Millage to Fund New High School Campus
The students of the Pine Bluff School District will love having a beautiful, secure and modern learning space with all new technology. Our thanks to the “Pine Bluff Committee for Our Students Our Future” and to the voters for making this fantastic new facility a reality. We are so excited for the community!
East Harding Construction is proud and excited to begin renovations to the iconic Central High School. Built in 1927, this structure is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has a rich history of culture and diversity. Currently, the kitchen access has been redesigned to allow easier meal service and the ceilings and interior arches are being repaired and painted.
Shawn Carroll, Senior Vice President of Operations, has become a stockholder and partner at East Harding Construction, a Little Rock-based commercial construction manager / general contractor specializing in new construction and renovation throughout Arkansas.
“Shawn has deep experience in commercial construction in Arkansas and has grown his career with East Harding Construction to earn the opportunity for ownership. He exemplifies our guiding business philosophy of ‘Client Focused Construction’ and has proven himself repeatedly to be an advocate for our clients and for our team,” said Van Tilbury, President and CEO. “Shawn has made a profound impact on our company’s success and I look forward to our future with him as a partner.”
Great Job Guys!
East Harding Construction held their annual picnic yesterday at Allsop Park. We had a great turn out with several new faces at this years event. We played horseshoes and cornhole, kind of an East Harding tradition, and there was a huge bounce house for the kids.
Count Porkula catered BBQ ribs, pulled pork, deviled egg potato salad, BBQ beans, amazing mac and cheese and delicious cookies and brownies! It was a wonderful evening of comradery and a great opportunity to get to the know the new families who recently joined East Harding. A special thanks to Van Tilbury, owner, president & CEO, for bringing us together as a team and an extended family.
East Harding Construction’s Van Tilbury part of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts Grand Opening!
Saturday, April 22, 2023 – The AMFA held the official ribbon cutting for the reimagined Museum as part of a $170.8 million Capital Campaign. Arkansas Governor Sanders, City of Little Rock Mayor Scott, AMFA Executive Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez, Capital Campaign Co-Chairs Harriet and Warren Stephens, and East Harding’s own Van Tilbury, AMFA Chairman, were among the speakers at this historic event.
3-1/2 years of construction created a beautifully redesigned 133,000 square foot Museum that features eight Art Galleries, a Cultural Living Room, an Art School, a Performing Arts Theater, Park Grill restaurant, a Gift Shop and other amenities within an 11-acre landscape that blends the reimagined museum with nature in Little Rock’s own MacArthur Park. For more visit www.arkmfa.org
East Harding is excited to be renovating this wonderful facility. After the completion of work to the alleyway, the Arts & Science Center of Southeast Arkansas (ASC) commissioned UAPB art students to paint the mural in the alleyway bringing this versatile space to life.
The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has awarded the 2022 Brick in Architecture Award for Historic Renovation to ASC ARTS x3.
East Harding is proud to have been the General Contractor for this historic renovation.
Thoughtful design and renovation transformed these two historic downtown buildings on Main Street in Pine Bluff into vibrant community arts and events spaces. This exciting new expansion to the ASC campus, anchored by the ASC’s main building at 701 S. Main Street, now operate as a multi-purpose community arts and event space.
These two projects also received the 2021 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse” by the Arkansas Preservation Alliance.
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 Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas’ interior renovation includes a new teaching kitchen. This beautiful area, full of modern equipment, will offer years of learning and experience in the culinary arts.
New exciting project in Monticello….
The Monticello Med Plex is off to a great start with teams working to undercut/fill the soil for the building pad. This ground up build will provide much needed modern medical amenities to a rural community. We are looking forward to watching as this promising new facility becomes a reality.
We had a great turn out at the Little Rock Regional Chamber’s Career Expo today! Droves of students poured through the Statehouse Convention Center to explore a multitude of career opportunities. East Harding Construction was thrilled to share their knowledge and experience with the students and enjoyed meeting each and every one that stopped at our booth.
Van Tilbury, President & CEO was there to greet the students, along with Shawn Carroll, VP-Operations, Jake Honeycutt, Asst. Project Manager, Hamoudi James, Office Engineer & Kim Brass, Project Coordinator. They all took turns fielding questions and sharing their experiences. Many of the students donned our hard hats for photo ops that are no doubt already on instagram, twitter, ect…
Thanks to our team for helping make this a great experience for the students and a great event.
Arkansas Boxing Club is getting into fighting shape! With giant fans and over the ring lighting in place, the new boxing venue will be up and training in no time.
George’s Italian Restaurant has a beautiful new roof! Perfectly laid shingles bring the upcoming restaurant closer to the finish line. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing have been roughed in and the HVAC duct work and air handlers are in place. Soon the sheetrock will be up and this empty shell will transform into a beautiful Italian restaurant.
MOVING DAY is near! The newly designed office space on the 15th & 16th floors of the Stephens’ building in Little Rock is ready for it’s new tenants. BKD, a national CPA and advisory firm, is set to take over the space and make this beautiful new office home.
Furnished with Steelcase desks and chairs, each work station has an under desk file cabinet which doubles as extra seating for visitors.
There are also private seating nooks scattered about with views over looking the city and open meeting spaces with a contemporary design.
The panoramic view of downtown Little Rock makes this project one of my favorites!
Arkansas Boxing Club is looking GREAT! The Club House is framed and full view windows have been installed. With the bold blue, red and black accents on the freshly painted walls, the Arkansas Boxing Club will soon be ready for the ring.
Great Job Team!
George’s Italian Restaurant is looking great
Framing of the new addition is complete and sheathing has been attached.
The Arkansas Boxing Club renovation is moving right along. The Club House stairs are in place and have been filled with concrete. So excited to see the next step…Framing the Club House.
BKD has a fresh coat of paint! One more step towards the finish line
These offices are going to be beautiful!
The Camden Fairview School District has even more new floors installed. This beautiful design gives the school a bright, modern feel everyone is sure to love!
Great work TEAM!
The professional team is growing at Little Rock-based East Harding Construction. Jake Honeycutt and Will Martin have joined as Assistant Project Managers and Jared Tolhurst and Chris Young as Site Superintendents.
“East Harding Construction is grateful and motivated to be growing during this time marked by supply chain delays, labor shortages and inflation,” said Van Tilbury, President & CEO. “Our ability to attract new employees is a testament to our client-focused, employee-centric culture that helps make us a great partner to our clients and a great place to build a career in commercial construction.”
Founded in 1974, East Harding is a commercial construction manager/general contractor working in Arkansas only and specializing in new construction and renovation for clients in the corporate office, K-12, higher education, healthcare, religious, hospitality, historic renovation, non-profit, retail, banking and industrial sectors. Learn more and find your career at www.eastharding.com.
Group Photo from left to right: Jared Tolhurst – Site Superintendent, Jake Honeycutt – Asst. Project Manager, William Martin – Asst. Project Manager & Chris Young – Site Superintendent.
The additional space being added to the renovation of George’s Italian Restaurant is almost ready for framing! With the piers set and floor joists in place, decking is underway. So excited to see the progress being made! Thanks to the teams making it happen!
The Arkansas Boxing Club renovation is well underway! Crews are working hard to rough in the plumbing and get ready for the next phase.
AMERICA – Home of the Free, Because of the Brave.
The new office space for BKD, a national CPA and advisory firm relocating to the Stephens building, is really taking shape. Sheetrock is up and partitions are set. This project is moving along nicely and the view is incredible!
The Camden-Fairview High School Library has a new floor and it looks amazing!
Great Job Team!
The upgraded facility will help Arkansas Boxing Club keep making a difference in the community and in the lives of the young people they train.
Pine Bluff Main LibraryGetting 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.
SEARK CollegeGeneral 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.
Pine Bluff Main LibraryAerial Photos | August
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.
Lighthouse Charter SchoolsCenters for Joy Playground
Simple pleasures…seeing children at play…
This new playground at Lighthouse Charter Schools will bring joy
to many children over the years!
Great Job Guys!
Pine Bluff Main LibraryInterior 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!
The ARTSpace on Main & ART WorksArts 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!
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.
Pine Bluff Main LibraryNew Aerial Photos
Pine Bluff Main Library-Photo Update
The new Pine Bluff Main Library becomes more beautiful each day!
Soon it will be filled with eager minds and exciting adventures!
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.
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.