginia program, visit

Emerald Volunteers, Serves Lunch at Fisher House

Emerald Construction volunteered and served hot dogs and hamburgers to some of our Veterans and the families staying at the Fisher House. "This is a nice break from the hospital food!" one family member said as she passed through the buffet line we had set up in the kitchen of the Fisher House. The Fisher House is a "home away from home" for families and Veterans who are receiving care at the McGuire Veterans Medical Center.

Emerald Sponsors RVA Bluegrass Jam to Support The Fisher House

Emerald sponsored, for the 3rd year, the Richmond Bluegrass Jam, with all proceeds benefiting the Richmond Fisher House. The event, held at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen was held on Saturday, March 19th, had 30 bands playing from 12 noon to 12 midnight. Food trucks, craft beer, wine were all on hand for this family-friendly day of toe-tapping fun. This year, $30,000 was raised for the Fisher House! THANK YOU RICHMOND FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

Groundbreaking for VCUL

Mayor Dwight Jones attended the "Groundbreaking Ceremony" for the Virginia Credit Union League (VCUL) project. The VCUL, the trade association for the Commonwealth's 160 credit unions, proudly announces the start of a $2.6 million renovation project for its new headquarters in downtown Richmond. The new headquarters will be close to lawmakers and regulators being two blocks from the Capitol, and offer 9,000 sf of office space and a 1,000 sf reception area. "The facility will be a wonderful addition to our city," noted Mayor Jones. Emerald Construction was recognized as the GC for the exciting project.

Rick Pillow, VCUL President (left), Richmond City Mayor Dwight Jones (3rd from right)

Emerald Co-Sponsors with HCA VA

Emerald Construction was proud to co-sponsor with Chippenham and Johnston-Willis Hospitals the Golf Tournament, "Tee Off for Heart Health" to benefit the American Heart Association. Over twenty-five teams signed up to play and donate to this worthy cause. Emerald has provided construction services in both hospitals, including MRI Suites, CT Suites, EP Cath Labs, Mother Infant Unit, Perinatology Suite and Neurovascular Suites.

Jim Bean, Bob Appleby (Chippenham Hospital), Mike West (Fareva), Gib DeShazo

Emerald Volunteers, Builds Structure at Fisher House

Several Emerald staff volunteered to build a shed over the "Stars and Stripes" golf cart that transports families from the Fisher House to the McGuire Veteran's Hospital for visits to their loved ones. The golf cart had been stored on a concrete slab in the weather and was slowly deteriorating. Emerald constructed walls and a roof structure to shield the golf cart from the weather. We also grilled hot dogs and hamburgers for the families staying at the Fisher House as another way of "giving back". "Thank you, Emerald, for your continued support," stated Wayne Walker, Fisher House Director. "We know we can always count on you guys to follow through!"

“Be A Volunteer” Program Rolled out for Company

Emerald started a new program for our employees called "Be A Volunteer" to endorse "giving back" to your community. If a staff person volunteers for an event in his/her community, they will receive 2 extra hours of vacation time. As a Company, we volunteer at events that benefit the Fisher House, the "home away from home" for families of veterans who receive care from the McQuire Veterans Hospital. All staff who volunteer for the events supporting the Fisher House also receive 2 extra hours of vacation time. We are proud of our staff who have volunteered for such events as a softball game fundraiser for a family of 3 children who recently lost their mother, working with children's teams in their church, volunteering to paint the shed at the Fisher House, and "manning" the beer stations at the Richmond Bluegrass Festival in support of the Fisher House. Be a volunteer! You get so much when you give!

Elizabeth Dole at Ceremony

The Honorable Elizabeth Dole, former Senator from NC, attended the unveiling of a cornerstone honoring her husband, former Senator Robert Dole, at a Cornerstone Ceremony. The ceremony, held at the Washington, DC site of the Fisher House constructed by Emerald Construction, honored Senator Bob Dole for his career in public service from World War II to the present day. The cornerstone was placed in the foundation of the new Fisher House, a home for families of veterans receiving care at the neighboring Veteran's Hospital. Emerald Construction also constructed the Fisher House in Richmond, VA, located beside McGuire Veteran's Medical Center.

Volunteers Help Junior Achievement Grow

Emerald Construction was instrumental in getting the help of several subcontractors to "volunteer" their time and materials to make it possible for Junior Achievement to move into a new, larger space. "If it had not been for Emerald, this project would not have happened," states Daphne Swanson, President of Junior Achievement of Central Virginia. "Our new facility, 'Capital One/Junior Achievement Finance Park' makes it possible for us to introduce students to the idea that they have options when they enter the work force. This new, larger facility will help us reach over 2,500 students with the Finance Park program. Thank you, Emerald!"