About Royce Construction Services

Royce Construction Services Vision

Our vision is to deliver best-in-class design and construction services at U.S. Armed Forces and VA medical facilities. Our goal is to improve the healthcare treatment environment for veterans, for military members, for their families, and for those who care for them.


Royce Construction Services (RCS) provides design and construction services for renovations and new construction projects with an expertise in federal healthcare projects using the design-build project delivery method. We bring together the best design and construction teams for projects throughout the United States and abroad. Our staff provides expert and efficient management wherever our clients request our services.

Royce Construction Services leaders work with clients ensuring value through:

  • aligned project vision and goals
  • genuine cooperative relationships with clients, designers and subcontractors
  • enhanced opportunities for fast-track delivery resulting in decreased cost and schedule
  • superior collaboration increasing quality, value engineering, sustainability and safety.

By self-performing certain construction trades, Royce Construction Services is cost-effective, safe and reliable. Royce Construction Services typically self-performs med gas and low-, line-, and high-voltage electrical requirements. Our personnel are OSHA Safety, USACE Quality Control, and ASHE Health Care Construction (HCC) certified.

Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small BusinessRoyce Construction Services is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certified service-disabled, veteran-owned, small business (SDVOSB). The majority of our work, both renovation and new construction, is performed for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army Medical Command, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Core Values

Integrity. Royce Construction Services is dedicated to honesty, reliability and responsibility. We will never compromise our integrity for the sake of the schedule, profit, or quality. Our integrity is just too valuable. Our ethical standards are extremely high and we will tolerate nothing less. Royce is working to change the construction industry for the better one client at a time.

Safety. We ensure our work environment is as safe as possible by meeting, and often exceeding, industry accepted practices and procedures. We involve everyone on and off the jobsite, to include family members and friends, to make certain everyone concerned for our workers encourage safe attitudes and behaviors. Our company and our key subcontractors care for each other because we want to work together now and in the future.

Continuous Improvement. Our team is superb at devising creative solutions for the most complex issues. We seek out the most obscure projects then develop innovative solutions. We are fanatical about streamlining our construction and business operations to continually improve quality and efficiency to enhance customer value.

Relationships. Lasting, positive relationships are the foundation of our business, therefore one of our main efforts is for our clients to feel that our staff is as, or even more so, committed to their needs than their own staff would be. Our subcontractors should want to work for no other firm, and our employees should feel positively compelled to stay with our company for many years to come. Above all else, Royce Construction Services values strong committed relationships with everyone we come in contact with. Collectively, we build better projects when we have already created better relationships.

Founder and President

Richard Shelton


A 20-year USACE veteran, Mr. Shelton has over 10 years experience in DOD healthcare design and construction projects with an expertise in delivering projects using design-build. He has a bachelor’s (West Point) and master’s degree (Cornell) in engineering and a master’s in business administration (Virginia Tech). He has been a licensed professional engineer since 1991. In 2006 he served as the Deputy Design Manager with the HDR/Dewberry JV. He led the planning and conceptual design of many of the components of the $1.03 billion Ft. Belvoir Community Hospital including the hospital clinics, patient rooms, and administration areas using UFC 4-510-01 design criteria.

Mr. Shelton is a certified and frequently requested instructor with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). He has taught many government employees and practitioners to include architects, engineers, construction managers, contracting officers, and even attorneys. His instruction includes design-build best practices focusing on integrated teams delivering projects using performance requirements. Mr. Shelton has given technical presentations on USACE design-build projects at DBIA’s annual conferences and at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) annual Small Business conference. He has led Royce Construction Services to three design-build awards from the DBIA for federal government healthcare related projects. Mr. Shelton is an ASHE Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC).

RCS is the only small business, design-builder awarded a national-level DBIA Award