Honoring our Past

Building Capacity Among MWBEs for Our Future

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.

The City of Little Rock’s 12th Street Station & Little Rock Technology Park were also milestones in the MWBE program.

East Harding Construction endeavors to expand and grow it’s MWBE program in every possible project.  Our latest MWBE project, The Pine Bluff Main Library, completed in 2020, consists of 31 Prime Contracts, of which 11 (35%)  were awarded to MWBEs or local subs, further demonstrating East Harding’s continued dedication to the MWBE program.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Honoring Our Past

Arkansas Civil Rights Heritage Trail

PBCTA | Pine Bluff Construction & Trade Alliance

Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial

 

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2230 Cottondale Lane
Suite 3

Little Rock, AR.  72202
501.661.1646

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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