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About Bill

I came to Charlottesville in 1973 to attend the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. In 1977 I graduated with a degree in City Planning and like many who have ventured to Charlottesville never left.

After graduation, I began work as a carpenter’s helper with a log cabin company traveling around the state erecting log cabin kits. A year later, I started working on small projects out of the back of my truck.

Eventually, I joined a couple of other carpenters and began framing houses before moving on to building houses. For several years I specialized in building energy efficient solar homes and in 1982 designed an award winning passive solar house.

After the market for solar homes dried up, I got involved in building a variety of custom and speculative homes, including the development and construction of Parkside, a sixteen house subdivision in Charlottesville.

After years of being self-employed, I hung up the shingle and went to work for two other local contractors. For two years I worked as a supervisor and estimator for Hale & White Inc., a general contractor out of Louisa, VA before leaving to take a job as supervisor for Gibson/Magerfield Corp., a high end construction firm in Charlottesville, for eight years.

In 2009, I started Rockpile Construction Company, to finally realize a goal of mine to become involved in a small construction company anchored in the "old school" values of hands on supervision, attention to detail, and quality construction.

I bring 34 years of building experience to Rockpile Construction with a fundamental set of skills; knowledge, patience, attitude, and financial stability, that will see any project through to its successful completion.

Feel free to give me a call and let’s see if we can work together to build, renovate, or remodel a home for you; one that’s Built to Last.

Bil Norton