The following is a press release

from Bobbie Morgan-Director, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System.

Library moves forward on new Main and Watson Chapel facilities.

PINE BLUFF, AR – February 28, 2018 – A construction manager has been hired to lead the progress on the library’s building program within the limits of the City of Pine Bluff.

Behind the scenes, the library has been busy laying the groundwork for the start of construction. After a rigorous competitive process, East Harding Construction has been selected as the new Construction Manager for the new Main Branch building project and the Watson Chapel addition and renovation project.

“The future for Pine Bluff is bright and East Harding Construction is thrilled to be selected as the Construction Manager for these two Library projects,” said Van Tilbury, President & CEO.  “I commend the citizens for passing the tax that will fund buildings that change lives, transform downtown Pine Bluff and enrich the Watson Chapel community.  We intend to work with as many members of the Pine Bluff Construction & Trade Alliance as possible to build these two projects in order to keep as many tax dollars in the local economy as possible.  It is an exciting time for Pine Bluff.”

East Harding Construction comes with many recommendations from the local construction field, with contractors and previous project owners all highly recommending the firm. East Harding Construction has had a continuous construction presence in Pine Bluff with projects from 2002 to present. They are the named Construction Manager for the renovation of the historic Hotel Pines, have worked on projects like Saracen Landing and for the Watson Chapel School District.

Impressive to the selection committee was East Harding’s commitment to Pine Bluff, the quality of their work and the knowledge of what the library project means to the community. With the addition of East Harding Construction, the library has added a new member to the team of

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, Reed Architectural Firm, and the library. The library looks forward to a strong partnership with East Harding.

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System serves the citizens of the City of Pine Bluff and the residents of Jefferson County with books, magazines, and electronic resources. Visit the library’s website at