Career Expo 2023
As safety is always at the forefront of everything we do here at East Harding Construction, our superintendents spent time refreshing their Boom Lift skills on Friday. Brandon Meadows & Tom Pierson of Sunbelt Rentals spoke about the responsibilities and safe operation of Boom Lifts including Pre-start inspections; Workplace inspections; Hazards involved in operating; and Preventing accidents in the workplace. Our superintendents received hands-on operation training on actual equipment, which is invaluable.
Special thanks to the Sunbelt team for helping us be safe!
Dashaun Hammond, East Harding Construction Site Superintendent, a 2019 graduate of the University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff, was interviewed recently by students of the UAPB Television Practicum class regarding our recent completion of exterior renovations to the UAPB Hazzard Gymnasium. Mr. Rashaun Trammell, Instructor, coached his students through the videography and interview process as Dashaun discussed the work performed on the 1952-era building, that included a new roof, new exterior metal panels, new storefront glass, new exterior doors, downspouts and minor site improvements that greatly enhanced the gymnasium and that prepared it for future interior improvements.
The interview will appear on the UAPB YouTube channel.
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.”
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.
Great Team Meeting Today!
Special thanks to Dr. Shannon Greenfield, PHD for sharing his insights on personal goal setting and how the human mind works. Dr. Greenfield explained the importance of living in the NOW. You can’t change the past, but you can learn from it, you can’t control the future, but you can direct it by the actions you take now.
East Harding embraces work/life balance and Dr. Greenfield’s contributions to our meetings have been an excellent resource.
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!
For deliveries, contact Rob Stanish, Sr. Site Superintendent 501.690.6647
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 new addition is complete and the landscape is flourishing.
This turned out to be a beautiful addition.
Great Job 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.
Out with the old, in with the new…
The Pine Bluff School District is trying to beat the heat this summer with upgrades to the McFadden Gym HVAC system and despite supply chain demands, this project is moving right along. With the new school year just weeks away, these improvements will make gym classes and basketball games much more pleasant.
For deliveries, contact Rob Stanish, Sr. Site Superintendent 501.690.6647
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.
Happy Birthday to Jack Whitley, Project Manager!
Hope you have a great birthday Jack!
Lot’s going on at George’s…excavation of interior pedestal footings, peers constructed, floor joists installed, floor insulated, decking laid and interior walls framed.
May has been busy! Looking GREAT team!
Congratulations to Dashaun Hammond, Site Superintendent! Dashaun is our May Safety Award winner! Dashaun noticed a potential safety risk and went with his instinct to investigate further. After identifying the risk, he implemented a resolution resolving the issue. Way to go Dashaun!
East Harding Construction is proud to be the Construction Manager of Record for the Pine Bluff School District. The schools is the district are continually being improved with much needed upgrades and additions.
McFadden Gym is getting upgrades to it’s lighting, the gym floor is being refinished and a brand new HVAC system is being installed.
The team has completed demolition and started structural framing on the old Cafe Prego, soon to be George’s Italian Restaurant, in the Heights!
East Harding Construction is very excited to be the GC for the new George’s Italian Restaurant coming to the former Café Prego location.
We are teaming up, once again, with Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, to bring dreams to reality in this newly designed, boutique restaurant.
Read more…George’s Italian Restaurant
Our March Safety Award winner was Patrick Booth, Sr. Site Superintendent, for going above and beyond to make sure our subs are following all safety protocols and even verifying response times for local fire/rescue services in case of an emergency.
Great Job Pat! We appreciate you!
The Grand Opening of ARMOR Bank in Hot Springs was celebrated by welcoming the staff and community to the new branch with balloons and goodies. This beautiful bank, located at 4546 Central Avenue, boasts high ceilings and modern chandelier lighting. The exterior is accented in stone and has a warm, home town feel.
Congratulations to Jack Whitley, Project Manager, Tom Wolfe, Site Superintendent, David Perry, Architect (RPPY Architects) and all of our EHC team that worked so hard to bring the ARMOR Bank branch to life!
Great Job Guys!
East Harding Construction is proud to be a sponsor of Carelink’s “Cupcakes for Goodness Sake”.
Van Tilbury, Owner, President & CEO, along with his wife and two of his children attended the event held at the Heifer Village Pavilion in Little Rock. The annual event raises awareness about ways to meet the opportunities and challenges of aging.
With the rock veneer being installed and paving underway, this ARMOR Bank branch will soon be ready for customers!
Jack Whitley, Project Manager, shows off the progress being made by Tom Wolfe, Site Superintendent & our expert team.
The new addition is complete and the team is working on the interior punch list!
We are so excited about this project! Exterior Improvements are underway and soon the new classrooms will be ready for students.
One step closer! Teams are installing metal roof panels and pouring site concrete and parking lot curbs and gutters. Looking good guys!
These great aerials give a birds eye view of the progress on the new ARMOR Bank branch in Hot Springs!
East Harding Construction is renowned throughout Arkansas for our work in historic renovation. We are excited to have been selected to renovate this chapel and convent for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts These buildings will be converted into a residence hall and multipurpose space.
This project is really coming together! Teams are finishing the roof sheathing and underlayment and have started the brick veneer. Windows are being prepped for install and much of the site utilities are already in place.
Great Progress Guys!
The new addition to Our Lady of the Holy Souls Catholic School is now fully framed and covered with exterior sheathing. The interior has been sectioned into rooms and will soon be ready for sheetrock
This project is looking great!
East Harding Construction is proud to be part of the District Wide Improvements to the Fordyce School District. This project may seem small but it will make a tremendous impact on the development of the children that will use it nearly every day.
The new, modern equipment will help children learn to interact with others, promoting social development, as wells as physical coordination, strength, and flexibility.
Almost in the dry! The beauty of this bank is showing in it’s unique roof line with the peaks and valleys giving it a neighborhood feel. The large storefront windows are framed and teams are hard at work putting up OSB. Great Job Guys!