About

Our Approach

Our approach to Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical design is to find solutions using a simple and basic process. Our approach is based on the understanding, needs, capabilities and budget of the Owner and Maintenance Staff. This methodology is thoughtfully determined on an individual basis with regards to each project and owner.

We are able to build relationships with each specific Client and truly understand their needs. Through our experience, we have determined that the “simpler” and “easier” a design concept is, the quicker it is to install. This significantly lowers first cost, ongoing maintenance operation and utility costs. System solutions that require less trouble shooting are more efficient and more cost effective for the Owner.

Our approach is “simple” but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t on track with current industry trends new and innovative solutions such as day lighting control, energy recovery, solar water heating, rainwater catchment to name a few. These solutions have been only utilized when they provide both benefit and value to the owner. Our approach has consistently proven to be well received by owners and the occupants of the building.

Our Team

Ted O. Ambrose, Jr. P.E.President/CEO

Ted O. Ambrose, Jr. P.E.
President/CEO

Scott E. Hickman P.E.Executive VP/Mechanical Engineer

Scott E. Hickman P.E.
Executive VP/Mechanical Engineer

Tim D. JonesVP/Electrical Designer

Tim D. Jones
VP/Electrical Designer

  • Ted O. Ambrose, Jr. P.E.President/CEO
  • Scott E. Hickman P.E.Executive VP/Mechanical Engineer
  • Tim D. JonesVP/Electrical Designer
  • Ted O. Ambrose, Jr. P.E.
    President/CEO

    Mr. Ambrose has more than 38 years of experience as a mechanical engineer with expertise in renovations/alterations, and new construction of educational, commercial, medical, religious, light industrial, and government/municipal facilities.

    His work includes designs for central chilled water systems, closed loop heat pumps, variable air volume, industrial ventilation, infra-red heating, heat recovery, computer facilities, plumbing systems, fire protection systems and energy management.

    In addition, Mr. Ambrose has expertise with testing and balancing of mechanical systems in the field. Mr. Ambrose graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

    Ted’s time outside of the office is spent with High performance cars as an Amateur Road racer with the National Auto Sports Association. He races a BMW M3 in the ST3 Class. His favorite tracks are the Virginia International Raceway, Road Atlanta and Sebring.

  • Scott E. Hickman P.E.
    Executive VP/Mechanical Engineer

    Mr. Hickman has over 42 years of experience on a wide variety of projects including educational, religious, commercial, government, industrial, and institutional facilities. His experience encompasses the design and preparation of contract documents for a variety of heating, ventilating and air conditioning projects.

    These projects have included such systems as steam distribution, closed loop heat pumps, industrial ventilation, chilled water, hot water, variable air volume, heat recovery and energy management systems.

    Mr. Hickman is responsible for production including coordination of all trades, quality control and scheduling. In addition to his mechanical design expertise, Mr. Hickman is experienced in the design of high-pressure water pumping and distribution systems.

    Mr. Hickman graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technologies. He enjoys beach camping, fishing, Jeep 4WD, shooting sports and ammo reloading.

  • Tim D. Jones
    VP/Electrical Designer

    Mr. Jones has more than 22 years’ experience in the design of Electrical systems, including integrated communications, telephone, data, security systems and fire alarm systems.

    His experience varies a wide variety of building types including, government, educational, commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities.

    Mr. Jones also has a unique background performing the actual installation of Electrical systems for buildings while working for Jones Electric Contractors, Inc.

    Mr. Jones graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology. He enjoys grilling, sports and spending time with his family and friends.

  • Ted O. Ambrose, Jr. P.E.President/CEO
  • Scott E. Hickman P.E.Executive VP/Mechanical Engineer
  • Tim D. JonesVP/Electrical Designer
Mindee McCollom Marketing/Financial

Mindee McCollom
Marketing/Financial

Isamar M. CramElectrical Designer

Isamar M. Cram
Electrical Designer

Sherwood O. Seagraves Electrical Designer

Sherwood O. Seagraves
Electrical Designer

Jennifer L. Wright Mechanical Designer

Jennifer L. Wright
Mechanical Designer

Barbara J. ThorpDesign Technician

Barbara J. Thorp
Design Technician

Dyrae M. Gambrell Lead Design Technician

Dyrae M. Gambrell
Lead Design Technician

  • Mindee McCollom Marketing/Financial
  • Isamar M. CramElectrical Designer
  • Sherwood O. Seagraves Electrical Designer
  • Jennifer L. Wright Mechanical Designer
  • Barbara J. ThorpDesign Technician
  • Dyrae M. Gambrell Lead Design Technician
  • Mindee McCollom
    Marketing/Financial

  • Isamar M. Cram
    Electrical Designer

  • Sherwood O. Seagraves
    Electrical Designer

  • Jennifer L. Wright
    Mechanical Designer

  • Barbara J. Thorp
    Design Technician

  • Dyrae M. Gambrell
    Lead Design Technician

  • Mindee McCollom Marketing/Financial
  • Isamar M. CramElectrical Designer
  • Sherwood O. Seagraves Electrical Designer
  • Jennifer L. Wright Mechanical Designer
  • Barbara J. ThorpDesign Technician
  • Dyrae M. Gambrell Lead Design Technician

JOHN RICHARD PELLETIER


It is with deep regret that we announce John R. Pelletier, 64, passed away on August 29, 2021, at his home in Portsmouth, VA. with his loving wife by his side. He was born on August 29, 1957, to the late Josephine and Albert Pelletier. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 24 years, Sherri Pelletier.

John had been with Hickman-Ambrose for the last 32 years. John cultivated many relationships with clients and co-workers that would describe him as a friend and mentor. He enjoyed helping people and can best be described as a true gentleman.

John was a valued member of the living history community through the National Park Service, Civic Groups and Schools where he was passionate about teaching. He was a member and past Commander of the Norfolk County Grays Camp 1549 Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) and participated in living history as a Confederate Surgeon. He traveled for years lecturing on Civil War era Medicine, especially Elwood Plantation, a former Confederate Hospital sight. He attended and participated in local historical events such as Civil War Days in Chesapeake and Suffolk.

John enjoyed many hobbies including being a part of a Ford Mustang car club and building miniature models. He also really enjoyed spending time with his Belgian Shepard dogs. 

John was a man of integrity, strength, humor, and grace. Although he was an only child, he was a chosen Brother, Uncle, and friend to so many. He will be dearly missed.

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