Murphy explained that he "planned to buy practically all materials for the construction work locally, as well as hire all local help possible on the job".
Although excavation was to begin on August 17, no excavation contract had been made as of August 13, which could have potentially delayed the start date significantly.
On Tuesday, August 18, only one day later than expected, excavation work began.
The WPA was a federal jobs program that hired thousands of citizens to construct public works projects.
Hobart, Indiana, received funding for multiple public works projects, including the construction of the city's first federal post office and painting of "Early Hobart", the post office lobby's mural.
According to The Hobart Index: The Commonwealth, a local newspaper, in March 1936, the government requested bids for the construction of a new post office.
Although the first Hobart post office appeared about 100 years earlier, this was the city's first federal building.
Each interested applicant could obtain one copy of drawings and specifications for the building, which required return to the government.
Companies that "consistently failed to submit proposals" were not furnished with specifications.
The term "condemnation proceedings" refers to eminent domain, in which the government is able to take private property for public use upon compensation to the owner.
The next day, Joseph Mellon, the Hobart Post Office postmaster, stated that the formal awarding of the contract was to be expected soon, meaning work could start on the building as soon as late July.
It was not until July that the formal award of the contract came to the Structural Engineering Corporation of New York City.