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.
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’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.
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.
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.
We are so excited about this project.
It’s looking great!
The Pine Bluff Main Library is coming along nicely! Great job guys!
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!
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.
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!
This formidable structure is near completion.
With only a few finishing touches, the new Phillip’s County Justice Complex will be ready service.
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.
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!
The exterior grading for site paving is finished and one of many concrete pours is underway.
The auger truck is on site & has begun drilling for light pole bases.
Exterior Sheathing & Vapor Barrier installed on upper level and a portion of lower level.
The Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Library Systems selected East Harding Construction as CM Agent for these three renovation projects.
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.
$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.
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.
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!
These new aerial photos show how fast this project is progressing!
Only a short time ago, this was a vacant lot!
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.
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.
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!
The Pine Bluff Main Library has passed a milestone with the completion of the steel erection.
We can now see some of the levels in the structure.
The East Harding team is doing a great job keeping this project moving!
New Pine Bluff Main Library Signed Beam Placement
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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
We are excited to see the progress being made in Helena-West Helena on the new Phillips County Justice Complex!
The under-slab plumbing and electrical rough in is complete and part of the 18,000 sf slab has been poured.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Senior Project Manager
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!
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!
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
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.