EHC Team Meeting | April 2021

EHC Team Meeting | April 2021

East Harding Construction

TEAM MEETING

April 2021

At this month’s team meeting, Van Tilbury, President & CEO, spoke on “Six Conditions of Empowerment” guiding the team into thinking about the East Harding Method of “People, Process & Product”.

He then turned the meeting over to Nathan Kerr, Field Operations Manager, who spoke on ownership and accountability.

We enjoyed Whole Hog BBQ and the unfamiliar atmosphere of getting together in person and reconnecting with coworkers that are normally in the field.  The guys did a great job of setting up the warehouse for social distancing and we all followed mask wearing protocols.

EHC Welcomes Raven Franklin, Project Intern

EHC Welcomes Raven Franklin, Project Intern

East Harding Construction

Welcomes Raven Franklin, Project Intern

Raven Franklin

A warm welcome to Raven Franklin, Project Intern!

Raven has been working as a Project Intern on UAPB’s Kountz Kyle Biology Building Renovation.

Raven comes to us from Pine Bluff, AR. where she is a student at UAPB.  She is expected to graduate in May 2021 and start her career here at East Harding Construction.

We are all very excited to welcome her to the team!

ARTSpace & ART WORKS

ARTSpace & ART WORKS

ARTSpace on Main & ART WORKS on Main

Arts & Science Center of Southeast Arkansas

Renovation is complete on ARTSpace and nearing completion on ART Works transforming this historic downtown commercial space on Main Street in Pine Bluff into a vibrant community arts and events space.  This exciting new expansion to the ASC campus, anchored by the ASC’s main building at 701 S. Main Street, will operate as a multi-purpose community arts and event space.

The two buildings feature the endowed Adam B. Robinson, Jr. Theater, a 70-seat black box theater for small, community-oriented productions (named in honor of the long-time ASC supporter and Board member); five apartments for resident artists with accompanying studios that can be used by the residents or rented to local artists; a community gallery for area artists to show and sell work; flexible workshop space for art classes, yoga classes, dance and culinary arts workshops, a tinkering makerspace, a wood shop, scene shop and costume shop; a small pottery studio and an outside “ART Yard” for large-scale projects and events.

The re-imagined buildings contribute to the Historic District and incorporate some of the original features, including an advertising mural inside for O.K. Dairy Creamery, currently ARTSpace.

The ART Space On Main

ART WORKS On Main

Fun Feature for the Art Gallery…

In keeping with the historic design of the building, the retro bay doors were left in place and create a fun, open air option.

 

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Little Rock, AR.  72202
501.661.1646

info@eastharding.com

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East Harding Construction
2230 Cottondale Lane, Suite 3
Little Rock, Arkansas  72202
501.661.1646

info@eastharding.com

  • About Us
  • Our Approach
  • Our People
  • Workforce Diversity-MWBE
  • Sustainability
  • Safety
  • Construction Management
  • General Contractor
  • Renovations
  • Our Projects
  • Our Blog
  • Contact Us
  • Careers
  • COVID-19

EHC Welcomes David Finnie, Sr. Project Manager

EHC Welcomes David Finnie, Sr. Project Manager

East Harding Construction

Welcomes David Finnie, Sr. Project Manager!

David Finnie

A warm welcome to David Finnie, East Harding’s newest Sr. Project Manager!

David comes to us from Houston, TX where he worked as a Sr. Project Manager/Project Executive for fifteen years. He has been in the construction industry for over 23 years. David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN and is a graduate of our very own Little Rock Catholic High School.

He has two children, Emma (17) and Cameron (21) and enjoys exercise and golf. David hopes to reconnect and spend more time with his parents and sister who also live in the Natural State.

EHC Team Meeting | Confined Space | February 2021

EHC Team Meeting | Confined Space | February 2021

EHC Team Meeting | Confined Space | February 2021

Van Tilbury

Special Thanks to Raven Franklin, Intern, for her research and sharing on Confined Space Standards.

A Confined Space meets all three of the following conditions:

1) Limited Openings for Entry and Exit.

2) The Space is not Intended for Continuous Human Occupancy. This means that the space was designed to hold something other than people.

3) The Space is Large Enough for You to Enter and Conduct Work.

For more information on confined spaces, visit https://www.osha.gov/confined-spaces.

A Moment of Gratitude

A Moment of Gratitude…

Van Tilbury-Van Tilbury President & CEO
Good morning!

Today, I would like to share a moment of gratitude,

As you know, this past year has been frightening and tumultuous due to Covid-19. Van Tilbury, President & CEO, having a heart for his employees, has kept us up and running through out this pandemic while keeping our safety at the forefront, as is the culture of East Harding.

I am grateful for a leader who cares.

-Trish Jones, Office Manager

Arkansas Preservation Award ! Winchester Auto | PSW Office

Arkansas Preservation Award ! Winchester Auto | PSW Office

Arkansas Preservation Award Winning Project!

Winchester Auto Building | Polk Stanley Wilcox Office

Arkansas Preservation Award Winning Project!

Winchester Auto Building

2020 Award Winner – Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse

On January 22, 2021, the Winchester Auto Building was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse Award by Preserve Arkansas!

2020 Award Winner – Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse

On January 22, 2021, the Winchester Auto Building was awarded the 2020 Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse Award by Preserve Arkansas!

East Harding Construction teamed up with Polk Stanley Wilcox to renovate & restore the 72 year old historic building, which is now the Polk Stanley Wilcox Corporate Office.

This nostalgic piece of history boasts its original glass block entrance, steel frames and brick facade.  The interior has been beautifully redesigned and renovated to show off the original steel-framed, glass windows that divide the gathering hall and reception area from the large, two-story open-air office space.

A center niche has been carved out to provide a beautiful kitchen with all the modern day amenities one  would expect, including two stainless steel refrigerators, two stainless steel microwaves, a stainless steel dishwasher and a stainless steel coffee station.  All of this stainless steel is beautifully wrapped in wood-grain cabinetry and accented with matching shelves lined with cups, plates, and glassware.  The stone covered island and countertops turn this space into a uniquely inviting area for the staff and guests to refresh and replenish.
The upstairs is comprised of conference/meeting rooms and open view office spaces that overlook the work stations on the main floor. One of the most unique aspects of this space is the original, functioning dumbwaiter with its wheel & sprocket crank shaft that brings back a bit of nostalgia. The combination of old and new in this beautifully redesigned building is representative of the importance of historic preservation and the necessity of modernization.
East Harding Construction is very proud and grateful to have been a part of bringing the past into the future with this beautiful adaptation to a piece of Little Rock’s history.

East Harding Construction teamed up with Polk Stanley Wilcox to renovate & restore the 72 year old historic building, which is now the Polk Stanley Wilcox Corporate Office.

This nostalgic piece of history boasts its original glass block entrance, steel frames and brick facade.  The interior has been beautifully redesigned and renovated to show off the original steel-framed, glass windows that divide the gathering hall and reception area from the large, two-story open-air office space.

A center niche has been carved out to provide a beautiful kitchen with all the modern day amenities one  would expect, including two stainless steel refrigerators, two stainless steel microwaves, a stainless steel dishwasher and a stainless steel coffee station.  All of this stainless steel is beautifully wrapped in wood-grain cabinetry and accented with matching shelves lined with cups, plates, and glassware.  The stone covered island and countertops turn this space into a uniquely inviting area for the staff and guests to refresh and replenish.
The upstairs is comprised of conference/meeting rooms and open view office spaces that overlook the work stations on the main floor. One of the most unique aspects of this space is the original, functioning dumbwaiter with its wheel & sprocket crank shaft that brings back a bit of nostalgia. The combination of old and new in this beautifully redesigned building is representative of the importance of historic preservation and the necessity of modernization.
East Harding Construction is very proud and grateful to have been a part of bringing the past into the future with this beautiful adaptation to a piece of Little Rock’s history.

EHC Team Member Celebration…Congratulations to Van Tilbury!

EHC Team Member Celebration…Congratulations to Van Tilbury!

Congratulations

to Van Tilbury, Owner, President & CEO,

for 17 years with East Harding Construction!

Van Tilbury

Van joined the East Harding team in 2004.  He was named President in 2006, became a partner in 2009 and was named CEO in 2012.  He is the sole owner of East Harding Construction today.

The company specializes in education, office, medical, municipal, non-profit, religious, hospitality, historic renovation, warehouse, restaurant and retail.

Van is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and has his Healthcare Construction Certificate.

LOPFI | Arkansas Local Police & Fire Retirement

LOPFI | Arkansas Local Police & Fire Retirement

Arkansas Local Police & Fire Retirement

This facility needed an upgrade to the grounds and courtyard.  All of the stamped concrete sidewalks were removed and replaced with an aesthetically pleasing contoured sidewalk.  The existing sod and landscaping in the southern courtyard was removed and replaced with new landscaping and artificial turf.  There was new signage installed at the entrance and the handicap ramp was replaced.

These improvements create a refreshing feel and a modern look.

The ARTSpace on Main & ART Works Update

The ARTSpace on Main & ART Works Update

The ARTSpace on Main & ART Works

Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC)

The ARTSpace on Main & ART Works

Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC)

Modern finishes meet old school flooring that has been meticulously refinished in this historical renovation.

New track lighting and fresh paint are just the beginning of creating an artistic atmosphere for both Pine Bluff’s up and coming artists and its well established local talent.  This project is another wonderful addition to our Main Street Pine Bluff.

Our expert team has done a spectacular job!  Way to go guys!

The Pine Bluff Main Library is now open!

The Pine Bluff Main Library is now open!

The new Pine Bluff Main Library is now OPEN!

The beautiful new Pine Bluff Main Library brings modern architecture and design to the city center, giving it an exciting new feel and a promise for a bright future. Located at 600 South Main in the revitalizing downtown, the 36,000 SF facility features a children’s library, a video library, a Teen Loft, the Carr Memorial Museum, a computer lab, a fully-equipped test kitchen, Genealogy, conference rooms, and rows of shelves stocked with thousands of books just waiting for eager minds.

The flagship facility of the Library System joins the recently renovated branch locations in Watson Chapel, Altheimer, Redfield and White Hall and serves the 885 sq. miles of Jefferson County.

For events and hours of operation, visit:
www.pineblufflibrary.org/our-libraries/pine-bluff-main-library

Fordyce School District Improvements

Fordyce School District Improvements

Fordyce School District | Improvements

The Fordyce School District received some much needed improvements which included the replacement of several HVAC units, extensive parking and site work and security improvements.

Many driveways and parking lots were demoed, undercut and re-laid.  The track was completely resurfaced and new security vestibules were added.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; His love endures forever.

                                                                                        -Psalms 107:1

 

UALR Golf Fest 2020

UALR Golf Fest 2020

UALR Golf Fest 2020

Matt Callaway

Rain, rain & more rain could not dampen their spirits as the East Harding team hit the course at UALR’s 10th Annual Facilities Education Scholarship Golf Fest held at the Pleasant Valley Country Club on Monday, October 26th . Van Tilbury, President & CEO, Bobby Donaldson, CFO, Win Trafford, Director of Business Development & Client Relations & Keith Broadway, Warehouse Manager were determined to play through to the end and have a good time doing it

The tournament proceeds went towards funding a scholarship for Facilities Management employees who are pursuing a college degree at UA Little Rock. When asked why they continued to play as the temperature dropped and the rain steadily increased, Win Trafford, Director of Business Development & Client Relations simply said “That’s what we do, we finish.”

Pine Bluff School District | Jordan Stadium

Pine Bluff School District | Jordan Stadium

Pine Bluff School District

Jordan Stadium Restroom and Ticket Booth Addition

Pine Bluff School District

Jordan Stadium Restroom Addition

With the return of some normalcy and the excitement of the football season, Pine Bluff School District is adding new restrooms and ticket booths to Jordan Stadium-home of the Fighting Zebras.

The Zebras football team have one of the most successful programs in the nation, which includes 24 state championships between 1915 and 2015 including three consecutive titles in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

East Harding Construction is proud to be a part of the improvements to Jordan Stadium and we look forward to watching this long standing facility continue to grow and expand.

The ARTSpace on Main & ART Works

The ARTSpace on Main & ART Works

The ARTSpace on Main & ART Works

Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC)

Modern cabinetry meets old school flooring that has been meticulously refinished in this historical renovation.

New track lighting and fresh paint are just the beginning of creating an artistic atmosphere for both Pine Bluff’s up and coming artists and its well established local talent.

UPS Expansion

UPS Expansion

United Parcel Service Facility Upgrade

With online ordering continuing to increase, UPS decided to expand its Texarkana facility.

The expansion includes clearing 4.5 acres, site grading, building foundations, underground utilities, new fire suppression systems throughout, site paving & site fencing.

The building foundations will support a new fold-down building for partial distribution, doubling the facilities current capacity.

Pine Bluff Main Library

Pine Bluff Main Library

Pine Bluff Main Library

Getting Landscaped

A variety of shrubs and trees along with fresh sod are being placed to accent this beautiful new library located in downtown Pine Bluff.  Flower beds will line the walkways welcoming eager minds into a new and exciting world of learning.

The ARTSpace on Main & ARTWorks

The ARTSpace on Main & ARTWorks

The ARTSpace on Main & ARTWorks 

We are so excited to see sheetrock on the walls and a new staircase leading to the upper level soon to be filled with art, history and learning opportunities.

Team Safety Meeting | September 2020

Team Safety Meeting | September 2020

TEAM SAFETY MEETING | SEPTEMBER 2020

This month’s Team Safety Meeting focused on Fall Protection…

It is national Stand Down for Safety week and East Harding, as always, puts SAFETY as our #1 priority.

Did you know that every 1 out of 3 construction fatalities is due to a fall. Additionally, 1/3 of all fall accidents occur from ladders.

In our meeting, experts on safety such as Keith Broadway, Health & Safety Director & Nathan Kerr, Field Operations Manager offered compelling facts and protocols to keep our team, our subs and our clients safe as well as the general public.

Fall Protection not only safeguards against direct falls but also extends to falling equipment and material. That is why it is so important to be adamant about safety every day on every job site.

East Harding has an eight year record of no time lost due to jobsite accidents! 

 

Way to go Team!
SEARK College | Demolition of General Studies Buildings

SEARK College | Demolition of General Studies Buildings

SEARK College

General Studies

We are so excited to be a part of the improvements at SEARK College!

 

Steve Bloomberg, President-SEARK College (left) & Win Trafford, Business Development & Client Relations-East Harding Construction (right), visited the demolition site where the General Studies North & South buildings were torn down and cleared.

Southwood Elementary Renovation

Southwood Elementary Renovation

Southwood Elementary Renovation

The renovation at Southwood Elementary, an integral part of the Pine Bluff School District, is well underway.

 

As Construction Manager, East Harding Construction, excavated an area and poured the concrete for two new portable buildings to be used as a classrooms.

 

Closing in the open air courtyard spaces of the main building and adding concrete floors will create over a thousand square feet of much needed classroom storage space.

Pine Bluff Main Library-Interior Photos

Pine Bluff Main Library-Interior Photos

Pine Bluff Main Library

Interior Photos

The beautiful new Pine Bluff Main Library is in the final stages.  With only a few punch list items and some paving and landscape left, we expect the interior to start filling up with furniture, books, computers, wall decor and all the accessories that will make this library an even more extraordinary place to read, research, learn or just spend some downtime.

 

Can’t wait to see you there!

Congratulations to Nathan Kerr!

Congratulations to Nathan Kerr!

Congratulations to Nathan Kerr

Field Operations Manager!

Nathan Kerr

for 15 years with East Harding!

We appreciate all you do Nathan and are so glad you are part of the team!

ARTSpace on Main and ART WORKS

ARTSpace on Main and ART WORKS

The ARTSpace on Main & ART Works

Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC)

The walls and foundation of this historic building in downtown Pine Bluff have been shored up and secured.  With interior framing & HVAC ductwork in place, we are very excited to see sheet rock being hung!

Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July!

Have a Safe & Happy 4th of July!

Fourth of July Fireworks

The first fireworks were used as early as 200 BC. The tradition of setting off fireworks on the 4 of July began in Philadelphia on July 4, 1777, during the first organized celebration of Independence Day. Ship’s cannon fired a 13-gun salute in honor of the 13 colonies. The Pennsylvania Evening Post reported: “at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks (which began and concluded with thirteen rockets) on the Commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated.” That same night, the Sons of Liberty set off fireworks over Boston Common.
 
                                                                                                          -History.com Editors

Pine Bluff Main Library-Looking Great!

Pine Bluff Main Library-Looking Great!

Pine Bluff Main Library-Looking Great!

A glimpse of the inside of the new library in Pine Bluff with sidewalks and entryways being laid outside.

This will truly be a spectaclar addition to the Pine Bluff community.

International Family Day

International Family Day

Today is International Family Day!

East Harding Construction prides itself on being a family oriented company with family values.  We endeavor to support one another both personally and  professionally.

Spending “family time” together has always been a priority for East Harding.  We enjoy company picnics, Christmas parties and any opportunity we can find to get to know each other better.

Our belief that if we form family bonds in the work place, we become a better, stronger company has made East Harding a warm and thriving environment in which to work and grow.

If you would like to join our team, check out our available Career Opportunities.

Pine Bluff Main Library Progress Update

Pine Bluff Main Library Progress Update

Pine Bluff Main Library Update

East Harding Construction continues making progress on the new Pine Bluff Main Library despite COVID-19 and the weather.

Siding and trim give the exterior of the library a more finished appearance while paint and flooring bring the interior to life.

EHC Launches New Website!

EHC Launches New Website!

East Harding Construction has just launched its newly redesigned website!

We are very excited to show it off!

Use the navigation menu to check it out!

EHC Team Member Celebration…

EHC Team Member Celebration…

Congratulations to Suzanne Spearman
Contract Administrator

For 5 years with East Harding!  Thanks for all you do!

Glad your part of the TEAM!
Today is National Administrative Professionals Day!

Today is National Administrative Professionals Day!

East Harding Construction would like to recognize Glenda King, Asst. to the CFO/Human Resources, Suzanne Spearman, Contract Administrator & Kim Brass, Project Coordinator, for all the hard work they put into  making East Harding not only an exceptional company, but an exceptional place to work.

 Thank You-We are so proud to have you on our TEAM!

EHC Team Update-Shawn Carroll

EHC Team Update-Shawn Carroll

Congratulations to Shawn Carroll, VP-Operations, for 14 years with East Harding!

Thanks for all your hard work and dedication!

 

Congratulations Shawn!

EHC Team Update-Jack Whitley

EHC Team Update-Jack Whitley

Congratulations to Jack Whitley, Project Manager, for 5 years with East Harding!

So glad you are a part of our team!

 

Congratulations Jack!

Pine Bluff Main Library-Learning Stairs

Pine Bluff Main Library-Learning Stairs

The Learning Stairs are now encased in plywood and sheet-rock is being hung throughout the building.

It won’t be long before we get to see the beautiful decor hand chosen for this monumental addition to the city of Pine Bluff.

Arkansas Preservation Award ! Winchester Auto | PSW Office

Polk Stanley Wilcox New Corporate Office

Polk Stanley Wilcox’s new corporate office truly brings the old and the new together.

With the original garage door and steel framed windows still in place, fine lines of modern design and technology accentuate this newly renovated historic building in downtown Little Rock.

EHC Team Update!

EHC Team Update!

Congratulations to Van Tilbury, Owner, President & CEO, for 16 years at EHC. Van joined the East Harding team in 2004. He was named President in 2006, became a partner in 2009, was named CEO in 2012 and completed the purchase of the company from founders Bob East and Tom Harding in 2019.

Congratulations Van!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving

“Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”

Psalm 107:8-9

EHC Team Member Celebration…Happy Birthday to Keith Broadway, Warehouse Manager!

EHC Team Update!

Congratulations to Keith Broadway, Health & Safety Director, for 25 years at East Harding!

Thanks for being a part of the team!

We appreciate you!

EHC Team Update!

EHC Team Update!

Congratulations to Kim Brass, Project Coordinator, for 1 year at East Harding.

Kim joined the East Harding team one year ago and she is much appreciated!

Thanks for all you do Kim!

Pine Bluff Main Library Press Release

Pine Bluff Main Library Press Release

The new Pine Bluff Main Library under construction.

New Pine Bluff Main Library Topping Ceremony Will Mark Project Milestone

The entire community is invited to come together Tuesday, June 11th at 5:30 pm to witness the traditional celebration to mark the final beam being placed atop the new library structure located downtown in Pine Bluff at 6th and Main Street.

As part of the ceremony, the Library Board of Directors will be signing a structural steel beam before it is hoisted into place and secured atop the building’s frame to celebrate progress on the library’s construction.

When completed, the two-story facility will be housing books and periodical collections, multi-purpose meeting rooms, offices, archives, genealogy department, maker spaces, computer commons, open lab tutoring area, recording studios, reading/study areas, museum, a teen loft, and much more.

EHC Team Member Celebration…Congratulations to Bobby Donaldson!

EHC Welcomes Bobby Donaldson-CFO…

Bobby Donaldson has joined East Harding Construction as Chief Financial Officer. The company, founded originally in 1974 and headquartered in Little Rock, focuses on serving commercial construction clients throughout Arkansas who want the highest level of client service and quality craftsmanship at the best value available in the market.

“Bobby has a deep knowledge of our industry from his 30-years of accounting experience in commercial construction in Arkansas. More importantly, he shares our corporate philosophy of delivering ‘Client Focused Construction’ services based on our core values of honesty, integrity, quality, value and service above self”, said Van Tilbury, President & CEO. “We are excited to have Bobby on our team and expect him to be a valuable contributor to our company’s long-term growth”, Tilbury said.

East Harding Construction is an Arkansas-based commercial construction manager/general contractor specializing in new construction and renovation for clients in the K-12, higher education, public/governmental, medical, religious, historic renovation, commercial office, non-profit, retail, banking and industrial sectors. For more information visit www.eastharding.com.

Kathy Robinson Retires

Kathy Robinson Retires

Kathy Robinson, CFO-East Harding Construction, retires after 15 years of loyal service.  Kathy is truly a member of the East Harding family and always will be.  Her expertise has guided East Harding’s financials through the years and helped to build the company into the successful venture it is today.

Co-workers gathered at the Faded Rose in Little Rock on February 9, 2019 to honor Kathy and to say farewell.  We shared memories and toasted the new chapter she has begun in her life while hoping she finds happiness and remembers us as fondly as we will remember her.

Congratulations to Van Tilbury!

Congratulations to Van Tilbury!

For 15 years with East Harding Construction.  Van, joined the company in 2004 and is now the President & CEO! His hard work and dedication has shown over the years and continues to show every day.  We are blessed to have him as our leader.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, I am so grateful for all of the blessings in my life but I am most grateful for grace. As I look back over the years, I realize how much grace has been a part of each and every day. Each and every person, experience, memory, everything I am, falls under grace.

-Trish Jones, EHC

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

The only time of year when grownups get to dress like monsters & eat candy all day without feeling guilty!