Edgewater Construction is where you will find construction professionals with a window into the inner workings of the built environment from seemingly opposing points of view – an owner’s perspective, a designer’s eye and the construction contract administrator. The perfect storm for construction success.

No matter where you stand – we have been in your shoes.

Edgewater Construction Services first began its operations in January 2006. Located in Chesapeake, Virginia, Edgewater built a reputation of being client focused and consummate professionals. Edgewater is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Class “A” commercial general contractor with experience, integrity and an understanding that our success is based on your satisfaction. Our mission is Listen Closely - Plan Thoroughly - Build Better.

Just the Facts

DUNS: 621929525
CAGE Code: 4D5T7
SIC: 1542 and 8741
NAICS: 236220

Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB)

Verified through the Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Veterans Enterprises

James M. Collins, PE, LEED, GA - President
Richard Marano - Vice President


  • Design-Build Project Delivery
  • Building Renovations/Adaptive Reuse
  • Out-of-the-Ground New Construction
  • Healthcare Facility Construction

Regional Coverage

  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Georgia

Bonding and Insurance

  • $10 million individual with $35 million accumulative bonding capability
  • Comprehensive insurance with umbrella policy and workman’s compensation

Safety Record

  • EMR .79   DART 0

Our team

Where can you find professionals with a more complete understanding of vertical construction from an owner’s perspective, a designer’s point of view and construction administration? Jim Collins and Rich Marano have a keen awareness that successful projects are competed safely, on time, within budget, balanced with the highest quality.

Jim Collins is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 25 years of construction contract administration and engineering for the Seabees and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). Rich Marano is a civil engineer, degreed in construction technology and brings 25 years’ experience in multi-million dollar construction projects. Jim and Rich have been on every side of equation. It’s their combined experiences as owners, designers and administrators that inspired them to create Edgewater Construction Services with a shared vision to bring professionalism and service back to the construction industry.

James Collins, P.E., LEED GA President
Richard Marano Vice President
James Collins, P.E., LEED GA



Joined the Edgewater Team:

Jim is the President of Edgewater and started the company in 2006.


Jim Collins, a licensed civil engineer, has over 25 years of experience. Active duty in the US Navy prepared Jim to excel in vertical construction operations, estimating, project management, and contract administration around world for the Seabees and the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. Jim retired from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) where he gained construction experience from an owners’ point of view as a contracting officer. His vast experience prepared him to drive military construction projects through conceptual, design, and construction phases.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge MA - Master of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Virginia Tech Blacksburg VA - Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
  • Registered Professional Engineer
  • Commonwealth of Virginia Certified LEED Green
  • Society of American Military Engineers
  • U.S. Green Building Council
Richard Marano
Vice President



Joined the Edgewater Team:

Vice President of Edgewater Construction Services in 2006.


Rich Marano is a civil engineering graduate of the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology who combined his degree in construction technology and took a different path, moving directly into the construction field. His career has upwardly traversed from assistant project manager to project manager to Vice President of Edgewater Construction Services in 2006. Rich’s resume shows achievements in Virginia, New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont in design-bid-build, design-build, construction management and general contracting. His experience in facility renovations and additions and new construction reached its highest point when Rich was assigned as Senior Project Manager for the Armada Hoffler Tower in Virginia Beach. This $86M project spanned 2 years and 13 floors (255,000 sq. ft.) of Class A office space, 300,000 sq. ft. of retail space and an adjoining a 22 floor 9 level cast-in-place parking garage with 1871 stalls.

  • Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester NY – Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering
  • Suffolk County Community College Long Island NY - Associates in Construction Technology