Our History

BurWil Construction Company has been furnishing Construction Management / General Contractor (CM/GC) services in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for fifty-six years. The company was founded in 1962 by the late William C. Burriss, Sr. Mr. Burriss had an extensive and varied construction background while working as a superintendent and project manager / estimator for several large construction firms prior to founding BurWil. He was known throughout the industry as an honest man of high character and integrity. His core philosophy has remained constant throughout the company’s history and is the foundation of the company’s past and continued success –to provide clients with professional construction services of the highest level of quality, value, and safety.

BurWil has benefited from strong, consistent leadership throughout its history. Mr. Burriss’ son, William C. Burriss, Jr., joined the firm full time in 1967 and was instrumental in building the company throughout his tenure as President and CEO until his retirement in 2016. William H. Prince joined the firm in 1982 as a project manager / estimator. Mr. Prince became VP of Operations in 1986, President / COO in 2002, and President / CEO in 2017. Mr. Prince has been a key driver of the company’s growth and continued success. The current senior leadership team is rounded out by Mr. Nick Self, who joined the firm in 2001 as VP of Operations, and William C. Burriss III, who joined the firm in 2003 as a project manager / estimator and additionally serves as the CFO / Corporate Secretary.


Awards


With incredible support from our community, we are honored to have received multiple prestigious awards for our outstanding work.

AGC General Contractor Circle of Excellence
2015, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 1994

2008 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year Division II
ETSU College of Pharmacy

2004 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year Division II
Lincoln Theatre

2000 New Family Life Center
Wesley Memorial Methodist Church

2014 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year Division II
Birthplace of Country Music Museum

2007 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year Division II
Wytheville Community Center

2003 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year Division II
Old Custom House

2000 Broadway Cinema at Claypool Hill Mall

2011 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year Division II
Alpha Natural Resources

2006 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year Division II
Bristol Public Library

2003 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year Division II
Shops at Virginia Commons

1999 U.S. Postal Service Dominion Station

2010 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year Division II
Fairmont Elementary

2005 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year Division II
Bristol Herald Courier

2002 Preservation Award from The Preservation Alliance of Virginia
Hotel Norton

1997 Tri-cities AGC Project of The Year
John Sevier Middle School