Our Story2024-04-16T22:33:15+00:00

Infrastructure that inspires.

Quality you can trust and safety you can count on. It’s how Waters & Bugbee has grown into the Mid-Atlantic’s most-trusted partner, which builds its reputation and legacy one project at a time.

Waters & Bugbee: a company on the move

Waters & Bugbee stands as a testament to three generations of unwavering dedication, continually expanding and enhancing our reputation for excellence and surpassing the expectations of our valued customers across the Mid-Atlantic.

Our mission is to “Build Extraordinary!” from our projects to our people. We’re not just building infrastructure; we’re pioneering the future and developing our workforce into the next generation of leaders. What’s more, our commitment to innovation, quality and safety means we begin every day aiming to craft extraordinary experiences and outcomes for all stakeholders involved.

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At the heart of our success is a leadership team with unparalleled expertise and experience. Our leaders work to ensure each member of the Waters & Bugbee family is deeply entrenched in a culture of continuous learning and improvement, with a relentless focus on training and safety. That commitment to safety is not just a priority but a core value, underscored by our industry-leading track record in maintaining the highest standards of safety across all of our projects.

While rooted in traditional electric, gas and water infrastructure projects, Waters & Bugbee is embracing the evolving landscape of utility construction, venturing into renewable energy with a forward-thinking approach. Our expansion into renewable energy construction projects reflects our dedication to sustainability and environmental stewardship, contributing to a greener, more sustainable future for generations to come.

This spirit of innovation extends to our entrance into porous pavement construction, a groundbreaking approach that enhances stormwater management and reduces environmental impact. By pioneering this technique, we’re revolutionizing the way infrastructure is built and leading the charge in creating more resilient and eco-friendly communities.

Waters & Bugbee is a symbol of progress and ingenuity within the construction industry.

With a proud history of delivering excellence, blazing trails and dedicating ourselves to safety and sustainability, we extend an invitation for you to learn more about us and join us on our journey.

We are paving the way for the future of infrastructure construction, embarking on each project with a commitment to exceptional results.

WHO WE ARE

The Waters & Bugbee

Difference

Waters & Bugbee has proudly served the electric, water, natural gas and renewable energy industries for more than 60 years. We like to say we are installing tomorrow’s infrastructure today and leading the way in underground utility construction. In reality, though, our responsibilities go much further. We’re working to sustain future generations, meaning we’re working for you, your children and beyond.

It’s an awesome responsibility and a challenge we lean into. 

We offer a full range of services across the Mid-Atlantic, from project design to paving and final restoration. We work closely with our clients to ensure the highest standards of quality and coordination. We are committed to using union labor from end to end on projects, assuring highly skilled and highly trained expert teams are always on our jobs.

Our industry-leading safety program also protects our workers, our customers and the environment. It’s not an exaggeration to say we’re obsessive about training and safety. That’s just one reason we have exceeded our clients’ expectations for generations and made Waters & Bugbee a leading utility infrastructure contractor.

So what’s our secret sauce?

We’re glad you asked:

01

Full service, soup to nuts

We transform vision into reality from initial discussions to finish work. We’re with you every step. That’s the Waters & Bugbee way.

02

Partnership, not just paperwork

We don’t just work for you, we work with you. That means open and transparent communication, collaborative problem-solving and working toward goals.

03

Building beyond blueprints

We’re not just installing infrastructure and improving communities every day, we’re building the future, one project at a time. And while you may think of Waters & Bugbee as a leader among construction contractors, we’re also lifelong learners who enjoy finding solutions and moving forward.

04

Unrivaled expertise

Our leadership team is uniquely experienced. Our long record of dedicated service and knowledge guides us and our partners. It’s why our team starts each day thinking about how we can set new standards for performance excellence.

05

Quality that’s unshakeable

We’re serious about exceeding expectations in everything we do. That commitment is one reason our customers keep coming back.

06

Safety and training, always

Waters & Bugbee not only boasts an industry-leading safety program, we really are obsessive about training and lifelong learning. That’s how we ensure every project is executed with the utmost care and consideration. We value your peace of mind.

Ready to be a part of our legacy and experience the Waters & Bugbee difference?

Our trusted partnerships power the Mid-Atlantic region

Waters & Bugbee is proud to be trusted partners with the companies that keep our region running smoothly. Our extensive client list includes some of the most influential utility companies, municipalities and private developers in the Mid-Atlantic. Together, we’re building a stronger, more resilient future for our communities. Explore our valued partnerships below and discover the difference that trust makes.

The 7 Best Things About Working at Waters & Bugbee

A lot of companies will say they treat their employees like family. But that’s our culture and exactly why many of our employees stay with us for their entire careers.

Our team

Everything at Waters & Bugbee can be traced to our family ownership. We have become a destination employer because we concentrate on providing careers, not jobs. That begins at the top, and it’s an approach all of our managers value. We invest in you, and that means putting you in a position to grow and do your best work.

Our environment

We value a collaborative environment, one built on training and providing opportunities to advance. We value working together, sharing knowledge and exploring new ideas. Collaboration is at the heart of our success, and we appreciate diverse perspectives.

Our commitment to you

We invest in our employees’ advancement. From workshops to mentorship programs, we offer opportunities for continuous learning and skill enhancement.

Our focus on employee safety

We are totally committed to safety every day in every job, from performing business tasks in the office to construction projects in the field.

Our benefits

We provide comprehensive benefits packages that fit the needs of our full-time employees and their families. Benefits include medical, dental and disability insurance, 401(k), vacation and holiday pay.

Our customers

We have won the respect of clients around the Mid-Atlantic. They come to us with their most important and exciting projects – and they keep coming back because our work makes a real impact.

Our promise

We understand the importance of work-life balance. Waters & Bugbee promotes a healthy equilibrium, ensuring our employees thrive both personally and professionally.

Frequently asked questions

If Your Question Is Not Here Contact Us

We make it easy to learn about our company, our history and our people. If you’re curious about something not covered in our FAQs, just reach out.

We are a full service general contractor with a concentration on utility infrastructure.
We work in the Mid-Atlantic, which we define as the State of New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania and Northern Delaware.
We are entering our 60th year as a utility contractor; however, our roots in construction date to the 1920s.
Our work has always centered around electrical, natural gas, water and telecommunications infrastructure.
As we continue to evolve, we are increasing our involvement in solar and electric vehicle charging station installations.
Two of our more unique services are Strong-Seal manhole rehabilitation and Flexi-Pave porous pavement.
Our primary sustainability initiative surrounds the installation of electric vehicle chargers.
All of our employees undergo continuous training by in-house safety staff as well as yearly certifications on specific construction tasks.
In a word, yes. We have many multiple-generation families employed.
Openings are available on our Careers page. If you don’t see an opening that seems to fit, please fill out the form anyway and upload your resume.
company history

From bridges to utility infrastructure and EV chargers: a company on the move

Waters & Bugbee traces its roots to the early 20th century, when our founder, Albert Bugbee, started building bridges for roads and highways in and around Trenton, New Jersey. Mercer County was booming at the time, with industries as diverse as iron and pottery bringing scores of workers – and the need for infrastructure – to the region.

So our current slogan, “Installing tomorrow’s infrastructure today,” aligns perfectly with those earliest days and Albert Bugbee’s vision.

That vision included taking his humble construction company, based in Trenton, and continuing to grow the business. By the 1950s, Bugbee began collaborating on equipment rentals and service work with an area service station owner named Norman E. Waters.

In 1964, the two formed a partnership, incorporating the Waters & Bugbee Co. That was the beginning of the company we proudly have today.

1970

A focus on utility contracts

Upon the passing of Norman E. Waters, and later the retirement of Albert Bugbee, ownership of the company was turned over to Norman’s son, Donald R. Waters Sr.

Donald Sr. grew the company by constructing underground infrastructure for new housing developments. This included installation of electric, telecommunications and gas facilities. The company’s focus on utility contract work provided a strong base for the firm’s ongoing success as it has added maintenance, general construction and streetscaping to its portfolio of services.

2003

The next generation

When Donald Sr. died in 2003, ownership of the firm was passed to his three sons: Jeffrey (President), Donald Jr. (Vice President, Operations) and Charles (Executive Vice President). Other key executives include Dennis F. Brophy (Vice President) and Steven Minshall (Vice President, Business Development).

The family moved our Trenton headquarters to a modern building in Hamilton, complete with a garage, maintenance yard and training center. The relocation opened doors to new opportunities for the company and our employees.

2018

A move to solar & EV chargers

Waters & Bugbee remains “a contractor of choice for utility companies,” as Jeff Waters says. So it was no surprise that the company would move into the renewable energy industry to complement its work in the electric, water and natural gas industries.

That spirit of innovation and change remains at the heart of the company’s longevity. Specialized services that separate Waters & Bugbee from its competition include Strong-Seal manhole rehabilitation and Flexi-Pave porous pavement.

In recent years the company has become more involved with solar and electric vehicle charging station installations. The company’s strongest sustainability initiative surrounds the installation of electric vehicle chargers.

2023

Laser-focused on employees & customers

The most important factor in Waters & Bugbee’s continued success is the company’s commitment to its employees and customers. Some employees have followed in the footsteps of family members, while others are paving their own way. We value each and every one of them.

That’s why safety has been a focus throughout the company’s history. All employees undergo continuous training by in-house safety staff as well as yearly certifications on specific construction tasks.

As our company continues to grow and evolve, however, some things have remained very much the same.

“Throughout the generations, there’s always been the vision, the philosophy, that superior service ensures customer satisfaction,” says Charles Waters. “We still live by that mantra today, and everyone who works here believes in it.”

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