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.



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

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!

Promotions at East Harding Construction!

Little Rock, Arkansas – March 30, 2016 – East Harding Construction has promoted Shawn Carroll, LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), to the position of Senior Vice President – Operations and Nathan Kerr, Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP), to the position of Manager – Field Operations.

“Shawn has been a tremendous asset to East Harding Construction since he joined us in 2006.  He has been very effective in his current role as Sr. Estimator/Sr. Project Manager and has worked diligently into more management responsibility over time”, said Van Tilbury, President & CEO.  “Shawn will continue to work with several key clients and projects as he transitions into his new role of managing the day-to-day operations of our company.  He has earned this responsibility and I am excited to welcome him to our senior management team,” said Tilbury.

“Like Shawn, Nathan has been a top performer for East Harding Construction since he joined us in 2006.  He has been entrusted to build some of our most complex projects and has handled them effectively with a high level of client satisfaction.  Nathan

nathan kerr

has the ability, experience and desire to grow his management responsibility and I am pleased to place him in charge of our field operations.  I am confident that we will become an even better company with Nathan in this role,” said Tilbury.

“The promotions of Shawn and Nathan are part of East Harding Construction’s long-term strategic plan to become the commercial contractor of choice in Arkansas.  Both men have the personal values, professional skill-sets, leadership skills and dedication to excellence that will allow us to continue taking great care of our long-term clients while we grow our company into new markets,” said Tilbury.  “Client satisfaction guides their every decision and, as a result, Shawn and Nathan will help our entire team realize a very bright future,” Tilbury said.