Workforce Diversity-MWBE

“Building Capacity” for MWBE subcontractors!

City of Little Rock | 12th Street Station

MWBE participation in this project was 39%.

The 44,000 square foot facility was completed on schedule and under budget and achieved USGBC LEED Silver Accreditation.

Minority & Women Business Enterprises (MWBEs)

East Harding is Arkansas’ construction industry leader related to the mentoring, training and capacity building of MWBEs.  Minority contractor development has been a personal passion for East Harding co-founder Bob East for over 30 years.  In 2008, Bob developed the Construction Mentor-Protégé Program and presented it to then Governor Mike Beebe.  The Governor endorsed the program and appointed Bob as the Chairman.  At that time, Bob recruited the CEOs of our peer companies to participate in the program, recruited MWBEs to participate, matched MWBEs to each construction mentor company, and managed the program that was training the MWBEs about every aspect of commercial construction.

After two years of meeting and mentoring, Bob realized that what the MWBEs really needed was the opportunity to work on large-scale commercial construction projects.  To achieve this goal, the MWBE program needed a public sector leader willing to implement the program on a large-scale public project.  Then UA-Little Rock Chancellor Joel Anderson championed the program and helped get alternate solicitation and bidding guidelines approved by the University of Arkansas System.  Since that approval, UA-Little Rock has enjoyed a high rate of MWBE success on two consecutive projects.

Here is how the program works:

 

Preconstruction Phase:

During this phase, all project documents are written to encourage maximum participation from qualified MWBE contractors during the competitive bidding phase.  East Harding actively invites qualified MWBE subcontractors and works closely with them during the pre-bid phase to ensure that they are prepared to bid accurately and competitively.  Despite the focus on MWBE participation, it is important to note that East Harding’s first responsibility is to deliver the lowest construction price possible to the client.  Competitive bidding among qualified subcontractors ensures the lowest price possible.

Competitive Bid Phase:

During this phase, qualified MWBE contractors are invited to bid individual trade packages as prime bidders in every trade possible.  In trade packages where there are no qualified MWBE contractors large enough to bid as the prime bidder, East Harding will encourage non-MWBE prime bidders to invite and partner with qualified MWBE contractors as a second tier subcontractor to the prime bidder.  East Harding, as construction manager, also reserves the right to pair non-MWBE prime bidders with a qualified MWBE contractor when feasible.  It is stated that MWBE participation can be a criterion for final selection and contract award.

Little Rock Technology Park

As construction manager of the Little Rock Technology Park, East Harding Construction awarded 26% of subcontracts to MWBEs in a competitively bid process.

The 28,590 sf (417 Main Street) and 10,020 sf (415 Main Street) renovation was completed safely on schedule and under budget in 2017.

UA-Little Rock Center for Integrative Nanotechnology Sciences

East Harding awarded  a total of 27.5% of the contracts for this project to MWBE subcontractors.

The project was completed in 3 phases and achieved LEED Gold Accreditation.

UA Little Rock Nursing & Health Sciences Center

Built in 1947, the former Administration South Building, 3-story, 34,000 sf, was renovated to house the growing Nursing and Health Sciences Program.

This project awarded 28.0% of all subcontracts to MWBEs in a competitively bid process. The facility was completed on schedule and under budget and achieved USGBC LEED Gold Accreditation.

 

East Harding Construction
2230 Cottondale Lane
Suite 3

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
  • Renovation/Remodel
  • Our Projects
  • Our Blog
  • Contact Us
  • Careers