A Message From Dr. Abdol Chini
I joined the faculty of the Rinker School of Building Construction in August 1994. Since that time, I have enjoyed a very
fruitful and rewarding career of teaching and research. In March of 2003, Dr. Jay Stein, the Dean of the College asked
me to serve as the Interim Director of the BCN. I am honored to be of service to such a fine institution as the Rinker
School. My goal is to keep the School a leader in construction education and I am confident that with the support and
participation of the construction industry, this goal will certainly be achieved.
There are several important news items about the School that I would like to share with you. The biggest and best is the
completion of Rinker Hall. What seemed like an impossible dream a decade ago became a reality on March 31, 2003
when, for the first time, Rinker School students attended classes in Rinker Hall. The completion of Rinker Hall marks
the start of a new era for the School and will truly create a huge change in the way we educate our young men and
women in the construction profession. It is a state of the art building in every respect classrooms, laboratories, comput-
ers, intemet connections, offices, and an outside construction demonstration area which will allow our students to gain
direct experience with aspects of construction in parallel with their academic training (see article about Rinker Hall in this
Our biggest issue at present is completing the funding to furnish Rinker Hall. We still have a funding gap of $600,000. I
am appealing to all our alumni to contribute to the furnishing campaign. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated by
the students and faculty and help us properly furnish our new building. Please consider a generous donation or pledge to
this campaign to help us bridge the funding gap of $600,000 (see Named Sponsorships of Furnishing form in this issue).
The dedication ceremony for Rinker Hall is scheduled for October 14, 2003 at 2 PM. You will receive more information
about this ceremony in September. I hope we will see all of you at Rinker Hall's dedication.
Another exciting news item is the renewal of BCN program's accreditation by the American Council for Construction
Education (ACCE). A team from ACCE visited the UF campus on April 6-8, 2003 to examine the BCN program as
part of the renewal of accreditation process. The team was very pleased with the quality of the program and recom-
mended the renewal of accreditation for another six years. The ACCE Board of Trustees approved this recommenda-
tion at its July 26 meeting in Portland, Oregon. The Visiting Team cited the high level of support the BCN program
receives from the construction industry and its advisory council as a major strength of the program.
Dr. Brisbane Brown retired on June 30, 2003 after 29 years of outstanding service to the Rinker School. He was the
School Director from 1980 to 1987 and played a significant role in development of the BCN program into a nationally
recognized and respected school. In response to his years of service, innovation, and leadership, Rinker Hall Room 336
will be named the Brisbane H. Brown, Jr. Room at the Rinker Hall dedication ceremony on October 14. In addition, an
endowed scholarship to be offered to a qualified BCN student has been established in his name (see article about Dr.
Brown retirement in this issue).
I want to thank all of you for your generous support of the Rinker School. Several companies supported our new
student receptions, graduation dinners, student organizations, and this newsletter. James A. Cummings Inc. provided the
cost of publishing this issue and we are very grateful for their generosity.
Since its inception in 1935, the BCN program has kept close ties with industry, listened to ideas concerning change and
improvement in curriculum, and implemented those changes. My goal is to strengthen this relationship. Industry support
of the Rinker School is vital and we depend on you for the quality of our program, which in turn benefits the construction
Table of contents
International e-Journal of Construction ...4
New Class in Collaborative Design Process...5
BCN Centers and Programs
Fluor Program for Construction Safety...6
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing...6
Powell Center for Construction and the Environment...7
Center for Collective Protection in the Built Environment...8
Welcome to Rinker Hall...9
Rinker Hall Donor Wall...11
Opportunities for Named Sponsorship... 12
Brick Paver... 13
2003 ASC/AGC National Design Build Team...15
ABC Student Chapter... 15
German Exchange Program...16
Trade and Industry...16
Industry News and Appointments... 18
Friends and Donors... 19
Vincent Burkhardt receives Distinguished Alumnus Award...20
Jim Kalemeris Donates Services...20
Major Gift from Steve and Carol Powell...21
Benefits of Charitable Gift Annuities...21
Faculty News and Appointments
Faculty and Staff News...22
Dr. Brisbane Brown Retires...24
Show Your Rinker Pride...26
University of Florida
M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction
Dean College of Design, Construction and Planning
Dr. Jay M. Stein
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
Dr. Abdol Chini
Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Programs
Dr. Robert Cox
Director of Graduate and Distance Education Programs
Dr. Raymond Issa
Center for Collective Protection in the Built Environment
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf
Powell Center for Construction and Environment
Dr. Charles Kibert
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
Dr. Robert Stroh
Fluor Program For Construction Safety
Dr. Jimmie Hinze
Greening UF Program
Mr. Dave Newport
M.E Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction
304 Rinker Hall
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, FL 32611-5703
Phone: 352- 273-1150
Joyce de Guzman
International e-Journal of Construction:
Sponsorship and Recent Publications
The M.E. Rinker School of Building Construction has established a new intemet-based joumal for the
construction profession (the Intemational e-Joumal of Construction leJC). The mission of leJC is to
provide a mechanism for the generation, development, and communication of ideas and knowledge
that will assist in the advancement and promotion of the construction profession. This encompasses
all construction-related disciplines including, though not limited to, management, economics,
engineering, safety, materials science, building and component performance, information technology,
facilities management, and environmental and sustainability issues. All forms of construction are
considered from residential to heavy engineering facilities. To date, leJC has published two Special
Issues, viewable at the leJC website listed below:(1) Construction Safety Education and Training
(sponsored by Fluor), (Guest Editor: Dr. Jimmie Hinze); and (2) The Future of Sustainable Construction:
2003, (Guest Editor: Dr. Charles Kibert). leJC is a non-profit making organization, providing a free
service to all users. The operation and maintenance of leJC is supported through the donations of its
sponsors and by the in-kind support of the Editors. We currently have one industry sponsor (Fluor),
but require additional continuing sponsorships ($10,000 per year per sponsor) from construction and
affiliated organizations, to make the endeavor sustainable. In return for their generosity, a sponsor
company logo will be displayed on leJC's home page, along with a direct link to the company's website.
In addition, where appropriate, a company can be named as the sponsor of a Special Issue, with an
additional link to the company's website from the front page of the Special Issue. To become a sponsor,
please contact Dr. lan Flood, Editor-in-Chief at: email@example.com or tel: 352-273-1159. Come and visit us
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 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. The program is
Delivered via the Internet and enables students to "attend" classes
anytime, anywhere. For more information, please visit the ICM
website at htttp//www.bcn.ufl.edu/icm or contact Dr. Raymond Issa at
New Class in Collaborative Design Processes
In the Spring Semester, Dr. Bill O'Brien
introduced a new class to the graduate
program in BCN: Collaborative Design
Processes. The goal of the class is to
help students understand the
multidisciplinary nature of design and
learn skills in multidisciplinary
collaboration. Master's students in
Architecture, Building Construction, and
Civil Engineering form small teams to
produce a coordinated architectural and
engineering design, schedule, and
Distance Collaboration and
Many design and
construction teams today
Processes class mirrors this
by bringing together students
and faculty from both the
University of Florida and the Figure 1: St
University of Illinois at for analysis
Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr.
O'Brien co-teaches the class with Drs.
Lucio Soibelman (Civil Engineering at
UIUC) and George Elvin (Architecture
at UIUC). The class uses the Internet
and commercially available software to
enable real-time distance
communication and collaboration.
According to Dr. Soibelman, "The use
of commercially available tools is key to
the class. Students can take their skills
with them directly to practice." Among
other tools, the class uses Microsoft's
NetMeetingTMto share applications and
perform real-time white boarding, and
Macromedia's Flash Communication
ServerTMto share synchronous voice
and video. The students say that the
communications tools work pretty well,
although there are some inevitable
rough spots. But the students also say
that learning the technology, together
with working with collaborators
at another university, are major
positives about the class.
At the start of the semester,
a project mw
Spring'03, Figure 2: Elevatior
asked to design a place of
worship with a
covered area of
14,000 sf and a
budget of one million
dollars. "We make
the budget and
schedule tight on
purpose," states Dr.
O'Brien. "If students
iura aIr n, had an infinite
wouldn't have to
negotiate or learn how to make
compromises in the design." But
the students do perform. Figures
1-3 show examples from a
student design for the place of
worship. It took a team of four
students about seven weeks to
go from a program to a
coordinated design, schedule,
and estimate. "What's really
that many of the
claims Dr. Elvin.
"There is a lot of Figure 3: Interior ren
learning going worship
on here at many levels, from
how all the components
of a building come together to how
the different professions work
One student agrees, stating "In all
my student career as an architecture
(BA) and BCN (MS) student, this is
the first class
where I've had
to work with
place of worship There should
classes like this." Of course, the
class doesn't teach everything one
needs to know about collaborative
design and work processes in one
semester. A particularly tough area
for students is to give good
conceptual cost estimates early in the
design. "We may need to bring some
conceptual estimating skills into the
class and/or look for software tools to
help. Giving good cost advice is key
to good collaborative design," states
Dr. O'Brien. But the students do
manage to put it together and
produce quality designs within cost
All in all, the students and faculty
are happy with this innovative course.
"We're learning a lot about how to
collaboration... something we
normally don't do in our narrow
specialties," says Dr. O'Brien. And
the students enjoy the
chance to work
together and learn
new skills. More than
one claims, "it is one
of the best classes
during for place of If you would like
about the course, please contact Dr.
William O'Brien at wjobkufl.edu.
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Fluor Program for Construction Safety
contact: Dr. Jimmie Hinze firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fluor Program for Construction Safety is the result of an alliance that the Rinker School has entered with
Fluor Corporation. While safety training is the primary objective of the alliance, other safety-related activities of
mutual interest are also pursued. For example, several Fluor projects have been visited over the past three years
to gather information for safety research being conducted at the University of Florida. In return, research findings
are shared directly with Fluor personnel. Currently, Fluor and the Rinker School are discussing the possibility of
developing and delivering an advanced managerial class on construction safety. Also, very importantly, Fluor has
been generous in its financial support of the program.
The Center for Construction Safety and Loss Control has been involved in a series of construction safety
research studies. The primary research studies have been conducted for the Construction Industry Institute. The
first study examined effective safety practices being implemented on large construction projects. The second
study examined safety practices being effectively employed on shutdown or outage projects. The third project,
which is currently being completed, examined the role of facility owners in construction safety. Other studies that
are being conducted or that have been completed recently include safety on residential projects, applications of
technology to safety, jobsite security, addressing the unique aspects of non-English speaking construction workers,
safety practices of medium sized construction firms, the problems posed by mold in buildings, and others. There
are many facets to construction safety and many are being examined through our center. This year we have been
fortunate to have about ten graduate students who have been interested in studying construction safety issues.
This past year the Center has been involved in organizing a student chapter of the American Society of Safety
Engineers (ASSE), a national organization to improve safety in the workplace. The Center has also been working
on a bibliography of safety references that currently numbers more than 2000 articles and books. In addition, we
have hosted Dr. Ahn, a visiting scholar from Kunsan National University in Korea. The Center has also played a
key role in the assembly of a special issue of papers on construction safety education and training for the
International e-Journal of Construction that is sponsored by the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction.
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
contact: Dr. Robert Stroh email@example.com
HEnBi'T2Julum mI-r HBu uEt
Florida's Construction & Real Estate Industry
Did you ever wonder what the combined impact of the construction and real
estate industry means to Florida's economy? A report prepared by Douglas
White of the Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing addresses this question | --
from the standpoint of both indirect and direct economic activity. -
The indirect impact comes from the tax revenue generated. In 2001, the $1.1
trillion in assessed value of real property had a taxable value of slightly more.....
than $794 billion and generated over $13.6 billion in ad valorem tax revenue
annually. The direct economic impact of the construction and real estate industry consisted fundamentally of
real-estate-related transactions. In 2001 these transactions amounted to approximately $77.9 billion annually.
The industries combined to offer 1.3 million jobs with annual earnings of $24.7 billion. Property owners also
benefited through a return on their investment due to appreciation of approximately $117.7 billion. The result is
that construction and real estate contributed a total of $233.9 billion in 2001 to Florida's total gross state product
of $491.5 billion. The full report is available on the Shimberg Center's web site atwww.shimberg.ufl.edu.
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Powell Center for Construction and the
contact: Dr. Charles Kibert firstname.lastname@example.org
Powell Center Hosts International
Rinker Hall hosted its first ever
conference in early May 2003
with a meeting of international
experts in the field of building
deconstruction and materials
reuse. The 11th International
Rinker Conference was the
fourth of a series of international
meetings of Task Group 39 of
Conseil International du
Batiment, an international
networking organization based in
Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The meeting was co-organized
by the Used Building Materials
Association (UBMA), a
relatively new trade organization
representing both building
deconstruction companies and
used building materials suppliers.
It was co-sponsored by a wide
range of organizations such as
the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, the Florida
Department of Environmental
Protection, the U.S. Army
Engineering Laboratory, the
USDA Forest Products
Laboratory, the City of
Gainesville, Alachua County, the
United Kingdom's Building
Research Establishment, and the
French-German Institute for
Environmental Research. The
160 attendees came from 12
countries and from all over the
U.S. In addition to the
presentation of papers at the
conference, the UBMA
conducted several business
meetings to prepare for furthering
the goals of its membership.
Additionally a variety of
companies participated in an
exhibition of their products and
services. Particularly noteworthy
were equipment demonstrated by
Auburn Machinery, Inc. that
could remove lead paint from
lead painted wood removed from
deconstructed older houses, thus
making the recovery of often
valuable wood materials
economically viable and hand-
held pneumatic nail remover by
RECONNX Inc. The
proceedings are available on the
Powell Center website:
The greening of the Rinker Conference
focused on the goals of conserving natural
resources, reducing pollution and waste
streams, and supporting local interests. Some
of the initiatives are described below.
Conserving natural resources
All conference materials were
printed on recycled paper
Conference proceedings were
published on a CD rather than on
The conference hotel was chosen
based on its close location to Rinker
Hall, to allow for walking and
minimize driving distance
A list-serve was created to allow
participants to coordinate arrival in
Gainesville by car-pooling and
Name tags were recycled from
Dining equipment and utensils were
reusable rather than disposable
Reducing pollution and waste streams
The conference was held in Rinker
Hall, UF's first LEED certified green
building. Rinker Hall features
numerous energy and water
conservation, indoor air quality, and
aesthetic advances that make it the
most environmentally sound
location for the conference
Recycling bins were available and
clearly labeled. Materials were
recycled concurrent with the
University of Florida's ongoing
Supporting local interests
Leftover conference materials and
bags will be donated to a local
school supply exchange program for
use in the community
One day of the conference featured
visits to local environmental leaders
in construction and government
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Center for Collective Protection in the
contact: Dr. Kevin Grosskopf email@example.com
Combating Bio-terrorism in Buildings: New Technologies for
Biological agents have long been classified as weapons of mass
destruction (WMD) for their lethality and their ability to persist,
replicate and rapidly spread. Mass transit infrastructure and clusters
of large buildings having central ventilation systems create the ideal
environment for disease transmission and represent a critical
vulnerability in our Nation's ability to protect its population centers
from terrorist attack. In response, several departments at the
University of Florida are combining expertise to develop new building
technologies to address this challenge.
Bacillus subtilis endospore before treatment
One such technology uses photocatalytic disinfection to destroy
active microbes and hardened spores through a titanium dioxide
catalyst (TiO,). This material produces hydroxyl radicals when
introduced to certain w a\ clcngtlh of light and moisture. When air
from a return plenum passes through an area of ductwork retrofitted
with this system, the latent moisture in the air combined with artificial
light and TiO2 materials create OH which has more than twice the
disinfection power of chlorine. Once the air passes beyond the
specific area in the chamber where the conditions were right to
create OH, the disinfecting hydroxyl radicals become unstable and
harmlessly dissipate back into the catalyst material, thereby
regenerating it. While briefly exposed to the OH all organic
materials in the air are oxidized, including everyday "sick Bacillus subtilis endospore after treatment
building" materials such as molds, fungi, allergens, and volatile
organic compounds commonly associated with carpet
and paint "off-gassing". Unlike conventional filtration and chemical disinfection, the contaminate is destroyed
instead of captured and no harmful chemicals are generated or introduced into the building environment.
Systems are being developed for both new construction and retrofit into existing HVAC systems.
THE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CAREER FAIR
October 7, 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
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Rinker Hall- a LEED Certified Silver Building
Rinker Hall is the first University of Florida building designed under the LEEDTM
program. It accommodates 450 students on 3 levels in 47,270 square feet of space. The
program calls for a mix of classrooms, teaching labs, construction labs, administrative
offices and student facilities. Some of the most significant sustainable features of Rinker -
Hall are detailed below:
Design and Planning
The western-facing Newell facade has a three-story brick shade wall designed to
protect the building from solar heat gain and provide thermal updrafts, while allowing
penetration of daylight and views. The brick also provides a contextual response to the
Exposed circulation structural and mechanical systems assist building construction
students in "reading" the building as a whole and understanding how all systems work
Students participated in workshops and also assisted the design team in exploring
material choices through a regional material mapping exercise.
Site and Ecosystems
The project sits on the site of a former parking lot and was situated to protect existing
trees. While the site could have accommodated the program in two stories, the design
team designed a three-story building to minimize the site footprint and allow for more
A true solar north/south building orientation optimizes available daylight for deep
One outdoor area was constructed with compacted gravel to allow groundwater
systems to recharge, while providing durable work surfaces for gatherings and student
The building is in close proximity to several University Bus routes, providing building
users convenient access to mass-transit. Bicycle parking and shower facilities are
provided for bicyclists.
DOE 2.2 computer modeling of building energy systems and optimization of energy
measures was ongoing through construction. Analysis results indicate a 47% energy
savings over a comparable baseline building (according to ASHRAE 90.1, 1999) will
From the central stair and atrium to classrooms with large exterior windows, shaped
ceiling geometries and deep-daylighting louvers, the building is dramatically illuminated
Energy conserving measures incorporated include west and south building shade walls,
high performance envelope, lighting controls, high albedo roof and energy recovery
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The high performance envelope includes a metal panel vented rainscreen system,
an Air Infiltration Barrier, two separate insulative layers of 6-inch cellu lose
insulation and 1-1/2-inch rigid insulation, thermally broken aluminum storicIr on
and high performance glazing
Water, Wastewater, Stormwater
Roof captured stormwater is collected and stored in a building catchme ni lanIk
This water is then utilized for flushing toilets.
Waterless urinals are installed on two floors and remaining fixtures requi rc
20% less water than mandated by the requirements of the Energy Policy
Act of 1992. Each of the waterless urinals saves 40,000 gallons of wat; r
Site stormwater flowing from non-pervious surfaces is captured and dirlcc d ic
to the campus stormwater system, which incorporates full reclamation fior
Site sewerage is collected for tertiary treatment in a campus-wide
system and then re-utilized for irrigation.
Materials Selection and Construction Waste Reduction
Materials were reviewed for proximity in manufacturing, recycled S
content, renewable resource content, sustainable harvesting,
longevity, maintenance requirements, chemical composition and
ability to be recycled or reused at the end of a useful life.
Materials with recycled content include structural and non-structural
steel products, aluminum wall panels and glazing systems, railings, cellu lose
wall insulation, bathroom partitions, drywall, concrete with fly ash, vitreouis i iai d and
ceiling tiles, among others.
Materials with renewable content include wheat board and linoleum.
Wood materials were specified to originate from "certified," sustainable
managed forests as approved by Forest Certification Systems.
Over 50% of construction waste materials were recycled through implementation of a Waste
The sloped ceilings and louvers reflect light from exterior openings, and photo-sensors optimize the blend of
artificial and natural light. Sunlight and glare, as well as potential solar gain, are controlled with architectural
shading devices and wave-length selective materials at all exposures.
More than 90% of the building's occupied areas
have outdoor views and operable windows. t
Potential indoor air contamination has been reduced "T _
by implementing a Fundamental Building
Commissioning Plan and Construction IAQ Plan to
ensure proper component construction, installation
and initial operation, separate exhaust of sources of
potential air contamination, and an extensive
review of materials and specification of
environmentally preferable products and finishes
reducing sources of VOC's and formaldehydes.
Entry mats at building entrances and filters on
conditioned air reduce particulate entry.
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Rinker Hall Donor Wall
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The Rinker Hall Donor Wall shown above will be installed in September 2003 to honor all donors
who have contributed $1,000 or more to the Construction or Furniture Funds. The names in each
category are listed in descending order based on the amount contributed.
The following are listed as donors to the Construction Fund:
MARSHALL E. RINKER, SR. FOUNDATION, INC.
MARSHALL E. RINKER, SR.
RINKER COMPANIES FOUNDATION, INC.
MARSHALL &VERA LEA RINKER FOUNDATION, INC.
CHARLES R. PERRY
MILLER CONSTRUCTION, CO.
THE FLUOR FOUNDATION
CURRENT BUILDERS OF FL, INC.
JAMESA. CUMMINGS, INC.
CENTEX ROONEY CONSTRUCTION CO.
SUMMIT CONTRACTORS, INC.
W.G. MILLS, INC.
KELSEY CONSTRUCTION, INC.
KEENE CONSTRUCTION CO. OF CENTRAL FL
HOLDER CONSTRUCTION CO.
CLARK CONSTRUCTION GROUP, INC.
STEPHEN C. CAHILL
HAWKINS CONSTRUCTION, INC.
R.R. SIMMONS CONSTRUCTION CO.
HARDIN CONSTRUCTION CO.
DYE CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT, INC.
SKANSKA USA BUILDING
LAKE GLASS & MIRROR, INC.
CCS MECHANICAL, INC.
BRASFIELD& GORRIE, LLC
W.W. GAY MECHANICAL SERVICESOF GAINESVILLE, INC.
MCINTYRE, ELWELL &STRAMMER GC, INC.
W ATSON CONSTRUCTION CO.
ARTHUR H. HAEDIKE III
A. D. DAVISCONSTRUCTION CO.
AMERICAN DRYWALL CO.
ALL FLORIDA ELECTRIC, INC.
SUZANNA H. MASTERS MEADOWS
RICHARD K. DAVIS CONSTRUCTION CORP.
WILLIAM R. NASH, INC
J.J. KIRLIN INC. OF FL.
HOLLYWOOD WOODWORK, INC.
ACOUSTI ENGINEERINGCO. OF FL.
ELASTIZELL CORPORATION OF FL, INC.
THARP PLUMBING SYSTEMS
EARLE D. SEAVERNS III
TIMOTHY O. MOORE
LAWRENCE L. KIBLER
MICHAEL T. HOYT
FLWEST COAST LATH & PLASTER CONTRACTORS
CRSS CONSTRUCTORS, INC.
The listed donors to the Furniture Fund are:
CURRENT BUILDERS OF FL, INC.
MILLER CONSTRUCTION CO.
COASTAL CONSTRUCTION CO.
THE FLUOR FOUNDATION
HENSEL PHELPS CONSTRUCTION CO.
HOLDER CONSTRUCTION CO.
M.M. PARRISH CONSTRUCTION CO., INC.
KEENE CONSTRUCTION CO. OF CENTRAL FL
WHITING-TURNER CONTRACTING CO.
MCINTYRE, ELWELL & STRAMMER GC, INC.
JACK W. MARTIN
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF TAMPA BAY, INC.
EMMER DEVELOPMENT CORP.
AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR CONSTRUCTION EDUCATION
CLIFFORD GORMAN, PA.
CHARLIE JOHNSON BUILDER, INC.
NORTHEAST FLORIDA BUILDERSASSOCIATION.
JESSE W. CHILDREN, SR.
TIMOTHY E. DAVIS
PAUL SCOTT GOODWIN
CHARLES R. PERRY
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OF FURNISHING AND
EQUIPMENT IN RINKER
Dear Alumni and Friends:
Thanks to your generosity, we have completed
construction of Rinker Hall. With a new building
comes the need to purchase furnishings and equip-
ment. To the right, is a list of remaining needed
furnishings and equipment for Rinker Hall. Upon
contribution of the targeted amount, your nameplate
as a donor will be permanently displayed in the room.
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Available Event Sponsorships 2003-2004
Graduation Dinner (Fall 2003)
Graduation Dinner (Spring 2004)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2004)
Graduate Student Reception (Fall 2003)
Graduate Student Reception (Spring 2004)
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2004)
Special Thanks to Past Event Sponsors
Rinker School Event Name Sponsor
Construction Management Team (1998 present) Centex-Rodgers
Design-Build Team (2002-present) Haskel
Graduation Dinner (Fall 1999) Beck Group
Graduation Dinner (Fall 2000) Brasfield & Gorrie
Graduation Dinner (Spring 2001) Hensel Phelps
Welcome Reception/Dinner (Spring 2001) Weitz Company
Welcome Reception/Dinner (Fall 2001) Brasfield & Gorrie
Welcome Reception/Dinner (Spring 2002) Fluor Corp
Welcome Reception/Dinner (Fall 2002) Turner Construction
Welcome Reception/Dinner (Spring 2003) Weitz Company
Welcome Reception/Dinner (Fall 2003) Fluor Corp.
School Bar-B-Que (March 30, 2001) Brasfield & Gorrie
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2001) Hardin Construction
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2002) Hardin Construction
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2002) Hardin/ Prof. Gunby
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2003) James A. Cummings
Graduate Student Reception (Spring 2000) Ajax Construction
Plaque and Trophies (2003-2004) Charles Perry
If you need additional information please contact Dr. Abdol Chini (chiniiuufl.edu); Dr. Robert Cox
(robcox(kufl.edu): Dr. Raymond Issa (ravmond-issagiufl.edu) or call 352-273-1150.
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Help Build the Future with the
BCN Brick Paver Campaign!
Want to have your name in Rinker Hall, the new home of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction? Buy a brick paver, support your school, and have your name etched in stone for the
world to see!
The 4" x 8" brick pavers are available to students, alumni and friends for $125.00. There is a 3-
line limit, with a 16-character limit per line. Each space, period or other such punctuation is
considered a character.
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Please make checks payable to U.F. Foundation. Do NOT send cash.
Send checks to: University of Florida
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, FL 32611
Number of Bricks Ordered:
Total Amount Enclosed:
Scholarships Awarded for 2003-04
Clark Construction Group, Inc.
$1,500 is awarded to: David Connolly, Lucas Morris,
Darby Holtzhower and Brent Snyder
James A. Cummings, Inc. Scholarship
$2,000 is awarded to: Bryan Courchesne, Trent Thorton,
MatthewKiziah and Joseph Winke
Retail Contractors Association Scholarship
$1,500 is awarded to: Annemarie Sowder
Rinker Materials Corporation
$1,000 is awarded to: Lucy Acquaye, Brent Anderson,
Uluc Bayer, Sailee Bondre, Ryan Courson, Aiyin Jiang,
Wei Shi, Iulian Trofin, Kivanc Turkoglu andRavi
Laborers International Union of
North America Arthur A. Coia & R.P. "Bud"
Awarded to: Caeser AbiShdid, Elie Andary, Bin Cheng,
Mark Danso-Amoake, Hazar Dib and Haiyan Xie.
Jim Doherty Memorial Scholarship
$2,000 is awarded to: Timothy Stanley
Frye General Contracting Scholarship
$1,000 awarded to: Keith Munson and LewisVanAlstyne
Gainesville Home Builders Association
$1,400 is awarded to: Kris McNally
National Association of Homebuilders
$1,400 is awarded to: Ramiro Montes De Oca
H.H. Block Scholarship
$1,000 is awarded to: Nathan Carr
Central Florida Builders Exchange
Foote Steele Robert Berg
Hubbard Construction Joel Kaplan
Jack Jennings & Sons Jacob Robinson
Tri-City Electrical Gregory Grooms
R. C. Stevens Construction MichaelThomas
Walker & Company DanielEder
Central Florida Builders Exchange Todd M. Brock
David E. Pitts Memorial Scholarship Fund, Inc.
$1,000 is awarded to: Casey Lewis
Professor Anthony Section Memorial Scholarship
$1,800 awarded to: Marcelo Marin
Ron Tadrowski Memorial Scholarship
$2,000 is awarded to: KellieMarieKirby
H. Duff Williamson Award for
Excellence in Estimating
$100 is awarded to:WyattWoolverton
$1,000 is awarded to: Scott Hayes and Eric Huston
The Ida Rogero-Childre Fellowship/
Assistantship in Affordable Housing
Awarded to: Bryan Williams
James H. Shimberg Endowments
Awarded to: Virginia Battista, Charles Bulks, Alan
Gremillion, Jim Martinez, Diep Nguyen, Marc Smith, Marta
Strambi, Robert Stroh and Bryan Williams
14 BCN summer2003
2003 ASC/AGC NATIONAL DESIGN BUILD TEAM, ALWAYS WINNERS
By Dennis Fukai, Faculty Advisor for Design Build Team
It was about 3 AM somewhere in Northern
Louisiana when it occurred to me how much I had
learned from the young professionals on the 2003
AGC/ASC National, University of Florida Design
Build Team. And how lucky I was to know them.
We left Dallas after huge thunderstorms cleared
the area at about 11 PM Kellie Kirby
reconstructionn manager) and Carolina Lara
(architect) were trailing off on an almost four hour
non stop succession of life stories and brainstorming
in a promise to keep me awake after what had to be
a grueling week of training and competition.
Matt Kiziah (project director) was snoring loudly
in the backseat of the BCN van. He was scheduled
to help me drive the 4 9am shift south from
Shreveport. Paul Darrow (construction manager) had L to R: Carolina Lara, Matt Kiziah, Kellie Kirby, Paul Darrow, Lewis Van Alstyne III
called us near Longview from Los Angeles where
he was trying to unwind in preparation for ajob interview in the morning. Lewis Van Alstyne III (project
superintendent), aka L3, was at the beginning of what turned out to be an incredible 54 hours of planes and airport
lounges trying to get back to Australia where he was studying on a construction exchange program.
Fielding this team at the Nationals cost almost $5000 and thanks to support from team members from the 2002
National Design-Build team (also regional winners), the college, construction and architecture departments, and Tim
Good and the Gators at The Haskell Company, the BCN team made a flawless written and oral presentation.
All five spoke professionally of a collaborative, owner oriented approach to project design and construction.
They modeled multiple ideas and approaches and diagrammed a plan for total integration, open communications,
and mutual responsibilities. They demonstrated the meaning of diversity and the equal exchange of ideas in their
composure, smiles, and eye contact regardless of race, gender, or individual motivations.
Pie in the sky to design-build judges that did not include a single design-builder, owner, or designer. But it didn't
matter to the team because they still knew they had it right. They understood the deep potential of pure design-
build and the pit-falls and barriers it raised to an entrenched old-school of hard working professionals. They were
primed and ready for the real-world.
As we headed down the Interstate in the predawn darkness, not a headlight in sight, I knew I was lucky to be in
the company of these young men and women and will always remember how much hope they give to the future of
ABC Student Chapters Recognized for Excellence
The University of Florida's ABC Student Chapter was recognized for
excellence during the March 15 national convention. Each year, ABC
recognizes three student chapter programs for their contributions in the areas of
professional development, community service, industry promotion, interaction
with the local ABC chapter, and innovation in programming. The University of
Florida, sponsored by the ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, received the
student chapter award of honor. As student chapter president, Jamie Pratt will
assume the title of 2003 ABC national student chapter secretary.
Article from the ABC website newsline website
From left, Jamie Pratt, University of
Florida; Pete Schmoll, accepting on
behalf of the University of Wisconsin
Student Chapter; Matt Irwin, the
University of Central Florida; and ABC
National Chairman Edward L. Rispone
BCN summer2003 1 5
Germany Exchange Program
contact: Dr. Jimmie Hinze firstname.lastname@example.org
The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction of Our Lady), an impressive church that was reduced
and the Fachhochschule Lippe (College of Applied to rubble after the fire bombing of Dresden in
Sciences in Detmold, Germany) have now February of 1945. The students
completed the fifth year of their exchange also got a chance to see some of
agreement. The students were accompanied the remodeling work that is being
by Dr. Hinze as in other years. In addition, Dr. done on the Berlin Olympic
Tenah of the Rinker School and a first time Stadium, the stadium made
visitor to Germany also famous by Jesse Owens.
participated in this year's
activities. These activities While many interesting
included visits to a tunnel construction projects were
project, a facility solely incliidd in (li program, points of historical interest
supported by electricity tu w cic 1alo \ isited. For example, the students
generated on site through traveled to Bergen Belsen
solar cells and methane \ (concentration camp where Anne
generators, tours of Frank died), Checkpoint Charlie,
reconstructed vintage structures. i Sidc ntl al
the restoration of a
palace in Dresden, and
many other interesting
projects. One of the
projects was the Berlin
train station that will
estimated 250,000 passengers when completed in a
couple of years. Another fascinating project was a
visit to the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche (Church
the Reichstag, the Brandenburg
Gate, the memorial for the book
Burning in Berlin, the site of the
Potsdam Treaty, the palace of
Frederick the Great (Sanssouci),
the school of the Bauhaus in
Dce.ssa and eli St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig where
Bacih pla) cd (lic organ for 27 years.
As is customary in the exchange program, German
students will visit our campus this fall. Seven
German students have already been identified who
will be spending this fall semester on the UF campus.
Trade and the Industry
The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction provided a classroom in Rinker Hall for a
two-day continuing education course presented by the Florida Concrete and Products
Association on May 29 and 30. Among the instructors was Mr. Don Beers, P.E., engineering
services manager for Rinker Materials.
On Saturday the 31st of May the School co-sponsored the southeast regional masonry apprentice
contest at U.F.'s Beard track stadium. First, second, and third year masonry apprentices from
five southern states competed. The winners of each class advanced to international competition
in Las Vegas, where they will compete with apprentices from all regions of the U.S. and Canada.
Mr. Billy Brame, BCN Professor Emeritus Bill Eppes, and Architecture Professor Karl Thome
judged the aesthetics of the work.
In February, Mr. Byron Light of the Southern Brick Institute gave a very interesting presentation to
Leon Wetherington's Techniques I class. After the lecture Mr. Light took the class to the Rinker
Hall yard and demonstrated proper brick laying techniques and allowed each of the students to try
their hand at laying brick. Working in groups of three or four the students attempted to build small,
simple brick structures. The team whose work Mr. Lightjudged best all received T-shirts.
16 BCN summer2003
Charles D. Raines,PE, BBC 1954,Colonel,
USAF (Retired) joined Kitchell Corporation,
Phoenix, Arizona, in 1990 as a Senior Project
Manager. Currently working as a Construc-
tion Manager with Kitchell CEM. Registered
as a Civil Engineer in Arizona and California.
Kim Haynes, BSBC '74, MSBC '77,is
currently the Business Manager of
Operations for Oglethorpe Power Corp., the
largest Generation & Transmission Electric
Cooperative in the country. He worked for
Oglethorpe for 15 years, initially serving in a
Project Controls Manager capacity during
construction of a $900 million pumped
storage hydroelectric powerplant completed
in North Georgia in 1995. Prior to
Oglethorpe, he led project controls teams
with major A/E and EPC firms successfully
completing projects such as paper mills,
coal-fired power plants, and many water/
wastewater facilities. He also served in field
engineering roles, from initial site layout to
commissioning/testing of complex process
piping and instrumentation systems.
His current position requires a fair amount
of presentations in front of Boards,
Executive Mgmt., and others. He creditsDr.
Brisbane Brown, then graduate coordinator
at the school, with helping him build his
communications skills during his graduate
studies. He states that the value of being a
good communicator can't be stressed
enough. He encourages all BCN students to
polish their presentation and communication
skills, as it is one of the essential keys to
Kurt Codding, BSBC 1980, is the
President of Town & Country Excavation
Services, Inc. located in Houston, TX and
Dallas, TX. The company specializes in large
retail projects and has performed sitework
on many Home Depot, Super Target and
Wal-Mart Supercenters located throughout
the southwestern United States. The
company currently has projects underway in
Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. He and his
wife, Amanda, live in Highland
Village, TX with their 7 year old son,
Robert Knight, MBC 1993, was named the
Supervisor of the Facilities Department for
the Marion County Public School System in
March, 2002. He was formerly a Senior
Project Manager for Edwards Construction
services, Inc. in Ocala, Fl. The Facilities
Department is responsible for all new design
and construction for the school system.
Prior to Edwards, he was the Architectural
Services Specialist for the Polk County
Public School System, where he was the
primary architectural designer of all in-house
projects. Robert and his wife, Leslie, have
been married eight years and have a 2.5 year
old son, Reagan.
Rick Hope, BSBC 1989, President of the
Hope Company, was named the Treasurer
Coast's Builder of the Year at the annual
year-end awards banquet of the Treasure
Coast Builders Association. The Treasure
Coast Builders Association serves Indian
River, St. Lucie, and Martin Counties, and is
affiliated with the Florida Homes Builder's
Association and the National Association of
Home Builders. The Builder of the Year
award is the highest honor awarded each
year to the builder who has demonstrated
the highest standards in quality, integrity,
professionalism, and service.
Rick Founded the Hope Company in 1998
and provides construction services for the
high-end new home and renovation market,
and is also experience in large and small
commercial projects. He has been happily
married for 15 years to Karen, also a Gator,
and together they have four beautiful future
McCrory Construction Co., LLC of
Columbia and Mr. Pleasant, South Carolina
and Savannah, Georgia has announced the
appointment of Allen B. Amsler, BSBC
1987, as Executive Vice President and Chief
Operations Officer, joined McCrory following
graduation and has held various production
and administrative positions throughout the
company. Projects constructed under his
direction include the Center for Cancer
Treatment and Research at Palmetto Health -
Richland, Aiken Mall, Winthrop University's
John Hall Performing Arts Center, Blue Cross
Blue Shield of South Carolina and various
retail centers throughout the southeast.
Mr. Amsler Serves on the AIA- AGC
Joint Cooperative Committee of the
Carolinas Branch AGC and is Past
Chairman of the Carolinas AGC Midlands
Chapter. In addition, he is also active in
the Columbia Contractors Association.
Previously, Mr. Amsler was Vice President,
Construction of McCrory.
Ryan McLellan, BSBC 1996and his
wife, Kelly Postle McLellan MSHE 98
currently live in the mountains of
Asheville North Carolina, where he owns
Copperwood Builders, Inc, a custom
home building company. They have one
son, 2.5 year old Ryley Gray McLellan.
He is currently the Vice President of the
Asheville Home Builders Association and
serves as Chairperson of the Education
Committee that provides scholarships for
students in Western North Carolina
wanting to pursue a degree
in Construction Management or a
Brian White, BSBC 1996, has recently
been appointed to Chief
Estimator for BCH Mechanical, Inc. in
Largo, FL. After working in
homebuilding in both the South Florida
and Tampa areas from 1996-98 he joined
BCH as an Assistant Project Manager in
March of 1998. In 1999, he became part
of the Estimating/Sales team working
under then-Chief Estimator Mike Foley
(BSBC 1992). UponMike's appointment
to General Manager of BCH, he received
an offer to become Chief Estimator this
past December. He lives in St.
Petersburg with his girlfriend (and UF
alum) Carrie Tucker.
BCH Mechanical, Inc. is one of the
largest mechanical contractors in the
Southeast U.S. This year's goal of $41-
million is up from last year's $30-million
volume. They have fledgling divisions
in Orlando and South Florida as well as
affiliate companies who perform
sheetmetal and plumbing work.
Mike Foleyis also a fellow BCN
alumni who was recently promoted to
General Manager of our company.
BCN summer2003 1 7
Punta Gorda Crossings
J. Raymond Construction Corp. has
recently completed construction of a
44,000 square foot Publix store and
23,000 sq. ft. of retail space at Punta
Gorda Crossings in Punta Gorda, Florida
for BoulderVenture / BGI, Ltd.
Retail A Boyd Market
J. Raymond Construction Corp. has
recently completed retail construction in
Ocala, Florida for Ocala Properties.
The project consisted of 2 separate
buildings totaling 13,000 sq. ft. that
included shell construction for a Crispers
restaurant. Contract amount was
Mathews Construction, one of Tampa's
oldest and largest, locally owned general
contracting firms, has recently been
named National Small Business of the
Year as part of a nationwide contest
sponsored by Aetna Insurance. David
Oellerich, president of Mathews
Construction, is a graduate from the
University of Florida with a bachelor of
science in Building Construction in 1979.
Each small business nominated was
evaluated based on exemplary community
involvement, a unique start-up story,
overcoming significant business obstacles
and outstanding earnings growth and
profitability. Recent projects by Mathews
Construction include the renovation of
Sacred Heart Church in downtown Tampa
and the construction of Academy
Preparatory School in Ybor City.
for the National
of the Year
Centex Rooney Construction Co., Inc.
Mike Carlin, 35,joined Centex
Rooney after graduating from
the University of Florida in 1989
with a degree in building con-
struction. He has served as
estimator, project engineer,
project manager, superintendent,
and senior project manager.
Several of the noteworthy
projects Mike has associated
with include the 20,000 seat
Office Depot Center (formerly
the National Car Rental Center),
the 1,350-room Lucayan Plaza
Beach Resort, the Atlantis
Resort & Casino, and the New
Orleans Harrah's Casino. Mike
is currently managing multiple
renovation projects for Boca
Resorts, Inc. in Naples and Ft.
Sean DeMartino, 33,joined
Centex Rooney in 1993 as a
project engineer, after graduating
from the University of Florida
with a B. S. in building
construction. He quickly rose to
senior project manager
responsible for significant projects
and areas of construction on
several Disney resorts, including
the recently completed 1.2-
Disney Pop Century Resort;
Disney's 5,760-room, three-phase
All Star Resort; and 2,000-room
Coronado Springs Resort. Sean is
currently managing multiple
residential resort assignments for
Arvida, a division of St. Joe, in
the WaterSound resort located in
Adam Pearlman, 34,joined
Centex Rooney in 1993. He
graduated from the University of
Florida in 1991 with a BS in
Building Construction. Adam has
worked in Central Florida for most
of his nine years with the com-
pany. He has served as project
engineer, project manager and
senior project manager on resort
and corrections projects. Notable
projects include Disney's 2,000-
room Coronado Springs Resort
and Convention Center, Disney's
5,760-room All Star resort, and
the latest 1,310-room Disney's
Animal Kingdom Lodge Resort.
Adam is currently managing the
construction of three 1,000-bed
prison complexes for the state of
18 BCN summer2003
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James R. Boyer, Sr.
Leon R. Sikes, Jr.
Dan T. Barnes, Sr.
Paul R. Dawkins
Michael J. Ergas
Curtis G. Culver
Michael A. Finn
John W. Schneid
Vennie A. Pent
James A. Ward, Jr.
Gary L. Bruehler
Roger H. Stitt, Jr.
Tayler M. Boyd, Jr.
Donald H. Conkling III
Allan A. Kozich
John R. Kiker III
Dennis A. Ritchie
George R. Salisbury III
Don W. Bruner
Colin B. Heath, Jr.
Robert B. Edwards
Kirby J. Bourgeois
Kenneth R. Mahaffey
Arthur B. Stackpole, Sr
Vincent G. Burkhardt
Charles M. Fereshetian
Mike E. Grandey
Craig E. Wilson
George T. Beal
Robert S. Hemstad, Jr.
John C. Rhoads
J. Michael Culpepper
Walter T. Miros, Jr.
Richard J. Burket, Jr.
Steven M. Christopher
David L. Gerhart
Drew A. Gilbert
Philip C. Gordon, Jr.
Donald A. Heller
Frank J. Iozzio, Jr.
Lawrence S. Northup
Richard E. Turk
Ross F. Adickman
Walter Baj sel
William R. Cesery, Jr.
Mark C. Hamilton
Warren H. Keister
James M. Owenby
James K. Williams
Thomas J. Hanley
Douglas H. Jones
Alan M. Albert
Barry P. Bullard
Michael L. Carter
Robert E. Lacey
Alan R. Oates
Robert G. Sample
John B. Wilson
Brady L. Binde
Jorge L. Costas
Michael L. Large
Thomas 0. Martin
John E. McCary
Francis X. Wilson
Timothy A. Brown
Paul S. Goodwin
Darrall R. Henderson
Gregory P. Kniseley
John P. Rock
Jon M. Wainwright
Robert B. Miller
Brian K. O'Brien
Allen P. Davis
John B. Debitetto
John D. Gwynn
Steven M. Kelton
Alan C. Miller
David J. Schmit
Russell H. Willmer
Kenneth L. Anson, Jr.
Donald P. Brockmiller
Favio M. Fasanelli
Scott A. Martin
David J. Cyr
Laurie L. Grundy-Jaworski
Ralph R. Payne
Frank R. Trabold
Cristina V. Decker
Bruce C. Gilbert
Mikell A. McElroy
Kevin G. McMichael
William D. Goreschak
Russell W. Pratt, Jr.
Byron T. Hood
Kimberly D. Johnson
Richard B. Rogers, Jr.
Richard C. Carbone
James C. Flayler
Arlan D. Schulze
Ronald M. Smith, Jr.
Paul M. Westberry
Jason R. Ables
Stephen R. Oakes
William D. Crowley
John E. Gessner
Stephanie L. Lobner
Mark D. Vandersea
Daniel E. Whiteman
Gregory M. Wikan
Stephen P. Williams
Ronald P. Cutler
John R. Lawson
Scott T. Vincent
Anthony W. Della-Porta
Darren M. Ross
William W. Stevens
Christine M. Bell
William F. Etheredge
Charles E. Joseph
Scott R. Moss
Kalika G. Sinha
Roger K. T. Bilton
Jennifer A. Fritz
Steven C. Higgs
Anthony W. Ingrassia
Brian J. Natwick
Gregory D. Edebohls
Paula J. Hooker
Jeremy M. N. Saum
Charles L. Wegner
Christopher C. Brown
Timothy A. Dornblaser
Darren M. Nash
Danny Grant, Jr.
Brian J. Hayes
David A. Bockian
Troy D. Buhs
Charles H. Denny III
Anil D. Deshpande
Bruce A. Frost
Allen L. Hand
Gene W. Hemp
Frank M. Hubbard
Asa C. Kelley
Daniel J. Luby
William G. Lumpkin, Jr.
Jack W. Martin
John C. Mouton
William J. O'Dell
W. B. Parker
Gregory R. Reynolds
Stanley G. Tate
Steven Van Dessel
William M. Wing
Michael J. Wozney, Jr.
AGC Student Chapter
ARCO Design/Build Construction
Associated General Contractors
Azzarelli Builders, Inc.
Brumby Homes LLC c/o W. DuVall Brumby
Centex Rodgers, Inc. c/o Kevin Ream
Charles Perry Construction, Inc.
Children Homes, Inc.
Exxon Mobil Foundation
Florida-Citrus.com c/o Thomas K. MackGarrett
Construction Gurley Dramis c/o Conrad Lazo
M. Parrish Construction Co., Inc.
Perry Parrish, Inc. c/o Charles R. Perry
The Morgan Company
Tritt& Associates, P.A. c/o Arnold D. Tritt, Jr.
BCN summer2003 19
Vincent G. Burkhardt Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award
On April 16, Vincent G. Burkhardt received the 2003 University of .
Florida's M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
Distinguished Alumnus Award. He received this award during the
College of Design, Construction and Planning's 25th Annual Award
In 1972, Mr. Burkhardt received his Bachelor of Science in
Building Construction. He is the founding president and owner of
Burkhardt Construction, Inc., which was establish in 1975. His
construction company has built and remodeled residences,
apartment complexes, government buildings, office interiors, From L to R: Dr. Abdol Chini, Interim Director of
commercial projects, site work and street scape projects. Rinker School, Vincent Burkhardt, Dr. Jay M. Stein,
Dean of the College of Design, Construction and
In addition to outstanding contributions to the industry, Mr. Plan ning the Colege of Design, Construction and
Burkhardt is a valuable resource to the community. He is an active
member in professional organizations and holds leadership positions as National Director of Associated
General Contractors of America, Chairman Florida Associated General Contractor's Council, Chairman of
Construction Industry Management Council and serves on other various committees. Furthermore, among
many groups, he is a member of the Downtown Action Committee of West Palm Beach, Downtown
Development Authority of West Palm Beach, and Lake Worth Pioneer's Association. Mr. Burkhardt is the
vice-chairman of the BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee.
Jim Kalemeris Donates Services to the Community
Kalemeris Construction Inc., founder Jim Kalemeris of Tampa, BCN
1951, built a 2250 square foot strength and condition room, and
coaches conference center for Hillsborough High School Football
Field House at no cost to the school. The construction job is worth
about $200,000. The motivation for this construction was the coach
at Chicago's Amundsen High School, Louis Jorndt.
Mr. Kalemeris states:
"He made me a better football player than I thought I could be, by
always challenging me. When I was his assistant coach after I From L to R: Football coach Earl Garcia, Principle
got out of the army, he challenged me to seek a profession that Tom Rao, George Jorndt, Tampa Mayor Dick
Greco, Jim Kalemeris, Joyce Kalemeris, County
could be difficult and rewarding. I always admired the magnificent Superintenant Earl Lennard, Dan Jorndt (CEO
buildings in Chicago, and decided to be part of it. However, events of Walgreens) and Tom Jorndt
make me part of Tampa Bay's Construction. I had a great career in
a difficult and rewarding profession."
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What do think about making Orange & Blueprints exclusively
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an electronic newsletter and no longer mailing hard copies. For those
who request the electronic publication, we will send you an e-mail
announcing the updated newsletter on our website. PLEASE E-mail me
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20 BCN summer2003
BCN receives major gift from Steve and Carol Powell
Article based on a Miami Herald story posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2002 from the Associated Press.
Steve and Carol Powell provided a $3.2 million gift to the University of Florida's Center for
Construction and Environment. The gift will fund additional staff, research and workshops. In
addition, the gift will endow the director's position for the center.
The center will be renamed the Powell Center for the Construction and Environment. The
center, founded in 1991, is dedicated to research focused on resolution of environmental
problems originated from planning and construction. They have also published handbooks and
guides, which include environmentally sound building codes for residential construction and
specifications for construction and demolition waste management.
"We have been very impressed with the innovative research conducted at the UF center Steve Powell
and its impact on setting building standards nationally," Steve Powell said in a statement.
FOUR BENEFITS OF CHARITABLE
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university by means of a charitable gift annuity. At the end of March 2003, the University of F Iond.i
Foundation, Inc.'s gift annuity pool held more than twenty million dollars. The individuals transfemng these
monies realized they could make a significant gift for future use by the university and retain life income
payments that had multiple benefits.
Benefit #1 Unlimited contributions
Federal law typically limits the amount you can contribute to tax-deferred retirement programs such
as IRAs, 403(b), or 401(k) plans. Federal law does not limit the amount you may place into a charitable gift
annuity. This means you may build as large a retirement plan as you wish.
Benefit #2 Charitable deduction
You will receive a charitable contribution deduction for a portion of the assets (cash or publicly listed
stocks and bonds) placed in the charitable gift annuity. This deduction helps offset taxes due on current
Benefit #3 Tax advantaged income
If you fund the charitable gift annuity with cash, part of each payment to you will be considered
return of principal and, as such, will not be subject to income tax. The remainder of the income will be
ordinary income to vou.
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BCN summer2003 1
news and appointments
Dr. Larry Muszynskiwas awarded tenure
and was promoted from assistant professor
to associate professor.
Dr. Abdol Chini was promoted from
associate professor to full professor.
Patty Barritt was promoted from program
assistant to office manager.
Appointments and Awards:
Dr. Abdol Chini was the recipient of the
2003 University of Florida Foundation
Prof. Michael Cook was elected vice-
president for the Professional
Construction Estimators Association Cook
(PCEA) Orlando Chapter. The PCEA is
a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promote
professionalism, encourage high ethical standards and
education in the construction industry. The PCEA offers
great networking opportunities, awareness of professional
trends, sharing "lessons learned", exposure to industry
leaders, professional development, multi-disciplinary
educational programs, access to the latest industry news, a
National Membership Directory, and finally an annual
Convention that rotates each year to different Chapter cities.
Additionally, PCEA is involved in the promotion of
construction education for the betterment of the industry.
Dr. Leon Wetherington received a Superior
Accomplishment Award. Dr.
undergraduate courses, he is
one of the lower division
advisors, and he is the faculty
advisor for Sigma Lambda
Chi Student Honorary Society.
Over the past year, Dr.
L to R: Provost David Colburn, Dr.
Wetherington instituted an Leon Wetherington, Sallie Schattner
8-hour service requirement
for each building construction student in his class. He has
assisted in projects for Habitat for Humanity, building ramps
for handicapped accesses, home repair for the elderly,
playground construction, and organized community service
repair work for substandard housing in the Gainesville area.
In addition, He has supervised students working on
community service projects on weekends. He is also the
Chair of the Undergraduate Program Committee which
oversees all aspects of the curriculum, admissions, and
Meet our new BCN
... Abdol Chini is a full professor who
came to UF in 1994 from the
University of Maryland Eastern
Shore where he taught construction
management courses for four
years. He previously worked as
Quality control manager and project
manager for several construction
projects in Washington DC metro-
politan area. He received his
Ph.D. in Structural Engineering in 1986 from the
University of Maryland at College Park, a Master's
degree in Structural Engineering in 1983 from the
George Washington University, and a Bachelor of
Science degree in Civil Engineering in 1971 from
Tehran University. He is a registered professional
Abdol Chini has taught structures, estimating, and
scheduling courses at UF. He has established a good
reputation among the students as a valued instructor, as
exemplified by the teaching awards received in 1996
and 1998 from Who's Who Among America's teachers,
and the University of Florida 1998-99 TIP Award.
In addition to teaching he has been heavily involved
in research activities. He has performed extensive
research on the reuse and recycling of construction
materials including recycled concrete aggregates,
wastewater generated at concrete plants, and salvaged
lumber from deconstructed buildings to minimize
environmental impacts. He has attracted more than
$1.5 million in funded research over the past seven
Abdol Chini is the Coordinator of Task Group 39 of
International Council for Research and Innovation in
Building Construction (CIB). He is nationally recog-
nized for his expertise in the area of Quality Assurance/
Quality Control in Construction and is the chairman of
the ASCE Construction Institute's Construction Quality
Management and Inspection Committee. He has edited
two books, has published more than 80 papers and has
made more than 30 national and international presenta-
tions. He was listed in Who 's Who in Science and
Engineering in 2000/2001 and was the recipient of the
2003 UF Research Foundation Professorship.
He is married to Shahpar and has two sons: Payam
22 BCN summer2003
Tiank youfor affofyour service...
Dr. Charles Kibert
In the Spring of 2003, Dr. Charles Kibert resigned
as the Director of the Rinker School to return to
teaching and research and to be Director of the
Powell Center for Construction and Environment, a
research center he founded in 1991. As the
Director of the School for the last 3.5 years he was
instrumental in fundraising, design, and completion
of construction of Rinker Hall. He was the master-
mind behind the fact that Rinker Hall has been
designed as a high performance, green building that
operates onjust one-third of the energy of a
conventional academic building. This represented
a departure from conventional thinking in the design
and construction of campus facilities at the Univer-
sity of Florida. Other major accomplishments of
Dr. Kibert during his directorship are: $3.2 million
endowment for Powell Center for Construction
and Environment, the Master in Intemational
Construction Management degree program, Fluor
Program for Construction Safety, Faculty Interm-
ship Program with Construction Industry, and
Industry Focus Groups on BCN undergraduate
curriculum. The faculty, staff, and students at the
Rinker School would like to thank Dr. Kibert for
his 3.5 years of diligent service, innovation, and
leadership as director of our program. We wish
him best in his future teaching and research at the
Alumni Job Placement
If you are looking for a job, information about our
Construction Career Fair or job placement services,
please log onto our website at: www.bcn.ufl.edu
(then click on Job Placement)
Kim Willis Stanley
Kim had been with the School since 1989. She
has held every position in the BCN office
including Secretary, Sr. Secretary, Program
Assistant and Office Manager. Kim accepted
the Office Manager position with PPI
Construction Management in Gainesville, FL in
Kim has received numerous awards while at
BCN including a Division Three Administrative/
Supervisory Superior Accomplishment Award in
Kim also set the standard of service to BCN
staff, faculty, students, alumni and industry. In
1997 she started the BCN Career Fair and in
1996 she traveled to Beijing China to assist with
the CIB/Rinker International Conference on
Construction Modernization and Education.
She was always willing to go above and beyond
the call of duty to make sure alumni and
students could findjobs. Over the past few
years, Kim helped to make sure that BCN
moved into Rinker Hall.
Kim will surely be missed at BCN but we
look forward to her coming back with her
husband, Tim (who graduated from BCN in
Spring 2003, Congrats Tim) to all the BCN
alumni functions and we wish her good luck in
her new position.
BCN summer2003 23
Dr. Bris6ane K Brown:
An Era of Ded ation m
Dr. Brisbane H. Brown, known as "BRIS" across the globe spent 20 years as
an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in ever increasingly responsible positions managing
construction. He has built projects in Thule Greenland, Germany, Korea, Viet Nam and the United
States. After he received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Oklahoma State University in 1974, he
then joined the faculty of the School of Building Construction at the University of Florida. During the
past 29 years, Dr. Brown has served the School in many capacities. For six years, he was the graduate
coordinator and taught courses in Management of Construction and Human Factors in Construction.
For seven years, he was the director of the School of Building Construction and during this time he
began and solidified our School's relationship with "Doc" Rinker and the entire Rinker family. He was
a faculty member of the AGC's Advanced Management Program, a 9-day intensive course for
presidents and vice presidents of small and medium size construction firms. He was selected as a UF
Distinguished Professor by the Florida Blue Key. He has received the Teaching Excellence Award
from the students in the School of Building Construction. He most recently taught graduate courses in
construction work acquisition and a graduate course in construction financial management. He has co-
authored four books and has a wealth of experience in consulting and research pertaining to
management of construction. He is truly one of the most respected and remembered faculty within the
school. Just to let you know the magnitude of his teaching, we looked back over the School's records
to find that over the past 29 years, Dr. Brisbane Brown has been involved with teaching more than
3,300 of the 4,600 undergraduate alumni (nearly 75% of the students in program's history).
In 1999, for only the second time in the history of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction, he was inducted as a "Distinguished Educator" into the Construction Hall of Fame.
These individuals are recognized as true leaders among our industry and their bronze plaques are
mounted outside the north entrance to Rinker Hall.
There are many individuals who have played a significant role in our development towards
becoming a nationally recognized and respected school. It is with great pleasure that we
recognize Dr. Brisbane Brown as one of these individuals and a major contributor to this success.
Dr. Brown's contributions are indicative of someone with a relentless work ethic and someone who
strives for excellence. It is our hope that you will help us honor Dr. Brown's achievements by
donating to the Brisbane H. Brown Endowed Scholarship Fund. Contributions are tax deductible
as allowed by the IRS. Please make checks payable to the University of Florida Foundation, Inc.
Fund #1011. In the memo line, please write Brisbane Brown Endowed Scholarship. Please send
checks to 304 Rinker Hall, PO Box 115703 Gainesville, FL 32608.
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June 7, 2003 FACULT
Sipn'se 4jetirement Party Dr. Brisbane
Dr. Brisbane Brown
29 Years Service-
1975 through 2003
Started and originated fund
raising program in the School
-Raised over $2.5 Million
-Established the first
relationship with M. E. "Doc"
Improving Industry Relationships
between Students and the
Brisbane Brown was the
person who established...
-The welcome reception for
-The Job placement program,
leading to the BCN career
-The graduation dinner
-The graduate resume book
-The School of Building
Construction Hall of Fame
-The BCN Advisory Council
and its Executive Committee
-Using P3 in scheduling
course in 1987
-Using Expedition in
Management course in 1994
-Created two new
undergraduate courses and
four new graduate courses
that are in the BCN
Served as the executive
secretary of Building
(BCIAC) for 13 years and
fostered the creation of
research in the School
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The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction is honored to have an active
Advisory Council whose members, both individual and corporate, serve as an important
source of advice and support for the School. Advisory Council is an opportunity for you
and your company to form a strong liaison with the School. In this way, we can be
assured that our program is current and meets the ever changing needs of the
construction industry. We hope you will consider becoming a member of the Advisory
Council for the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction.
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