Front Cover
 Messages from the Dean and...
 Table of Contents
 Design-build team
 LEED certification
 BCN centers and programs
 BCN events
 Rinker Hall
 BCN students
 BCN alumni
 BCN faculty
 International e-Journal of...
 Advisory council
 Back Cover

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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Messages from the Dean and Director
        Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Page 3
    Design-build team
        Page 4
    LEED certification
        Page 5
    BCN centers and programs
        Page 6
        Page 7
    BCN events
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Rinker Hall
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
    BCN students
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
    BCN alumni
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
    BCN faculty
        Page 24
        Page 25
    International e-Journal of Contruction
        Page 26
    Advisory council
        Page 27
    Back Cover
        Page 28
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I A Message From N

i Dr. Jay Stein

I would like to take this occasion to thank our Rinker
School of BCN faculty and staff for all their
contributions to the School and to DCP this year. I
continue to be amazed and impressed by the dedication
of our people to the education of our students, to service
to the community, and to the advancement of knowledge
in the construction profession through research and

I also wish to inform you of some recent, major
administrative changes within DCP as we continue to
build an outstanding group of administrative leaders.
The first, and most relevant to you, is the appointment,
effective July 1, 2004, of Dr. Abdol Chini as Director
of the Rinker School ofBCN. Dr. Chini had been serving
as "Interim" Director since March 2003 and, based on
a thorough review of his performance with faculty,
students, staff, and the BCN Executive Committee, fully
deserved the appointment as Director. Dr. Chini already
has a long list of accomplishments in his fifteen months
as "interim," and I am very confident that he will
continue to provide strong and visionary leadership in
the years ahead.

I am also pleased to announce that Dr. Bob Stroh,
Director of the Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing,
will assume the additional role of Associate Dean in
DCP. The selection of Dr. Stroh follows a year-long
national search to fill the position. Dr. Stroh will divide
his time evenly in his first year between his Associate
Dean position and directing the Shimberg Center. It is
anticipated that Professor Marc Smith, currently co-
Director of the Shimberg Center, will assume more
administrative responsibilities. Dr. Stroh's primary
responsibility as Associate Dean will be to work with
our college faculty in developing more research and
scholarship activity. Based on Dr. Stroh's long record
of success in this area, I am very optimistic about his
contributions in the new position.

Finally, DCP has recently hired Dr. Margaret Portillo,
formerly of the University of Kentucky, as the new
chair of the Department of Interior Design. Dr. Portillo
was hired in a national search and Dr. Chini headed the

continued on page 27

SBCN fall 2004 Volume 68, Issue 2

Dr. Abdol Chini


If the 2003-2004 academic year is any example, the
future looks great for our School. The most momentous
event of the past year was the move of the School to
its new home, Rinker Hall and its dedication ceremony
on October 14. Other exciting news items were: Rinker
Hall was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council
LEED Gold Certification, BCN program accreditation
was renewed for six more years by the American
Council for Construction Education, and our student
Design-Build team was ranked 2nd in the nation.

This past academic year, we graduated 125 students
with the degree of BSBC, five with the degree ofBS in
Fire and Emergency Services, 11 with the degree of
MSBC, 10 with the degree of MBC, two with a Ph.D.
degree, and for the first time, two students graduated
with the degree of Master in International Construction
Management (delivered via the Internet). More than
130 qualified students applied for admission to the Fall
2004 semester, but only the top 60 students based on
their GPA of Pre-BCN courses and SAT scores were
admitted to the program. The incoming students have
an average Pre-BCN GPA of 3.38 and average SAT
score of 1248 (compared to 3.16 average GPA and
1188 average SAT for the previous class).

In addition to teaching 93 undergraduate classes and
21 graduate classes, our faculty were actively involved
in research/scholarly activities and providing service to
the community and construction industry. The School's
research grants totaled $1.6 million; the BCN faculty
published one book and more than 60 journal articles;
and they gave presentations at numerous professional
societies and organizations.

The 2004-2005 academic year promises to be even
more exciting and successful. Our major goals for the
undergraduate program are: take advantage of Rinker
Hall laboratory spaces and provide more hands-on
experiments for structures, techniques, electrical, and
mechanical courses; provide more craft awareness
training program for BCN students; continue refinement
of the curriculum based on the input from industry focus
groups and recent technological advancements; and

continued on page 27

Auaust 2004


a bi-annual publication

Table of contents

Design-Build Team...4
LEED Certification...5

Fluor Program for Construction Safety...6
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing...6
Powell Center for Construction and Environment...7

Professor-for-a-day.. 8
BCN Events... 9

Rinker Hall Donor Wall..10-11

Brick Paver... 13

Community Service... 14
Germany Exchange Program... 15
ABC Student Chapter...15

Steel Field Trip...16

Alumni News...18-21

Friends and Donors...22
Construction Hall of Fame...23
Distinguished Alumni...23

BCN Advisory Board EXCOM...24
Faculty News...24-25

Show Your Rinker School Pride...26
International e-Journal of Construction...26
Advisory Council...27

University of Florida
M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction
Dean College of Design, Construction and Planning
Dr. Jay M. Stein
Director M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
Dr. Abdol Chini
Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Program
Dr. Robert Cox
Director of Graduate and Distance Education Programs
Dr. Raymond Issa
Center Directors
Center for Collective Protection
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf
Powell Center for Construction and Environment
Dr. Charles Kibert
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
Dr. Robert Stroh
Program Directors
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
Fax: 352-392-9606
Stacey Rosenberg
A special thanks to Leah Griffin
for all of her contributions


BCN Bar-B-Q is Back Homecoming 2004
Due to popular demand, the BCN Bar-B-Q is back! Mark your calendar now for
Saturday, November 13,2004, during Homecoming at the University of Florida in
Gainesville. The Gators are scheduled to play South Carolina. Plan to stop by Rinker
Hall at 10:00 am for some great food, a tour of the new building, and to visit with

We would like to give special thanks to Brasfield & Gorrie for sponsoring the

Volume 68, Issue 2 August 2004 BCN fall 2004

Earn your Master's degree via the Internet!

UF Design-Build Team Ranks 2 in U.S.
For most, "March Madness" means NCAA basket-
ball. For the University of Florida Design-Build Team,
it means another Spring Break competing against the
nation's elite design, construction and engineering pro-
grams for the right to be crowned National Champion.
In each of its three years of existence, the UF team Asi

just short, UF placed second out ofa field of more thanU.S.
60 nationally accredited university programs, its high-
est ranking ever. (Pictured left to right students D. Epps, Following submission, teams worked through the night
J. Parrot, K. Kirby, M. Rice. A. Norman, C. Lara and to prepare their presentations for the next day. The
faculty K Gits three years UF Team assumed the role of a fully integrated design-
abuild firm and approached the judging panel as "owner's
representatives." The team was evaluated on presen-
tation, cash flow, project fees, schedule, design, deliv-
ery approach and innovation. In addition to the Associ-
60 nationallyated General Contractors ofAmerica, the Associated
est ranking eer. (Pictured left to ight students D. Epp Schools of Construubmisction, and Mortenson, a special
Parrot, K. Kirby, M. Rice. A. Norman, C. Lara and thanks to The Haskell Company and PPI for their
r support and sponsorship of the UF Design-Build Team.

The competition project, sponsored and judged by
Mortenson, consisted of an 8,000-seat minor league
baseball stadium with a $40M budget and with MLB
Spring Training fast approaching. Teams assembled
before daybreak the morning of March 11 to receive
the RFP for design-build services. Teams then worked
in isolation from each other to prepare a winning
proposal before the midnight submission deadline.
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BCN fall 2004 Volume 68, Issue 2 August 2004

It's official: the U.S. Green Building Council announced
May 7 the awarding of Gold certification for Rinker
Hall, home of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction. Rinker Hall was designed using a new
green building standard, LEED, developed by the U.S.
Green Building Council. LEED is used to measure a
building's environmental performance and has four
achievement levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified.

Rinker Hall is one of only 26 U.S. buildings to have
been awarded Gold. It is the first University of Florida
building designed under the LEED program and has
transformed the University's building program-all
future buildings on the UF campus must achieve at least
LEED Silver certification.

The three-story Rinker Hall accommodates 450
students in 47,270 square feet. The facility mixes
classrooms, teaching labs, construction labs,
administrative offices, and student facilities. By using
advanced cooling and heating strategies, Rinker Hall
uses about one-third the energy of a typical university
classroom building. Organized on a pure north/south
solar axis to maximize daylighting, the project utilized
extensive computer simulation to optimize the balance
of natural and artificial lighting systems. From the
daylight-washed central public stair and atrium to
classrooms with large exterior windows, shaped ceiling
geometries, and deep daylighting louvers, the building
is dramatically illuminated by daylight.

Exposed circulation structural and mechanical systems
assist students in 'reading' the building as a whole and
understanding how all systems work together.
Environmentally 'clean' products and finishes were
specified, which, combined with minimized moisture
carry-through, result in dramatically improved indoor

air quality. A stringent Construction Waste Management
Plan supporting material resource conservation and
recycling was implemented that required the contractor
to record all construction waste and components reused,
recycled, and landfilled. As a result, more than 50 percent
of construction waste materials were recycled.

Rinker Hall utilizes a highly advanced water supply
system. Water resources are conserved through
reduced building water use, building stormwater use,
reduced landscape water requirements, and full
integration with the University's reclaimed water
system. Roof-captured stormwater is collected and
stored in a catchment tank, then used for flushing toilets.
Waterless urinals are used on two floors and remaining
fixtures require 20 percent less water than mandated
by building codes. Building wastewater is collected via
a University-wide system that provides initial treatment,
then reuses the water for site irrigation. Outdoor work
areas utilize previous paving to increase groundwater
recharges. Indigenous and low-water plantings are used
for all site plantings to provide a drought-tolerant

Rinker Hall is frequently used in the instructional mission
of the Rinker School. The School's graduate program
offers the only specialized track in green building in the
United States. Rinker Hall provides a physical example
of the principles covered in the classroom. For instance,
Rinker Hall is designed to be disassembled or
deconstructed at the end of its useful life to facilitate
reuse and recycling of its components. However, with
its award-winning design and the positive response from
faculty and students, it is likely to be in use for a very
long time.

Volume 68, Issue 2 August 2004 BCN fall 2004

Rinker Hall Goes Gold



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

During the past few months, the Fluor Program for
Construction Safety at the University of Florida has
been involved in numerous meetings with safety
personnel at Fluor Corporation. While we (Rinker
School and Fluor) have conducted several successful
classes on safety and health in the past, we are now
planning a class that will be conducted at a higher level.
In addition, the goal of safety and health is being
expanded to many environmental concerns. While Fluor
is recognized as a leader in the area of safety and health,
Fluor is now taking a proactive and aggressive stance
to also be a leader as an environment-friendly

The first class is being planned for later this summer.
The class will consist of addressing current issues
pertaining to safety, health and the environment. Most
of the course materials will be delivered by University
of Florida personnel with some assistance being
provided by Fluor personnel. Two principal instructors
will be Dr. Jimmie Hinze (safety) and Dr. Charles Kibert
(environment), with considerable administrative
assistance being provided by Dr. Raymond Issa. We
are pleased that Fluor has entrusted them with such an
important mission.

Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
contact: Dr. Robert Stroh stroh@ufl.edu

The residential track within the traditional building
construction management curriculum provides students
that have an interest in the residential side of
construction with exposure to topics unique to home
building. In the case of BCN-4023: Creating
Affordable Housing, one-third of the class is devoted
to a discussion of alternative building systems. These
are not "new" building systems; they are building
systems that have been in use for many years but that
have not captured a significant share of the US housing

The goal of this section of the class is to provide the
students with a basic awareness of the building system,

its key advantages and disadvantages, and an indication
of the costs relative to conventional building systems.

Concrete masonry unit technology and wood-framed
construction represent the baseline for comparison as
each alternative system is discussed. Although the
characteristics of a system are discussed in the class
by the instructor, a guest speaker is invited to speak to
the class on each system. These speakers and their
supporting organizations deserve an expression of
thanks from the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction since each speaker voluntarily donates
their time and travel expenses in order to speak to the

The Spring 2004 guest speakers in BCN 4023 were:

CMU Systems Jim Guide, Masonry Information Technologists, Inc.
SWood Framing Bill Tucker, Florida Building Materials Association and
Florida Wood Council
SLight-gauge Steel Marybeth Rizzuto, Steel Framing Alliance
SAerated Concrete Roland Sampoux, Aerated Concrete Corporation of America
SInsulating Concrete Forms Bob Beisel, Nudura ICF, Inc.
SStructural Insulated Panels Catherine Garrett, Premium Panel Homes, Inc.

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Powell Center for Construction and Environment
contact: Dr. Charles Kibert ckibert@ufl.edu

The Powell Center, in partnership with the local Mount
Olive AME Church, is working to restore The Cotton
Club, a historical building in southeast Gainesville. In
the late 1940s and early 1950s, The Cotton Club was a
popular music venue-B.B. King and James Brown
were among the performers that stopped in.

The structure that exists today (see photo) began as a
post exchange at the Camp Blanding Army base near
Starke during World War II. After the war, it was
trucked in pieces to its Gainesville location in the
historically black Springhill district. In Gainesville, it has
served as a movie theater, dance hall, juke joint, and

The Cotton Club Historic Preservation Project aims to
preserve the building-through sustainable methods-
and restore it for use as a community center and
museum. The plan also includes the preservation of
other historic buildings on the property: four small
shotgun-style houses and a former grocery store.

The Powell Center is working to ensure that the various
facets of the College of Design, Construction and

Planning are heavily involved with the project in order
to successfully utilize it as a model for green building
techniques. For example, students studying historical
preservation will document the existing materials in the
3,700-square-foot building before construction students
deconstruct and then rebuild it from the foundation up.
In following with green building practices, most of the
original materials will be reused.

The Cotton Club is already featured on a FloridaAfrican-
American Tour Guide, and efforts are underway to get
the building listed on the National Register of Historic
Places. The project partners are now working to gather
the $1 million needed for the restoration.

Spring 2004 BCN Career Fair

The Spring 2004 Career Fair was held February 10 on
campus at the 0' Connell Center. Close to 80 compa-
nies were in attendance. More than 420 students par-
ticipated in the recruitment effort; 270 were from BCN.
The fair was preceded by a Recruiter Welcome

Reception at Emerson Alumni Hall, which provided the
recruiters the opportunity to meet BCN faculty and staff.
Patty Barritt, Robbie Gronbach, Stacey Rosenberg, Sallie
Schattner, and Viki Solt collaborated to coordinate these
successful events.


October 5, 2004 9:30 AM 1:30 PM
Stephen C. O'Connell Center
For more information, visit our website at:
www.bcn.ufl.edu (click on Job Placement)

Volume 68. Issue 2 Auaust 2004

BCN fall 2004 7




The Rinker School offers industry members a chance
to be a 'Professor for a Day' each spring semester.
BCN professors are asked to invite guest speakers to
their courses to discuss current issues in their fields of
interest. Speakers who participated in this year's two-
day program, held on February 11-12, discussed topics
such as the latest construction industry news. The event
adds a 'real world' perspective to the BCN curriculum.

If you are interested in being a 'Professor for a Day'
or would like additional information please contact
Dr. Abdol Chini at chini@ufl.edu. If you are interested
in a particular course, you may contact that professor

Dr. Abdol Chini, Mr. Pat Berry and Professor Mike Cook

Dr. Richard Smailes, Mr. Barry Rutenberg and
Dr. Abdol Chini

Dr. Kevin Grosskopf, Mr. David Ginn and Dr. Abdol Chini

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Dr. Jimmie Hinze, Mr. John Beaudry and Dr. Abdol Chini

Guest Speakers
Dr. Ken Osfield
University of Florida
Mr. Bruce Woloshin
ECS Ltd.
Mr. Lance Dengerud
Jacobs Civil Inc.
Mr. Mark Dykes
North Star Plumbing
Mr. David Ginn
Mr. John Beaudry
Safety Consultant
Mr. Pat Berry
R. Hyden Construction
Mr. Barry Rutenberg
Barry Rutenberg & Associates
Mr. Jim Cowdery
Skanska USA
Mr. Alberto Ribas
A2 Group
Mr. Frank Reilly
Reilly Roche LLP
Mr. Dan Snyder
Grunley Construction
Mr. David Lewis
APA Engineered Wood Association
Mr. Stan Fitterman
Florida Housing Coalition
Mr. Bruce Pagel
Archer City Manager
Mr. Melvyn Lauderdale
Major Land Owner
Ms. Chambre Riegal
Tilt-Up Corporation


Welcome Reception EVENTS
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The Spring 2004 Welcome Reception was held on January 15 at the Gainesville Woman's Club. The sit-
down dinner provided an opportunity for new BCN students to meet and mingle with faculty and staff
Special thanks to Brasfield & Gorrie for sponsoring this event.

Graduation Dinner

The Spring 2004 Graduation Dinner was held April 29 at the Paramount Resort and Conference Center.
The Spring 2004 graduating class, along with their families, friends, and BCN faculty and staff, celebrated
the success of the graduating seniors. Special thanks to Rinker Materials for sponsoring this joyous


For the first time, the College of Design, Construction and Planning had its commencement with only those
graduating from its program. The Spring 2004 commencement was held on April 30 at the Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts. Building Construction had 69 students graduate with Bachelor's Degrees, 5 graduate with
their Master's and 1 with his Ph.D.

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Opportunities for Named Sponsorships of Offices and

Furniture in Rinker Hall

-- *0~~ (D~ SR.C4



We still need additional funding to complete furnishing Rinker Hall. Please consider a generous donation or
pledge and help us properly furnish our new building. Your donation will be acknowledged by naming an appropriate
space. Upon contribution of the targeted amount shown, your nameplate as a donor will be permanently displayed
outside the room (Construction Sponsor) or in the room (Furniture Sponsor).

If you need additional information please contact Dr. Abdol Chini (chini@ufl.edu).

Room # Room Name

Construction Yard
Medium Classroom
Large Classroom
Student Org./Lounge
M.E.P. Studio
Soils & Cone. Lab
Structures Studio
Surveying Lab
Interview Room
Interview Room
LCD Panels
Information Tech.
Medium Classroom
Medium Classroom

Construction Sponsor

Brasfield & Gorrie
Haskell Company
Hardin Construction
James A. Cummings
Holder Construction
Current Builders
Jack Martin
Miller Construction
Loys Johnson
Loys Johnson
Whiting Turner
W.G Mills
Stellar Group

Furniture Sponsor

Holder Construction
Leon Sikes
Kalemeris Construction
Current Builders

Fluor Corp.
Loys Johnson
Loys Johnson

Whiting Turner

Leon Sikes
Leon Sikes

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1st Floor
1st Floor


Room # Room Name

2nd Floor
2nd Floor
3rd Floor

Medium Classroom
Medium Classroom
Medium Classroom
Construction Lab
Medium Classroom
Construction Lab
Est./Drawing/Schd Computer Lab
Tech Services
Distance Education Studio
C.F.A.H. (Bob Stroh)
Plan Room
LCD Panels
Director (Chini)
Associate Director (Cox)
Faculty Office (Wetherington)
Faculty Office (Marc Smith)
Faculty Office (Mike Cook)
Faculty Office (Oppenheim)
Faculty Office (Smailes)
Faculty Office (Visitor)
Faculty Office (Flood)
Faculty Office (Olbina)
Faculty Office (O'Dell)
Faculty Office (Visitor)
Faculty Office (Muszynski)
Faculty Office (Tenah)
Faculty Office (Shanker)
Faculty Office (Dukes)
Grad Studio
Grad Studio
Grad Studio
Grad Studio
Conference Room (small)
Mail Room
Open Office
Conference Room
Director Grad./D.E. (Issa)
Admin./Registrar (Sallie)
Faculty Office (Visitor)
PCCE Director (Kibert)
FPCS (Hinze)
PCCE (Newport)
CCP (Grosskopf)
LCD Panels

Construction Sponsor

Steve Cahill
Keene Construction
Clark Construction
Miller Construction
Clark Construction
Miller Construction
Charles R. Perry
Summit Construction
Suffolk Construction Company
J. Raymond Construction
Whiting Turner
Lance Walker
Curtis Culver
R.R Simmons
The Dye Companies/Bel-Aire
Skanska USA Building
Hawkins Construction
Hughes Supply
Hughes Supply
Holder Construction
Burkhardt Construction, Inc.
Stiles Construction
Stiles Construction
Kelsey Construction
Fluor Corporation

Brisbane H. Brown
Whiting Turner

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Furniture Sponsor

Coastal Construction
Keene Construction
Hensel Phelps
Miller Construction
Hensel Phelps
Miller Construction
Fluor Corp.

Miscellaneous Donors

J. Raymond Construction
Whiting Turner
Curtis Culver
McIntyre Doherty Elwell

Lance Frankham
A2 Group, Inc.
John McIntyre
Whiting Turner


The School does have a limited budget and there are many activities and items for which we could certainly use
your financial assistance. In return for your underwriting of these activities/items, we would provide appropriate
publicity about your support. In the case of events, we would be pleased to have a company representative
attend the event and say a few words on behalf of your firm. For the Newsletter, we would include a prominent
credit on the front page of the Newsletter. The following is a list of events and their approximate cost to us for
which your support would be very beneficial to the School and its students:

Available Event Sponsorships 2004-2005
Graduation Dinner Fall/Spring
Graduate Student Reception Fall/Spring

Available Event Sponsorships 2005-2006
New Student Welcome Reception Fall/Spring
BCNNewsletter Fall/Spring
HomecomingBBQ Fall
NAHB Competition Spring

Past Event Sponsors
Special thanks to our past event sponsors.

$3,500 each
$1,500 each

$4,000 each
$4,500 each

Rinker School Event Name
Management Team (1998 present)
Design-Build Team (2002-present)
NAHB Competition, January 2003
NAHB Competition, January 2004
NAHB Competition, January 2005
Graduation Dinner (Fall 1999)
Graduation Dinner (Fall 2000)
Graduation Dinner (Spring 2001)
Graduation Dinner (Fall 2003)
Graduation Dinner (Spring 2004)
Welcome Reception/(Spring 2001)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2001)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2002)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2002)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2003)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2003)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2004)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2004)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2005)
School Bar-B-Que (March 2001)
School Bar-B-Que (Sept. 2003)
Homecoming Bar-B-Que (21 1'4
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2001)
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2002)
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2002)
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2003)
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2004)
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2004)
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2005)
Graduate Student Reception (2000)
Plaques and Trophies (2003)

Haskel Company
London Bay Homes
Centex Homes
Beck Group
Brasfield & Gorrie
Hensel Phelps
Current Builders
Rinker Materials
Weitz Company
Brasfield & Gorrie
Fluor Corp
Turner Construction
Weitz Company
Fluor Corp.
Brasfield & Gorrie
Current Builders
Weitz Company
Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie
Hardin Construction
Hardin Construction
Hardin/ Prof. Gunby
James A. Cummings
James A. Cummings
Hardin Construction
Stiles Corporation
Ajax Construction
Charles Perry

If you need additional information please contact Dr. Abdol Chini (chini@ufl.edu).

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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.
ciUL. Al:!.. taL Examples i' .i.Bernadette

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Please make checks payable to U.F. Foundation. Do NOT send cash.
Be sure to note BCN in the Memo Line.

Send checks to: University of Florida
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, FL 32611



City State

Zip____________________________ Phone

Number of Bricks Ordered:

Total Amount Enclosed:


Community Service

NAWIC Raises Money for Habitat for Humanity Women Build

The University of Florida student chapter of the National
Association ofWomen in Construction (NAWIC) hosted
a BBQ on February 27 to raise money for a local
Women Build for Habitat for Humanity. NAWIC was
asked to participate in this new Habitat project, in which
a home will be built entirely by women for a
disadvantaged family. Fundraising is the most difficult
task in the process, so the student chapter of NAWIC

hosted the BBQ, with all monies collected going straight
to Alachua Habitat's Women Build fund.
Charles Perry Construction provided a much-
appreciated $500 donation for the BBQ costs. Many
building construction students attended the event,
donating extra funds for the great cause. NAWIC would
like to thank all who participated.

Four BCN J-1 students worked together in April to build a ramp for an elderly man of Levy County. Mr.
White, who had recently become unable to walk, was grateful for the help of Evan Oates, Jason Paiva,
William Rudder, and David Sandhoff, along with the supervision of Dr. Leon Wetherington.

14 BCN fall 2004 Volume 68, Issue 2 August 2004

In January of this year the National Association of
Women in Construction (NAWIC) from the University
of Florida's Rinker School of Building Construction in
conjunction with Women Build got together and built
a playhouse to raffle off to the community. After
completion of the playhouse raffle, tickets were sold
to raise money to build a house for Habitat for
Humanity. The raffle was held on May 27th and the
playhouse went to a young man with children who
were excited for dad to win! On June 5th "Women
Build" began construction on the Habitat for Humanity
house. When the Habitat house is finished, it will
provide housing for a Gainesville family in need. These
projects are; hopefully, the beginning of many Women
Build projects to come.

Germany Exchange Program
contact: Dr. Jimmie Hinze hinze@ufl.edu
The Germany Exchange Program fulfilled another
milestone this past May when UF students went to
Germany for a three-week immersion course. This
completes six years of the program. Students from the
Rinker School and the Department of Civil Engineering
participated in the program that is conducted entirely in
English. The course grants three hours of upper division
credits to the participants.

As in other years, the students saw the Cologne
Cathedral, the site of the Bergen Belsen concentration
camp, Checkpoint Charlie, the Olympic Stadium in
Berlin, the largest photo-voltaic roof collector in the
world, the site of the Potsdam Treaty, a trades training
school for construction workers, a tunnel project, the
train station in Berlin (still under construction), the
reconstruction of a magnificent Dresden church that
was totally destroyed in WWII and numerous other
construction sites and places of historical importance.

Spring 2004 ABC Golf Tournament
The 13' Annual Student-Contractor Golf Tournament, ABC would
hosted by the student chapter of the Associated Builders Student-Cc
and Contractors, was held March 26 at the Ironwood success. C
Golf Course in Gainesville. The tournament was a resources
success, filling the golf course's capacity of 144. volunteers,
out at next
Two students were matched with two participating
contractors, allowing them to socialize without the stress
or intimidation of an interview situation. The winning
team of DRL Construction shot an impressive 15-under
par at the scramble tournament. At the other end of
the spectrum, the Crom Corporation team won the
prestigious award of worst overall with a 15-over par.

Thanks to the support of several local companies, ABC
gave away many prizes, including Costa Del Mar
sunglasses, cordless DeWalt drills, coolers, TVs, spa The winn
treatments, and more than $1,200 of gift certificates.


This year, the students were accompanied by Dr. Jimmie
Hinze and during the last week Dr. Kevin Grosskopf
joined the group in Berlin. Dr. Grosskopf, visiting
Germany for the first time, participated in the program
involving the various sites in Berlin, the site of the
Potsdam Treaty, the palace of Frederick II, the Bauhaus
School site in Dessau, and various sites in Dresden.

d like to thank all who helped the 2004 ABC
tractor Golf Tournament achieve record
)ur success is credited to the time and
contributed by our generous sponsors and
and we look forward to seeing everyone
year's tournament.

ing team of: Mr. Lowman, Shawn, Rob and John.

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Hands on Experiments on Construction Mechanics
The pre-BCN students of Caesar Abi's Construction
Mechanics class tested their design skills firsthand.
Students worked in pairs to design and build a scaled
model of a bridge from Balsa wood. The bridges were
then loaded to failure to compute their 'engineering
efficiency'-equal to the failure load divided by the
bridge weight. The competition took place in the
structures lab at Rinker Hall on April 19. The winning
model was designed by Michael Roblin and Brandon
Moore. Their bridge sustained a load of 25 kilograms
while weighing only 8 grams.


2003-2004 Honors Students

Honors designations are calculated on all upper division
BCN courses in the professional curriculum resulting
in the following GPAs: honors 3.3, high honors 3.6 and
highest honors 3.75. For all students receiving high and
highest honors they are required to prepare an "honors
research paper" which is chaired by two BCN faculty

This past academic year the Rinker School had 8
students graduate with high or highest honors. The
chart to the right lists these students and their sponsoring
faculty members. Congratulations for their exceptional
academic performance.

Fall 2003
Graham Lee Parks
(Grosskopf, Oppenheim.)

Spring 2004

From left to right:

Ryan Lodge
(Oppenheim, Cox)

Matthew Leake
(Stroh, Smith)

Richard Price
(Grosskopf, Kibert)

Brian Yarborough
(Grosskopf, Kibert)

Angela Cruce
(Issa, Muszynski)

Not shown:

Lucas Morris
(Cook, Cox)


Junior 1 class went to see the Gerdau-Ameristeel steel
mini-mill in Baldwin and Whitley Steel, a steel
fabrication shop, in Starke on March 19 and 26 with
Dr. Ajay Shanker. About 35 students participated on
each of these trips. Gerdau-Ameristeel is the only
operating steel mill in Florida. The mill has been
arranging field trips for our students for the past eleven
years. Mini-mills make structural steel by recycling
old cars and other household items; such as: washers,
dryers and refrigerators. Students were able to see
melting, rolling, cutting storage and shipment

procedures for steel rebars. This mini-mill makes rebars
of all sizes from recycled steel.

The Whitley Steel fabrication shop located in Starke
fabricates beams, columns and trusses for steel
buildings. Whitley Steel has also organized field trips
for BCN students for the past eleven years. Students
were able to see precise, computer-controlled, cutting,
drilling, punching, welding and painting processes for
steel components for use in construction of steel frame

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Terry Tokarz
(Issa, Cox)


National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER)

It's been eight years since the non-profit educational
foundation NCCER, selected the M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction as its home in 1996. In
those eight years, many strides have been taken. Today,
NCCER continues to be supported by hundreds of
leading contractors, manufacturers and national trade
associations. Outlined below are NCCER resources
that are available to meet today's construction education

Construction & Maintenance Curricula
NCCER develops and publishes the Contren" Learning
Series-standardized Construction, Maintenance and
Pipeline curricula for more than 35 crafts. These
modular training programs are competency-based and
include written and performance evaluations.
NCCER's curricula are taught nationwide within
construction companies, national trade associations, and
secondary and post-secondary schools. NCCER
maintains a National Registry that provides transcripts
of students' training accomplishments, wallet card and
certificates of level completion when training is
delivered by an NCCER-accredited sponsor.

Craft Skills Assessments
NCCER's Craft Skills Assessments evaluate journey-
level knowledge and skills of experienced craftspeople.
The assessments may be used for both pre- and post-
employment testing. Craft Skills Assessments provide
contractors with an effective tool to elevate the skills
and productivity of their workforce.

Construction Management Education
In response to the need for well-trained management
personnel, NCCER offers Construction
Management Academies at Clemson University.
The academies have provided more than 3,000
supervisors, project managers and safety professionals
with quality management education for 11 years. These
intensive 60-hour programs include one-week sessions
of lectures, case studies and student participation.

Under the guidance of industry safety professionals,
NCCER develops and publishes the Contren Safety
Learning Series. This safety series ingrains a safety-
first philosophy throughout every level of an
organization from the new employee to Safety
Director. The Contren" Safety Learning Series
includes Safety Orientation, Field Safety, and Safety

Industry Image
BYF 2004-Mark your calendars. On November 11,
NCCER presents its eighth annual career awareness
program, Build Your Future 2004. The 25-minute
program airs via satellite at 11:00 a.m. ET and 2:00
p.m. ET. Build Your Future 2004 will reach an
estimated two million young people. The fast-paced
program presents an entertaining and informative look
at the opportunities a construction career has to offer.
For more information regarding Build Your Future
2004, contact NCCER at 1-888-622-3720 or visit
www.nccer.org and click on the Build Your Future
2004 logo.

DCP is going to Mars

This is not entirely true, but Design, Construction, and
Planning faculty John Maze ofArchitecture, and Kevin
GrosskopfofBCN, are indeed working collaboratively
with faculty from the Institute of Food and Agricultural
Science on designs to be incorporated in future missions
to the Red Planet. Fueled by funding from NASA, IFAS
faculty Robert Ferl and Anna Lisa Paul launched the
research initiative with Grosskopf and Maze to design
and model greenhouse environments for an eventual
Mars landing, beginning with small greenhouse pods
that can be sent to Mars in the next several years as
part of a Mars Rover mission. Ferl, director of UF's
NASA-affiliated Center for Space Agriculture and
Biotechnology Research and Education, and Paul have
been sending plants up in shuttle missions for years in

preparation for future Lunar and Martian greenhouse
studies. BCN and Architecture are helping to visualize
the design of the greenhouses and how they need to
function on the surface of Mars.

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Girlamo (Jerry) DiChiara retired from the U.S Army Corps
of Engineers, in 1999 as the Chief of Construction Operations
Division. He is married to Margaret and stays busy volun-
teering with Habijax (Habitat for Humanity in Jacksonville).

Bob Claudy worked and retired from Orlando Utilities Com-
mission as Director in their Water Dept. He has been retired
for 12 years now and is currently spending his days taking
care of his wife.

Rodney L. Kincaid has recently celebrated his company's
40th anniversary. Kincaid Construction Co. specializes in
commercial construction in Central Florida. He is President
of the firm and remains active with day-to-day operation.

Jerry Overstreet retired from Pullman Power in 2003. He
spent 8 years as city councilman in Overland Park, Kansas
and 5 years as Regional Director of FEMA for President
Reagan. His children are all grown and they have 6 grand-

Larry Myers served 23 years in the Civil Engineer Corps.,
U.S. Navy. Currently he is the County Administrator of Nassau
County, Florida. He has been married to his wife Ann for 42
years. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Gene Hoaster worked for 20 years in construction manage-
ment. From 1983- 1990 along with another 1962 graduate had
a commercial contracting company in Atlanta. He is now a
full-time realtor working on St. Simons Isle, GA.

Sam Mitchell and his wife June have been married for 38
years, they have two sons along with one grandson. He has
completed 34 &1/2 years in the air force and retired in 1997 as
a Brigadier General.

Roger Maler at the age of 29 formed Maler Construction
Associates; building shopping centers and office buildings.
He has two sons, along with two grandsons and is recently
enjoying his third marriage.

Robert Soulby is getting ready to celebrate his 31st anniver-
sary with The Haskell Company. He is Sr. VP and sits on their
Management Committee and Board of Directors. He and his
wife Diane have four children and four grandchildren.


Gary Bruehlerjoined the Air Force after graduation. Once
leaving active duty, he remained in the reserve program; even-
tually retiring as a Colonel. He is married to Carol; they have
one son and one daughter, along with three grandchildren.

Jim Overton spent 17 years at Hardin Construction Com-
pany, ending his tenure as President. For the past 14 years,
he has led the development activities of one of the largest
Real Estate Investment Trust in the country.

Kevin Butler, Sr. and his brother John who graduated from
BCN in 1966 started Butler Construction in 1978. His son
Scott graduated from BCN in 1997 and John's son John III
graduated in 1998.

Bob Verner is a finish carpenter specializing in complicated
staircases and casework. He and his wife Jenny have four

Dave Mcallen has lived and worked in 14 states since gradu-
ating. Since 1998, he has worked for Graycor Construction
Co., Inc. where he is the Vice Chairman of the building com-
pany and is the Executive VP of the International Company.
He also has one daughter.

Mike Biagi is currently working for Kellogg Brown & Root.
He has been involved in Dept. of State Work as Project Man-
ager on Physical Security on U.S Embassies and Consulates

Roy Q. Friedman was with the United States Government
Services from 1978-2001, when he retired as a Major of the
United States Air Force.

Jonathan Jordan is currently working for Turner Construc-
tion Company in their Miami office.

Lionel Kier has been the Executive Director of Brothers of
Israel Trent Center for the past 12 years. Last fall he received
the Governor's Housing Award in New Jersey for Innovative
Social Service Programs at their retirement communities.

Roy Pogrzeba is President/CEI ofL H Cranston in Timonium,

Jack "Carl" Byars, Jr. is currently working as the Project
Manager in the Design Build Division of Mashburn Con-
struction Company in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Leonard Geronemus became a Certified Public Accountant
in 1979. He has a practice in Boca Raton, where he currently
resides with his wife Pam. They have three children.

Fred Seidell received a Master's in Project Management dur-
ing the 1990s. He has lived in Atlanta since graduation and
has raised a son and two daughters. Currently he is working
on cost control for the Atlanta Airport as a consultant.

Bob Wright will be celebrating his 29th anniversary with
Linbeck Construction Corp. this year. He became a Corpo-
rate Vice President in 1995 and is currently anExecutive Project
Manager. He has been married for 23 years with no children.

David Del Gallo is still with the company that he helped start
26 years ago.

August Huber is currently living in Phoenix and is Director
of Professional Services for The Atlantic Group. He has
been married to Debbie for 25 years and they have two daugh-

Charles Scott has been a self-employed consultant for the
past 15 years and now specializes in forensic construction
analysis and expert testimony in construction litigation cases.

Lawrence Barbara formed Barbara Inc. a general contract-
ing firm specializing in retail and restaurant construction in
1979, currently he is the President. He recently got married to
Lori and they have one son.

Steve Edwards' company Edwards Construction Services has
offices in Ocala and Orlando. They currently have 11 BCN
grads working at the firm. He has been married for 28 years
and has three daughters.

Bill Wilson is an Executive Director of a nonprofit company
that rebuilds homes for the indigent elderly and disabled
people in Jacksonville. He is happily married with three chil-

Gene Dalton after 22 years with Southern Company is now
Manager over Information Technology. He has been married
to his college sweetheart Joan for 25 years and they have a
son and a daughter.

Parks Wilson formed Wilson & Company, Inc. a full-service
general contractor in 1994. In 1981 he married Amelia and
they have three daughters.

Vick Crespin along with his wife Katherine (BCN '81) started
KVC Constructors, Inc. in April 2001. Currently she is the
President, with Vick serving as the Vice President. They
have been married for over 21 years and have three sons.

Tim Brown has been working at Harris Corporation as a Fa-
cilities Engineer for 21 years.

Darrall Henderson is a Colonel in the Army Corps of Engi-
neers. He is currently an Academy Professor at the United
States Military Academy located at West Point, NY.

Dave Senko is currently Vice President for JHKelly, located in
Houston, Texas. He has been married for 21 years and has
three daughters.

Tom Maurer has worked for Turner Construction Company
for the past 18 years. He most recently served as the Project
Manager on the renovation of the skyboxes and press tower
on the UF football stadium.

Michael L. Underwood has been President ofM.L Underwood
Construction, Inc. since 1985 and President of Underwood
Development, Inc. since 2002. He is married and has five
children; two whom currently attend UF.

Bill Borregard formed his own construction firm Borregard
Construction in 1993. They build everything from custom
homes, veterinary hospitals and small offices to churches.
He has been married for 18 years and has three children.

Christopher Lutton recently has taken the position of Direc-
tor of Facilities and Operations at Historic Bok Sanctuary in
Lake Wales. He is married and has four children.

John M. Gooding along with two others formed Deerbrook,
Inc. in 1996. They specialize in "high-end" custom homes
and villas. He has been married to Lucy for 15 years and they
have one son.

Joseph R. Vislay is the Chief Operating Officer with Dooley
& Mack Constructors, Inc. in Sarasota. He and his wife Cyndi
have one daughter and two sons.

Laury (Grundy) Jaworski is currently taking classes toward
a Master's Degree in Historic Preservation/Public History.
She is married to Doug and they have one daughter.

Brent Taylor received his Master's Degree in Business, then
took over his father's company, The Brentwood Company.
For the past 13 years, he has been working as a General
Contractor/Construction Manager across the state.

John Breistol is currently the Project Manager on the
Fontainebleau II and III projects in Miami for Turnberry As-
sociates. He and his wife Suzanne own Florida Construction
Connection, Inc. They have three daughters.

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Joe Russell is a Commander in the US Navy and has been
the contracts officer for supervisor of shipbuilding, Gulf Coast
in Mississippi since 2003. He is married and has three sons.

Brian Lacusky is a Project Director for Walbridge Aldinger,
in South Florida. He married his college girlfriend Cristina
and they have two daughters.

Arlene Sivils Akbora worked with the U.S Navy remapping
their recruiting process and the U.S. Treasury/IRS and Dept.
of Labor implementing new computer systems. She is cur-
rently a stay-at-home mom, with her three sons and has been
married to her husband Aydin for 10 years.

Evan Charles is currently a Senior Finance Manager in the
Juice division of The Coca-Cola Company. He currently lives
in Texas and has been married for 8 years and has two daugh-

Jim Flayler was a Project Manager for a couple of large
subcontractors, until he and an associate started The Jack-
son-Flayler Company. It is an architectural specialties sup-
plier who services the construction industry in Florida.

Jack Kowalski went on to law school after graduating from
BCN. He practices construction law atBurr& FormanLLP, at
their Atlanta office. He has been married for 12 years and has
two daughters.

Ron Whalen is the Senior Vice President of Juneau Con-
struction Company, a family-owned business based in At-
lanta. He is married to Debbie (BCN '92) and they live in
Georgia with their two daughters.

Nick Papadopoulos is President ofa technology firm special-
izing in cost estimating solutions for the AEC industry. He
lives in California and has been married for 7 years and has
two daughters along with one cat.

Scott McCarthy is currently an Assistant Project Manager
for Ajax Building Corp. He is currently working on additions
and renovations to Eustis High School in Lake County.

Barry Robert Ozer earned his MBA in Finance and DIS in
1997 and is currently a software sales person for IBM. He
married Kerri in 1999 and has recently started the adoption
process for three children, who moved in with them in May.

Scott R. Simpson and his wife Shannon have a horse farm
and breed and show Lipizzan horses. He recently moved to
Virginia where he is the Smyth County Engineer, responsible
for the everyday operations and planning of the water, sewer
and public works departments.

Robert Knight is the Supervisor of the Facilities Department
for the Marion County Public School System. He is married
to Leslie and they have two children.

Steven C. Noriega received his B.S. in Civil Engineering in
2002 from the University of South Florida. He is currently
working for Reynolds, Smith & Hills Inc. in Tampa. He mar-
ried his wife Carol in 2001 and they have one son.

Anne (Burtchell) Cowan is working for Kellogg Brown &
Root in the Government Operations Division and is living in
Maryland with her husband of 8 years, Matt Cowan.

Jenessa Myers and her husband Kevin (BCN '93) started
their own commercial construction company, Gator Construc-
tion Company. They live in Texas and have two daughters.

Erik Santiago started with KHS&S Contractors, Inc. right
after graduation as a Project Administrator. He is currently a
partner with the company and runs the Tampa office. He was
married in 1996 and has one son and one daughter.

Kristy Snow is currently consulting part-time for Corrpro
Companies, Inc. a coatings engineering and design/build firm.
She is married to Steve and they have one daughter and one

Bill Stevens accepted a position with The Robins & Morton
Group right after graduating. He is currently a Project Super-
intendent on a $25 million hospital project in Ohio. In 2000 he
married his wife Carmen and they have one daughter.

Jonathan Tongyai is President of Southern Styles Remodel-
ing, Inc. They do residential and commercial design build
remodeling. He also recently married.

Karen Dewar-Voit and her husband David Voit (BCN '96) are
both employed with Bovis Lend Lease. Currently they are
working onthe Holmes Regional Medical Center inMelboume.
They have one son and one daughter.

Rob Johnson has recently reached his 8-year anniversary
with Whiting-Turner. He also recently celebrated his 4-year
anniversary with his wife Rebekah. They have one daughter.

Bradford L. Sims started a new B.S program in Construction
Management in 2002 at Western Carolina University. Within
2 years the program now has over 130 majors. He is married to
Holly and in 2005 they are planning on adopting a child from

Ty Thompson specializes in construction litigation as an At-
torney with Mills Paskert Divers PA. in Tampa. Represent-
ing general contractors, commercial owners and sureties
throughout Florida.

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Brian S. White is the Chief Estimator for BCH Mechanical,
Inc. in Largo and last month on the beaches of St. Peters-
burg was married to Carrie Tucker, another UF grad.

Thad Blinn has been with Batson-Cook Company since
graduation and has been working on school board renova-
tions and construction the last 5 years. He was married to
Joy in 1998 and they are expecting their first child in Sep-

Todd Fultz has been working at Hardin Construction for
almost 6 years now. He has been married to Lynn for 4
years, and they have one dog and two cats.

Justin McLead is currently the Vice President of Colorado
Civil Constructors. They primarily develop multi and single
family projects for large homebuilder/developers.

Tom Harl is still employed with the first company he went
to work for, Emmer Development Corp. in Gainesville. He is
currently the Director of Development & Construction and
is married to his wife Jen.

Brian Kappele is currently employed with The Stellar Group
and resides in Jacksonville. He is a Senior Project Manager
in the food processing division. He and his wife of six years
are expecting their first child in September.

Jeff Slade is a Senior Project Manager with Miller Con-
struction Company. He is married to his college sweetheart
and in December they had their first daughter.

Matt Brooks is currently working in Ohio for Great Lakes
Construction. He is a Project Engineer for the building of a
Cryogenics Components Laboratory at the NASA Plumbrock

Robert Koch Dynan accepted a job upon graduation with
W.G Mills, Inc. in Sarasota. He is currently a Project Man-
ager working on primarily educational facilities. In the fall
of 2000 he married his college sweetheart Sara Tanner.

Eric Herlihy is a Project Manager at Current Builders of
Fla., Inc. and is presently running a $30 million project in
downtown West Palm Beach. He is engaged to be married
in March2005.

We would like to thank everyone for sending in
so many great responses. We hope you enjoyed
reading them as much as we have.

Thomas Moss is the Chief Estimator at Allan Spear Con-
struction and has also started his own company: Thomas
Moss Construction, that builds speculation homes. He has
been married to Barbara for 14 years and they have two

Alexander N. Moya is currently working for MK Contrac-
tors in Miami, FL as a Project Manager on high-rise condos,
located on Brickell Avenue in Miami's Financial District. He
was married in December to Melissa Gronlier.

Brian Nicholson is currently a Project Manager for Triad
Construction Services, Inc., a Commercial General Contrac-
tor in the Washington, D.C. area. He married his wife Staci
in 2002 and is currently living in the Northern Virginia Sub-

Dan Zorrilla is a Project Manager for Suffolk Construction
Company out of West Palm Beach. He will be getting mar-
ried in November to Alicia Willis, who he met in Prague for
Oktoberfest 2 years ago.

Jose M. Aguilar joined/continued the small family busi-
ness Aguilar Design and Development and Aguilar Build-
ers, Inc. in 2003 which is located in Gainesville. They con-
centrate on building/designing custom and speculative

Chris Freedman currently lives in Jacksonville and is one
of two owners of a real estate development company called:
The Almand Group, which was started in January 2003. He
also started a company called JADOCH Developers which
remodels homes.

Wyatt Woolverton is currently with WG Yates and Sons
Construction in Fort Walton Beach, FL. He is an on-site
Project Manager for a $30 million 6-story 135 unit condo on
the beach. He is married with a son.

The Tampa Bay BCN Club is currently being
formed to promote the Rinker School and have fun
with fellow alumni. For more information, contact
Greg Fulginiti @ gfulginiti@uff.ufl.edu

The Class of 1984 is in the process of putting
together a 20-year reunion. Please contact
Russ Suddeth @ irsuddcrth irain.com

The Class of 1995 is working on a 10-year reunion.
All BCN Dec '95 graduates please contact
Jenessa Myers @ jmyers@gatorconstruct.com

Let us Know!!!
Tell us about any job appointments, announcements, new contact information, etc.
E-mail: Stacey Rosenberg at sirosen@ufl.edu.

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J.C. Felix

Ross E. Kirk

George W. Davis

Henry C. Aulwurm
Lawerence W. Fumea

A. Ronald Johnson

John R. Kiker III

Dennis A. Brammeier

Joe F. Reeves, Jr.

David A. Whitehill

Thomas C. Gormley

Thomas W. Koulouris

Robert D. Park

Lt. Christopher C. Lutton

Robert Troy Lauramoore
Mikell A. McElroy

David E. Emmons
Georgina V. Lores
Alrich B. Lynch
Brian J. Natwick

James R. Maxam
Michael R. McCandless

Kyle M. Abney

Hong-Seob Ahn
Jonathan A. Auerbach
Troy D. Buhs
Michael J. Cook
The Clark Construction Group, Inc.
James A. Cummings
Current Builders of Florida, Inc.
Norman E. D'Amours
Edison E. Dailey, Jr.
Sharon DeHayes
Frye General Contracting, Inc.
Mathews Corp.
Sheli A. Romer
James F. Wilder, Jr.
Walt Disney Co. Foundation

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction Endowment Funds

The following endowment gifts are invested and generate permanent incomes that allow the Rinker School to
offer scholarships, professorships, and academic enhancement programs. The students, staff, and faculty of the
Rinker School would like to express their deep gratitude to endowment fund donors for their generous support.
We also acknowledge the very generous annual donations by the Rinker Materials Corporation that are largely
responsible for the continued success of the Rinker School. Marcia Bourdon, Director of Development for the
College of Design, Construction and Planning is ready to assist you with any questions about gifts to the Rinker
School 352-392-4836 ext. 314 or mbourdon@dcp.ufl.edu.

$5 million or more

M. E. Rinker, Sr. Endowment #1

$1,000,000 $4,999,999

Steve and Carol Powell
M. E. Rinker, Sr. Endowment #2
J. H. Shimberg Distinguished Professorship Fund
Dick and Joan P. Holland Construction Education
Advancement Fund

$500,000 $999,999

CSR /Rinker Materials Professorship

$100,000 $499,999

GW. Robinson Endowment in Building Construction
Ida Rogero Childre Fellowship and Assistantship
James A. Cummings Inc. Scholarship Fund
Shimberg Discretionary Fund
Clark Construction Group Fund

$10,000 $99,999

Ronald Vincent Tadrowski Scholarship
Professor Anthony Section Memorial Scholarship
H.H. Block Construction Education Fund
C. H. Denny III Endowed Scholarship
Edward A. Proefke AGC Convention Fund

BCN fall 2004 Volume 68. Issue 2 August 2004

Construction Hall of Fame/Distinguished Alumni


The Rinker School recognized three outstanding alumni at April's College of Design, Construction and Planning
Annual Awards Ceremony.

James A. Cummings and Jess W. Children were
inducted into Rinker Hall's Construction Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame was established in 1980 to recognize
the career accomplishments of outstanding builders.

James A.Cummings earned his BCN bachelor's
degree in 1967. Since then, he has been responsible
for construction projects totaling more than $140
million, including shopping centers, manufacturing
plants, and hospitals. He founded James A. Cummings
Inc. General Contractors in 1981 where he is the
chairman of the board and chief executive officer.
Cummings has held leadership positions in many
organizations, including president of the Florida AGC
Council, chairman of the Rinker School of Building
Construction Advisory Council Executive Committee,
and vice president of the Boys and Girls Club of
Broward County.

Jess W. Children is president of Childre Homes Inc.
He graduated from UF in 1950 with a bachelor's
degree in building construction. He has since

participated in the construction of more than 800
homes and commercial buildings. He has served as
director of the Florida Home Builders Association,
and he is currently president of the Colonial St.
Augustine Preservation Foundation Inc.

Kweku K. Bentil, dean of graduate studies and
professor at Indiana State University, was awarded
the Rinker School's Building Construction
Distinguished Alumnus award. The purpose of this
award is to honor graduates who have distinguished
themselves in the construction field and have
continually shown their support of the school. Soon
after Bentil completed his master's degree in Building
Construction at UF, he became the senior field
engineer with Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Tudor & Bechtel
on the Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transportation
Authority. He was later recruited to join UF's faculty
at the School of Building Construction, at which point
he earned his doctorate degree in civil engineering.

If you would like more information on the BCN
Construction Hall of Fame, please contact Dr. Brisbane
Brown at bbrown@ufl.edu.

Please send your nominations for the BCN
Distinguished Alumni to Dr. Charles Kibert at 304
Rinker Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-5703.

Volume 68. Issue 2 August 2004 BCN fall 2004 2 3



Building Construction Advisory Board Executive Committee

The BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee held
its first meeting of 2004 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
at the Orlando International Airport on April 16,2004.
The focus of the meeting was to address fundraising
strategies and discuss the admission processes.
Members present included: Vince Burkhardt,
EXCOM Chair; Steve Palmer, EXCOM Vice Chair;
Robert Angle; Curtis Culver; Charles Denny III; Lance
Frankham; Harley Miller; William Pinto; Charles Reid;
Darrell Smith; Dan Whiteman; Mike Wood; and Drs.
Abdol Chini, Robert Cox and Raymond Issa.
Four new members were unanimously approved for
membership; William (Rick) Derrer, President of
James A. Cummings, Inc.; William Morthland, Vice
President of Turner Construction Company's Orlando
Business Unit; Breck Weingart, President of Charles

Perry Construction; and Don Whyte, President of
NCCER. The Rinker School welcomes these new
members. The next EXCOM meeting scheduled for
Friday, November 12, 2004 at Rinker Hall on the
University of Florida campus.

news and appointments

BCN Welcomes 3 New Faculty Members

Svetlana Olbina joins the Rinker faculty as an
Assistant Professor. Olbina received her bachelor's
and master's degrees in architecture at the University
of Belgrade. Most recently, she taught in the building
construction department at Virginia Tech.

She is also completing her doctorate through Virginia
Tech's Environmental Design and Planning program.
Her research focuses on the design and performance
of the building envelope; in particular, shading devices
installed in the envelope. Prior to moving to the United
States, Olbina worked as an architect in Yugoslavia
and was a lecturer at the University of Belgrade in its
building construction department.

One of Rinker's own has returned. New Lecturer
Dr. Rick Smailes is a UF BCN graduate, receiving
his bachelor's in 1976, master's in 1977, and Ph.D. in
2000. Smailes has accumulated 25 years of managerial
and executive experience in the field of construction

project management. He has direct experience in
homebuilding, general construction, power plant
construction, integrated cost/schedule control systems
for aerospace/defense contractors, and the
telecommunications industry. Smailes has

extensive experience providing project management
services and training to a variety of Fortune 500
companies. His projects have included an 800-unit
housing complex, nuclear power plant construction,
the wireless communications system for the 1996
Atlanta Olympics, business planning for Coca-Cola's
launch of its Fruitopia beverage, and space-shuttle
payload management. A Florida-licensed general
contractor since 1976, Smailes is also a registered
Course Provider with the Construction Industry
Licensing Board and a Certified Project Management
Professional of the Project Management Institute. His
research interests involve the history of construction
and ancient building techniques.

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news and appointments

L. Charles (Chuck) Smeby, Jr., joins the Rinker
school as a lecturer. He will lead the schools efforts
to build a strong student base for its bachelor's
program in Fire and Emergency Services. He will
continue to develop and teach courses in this program,
as he has done as an instructor at the Florida State
Fire College, as well as further emphasize progressive
distance-learning techniques.

Smeby served as a Senior Fire Service Specialist for
the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for
six years. He was a firefighter for 20 years in Prince
George's County, Maryland, prior to joining the NFPA.
Smeby worked part-time as a faculty member at both
the University of Maryland and Prince George's
Community College. He earned his bachelor's degree
in fire protection engineering and a master's in public
policy at the University of Maryland. Smeby has
submitted the first draft of his text on fire and
emergency services administration to Jones and
Bartlett Publishers and hopes for an early 2005

BCN Says Farewell To Two
Faculty Members

Dr. Dennis Fukai resigned at the end of 2003-04
academic year to retire from teaching. He joined the
Rinker School in the Fall 1997 semester and was
teaching undergraduate courses "3D Modeling for
Construction," "Project Planning and Feasibility," and
"Roofing Systems." Dennis was a leader in
development of new teaching methods based on the
internet and other electronic media. He had an
excellent reputation as a professor and as someone
who puts a lot of time and effort into course
development and the application of technology. He
had very high teaching evaluations from his students,
indicating their respect for his dedication and devotion
to teaching. Dennis published two books during his

career at UF: The Web @ Work and Graphic
Communications in Construction. We wish Dennis
and Barbara the best of everything in their new
endeavor. We will miss them but keep in touch through
mutual friendship.

Dr. Bill O'Brien resigned to take a position at the
University of Texas at Austin starting in the Fall 2004
semester. He joined the Rinker School in the Fall
2002 semester and was teaching graduate courses in
"Construction Methods Improvement," "Facilities
Operations and Maintenance," and "Collaborative
Design Process." During his short career at the
School, Bill was very successful in receiving very
difficult to attain National Science Foundation grants.
As a result of this success; he was able to support
many graduate students from funded research grants
and supervised their Master's and Ph.D. works. We
wish Bill and Shannon the best as theyjourney to Austin
where the future looks bright.

Paul Oppenheim

Received Excellence in Teaching

The graduating seniors selected Dr. Paul
Oppenheim as the recipient of the Teaching
Excellence Award for the Spring 2004 semester.
Dr. Oppenheim teaches courses in electrical and
mechanical systems.

Kevin Grosskopf,
Mike Cook and Ajay Shanker

Received Teaching Awards
Junior I students, Junior II students and Senior I
students selected the most outstanding and
dedicated professor for the Spring 2004 semester.
Junior I students selected Dr. Ajay Shanker who
taught Steel Design, Junior II students selected
Professor Mike Cook who taught Estimating I, and
Senior I students selected Dr. Kevin Grosskopf
who taught Construction Financing.

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search committee for the college. I anticipate that Dr.
Portillo will be a very dynamic leader who will move
our Department of Interior Design to the very top of
the national ranks, and that there will be enhanced
collaboration opportunities between BCN and Interior
Design, especially in the areas of materials and green

In closing, I would like to thank Vince Burkhardt for
his service as Chair of the BCN Executive Committee,
his collaboration on the appointment of Dr. Chini, and
his contribution as a member of the DCP Associate
Dean Search Committee that resulted in Dr. Stroh's

I wish all of you a productive and restful summer.

provide a stronger structured internship program. For
the graduate program the goals are: increase funded
research in order to support more graduate research
assistants and to serve as an excellent means of
recruitment; offer condensed prerequisite summer
courses for non-BCN majors; develop an outcome
assessment tool to evaluate the program's strengths
and weaknesses; and develop an endowment fund for
several Ph.D. fellowships and increase the Ph.D.
enrollment by 30%.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to our
loyal alumni who contributed so generously to the
School. Your support is essential for us to maintain the
high quality of our program. With shrinking state
budgets, your support has been more important than in
past years.

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.

My gift in the amount of $ is made to the University of Florida Foundation
for the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
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