Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

                                                                                        -Psalms 107:1

 

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.

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!

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!

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.

Pine Bluff Main Library Takes Shape…

Pine Bluff Main Library Takes Shape…

Amid Covid crisis, new library takes shape…


EHC Celebrates EARTH DAY!

EHC Celebrates EARTH DAY!

Though many people celebrate National Earth Day, East Harding Construction chooses to celebrate Earth Day every day.

We demonstrate our dedication to preserving the earth through our daily practices.

From building beautiful, dynamic eco-friendly structures that have been awarded LEED Silver & Gold to serving beverages to our clients, guests and ourselves in reusable glasses and ceramic mugs, East Harding Construction steps with a light carbon footprint to help preserve today’s resources for tomorrow’s generations.

East Harding Construction-Doing Our Part Today for a Better Tomorrow!

The ARTSpace on Main-Historic Renovation

The ARTSpace on Main-Historic Renovation

With the interior renovation well underway, it’s time to shore up the exterior of this historic building.  The lift basket allows workers to get close to the wall at the top of the structure to secure supports during the exterior renovation.

There is still much to do but this project promises to breathe new life into downtown Pine Bluff.

Visit https://www.asc701.org/artspace to learn more about this great resource for Pine Bluff!

Project Update-New Pine Bluff Main Library

Project Update-New Pine Bluff Main Library

The new library is looking great! Exterior windows are being installed and sheetrock and paint are underway!

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We are very excited to see this project move into the finishing stages and look forward to seeing it filled with people eager to learn and read.
Project Update-The ARTSpace On Main

Project Update-The ARTSpace On Main

This project is off to a great start! We are through the demo phase and ready to start turning this piece of history into a part of the future of downtown Pine Bluff.

The antique lift (shown here) has been dismantled. The mechanical wheel and pulley system that operated the lift will likely remain as a decorative accent along with a hand-painted mural of the O.K. Ice Cream company.

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.

Polk Stanley Wilcox New Corporate 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.

Revitalizing Pine Bluff with The ARTSpace on Main…

Revitalizing Pine Bluff with The ARTSpace on Main…

On February 10, 2020, the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas (ASC) held a wall breaking ceremony to celebrate the beginning of construction on The ARTSpace on Main.

Dr. Rachel Miller, Executive Director, Arts & Science Center of SE Arkansas peeks through the hole left from wielding a sledge hammer and breaking through the first wall.

Located at 623 S. Main St. in Pine Bluff, The ARTSpace will be housed in a newly renovated historic building next to it’s primary location at 701 S. Main St.

The exciting new facility will feature a gallery for area artists to show and sell work. There will also be a space for art and dance classes, a maker-space, a pottery studio, and an outside “ART Yard” for projects and events.

The much anticipated project is scheduled for completion in August of 2020 and will be another great milestone in the revitalization of Pine Bluff.

Pine Bluff Main Library Learning Stairs

Pine Bluff Main Library Learning Stairs

We are all very excited to see the new “Learning Stairs” being constructed!

Learning Stairs are a new architectural design that will provide a place for students to grab a book and read a few chapters in a comfortable, safe environment or to catch up on homework.  It can also be used for impromptu gatherings or as a teaching space.

 

The “Learning Stairs” will be available to anyone, of any age, who wants to expand their mind or escape into another world through reading at the new Pine Bluff Main Library.

Pine Bluff Library Aerial Photos…

Pine Bluff Library Aerial Photos…

These aerial photos give insight to the future of Pine Bluff.  As the city continues to grow and improve, a new bar is set.  The new Pine Bluff Main Library will be a landmark and guide by which all future projects and improvements will be measured.

East Harding Construction is proud to be a part of building Pine Bluff!

Employee Loyalty Awards Ceremony…

Employee Loyalty Awards Ceremony…

East Harding Construction held it’s first Employee Loyalty Awards Ceremony honoring all of it’s employees for their loyalty and hard work.

The five employees shown above have been with East Harding for more than 25 years!

East Harding’s owner, Van Tilbury, personally awarded each ot them with a Bulova watch engraved with the East Harding logo.

Van also awarded every other East Harding employee with a gift to commemorate their years with the company.

Some of the gifts included knife sets, Carhartt coolers, and Northface apparel.  Employees were given a shopping guide with gift options for their years of service and were able to choose which gift they would like.

While many companies may acknowledge their employees at retirement, East Harding Construction acknowledges and awards it’s people throughout their careers.

East Harding prides itself on it’s close knit, family atmosphere and values each and every one of it’s employees making East Harding Construction one of the best companies in Arkansas to work for.

EHC Christmas Party…

EHC Christmas Party…

This years Christmas party was held at Samantha’s in Little Rock. They have a beautiful skybox that overlooks the main floor restaurant. Trimmed in garland and lights, this room made the perfect setting for a cozy, family style get together.

The food was amazing and we thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship. The evening wrapped up with a few rounds of Christmas carols led by Dietrich Booth

Special thanks to Van Tilbury and all the people at EHC that make it such a great place to work!

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects New Headquarters…

Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects New Headquarters…

The recently renovated, historic Winchester Building is now home to Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects.  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 Polk Stanley Wilcox staff 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 is this beautifully redesigned building is representative of the importance of historic preservation and the necessity of modernization.

The new Polk Stanley Wilcox headquarters demonstrates the best of both and East Harding Construction is very proud and grateful to have been a part of bringing the past into the future.

Carelink’s Cupcakes for Goodness Sake…

Carelink’s Cupcakes for Goodness Sake…

East Harding Construction is proud to be an “Icing on the Cake” sponsor for Carelink’s 5th Annual “Cupcakes for Goodness Sake”.

The annual cupcake festival is a chance to connect with the community & to raise awareness about CareLink, a nonprofit organization that has been headquartered in NLR since 1979 to provide care and resources to the aging.

The theme this year was Halloween and everyone, including pets, were encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the festival.  There were many activities going on in addition to the cupcake tastings such as face painting, a petting zoo and cupcake decorating.

The delicious event was a big success and plans are likely underway to make next years event even more fun and more delicious!

New Library Renovation Projects

New Library Renovation Projects

The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Systems selected East Harding Construction as CM Agent for these three renovation projects.

White Hall Branch Library

With a budget of $175,000, this 8,000 sf renovation includes flooring, electrical, paint & millwork.  It also includes a teen room, study rooms and an updated community area.  The anticipated start date is 9/23/19 with a three month schedule.

Altheimer Branch Library

$69,000, 3,500 sf renovation to include flooring, electrical, paint & millwork upgrades.  This library is In renovation today with completion scheduled for August 2019.

Redfield Branch Library

The $529,000 Redfield Library renovation consists of upgrades to the existing 3,500 sf building including paint, electrical, flooring, millwork and other finishes as well as a new two thousand square foot addition.  The community room is being enlarged and additional spaces are being added to existing areas which will include a breakroom, teen room,  and study room.  This renovation has a six month schedule beginning mid September.

We’re Going Green!

We’re Going Green!

Our office is moving toward greener living! East Harding is stocking its kitchen with pint glasses and ceramic coffee mugs for employee and guest use and doing away with paper cups and bottled water. We believe this is an important step in reducing our carbon footprint and improving the environment. We invite you to do the same. Together we can make a difference!

Phillips County Justice Complex…

Phillips County Justice Complex…

A formidable building with a formidable job to do.
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The sheer amount of steel and concrete in this structure will be a huge deterrent for anyone seeking to escape justice.
Pine Bluff Main Library Update…

Pine Bluff Main Library Update…

The library is moving along very nicely!

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The duct work is being sealed, metal studs are being hung in preparation for the exterior walls and the steel for the overhang is being welded into place.
 
We are all very excited to see such a beautiful vision for the future of Pine Bluff becoming a reality!
Barraque Plaza Ribbon Cutting Ceremony…

Barraque Plaza Ribbon Cutting Ceremony…

East Harding Construction proudly volunteered the man hours needed to erect the new canopy system at Barraque Plaza for the City of Pine Bluff.

Pine Bluff has become an integral part of our past, present and future and we are honored to be a part of improving the community.

Appreciation Lunch for Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

Appreciation Lunch for Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects

East Harding Construction hosted lunch for Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects at the historic Winchester building in downtown Little Rock.  The 13,000 sf Winchester building was built in 1947 and represents the quintessential architectural design of the forties.

The entire Polk Stanley Wilcox office was invited to tour the site, ask questions and enjoy a fantastic lunch catered by Eat My Catfish.  Van Tilbury, President & CEO, East Harding Construction, expressed his appreciation to Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects for allowing us to be part of their team in turning this piece of history into a part of their future as their new corporate office.  Shawn Carroll, Vice President-Operations, Kevin Messick, Project Manager & Scott France, Site Superintendent were there to help guide the tour and field questions about this extensive renovation.

A special thanks to Kevin and Scott for working together to make this such a successful event.

 

Pine Bluff Main Library Progress…

Pine Bluff Main Library Progress…

The guys have been working hard to get this project moving forward after all of the rain. From early morning concrete pours, to setting steel, framing, prepping the second floor slab, & installing sanitary piping & duct work, everyone has done a great job pulling together & making things run smoothly & efficiently! Great job guys!

New ‘Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects’ Office Update…

New ‘Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects’ Office Update…

New 'Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects' Office

This nostalgic building

now sports a new storefront window system while maintaining upper rows of the original steel windows indicative of the 1940’s.

Newly framed walls

are ready for the sheet-rock finishers.

The new raised floor system

will allow for HVAC duct work, electrical conduit, plumbing, & data lines all to be hidden, creating a clean, refined space.

The EHC team is doing a GREAT job!

Pine Bluff Main Library Topping Out Ceremony…

Pine Bluff Main Library Topping Out Ceremony…

New Pine Bluff Main Library Signed Beam Placement

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

Van Tilbury, President & CEO-East Harding Construction

Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington

Taylor Eubanks, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System

Alisa Smith, Board Member-Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System

Tommy Brown, Board Member-Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System

New Pine Bluff Main Library Topping Out Ceremony & Beam Signing

On Tuesday, June 11th, East Harding Construction along with local officials attended the “Topping Out Ceremony” at the site of the new Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library.

Speakers included Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Director Bobbie Morgan, East Harding Construction President & CEO Van Tilbury, and two of the library’s board members.

A commemorative beam signing was the highlight of the ceremony allowing attendees to sign their names into Pine Bluff history & become a permanent part of new Pine Bluff Main Library.

The signed beam was raised to the top of the structure and put in place as the crowd watched.

With the steel erection complete, we look forward to the next phase of this incredible project.

Winchester Renovation Update!

Winchester Renovation Update!

The exterior has been cleaned

and loose mortar was removed from the bricks.

Exterior store front glass

was installed.

New interior walls

were framed & topped with sheet rock.

Plumbers performed pressure tests

on the plumbing.

We are all excited to see how this project will look when it is completed!

 

 

Carpenter’s Daughter & Power UP’s “Hard Hat Tours”

Carpenter’s Daughter & Power UP’s “Hard Hat Tours”

Carpenter’s Daughter & Power UP

Host the first “Site to See:  Hard Hat Tours” workshop at the Pine Bluff Main Library construction site.

Shawn Carroll, Vice President of Operations was there to field questions from the students after they watched two steel beams being erected and put in place.

The highlight for many of the students was being allowed to write their names on one of the beams and have their signatures become a permanent part of Pine Bluff & Jefferson County history.

Special Thanks!

to Patrick Booth, Sr. Site Superintendent & Keith Broadway, Healthy & Safety Director & Dashaun Hammond for their help in making this event a success!

Great Job!

Pine Bluff Business Expo 2019!

Pine Bluff Business Expo 2019!

The Pine Bluff Regional Chamber of Commerce held its 32nd annual Business Expo on Thursday, May 2nd. The event was held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center and provided vendors the opportunity to connect with other business owners and local residents.

Van Tilbury, President & CEO-East Harding Construction, along with Shawn Carroll, VP of Operations, Patrick Booth, Sr. Site Superintendent, Win Trafford, Business Development & Dashaun Hammond represented East Harding Construction and manned the East Harding booth. Visitors registered for a $100 drawing and enjoyed several giveaway gifts from pens & koozies to tape measures & key chains.

The EHC team enjoyed meeting so many new people, visiting with clients & reconnecting with old acquaintances.  We are looking forward to next year’s Expo and feel certain it too will be a great success.

 
A special thanks to Mandy Owens, Event Coordinator for all her hard work in bringing this event together.

Banquet to Recognize Outstanding Walton Alumni

Banquet to Recognize Outstanding Walton Alumni

Outstanding Alumni, Students Recognized at Walton Awards Banquet…

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Sam M. Walton College of Business recognized three exceptional alumni and nearly 60 students for outstanding achievement at its annual awards banquet.

Walton College presented the following alumni awards at its 26th annual awards banquet on Thursday, April 18:

Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob East ’70
Entrepreneur of the Year – Heather R. Nelson ’94
Outstanding Service Award – Joanne Tam Fuller ’14

Bob East is a native of Little Rock and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the Walton College in 1970. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972 and then embarked on a career of serial entrepreneurship.

East founded Robert East Company in Little Rock as its sole employee in 1975. In 1978, his friend Tom Harding joined him to create East-Harding Inc., a general contracting firm. By 2009, the company had an annual volume of $45 million, at which time East and Harding implemented a management succession plan that ended in a sale of the majority interest of East-Harding to Van Tilbury. East purchased Advanced Cabling Systems in 1998, with three employees and $300,000 in revenue. As a contractor and developer, he knew fiber optics were the next big thing and understood that contractors would like to have a one-stop shop for their cabling and security needs. East grew Advanced Cabling Systems into one of the largest installers of cabling, fire alarms, CCTV and entry access systems in the United States. He served as chief executive officer of the company until January 2019, when it was sold to ADT.

East was named Arkansas Business Executive of the Year in 1996 and was a member of the U.S. Commerce Department Advisory Committee for Trade Policy Matters from 1995 to 1998. He is past chair of the national board of directors of Associated Builders and Contractors and a member of the American Institute of Constructors.

Heavily involved in his community, East was president for three years of the Little Rock Downtown Partnership and a member of the Little Rock Airport Commission for 10 years. He has previously served as chair of the Arkansas Nature Conservancy board and Arkansas Cancer Research Center, among many others. He currently serves on the board of Bank OZK.

Always in search of adventure, he has climbed Mount Everest, floated the entire length of the Mississippi River, run with the bulls in Pamplona and across the Grand Canyon. East lives with his wife in Little Rock and has two children.

Read the rest of this article at news.uark.edu/articles/48077/outstanding-alumni-students-recognized-at-walton-awards-banquet

Winchester Building Renovation

Winchester Building Renovation

East Harding Construction is renovating & restoring the 72 year old Winchester Auto Store building in downtown Little Rock.  The 13,428 sf space will become home to Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects who is also designing the renovation.

The interior demolition is almost complete and the concrete has been cut out and the ground prepped for underground plumbing to be installed, allowing for additional bathrooms, ect…

Currently, the interior block is being cleaned and next week we expect to begin replacing the roof, roughing in the electrical, repairing the plaster & painting ceilings.

The building is expected to be ready for occupancy in late August of 2019.

Project Update! Country Club of Little Rock Bridge…

Project Update! Country Club of Little Rock Bridge…

The old bridge on the golf course has been removed and the new 120′, self-weathering bridge has been put in place. Next, the stone masons will begin laying stone around the supports and the golf cart/pedestrian paths will be reconnected providing a beautiful new thoroughfare to the rolling greens of the golf course.

Armor Bank-Another Great EAST HARDING Project…

Armor Bank-Another Great EAST HARDING Project…

The Grand Opening for Armor Bank in Little Rock was on February 27th and East Harding was there! Having recently renovated the Cantrell Road building for Armor Bank’s first Central Arkansas branch, East Harding Construction gathered with the crowds to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony. Among the speakers were Govenor Asa Hutchinson & Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. Also in attendance were Chad May, CEO-Armor Bank & Mark Waldrop.

 

-Photos compliments of Nelson Chenault.

Pine Bluff Main Library Aerial View

Pine Bluff Main Library Aerial View

This empty, dilapidated parking lot is being transformed. All of the old concrete and debris have been cleared, the ground prepped, and now the beginning of it’s future is showing.

EHC Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses…

EHC Work-Related Injuries & Illnesses…

East Harding Construction is proud to announce that we have had zero work related injuries or illnesses in 2018!

Thank you to Keith Broadway, Health & Safety Director-East Harding Construction for his diligence in making sure we are doing all that we can to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Keith’s primary goal is to equip our Site Superintendents and subcontractors with the training, information, methods and equipment to ensure zero accidents and a safe and productive job site.

Safety is a team effort…Everyone on the EHC team understands the importance of safety in the work place and strives to insure and maintain our incredible safety record.

Country Club of Little Rock Bridge

Country Club of Little Rock Bridge

East Harding Construction is very excited to be replacing the stone bridge on the Country Club of Little Rock’s golf course. The bridge was constructed in the early 1900’s and was originally built with stones brought in by golfers in lieu of payment for playing on the greens. It has been used by thousands of people over the years.

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The new bridge will be a 120′ by 8′ self-weathering structure with synthetic decking and will provide years of use for pedestrians & golf carts at low to zero cost in maintenance.
EHC Team Meeting | Conflict Resolution

EHC Team Meeting | Conflict Resolution

Dr. Shannon Greenfield, Ph.D. spoke at the East Harding Construction team meeting today.

The topic was “Conflict Resolution”.

Dr. Greenfield delved into the emotional aspects of conflicts, their triggers and the true reasons behind them.  Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy his presentation and gained insight into their own triggers as well as how they may inadvertently trigger or push someone else’s buttons.  Understanding why we act and react a certain way in a conflict will go along way towards resolving & even preventing future conflicts.

Thank you to Dr. Greenfield for his time and insights.

Phillips County Justice Complex Groundbreaking

Phillips County Justice Complex Groundbreaking

Tuesday (10/16) East Harding Construction attended the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Phillips County Justice Complex. Wet and cold weather didn’t hold back the excitement. There was a great turnout from across the county. Judge Clark Hall spoke about the great community involvement and praised all who took part in helping this project move forward. Construction of the new detention facility and renovation to an existing building to house the new Sheriff’s Office will kick off next week. We look forward to a great project.

-Jack Whitley, EHC

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Main Library Branch

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Main Library Branch

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System Groundbreaking Ceremony…
 
Bobbie Morgan, Director of the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System, took the podium on Thursday, October 11 to share her excitement with the citizens of Pine Bluff, attending dignitaries, organizations and elected officials about the beginning of construction for the new Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Main Library Branch in the heart of downtown Pine Bluff.
 
Among the speakers were The Honorable Shirley Washington, Mayor of Pine Bluff, Ms. Kandice A. Bell, Senior Counselor and District Representative for Governor Asa Hutchinson, Ryan Watley, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Go Forward Pine Bluff and Van Tilbury, President and CEO, East Harding Construction.
 
Ms. Morgan along with East Harding Construction, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects and Reed Architecture Firm has spent hours collaborating on every detail of the new library branch to ensure that it is not only beautiful but efficient and effective in its goals.We are all looking forward to watching as this dream comes to life and has a lasting impact on the students and citizens of Pine Bluff.

Phillips County Justice Complex

Phillips County Justice Complex

East Harding Construction is proud to announce that we have been selected, through a competitive bid process, as the general contractor for the Phillips County Justice Complex in Helena, Arkansas. The project includes site improvements, construction of a new one level, 8,687 sf Detention Facility, and the interior renovation of an existing building to house the Sheriff’s Office. The Detention Facility will be a grout filled, CMU block wall structure with a precast structural concrete plank roof. There will be 104 beds total – male and female – with holding, segregation, lock-down and a general area as well as food prep, laundry and medical exam areas. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to the successful completion of a much needed facility and renovation.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Ground-Breaking

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Ground-Breaking

After months of planning and meetings, the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library’s new main library branch is coming to fruition with the ground-breaking ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in downtown Pine Bluff at the library’s new site on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Main Street.

Pine Bluff voters approved a millage increase in property taxes in 2016 to fund the new main library building and renovate the Watson Chapel branch. The millage increase will also fund projects at the Altheimer, Redfield and White Hall branches.

Pine Bluff Mayor, Shirley Washington, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System Director, Bobbie Morgan, Kandice Bell, a representative from Governor Asa Hutchinson’s office and Van Tilbury, President & CEO, East Harding Construction, will be in attendance at the ground-breaking ceremony.

East Harding Construction will continue to work closely with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library System and the Pine Bluff Construction & Trade Alliance craftsmen to ensure the successful completion of the much anticipated, new Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library’s main branch & the renovation of the Watson Chapel branch.

University of the Ozarks – Athletics Phase I

University of the Ozarks – Athletics Phase I

East Harding Construction is proud to announce the completion of the University of the Ozarks-Athletics Phase I Tennis Courts project.

The center features eight state-of-the-art lighted courts, championship court spectator seating and a contemporary tennis clubhouse and hosting venue.

The courts feature video streaming capabilities and teaching technology designed to enhance the player, coach, and spectator experience. The first floor of the complex includes locker rooms as well as spectator restrooms and facilities for concessions and storage. The second floor features an open space designed for hosting events and allows full view of the entire complex and competition play.

LEED Gold Awarded!

LEED Gold Awarded!

Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center

Yet another GREAT East Harding Project has been awarded the prestigious LEED Green Building Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The project has been certified LEED Gold and is one of only ten LEED Gold projects.

The Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center grounds are comprised of six acres and include walking paths, an amphitheater, a greenhouse & a teaching garden.

The library achieved LEED certification for a variety of sustainable strategies some of which included high-performance glazing with sunscreens, a water management system with a wetland for water-efficient landscaping,

deep roof overhang, use of local, rapidly renewable materials & materials with recycled content, bicycle storage & low flow water fixtures.

With a commitment to sustainable building techniques & adaptable reuse of existing facilities, East-Harding Construction provided construction services for this award-winning project and is proud to have been a part of making the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center a reality.

East Harding Construction Company Picnic-2018

East Harding Construction Company Picnic-2018

The EHC Team gathered at Allsopp Park for food, fun & fellowship. It was a great opportunity to spend time with everyone on a more personal level and meet some of the men & women behind the men & women of East Harding. We had lots of fun playing Cornhole, Horseshoes & Baggo. We also held our first annual Bingo game, awarded prizes and ate until we could not move! The evening came to an end by having our President & CEO, Van Tilbury hang Pedro (the pinata) by the rafters and let the kids take turns whacking him (Pedro, of course).

The event was catered by On the Border, who did a great job.

A special Thanks to Van Tilbury for bringing us all together and making East Harding Construction a GREAT company to work for & to all who pitched in and made this a wonderful event!

Lighthouse Academies Gymnasium Update!

Lighthouse Academies Gymnasium Update!

The interior of the new Lighthouse Academies Gymnasium is looking great!

The sheetrock is up & painted.

Utility and storage rooms are under construction.

The new HVAC units are set in place.

This gym will provide years of physical education & development. Potentially changing and improving the lives of the students for which it is being built.

AGC Safety Award

AGC Safety Award

East Harding Construction proudly accepts AGC Safety Award...

Van Tilbury, President & CEO-East Harding Construction & Keith Broadway, Safety Director-East Harding Construction accept AGC's 2018 EXCELLENCE IN SAFETY AWARD presented by Kevin Coakley, President-AGC, at the 3rd annual Excellence in Safety Award Program luncheon held at the Hilton Garden Inn in North Little Rock.

This is the third consecutive year East Harding Construction has received an award for making safety a priority and promoting a safe work environment.

East Harding Construction received special recognition for having zero recordable injuries in 2017.

Thank you to all of our employees who work so diligently to put safety first!

EHC Team Meeting

EHC Team Meeting

Our Team Meeting

for May focused on CPR and AED usage.

Diana Boulton

Owner-American First Response
presented a refresher course in these first aid measures.

The EHC team

was enthusiastic to revisit this subject as safety and being prepared for emergencies is a top priority for East Harding.

Lighthouse Academies Gymnasium Update!

Lighthouse Academies Gymnasium Update!

The new construction

of the 15,400 sf gymnasium is moving along nicely.

The interior framework

is being installed and sheetrock is already being hung.

The electrical wiring

is in place and the ductwork for the HVAC is also being installed.

We are pleased

with the progress made and look forward to the next stage drawing us closer to completion.

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Main Library

Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Main Library

New Design Unveiled...

Van Tilbury, President & CEO-East Harding Construction, attended the unveiling of the Design Plans & Vision for the new Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Main Library on Tuesday, May 1.

East Harding Construction

was named Construction Manager in February 2018 and is looking forward to another successful project in Pine Bluff.

The New Design

is modern and exciting and will be a milestone for the growth and revitalization of the community.

 

The Library

is expected to provide a host of learning opportunities for people of all ages, including a computer lab and training sessions.

 

Construction

is expected to begin in the fall of 2018.

Library Director Bobbie Morgan says she expects to cut the ribbon on the new building in February 2020.

Civil Rights Heritage Trail

Civil Rights Heritage Trail

East Harding’s

support of the Anderson Institute on Race & Ethnicity “Civil Rights Heritage Trail.”

“A shout-out to Advisory Council member Bob East. Each year his company, East-Harding, has installed the plaques in the sidewalk, pro bono. East Harding has been a partner from the start of this ongoing project back in 2011. Thank you, Bob! Thank you, Van Tilbury!”
-former Chancellor, Joel Anderson

Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal

Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal

Paschal Heat, Air & Geothermal's New Headquarters

Consisting of 2 stories

the main floor is 27,589 sf & the 2nd floor is 4,587 sf.

This modern design

features the DIRTT Furniture Wall System, Offices, Meeting Rooms, Sheet Metal Shop, Vehicle Maintenance Area, & a Safe Room.

The project

was completed in December 2017 with an approximate value of 4.5 million dollars.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE)

Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE)

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon

fraternity house on Stadium Drive is a two-story Georgian brick structure constructed in 1958.   The House received an almost $7 million renovation and expansion which was completed in December 2017.

The Project Scope

included a full exterior restoration, new energy-saving windows, jambs, and trim; masonry repointing and sealing; soffit and cornice repair; repainting— as well as targeted interior work—asbestos abatement, flooring, new insulation, new paint, HVAC systems, restroom improvements, etc.

The addition provides

new communal, dining, and food service areas—ADA access, a new elevator, and additional bedrooms in the open attic space. EHC was able to participate in evaluating design options and cost before the project moves into construction.

The project is...

fast-track, fully commissioned and constructed to the minimum equivalent of LEED Silver.

East Harding Construction

is very excited to have been a part of improving such a respected and long-standing fraternity.

Lighthouse Academies

Lighthouse Academies

Construction is well underway for the new Lighthouse Academies Gymnasium.

The plumbing groundwork is in place.

Foundations and slabs have been poured.

Support structures for the outer walls are being erected.

We are very excited to see the beginnings of a well-formed plan coming together.

Pine Bluff Library Selects East Harding Construction

Pine Bluff Library Selects East Harding Construction

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 pineblufflibrary.org

University of the Ozarks Tennis Courts

University of the Ozarks Tennis Courts

Progress continues for the University of the Ozarks Tennis Courts.

Light poles are set.

Scoreboards are put in place.

The courts are beginning to look 'player ready'!

It won't be long

before they are filled with the sounds of balls being volleyed and points racking up on the new high tech scoreboards.

The EHC Team

The EHC Team

The East Harding Construction team

gathered on Friday for our team meeting & enjoyed a delicious lunch while listening to guest speaker Joe Morgan, Safety & Training Manager at AGC.

Patrick Booth, Superintendent-EHC

demonstrated as Mr. Morgan spoke on the Silica Standard from OSHA.

Silica is the dust

that comes from concrete during demolition/removal of concrete.

OSHA has released guidelines,

known as the Silica Standard, on how to protect workers during this process.

Safety is East Harding's TOP Priority!

We continuously strive to educate our staff & implement new safety measures to ensure minimal risk to workers & our clients.

Working together,

we can maintain our excellent safety record for years to come.

Watson Chapel High School

Watson Chapel High School

Watson Chapel's New Driveway

East Harding Construction completes the new driveway for Watson Chapel High School.

The semicircle driveway

in front of the campus provides a new level of safety for the students.

The driveway created a new access

to an entrance near the front office for visitors/parents to check in without using the back gates.

The back gates can now be locked

during school hours and reduce the risk of unauthorized entrance onto school grounds and into the building.

East Harding Construction

is proud to have been a part of ensuring the safety of Watson Chapel High School’s students.

Merit Award!

Merit Award!

Office 1101

Modus Studio

Modus Studio received a Merit Award from the AIA Arkansas Design Excellence program.

East Harding Construction is proud to have been the contractor on this award-winning structure.  With its open plan tenant spaces and extensive windows, this modern architectural design is warm and comfortable and promotes easy conversation among the tenants.

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East Harding Renovates Historic Buildings

East Harding Renovates Historic Buildings

East Harding Construction has renovated several historic buildings listed on the National Registry of Historic Places right here in Arkansas.

One of which was the Union Deltic Building in Downtown El Dorado.  With 60,000 sq ft spanning six floors, this anchor to downtown El Dorado’s historic town square houses the corporate office for the Murphy Foundation and Deltic Timber Corporation, among others.

Union Deltic Building

This $5.5 million comprehensive renovation included a replacement of the mechanical and electrical systems entirely and renovations of every floor while the building was fully occupied.

 

East Harding Construction also renovated the historic Arkansas Gazette & Federal Reserve buildings for the eStem Public Charter Schools making these historical buildings not only a part of the past but a fulfilling part of the educational future of Arkansas.

eStem Public Charter School (K-9)

eSTEM is a college preparatory environment focusing on the study of the Economics related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, using the Arkansas curriculum, located in Downtown Little Rock in the historic Arkansas Gazette Building.  60,715 sf was readapted top to bottom to provide classrooms, art, computer and science centers to accommodate approximately 850 students.

This project was fast-track, design-build for the Arkansas Education Reform Foundation.

$4.5 mil adaptive reuse
Owner:  eSTEM Public Charter Schools
John Bacon, CEO

eStem Public Charter School (10-12)

eSTEM is a college preparatory environment focusing on the study of the Economics related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, using the Arkansas core curriculum.  The second phase of the eSTEM Public Charter Schools is the renovation of the historic Federal Reserve Building in Downtown Little Rock.

The former Federal Reserve Building, built in 1924, was renovated with the intent to retain the historic details and merge the state-of-the-art educational facilities available today.  If you take a tour, you might not see the gun tower in the lobby, but you would find the original massive bank vault still in place in the basement.

Each of the 24 classrooms, science labs, computer labs, library, and arts center are equipped with audio/visual systems including ceiling-mounted, interactive projectors that have 3-D capability.

This project was a fast-track, design-build project for the Arkansas Education Reform Foundation.

$5.4 million Historic Renovation
Owner:  eSTEM Public Charter Schools
John Bacon, CEO

University of the Ozarks-Tennis Smart Courts

University of the Ozarks-Tennis Smart Courts

University of the Ozarks Update-The first slabs for the new tennis courts have been poured.  There were three slabs poured this week, two of which were for the “Smart Courts”. These courts will be especially beneficial because they will evaluate & train tennis players using HD cameras and extensive technology.  The courts will be programmed to identify a particular type of practice activity, such as forehand or top spin swings and let the players know if they miss where they were supposed to hit the ball.  The system uses analytical algorithms to record speed, trajectory, strokes, ect…  It will easily enhance any player’s game and prove to be an asset to the University.

University of the Ozarks-First Tennis Courts

University of the Ozarks-Tennis Courts

East Harding Construction-University of the Ozarks Tennis Courts
East Harding Construction-University of the Ozarks Tennis Courts
East Harding Construction-University of the Ozarks Tennis Courts
East Harding Construction-University of the Ozarks Tennis Courts

East Harding is proud to announce that the construction of the new University of the Ozarks tennis courts is now underway. The project will consist of eight fully lit, competition size courts, two of which will be “Smart Courts” and six of which will be “Live Courts”. There will also be an outbuilding for restrooms and storage. This project will be an impressive addition to the already thriving university and we are thrilled to be a part of its growth.

Promotion at East Harding Construction!

Donna Clark promoted at East Harding!
Recognized for Leadership Fayetteville 2017-2018

Little Rock, Arkansas – September 21, 2017 – East Harding Construction has promoted Donna Clark to the position of Senior Project Manager / Senior Estimator.  Donna is based in the company’s Springdale, Arkansas office that serves clients throughout Northwest Arkansas.

“Donna has proven herself to be a tremendous asset to East Harding Construction,” said Van Tilbury, President & CEO.  “She has the character, experience, leadership skills and work ethic that have earned her this position as a senior-level member of our team.  Client service guides her every decision and, as a result, Donna will help our Northwest Arkansas team realize a very bright future.”

“I am also excited to recognize Donna for being selected for the Leadership Fayetteville class for 2017-2018,” said Tilbury.  “Donna will prove herself to be an asset to the class as she learns more about the opportunities and challenges facing Fayetteville and the region and as she works with her classmates to develop strategies that help move Northwest Arkansas forward.”

East Harding Construction, with offices in Little Rock and Springdale, is an Arkansas-based commercial construction manager/general contractor serving clients in the historic renovation, K-12, higher education, healthcare, municipal, religious, office, non-profit, retail, restaurant, banking and industrial sectors.

Donna Clark
Senior Project Manager

Tinkerfest 2017

Tinkerfest 2017, an event hosted by the Museum of Discovery, had an incredible turn out this year.  Hundreds of children made their way through the River Market District on Saturday visiting booth after booth of “tinker” opportunities.  Each booth offered a “hands on” learning experience with a variety of construction and mechanical functions.

East Harding sponsored a booth to teach the kids about P-traps and plumbing, which was a big hit since the kids were able to scoop up cups of green colored water and pour them into standing pipes with P-traps demonstrating how the P-trap retains water and blocks sewer gas from escaping into a home or building.

A special thanks to Mason McBroom, Asst. Project Manger-East Harding Construction, who coordinated and helped man East Harding’s presentation at Tinkerfest this year.  We would also like to thank all of our volunteers who helped make this event such a success!

2017 Safety in Excellence Award

East Harding Safety Director, Keith Broadway, attended the AGC (Associated General Contractors) awards ceremony where he proudly accepted the Excellence in Safety” award for 2017 on East Harding’s behalf.

Keith has served as Safety Director for 23 years and serves on the Associated General Contractors of Arkansas Safety Committee.

Congratulations to all the hardworking people here at East Harding that diligently strive for excellence in safety procedures making East Harding a top ranking, safety-oriented company!