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 A message from Dr. Charles...
 Table of Contents
 Rinker Hall update
 Brick paver
 BCN centers and programs
 BCN student news
 Alumni news
 Faculty news
 Rinker apparel
 Back Cover

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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    A message from Dr. Charles Kibert
        Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Page 3
    Rinker Hall update
        Page 4
    Brick paver
        Page 5
    BCN centers and programs
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
    BCN student news
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
    Alumni news
        Page 14
        Page 15
    Faculty news
        Page 16
        Page 17
    Rinker apparel
        Page 18
        Page 19
    Back Cover
        Page 20
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A Message From Dr. Charles Kibert

The big news, as it has been for the last two years, is the progress in completing Rinker Hall. At present Substantial
Completion is unofficially scheduled for the first week in December and we plan to move the faculty and
administrative staff into Rinker Hall from Fine Arts C starting about December 21st. Centex-Rooney moved from
theirjob trailer into the future Surveying Storage Room on Monday and Tuesday, November 4-5, 2002 and are now
conducting their functions out of Rinker Hall. The site is in the process of cleanup and will soon be ready for
parking lot and sidewalk installation and landscaping. As you can imagine we are awash in final details, from
signage to floor finishes and furniture plus identifying final touches that will make the building even better than we
had planned. We expect to phase in classes during the Spring 2003 semester and have mapped all our class sections
from their current locations in Fine Arts B and C. The movement will be a function of when telecommunications are
available and when the electronic infrastructure of the classrooms is completed.

I think you will find Rinker Hall to be not only an appropriate new home for the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building
Construction, but also a spectacular building in its own right. Rinker Hall is a three story building with a central
atrium and grand staircase leading from the ground to third floor. The skylights above the atrium provide natural
light into the core of the building. Interior spaces with no windows to the outside have interior windows that allow
light even into these spaces. We now have a wide range of laboratories for teaching structures, soils/concrete, and
mechanical/electrical/plumbing concepts. Rinker Hall will also have an approximately 8,000 square foot outdoor
walled area that we refer to as the Construction Demonstration Area. We plan on using this area for a variety of
purposes: teaching, research, and Crafts Awareness Training. This spring semester we plan on providing the first
formal instruction to students on crafts training, starting with masonry construction. The Concrete Masonry
Association has been very supportive in assisting the faculty in creating a curriculum that will inform BCN students
about how masonry craftspeople are trained and provide our students with some hands-on instruction as well as
show them the differences between good quality and poor quality construction. We hope to introduce a wide variety
of crafts over time and weave these modules into the coursework of the program.

Our biggest issue at present is the same one we have faced for the past year and that is completing the funding of
Rinker Hall. We initiated an effort to raise $1 million about year ago to furnish the building and complete
construction. Due to the re-siting of Rinker Hall, unexpected underground conditions, and changes to the fire
protection system, additional funds were needed to complete the building. I would like to thank our generous alumni
and benefactors for providing us about $500,000 thusfar for this campaign. We still need to raise the other $500,000
and are confident that with your support, we will be able to do this in the next several months. A special thanks to
Steve Palmer, CEO of Stiles Corporation, for putting together and extensive mailing campaign directed at BCN

On other fronts, the School's newly formed Design-Build team, which participates in competitions against other
universities, has done very well. For the second straight year, the length of its existence, the DB team won the
southeast regional competition this past month in Birmingham. This win qualifies the team to compete in the national
competition in the Spring. The coach of the team is Dr. Dennis Fukai and the team members are: Matt Kiziah (S1),
Lewis Van Alstyne (J2), Paul Darrow (S1), Carolina Lara (Arch) and Kellie Kirby (J2). Congratulations to the DB

We look forward to seeing all of you in the coming months and showing you Rinker Hall. Thanks again for all your
support- your interest and participation make the Rinker School the truly outstanding institution it has become.

Table of contents

Rinker Hall Update ...4

Brick Paver...5

BCN Centers and Programs

Fluor Program for Construction Safety...6

Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing...7

Greening UF Program...7

Powell Center for Construction and the Environment...8

Center for Collective Protection in the Built Environment...9

BCN Student News

AGC Student Chapter...10

Germany Exchange Program...11

Construction Management Team... 12

Design-Build Team... 13

ABC Student Chapter News...13

Alumni News... 14

Faculty News... 16

Rinker Apparel... 18

University of Florida
M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction

Dean College of Design, Construction and Planning
Dr. Jay M. Stein

Director of M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
Dr. Charles J. Kibert

Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Programs
Dr. Robert Cox

Director of Graduate and Distance Education Programs
Dr. Raymond Issa

Center Directors

Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
Dr. Robert Stroh

Powell Center for Construction and the Environment
Dr. Abdol Chini

Center for Collective Protection in the Built Environment
(Tentative New Center)
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf

Program Directors

Fluor Program For Construction Safety
Dr. Jimmie Hinze

Greening UF Program
Mr. Dave Newport

M.E Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction
101 Fine Arts Building C
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, FL 32611-5703
Phone: 352-392-5965 (Until December 31, 2002)
352- 273-1150 (Effective January 1, 2003)
Fax: 352-392-9606

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It has been more than a year since the construction of Rinker Hall began.
The official ground breaking was held August 16, 2001 marking the
beginning of what will be the new home for the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of
Building Construction.

At this point, the building is more than 90 percent completed. Work by the
subcontractor is rapidly bringing the building from drawings to physical
reality. Allen Spears Construction Co. has been adding the finishing touches 0oo2 1
on the brick faCade, which is located on the west and south sides of the
building. Kistler McDougal has nearly concluded the installation of the metal panels on the exterior of the
building. Lake Glass has completed the installation of the storefront and curtainwall glass systems and has
installed all the operable windows for the classrooms. Oasis Landscaping has been chosen as the subcontractor
to carry out all the work involved in the landscaping and irrigation of Rinker Hall, the maj or feature of which will
be palm trees on the west side and southwest comer of the building.

In terms of the interior of the building, Olympic Painting has completed
priming and painting of the second and third floor classrooms. Suncoast
has begun installation of the ceiling grid on the second and third floor
classrooms. Installation of insulation and drywall is near completion
throughout the entire building.

In mid-December 2002, the building is expected to be substantially
completed and classes are scheduled to begin in the new building during
the spring semester.

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Fluor Program for

Construction Safety
contact: Dr. Jimmie Hinze hinze@ufl.edu

The Fluor Corporation carefully
selected 15 of its safety professionals
and sent them to the second class for
the Certification for Professional
Safety Management course that was
held at the University of Florida
campus this past October. The course
was intensive with classes beginning on
October 5 and ending on October 11.
The course covers many of the
fundamentals of the OSHA regulations
but this class goes much further. The
course is an in-depth treatise on how to
set up a project to achieve the objective
of zero accidents. In fact, Fluor has
had such success in its safety mission
that the objective has now become Fluor Corporation participants complete their Certification for Professional Safety
that the objective has now become Photo: R. Issa
one of pursuing the goal of zero incidents.
The primary instructors and organizers for the classes were Rick Florence (Fluor office in Sugarland,
Texas), Ron Nunez (Fluor office in Greenville, South Carolina) and Dr. Jimmie Hinze of the Rinker School.
Some lectures were also provided by Frank Aleman and Gary Tominek, both from Fluor.

While the course is intense, with homework assigned most evenings, there is also time for some fun and
enjoyment. In fact, some of the class sessions are conducted as games that have a true learning
component. During the week-long course, each of the participants is assigned to a team. The team
members work together during the week on various assignments. Since the Fluor participants come from
various locations within the United States, this course helps to broaden the network of contacts that each of
the participants will have in the Fluor organization. The course was regarded as a tremendous success, just
like the first course.

A.B. Robinson, Vice President of Fluor Corporation, attended the classes for the last two days and
participated in the graduation ceremonies for the course. The Rinker School is proud of its close
relationship with the Fluor Corporation and looks forward to the next course to be offered during the next

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Shimberg Center for

Affordable Housing
contact: Dr. Robert Stroh stroh@ufl.edu
In 1998 the Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing in the
Rinker School of Building Construction entered into a
contract with the Florida Department of Insurance to
construct a series of regional Windstorm Damage Mitigation
Training & Demonstration Centers. The third facility was n
completed in 2002 in St. Augustine on the grounds of the St.
John's County Cooperative Extension Service.

As with the facilities that have been completed in St. Lucie County and in Escambia County, the St. John's
County building is constructed with polystyrene insulating concrete forms, impact resistant glazing, three
types of shutters, high-wind resistant shingle roof covering, and a reinforced garage door. Cut-away wall
sections provide visitors to the building with visual access to the internal wall and roof construction and

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences' extension service faculty will manage the use of the
buildings and will facilitate the educational programming conducted in the facility.

A fourth and final training and demonstration facility is being planned for the Broward County Cooperative
Extension Service site located in Davie, Florida.

Greening UF Program Update
contact: Dave Newport dnewport@ufl.edu

Of major note to the entire university, the recommendations of the UF Sustainability Task Force (co-chaired
by Dr. Kibert, staffed by Greening (GUF) director Dave Newport), were unanimously approved by the
Faculty Senate in October and sent to the President for implementation.

President Young indicated in a meeting with task force leaders last month that he supports the plan to make
UF a global leader in sustainability. The task force is now writing an implementation plan that will detail how
each of the 45 fairly sweeping recommendations will move forward.

The task force was first proposed and designed by GUF in 2000. The text of the recommendations is
available at http://www.sustainable.ufl.edu

In a related matter, GUF's publication last year of the first sustainability indicators report for a university
written to global business standards has turned some heads. GUF director Dave Newport is now on a team
together with Dartmouth College's head of research Larry Litton, the assistant director of the United Nations
Environmental Programme, Bill Mansfield, and the director of the University Leaders for a Sustainable Future
to further develop this standard for use by other universities. The team is working with the international
business community to create a custom "sector supplement" for universities worldwide based on UF's report.
This supplement would standardize sustainability reporting globally among universities such that benchmarking
and leadership initiatives could be quantified. The aim is to be able to demonstrate UF's advances in these
areas as the sustainability agenda is implemented here and UF moves toward a global leadership position.

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Powell Center for

Construction and the

contact: Dr. Abdol Chini chini@ufl.edu

The demolition of buildings produces
enormous amounts of debris that in
most countries results in a significant
portion of the total municipal waste
stream. Deconstruction is emerging as
an alternative to demolition around
the world. Deconstruction is the
systematic disassembly of buildings
in order to maximize recovered
materials reuse and recycling. While
the process of demolition often leads
to the mixing of various materials and
contamination of non-hazardous
components, deconstruction is
actually the source separation of

The Powell Center for Construction
and Environment at the University of
Florida, one of the pioneers in
research and development of
technology on building
deconstruction, is organizing the 11*h
Rinker International Conference on
Deconstruction and Materials Reuse
to be held on May 7-10, 2003 in
"Rinker Hall" on the campus of the
University of Florida. This event is in
conjunction with annual meetings of
Task Group 39 of the International
Council for Research and Innovation
in Building Construction (CIB) and
the Used Building Materials
Association of North America
(UBMA). Several international,
national, and local organizations are
co-sponsoring this conference
including, United Kingdom Building
Research Establishment (BRE),
French-German Institute for
Environmental Research (DFIU), Delft
University of Technology, US
Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA), US Army Corps of Engineers
Civil Engineering Laboratory (CERL),
USDA Forest Products Laboratory
(FPL), Florida Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP),
RecycleFlorida Today (RFT), Alachua
County Waste Management Division,
and City of Gainesville Public Works

The objective of this conference is to
provide information about worldwide

building deconstruction and
materials reuse programs that
address the key technical,
economic, environmental, and
policy issues needed to make
deconstruction and reuse of
building materials a viable option
to demolition and landfilling.
Themes selected for the
conference include,
deconstruction techniques and
tools, deconstruction case
studies, deconstruction and
materials reuse business
development and marketing,
deconstruction environmental
health and safety and hazardous
materials, reuse and recycling
opportunities and constraints,
design for deconstruction and
materials reuse, regulatory and
policy issues, and military base

Authors/presenters are invited to
submit an abstract of up to 150
words for presentation and/or
publication on one of the
conference themes not later than
November 30, 2002. Submission
should include the paper/
presentation title, authors/
presenters (with affiliations),
address, telephone, and e-mail
address of the corresponding
author/presenter, and an abstract
of the paper/presentations. Please
indicate if the submission is for
presentation only or for
presentation and publication.
Deadline for submission of
abstracts for presentation only is
January 15, 2003.

The conference provides an
opportunity for businesses,
public institutions, and publishing
houses to showcase tools, books,
journals, other products, and
services to a diverse audience in
the public and private sectors
with a demonstrated interest in
sustainable construction.

Activities of
Powell Center for Construction
and Environment

The Powell Center for Construction and
Environment recently completed the
organization and conduct of a national
landscape desi n competition s ported
YEndowment for 71e Arts
Tew Public Works Program. The
netition generated designs for the
th Street Rail Trail as the
"Gainesville Eco-History Trail." The
design competition was conducted in
partnership with the City of Gainesville
and nmety-nine firms requested the
competition package. An internationaIly
renownedjury came to Gainesville to July

the nineteen entries received from across
the US and the UK. The top three awards
all went to Florida firms, two of the three
from Gainesville.
The Powell Center continues to be very
active in the field of deconstruction, in
particular the manage ent of obsolet
WW-11 era military buildings. Brad Guy
s ent 10 wee s t s p st surnmer at Ft.
ampbell, dis ing a variety of
buildings ranging fro warehouses,
barracks and administrative buildings,
alongside Austin Habitat for Humanity
and Americorps NCCC, and conducting
research on behalf of the US Army
Construction Engineering Research
Laboratories (CERL) and the US EPA.
The Powell Center has been awarded a
grant from the US EPA Innovative Grants
Program for a project entitled
"Deconstruction and Design for Reuse"
whereby the dismantling of a wood-
framed structure in Gainesville will be
coupled with the design of an addition to
the Reichert House, based upon the
architecturally appropriate and maximum
reuse of recovered materials. On
November 8, 2002, representatives from
US EPA Headquarters and the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection
hosted a press event in Gainesville
highlighting deconstruction and EPA's
support of this innovative building
materials waste reduction strategy.
Other current projects at the Powell
Center include a research survey of the
building deconstruction and materials
reuse industries and working with the
Department of Defense and other
agencies on methods of building
dismantlement to optimize building
removal while meeting goals of materials
recovery in an expeditious and cost-
effective manner. Future projects include
working with the City of Gainesville on its
green building program and Brownfields

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Center for Collective Protection in the

Built Environment
(Tentative New Center)
contact: Dr. Kevin Grosskopf kgro@ufl.edu

On 22 October 2002, the Pinker School's newest center held the
Collective Protection Workshop, an exchange among key federal, state
and regional counter-terrorism experts on the topic of full spectrum
threat assessment and protective technologies for at-risk buildings and
infrastructure. As tragically demonstrated by September 11,2001, the
United States faces the formidable challenge of protecting its population
and commerce centers, mass transit, utilities, food supply, government
and military operations centers from a multitude ofterrorist threats ranging
from conventional explosives to bio-terrorism to information system
attack. Each of these threats embodies the need to gather surveillance,
intelligence and interdiction capability as well as provide new levels
of physical protection and post-incident recovery.

Dr. J. Cattani, USF Biodefense Center

Together with the Department of Defense, FBI, ATF, FEMA and members of the Florida Domestic Security
Task Force, The Pinker School and 13 other UF colleges and departments discussed new methods and
technologies to address the threat of terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) to include new
building design, construction and retrofit methods. The Pinker School will serve to transition high-tech
research in the natural sciences to proven building products for the government and private industry.
Special focus is being devoted to technologies that have dual-use applicability. These technologies may
include new blast-resistant building materials for improved hurricane survivability, new reactive wall coatings
designed for biological and chemical warfare agents to combat tuberculosis and other common spore-
forming diseases in hospitals and prisons, new "sick" building HVAC
Filtration and disinfection devices, and new emergency power systems
for everyday demand-rate reductions and power quality improvement.

Undoubtedly, the events of September 11, 2001 will rapidly reshape
the complexion of the building design and construction industry, much
in the same way the environmental and ADA (Americans with
Disabilities Act) legislation of the 1970's and 1980's did. As a
nationally recognized industry leader with faculty representing nuclear
and mechanical engineering, civil and structural engineering,
G. Laventure, U.S. Dept. of Defense,
Force Protection Group materials science, law, and occupational health and safety, the
M.E. Pinker School of Building Construction stands ready to
guide the construction industry through perhaps its most
important challenge to date.

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AGC Student Chapter Works Industry Sponsorship of

2002 Fall Welcome Reception

Every semester the Rinker School of Building
Construction hosts a New Student Welcome
Reception for incomingjuniors, introducing them to
the school's faculty, staff, and student organizations.
The Fall 2002 reception was held at University
Center Hotel in Gainesville on September 4, 2002
and was sponsored by the East Coast and South
Florida Chapters of the AGC as well as Turner
Construction Company and Perry-Parrish

Highlighting the evening was a 3-D computerized
tour of the 3-year, $50 million Ben-Hill Griffin
Stadium renovation performed by the Turner-PPI
joint venture. The presentation was part of the
original winning proposal presented to the University
Athletic Association in 2000. Students were held
spellbound by the complexities of the project; the
first ever undertaken during the course of a football
season, and thej oint-venture concept itself. The
presentation represented a changing trend in industry
and teaching at the Rinker School by placing added
emphasis on communication and CM skills for
negotiated work.

Photo (left to right): Anne Marie Sowder, Vice-President;
David Pye, President; Nick Freese, Secretary; Cameron Rahe,
Historian and Technology Coordinator; Greg Schlabach, Treasurer;
Eric Huston, Volunteering and Events Coordinator.

The University of Florida's student chapter ofAGC
presented its new executive board at this event, and
President David Pye took the opportunity to speak
about AGC and to recruit 35 new students. The
goal for the University of Florida Student Chapter of
the AGC in 2002-2003 is not simply to sustain its
60 members, national awards, and $30,000 of
scholarship and community service grant support
from 2001-2002, but to increase its membership
and presence in industry and within the community.

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Germany Exchange Program
contact: Dr. Jimmie Hinzie hinze@ufl.edu

The Germany exchange program is now in its fifth
year. This past May, eight students from the
University of Florida journeyed to Germany and
spent three wonderful weeks in this immersion
class. The students get a quick introduction to the
geography, history, government and customs of the
Germans. The formal classroom lectures are
interspersed with field trips to various points of
interest including castles, magnificent churches, a
canal that crosses over a major river, an open air
museum containing many restored buildings from
the past six centuries, and various construction
sites including residential projects, commercial
projects, tunnels, and restoration projects. This
year the class also visited a facility where
photovoltaic cells are manufactured. The last
week of the class consisted of the standard tour
that includes a visit to a former concentration camp
and various sites in Berlin of historic importance,
along with construction projects. The tour then
continued to Potsdam, the site of the Potsdam
Treaty between the Soviet Union, Great Britain
and the United States. Also, in Potsdam the
students are treated to a tour of the Palace of
Frederick II, the great king of Prussia. The trip
continued to Dessau, the home of the Bauhaus
movement. The students are able to walk through
several structures that are built in the Bauhaus
style. The last major stop on the tour is Dresden.
This is a wonderful city that is located on the banks
of the Elbe River. In Dresden the students toured
the construction site of the Frauenkirche, a
magnificent church under reconstruction that was
turned to rubble during WWII.

This fall, eight students from the Fachhochschule
Lippe in Detmold, Germany came to the

Gainesville campus and enrolled in several of the
classes offered within the Rinker School. Since
several of our students had been to Germany in May,
the German students found that they already had
friends in the Rinker School. The Rinker School is
currently making plans for next May when a group
of University of Florida students will again
participate in the enjoyable program for which they
will earn three upper division elective credits. The
program is coordinated at the University of Florida
through Dr. Jimmie Hinze of the Rinker School.

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This year the Construction Management Team is happy to announce it has two corporate sponsors. For
the fourth year in a row, Centex-Rodgers will sponsor the team for the ASC /AGC Regional Competition.
Our newest sponsor, London Bay Homes, is
sponsoring the team for the NAHB National

The team members, pictured on the right, are: Josh
Join (S1), Gannon Olmert (S 1), Christain Roux (S 1),
Robert Cox, Roman Buckner (J1), Jason Bartlett
(S1), Amy Horsby (S1). Amy and Gannon serve
as the team's co-captains.

The Team is busy preparing to defend last year's 2nd
place regional finish. Preparation includes many hours
on the weekend working on "projects", completing
estimating exercises, preparing databases, and
developing presentations. The competition involves
the development of a full proj ect response to actual commercial and housing projects. In each case the
team develops complete estimates, cost loaded schedules, cash profiles, strategic plans, marketing
strategies, and a full presentation to a panel of industry judges. The ASC /AGC competition requires the
team to prepare their entire response to the RFP while on-site within 12 hours. The NAHB response is
completed during the holiday break in December. The actual project managers for the project used in the
competition serve as one ofthejudges.

The ASC / AGC Regional Competition is scheduled for November 1-3 in Birmingham, while the National
NAHB Competition will take place in Las Vegas in February. Dr. Cox and the members of the Management
Team would like to express their thanks to Centex Rodgers and London Bay Homes for their support. If
you have any questions about the Construction Management Team, please contact the team's coach /
faculty advisor, Dr. Robert Cox. The Construction Management Team competed in the ASC Regional
Competition in Birmingham Nov 1-2. The student team worked on the Burger King Corporate Offices in
Miami. The team represented the Rinker School well by having two members recognized among the top
four presenters. Gannon Olmert and Roman Buckner were awarded "Honorable Mention" for the best
presenters among the seven teams participating.

The team is currently preparing the National Association of Home Builders competition packet which will be
presented on January 19th in Las Vegas. This year, there are 35 colleges involved in the competition.

February 11, 2003
9:30 AM 1:30 PM
Stephen C. O'Connell Center
For more information, check out our website at:
www.bcn.ufl.edu (click on Job Placement)
Or contact the Job Placement Coordinator
(352) 392-7538

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With sponsorship from the AGC Ed Proefke Endowment, a group of Gators at the Haskell Company, and
two state chapters of the AGC, the UF Design Build Team won another first place at the Region II ASC/
AGC Student Design Build Competition in Birmingham.

The team members are pictured at right, Lewis Van Alstyne
(J2), Carolina Lara (AR), Paul Darrow (S 1), Kellie Kirby (J2),
and Matt Kiziah (S ) presented an excellent and very professional
written solution for a museum restoration. Their almost flawless
oral presentation was made before a panel of industry architects
and construction managers after more than 24 hours of being
locked up in a hotel room together.

The team prepared a 33 page RFQ for their fictitious company
prior to the competition and then received programmatic criteria as
an RFP issued by Doster and McCarthy Construction early in the
morning on the first day of the event.

The existing French Renaissance structure in the RFP was four stories above ground with a full basement.
The challenge was to convert the building and present both design and construction solutions for public and
administrative areas, security, fire protection, and museum quality MEP engineering. The students spent two
weeks researching and preparing for the problem, interviewing museum officials, owners representatives,
design-builders, faculty, architects and engineers.

The students analyzed the structure, created multiple design solutions, extensive construction models, and
generated estimates and schedules for a fully integrated "fast-fact" approach for both design and
construction. Their GMAX proposal included demolition, design, construction, and FF&E coordination.

The team will now travel to the ASC/AGC National Student Design-Build Competition in the Spring of
2003 to compete against the other regional winners. Preparation for the National Competition began the
moment the first place award was announced. These students are determined to represent the University of
Florida as the nation's best design-build team.

ABC Student Chapter News
This semester the ABC student chapter started off in a smashing way. The opening social at The Ale House
was a success and new students were introduced to the members ofABC. So far there have been two
meetings, each with a different twist. The October meeting was a roundtable discussion with the MEP
subcontractors on the new Rinker building. This discussion included Bill Foley, Sr. and Bill Foley, Jr. both
from Miller Electric Company, Tom Smith from W.W. Gay Mechanical, and Henry Leon from Brown
Automatic Fire Sprinklers. These gentlemen gave the members great insight on the complex coordination of
such a proj ect.

However the semester is not over. There are still plenty of events in which to become involved. The
officers of ABC have planned a Halloween party, a philanthropic event, and a pool tournament. The faculty
advisor for ABC is Dr. Robert Cox. The liaison to the Gulf Coast Chapter is Bob Hendrix. Adam Verducci
is president, Joel Kaplan is vice president, Robbie Tiedeman is treasurer, and Jaime Pratt is secretary. The
student chapter is currently selling BCN merchandise. Contact Joel Kaplan at Joelfkaplan@aol.com for
availability and prices.

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Alumni News

Gary Bruehler, BBC 1964,
retired from the United States Air
Force in 1995 and just recently
retired from Department of
Defense Civil Engineering in
2002. In the military, he was a
combat engineer with his last
assignment as Commander, RED
HORSE (Air Force Combat
Engineering Unit). While in the
Department of Defense, he
worked for the Air Intelligence
Agency providing civil engineering
support to installations at
worldwide locations. He and his
wife, Carol, are enjoying tennis,
golf and a host of home proj ects.
His daughter, Lori, is a Navy
Nurse stationed at Rota, Spain
and his son, Gregory, is a
toxicologist working for an
environmental engineering firm in
Anchorage, Alaska. They make
their home in Fair Oaks Ranch,
Texas. His degree in Building
Construction set the stage for his
successful career.

Robert (Whit) Winfree, BSBC
1987, is President ofWinfree
Contracting, Inc., a commercial
contracting firm located in Palm
Beach County, Florida.
Following in the family building
industry tradition dating back to
the Civil War Era, Winfree
Contracting, Inc. was established
in 1996. The company

concentrates on turn-key design-
build projects including office
buildings, shopping centers,
warehouse/distribution centers
and medical facilities. He and his
wife, Amy, live in Tequesta, FL
along with their three Gator sons
Derek (11), Dalton (6) and Logan

Doug Taulbee, BSBC 1991,
joined MM Parrish Construction
in 2002 as an Estimator assisting

in CM, negotiated, and hard bid
jobs. He previously worked for a
large local builder. Prior to
moving to Gainesville, Doug
worked in Orlando for Heavy
Highway contractors. In 1997,
he moved his family to Gainesville
to take part in the start up of a
new church. He has been
married for 9 years to Diane and
has three boys, Logan (7), Trey
(5) and Collin (2). They enjoy
living in Gainesville and going to
Gator athletic events.

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James A. Cummings

University of Florida alumnus James A.
Cummings was inducted into the Nova
Southeastern University Wayne Huizenga
Graduate School of Business and
Entrepreneurship. Along with three other
entrepreneurs, he was awarded at the 13A
Annual celebration for the Entrepreneur Hall of
Fame held on April 15 at the Signature Grand
in Davie, FL.
In 1967, Mr. Cummings graduated from the University of Florida
with a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction. In 1981, he
established James A. Cummings, Inc. His company's proj ects include:
Flanagan High School, FloridaAtlantic University Physical Science
Building, University of Miami Physics Building, Indian River
Courthouse, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and Air
Traffic Tower.
In addition to outstanding contributions to the industry, James A.
Cummings, Inc. has become a valuable resource to the community.
The firm has provided free services to help build the Broward Center
for the Homeless, the Hollywood Boys and Girls Club and the Tom
Oxley Athletic Center.


F. John LaCivita, BCBC 1991,
was appointed Vice President of
Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc.
Hej oined WillisA. Smith
Construction, Inc. as a Project
Manager in December 1996.
LaCivita has extensive
construction experience in Florida
and holds a state certified general
contractor license. He resides in
Sarasota County with his wife and
two children. LaCivitaj oins David
E. Sessions, President and Joseph
A. Formella, Vice President in
management ofWillisA. Smith
Construction. The firm is
celebrating its 30th year in business
as a local general contractor
specializing in the construction of
schools, churches, commercial and
industrial buildings.

Joey Mandese, BSBC 1991,
has joined J. Raymond
Construction Corp. as Business
Development Manager and will
head up the Business
Development Department in the
Longwood, FL office. He was
formerly the Director of Pre-
construction Services for M.M.
Parrish Construction in Gainesville,
FL. While in Gainesville, he
served as Committee Chairman
for the Commercial Builders
Council. Prior to his working in
pre-construction, Mr. Mandese
was a project manger on several
types ofprojects, including
industrial, medical office,
entertainment, retail and

Richard K Shannon, BSBC
1995, is a Project Manager for
Williams Company Southeast,
a general contractor and
construction management
company in Orlando, FL.
Richard has been managing
various construction projects
throughout the Southeast United
States and has been with
Williams Company Southeast
for over 7 years. Richard and his
wife, Andrea, were married in
August 2002

Kyle Irby, BSBC 1996, was
hired in October 2001 as vice-
president of SEGARS GROUP,
LLC, a company specializing in
primarily health care additions
and renovations. After
graduating with highest honor in
May 1996, he worked for
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC in
Atlanta as an estimator and
project manager for 4 years.
Kyle and his wife Michelle
(BSBA '97) will celebrate their
third anniversary in October
2002. They live in Woodstock,

Ed Huene, BSBC 2000, is
currently an Assistant
Superintendent for MM Parish
Construction. Ed married
Melissa Higgins on June 29,
2002. He recently began his
second project for the University

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Alumni Job Placement
If you are looking for a job
or information abut our
Construction Career Fair or
job placement services,
please log onto our website
at: www.bcn.ufl.edu
(then click on Job Placement)

Let us Know!!!
Tell us about any job ap-
pointments, announce-
ments, contact
information, etc.
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William O'Brien, Ph.D.
focuses his professional
efforts on improving
collaboration and
coordination among firms
in the Architecture,
Engineering and
Construction (AEC)
industry. Dr. O'Brien is an
expert on construction
supply chain management
and electronic commerce, where he conducts
research and consults on both systems design
and implementation issues. He is especially
interested in the use of the information
technologies to support multi-firm coordination,
and has worked with several leading firms to
implement web-tools in support of supply chain
management and related collaborative efforts.
Currently, he is Assistant Professor in the M.E.
Pinker, Sr. School of Building Construction at the
University of Florida where he teaches courses
relating to construction information and systems
engineering. He is an Affiliate of the University of
Florida's Supply Chain and Logistics Engineering
Center and actively collaborates with faculty in
the departments of Computer Science and
Industrial Engineering. He also holds anAdjunct
appointment in the Department of Civil &
Coastal Engineering. Prior to returning to
academia, Dr. O'Brien led product development
and planning efforts at Collaborative Structures,
a Boston based Internet start-up focused on
serving the AEC industry. Dr. O'Brien was the
first employee of Collaborative Structures in
1996 and was Vice President for Marketing and
Product Development when he left the firm in
1998. Dr. O'Brien holds his doctoral and
master's degrees from Stanford University and
his bachelor's degree from Columbia University.

Kevin Grosskopf
graduated from Florida
Sate University with a
BSCET in 1992, he
graduated from the
University ofFlorida with
a MSBC in 1993 and a
Ph.D. in 1998. His
specialties include distributed generating power plants,
MEP and utility systems; research interests in
collective threat assessment, protection and recovery
of critical infrastructure and high value domestic
targets from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear,
explosive-incendiary (CBRNE) events. Consulting
and contracting interests in private construction and
development projects, financial feasibility analyses and
construction accounting; environmentally sustainable
design and construction; energy and water resources.
He is a member of Associated General Contractors of
America (AGC), Institute of Electronic and Electrical
Engineers (IEEE), Society ofAmerican Military
Engineers (SAME), Florida Municipal Electric
Association (FMEA), American Public Power
Association (APPA), National Association of
Underwater Instructors (NAUI), International
Association ofNitrox and Technical Divers (IANTD).

Anne Lockwood
Williamson is Coordinator
of Research Programs at the
Shimberg Center for
Affordable Housing in the
M.E. Pinker, Sr. School of
Building Construction. She
holds a masters degree in finance earned at the
University of Florida in 1987 and is working on
completion of a doctoral degree in public
administration at the University of Georgia. Ms.
Williamson's major area of focus at Shimberg is
creation of an affordable housing supply database
(www.flhousingdata.shimberg.ufl.edu). This database
will be easily accessible through the Florida Housing

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(continued) Data Clearinghouse to facilitate
decision making for state and local government
policy makers, consumers, housing advocates and
members of the development community. Her
research interests include housing policy and fiscal
impact analysis.

Sallie Schattner has
been promoted to
Officer for the Pinker
School. She assists
with all the
undergraduate issues
and advisement for
the BCN and is looking forward to her new
challenge. Sallie has been with the Rinker School
for eight years and will celebrate her tenth wedding
anniversary with her husband, Jerry, in May 2003.

Patty Barritt has
been promoted to
program assistant in
the main BCN
office. Some of her
duties are
coordinating ob
placement and planning the Career Fair. She looks
forward to building a wonderful working relationship
with the construction industry through contacts at the
Career Fair. Patty has been with BCN for 15 years.

Joyce de Guzman is the
newest member of the
BCN team. She is a
program assistant in the
main office. Her
responsibilities include
planning receptions and
special events, creating
marketing schemes for the school, creating minor
fund raising plans, and producing the school
newsletter. In 1999, she graduated from the
University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in
Public Relations.

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Earn your Masters degree via the Internet!

The International Construction Management Program (ICM)
continues to draw interest with over 25 students registered for
classes. Participating students come from small, regional companies
as well as large international companies such as Fluor, Bovis Lend
Lease and Bechtel. The US Army as well as the US Air Force is
represented with students coming from as far away as Italy. These
students are currently earning a Masters degree while taking classes
from their home or office. Individuals have the opportunity to enroll
as non-degree-seeking students for professional development, earn
certificates of competency, or they can enroll for the Masters Degree
in International Construction Management (MICM). This advanced
degree will prepare its graduates for positions of increased
responsibility within their company by providing a set of skills that will
make them a more valuable asset to their employer. This program is
delivered via the Internet and enables students to "attend" classes
anytime, anywhere. For more information, please visit the ICM
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