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"Sustainability begins at home" is
the theme for this year's Perspective.
The issue examines our college's
contributions to sustainability, much
in the way we examined historic
preservation and internationalization
in previous issues, looking at what is
unique about the College of Design,
Construction and Planning.
When we say sustainability begins
at home, we mean not only each indi
vidual's home, but also, the college's
home here at the University of Florida.
Our college has been a leader of, and
active participant in, UF's efforts to
infuse all campus and community ac
tions with the values of sustainability.
In October 2005, the university's
president, Bernie Machen, publicly
proclaimed his commitment to a plan
of action to make us a leader in model
ing sustainability in running a major
university and to provide students
exposure to the principles and meth
odologies of sustainability through the
curriculum. This past October, during
the Campus and Community Sustain
ability Conference, President Machen
offered a report card on progress
made during the past year to, as he
put it, "reinvent our culture, so we can
model it for the world." You will read
about the impressive results in the
following pages, but they include more
recycling, better land conservation
(while continuing to construct needed
buildings), regulating energy consump
tion in buildings and ensuring that all
new buildings were designed to meet
the standards of certification for Lead
ership in Energy and Environmental
In the area of helping to instill in
students the knowledge, skills and
values of sustainability, DCP has been
at the forefront of a vast effort here at
UF. Of the 16 courses offered that are
based in sustainability theory and
practice, half are taught through DCP
programs. Over this past year, the
existing graduate certificate in sustain
able architecture and concentration
in sustainable construction have been
supplemented by a new interdisciplin
ary certificate and concentration in
sustainable design created by a team
of faculty drawn from all of the college
units. And the list of specific courses
available to support these programs
demonstrates how pervasive the ideals
of sustainability are within our profes
Through the wide ranging efforts
highlighted herein, you will, I trust,
develop an even richer appreciation of
how committed we are to model sus
tainability in all that we do. Even the
production of this publication has been
done to limit any .... ,il i 11 ,1 11 1 1 i ex
ert in our environment. New faculty hires
in landscape architecture, interior design,
architecture, building construction and
planning are likely to enhance the ways
that we help to fulfill the university's
mission, as well as our own. And you are
likely to learn soon how DCP, in concert
with other committed colleges and schools
on campus, will elevate UF to the top
echelon among universities leading in this
great global paradigm shift of the 21st cen
tury. We welcome your comments about,
and support for, DCP's bold and exciting
ventures into "sustainability."
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Dean and Professor
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA I College ofDesign, Construction & Planning
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Eric Cochran, associate director of Physical Plant
in charge of operations at UF, puts the first tank of
gas in one of the university's first ethanol-powered
vehicles. About 40 vehicles on campus can use the
fuel, which is 85 percent ethanol.
In 1997, a group of students, faculty and
staff members at the University of Florida
came together to create Greening UF, a
campaign whose mission was to spread
awareness about the need to keep the UF
campus environmentally conscious, envi
ronmentally responsible and sustainable.
Founded by building construction
professor Charles Kibert and research
associate Gisela Bosch, this grass roots
movement was ahead of its time. Although
three years earlier, UF had joined 310
universities worldwide in pledging to help
uphold environmental balance on campus,
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Then, in late 2000, an Office of Sustain
ability was established within the College
of Design, Construction and 'Pl; iiiiii and
a new cross-campus movement was born.
In 2005, UF announced the formation of
a university-wide Office of Sustainability
and today the office is one of the most pro
gressive of its kind in the nation, working
with an advisory Sustainability Commit
tee to shape the way UF is growing into
"It's developed to a point where it's
becoming integrated into decision-making
throughout the university," says Dedee
DeLongpr6, the director of the UF Office of
Sustainability. One of her goals is to create
programs that balance the environmental
aspects of sustainability while remaining
"Basically, we're consuming natural
resources 25 percent faster than the planet
is able to replenish them," DeLongpre says.
"Since the beginning of the Industrial Revo
lution, we've become adept at using resources
at an unsustainable rate, and at the end of the
life of these things, we just throw them way.
It's a take-make-waste linear cycle.
"From a design perspective, we need to
shift to a more circular borrow-use-return
cycle," DeLongpre continues. "It's a way we
look at everything in our lives. It's time we
make a change."
The UF Office of Sustainability, which
counts members of the DCP faculty among its
advisory committee, is leading the charge, as
UF becomes one of the top universities in the
country in sustainability efforts, along with
Harvard and Yale.
"At UF, we have a 2,000-acre campus and
50,000 students, so you can imagine that
the impact we have is equal to that of a small
city," DeLongpre says. "If we look at resource
consumption and waste as it relates to a cam
pus of this size, you can see how we need to
be more efficient. We look at environmental,
social and economic impacts, and all three
spheres must overlap in the most effective
Kibert, who serves as director of the Powell
Center for Construction and Environment,
was instrumental in bringing the idea of
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with the design and creation of Rinker Hall
as a "green building," which means that it's
energy-efficient and largely self sustaining.
"It uses one-third of the energy of other
buildings," Kibert says of Rinker Hall,
which opened in 2003. "We rely on a lot of
natural light during the day and use very
efficient heating and cooling systems. We're
also very water-efficient. We have almost
a thousand students and faculty coming
through the building each day, and we use
less potable water than an average family
does in a day."
Now, thanks to efforts by the college
and the UF Sustainability Committee, all
new buildings erected on campus must
meet the U.S. Green Building Council's
Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) standards, which measure
a building's environmental performance
and sustainability. Currently, there are 12
buildings around campus being built in
this manner, Kibert says.
"They may cost two to three percent more
up-front, but the extra money is rapidly
paid back in terms of energy savings," he
says. "The university reaps the .... ii .
Creating sustainable buildings is just one
piece of the long-range pie for the Office of
Sustainability. DeLongpre, Kibert and their
colleagues are making big strides forward
in other areas too.
"One of our goals is to have a zero-waste
campus within 10 years. We are trying to
minimize waste and experiment with new
ways to recycle what we can and to turn all
other waste into energy," says Kibert, who
also serves as chair of the UF Energy and
Climate Change Task Force.
One UF professor, says DeLongpre, al
ready has a patent to turn wet waste, such as
manure, into energy, while another UF team
is working on turning dry waste, including
medical waste, into energy using thermal
conversion methods. These and other
such programs are being test driven on
UF's campus and may one day make huge
changes in the way our country and world
deal with waste products.
"One of our goals is to make the campus
a living laboratory for sustainability,"
Among the other initiatives already in
place on campus is a new "FlexCar" pro
gram, which supports students, staff and
faculty who are willing to use bikes or pub
lic transportation to get to campus, therefore
reducing traffic congestion and pollution. If
they enroll in the FlexCar program, they'll
have the opportunity to borrow from a fleet
of fuel-efficient cars if they ever need to use
a car while on campus to run errands or get
to a doctor's appointment.
"Every time we suggest something, like
giving up taking your car to campus, we
want to offer people an attractive and reli
able alternative," DeLongpre says. "This
program helps accomplish that."
Sustainability efforts also are in place in
some of the university's dining facilities, a
practice that DeLongpre expects to expand
over the next few years. The Office of Sus
tainability is working with the university's
dining suppliers to ensure that more food
comes from regional farms (thus reducing
transportation costs and carbon emissions,
as well as supporting local agriculture); the
dining facility at Broward Hall already has
a vegan food station that PETA has named
GREENING CONTINUED ON PAGE 4 >>
RECOGNITION OF UF'S EFFORTS
UF is gaining recognition for its commitment to sustainability and the efforts being made across campus,
including the following:
>> Sustainable Florida Government Award by
the Council for Sustainable Florida
>> Best workplaces for commuters
among colleges and universities by U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency
>> Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary
by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary System
>> Top 10 vegetarian dining option by the
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
You Can Help Change the World
How can one person change ., ,. 'And what is
,! ,.,'i, (, ,. the idea of meeting the needs of
today without comprising the needs offuture genera-
tions. You can help by adopting some of the tips list-
ed here and on the pages of this magazine in the top
right-hand corner. You can find the complete list of
tips to your i.,; l ..,.:in, ,,.1... ,...., .I we can
...; ., i. ri, ..,:, impact on ourenvironment. You
might be surprised how easy it is.
Unplug Unused Electronics
Even when electronic devices are turned off,
they use energy. Save over 1,000 lbs. of carbon
dioxide and $256 per year.
Buy products with less packaging and recycle
paper, plastic and glass. Save 1,000 lbs. of
carbon dioxide per year.
Consider Your Water Heater
Check it: Keep your water heater thermostat
no higher than 120F. Save 550 lbs. of carbon
dioxide and $30 per year.
Insulate it: Keeping your water heater insu
lated could save 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide
and $40 per year.
Switch to tankless: Your water will be heated
as you use it rather than keeping a tank of hot
water. Save 300 lbs. of carbon dioxide and
$390 per year.
Take Shorter Showers
-.i,, -i account for 2/3 of all water heating
costs. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $99
Install a low-flow showerhead: Using less
water in the shower means less energy to heat
the water. Save 350 lbs. of carbon dioxide and
Buy a Fuel Efficient Car
Getting a few extra miles per gallon makes a
big difference. Save thousands of lbs. of carbon
dioxide and a lot of money per year.
Buy a hybrid car: The average driver could
save 16,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide and $3,750
per year driving a hybrid.
Carpool when you can: Own a big vehicle?
C i ...i iI iii li i andco-workers saves
fuel. Save 790 lbs. of carbon dioxide and hun
dreds of dollars per year.
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA College ofDesign, Construction & Planning
> GREENING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3
one of the top ten vegetarian dining options in
college campuses nationwide; and Broward
doesn't serve or supply anything that is non
Another goal of the office is to make UF a
carbon neutral campus within the next 15 years.
"We are currently calculating how much
carbon dioxide we are emitting and then cre
ating a plan to cut down," Kibert says. "We'll
find alternative fuels, such as bio-based fuels,
ethanol and biodiesel. We want to grow as
much bio-land mass as possible to absorb the
carbon dioxide we generate, and within 15
years, through reducing emissions, substi
tuting fuels, and increasing biomass such as
trees, we hope to account for all our carbon
Other programs are easier to implement
right away. For example, the campus energy
office took a look at summer and holiday us
age of UF building space and found some sig
:..i i '' .. to reduce energy expenditure.
Now, instead of having buildings operate at
full capacity during school breaks, the uni
versity will set back the thermostats in more
than 70 buildings to conserve energy, and in
the summer, classes will be moved to fewer
buildings, as faculty need only 25 percent of
the classroom space they need during the re
mainder of the year.
"Everyone should believe sustainability
is critical and important," says Ed Poppell,
the university's Vice President for Finance
and Administration, who oversees the Office
of Sustainability. "We're protecting and pre
serving the planet for future generations. We
all should take the social and moral response
ability to do this."
The UF Office of Sustainability supports
numerous programs which make the uni
versity's campus a greener, healthier, more
environmentally and socially conscious
place. But its mission goes further than that.
The fact that nearly 50,000 students come
through the University of Florida every four
years means that educators on campus have
the perfect opportunity to train the next gen
eration of business and society leaders with
sustainability in mind.
"We're trying to 'green' the curriculum,"
Kibert says. "We're adding courses with sus
tainability content because we want students
to have literacy about this so they can make
decisions in their future jobs."
Says Poppell, "Through education, we can
progress to action. We're constantly bring
ing in new students, so we're such an obvious
place to do this training and to spread aware
Teaching tomorrow's leaders about the
importance of sustainability could be the
university's and the college's most important
contribution to the future.
"The students who graduate from here
are going to go out into the world, and they
will either live the status quo, or they may do
things differently that help to sustain society.
Whether they know how to do that is, in large
part, up to us," DeLongpre says. "They need
to learn it in the classroom, but also to live it
in dining halls, residence halls and through
our transportation policies. Sustainability
practices need to be a norm.
"We hope that when students leave the Uni
versity of Florida," DeLongpre adds, "sustain
ability will simply be a part of their lives." I
In January, UFPresident Bernie Machenjoined other ( ill'g ,,i I university presidents in signing a
pledge to ,..., global l warming. The pledge requires the U ,,ll'g,'., Il universities to develop aplan to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible. UFhas already
begun this process. Here are just afew of , i ,. /:. r ', ,' initiatives that UF has committed to:
All major new construction and renovation projects
must follow the U.S. Green Building Council's Lead-
ership in Energy and Environmental Design criteria
to deliver high performance and sustainable build-
UF's Environmental Purchasing Policy supports
products that will minimize any negative environ-
mental impacts. UF hosted a sustainable products
vendor show to help educate employees on sustain-
Since 1997, UF has contributed increasing funds
to the Regional Transit System to allow faculty and
staff to ride the bus for free. In addition, this year, UF
implemented the Flexcar and GreenRide programs.
Flexcar allows UF employees and students to rent a
vehicle on campus, giving them access for periodic
errands, while encouraging them to use other
means to get to campus, such as biking or busing.
GreenRide is a software program that allows users to
link with others who travel similar routes to campus,
allowing for possible carpooling.
UF set a goal of producing zero solid waste by 2015.
As the university's President's Home is renovated, it
will become a model of sustainable living practices.
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC EQUITY
UF has a living wage policy, paying employees at
least $2 above Florida's minimum wage, and this
year, UF began offering health care benefits to
UF has a purchasing directive for departmental
vehicles, which requires the purchase of hybrid
or alternative fuel vehicles, except under specific
SUSTAINABILITY Buy ProductsLocally. Buylocallyand reducethe amount
of energy required to drive your products to the store.
Next Level of Green Building at UF
They began in ancient Babylon, were modern
ized in Germany during the 1960's, are quickly
spreading across urban areas in the United
States and now, green: .... I iii i. 1i. the
University of Florida as early as this spring.
The ( 1 ,i i R. Perry Construction Yard,
a demonstration area for mastercraft and
outdoor teaching I lli.,ni. I. i ,.il ... i' to
the existing Rinker Hall, will include a 2,600
square foot green roof which will be used
for faculty and student research. Named for
the late Charles R. Perry, a Rinker School of
Building Construction alumnus and Con
struction Hall of Fame inductee, plans to in
clude the green roof were added to the project
thanks to an additional endowment by Perry's
widow, Nancy. "The green roof is an opportu
nity to enhance our planet," she said. "I was
impressed that the college wanted to
do additional things in construction."
Based on the potential success of the roof,
scientists, engineers and landscape architects
involved will help bring more green roofs to
the southeast region of the United States, said
Abdol Chini, director of the M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction.
"We want to experiment with green roofs
here at the University of Florida to see if this
is a practice that we can implement across the
whole campus and region," Chini said. "Areas
like Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Jackson
ville are the areas we think would have the
maximum advantages of green roofs. But of
course, it should start with research institu
tions like us."
The roof will consist of a six inch depth of
growing medium, or soil, underlain by two
inches of green roof material. Plants for the
roof will include a variety of native vegetation
and other species which are able to adapt to
the arid, coastal atmosphere of Gainesville,
landscape architecture lecturer Glenn Acomb
said. Acomb, along with architecture visiting
assistant professor Bahar Armaghani and
soil and water science doctoral student Sylvia
Lang, have spearheaded the plant design and
installation of the green roof. The construct
tion is supported by a grant from the Florida
Department of Transportation.
While green roofs usually are installed for
their many .. 11. 1i including the ability to
reduce building heating and cooling costs
and to reduce stormwater run off, the school's
green roof also will serve as an interdisciplin
ary research project.
"All of our units in the College of Design,
Construction and Planning can learn from
it and other units across campus will .. 111
from it too," Acomb said. "This is something
we really should invest in. There is no ques
tion about it."
The green roof will be divided into four dis
tinct sections with two intersecting foot paths,
which will enable four I l Il. I. i -, I, 1
experiments to be conducted simultaneously.
The roof also will have three different water
sources -potable, reclaimed and rain/har
vested water -available to irrigate the plants.
"With the various water sources and roof lay
out, we can have simultaneous experiments
going on at once," Acomb said. "One side could
be all reclaimed water; the other side could
be potable water. It will enable us to assess
the plants and their nutrients under different
The green roof also will intensify the
already strong presence of sustainable build
ing construction education in the college.
Students, faculty and visitors will be able to
see the green roof from the second and third
:1. ...i; of Rinker Hall. The green roof will
reinforce the feelings of sustainability which
already are prevalent throughout the college,
"Our goal is that the students who gradu
ate from our program and go on to work for
the industry are aware of the issues of waste,
energy efficiency and sustainability," Chini
said. "We touch these issues so that when the
students graduate from the program they
can go on to have an impact. And in fact, they
already have had an impact as many of our
alumni advocate the issue of sustainability."
( I in sustainability have been in
place for more than 11 years in the Rinker
School, and currently are mandatory for all
incoming students. According to Acomb and
Chini, there is a definite trend of emphasizing
sustainability curriculum across academia in
the United States. The green roof will give UF
students and professors a hands-on approach
to fostering knowledge and experience within
the growing sustainability movement.
"It's one thing to just to talk about it, it's
another to show evidence," Chini said. "We
want to make sure that at least when students
graduate, they bring these new ideas of sus
tainable building, sustainable construction
and high performance building with them to
the industry and try to improve the indus
try's operation. It is the time now to really
show we can do it." 0I
N I \ E RS I T V O F F LO ; I DA. I (''lg//-,:, D'esign, Construction & Planning
Sustainable practices and principles have been incorporated into the
college's curriculum for more than 20 years. We spoke to faculty from
each department and school to share their insights into why it is critical
to integrate sustainability into the classroom.
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"We present them with a real world scenario,
and among other things, we ask them to consider
sustainability when developing their solution.
"Then, we ask, 'why did you do that?' We want
them to figure it out on their own. We find that if
they investigate through trial and error, it seems
to resonate more.
"One of the strengths of our design programs is
that they teach problem solving. My students are
good at that. In my studio, they learn how to apply
problem solving to sustainability.
"I hope that after the discussions that I have and
lectures I present in studio, more people would make
the choice to care about their impact on the environ
ment. That's the ultimate hope.
"Sustainability isn't a specialty -it should be the
baseline for good design."
Graduate teaching assistant Michael Compton teaches
the senior interior design studio. Prior to coming to UF to
pursue his master's degree in architecture, Compton worked
forRTKL in Washington, D.C., and was the design firm's con
sultant on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) for all their offices throughout the world.
"None of our courses has sustainability in the title, but
all of them integrate sustainability into the coursework.
"In my materials course, I have each student do a research
paper on a particular material. A main component of the paper
is to investigate the sustainability of its manufacturer and its
use and the embodied energy it takes. Through this process,
they become more aware of their choices.
"Our role at the university is to explore the impact of the site.
We can reach out to our colleagues in areas such as wildlife
ecology and soil and water science to research all the issues.
"At the graduate level, we historically have seen an inter
est or understanding of sustainability from our students. For
undergraduates, we have seen improvement throughout the
years, but we still have a way to go. Sustainable lifestyles
is not really what students are hearing about in high school."
Landscape architecture lecturer Glenn Acomb teaches the de-
partment's Construction I and Construction II courses. He currently
serves on the committee tasked by the U.S. Green Building Council
with establishing a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) category for sites.
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA College ofDesign, Construction & Planning
PERRY PROGRAM FOR CRAFTS AWARENESS
With a muffled pop, an acetylene torch spat
out a bright orange flame which slowly
turned to blue. Its operator carefully waved
the wand over two -1'1 I I I, i i which in
short order became one.
This was building construction student
Katherine Gaddy's first time soldering. This
kind of work is not the typical fare of the con
struction management program at the Rinker
School of Building Construction, but this day,
the class curriculum included a visit from ex
pert tradesmen in the plumbing business.
The students and tradesmen were partic
ipating in the ( I, 1 I R. Perry Program for
Crafts Awareness, an initiative supported by
a $2 million gift from the late Charles Perry
and his wife Nancy. The program introduces
students to different construction trades like
plumbing, masonry and carpentry to teach
them about new technology, proper safety
and best practices.
"They need to be aware of what they're
looking at on a job," said Mike Valdejo, pro
gram instructor and plumbing expert. "They
need to know how things are done right."
Spread out across a folding table, Valde
jo laid copper pipes, PVC fittings, iron cou
The late Charles Perry (pictured above) and his wife Nancy supported
the creation of the Charles R. Perry Program for Crafts Awareness through
a generous gift to the Rinker School of Building Construction.
plings, an assortment of colored glues and
two pipe cutters. He demonstrated how to cut
and join each of the materials and invited vol
unteers from the audience of students
to do the same.
Jim Tharp, president of Tharp Plumbing
and crafts awareness program participant,
has been giving demonstrations like this for
eight years, he said. Tharp was on hand to
show off his company's newest pipe clamp
ing equipment, a battery operated ProPress
an innovation which radically speeds up the
"This was probably the best demonstration
we've had," said building construction assis
tant professor Kevin Grosskopf.
With as many as dozen lill. i. 'i I. n ,
on any given job site, the opportunity for inef
ficiency to creep in can become great, Gross
kopf said. The project manager must be able
to look at the plans and make decisions know
ing what each trade requires, he added.
"The concept of crafts awareness is not to
make our students tradespeople, but to let
them know what tradespeople go through
and how to safely and efficiently utilize them
on a job site," Grosskopf said. 0
Building construction student Katherine Gaddy tries her hand at soldering copper pipes with help from Mike Valdejo of Tharp
Plumbing. The Perry Program for Crafts Awareness introduces students to building trades to gain a solid understanding of what
to expect in quality work from their subcontractors.
EXPANDING THE CURRICULUM
Graduate students in DCP were offered two
new opportunities this fall -both related to
The college-wide Interdisciplinary Cer-
tificate and Concentration in Sustainable
Design, or ICCSD, allows graduate students
to become experts in sustainable research
In order to receive the ICCSD, students
must take courses throughout DCP, and at
least one outside the college, that focus on
environmental issues, including providing
healthy environments, environmental theory
and providing responsive and responsible
building design and construction. In ad
edition, students must present a thesis or
master's research project or dissertation on
an approved subject related to sustainable
"The faculty saw a need to create a unified
program throughout the college and we
collaborated to provide our graduate stu
dents the opportunity to explore sustain
able solutions through research and further
study," said architecture professor Ira Wi-
narsky, who led the effort with building con
struction professor Charles Kibert, interior
design assistant professor Debra Harris,
landscape architecture lecturer Glenn Acomb
and urban and regional planning assistant
professor Joseli Macedo.
Another opportunity graduate students
had this fall was to enroll in the School of
Architecture's first course focused entirely
on the U.S. Green Building Council's Leader
ship in Energy and Environmental Design,
or LEED, rating system. Taught by LEED ac
credited professional Bahar Armaghani, the
course looks at the LEED credits, and focuses
on why those credits were created.
As a project manager and assistant direc
tor for UF's Facilities, Planning and Con
struction Division, Armaghani is the LEED
administrator for all UF projects. She works
with project team members to ensure that
the green design and construction is being
achieved for university projects. From this
position, Armaghani has seen the impor
tance of the architect's role in LEED projects.
"The architecture students need to under
stand the important role the architect plays
in green design and the influence that the
architect has to design green by open and
early communication with the client explain
ing the .. i. ii cost analysis and pay back
of green design," Armaghani said. "This
course allows the students to understand
the philosophy of green design, the impor
tance of integrated design and designing
green without compromising the quality, to
review case studies and to participate in real
projects that are under design and construct
tion on campus."
Bahar Armaghani (top right) with graduate
students enrolled in her LEED course.
Architecture graduate student Heather
Shandloff enrolled in the class because she
knew that Armaghani was well recognized
for her work on campus and that she would
learn a great deal. "I've not only learned
about what is required of a building in order
to be LEED certified, but I've learned about
green design standards all over the world,"
-.1. .... I I .I Isaid. n
BRIDGING ACADEMICS AND INDUSTRY
Eleven construction industry professionals
from around Florida became professors for a
day at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction during an annual event to pro
vide students with examples of construction
work in the real world.
"If you don't like concrete, you're probably
in the wrong major," said visiting professor
Daniel Whiteman, as he joked with his bor
Visiting professor Whiteman opened his
lecture on ethics to a class of 35 students
with examples from his own life's experience
es. He cautioned students to think about mak
ing the right choices in the simplest of ethical
decisions. Left unchecked, he said, a habit of
making poor ethical decisions will lead to a
lifetime of negative consequences.
"We are faced with ethical questions
every day. If you make up your mind about
personal integrity now, when difficult situ
nations arise, you already know what to do,"
Since graduating from the Rinker School
in 1969, Whiteman advanced his career to the
highest post at Coastal Construction Compa
ny, a well-established South Florida construct
tion firm. He also served on the Building
Construction Advisory Council Executive
Committee since before many of the students
he lectured were born.
"This program is one of the best things
they have going here," Whiteman said.
"It introduces students to people who are
actually out there building, and it's good for
the construction industry to stay active with
the academic world."
The Rinker School is known for having
strong and beneficial ties to the construction
industry and integrates current real-world
situations into its teaching curriculum, said
Abdol Chini, school director.
"When I talk about the Rinker School's
strength, I always emphasize the strong rela
tionship our school has with the construction
industry," Chini said. "The close relationship
we have enhances our students' education
in many ways. For example, our Advisory
Council Executive Committee, a group of
industry executives, meets twice a year to
provide proactive input to the curricula of the
Rinker School to ensure they address current
industry practices and standards."
Building construction professor Jimmie
Hinze brought the Professor-For-A-Day
program to the Rinker School in 1997 after
seeing it in action at another university. Since
then, the program has been supported by the
school's administration as a way to distin
guish the quality of education provided by
the Rinker School.
The visiting professors lecture on the
topic of their choice allowing students to hear
Randy Marconnet taught building construction
professor Jimmie Hinze's construction safety class
during the annual Professor-For-A-Day event at the
Rinker School. A professional construction safety
consultant from Tallahassee, Marconnet spoke to
two classes about his experiences and challenges
in managing site safety and demonstrated his
company's safety management software program.
what industry professionals think should be
taught to prepare them for a job in the very
hot construction job market.
"Even if our guest professors say the same
things we say, it carries much more weight
when industry professionals say them. It
gives us greater I I -, I i i i the students
see that we are connected with the construct
tion community," Hinze said.
"Sometimes students just want to hear
from the horse's mouth how their academic
knowledge will be applied in the real world.
They appreciate that," Chini said. 0
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA I College ofDesign, Construction & Planning
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Present & Future
Is it possible for Central Florida's urban acre
age to more than double, expanding by 3.2
million acres? Urban and regional planning
professor Paul Zwick asks skeptics to com-
pare the current development in Orange
County to development in 1950. These images
show development and projected growth
in Orange County in 1950, 2005 and 2060.
M = Development & projected growth
M = 2005 existing conservation
M= Open water
What Will Tomorrow Look Like?
As Florida's population is projected to nearly
double by the year 2060, many urban areas
are expected to build out and spread into
rural counties if land use policies remain as
they are today, according to research con
ducted by the University of Florida's GeoPlan
Center. The center prepared the research
report, "Florida 2060: A Population Distribu
tion Scenario for the State of Florida," on be
half of 1000 Friends of Florida in an effort to
address the question, "What will Florida look
like in 2060?"
The answer might seem alarming, as the
Central Florida region is expected to experi
ence "explosive" growth and the Panhandle
and Big Bend areas may be the only regions
to retain significant amounts of open space.
However, while the results may have a
"Dooms Day" appearance, they really draw
attention to the impact that great leader
ship can have on the future development of
"Our goal is not to say it's too late, but to
show that we are at a crucial point where
community leaders and policy makers have
a great opportunity before them," says land
scape architecture professor Margaret Carr,
who co-authored the i i11, urban and
regional planning professor Paul Zwick.
In fact, prior to the report's release in De
cember, Carr and Zwick were already work
ing with two regional community groups, one
in Southwest Florida and one in Central Flor
ida, to create alternative land use visions to
demonstrate how the future might be shaped.
Carr and Zwick are assisting the groups in
planning beyond the city and county lines,
looking at development and conservation
from a regional perspective.
Carr explains, "The challenge can be
summed up by the term 'disjointed incre
mentalism.' 'Disjointed' because each local
government acts autonomously and their
decisions are rarely coordinated with adja
cent local governments. And 'incremental'
because each individual land use decision
may seem relatively insignificant, however
the cumulative effect of many small decisions
can prove staggering."
The researchers developed a model called
the Land Use Conflict Identification Strategy,
or LUCIS. It examines the conflict between
the lands preferred for agriculture, conser
vation and urban development and helps to
identify areas of greatest conflict. From this
conflict analysis, the researchers create dif
ferent land use scenarios based on clearly
articulated sets of assumptions allowing for
the comparison of alternatives. For example,
one alternative might encourage higher den
sity development coupled with an increase
in conservation lands, while another might
examine the impact of urban development
clustered around light rail stations. The
community groups then use these scenarios
to determine which best captures the commu
"For example, for the Southwest Florida re
gion, there is land that serves as primary, sec
ondary and dispersal habitat for the Florida
Panther. In the conservation scenario, these
lands are deemed critical and are set aside.
However to achieve that, land use policies
must be revised or newly adopted to ensure
those areas are protected," says Carr. "A key
factor about this example is that these lands
run through several counties. It would be in
effective if just one county decides to protect
the land within its boundaries. This shows
the importance of land use planning from a
regional or statewide perspective."
When sharing the results, both regionally
and statewide, Carr and Zwick are often met
with skepticism, even if only from a portion of
the audience. When people question the pro
sections, such as those found in the "Florida
2060" report, which indicates the Central
Florida region will experience "continuous
urban development from Ocala to Sebring
and St. Petersburg to Daytona Beach," Zwick
asks them to think about Florida from a past
perspective. "If you lived in Orlando 50 years
ago, would you think the city would be as de
veloped as it is today?"
"The growth we are projecting is coming
and it's important for the state to plan for it,"
Zwick says. It is the hope of Carr and Zwick
that their methodology for visualizing alter
native future land use scenarios will help ac
complish that goal. 1
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Staffers Benefit From Single-Room Design For Baby Care, Interior Design Study Finds
Neonatal intensive care units designed with
single-family rooms not only increase patient
privacy but also boost staff satisfaction and
reduce stress, according to a University of
The study explored the implications of the
single-family room design when compared
with open-bay, double-occupancy and
combination '....ii i. .... at 11 hospitals
nationwide. The single-family room design
has separate rooms for each infant, while the
open-bay unit has one large room with all
the infant stations side-by-side.
Typically, staff working in an open-bay
unit believe their jobs will be more difficult
and they will spend less time with patients
if their unit is redesigned as a single-family
room unit, said Debra Harris, interior design
assistant professor who was principal inves
tigator for the study. This is because the open
bay unit allows the staff to see all patients
and to have ongoing contact with other staff
in the unit.
"However, once the unit switched to the
single-family room, we found the opposite to
be true. Staff noticed the obvious .. .. i1ii of
the private rooms for the patient and family,"
Harris said. "At the same time, the staff were
able to rely on technology to assist them in
keeping abreast of their patients' health. Staff
reported lower stress and higher satisfaction
in the single-family room units."
The study revealed many .. .. iii, to the
single-family room design, but surprisingly,
found a relatively low increase in the cost
to construct a new unit at an existing or
"There was a mere three percent increase
in the first construction costs for the single
family room design. We thought it would be
greater," Harris said.
The study looked at Level III NICUs,which
care for the most acute babies needing the
most specialized care. Researchers employed
five methods to compare the units, including
space allocations, construction costs, staff
preferences and perceptions and occupant
behaviors. The study was published in the
October issue of the Journal of Perinatology.
Other researchers involved include
Mardelle Shepley of Texas A&M University,
Robert White of Memorial Hospital in South
Bend, Ind., Kathleen Kolberg of the Univer
sity of Notre Dame and James Harrell of the
Harrell Group in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Previous research on single-family room
units is limited. Harris views this study as a
preliminary, comprehensive effort to generate
future in-depth research.
Researchers were unable to obtain suffi
cient data to compare the impact of room
design on the health of the infants, but a
future Ii.iI1. ,ll I. In.I. data on weight, days
on ventilation, head circumference, hospital
acquired infections, length of stay, etc.
"This study presents an agenda for
further research. In addition, it can be used
as a tool for hospitals to determine if their
NICUs should or can be designed as sin
gle-family units," Harris said. "For those
renovating existing space, this may prove
challenging. But for new units, it is an option
that should be considered." Il
Working To Make Communities More Sustainable Through Affordable Housing
Affordable housing alone may not be able
to solve all the issues facing our communities
and the efforts to make our lives more sus
tainable, but according to Anne Williamson,
it is a critical component.
"Bottom-line point: a community is not
sustainable without providing housing for
all its citizens," says Williamson, associate
director of the -.11 I II1. 1 Center for
Affordable Housing in the Rinker School
of Building Construction.
Williamson and the center have partnered
with the Jim Walter Partnership Center at the
University of South Florida to create the Uni
versity Partnership for Community and Eco
nomic Development. Through this collabora
tion, they are able to combine the resources of
alargeland i I ,i i i ,,i i .... Iii ..-UFwiththe
community development expertise of a metro
politan university like USF The partnership
has consulted on several projects in Tampa
and Hillsborough County in Florida.
Through research conducted while work
ing with the Hillsborough County Affordable
Housing Task Force, they found a huge wage
gap. "From 1994 to 2006, the median price
of housing rose 200 percent, but earnings
only rose by 50 percent. Even people who
make decent salaries were having a hard
time finding housing," says Williamson.
Williamson hopes that the data and
recommendations the partnership provides
will help the task force and other groups with
whom they work to assist families and the
workforce. They have seen results, as in the
Belmont Height Estates project, where after
redevelopment of public housing not only
were residents more satisfied with their living
conditions, but also crime rates decreased and
median household incomes increased.
As communities move forward to incorpo
rate sustainable principles into development
and planning, Williamson emphasizes
that affordable housing is a key component
to making progress.
"A community's sustainability is dramatic
cally impacted by whether or not there is an
adequate supply of housing affordable to
people at all income levels. We have large
portions of the workforce who do not make
enough to afford their housing as well as
child care, health care, transportation, food
and other necessities, and we need to find
ways to assist them," Williamson says. [1
2006/07 I PERSPECTIVE 10/11
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA College ofDesign, Construction & Planning
Sharing the Roads
Linda Crider and cameraman Mike Munroe film UF bike
pathways and facilities on a modified tandem bicycle.
Ask parents why they drive their children to
school or ask professionals why they drive
to work instead of cycling, walking or using
transit and most answers will relate to lack
of time or concerns about safety. As society
moves toward a more sustainable lifestyle,
it is essential that bicyclists and pedestrians
alike remain safe on city streets. Faculty
in the College of Design, Construction and
Planning have been involved in research,
studios and education programs in an effort
to improve roadway conditions, make urban
areas safer and, in turn, encourage people to
get out of their cars and into other forms of
For the past seven years, faculty members
in the Department of Urban and Regional
Planning have worked with the Systems
Planning Office of the Florida Department
of Transportation to develop tools to measure
and encourage the development of cities that
support all types of transportation, known
also as multimodal transportation.
According to Ruth Steiner, urban and
regional planning associate professor, when
cities plan for sustainable transportation, the
needs of all users must be taken into consider
ation. "Bicycle and pedestrian planning must
be linked because every trip we take -wheth
er by bicycle, car or bus -ends with a walking
trip," Steiner said. "Whether you get off the
1 ,,,.I .I 1 ,,, ar or bicycle, you need to
\I, I I 1. 1,, I ,, l. I Ii g in which you work or
ii. I..i. i, ,, In,, I you are shopping. Weneed
i.'.l. . i' i I )ortation system to support
I! ...D .1i .i 11 D rs, including people who
, 'I 1 i. i. i I a car."
I', > 1,,, Ii i.. i 1. Practices on our streets
iI i ...'II-. ._-. ie multimodal transport
I I.... ... I i. i. d as a child grows into an
SI I l i.. I ii-_ 111; in mind, Linda Crider,
*. . i. iI i ,, I te in urban and regional
lli .....I I ..... ... 1 led a pilot program in
1''I I *i.. II I ,, i, tced a toolkit for what has
I 11i...... ii .I I, model for the national "Safe
'W ,. i,, -., 1,, i ,I Iogram. The program aims
I,, i i i ., I .. ," ,nber of children walk
ing and bicycling to school by helping local
schools form a School Traffic Safety Team
and by analyzing neighborhood conditions
of street traffic, parent and bus drop-off loca
tions, sidewalks, crossings and the overall
safety of existing routes to school.
"There is no question that we are moving
into an era when we need better choices for
mobility and how we get around within and
between our communities," said Crider. "At
UF, we are setting the standards nationally
for a new era of redesigning roadways to
serve all users."
Another initiative to improve roadway
safety is the Geographic Information Systems
(GIS) Crash Mapping project. The .1-i. -. I in
novative software is utilized to map and ana
lyze bicycle and pedestrian crashes of many
of Florida's most-populous counties including
Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hills
borough, Volusia, Orange, Osceola, Seminole,
Pinellas and Duval, to support development
of countermeasures -such as engineering
improvements, education, enforcement or
encouragement -for identified problem areas.
"It's a toolkit focused on analysis that helps
users determine high crash intersections and
areas where crashes become a pattern," said
Ilir Bejleri, assistant professor and applica
tions development manager for the depart
ment's GeoPlan Center.
The project helps regional Metropolitan
Transportation Planning Organizations,
or MTPOs, and other transportation planners
use the crash information gathered to pri
oritize budgeting when cities are developing
both bicycle and pedestrian plans.
To help Gainesville prioritize and develop
sustainable transportation modes, senior
architecture students in associate professor
Martin Gold's design studio currently are
analyzing the Gainesville MTPO Alachua
Countywide Bicycle Master Plan to make it
easier and safer to bike in Gainesville and
the surrounding areas.
Through their research, Gold and his
students have identified priority areas, most
. I.. i i11. an area called the Archer Braid,
which could benefit from a biking system.
Braids are artery-like linkages including
existing streets, roads and paths that link
residential areas with commercial and em
ployment destinations. "Once this is built,
technically you would be able to safely ride
your bike from the town of Archer to the
Gainesville airport, a distance of 12 miles,
without having to be on the road with other
vehicles," said Gold. rI
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Powell Center Impacts Our Environment Through Research and Community Projects
Thanks to the generosity of University of
Florida alumnus Steve Powell, the Powell
Center for Construction and Environment
continues to make great strides forward in
making UF and the surrounding area as
ecologically sustainable and responsible
"It's basically a center for research, out
reach and continuing education," says build
ing construction professor Charles Kibert, the
center's director. "We've done a lot of work on
green building issues, construction waste and
recycling building components."
The Powell Center, which currently has
eight doctoral students and 20 master's
students in a variety of hands-on programs,
is primarily a research organization whose
goals include using urban and architectural
planning to help minimize environmental
damage. The mission of the center is to foster
the implementation of sustainability prin
ciples into building practices across the world
and to encourage the efficient use of resources
such as energy, water, materials and land.
The center's namesake, J. Stephen Powell,
Jr., who graduated in 1953 with a degree in
building construction, became a partner in
his family business after graduation and
Phillips Receives Fulbright Fellowship
Urban and regional planning associate
professor Rhonda Phillips returned this
fall from her Spring 2006 Fulbright fel
lowship as the 2006 Ulster Policy Fellow
at the University of Ulster located in Bel
fast, Northern Ireland. As a traditional
Fulbright Scholar award recipient, Phil
lips conducted research and lectured at
the University of Ulster's School of Policy
Studies and participated in study visits
in Scotland, England, and the Republic
of Ireland. Phillips' research focused on
collaborative work with non-profit and
public organizations to develop evalu
ation frameworks for Northern Ireland
community and economic development
"Living and working in a different envi
ronment really opened my eyes to appreci
ate and recognize the differences we all
have and the ways we approach planning
and development," Phillips said about the
According to Phillips, the highlight of
her fellowship was her opportunity to
work with the United Kingdom's Town
scape Heritage Initiative program, evalu
ating historic conservation/preservation
eventually worked his way up to the presi
dency of the Powell Brothers Barge Terminal
Inc., a South Florida based company that has
built several high-profile bridges and has
helped develop the Broward County and the
Port Everglades seaport.
The center was formed in 1991, and soon
after was instrumental in the development
and construction of the Summer House, an
environmental visitors center at the Kanap
aha Botanical Gardens that was designed to
use one-third the energy of a comparably
sized building. Its features included 'gray
water' from hand sinks for outdoor irrigation,
carpets with fibers made from recycled 2-liter
soda bottles, and extensive natural lighting
and ventilation requiring only 40 percent of
the building to be air-conditioned. It was a
building ahead of its time.
In 2003, Powell and his wife Carol
provided a sizeable charitable remainder
trust, and their name was added to the title
of the center. Since then, the center has
helped train numerous students for real
world sustainability efforts, and it has also
been a source of publications promoting
approaches for community regeneration and
economic revitalization of towns and cities
throughout the country.
"Just standing in facilities that are many
hundreds of years old, with such a rich histo
ry and seeing how they've been able to bring
the buildings back for useful and beneficial
lives again for the community was really an
amazing experience," Phillips said. Phillips
visited many of the Province of Ulster's six
counties, including historic Tyrone's villages
of Caledon and Moneymore.
Phillips' research during the fellowship has
led to several outcomes including an invita
tion to become a member of a United Nations
review committee and an invitation to speak
and participate in a United Nations workshop
in Canada as part of the UN World Urban
Forum in June. Her research in Northern
Ireland and the U.K. expanded her work in
community and regional indicator systems
to help monitor progress towards economic,
environmental and social/cultural goals. She
also plans to publish her research findings in
international journals and possibly co-author
a book with colleagues from the U.K.
The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program
sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals
"The endowment from Steve Powell helps
support our graduate students, provides seed
money for research, provides resources to
assist the student chapter of the Green
Building Council, and has helped us become a
place of collaboration for green building is
sues," Kibert says. "We do a lot of work with
the local community, too."
Among those community projects are
the restoration of the historic Cotton ( 1I.1
building in East Gainesville and the historic
train depot area in downtown Gainesville.
The Powell Center has partnered with local
organizations to help balance sustainability
and green issues with historic preservation,
which, Kibert says, is essential for helping lay
the groundwork for a safe, ecologically
"We collaborate all over the world and have
been doing so for 17 years now," Kibert says.
"The health of our ecosystems, our own
health and our own survival are at stake. This
is as much an ethical issue as a practical issue.
We are borrowing the earth. Steve Powell's
endowment is greatly enhancing our ability
to support research and education connected
to high performance green buildings."n
Rhonda Phillips visits Sketrick Island in Northern Ireland
as part of her Fulbright Fellowship research.
abroad each year. Grantees lecture and con
duct research in a wide variety of academic
and professional fields. The Fulbright Pro
gram is sponsored by the U.S. Department
of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural
Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with
the bureau, the Council for International
Exchange of Scholars (CIES) assists in the
administration of the Fulbright Scholar Pro
gram for faculty and professionals.
"The Fulbright truly provides the venue
for a life changing experience," Phillips said.
"Without a doubt, the Fulbright has been the
highlight of my career." I
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When landscape architecture associate
professor Kay Williams is asked about incor
porating service projects into her studios,
she summarizes her philosophy in two
"Service is a responsibility. And it's more
fun," Williams says.
Williams's philosophy is based on years
of service to the landscape architecture pro
fession, including serving as chair of the
Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board
for four years. She feels a duty to help further
"Service is somewhat like charity. It is not usually glamorous, but sometimes,
it just needs to be done," says Williams, who received the 2006 Dean Faculty
Service Award in recognition of her ongoing commitment to service.
While service may not be glamorous,
Williams knows it can be fun. She sees this
in her studios when they are working on a
"It's more fun for the students, because they
know it's a real project. They feel like they are
doing something to help somebody, and it's
not just about getting a grade," she says.
Williams recalls when the students
worked with Tacachale, Florida's oldest and
largest community for the developmentally
disabled, which is located in Gainesville, Fla.
Tacachale received a donation of equipment
for an outside playground, but needed other
amenities to go with it. Williams's students
developed site plans for Tacachale to consider.
"Like most of our projects, we gave them
multiple ideas, so they could mix and
match to find something that worked best,"
Landscape architecture student Michelle Hall Turgeon's winning
design of the Asian garden at the Harn Museum of Art.
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In addition, the students created an idea
book of inexpensive, simple projects that
Tacachale could implement anywhere at
anytime. The idea book was created after stu
dents interviewed the Tacachale therapists
and then experienced the therapies used. The
students looked for creative ways to replicate
these therapies outdoors.
"One student used a lattice and surveyors
tape to recreate an expensive fiber-optic thera
py used indoors," Williams says. "The thera
pists thought the idea book was great and
would be very useful for the future because
these inexpensive alternatives could
be created at anytime."
Williams feels service projects like
this are great experience for the students be
cause "the dollars and cents are real and the
constraints and opportunities are much
When Williams's students worked on
designs for an Asian garden at the Harn
Museum of Art, not only did they have
the opportunity to work with ornamental
horticulture students to develop the most
realistic solutions, but they also knew that
one of their projects I i i I., .i i. .., i.i be in
stalled in the museum.
Through the generous support of Marshall
and Paula Criser, the students participated in
the design competition and had the opportu
nity to investigate the elements of designing
an Asian garden and the challenges of exhib
iting the garden in a museum, where lighting
and other factors can impact the adjacent art.
"The students were learning things they
never would have otherwise," Williams says.
"They had the experience and not just the
knowledge. By having the experience, they
could translate that into design." i
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2006 Witters Competition Jazzes Up East Gainesville
On April 7, 2006, five teams of students
descended upon the Cotton ( II in East
Gainesville, a historically black music hall
and movie theater, with the charge of devel
oping rehabilitation and development plans
for the site, which has been closed for more
than 10 years.
The Cotton ( II has been called by many
names in its long life. It was first a PX facility
in the 1940s at Camp Blanding in Starke, Fla.,
during World War II. After it was moved
from Starke to Gainesville, it became the
Perryman Theater, the Blue Note, the Cotton
( 1 111 and now it sits nameless to people unfa
miliar with its history.
Though unassuming from the outside,
the Cotton ( I111 has an army of supporters
working in earnest to see this now suffering
building returned to its original stature. As
of last year, a community-based organize
tion had raised $110,000 for its restoration
through fund raisers, in kind contributions
and donations. More recently, members of
the UF student chapter of the U.S. Green
Building Council, through their faculty
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the main hall, a grocery store and four small
shotgun houses under the cover of beautiful
spreading live oaks.
The students must have heard the sounds
of the famous jazz and blues musicians who
played the hall in its heyday because every
design included some musical theme. The
Cotton ( Il i was a major stop on the Chitlin'
Circuit, a series of venues for musicians of
those genres. The designs also offered day
care centers, eldercare centers, open public
spaces and tributes to the site's history in
museums and monuments.
The winning team's design addressed
the needs of the community with primary
consideration given to the people who would
use the space, said team member Neal Scha-
fers. His team also designed the property to
include a cafe, single-unit apartments, day
care facilities, public gathering space, an
amphitheater and connection to the nearby
"We just kept telling ourselves this project
is about the people and what they need,"
Members of the winning team were:
architecture students Jennifer Mackey and
Antonia Mariassy, landscape architecture
students Ken Ray and Neal Schafers, urban
and regional planning student Iris Patten
and interior design student Andrea Ryan.
The competition was organized by urban
and regional planning assistant professor
Joseli Macedo and building construction
graduate student Donna Isaacs.
The jury who had the difficult task of
judging the designs included Tucker Ryals,
grandson of Col. Arthur G. and Beverley A.
Witters who endowed the competition in
1993 for a college-wide interdisciplinary
academic competition to foster better under
standing among DCP students.
"Having been around the competition
vicariously through my grandfather, it's
interesting to see how it's grown," Ryals
said. "It really has turned into his vision
of a multidisciplinary event." I]
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Silver Joins DCP as Dean
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"There are internationalization efforts throughout all units of the college. It is part of the
education and part of the expectation," Silver says. "And through the Rinker School of Build
ing Construction's -.I1, I ,.. i Center for Affordable Housing, our faculty are involved in
research that impacts one of society's persistent problems of affordable, decent housing."
Affordable housing is a key concern in sustain
ability, Silver explains, and sustainability is
a key focus for DCP. "Our faculty have been
teaching and conducting research in the area
of sustainability for some time. With this
expertise, the college is positioned to lead the
university in building sustainability into the
basic educational experience for all students.
"As the college moves forward in research
ing sustainability, it will allow us to change
the impact we have on the environment with
out having a major affect in how we conduct
our lives. What we are trying to achieve is to
incorporate sustainable principles not just as a
matter of a tough choice but as a matter of good
practice," Silver says.
Prior to coming to DCP, Silver served as
head of the Department of Urban and Re
gional Planning at the University of Illinois
at Urbana-Champaign. While there, he led
the department in expanding its international
programs, including developing a curriculum
I for international planning and helping launch
an international minor.
I Ten years ago, Christopher Silver found him
self living in Indonesia working as an urban
development advisor. Today, he is dean of the
College of Design, Construction and Planning.
While living in Indonesia, he and his fam-
ily fell in love with the country. "Indonesia is
stunning. The scenic beauty is overwhelming
and the people are tremendous. They laugh a
lot despite the many challenges they face in a
developing nation. Despite a high level of pov
erty, relatively few are destitute and seemingly
everyone has a home," Silver says.
His work in Indonesia brought together two
of his interests: international development and
housing and community improvement. Silver
has researched many issues related to poverty
and housing throughout his academic career.
In part, it was these interests that drew Silver
Christopher Silver, DEAN AND PROFESSOR
> Ph.D. in American Urban History from
University of North Carolina
>> M.U.R.P. from Virginia Commonwealth
>> M.A. in American History from University
of North Carolina
>> B.A. in History from St. Lawrence University
>> Served as Head of Department of Urban
and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign from 1998-2006
>> Served as Urban Development Advisor to
U.S. Agencyfor International Development from
>> Fulbright Scholar Lecturer, Univerisity
of Indonesia and Institute of Technology
Bandung, 1989-90, 1992, 2004
> Taught at Virginia Commonwealth University
from 1979-1995, serving in several positions
from instructor to associatedean/acting dean
>> Editor of the Journal of Planning History
>> Co-Editor of the Journal of the American
>> President of the Association of Collegiate
Schools of Planning
>> Chair of the International Division of the
American Planning Association
In addition, Silver worked to achieve a more
effective balance between practice and research,
including adding a course on private practice
in planning and developing a partnership
with the University Extension program to link
planning and design students with communi
ties in Illinois. At UF, Silver sees the profes
sional programs as a strength, as there is a high
demand for DCP graduates. "Our primary job is
to train professionals and we can't lose sight of
that. Being part of a major research university,
we must continue to strive for a balance between
preparing students for professional practice and
Another strength, Silver notes, is the mix
of disciplines and the shared interests between
the units. "Our faculty are collaborative by
nature and already model the interdisciplinary
approach, but we can do more by strengthening
our natural ties to other units throughout the
On a personal level, perhaps one of the stron
gest draws to DCP for Silver was the college's
well recognized historic preservation program.
With his academic roots in history and his
personal interest in restoring historic homes, he
was excited about the opportunity to work with
such a premier program. "As far as planning is
concerned, there is research to show that historic
preservation has been consistently successful in
making positive changes for communities. I'm
looking forward to the opportunity to broaden
the reach of our historic preservation program."
Silver also is looking forward to meeting and
working with the college's many alumni and
friends. !'-1*i. .... I1 ,bring tremendous expe
rience when they come back and talk to students.
As our alumni stay connected to their depart
ment or school, they become a critical compo
nent to the professional training of our students,
and they help connect us to new knowledge in
their respective disciplines."
It's been a whirlwind schedule since Silver
joined the college in October, but he wouldn't
have it any other way. "It's been great getting
to know everyone and seeing how engaged
they are. The energy and enthusiasm is
New Faculty *
The i( //,, ll, ofDesign, Construction and Planin,, i the Department of Design and Environmen
would like to welcome three faculty members who tal Analysis as a full-time researcher. His
joined the o,11, -g, this year. research examines design strategies for en
hancing creative performance in individuals,
Maruja Torres-Antonini is an associate pro- teams and organizations. At the individual
fessor in the Department of Interior Design. level, Meneely's research is pedagogically
She holds a Master of Architecture from the focused, emphasizing cognitive awareness
University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. and thinking strategies to promote effective
from DCP, which she completed in 2001 un- creative problem solving behavior. At the
der a Fulbright fellowship. She has taught in organizational level, Meneely's work exam
the architecture and interior design programs ines design strategies for supporting creative
at Universidad Sim6n Bolivar in Caracas, performance in the workplace via environ
Venezuela and at Iowa State University. Her mental, cultural, psychological and procedur-
research has addressed a range of issues at al channels. Meneely also serves as an ad-hoc
the human-environment interface, including reviewer for the Journal of Interior Design.
passive solar design of vernacular buildings,
gaming simulation applications for sustain- E Douglas Lucas joins the M.E. Rinker, Sr.
ability education and environmental behavior School of Building Construction as a lecturer
issues of collaborative housing. after a two-year period as an adjunct assistant
professor. Lucas holds a Bachelor of Indus
Jason Meneely is an assistant professor in trial Engineering from the Georgia Institute
the Department of Interior Design. He holds
the Department of Interior Design. He holds of Technology, a Master of Science in Systems
a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Management from the University of South
I i Management from the University of South-
Radford University and a Master of Sci
S ern California and a Ph.D. in Leadership and
ence in Interior Design from the University
Human Behavior from United States Interna
of Kentucky. He joined DCP in 2006 after
working four years at Cornell University in tional UniversitySan Diego. He served in the
U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalions
for a period of 15 years working in the areas of
drafting, surveying and soils/material test
ing. Lucas has published numerous articles
for construction trade journals and conducted
seminars on construction topics for the
Army Corps of Engineers, a number of state
environmental agencies in the Southeast and
numerous contractors. He has been involved
in providing consulting, scheduling and
expert witness services on several hundred
construction disputes and previously served
as a construction arbitrator for the American
Arbitration Association. 1in
From left to right: Jason Meneely, Maruja Torres-Antonini
and E. Douglas Lucas
Tanzer Elected President of National Association
Architecture professor Kim Tanzer was Tanzer currently serves as past chair of
elected as president of the Association of Col the UF Faculty Senate. She also serves as
legiate Schools of Architecture. In her role as a member of the Board of Directors of the
president, Tanzer will represent the academic Journal of Archi S*
architecture community and oversee the day tectural Education
to day operations of the ACSA. She began her and of Gainesville's
three year term by serving as president elect Florida Community
starting July 1, 2006 and will undertake the Design Center For
position of president on July 1, 2007.
"The Association of Collegiate Schools
of Architecture represents faculty across teaching, practice and
North America, and provides an important service, Tanzer has received numerous local
opportunity to link current students, prac and national awards. She maintains a private
ticing architects, the academy and society architectural practice in Gainesville.
through the development and dissemination The ACSA works to advance the quality
of architectural knowledge," said Tanzer of architectural education and represents
who also served the ACSA from 2000 2003 more than 4,000 architecture faculty
as Southeast Regional Director, covering the through its 250 member schools. I]
region from Virginia to Puerto Rico.
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Top of the List
Criser Receives Historic Preservation Achievement Award
UF's School of Architecture and Departments
of Interior Design and Landscape Architecture
continue to be recognized as top programs in the
country and in the South by DesignIntelligence.
All three programs were strong contenders in
DI's 8th annual America's Best Architecture and
Design Schools 2007 survey.
Both Interior Design's graduate and
undergraduate programs were ranked, 6th and
7th respectively, on the Top 10 Interior Design
Programs list., .. I I...... II both programs were
listed 1st in the South. This is the highest Interior
Design's programs have been collectively ranked
since the survey began in 2000. The 2007
survey included new questions this year about
sustainability preparedness. Interior Design
ranked 3rd in the nation on DI's Skill Assessment
Ranking questions about sustainable design
concepts and principles.
Architecture's master's program was listed
17th on the Top 20 Architecture Programs list
and 1st in the 12-state South region. Landscape
Architecture was listed 5th in the South.
DI's 2007 survey ranks accredited
undergraduate and graduate architecture
and design programs from the perspective
of practitioners in the field. Respondents are
asked to indicate which schools produce the
most prepared graduates. I
community development and revitalization
to promote the production, preservation and
maintenance of safe, decent affordable housing
for all Floridians. This year, the commission will
be assessing Florida's State Housing Trust Fund,
which provides funding to local governments to
address housing needs in their communities for
very-low, low and moderate income households,
and recommending changes to make the program
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>>Richard Schneider, professor of urban and
regional planning, edited the Winter 2005 issue
of the Journal of Architectural and .Plaiii i i
Research. The theme of the issue was crime
prevention through environmental design
(CPTED) and featured papers by scholars from
Australia, Canada, Britain and the United States.
>>Architecture associate professor Nancy Clark
is the recipient of a UF International Center and
Transnational and Global Studies Center grant
awarded for her proposal to develop an Interna
tional Materials and Methods of Construction
course to be taught in the 2006-2007 academic
year. Clark also received a Center for European
Studies Course Enhancement Grant in support
Marshall M. Criser, Jr. was awarded the
college's Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished
Achievement Award during a luncheon
on March 22, 2006. Criser served as the
eighth president of the University of Flori
da from 1984 to 1989.
"Marshall Criser helped lay the found
tion for the preservation of UF's campus,"
said Roy Eugene Graham, FAIA, director
of DCP's Historic Preservation Programs.
"His heroic actions helped save four of the
most historic buildings on campus from
demolition. This key event resulted in the
National Register Historic District status
for the university and the creation of the
university's Preservation of Historic Build
ings and Sites Committee to protect campus
as it is today."
Prior to his presidency at UF, Criser was
a member of the Florida Board of Regents
from 1971 to 1981 and its Chairman from
1974 to 1977. After his presidency, he served
as founding chairman of the UF Board of
Trustees from 2001 to 2003. He resigned
that position when he was appointed chair
man of the Scripps Florida Funding Corpo
ration. He is a past president of the Florida
Bar and a former delegate of the House of
Delegates of the American Bar Association.
The Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished
of her research on the Contemporary European
Practice. This research will be incorporated into
the Materials and Methods of Construction course
to be taught as a part of the School of Architecture's
Vicenza Institute of Architecture curriculum each
>>Architecture professor Kim Tanzer recently
S . ... ..... i two awards. The University
of Florida Association for Academic Women
recognized Tanzer with "Woman of Distinction,
2006," which is given to a UF faculty member
or administrative/professional woman who has
: .... I .....i. ...I contributions to the quality of life
of women. Defined broadly, these contributions
include those directed to women at UF in the local
community, the state, nation or society in general.
Tanzer also received the "Morton Wolfson Faculty
Award for Outstanding Service to University of
Florida Students, 2006," presented by the Division
of Student Affairs.
>>Landscape architecture lecturer Glenn Acomb
served as the guest editor of the University of
Florida Journal of Undergraduate Research's
September/October 2006 edition. The journal
focused on the environment and featured eight
Award recipient Marshall Criser with Interim Dean Anthony
Dasta at the Beinecke-Reeves Distinguished Achievement
Achievement Award recognizes those who
exemplify the spirit of historic preservation
in Florida. This award is given each year to
an individual or group having a connection to
the state and demonstrated dedication to his
The luncheon was hosted by the college on
behalf of the College Historic Preservation
Programs. The award is named in honor of
the late Walter Beinecke, Jr. and UF professor
emeritus F. Blair Reeves, both of whom are
known nationally for their accomplishments
in historic preservation. 0I
scholarly works from UF undergraduate students.
TheJUR strives to publish outstanding scholarship
of UF undergraduates and showcases the work of
the L ... i .1 scholars.
>>DCP professor Roy Eugene Graham, FAIA,
participated in a Special Task Force on St.
Augustine Preservation. In recent years, it has
become clear that to ensure the future of the
historic properties in St. Augustine, the State of
Florida needs to take responsibility as an owner;
the properties currently are leased to the ( 1i of St.
Augustine. In response, the task force assembled
during the last week of September to tour all of the
35 historic city-owned properties and then drafted
a proposal for their future rn.iI.i'-einiwt I
2006/0 1 PESETVIo2
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Architecture students participating in ne vertical studio, Inaia visit
a landfill where they have created a plan for an Urban Technology Park.
UF's First Venture In India
Focuses on Sustainable Architecture
When Matt Demers stepped off the plane in
India, he immediately knew he was in a place
that was unlike anywhere he had ever seen.
UF Selects Kibert As
Teacher/Scholar of the Year
Building construction professor Charles
Kibert has been recognized as the 2005-06
Teacher/Scholar of the Year by the Univer
sity of Florida. This award is UF's oldest
and most prestigious faculty award and rec
ognizes distinguished achievement in both
teaching and scholarly activity and visibility
within and beyond the university. Kibert is
the first faculty member from the College of
Design, Construction and Planning to have
earned this distinction since the award's cre
ation in 1960.
In addition to his role as professor, Kibert
is director of the Powell Center for Construc
tion and Environment, which is dedicated
to the resolution of environmental problems
"The first five minutes you are there, you
know that this is a completely different place,"
said Demers, a graduate student in architect
ture. "It is an intense and multifaceted exis
tence that carries through all aspects of life
in India, even architecture."
Last fall, Demers and seven other students
took part in "The Vertical Studio, India,"
UF's first international program offered in
India. The semester-long studio focused on
creating sustainable architecture and urban
design in Pune. The program was so success
ful it is being continued this semester in the
city of Mumbai.
The program is overseen by Shivjit Sidhu,
an assistant professor of architecture.
"We are happy and excited the first studio
was such a success," Sidhu said. "We are
looking forward to working with other cities
in India during future semesters and help
ing them transition into more socially and
environmentally sensitive patterns of devel
opment as they cope with the unprecedented
growth in their cities."
Incorporating the historical, cultural,
physical and conceptual contexts of the Indi
an subcontinent, the studio gave undergradu
ate and graduate students a chance to study
and practice contemporary architecture with
a global perspective. Pune, like many other
Indian cities, is experiencing the pressures
of extreme growth from economic expansion
and is in need of sustainable urban design
guidelines. Students worked, i 1. i. 11 ii
professional Indian development and archi
tecture firms to help design master plans for
the cities' future growth.
"The entire project has been designed
to take advantage of the latest sustainable
technology while incorporating the social
patterns of traditional Indian families," said
Matthew Hill, a participant of both the fall
and spring studios.
A major issue Demers noticed in Pune was
the desire to move from dense and traditional
Indian marketplaces to a more Western ap
proach, such as shopping malls. According
to Demers, these major convention centers
and shopping malls currently are popular
in India but are not blending with the more
traditional and cultural Indian cityscape.
"Giant shopping malls are placed right in
the middle of what was a very dense, private
neighborhood. The scale of the new develop
ment works in a completely ili.1 I- ,,i ,, .
and destroys the social fabric of the city,"
According to Sidhu, without proper urban
planning and design, the cities will evolve
S- i .il i. 111 i, short-term considerations that
may lead to catastrophic effects on human,
social and economic development.
"The work of our students and professional
partners culminates in the design of a new
satellite district for Mumbai that will create
a technology hub for 100,000 people with
housing, institutional and recreation facili
ties," Sidhu said. [
associated with planning and architecture
activities and the determination of optimum
materials and methods for use in minimize
ing environmental damage.
Kibert has led the way in developing and
teaching sustainability in construction at UF
and was the mastermind behind construct
ing Rinker Hall as a sustainable building.
His most recent book, "Sustainable Con
struction," is a guide on the design, construct
tion and operation of high-performance
green buildings which critics called the de
finitive guide to the green building process.
As a member of the UF Sustainabil
ity Committee and the Energy & Climate
Change Task Force, Kibert is working on
measuring energy use on campus, as well
as working on incentive programs for user
groups on campus.
Through his research, Kibert has secured
more than $1.5 million in sustainability re
lated funding and teaches six sustainabil
ity related courses in the Rinker School of
Building Construction. The Rinker School's
graduate track in sustainable construction
was organized under his guidance to become
the first of its kind in the world and the only
one in the nation. [
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Mural Captures a Taste of Italian Architecture
Wooden towers with images of Italy appeared
on the front lawn of the Architecture Building
in April 2006. Seven-foot-tall display pieces
with panoramic views of Italian landscapes
drew gawking stares from passersby who
basked in the Gainesville sun that afternoon.
The homage to northern Italy was designed
by architecture graduate student Maegan
Walton to draw onlookers into the landscape
and gather them to the gallery where a semes
ter's work from the UF Vicenza Institute of
Architecture was on display.
Walton's installation project, which was
part of her master's thesis, invited people to
cross the soglia Italiana (Italian threshold)
and immerse themselves in an activated space
to experience Vicenza, Italy.
The intent of Walton's life-size photos of
ancient ruins and cityscapes was to direct
the viewer toward unexpected social inter
action and cultural displays. It did just this
as groups of students diverted their paths of
habit to inspect the five curious pedestals.
A formal opening reception to the week
long displi-\ titl- l "After Traveling: Post
scripts" showcased other students' work from
the Fall 2005 semester at the institute, include
ing an artistic film created by architecture stu
dents BenLloyd Goldstein and Amir Mikhaeil
with guidance from architecture assistant
professor Paul Robinson. The eight minute
film, "See You Elsewhere," looks at the experi
ence a person gains by moving in a non-seden
tary motion en route, said Mikhaeil.
Above: Associate Dean Anthony Dasta poses in front of Maegan Walton's installation project of Italian landscapes, which
was part of her master's thesis. At right: Students set up Maegan Walton's seven-foot-tall display of Italian landscape.
n Urban and regional planning student
Kristen Nowicki was presented with
an Outstanding Student Award at the
Florida ( Ii i.. 1 I ,'the American Planning
Association's 2005 Annual Conference in St.
n Landscape architecture students swept
the Annual Design Awards Gala for the
Florida Chapter of the American Society
of Landscape Architects this past summer.
Students were recognized in five categories,
where they competed against not only
students, but professionals in the field. UF
student projects were recognized in the
following categories: open space, planning
and analysis, preservation and conservation,
resort and entertainment and philanthropy.
n The college's Design-Build Team and the
Rinker School of Building Construction's
Commercial and Heavy/Civil Teams
participated in the Southeast Regional
Competition in Charlotte, NC. The
Commercial Team was awarded second place.
Building construction students Keith Carr of
the Design-Build Team and Jason Lovelace of
the Commercial Team were recognized with
the Best Speaker/Presenter awards. Also,
this was the first year UF sent:, IIT ,, Civil
Team to the competition. The competition is
hosted by the Associated General Contractors
of America and the Associated Schools of
n The Design-Build Team, which was
sponsored by the Haskell Corporation and
coached by building construction assistant
Student work from the institute's Fall 2005
Pescara charrette swung from display boards
behind the video screen. The work was a week
long collaboration between UF students and
students from the Universita di Chieti, Facolta
di Architettura, Pescara, Italy, said architect
ture associate professor Donna Cohen. She was
a faculty member at the institute for this Fall
2005 Semester project and guided the teams.
A course enhancement grant awarded to
Cohen by the UF Center for European Studies
helped fund the project. The projects complete
ed in collaboration with the Italian institute
explored the common ground of the problems
and potentials of coastal development shared
between the Florida and Italy peninsulas. I
professor Kevin Grosskopf included team
members Justin Bray, Keith Carr, John Finch,
Chris McCarthy and Bobby Patel.
n The Commercial Team, which was
sponsored by the Centex Corporation and
coached by building construction lecturer
Mike Cook included team members Cristina
Aquirre, Jonathan Hill, Chandra Hodoval,
Jordan Keen, Jason Lovelace, Devon Mathew,
Christian Mercado, David Smith, Matt
Szporka, Kimberly Weeks and Eric Weiss.
> Ti,. iT. I Civil Team, which was sponsored
by the Nelson Construction and coached by
building construction associate professor
Ajay Shanker included team members Frank
Guido, Andrew Katzman, Chris Kieffer, Mike
Parrish, Alberto Ribas and Scott Usher. I
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Our college is proud to oversee nearly 60
endowed funds totaling $28 million. The
forward thinking donors that have given
endowed gifts are providing support in the
most sustainable way. It is the perpetual
interest generated by these invested funds
that supports DCP students, faculty and
research with steady replenishing beyond
state budgets. Just as sustainable principles
apply to our environment, they apply to every
level of our college, from our classrooms to
the entire planet.
For more information on endowments or
other giving opportunities, please contact me at
(352)392 4836, ext. 314 I ..... I .. ... ., 1 11.
Marcia O'Donovan Bourdon
Director of Development
New Endowments and Bequests for DCP
The Abney family at
the BCS National
in January. From left to
right: Harmony Abney,
Kyle Abney, John Abney,
Jane Abney, Stacey
Nelson, and Wes Abney
We wish to thank our generous donors who created endowments
and bequests this year to support the future of our college.
Architecture > GregJones Endowed Scholarship
>> Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock Architects, Inc. >> William and Anecice Lassiter Endowed
Excellence in Design Education Professorship in Building Construction
>> Chuck Perry Endowed Professorship
Building Construction >> Matthew Remsen Memorial Fund
>> John W. Abney, Sr. Faculty Support Fund Bequest >> Rinker Scholar Endowment
>, BCN 70th Anniversary Faculty Support Fund >> Jerry Rumsey Endowed Scholarship
>, Daugherty Family Endowed Scholarship
in Building Construction Interior Design
> Violet, Jacqueline and William Gunby > Jerry Nielson Scholarship Fund
Eminent Scholar/Professorship in Building
Morris Joins DCP
Office of Development
We are happy to welcome Sara "Sally"
Morris as the college's new assistant director
of development. Prior to joining DCP, Sally
was the grants coordinator for the Harn
Museum of Art. An attorney by trade, Sally
previously served as an assistant county
attorney for Pinellas County, Fla., where she
represented The Honorable Karleen deBlaker,
Clerk of the Circuit Court. She is a current
member of The Florida Bar.
Sally graduated cum laude with her Juris
Doctor from Stetson University, and she
received her Bachelor of Arts in History and
Political Science from Mercer University.
To contact Sally, email
call (352) 392-4836 ext. 285
> Jonathan and Elizabeth Seymour Scholarship
Urban and Regional Planning
> Michael C. Holbrook Community
Design Scholarship Bequest
Theendov ini ,i ii i ii i 1 1 i
includes endowments established beginning
Jan. 1, 2006 through Dec. 31, 2006.
If you have any questions about this listing,
please contact the DCP development office at
(352) 392-4836 or email@example.com
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Suermann Is First Recipient of Rinker Scholar
The recently created Rinker Scholar
Endowment was awarded for the first
time to Maj. Patrick C. Suermann for the
2006-09 academic years. Patrick received
his bachelor's degree from the U.S. Air
Force Academy and a Master of Science in
Construction Management from Texas A&M
University. He teaches construction courses
at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado
Springs, Colo. Patrick started the doctoral
program at the Rinker School of Building
Construction in August.
Established in 2005 by $1 million gift from
the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Inc.,
the Rinker Scholar Endowment supports
fellowship awards to Associated Schools of
Construction faculty members pursuing a
Ph.D. in construction management at UF
"Our foundation is pleased to continue
its support of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of
Building Construction at the University of
Florida," said David Rinker, Marshall E.
Rinker, Sr.'s son and president of the M.E.
Rinker, Sr. Foundation. 1. I 1. i, .., II
undoubtedly be proud of the Rinker School
and its graduates and of their contribution
to the building construction industry. We
are happy to be able to fund the new Rinker
Scholar program, which will assist the
school in creating a new level of construction
management professionalism in the industry."
Income from the Rinker Scholar
Endowment will help construction schools
enhance the quality of the education offered,
while increasing construction research efforts.
"We really appreciate the strong
relationship the Rinker School has
enjoyed with the Rinker family," Rinker
School Director Abdol Chini said. "Their
investments in our program give us many
opportunities which would otherwise be
virtually impossible without this support."
According to Chini, many of the
faculty members in the approximately
60 construction management academic
programs accredited by the American
Council for Construction Education (ACCE)
have a master's degree, but there is a shortage
of qualified individuals engaging in research
essential to the field. He said faculty members
should be encouraged to earn a doctorate in
construction management to foster research
in such academic programs.
"The goal is to make the Rinker Scholar in
construction education synonymous to the
Fulbright Scholar in international education
and the Rhodes Scholar in education at
Oxford," he said.
UF is uniquely positioned to support this
type of opportunity for doctoral fellowships
because it is one of only four universities in
the nation with a doctoral program focusing
solely on construction management. I]
BCN Alumni Clubs Raise $200,000 To Support Faculty
Since Fall 2005, BCN Alumni Clubs have been
holding events and raising money to support
the Building Construction 70th Anniversary
Faculty Support Fund. So far, the clubs have
raised more than $200,000.
The North Central Florida BCN Alumni
( 1I I held a pre Orange & Blue game barbecue
on April 22, 2006 on the Rinker Hall North
Lawn, which was attended by 150 BCN
alumni and friends and raised $15,000 for
the school. On May 9, the UF South Florida
BCN Alumni ( I1l raised $100,000 at their
70th Anniversary Banquet. The banquet
drew 640 people to the Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel and Casino including South Florida
construction magnates and keynote speakers
Jim Cummings, Chip Reid and Ray Southern.
Rick Derrer, chair of the organizing
committee, delivered the night's opening
remarks; Steve Palmer, club president,
welcomed the audience; and Dr. Dan
Whiteman, club vice president of academics,
gave the invocation for the evening.
Previously, the UF Tampa Bay BCN
Alumni ( iI held a successful event, raising
$45,000. The Palm Beach UF BCN Alumni
( I, II, raised $30,000 for the endowment at a
70th Anniversary Banquet on October 19 at
the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. The
event was organized by Vince Burkhardt, club
president, and was attended by more than 200
BCN alumni and friends.
"The generosity demonstrated by the BCN
Alumni Clubs is a testament to the dedication
our alumni and friends have for the Rinker
School," said Rinker School Director Abdol
Chini. "We are very appreciative of the
confidence they have shown the Rinker School
through these gifts. I
Pictured above (from left to right) at the Palm Beach UF BCN
Alumni Club banquet: Vince Burkhardt, club president and
president of Burkhardt Construction, Abdol Chini, Rinker School
director, Marshall Criser, former UF president and keynote
speaker at the banquet, Christopher Silver, dean of the College
of Design, Construction and Planning, and Karl Watson, retired
president and chief operating officer of U.S. Construction
Materials at Rinker Materials.
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Yvonne & Ted Adams
AIA Treasure Coast
American Engineering &
American Institute of Architects
American Society of Landscape
Architects, Florida Chapter
John H. Anderson
Todd M. Andrew
ANF Group, Inc.
Angle & Schmid, Inc.
Arazoza Bros. Corp.
Areda Construction, Inc.
Associated Builders & Contractors
Thomas W. Atkins
Steven W. Auld
Baker Concrete Construction
Mary J. Bastian
Bateman, Gordon & Sands, Inc.
BCM Construction Management
Beauchamp Construction Co., Inc.
Damian J. Beiter
John F Bennett
The Bentwood Cos., Inc.
Bollenback Builders Inc.
Boran, Craig, Barber, Engel
Bovis Lend Lease, Inc.
Braman Family Foundation
Brandon Construction Co.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Builders Assn. of N. Central FL, Inc.
Builders Plus, Inc.
Bulrad Illinois, Inc.
Burkhardt Construction, Inc.
Cabi Developers LLC
Robert W. Caldwell III
Canerday, Belfsky & Arroyo
CAPRI Engineering LLC
CCS Mechanical, Inc.
Charland Rurey Construction, Inc.
Clancy & Theys Construction Co.
The Clark Construction Group, Inc.
George W. Clark, Jr.
Coastal Construction Co.
Community Foundation for
Community Foundation of Broward
Companion Cabinet Software LLC
Construction Assn. of South Florida
Coral Gables Community Foundation
Coscan Construction LLC
Robert D. & JoAnn Crebbin
Curtis G. Culver
James A. Cummings, Inc.
James A. Cummings
Linda M. Czopek
Angela L. & Gordon J. Day
Delta Faucet Co.
Charles H. Denny III
Diaz Fritz Isabel General Contractors
Brendan P Ellis
Falkanger, Snyder, Martineau & Yates
WendyJ. Fetzer-Mazza &
Michael J. Mazza
Stephen C. & Mrs. Georiga Lee Ford
Form Works, Inc.
Fortune Ocean LLLP
Jonathan E. Fryd
Frye Construction Mgmt Systems, Inc.
Gainesville Regional Utilities
General Crane USA
Michael A. Gilkey, Inc.
Roy Eugene Graham
Gryphon Construction LLC
Gulf Building Corp.
Arthur H. Haedike III
Hager Construction Co.
Hardin Construction Co. LLC
Jeffrey H. & Rhonda D. Harris
The Haskell Co.
Henkelman Construction, Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Hill York Corp.
HJ Foundation, Inc.
Holmes, Hepner & Associates
Imagination Design Systems, Inc.
Irwin Contracting, Inc.
JMC Design & Development, Inc.
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Steven D. & Mrs. S. Diane Jones
Joyner Construction, Inc.
K & A Built-Ins, Inc.
Kalemeris Construction, Inc.
Keene Construction Co. of Central FL
Kraft Construction Co., Inc.
KraftMaid Cabinetry, Inc.
KVC Constructors, Inc.
A.J. & Lynne Land
R. Kirk Landon
Latite Roofing & Sheet Metal Co., Inc.
Le Groupe Luxorama Ltee
Marc D. Lecerte
Robert W. Lipscomb
Lotspeich Co. of Florida, Inc.
David K. Maltby
Marker Group LLC
Mathews Construction of Tampa, Inc.
Mclntyre, Elwell & Strammer
Mellen C. Greeley A1A Foundation, Inc.
Miller Construction Co.
Robert D. Miller
W.G. Mills, Inc.
Minto Foundation, Inc.
Mora Engineering Contractors, Inc.
The Morgan Co., Inc.
Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church
NDC Construction Co.
Nelson Construction Co., Inc.
Nielson & Co., Inc.
O'Brien Construction Co.
Angel & Frances M. Oliva
Opus South Corp.
Pacific International Construction, Inc.
M. Parrish Construction Co., Inc.
Pavarini Construction Co. S.E.
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
Peckar & Abramson
Phoenix Sales, Inc.
James B. Pirtle Construction Co., Inc.
Pomeroy Electric, Inc.
PPI Construction Management
Rain Bird Corp.
Ranon & Partners, Inc., Architects
Linda K. & Richard F Remsen
Rink Design Partnership, Inc.
Rinker Materials Corp.
Nathaniel M. Robinson
David E. Rogers
Ruden, McClosky, Smith, et al.
Rychris Contracting Co., Inc.
David J. & Rena L. Schmit
Maxine L. & Prof. R. Terry Schnadelbach
The Scott Partnership Architecture, Inc.
Paul J. Sierra Construction, Inc.
Simmons Management Services, Inc.
Skanska USA Building, Inc.
Darrell L. Smith
Solidtop Specialists, Inc.
Southern Pan Services Co.
Springer-Peterson Roofing & Sheet
St. Paul Travelers
STA Architectural Group
Steel Fabricators, Inc.
Gregory L. Stepp
R.C. Stevens Construction Co.
Stephen J. & Kimberly L. Stewart
Suffolk Construction Company, Inc.
Tappouni Mechanical, Inc.
TGSV Enterprises, Inc.
Thyssen-Krupp Elevator Co.
Frank R. & Colleen Trabold
TTV Architects, Inc.
Turnberry Residential Management LP
Turner Construction Co.
Universidad Nacional Autonoma
Vincent F Vaccarella
M.C. Velar Construction
Paul L. Verlander
The Villagers, Inc.
Wachovia Securities LLC
Milton J. Wallace
Ward's Cabinetry LLC
WCI Communities, Inc.
Wehr Constructors, Inc.
Westye Group Southeast, Inc.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
Willis North America, Inc.
WRS Infrastructure & Environment, Inc.
Eric V. Young
Zoller Family Foundation
$500 TO $999
APG Electric, Inc.
James W. Archer
Brett T Atkinson
BBI Construction Management
BCH Mechanical, Inc.
Bermello, Ajamil & Partners, Inc.
Richard E. Berry
Lauren L. & James Alan Boylston
John H. & Suzanne Mae (Upham) Breistol
Jeffrey V. Caruso
Robert E. Christopher
Cocoa-Rockledge Woman's League
Ross & Laurie Cooper
Ronnie W. Craven
Edson E. Dailey, Jr.
Elcon Electric, Inc.
Fisk Electric Co.
Flagler Construction Equipment
Bruce A. Frost
W. W. Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc.
Gray Construction Services, Inc.
Col. Darrall R. Henderson
Hennessy Construction Services
Hugins Construction Corp.
J. Raymond Construction Corp.
Larry R. & Helen Kaplan
Kearney Construction Co., Inc.
W. H. Keister Group, Inc.
Kitchen Art of South Florida, Inc.
Allan A. Kozich & Associates
Juan R. Lezcano
Gregory D. & Lauren H. Liebman
LRJC Enterprises, Inc.
Dominic F Mauriello
MCO Environmental, Inc.
National Wildlife Federation
Newmans Heating & Air Condition-
James C. Nicholas
Oldcastle Precast Modular Group
Robert B. Porter, Jr.
Right Way Plumbing Co.
Kevin Donald Rowland
John P Schnorr
Robert & Mrs. Jan D. Spiegelman
John H. Strickland
Suncoast Autobuilders, Inc.
Superior Construction Co., Inc.
Kenneth F Tenney
Westshore Pharmacy, Inc.
Winderweedle Insurance Agency
Woodroffe Corp. Architects
World Monuments Fund
Zurich American Insurance Co.
Paul D. & Mrs. Malea L. Zwick
$100 TO $499
A SA P Enterprises of Sarasota, Inc.
Elizabeth R. Abernethy
Able Body Labor
Harry P Ackerman
Advanced Building Concepts
Alachua Environmental Services, Inc.
Alexander Group LLC
John F & Marjorie J. Alexander
Allstate Construction, Inc.
Robert M. Altman
Roger A. Aman
Alfred S. Amos
Henry F Anderson, Jr.
Russell P Anderson
Andrew General Contractors, Inc.
Kenneth L. Anson, Jr.
Raymond H. Antosh
David J. Ashton
Assoc. Gen. Contr. of Greater Fla., Inc.
Elmer S. & Carol M. Atkins
George H. Austin
Avid Engineering, Inc.
Avon Cabinet Corp.
Bret R. Azzarelli
Thomas J. Azzarelli
Jack M. Bailey
Brian M. Balducci
Susan E. Bardin
William L. Barimo
Dan T Barnes, Sr.
Sara N. & William L. Barnhart, Jr.
Agustin J. Barrera
Randall F Baukney
George T Beal
Norman M. Beck III
David W. Beebe, Jr.
Christine M. Bell
Richard A. Bell
Michael J. Bier
Walter R. Billingsley
C. Merritt Bird
Judith C. Birdsong
Richard S. Black
Boyce H. Blackmon
Robert L. Blakeslee
Adam C. Bolton
Bryan S. Botic
Marcia 0. Bourdon
Kirby J. Bourgeois
Dennis A. Brammeier
Todd C. Brearley & Deidre A. Young
Robert N. Bridger
Robert E. Broxton
Charles W. Bryson
James R Buchanan
Vincent G. Burkhardt
Mitch Burley Construction, Inc.
Butler Construction Co., Inc.
Richard R. & Pamela G. Butler
Ludwig R. Byak II
William P Byrne
Mary K. Caglianone
Robert 0. Campbell
Richard C. Carbone
John S. Carr
Margaret H. Carr
Caruso Homes, Inc.
Judyth S. & James T Casper
Javier 0. Castano
Catri Enterprises, Inc.
CCI Cabot Construction, Inc.
Charles L. Charlan
Jesse W. Children, Sr.
Abdol R. Chini
James B. Clark
Patsy J. Clark
Robert D. Clark
William R. Clark, Jr.
Robert L. Claudy, Jr.
Timothy N. Clemmons
C. Bradley Cochran
Erick H. Collazo
Luis A. Colon Rodriguez
Commercial Concrete Contractors, Inc.
James C. Commins
Donald H. Conkling Ill
Howard F Cook, Jr.
H. Gary Cook
Judith E. Cook-Parks
Ray A. Cooper, Jr.
Corrections Corp. of America
Anne M. & Matthew L. Cowan
William M. Coyne
David W. Crawley
Steven W. Csutoros
Laura A. & James Howard Curtis
Allen P Davis
Robert W. Davis III
John B. Debitetto
Anthony W. & Kelley H. DellaPorta
Delorie Countertops & Doors
Loretta A. Deziel-Gallagher
Perry A. Diamond, Jr.
Cynthia K. Dittmer
Dix.Lathrop & Associates, Inc.
Paul J. Donnellan
Jorge Echarte, Jr.
Mrs. Jean R. & Bradford K. Edgerly
Robert B. Edwards
Edwards Construction Service
John P Ehrig, FA.I.A.
Ellett Insurance, Inc.
David E. Emmons
Sergio A. & Mary Anne Encinas
England, Thims & Miller, Inc.
Jorge L. Estevanez
Evans Taylor Foster Childress, PC.
Robert D. Evans
Lamont R. Everts
Kurt A. Ewoldt
Erin E. Farrell
J. C. Felix
Alejandro V. Fernandez
L. Scott Fetterhoff
Lewis E. Filman, Jr. & Kathryn R. Filman
Phillip W. & Marilyn J. Finney
Adriana A. Finnvold
William G. Fischer
Raymond I. Fisher
Randall K. Fitkin
James C. Flayler
RobertS. &Janis K. Fleet
Jeffrey E. Fleis
Florida Rock Industries
Autha W. Forehand
Foster, Conant& Associates, Inc.
James G. Foster, Jr.
Donald V. Fullerton
Lawrence W. Fumea
Herbert G. Fung
Gallagher Building Corp.
Genaro Garcia, Jr.
Genesis Group, Inc.
Gentile, Holloway, O'Mahoney, et al.
Gerhardt D. Gerard
Leonard A. Geronemus
Robert 0. Ghiotto
Michael J. Gibson
William J. Gibson
William R. Giles, Jr.
Glatting, Jackson, Kercher, et al.
Clifford P & Elizabeth L. Goodhart
Gordon Management LLC
William D. Goreschak
Robert D. Gosnell
Ward B. Grafton
Natale A. Grande
Lt. Col. David F Gray, Jr.
R.J. Griffin & Co.
Laurie L. Grundy-Jaworski & Douglas S.
Bruce A. Gude
Gulfstream Pump & Equipment, Inc.
Craig E. Hagedorn
J. Thomas Hamm, Jr.
Allen L. Hand
Harbor Development, Inc.
Paul R. Hardaker
Hardeman Kempton & Associates, Inc.
HDR Engineering, Inc.
Hays P Henderson
Juan R. & Mrs. Marianella
F J. Hoffman, Jr.
Jeffery A. Holaday
Richard D. Holt, Jr.
Byron T Hood
Stacy R. Horth-Neubert & Aaron D. Neubert
Brian D. Hotchkiss
Tod R. Hudson
Gary L. & Bonnie H. Huggins
Thomas R. Hurley
Ralph E. Hurst
Anthony W. Ingrassia
Allen D. Jablonski
Ivan P Jasper
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Jefferson Parent Organization
Lawrence R. Johancsik Ill
Johnson Engineering, Inc.
A. Ronald Johnson
David W. & Lori H. Johnson
C. Miguel Juncal
Mark H. Justice
Mary D. Justice
Kenneth C. Katz
Raymond J. Kearney, Jr.
John W. Kearns Ill
Keith & Schnars, PA.
Jack A. Keith
John R. Kiker III
Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
King Engineering Associates, Inc.
Ronald E. Kirchman II
Ross E. Kirk
John Kish, Jr.
James T Klecker
Donald E. Knerr
Paul W. Kohler
Richard P Komosky
Scott R. Koons
Elizabeth M. Korelishn
Krent Wieland Design, Inc.
Larry C. Krietemeyer
Michael D. Kroll
Jonathan B. Kurtis
Land Design South of Florida, Inc.
Richard B. Laughlin
Robert Troy Lauramoore
Joseph L. Lester
Dennis E. Lewis
Robert E. Lifton
Mark C. Lindsay III
Darla S. & Christian R. Lipke
Robert E. Long
Longview Construction, Inc.
Georgina V. Lores
Veronica G. Loundy
David P Lowe
Lucido & Associates
Susan M. & James R. Lumbra
Alrich B. Lynch
Bobby R. Lyons
Robyn D. MacKay
Robert M. MacLeod
Heather G. Mandel
Thomas 0. Martin
Jay R. Mason
Mathur & Gerdes, Inc.
James R. Maxam
Carlo R. Mayer, Jr.
Scott L. McCarthy
Charles 0. McCormick
McCrory Construction Co., Inc.
George W. McGonagill
D. F McKnight Construction Co., Inc.
Richard R. McLaughlin
John M. McMahon
Tony A. McMahon
Kevin G. McMichael
John A. McPhaul
Mehrman Gas, Inc.
Mikes Cabinets, Inc.
Timothy P Milcich
Miller, Einhouse, Rymer & Assoc., Inc.
Miller, Legg & Associates, Inc.
Alan C. Miller
Jose L. Miranda, Jr.
Bruce J. Moldow
Matthew J. Montgomery
Sarah K. & Michael A. Moran
Milton E. Morgan
Penny L. & GarryJ. Moyer
Myers Schmalenberger, Inc.
Carroll M. Nail, Jr.
John M. Neel
Brian T Nicholson
Lawrence S. & Charlotte B. Northup
Carolyn B. Norton & Alan J. Singer
Devin M. Oberto
Wayne W. O'Hara
Laurence K. Oleck, Jr.
Otterness Construction Co.
Florence M. Paisey
Eric H. Palmer
Erickson H. & Carol Maxey Palmer
Stephen R. Palmer
Kathleen & Doyle Parr
Charles H. Parsons
Gerald C. Parsons, Jr.
Wayne D. & Gail S. Parsons
Thomas E. Peacock
Pelican Creek Pub
Vennie A. Pent
Perry Roofing, Incorporated
Bruce F Peterson
Phoenix Landscape Maintenance, Inc.
Robert A. Piccalo
Richard S. Pillinger, PA.
Pooley Contracting, Inc.
William R. & Susan D. Pooley
Brett M. Porak
Post, Buckley, Schuh & Jernigan, Inc.
Power Design, Inc.
Pro-Crete Systems, Inc.
Edward A. Proefke, Jr.
Prosser Hallock, Inc.
Wende K. Pruden
E. Camille Puckett
Richard W. Pushaw
Charles J. Quagliana
Janice L. Quirk
Marcia E. Raff
Joan C. Randolph
RapidBlue Print Co.
Mrs. Jan T Reed
Nilo C. Regojo
John D. Remington
Reynolds, Smith & Hills, Inc.
RH Bond & Company, Inc.
E. Vaughan Rivers
William L. Rivers
David W. Roberts, Jr.
Donald W. Roberts, Jr.
John P Rock
Frank M. Rodica
Sheli A. Romer
Robert E. Roundtree, Sr.
David B. Rush
TR. Rushing Construction, Inc.
Todd A. Russell
Barry Rutenberg & Associates, Inc.
Michael S. Santarone
Debra J. Sappington
Jose I. Sarasua
Donald L. Savage
Gavin W. Scarbrough
Scherer Constr. & Eng. of Central FL LLC
Jeffrey S. Schiller
Gregg A. Schlesinger
John W. Schneid
SDG Landscape Architects, Inc.
Sea Hag Marina, Inc.
Linda A. Searl
Bradford J. Sedito
Hans E. Seffer
John T Sewell, Jr.
Stephanie H. & Samuel R. Sharpe, Jr.
Juanita D. Shearer-Swink, FASLA
James R. Siegel
Stephen G. Siegel
Paul J. Sierra
Deborah A. Silver-Rey
Brad Smith Associates, Inc.
Alex H. Smith, Jr.
David T Smith
Robert C. Smith
Robert F Smith
Michele E. & William J. Snow
Donald T Snyder
Harriet E. Spruill
William H. Squires
Luke A. Staley
Harold R. Stanley Ill
Richard G. Stebbins
Ruth L. Steiner
Steve Shapiro Landscape Arch., Inc.
William L. Stewart
Edward D. Stone, Jr. & Associates, Inc.
Max W. Strang
Edwin I. Strayer
Erich B. Strong
Rebecca W. Strowbridge
Thomas M. Sullivan
Summit Construction Management, Inc.
J. Blaine Summitt
Jeffrey C. Sweet, Jr.
Brian G. Tait
Mark A. Tarmey
Stanley G. Tate
William J. Taylor
Michael V. Thomas
Randall E. Thron
Michael A. Tolson
Richard L. Tooke
Zeljko M. Torbica
Jon E. Tori
Trend Distributors, Inc.
Tri-City Electrical Contractors, Inc.
Trinity Fabricators, Inc.
Tritt & Franson, PA.
Allen G. S. Troshinsky
Richard E. Turk
Susan M. Turner
James R Tyler
University Imaging, Inc.
Urban Design Studio
Dean W. Van Tassel
Gregory A. Vann
Robert W. & Jenny L. Verner
Robert L. Vickers
Viviano's Designs, Inc.
William J. Wagner
Benjamin L. Walbert III
Wallace, Welch & Willingham
Patrick J. Walsh
Mrs. Laurin L. Wangen
Daniel J. Waters
Doss K. Watson, Jr.
Donnie R. & Bonita E. Watts
Andrew T Weaver
Karl E. Weis
The Weitz Co., Inc.
William J. & Joan C. Wernicke
Charles B. Williams
Ana M. Williamson
Wilson Builders, Inc.
Francis X. Wilson
Marilyn A. & Gary Wilson
John S. Winesett
William M. Wing
Jeffery M. Wolf
Enrique A. Woodroffe
Workers' Compensation Group, Inc.
Marsha R. & James P Wright
Michael M. Zajkowski
Herbert A. Zelikoff
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During the Spring 2006 semester, the college's schools and
departments each held award ceremonies to honor donors and
to recognize faculty, students and alumni. Many honors were
bestowed, including the top faculty and alumni awards, i I
below). Formore information on the 2007award ceremonies,
please contact the school or department or you may contact the
college at perspective@dcp. ufl.edu or (352) 392-4836.
2005-06 Teacher of the Year
Debra D. Harris
Assistant Professor of Interior Design
2006 Dean's Faculty Service Award
Sara Katherine Williams
Associate Professor of Landscape
2006 UF Research Foundation Professorship
Margaret H. Carr
Professor of Landscape Architecture
Distinguished Architecture Alumnus
Peter M. Hepner, Class of 1982
Holmes Hepner and Associates Architects
Distinguished Building Construction Alumnus
Robert P. Angle, Class of 1967
Angle and Schmid, Inc.
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Distinguished Landscape Architecture Alumnus
William P. Coan, Class of 1978
ITEC Entertainment Corp.
Distinguished Urban and Regional
Earl Owen McCuller, Jr., Class of 1976
Smith Hulsey and Busey
Construction Hall of Fame Award
Moss & Associates
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Charles P. Reid
Pompano Beach, Florida
> Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Ph.D. 1998, recently authored a book
titled "Total Landscape: Theme Parks, Public Space." The book
uses the theme park as a laboratory environment to identify,
dissect and describe the properties of new, hybrid forms of
public spaces emerging in urban environments worldwide.
By illuminating the relationship between theme parks and
public space, the book offers a unique insight into the ethos,
criteria for design and expectations of the public space in the
twenty-first century. He and his wife, Jilly Traganou, also are co-
authoring another book coming out in 2007 tentatively entitled
"Space, Time and Tourism."
> Enrique A. Woodroffe, MArch 1976, is the president of
Woodroffe Corporation Architects in Tampa. He has been
elected to serve as Florida/Caribbean regional director at
the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Board for
a three-year term. He also served as president of the Florida
Association AIA in 2002.
DCP Spring 2006
On May 6, 2006, the College of Design,
Construction and Pl.ii i nii held its Spring 2006
Commencement. Secretary Thaddeus Cohen
of the Florida Department of Community Affairs
served as keynote speaker at the ceremony.
During his address, Cohen challenged the
students with the question, "What will you say
over your next 50 years or so?" He then noted,
"I can see it in the eyes of your friends, your
parents and your relatives that they have faith
that you will take the creativity -the energy
that you have gotten from this place and that
you' ii i..... thatareimportant."
During the ceremony, the college recognized
two students for their achievements. Architecture
student Holly Trick received the college's 2006
UndeI ..1...1 i 1.i. ..i .emic Achievement
Award and architecture student Reece Skelton
received the college's 2006 Student Leadership
and Service Award.
> Robert Fraga, MArch 1978, ARC 1976, was appointed the
assistant commissioner for Capital Construction Program
Management within the U.S. General Services Administration's
(GSA) Public Building Service. The position will focus on the
project management and delivery of GSA's $1.6 billion Capital
> Michael Givel, MAURP 1980, announces his promotion to
associate professor of political science with tenure at the
University of Oklahoma. His areas of teaching and research
interest include: public policy, health policy, and urban politics.
He also has been named to Who's Who in Health Care and
> John Hixenbaugh, MAURP 1987, has been with the City of St.
Petersburg since 1998. He served as the city's first manager of
urban design and historic preservation and has been the city's
zoning official since 2000. For the past two years, John has been
selected as a participant to serve on Urban Land Institute (ULI)
Advisory Service Panels in Trenton, N.J. and Denver, Colo. Last
year, he entered Stetson University College of Law with plans to
focus on land use and zoning law.
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA College ofDesign, Construction & Planning
UF Alumni Go Back To College
Morton Parks arrived on his first day
back to college wearing a well-worn T shirt
and a Gators ball cap coming apart at the
seams. He didn't mean any disrespect to
his professors. It was just a way for him
to reconnect to the building construction
program he graduated from in 1951.
The 54-year-old T shirt and hat he wore
this day are the only familiar artifacts at
a university which has blossomed into a
sprawling campus with miles of asphalt
and acres of concrete.
He stared in awe at whizzing scooters
and low-slung cars slowly inching their
way through the corridors of a campus he
remembered being much smaller. Staring
through the window of the stately tour bus
whisking him across campus, he muttered
with a hint of absurdity at the need for such
N. i .. i. had cars when I was here," he
said. "You just didn't need them. Everyone
walked or rode a bicycle because a person
could cross campus from north to south or
east to west in just a couple of minutes."
Now 81, Parks (BCN 1951) and about 80
other alumni and spouses spent a weekend
touring the university and attending special
lectures arranged by the University Alumni
Association's Back to College Weekend
2006. On this particular day, the "students"
Woodshop teaching specialist, Whitey Markle (foreground), gives a group tour of the woodshop facility and explains what each
tool is used for in architectural model making. This machine smoothes boards to an even plane.
were treated to a morning of classes and
demonstrations at the College of Design,
Construction and Planning.
After a welcome orientation in the atrium
under foreboding skies, the group dispersed
to one of five available classes. Sixteen
students attended building construction
professor Paul Oppenheim's morning
electrical wiring class in Rinker Hall.
If attendance were taken, it would have
revealed a diversity of backgrounds not
typically seen in the MEP Lab. However,
the students quickly settled into their tasks
of reading electrical plans, pulling wire
and setting switches and receptacles into
a wood-framed room.
After Oppenheim's lecture, the students
left with a new knowledge of residential
electrical outlets, their wiring and how
electricity moves from the city's power
station to their grandchildren's Pi I. -.1 ii i..i.
"This is our sixth year at these things,"
said UF pharmacy alumnus and Ocala
resident Lloyd Cooper (BSP 1958). The short
drive up the road to Gator country makes
it easy for Cooper and his wife Bernice to
stay engaged with the university. "We keep
coming back because we enjoy learning new
things," said Bernice Cooper.
Most students in the GeoPlan class session
learned something new. Assistant In Urban
and Regional Planning Stanley Latimer
introduced his students to Geographic
Information Systems and its uses in land
planning, development and even law
enforcement. Though the technology has
been around for some time, it only has been
in the past few years that the public has
been introduced to it through user-friendly
applications like Google Earth.
Technology also lent a hand to landscape
architecture lecturer Glenn Acomb's class
which offered students the chance to design
UF's historic Yardley Courtyards. Pre-made
foam core models were moved around a
table-top sketch of the courtyards to assist
visualization. After a bit of creativity,
humor and innovation, students were shown
what their creations would look like when
completed with the help ,-I -.1., i ii Tp, a 3-D
computer simulation program. The animated
birds-eye view wowed onlookers as they
saw their drawing come to life on the
Of course, none of this would have been
possible without the help of dozens of students
who offered up their Saturday morning to
showcase their programs' offerings.
"Putting the youths with the older people
really boosted the program," said Emelia
Welber, wife of College of Education alumnus
Jack Welber (BaAS 1959).
A group OT sTuaents worK on designing mne risioric Yaraiey
Courtyards, the project assigned by landscape architecture
lecturer Glenn Acomb.
interior design professor, poses with the students who attended her tour.
Stanley Latimer, assistant in urban and regional planning, Architecture graduate student Vincent Tran was one of about
assists a Back to College student as he plots points on a 20 students who helped the architecture presentation engage
geographic information systems map in the GIS Lab. For many visiting students as they constructed models of their dream
of the visiting students, this was their first experience with the homes, the project assigned by architecture professors Nancy
technology. Sanders, Robert MacLeod and Shivjit Sidhu.
She was particularly impressed by the one
on-one nature of the School of Architecture's
classes. It was the highlight of the day-long
event for many of the visiting students who
saw their creativity come to life in a scaled
model of their dream home.
Architecture professors Chevy Sidhu,
Nancy Sanders and Bob MacLeod organized
the School of Architecture's class which
occupied the gallery and spilled out into
the atrium. It opened with a three-minute
history of architecture to prep the students
for their assignments to analyze a house and
then sketch and build their own models. The
professors introduced students to thinking
architecturally, considering public and
"Being here today made me feel like the
world is full of up-and-coming people -there
is hope," Welber said.
For some students, the day closed with a
walking tour of UF's historic campus guided
by interior design professor and expert on
UF's historic buildings and sites, Susan Tate.
Others rounded out their day of learning in
the DCP woodshop for an intimate but noisy
safety demonstration by woodshop teaching
lab specialist, Whitey Markle.
A look around the well-stocked woodshop
again impressed Morton Parks who still
remembers with knife-like clarity spending
many hours in his Sigma Phi Epsilon dorm
room making models with his own tools.
Electrical wiring around wood framed studs in the MEP Lab in
Rinker Hall taught students how residential homes are wired for
power, the activity led by Paul Oppenheim.
Much has changed since Parks' absence.
His old building construction program which
once pushed structural engineering classes is
now a dynamic school with its own facilities
and an expansive curriculum available to
students around the world. He came back to
college this weekend because of a curiosity
building in him and because he's not getting
any younger, he said.
A strong afternoon sun, which had
broken through the dreariness of the early
day, reflected brightly off the polished
Purple Heart pinned to his navy blue coat.
He stood very still surrounded by a platoon
of buildings that now hold the five disciplines
of the college he attended a half century
ago and said, "I'll come back, my blood's
boilin' again." 0
Panting the Seeds of Design Adventure
charrette first presented at UF's Back to
College 2006 alumni weekend was so suc-
cessful the first time around, the landscape
architecture students wanted to do it again
for an audience of a different variety. As
part of their career day, fourth and fifth
graders from Fort McCoy School visited
campus and had fun with colored markers
while learning about a profession that they
may one day call their own.
"We literally duplicated the Back to Col
lege presentation using the same models,
assignments and teams," said landscape
architecture lecturer Glenn Acomb. "All
we modified for the kids was the vocabu
lary used to explain concepts like scale
The concept of scale was introduced
through miniature models of people and
trees on a table-top drawing they peered
down upon with bird's eye views. The
"outside rooms" they were told to create
became plazas and gardens with water
fountains and serpentine sidewalks.
As with the alumni presentation, Acomb
and his students sought to enlighten their
audience about landscape architecture,
what people with those jobs do and
how they interact with the landscape in
everyday life using an example like the
Historic Yardley Courtyards on UF's
The presentation elementary school stu
dents was a first for the department and
deserves repeating, said Acomb. "The kids
were so open and willing to try things. The
alumni verbalized their thoughts, but the
kids picked up a pen and used color and
lines to express their thoughts."
Acomb also sees visits like these as re-
cruiting opportunities. "Students aren't
always aware of landscape architecture as
a potential career choice," he said. "Some-
body always has to plant the seed."
Among the thank you notes the depart
ment received from the elementary class
was one that closed with this optimistic
"On each table we saw paper with large
lines and markers. Then the adventure
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If you ask Mitch Hutchcraft, MAURP 1990 &
LAE 1988, what is most rewarding about his
work with Bonita Bay Group, he will point to
"Knowing that at the end of the day, I will
be able to drive my daughters through South
west Florida and show them schools, parks,
sidewalk cafes, water quality parks and really
cool developments that enhance our area, that
will be very rewarding," Hutchcraft says.
However, it is also the company's com-
mitment to consensus building that makes
"We go out of our way to be available to area
residents and community leaders very early
on in the planning process, to ensure that the
communities we create fit with our neighbors
and benefit the region as a whole," he says.
"Because of my company's commitment to
the environment and the community, and our
25-year history of doing the right thing, I have
the opportunity to bring skeptics around to
become our strongest supporters."
As regional vice president for Bonita Bay
Group, Hutchcraft is responsible for all proj
ects in the company's East Region. Currently,
there are seven projects in his region totaling
more than 6,200 acres, 20,000 residential
units, 3 million square feet of non-residential
uses, parks, infrastructure and even a college
The company not only has a strong com-
mitment to working with communities,
but also sees itself as a steward of natural
resources, always looking for creative ways
to preserve or enhance the environment.
"We don't just plan within our boundaries,
but we look for opportunities to reconnect
natural features or enhance regional sys
teams Hutchcraft says. "For example we are
currently creating a six mile-1....- i. ' i.
and wildlife corridor that spans two counties
and weaves through three projects that we
planned and/or developed."
In addition, Bonita Bay Group established
alliances and partnerships with environ
Mitch Hutchcraft spent two weeks in Rwanda last year building a school with the
mental agencies and educational institu
tions. Through a partnership with the South
Florida Water Management District and local
environmental groups, the company helped
reconnect a drainage basin through a man
made :1.' ,- , i I ,i,, one of its communities,
restoring historic flows to Halfway Creek,
resulting in restored hydrology in one area,
and a reduction in flooding in another.
In his position with Bonita Bay, Hutchcraft
has found both of his UF degrees useful. "The
landscape architecture degree really helped
me visualize design opportunities, and how
design can impact quality of life. Also, I think
it helped me understand how all the pieces fit
together," he says. "My planning background
helped me to understand the 'process' of how
to get things done -how to assess the commu
nity needs, and then communicate them in a
way that compels people to act."
Landscape architecture professor emeritus
Herrick Smith and urban and regional plan
ning professor emeritus Ernest Bartley, in
particular, made an impact on Hutchcraft
when he attended UF.
"Herrick Smith's mantra was, 'think of
the next larger context.' At the time, it didn't
really mean much to me, but now I have a
greater understanding of how every action
can have a positive or negative impact on the
surrounding community," he says. "Professor
Bartley told fascinating stories about plan
ning in small Florida towns, like Two Egg,
and helping bring Alaska into the United
States that have really stuck with me over
Hutchcraft's advice to current UF students
is to "be as broad-based as possible, and
always start with the big picture. If you start
small, you will end small. Also, work on your
communication skills. If you have the best
idea in the world, but can't communicate it to
people in a manner that stirs them to act, you
may never be able to really achieve success."I]
ALUMNI NEWS CONTINUED
> Ron Fuller, MAURP 1989, returned to Florida in 2004 after
spending 12 years in Asheville, N.C. During most of that time
he was a transportation planner and MPO Coordinator. Since
returning, he spent 18 months as a senior planner in Marion
County and in January was hired as the assistant director for
Transportation and Parking Services at the University of Florida.
> Geoff Pappas, MAURP 1991, currently is serving as a city
planner for Palatka. Pappas also played football for UFfrom
> Marjorie (McGinty) Alexander, MAURP 1993, has retired from
Santa Fe Community College. She and John are still living in
> Maria Masque, MAURP 1994, was promoted to director of
community planning at The Planning Center located in Tucson,
Ariz. in March 2006. She received an Outstanding Support
award from the University of Arizona Science and Technology
Park for six years of planning assistance to the Research Park
in January 2006.
> Dominic Mauriello, MAURP 1995, started his own planning and
entitlement firm, Mauriello Planning Group, in 2004. He works
with property owners in helping to navigate the entitlement
process and works with local governments on planning and
regulatory issues. His office is based out of Avon, Colo. near Vail.
> Amy Sung, MBC 1996, has been accepted to Marymount
University's Graduate Interior Design program for Fall of 2006.
This degree will round out her architecture and construction
experiences, and support her new career objectives once her two
preschoolers are in school full time.
> Travis Vickers, MArch 1997, reports in November of 2005 he
started the architecture component of the Atlanta office for Baker
Barrios Architects, Inc. The Orlando- based firm has had an
interior design component in Atlanta since 2002.
> Teeraboon Chalongmaneerat, MArch 1998, currently is working
as a lecturer at Faculty of Architecture, Sripatum University.
> Kyoko Iwasaka, MArch 1998, currently is an associate architect
(registered in Georgia) and LEED AP at Thompson, Ventulett,
Stainback & Associates in Atlanta. He had a fabulous trip to Italy
for a stone conference last year.
> Sarah Owen, MAURP 1998, is a planning advocate for the
Florida Wildlife Federation and is responsible for working with
local government officials, developers and community groups
to focus on natural resource protection in St. Johns County and
> Steven Gulas, MBC 2000, ARC 1998, has been project
manager for Tiernan and Patrylo (a design/build company in
Atlanta) since May 2000. He married Debra Radak in November
2000 and celebrated the birth of their first child, Matthew,
in December 2005.
> Albert Dambrose, MArch 2001, opened his own design
firm in 2004 and is in the process of finishing up his licensing
exam. He also is a full time faculty member of Edison College
in Fort Myers.
> Scott Lagueux, MAURP 2002, relocated in May to Dubai, United
Arab Emirates, to open the firm's sixth major office. Scott will
be leading a number of major projects in the region, including
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Just before Thanksgiving in 2005, Teman
and Teran Evans, ARC 2001, saw a
commercial that would change their lives.
"We were watching the show 'Designed To
Sell' on HGTV, and they had a commercial
about a new show called 'Design Star.'
They said they were looking for designers
to compete for their own show on HGTV.
We thought it would be a fun thing to do.
That it could be an interesting distraction,"
Little did they know how their decision
to send in a DVD to the show would lead to
a firestorm of activity and intense media
exposure during the spring and summer of
2006. As it happens, this was just another
stop on the whirlwind tour the twins have
taken since they graduated Gainesville's
Eastside High School in 1997.
The first stop on their tour was at
UF's School of Architecture. "Going into
architecture, we thought we knew what it
was. We learned immediately that we had
no idea," Teran said.
"Once you've gone through the architect
ture program, it's a part of you," Teman said.
"You can't open your mouth without it some
how impacting the words that come out."
After receiving their bachelor's degrees
from UF in 2001, Teman and Teran attended
the Graduate School of Design at Harvard
University. The studio hours were just as
intense as UF and the pressure was higher.
"They have a lot of respect for UF at
Harvard. UF students have a strong
reputation, so the professors put extra
pressure on you because they want you to
be challenged. They don't want you to coast,"
During their time at Harvard, they had
an opportunity to intern with renowned
Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and traveled
throughout the world working on projects for
him. During dinner with Koolhaas one night,
he said something that stayed with the twins
and shaped their future career choices.
"Rem said that he didn't understand why so
many architecture students decide to become
architects. He told us that it's not that students
shouldn't go into architecture, it's just that
he didn't see why that was the only choice,"
After graduating with their master's
degrees from Harvard in 2004, Teman
and Teran weren't sure what to do next.
A Harvard classmate suggested that
they partner on a project, as his family
had manufacturing connections. After
researching the costs, they decided to start
by designing silk scarves.
"At the same time, we decided to step into
the world of product design and we created
.... 111 I I11.. of jewelry, smallwooden
bracelets. We were so tentative about it that
we only made a handful," Teman said.
Then came their big break. Oprah Winfrey
discovered the bracelets and personally
selected their Fruit Salad Collection to
appear on the opening page of her O-List
of favorite things in "O, The Oprah Magazine"
in September 2005.
"We went from being carried in 10 stores
to 150 stores. The phones were ringing off the
hook. Our biggest goal in 2005 was to have
I l i. ,. sales by the end of the year, which
we felt was near impossible for a company in
its first year. And we did it," Teran said.
Just as Teman and Teran were getting
a handle on all of this, they decided to
participate in HGTV's series, "Design Star."
They were cut off from the outside world
for a month and participated in a series of
challenges in hopes to win their own design
show. And although neither twin was the
ultimate winner of the series, they have
enjoyed much success with their company,
Dioscuri, since the show premiered in July.
The company is expanding in 2007, including
designing a line of home accessories and
partnering up with a major electronics
company to produce a line of lighting for
Through everything, Teman and Teran
have appreciated the opportunities an
education in architecture has afforded them.
"Once you've been infected with that way
of thinking and seeing, there's a million
things you can apply it to. It has opened the
door to so many things and we decided to
experiment and see where we could push it.
We just wanted to invent the word 'architect'
for ourselves. It's taken us to strange places,"
Teman said. 0
While working on renovations to his home, Campbell West Caldwell, BCN 1975, worked with his steel fabricator Randy Bell to
have a special paint job applied to the steel columns and beams. Campbell is president of Wescon Corporation in Pensacola,
Fla. His sons Campbell Caldwell, Jr., BCN 2004, and Matthew D. Caldwell, BCN 2006, also graduated from UF
continued implementation of the master plan for Dubai's
innovative The World project, prepared by B&A in early 2006, and
master architect for Dubai Maritime City, a 690-acre new city
designed to house the region's growing maritime industries. From
the new Dubai branch office, Scott also will continue to lead other
assignments, including design efforts in Tunisia, Turkey, South
Africa, Croatia, China and elsewhere.
> Elaine (Rogers) Lund, MAURP 2002, is working with the Historic
Preservation Program in Hillsborough County's Planning & Growth
> Matthew Park Allen, MArch 2003, has been hired by the London
office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill as a senior architect/
designer, effective July 10, 2006. He has recently concluded the
Construction Documents for the 201 Bishopsgate/Broadgate
Tower project in London for SOM Chicago.
> Ramiro Montes De Oca, MBC 2003, was recently hired as the U.S.
Navy Reserve Central Region environmental engineer out of Great
Lakes, IIl. and tasked with developing and implementing the EMS.
He also is in charge of environmental projects throughout the
16-state region and reports to the Commander, Navy Installations
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While visiting the School ofArchitecture last spring, noted architect Law-
rence Scarpa, MArch 1987, ARC 1981, sat down with the editors of the
architecture student magazine, Architrave. The work ofScarpa and thefirm
he founded with Gwynne Pugh in 1991, Pugh + Scarpa, has redefined the role
of the architect toproduce some of the most remarkable and exploratory work
today. Scarpa's many recognition include seven nationalAIA design awards,
2(rst, it t, i ill local AIA design awards and two "Top Ten Green Building"
awards from the AIA's Committee on the Environment.
Architrave: Do you think that going to UF
gave you enough experience and prepara-
tion for the professional world?
Scarpa: The undergraduate program was really very
strong. I think the hardest thing about being an architect
is deciding what to do, you know, making decisions. The
undergraduate program was a really strong foundation; it
taught you the nuts and bolts; it gave you a solid founda-
tion to make decisions against. It was very clear criteria,
what they were teaching, so it was easy to bounce your
own thoughts against that, instead of just floating in the
You said that it's really important to have
experience. Do you think students get that
experience in school or do you think it's
something you have to attain in the work
No, I think you can gain experience during school, but it's
hard to experience if you're just in the studio. You have to
find a way to get that experience. For example, there are
architectural products such as OSB. If you go to Home
Depot, you see a sheet of it, and it looks really ugly be-
cause of the way it's pressed together and the stamps on
it. Now, we were making cabinets out of it, and even the
cabinet makers were saying how awful of a material it is.
So we made a few mock-ups for our cabinet maker. And
at one point, we were building everything out of OSB: fur-
niture, cabinets, flooring. We started getting a lot of calls
from architects who had seen our projects, asking where
we got our OSB. They couldn't find any OSB that looked
good. Well, the truth is that was the exact same OSB,
except we took that OSB, cut it up and started to experi-
ment with it. What we found is that OSB has a very fine
core in it; the particles inside are more dense. We just
sanded off about 1/32" and got this incredible, beautiful
core. So when architects asked where we got this beauti-
ful OSB, I just told them it was specially made and very
expensive. I didn't want to tell them because they were
too lazy to pick up the material and experiment!
With materials, I think people respond really well to
things that they recognize. For example, take someone
who makes canvas awnings; that guy makes that awning
everyday, five days a week, the same way. When we
approach them, they're thrilled to try something new, but
contractors are reluctant to experiment. So we go to the
craftsman. I don't think architecture is like industrial
design. It's not like doing an automobile: you figure it
out, you spend a lot of money developing a prototype, and
then you produce millions of them. Architecture is still a
customized profession, but it allows you to adopt a lot of
Did any of that come through when you
hired an industrial designer?
Yeah, she basically does most of the research on ideas
that we have; she gets the people to come in. We are
doing a building right now that's made from industrial
broom technology. The whole facade is made of brooms.
We started buying brooms from a hardwood store, just to
examine them. They're three foot brooms. So we started
calling the manufacturer, asking questions, and ordering
and then he wound up coming out to our office. I guess
he didn't believe what we were doing; he thought we were
stealing secrets. He came out, and he brought a bunch of
stuff with him. And he said, "You know I can tool my ma-
chine so that I can run these straight, like 45 feet long?"
And he said, "Here are different kings of things; we can
make this out of stainless, we can make this bigger, and
here are all the bristles." And our client was kind of con-
cerned isn't this going to collect dirt up there? And he
showed us bristles that are anti-static, anti-dirt sticking,
and thousands of colors and thicknesses they can do. So
he wound up helping us design the building.
The 2030 Challenge
Quilian Riano, ARC 2004, has been working
with Edward Mazria, founder of Architec
ture 2030. The organization's mission is to
conduct research, and provide information
and innovative solutions in the fields of archi
tecture and planning, in an effort to address
global climate change. To accomplish this,
they set forth the 2030 Challenge asking the
global architecture and building community
to adopt targets that will increase the fossil
fuel reduction standard for all new build
ings over the next decades to allow for carbon
neutrality by 2030.
In addition, the organization is sponsor
ing the 2010 Imperative: Global Emergency
Teach-in to bring awareness to the continued
need to emphasize ecological literacy in the
academic design community. They advocate
for design schools to add to all design prob
lems that "the design engage the environment
in a way that dramatically reduces or elimi
nates the need for fossil fuel." rl
So the people that want you to build their
buildings, they're open to new materials as
Well, you know, sometimes they're hesitant.
A little 'iffy'?
Yes, but we usually make a mock up, and after the initial
shock, they warm up to it.
Last night at your lecture, you talked about
the influence of art in your work do you
think that deals with pop art, taking the
ordinary and making it extraordinary?
Sometimes I think that architects are really uptight, I
always try to find a way to be more of a free spirit. We
do these great conceptual drawings and collages, but by
the time we get to the building, it's horrible. It's tough
because you get beat down by codes, programmatic ele-
ments, and practical things like wear and tear.
It's harder the freedom to capture that spirit
of freedom the way artists work just makes the work
so much richer.
Do you have that freedom? You said many
architects are solely concerned with how
much time there is, how much money the
budget allows, how many bedrooms there
are, but those constraints are still there.
Do you have time to play, to ignore that
stuff for a while?
No, we spend the time. It's always hard to do. One thing
we try to do with our clients is give them more than they
asked for to be a lot more proactive. Like the Colorado
Court project. Our client didn't request for solar panels
or micro turbans or an energy efficient building, all they
cared about was getting their project through the city.
So we brought all that to the project. We even got the
funding for it; we went out and got the funding for it. So
I think we're more proactive than reactive in our work.
It takes more time, it takes more energy, and it costs
more money. We struggle with fees to do it, but you know
I'd just be really bored with "OK, tell me what it is I'll
do it; this one's more interesting than that." We always
strive to give more to programme or whatever it may be.
Do you find that clients are starting to
come to you?
Yes, but I wish they'd come more! 0
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It's little wonder why interior design alum
nus Hugh Latta, FASID, was invited from his
Atlanta design firm last spring to jury the
Advanced Architecture Interiors II mid-term
and final presentations of hospitality projects.
Latta is an internationally known hospitality
sector design expert with projects spanning
the globe from Egypt to Japan and at least one
project sailing the open seas. He also is a pas
sionate advocate for interior design education
having served as the chair of the Foundation
for Interior Design Education Research, now
known as the Council for Interior Design Ac
creditation (CIDA), and as the national educa
tion chairman for American Society
of Interior Designers.
"The (UF) students are much more
aware of the green issues and conservation
of materials," says Latta, chairman of Design
Continuum, Inc. -a statement confirmed
by DesignIntelligence's 2006 Skills Assess
ment Rankings which listed UF's interior
design program as one of the top programs
in sustainable design concepts and principles.
Sustainable design and conservation are
becoming a standard request from clients
calling on Latta's Atlanta design firm.
"We have clients ask us when designing
buildings to design them in a way that will
receive LEED awards," he says. LEED, or
Leadership in Energy and Environmental De
sign, is a national standard developed by the
U.S. Green Building Council for developing
high-performance, sustainable buildings.
UF students are learning sustainability
principals from the beginning which will
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Command. He manages all aspects of environmental projects
at Navy-Marine Corps Reserve installations in the area of
> Fielding Featherston, MArch 2004, completed the architectural
registration exam. He is currently working with Baker Barrios
Architects in Orlando.
> Veronica Hofheinz, MBC 2004, IND 2002, recently accepted a
position as Architectural Professional at Skidmore, Owings, &
Merrill in New York City. She currently is working on conceptual
and schematic designs for various domestic and international
projects for SOM. She enjoys being a part of the immense design
community in New York.
> Angela (Cox) Holcomb, MArch 2004, married her fiance, Grant,
in 2005 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nev. She moved
from Jacksonville to Tampa and currently works as a healthcare
> Rebecca Talbert, MArch 2004, completed the architectural
registration exam in November 2005. She will soon be a licensed
architect in the state of Florida.
> Alex Bond, MAURP 2005, recently was hired as a transportation
policy/government affairs assistant at the National Association
of Regional Councils. In his new capacity, Alex will represent
Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Councils of Government
in the U.S. Congress and Administration.
> Navin Jani, MAURP 2005, is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Planning,
Policy and Design Department of University of California-lrvine.
Hugh Latta, FASID, stands in front of the Florida Community
Design Center in Gainesville where he spent the morning
critiquing interior design senior presentations of hospitality
suit them well as they enter a profession that
is experiencing rapid growth in this area of
design, Latta says. "Education is doing an
S,, ,I I dii. job at keeping up with this trend."
Keeping abreast of emerging industry
trends is just one reason Latta keeps his fin
ger on the pulse of interior design education
as an adjunct professor at Auburn University
and being active in accreditation commis
sions like CIDA. It's also a rich recruiting
ground for new hires to his firm, he says.
However, his real motivation for keeping
involved with design education is not self
"I feel like I've gained a lot from my educa
tion, and I'd like to share that too," he says.
He is continuing to study Vastu Vidya and spiritual aspects of
design which he began in his terminal project at UF
> Bryan Green, MArch 2006, is working in St. Augustine, with
Howard Davis Associates Architects.
> Smita Sahoo, MID 2006, joined HOK Advance Strategies
in March 2006.
> Hal Thomas Reid, ARC 1958, recently had a feature in
WoodSource magazine for a house, pool house and game house
he designed outside of Ocala. Hal has been a registered architect
since 1962 and established Hal Thomas Reid and Associates, PA.
in 1969. <
> Jerry Overstreet, BCN 1959, reports after a career of building
chimneys for power plants all over the world, he has finally
retired. He and his wife live in Overland Park, Kan.
> Jim Pugh, BCN 1963, was named one of the 25 most powerful
people in Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel in December.
He was listed as number six on the newspaper's list due to his
generosity and involvement across the state, which included
his donation of $5 million toward Bob Graham's public policy
center at UF A panel of 14, including a U.S. Senator, mayors and
business executives, vote on the Orlando Sentinel's annual list.
> Gary Bruehler, BCN 1964, has been retired for three years and is
enjoying tennis, projects and family.
"I enjoy seeing young people develop."
Latta received his bachelor's degree in inte
rior design from the University of Florida in
1961 and then went on to do what few people
were doing at the time. He received a master's
degree in interior design from the prestigious
Cranbrook Institute of the Arts with a minor
in textile design. Now, custom textile design
work sets his firm apart.
The size of the jobs Latta's firm is commis
sioned to do allow for a lot of custom work
without being too costly, he says. For exam
ple, Design Continuum has completed 11 jobs
for The Walt Disney Company including their
yacht and beach clubs and a Disney Cruise
Line ship. "If you go the extra mile for a client,
at the end of the project they are your best
marketers," he says.
Custom artwork is another unique service
of Latta's firm which is due in part to their
in-house art director of 18 years. Integrating
art into the design at the outset of a job can
protect it from being cut out toward the end,
he says, allowing the project to be a seamless
integration of art and design.
For today's graduates and design students,
Latta says the secret to success is "hard work."
Also as important though is for students to
know their own strengths and weaknesses
and surround themselves with people who
will complement them.
After serving on a design jury for 1II se-
nior class at UF, Latta says, he admired
the quality of the students' work. "It's become
so technical. I'm so impressed with the pre
sentations I saw." 1
> Jeffrey Huberman, ARC 1964, has been re-elected to the board
of director's of the National Council of Architectural Registration
Boards. In addition, his firm, Gantt HubermanArchitects,
Charlotte, N.C., has received the 2'"".1 AIA Noilh Caiclnma Firm
Award, which is the highest honor the chapter can bestow upon a
firm that has consistently produced quality architecture. Thefirm
is beginning its 35th year of practice.
> Robert Billingsley, BCN 1969, is a retired federal senior
executive/city commissioner and helped others build airports
from Kuwait to Chicago. His senior project (a trailer park north of
Gainesville) remains pending.
> Miguel Massens, ARC 1972, reports working with HNTB, Corp.
Architects, Engineers in Miami. He is a construction manager and
trusted representative for the bond holders of the construction
funds, on the expansion of the South Terminal Program at Miami
> Donna (Rhoads) Catotti, ARC 1973, has been a professional
fine artist for more than 25 years, thanks to all the design and
drawing skills from the UF Department of Architecture. Besides
printing and serigraph printing, she currently is raising two
adopted boys. She uses her design skills in her handmade
home, as well as helping friends design theirs. Donna currently
is serving on design committees for her new public library and
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA College ofDesign, Construction & Planning
At 90, Parker Continues To Inspire
Beautiful and useful -it is appropriate that
these two words, which visiting architecture
professor and DCP alumnus Alfred Brown-
ing Parker uses to define his profession, can
be collectively applied to his entire life. Parker
plays an integral part in architecture educa
tion at the College of Design, Construction
and Planning and is a living legend within
the School of Architecture. At 90, he contain
ues to possess a zest and passion for architect
ture which is strongly expressed to his stu
dents, and everyone who meets him, through
his words, actions and piercing blue eyes.
For three hours every Saturday morning
during the Fall semester, Parker was found
teaching his students at his future home's site
on Colclough Pond off of South Main Street or
at one of the various homes he has designed
in Gainesville. In his course, titled "Three
in-One," Parker discusses three concepts;
the architect as a designer, a builder and an
owner. His expectations are quite simple, and
during each class he can be found telling his
students the same thing.
"One of the first things I ask my class is
'What is architecture?' To this day, I don't
think I've yet to receive an answer that is
satisfactory," Parker said. "So I give them
a definition, it's a very
simple one. Architecture
has to be useful and it has
to be beautiful. Of course
you can amplify that, but
that's the essence of archi
tecture to me. Now that's
pretty simple, isn't it?"
Born in 1916, Parker
says his interest in archi
tecture began at an early
age. However, his
skills came to life during
his years at UF when he
studied under Rudolph
J. Weaver, the first dean
of the School of Architec
ture. According to Parker,
Weaver was a father
figure in his life and it is
Weaver's practical teaching style that Parker
"Weaver told us simple admonitions,"
Parker said. "He'd say'Build strong. Build
directly as possible with no complications.
Use the materials at hand and keep these
as few as you can. Let your building love its
sight and glorify its climate. Design for use,
make it beautiful."'
Parker graduated from the School of
Architecture with highest honors in 1939
and worked for Weaver at UF after gradu
action. During World War II, Parker served
in the U.S. Navy and instead of returning to
the university to teach, he opened his own
practice in Miami. "I decided that I needed to
learn something about architecture. I wanted
to build things," Parker said.
Throughout the 1950s and 60s, Parker
fused famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's
organic principles with his practical expe
rience under Weaver and designed for the
contemporary South Florida lifestyle. He took
advantage of each building site's character
istics and climate using local materials and
building techniques. Wright openly admired
Parker's work, a very rare tribute, and occa
sionally visited his houses in Coconut Grove.
In 1954 Parker won House Beautiful's Pace
Setter award for a home he ,,Ill 1 himself
on a coral ridge overlooking I i i. Bay.
Parker returned to teach at UF in 1994, and
according to Martha Kohen, director of the
School of Architecture, he has been an intri
cate part of the school ever since. "He gives
students a unique and rare opportunity,"
Kohen said. "He is very sought after by the
students and is very entertaining."
Upon first meeting him, Parker's graduate
assistant and Master of Architecture student,
Dereck Winning immediately knew his time
with Parker was going to be special. "I just
thought 'This guy's crazy,'" Winning said
laughing. "If I can have half of his passion and
motivation when I'm 60, then I think I'll be in
a good place."
According to v;i .. i,,- the best part about
learning from Parker is the "human side" he
brings to the course and to architecture. "He
speaks and teaches from his heart. He has so
much to share."
In addition to teaching and preparing to
build his home on Colclough Pond, Parker cur
rently is working on his autobiography as well
as a biography of Weaver. "I can't write about
my life without writing about his," Parker said.
"Our lives are too entwined to be separated."
He also is planning on teaching the "Three-in
One" class again in future semesters.
Winning said students appreciate how
open and candid Parker is about his own
architectural work. "He showed us his own
personal work and shared with us what he
was thinking whether it was right or wrong,"
Winning said. "You.1 ,I I I, 11 see how
you get to the final product; you don't see the
process. He showed us that." 
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school. She is interested in contacting others from her design
> Cathy (Byrd) Lamberth, ARC 1974, is a principal with Gresham,
Smith and Partners where she has been employed since 1980,
but she recently has transferred from Nashville, Tenn. to GS&P's
Tampa office where she will continue to design and manage
Healthcare projects in Florida. She just completed a 214,000
square foot addition for a new Women & Children's Hospital for
Denver Health Medical Center in downtown Denver, Colo.
> Craig Holliday, BCN 1982, is the founder and principal at
the Holliday Group of Sarasota. Holliday Group is a general
contracting and real estate development firm focusing on
construction management services. The Holliday Group
specializes in working with the designers and clients at the
inception of a project. <
> Scott Ryan, BCN 1984, reports that graduating from the
University of Florida gave him the tools necessary to "build the
foundation" -no pun intended- his small, yet productive company
has grown on. He is the founder, owner and president of Cotter
Ryan Construction, Inc. in Longwood. The 13-employee office
has several large residential and commercial buildings in the
works, and has recently completed the 48,000 sq. ft. Universal
Center, located directly across the street from Universal Studios,
and the 30,000 sq. ft. Cancer Treatment Center, adjacent to the
Osceola Medical Center, both of which are in Kissimmee. Not so
surprisingly, several of the employees in the office graduated
from UF, making Gator Football a hot topic at staff meetings in
> David Davis, ARC 1986, was assigned to the Naval War College
serving as military professor in the Joint Military Operations
Department. He continues to use his design degree in an
> John Thomann, ARC 1987, has recently been promoted to senior
associate at Gensler. He is in the Arlington, Va., office after
working in Washington D.C. for three years.
> Mark Voigt, ARC 1987, accepted the position of administrator of
the Nantucket Historic District Commission and moved the family
to Nantucket, Mass., six years ago. He recently earned his AICP
certification and welcomed his second child, Holbrook, to his family.
> Bruce Anchell, ARC 1988, reports after practicing architecture
for approximately 15 years, he has opened his own firm in May
2004. He currently is specializing in the design of custom homes.
> James Walbridge, ARC 1988, is the president of Tekton
Architecture, Inc./Artisan Builders Corporation in San Francisco,
Calif. He also was married on June 5, 2005 to Sara Ann Kay of
Lincoln, Nebraska. <
> Martha Skinner, ARC 1990, reports that she and husband Doug
Hecker, ARC 1990, received an award from the I.D. Magazine
Design Review for their NY A/V project in the Environments
Category. The project was one of 149 winners selected from
2,000 entries internationally and was featured in I.D. Magazine's
July/August issue. They also recently traveled to Venice, Italy to
view their project, "Dry-In House: an Affordable Mass Customized
House for the Reconstruction of New Orleans," on exhibition in
the 2006 Venice Biennale. Martha and Doug also are architecture
professors at Clemson University and partners in a practice
called Fieldoffice. <
> Pamela Peacock, ARC 1991, owns a film production company in
Atlanta producing commercials and feature films. She would love
hear from people in her program.
> Madelen P6rez-Porras, ARC 1991, is still practicing architecture
in Tampa with Howard and Associates Architects, PA.
> Melanie Como, AIA, ARC 1993, earned an MArch with a
specialization in historic preservation from the University of
Washington in 1998. She currently is a project architect with
Heritage Architecture & Planning in San Diego, Calif. She is a
qualified historic architect who has managed a variety of civic,
military and commercial projects involving historic buildings.
> Laura (Burkhart) Curtis, LAE 1993, celebrated the birth of her
and her husband Jim's second child, Elizabeth Joyce, on October
24, 2005. She had a wonderful 10-year career at EDAW and SWA.
Her favorite project was the FORD World Headquarters in Irvine,
Calif. with its LEED certified green roof. She currently is staying
home with baby Elizabeth before she returns to work as an Early
Childhood Special Education teacher.
> Frank Reilly, ARC 1993, reports he and Myrnabelle Roche, Esq.,
MBC 2000, ARC 1999, are partners with the Ft. Lauderdale-based
Construction and Design lawfirm of Reilly Roche, LLP Their
firm represents designers and contractors on large construction
projects throughout South Florida.
> Andrew Favata, BCN 1995, announces his promotion to
executive vice president of Core Commercial Group, LLC, a
subsidiary of Core Communities, LLC a developer of master-
planned communities. He currently manages the operations of
all non-residential projects in Tradition, a 9,600 acre MPC in
Port St. Lucie. Andrew is married to Carole, a 1995 UF College
of Journalism and Communications alumna, and has two
daughters, Bianca and Isabella.
> Bill Stevens, BCN 1995, has been with Robins & Morton since
he graduated in 1995. Robins & Morton is the Nations leading
builder of hospitals and he recently has been promoted to senior
superintendent responsible for the construction of a $220 million
replacement hospital in Waco, Texas. His wife Carmen, daughter
Eliza, future son Jefferson planned to relocate to Waco in the 3rd
quarter of 2006.
> Jonathan Tongyai, BCN 1995, was married and moved back to
Sanibel Island. He currently owns and operates Island Styles
Remodeling, Inc. They now employee 34 individuals and are
working hard to complete the hurricane damage reconstruction to
the surrounding areas.
> Bradley Walters, ARC 1995, has been promoted to senior
associate of Hillier Architecture- an international design
firm based in Princeton N.J. A multi-award winning architect
and senior designer for the Special Projects Team in the firm's
Princeton office, he has been with Hillier for over seven years. His
most recent projects have included The Peddie School Natatorium
and Athletic Center, expansion of the James A. Michener Art
Museum and the BD Campus Center. He currently resides in
Princeton Junction, N.J. For more information, visit
>> Rob Johnson, BCN 1996, reports after 9+ years with Whiting-
Turner, he is now employed with The Beck Group based in Dallas,
>> James Couillard, LAE 1997, announces after spending nearly
seven years with the acclaimed firm Michael Pape & Associates
in Ocala, he now occupies a position of vice president/operations
manager for one of the larger full-service landscape contracting
companies in the state. Coming from a design background and
now heading up a large construction company has given him
even more appreciation for the landscape architecture profession.
The exposure to good design and dealing with bad design has
been very educational. His next step is to launch a landscape
architecture division of the company within the next year and
become a strong player in shaping the central part of Florida as
development heads this way.
> Terry Lilling, BCN 1997, currently is married with a 6-month old
son. He is working for Catalfumo Construction out of Palm Beach
Gardens (2004-current) as a lead project manager on a $42M
Palm Beach County light industrial facility in West Palm Beach.
He previously was with Harbco Construction/International in
Orlando as a project manager (1999-2004). Prior to that, he was
a project superintendent for both Seawood Builders in Deerfield
Beach (1998-1999) and Rickard Group Custom Homes in Boynton
Beach (1997 to 1998).
> Wayne Robinson, LAE 1998, reports he and his partner C.
Chad Elkins, a landscape architecture alumnus of West Virginia
University, have just celebrated their second year of practice as
principals of Genus Loci Studio, Corp. based in Bonita Springs.
> Karen Saxby, ARC 1998, joined Classic Remodeling and
Construction Inc. in Charleston, S.C., as a design associate.
> Damian Curtis, BCN 1999, has been married to his wife, Leigh,
for 5 years and they have a two-year-old girl, Hayden Lousie
Curtis. After graduation from BCN, Damian and his wife moved
to Birmingham, Ala. Damian worked for Doster Construction for
two years. He then moved to New York City where he received
his master's degree in construction management from New York
University and graduated top in his class of 18. After graduation,
Damian and Leigh moved back to Ft. Walton Beach where they
started their own companies. Leigh is an orthodontist and Damian
started his own construction company, D.L. Curtis Construction,
Inc. He has been in business now for two-and-a-half years.
> Athena (Constantakos) Kosier, IND 1999, announces she and her
husband, Tom Kosier, BCN 2002, had their second child, Alania
Raven, on Nov. 14, 2005.
> Nicole Bienkowski, ARC 2000, reports after graduation she
moved to Atlanta to work for a small retail firm, Hiscutt and
Associates. They gave her a great opportunity and she gained
tremendous experience. After two years, she went back to
graduate school at Texas A&M University where she completed
her master's degree in 2004. She currently is a project manager
for a medium-sized commercial architecture firm in Southern
California, Ware Malcomb. In her brief period at Ware Malcomb
she has been fortunate to work on a variety of project types
including mid-rise office, warehouse and production plants,
and she currently is heading the United Rentals account. She
currently is taking the architectural registration exam and hopes
to be completed byJune 2007.
> Clinton Robinson, ARC 2000, recently moved to Pocatello, Idaho,
home of Idaho State University.
> Lindsay Shapiro, BCN 2002, reports W.G. Yates & Sons
Construction has sent her and Devin Oberto, BCN 2000, to Miami
to build Everglades on the Bay. This is the first project that Yates
will do in Miami, and only the second one they have in South
Florida right now. She is excited to be part of a unique team,
and perhaps the start of a new area for the company. It is also
nice to be working with other BCN grads, Larry Kibler, BCN 1975,
and Steven Roth, BCN 1988, who are both representing Gryphon
Construction on the job, as well.
> Nicole Weisstanner, LAE 2002, received her license in the state
of Virginia in September 2005.
> Alexis Winters, LAE 2002, currently is working at David Conner
and Associates, Inc., in Tampa.
> Lucille Ynosencio, ARC 2003, has been awarded a full
scholarship from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to
pursue her master's degree in architecture. Lucy joined C.T. Hsu
+ Associates, PA. in June 2003 and has worked on a wide range
of projects, including the City of DeLand Municipal Complex, the
College Park Community Center and the Seminole Community
College Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Comprehensive Master Plan.
> Michael Carter, ARC 2004, currently is working with the state
> Justin Szeremeta, ARC 2004, is a student at the Harvard
Graduate School of Design.
> Katherine (Polk) Van Beek, BCN 2005, reports since graduation,
she was married to Simon VanBeek. They bought a house in their
hometown of Leesburg. She is working as a truss designer for Ro-
Mac Lumber and Supply and loving it. She never knew how useful
the Timber class would be. She plans to take her contractor's
license exam in the next year, which the company is paying for
and putting her through all the review classes. ]j
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