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 Messages from the Dean and...
 Table of Contents
 What's new at BCN
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Messages from the Dean and Director
        Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Page 3
    What's new at BCN
        Page 4
        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
    Friends and donors
        Page 22
    BCN faculty
        Page 23
        Page 24
    BCN scholarships
        Page 25
    International e-Journal of Construction
        Page 26
    Advisory council
        Page 27
    Back Cover
        Page 28
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1 A Message From i

S Dr. Jay Stein

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The Fall 2004 semester has been a very active period
for our college and the Rinker School. Despite
dislocations caused by the most devastating hurricane
season of the past quarter century, we have moved
forward with several important new initiatives.

Under the leadership of the newly inaugurated 11th
President of the University of Florida, Bernie Machen,
the university has placed considerable emphasis on
"shared governance," whereby faculty are more
actively involved in university decision-making and
direction. In support of the university's mission, the
College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP)
has created an ad hoc faculty committee to develop
the first constitution in our college's history. Each of
the five academic units in the college has a member on
the committee, with the Rinker School ably represented
by Dr. Robert Cox. We anticipate that the work will be
completed this academic year and that a new DCP
Constitution will be ratified and in effect for the Fall
2005 semester. The constitution will result in a more
vibrant college that is well positioned for academic
leadership both on our campus and nationally.

Second, the college also has initiated a process to
develop the first strategic plan in our history. The
strategic plan will have clear statement of our mission
and vision for the future in the three areas of teaching,
research and service. The DCP Strategic Plan will be
consistent with a newly adopted University of Florida
Strategic Plan which has the ambitious goal of moving
UF into the ranks of the top ten public research
universities. Although several of the academic units
within DCP are already ranked in the top ten elite status,
especially the Rinker School, the plan nevertheless will
give us a roadmap for clarifying our goals and efficiently
allocating our resources. The college has hired Maury
Cotter of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, as a
consultant to our planning process. We plan to finish
the plan by April 2005 and it will be available for distribution
in the summer.

Finally, I am pleased to inform you of the creation of a
new research center within the college The Center

Dr. Abdol Chini


Let me start this edition of the BCN Newsletter by
making an exciting announcement that will have a major
impact upon our program. I am delighted to announce
a $2 million pledge from Charles Perry (BCN 1960)
for the creation of Charles R. Perry Program for Crafts
Awareness. This program will educate and instruct,
with hands-on-experience, our students in the work of
subcontractors, master craft and trades people. The
goal is to make sure that our graduates are able to
understand the productivity they can expect from these
craftspeople; their training and trade organizations; and
whether the work being produced meets good
construction practice and satisfies building code
requirements. The initial gift of $300,000 made by Mr.
Perry in December 2004 is eligible for $300,000
matching grant from the state of Florida and will be
used for construction of the Charles R. Perry
Construction Yard to house the craft awareness

I am also pleased to inform you that Steve Powell (BCN
1953) was honored as UF Distinguished Alumni during
the Fall 2004 Commencement Ceremony on December
18 for his exceptional professional and personal
accomplishments. Steve Powell and his wife, Carol,
have been generous supporters of UF, College of DCP,
and the Rinker School, where they helped fund the
Powell Center for Construction and Environment. Their
support will aid the center's goal of maintaining a
harmonious balance between construction and nature.

The other news is the announcement of President
Machen's Faculty Challenge Initiative. The goal is to
raise $150 million in private support for endowment to
provide competitive salaries so the university can attract
and retain the best and brightest faculty. President
Machen has pledged to add $250,000 to each gift of $1
million or more (in addition to $750,000 matching grant
from the state of Florida for gifts of $1,000,001 to $1.5
million). This provides a great opportunity for our
School to create an endowment that would be used
to hire additional faculty and bring outstanding
construction professionals into the classroom.
The number of faculty lines allocated to the Rinker

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a bi-annual publication

Table of contents

Rinker Field Trip...4
Homecoming Barbecue...5
LEED Ceremony.. 5

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

BCN Events...8-9

Rinker Hall Donor Wall..10-11

Brick Paver... 13

Student Organizations... 14-17

Alumni News...18-19

Charles R.Perry...20
J. Stephen Powell, Jr...20
BCN Advisory Board EXCOM...21

Friends and Donors...22
Faculty News...23-24


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 Programs
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 and Jessica Ligator
for all of their contributions


Rinker School's 70th Anniversary

This year, 2005, is the school's 70th anniversary and we will be celebrating with
banquets throughout the state for alumni and industry supporters. We are proud
that in this 70 years the school has evolved from a "track" in architecture to a
major discipline at the University of Florida and one of the most prominent
construction programs in the nation. Today, our faculty are challenged to provide
a high quality undergraduate teaching while striving for fulfilling the high expecta-
tions for research and graduate education. We are certain, however that out mis-
sion to be the Center of Excellence for the construction sciences will be fulfilled
and we look forward to the full support of our alumni and the construction industry
to reach this nobel goal.

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Rinker Field Trip

This fall semester more than 40 students and faculty
from the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction traveled from Gainesville to Miami to
tour a Rinker quarry and a cement plant as well as
construction sites where Rinker materials were being
used. The group left Gainesville on October 21st and
returned the evening of the 22nd.

While at the FEC Quarry, the students were treated
to a delicious lunch provided by Rinker Materials.
Rinker also arranged to set off an explosion in the
quarry and later, brought one of their 100-ton dump

trucks to the lunch so the students could check it out
up close.

Upon leaving the quarry the next stop was "Brickell
on the River", a high-rise condo project in Miami.
The project manager is Pete Saunders a former BCN

We would like to give special thanks to Rinker
Materials for giving our students this great
opportunity and for sponsoring the Fall 2004 Rinker
field trip.

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Pizza Lunch

Brasfield & Gorrie continued its generous support
of the Rinker School by hosting a Pizza Party in
October. About 200 BCN students enjoyed a free
pizza lunch in between classes. Brasfield & Gorrie
employs more than 2,000 people in its five offices
across the Southeast U.S., and 2004 marked the
company's 40th anniversary. The company, with its
corporate headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama,
ranks among the nation's top contractors in commercial,
healthcare, and environmental construction.

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Fall 2004 Homecoming Parade

BCN teamed up with the College of Education to
provide a float for the 2004 homecoming parade.
The homecoming theme was "License to Grill" and
featured Albert roasting a gamecock on a spit.
Special credit is due to David Epps and Kyle
Robinson for his leadership and construction efforts
in putting the float together.


BCN Homecoming Barbecue Back After Many Years

The BCN homecoming barbecue was held November I18 9
13th outside Rinker Hall. Due to popular demand this
event was brought back after many years of absence
and was a great success. More than 200 alumni,
students, and faculty attended and they all shared in
some great food while recalling memories and catching
up with friends. We would like to give special thanks to
Brasfield & Gorrie for sponsoring the event. The
barbecue's success assures us that it will be back next
year and we hope to see you all there.
Professor Emeritus Bill Eppes (BCN Acting Director 1988-1989),
Professor Emeritus Jack Martin, Dr. Abdol Chini, Professor Emeritus
Brisbane H. Brown, Jr. (BCN Director 1980-1987) and Professor
Emeritus Don Halperin (BCN Director 1973-1980).

The LEED gold certification ceremony for Rinker Hall was held Saturday, November 13th outside the building,
during which the gold certification plaque was unveiled by UF Vice President for Finance and Administration
Ed Poppell. Rinker Hall was awarded this certification because of its adherence with the green building
standard developed by the US Green Building Council, and it was the 26th building in the U.S. to have been
awarded gold, making this a very outstanding achievement for all involved.

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LEED Gold Certification Ceremony


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

The Powell Center continued its partnership with the
local Mount Olive AME Church in the restoration of
the Cotton Club, a historical African-American building
in southeast Gainesville. Work crews comprised of
students and local builders repaired damage to the roof
and interior of the building resulting from the hurricanes
that affected the area in late summer. A grant
application to the State of Florida Historic Preservation
Board for $350,000 was not successful; however,
discussions with Board members indicated a high
likelihood for success in the next round of grants. Thus
far $70,000 of matching funds have been raised and
the Powell Center will be writing grant applications to
foundations involved in the preservation of historic
buildings. The preservation and restoration of the
Cotton Club will be unique in that, in addition to
revitalizing the building, it will also be brought up to
high-performance green building standards.

The Powell Center and its associated student
organization, the U.S. Green Building Council student
chapter were well-represented at greenbuild, the annual
meeting of the U.S. Green Building Council held in
Portland, Oregon, November 8-12, 2004. The meeting
which attracted 7,000 participants from around the
world, was evidence of the explosive growth in this
relatively new and innovative approach to building design
and delivery. Students who made the trip included Leah
Griffin, Dan Boda, Eric Penkert, Preston Robinson,
Gabe Wachter, Erin Young, and Donna Isaacs.

The students received significant support for their travel
from the Central Florida and Gulf Coast chapters of
the U.S. Green Building Council.

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Greenbuild-US Green Building Council's annual convention in
Portland, Oregon

Students working together to restore the Cotton Club

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

The Fluor Program for Construction Safety at the provided to acquire furniture, most notably several
University of Florida is housed in Room #340 in Rinker display cases and a table with chairs. The display
Hall. The space accommodates Dr. Jimmie Hinze, now showcases several scale models of construction
the director of the program, and several graduate equipment and various types of personal protective
students who are conducting research in the area of safety equipment. We are most grateful to have this
construction safety. The outer vestibule of this office, well-furnished area for our students and will now
also used by the American Society of Safety Engineers, endeavor to acquire additional safety items to put on
has recently gone through a nice transformation with display.
a generous gift from Fluor Corporation. Funds were


Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
contact: Dr. Marc Smith mtsmith@ufl.edu

Through the Tampa office that the Shimberg Center
operates together with related centers at the University
of South Florida and Florida A&M University, two
projects are underway. First, the Center is working with
the University Area Community Development
Corporation on an evaluation of the Corporation's
efforts to revitalize the university area community north
of the USF campus. For the Shimberg Center, the work
will include an assessment of house value, vacancies,
homeownership rates, housing turnover, housing
condition, and household characteristics. The study will
collect and compile information and build applications
that make data available in user-friendly formats such
as through a website for use by governments, nonprofits,
and community groups.

Second, the Center is beginning an evaluation of the
Belmont Heights project in Tampa. This project is a

redevelopment of a public housing complex that was
undertaken by the Tampa Housing Authority. The
evaluation will examine the impacts of the project on
residents and the surrounding area.

For the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, the Center
completed a rental housing market study this past
summer. The rental market study documents the need
for rental housing, and specifically for housing targeted
to low and moderate income households in the state.
The rental market study and other housing data work
completed by the center is available on the Centers
website: www.shimberg.ufl.edu. We encourage readers
to take a look at the website and provide us with
comments on the data available and the ease of use.

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

This fall semester, nine German students participated
in the student exchange program between the University
of Florida and the Fachhochschule Lippe and Hoexter
(University of Applied Sciences) in Detmold. One of
the students, Stefanie R, 'cl~sxi. commented, "We are
very happy that we had the opportunity to study here at
the Rinker School of Building Construction. For us, it
is very interesting to observe the differences between
the cultures and educational systems. We enjoyed our
time here, although it has gone by too fast. It was
wonderful for us to be so warmly welcomed by
everybody wherever we went, especially the faculty.
We have had many wonderful days here that we will
always cherish. We look forward to welcoming the
American students during the three-week exchange next
May and showing them our culture and country". Of
course, the students and faculty in the Rinker School
have also benefitted from the visit of the German
students. At the end of the fall semester the Rinker
School expressed its farewell to the students.

Starting in the back row from left to right: Kai Stutz, Dirk
Hoffman, Dr. Hinze, Christoph Frie, Oliver Meyer, Michael
Stuempel, Stefanie Roesberg and Daniel Guenther. The two
students in front are: Philipp Norkowski and Hauke Hillebrenner.

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Fall 2004 BCN Recruiters Reception

'Twas the night before the career fair ... when all the
recruiters were invited to a reception at UF's Emerson
Alumni Hall. Faculty and recruiters gathered the
evening of October 4th for drinks and hors' de oeuvres.
The Recruiters Reception serves as the Rinker School's
official welcome to the company representatives who

will attend the following day's fair. This event formerly
was held at the Swamp restaurant, but the move down
the street to Emerson Hall offers more space. About
25 recruiters, most of whom had just arrived in
Gainesville, made it to the fall reception.

Fall 2004 BCN Career Fair

Resumes in hand, students headed to UF's Stephen C.
O'Connell Center on October 5th for the Fall BCN
Career Fair. Held each semester, the fair offers students
a unique opportunity to meet recruiters and
representatives from a wide spectrum of construction
and engineering companies.

More than 80 companies attended the fall fair in order
to recruit both full-time employees and interns.
Former job placement coordinator Robbie Gronbach,
who graduated in December, organized the event, which
drew more than 400 attendees. Students from UNF,

FAMU, Santa Fe Community College, and Valencia
Community College joined UF students at the fair.

Wayne Roberts, a project manager at Granite
Construction, said his company finds these career fairs
very useful. "It gives us a brief introduction to potential
future employees before interviews." UF's BCN fair
is particularly fruitful, Roberts said, because it focuses
solely on the construction industry. "As an alumnus I
am biased, but we have been very successful with the
interns and full-time employees we have from UF."


February 8, 2005 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)

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Welcome Reception

Rain or shine, the Rinker School was determined to
welcome students to a new semester. With Hurricane
Frances barreling down on Florida, more than 150
students attended the fall BCN Welcome Reception on
September 2nd. The dinner, sponsored by Current
Builders, was held at Emerson Alumni Hall.
Representatives from each BCN student organization
described the clubs' plans for the semester, and faculty
members spoke about various academic programs

Current Builders is a construction management and
design-build firm headquartered in Pompano Beach.
"Our senior management could not physically attend
this year's dinner due to the impact of hurricanes;
however, we were all with you in spirit for this very
special event," said Jeffrey Powers, Vice President of
Project Development/Pre-construction at Current
Builders. The company's projects range from high-rise
condominiums to commercial, retail, governmental, and

institutional facilities. Its CEO, president, and much of
the staff are BCN graduates. "Current Builders feels
that cooperative efforts with the University of Florida
BCN program are mutually rewarding endeavors,"
Powers said. "It gives students studying the field of
construction a chance for exposure to Current Builders'
very diverse projects and opportunities."

Graduation Dinner

* The Fall 2004 Graduation Dinner was
held on December 17 at the
Paramount Resort and Conference
Center. The Fall 2004 graduating
class, along with their families, friends
and BCN faculty and staff celebrated
the success of the graduating seniors. Special thanks
to James A. Cummings Inc. for sponsoring this
joyous event.

Since its inception in 1981, James A. Cummings,

Inc. has grown from a three-person company to a
commercial building business with a staff of 100+ in
its Fort Lauderdale corporate office. They provide a
variety of construction delivery systems to meet the
needs of all clients. In addition to the traditional
Design-Bid-Build, they also offer Construction
Management, Design/Build, Construction Consulting
and Project Management. On January 1, 2003, James
A Cummings, Inc. became part of the Perini
Corporation, one of the largest building companies
in the world.

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Opportunities for Named Sponsorships of Offices and

Furniture in Rinker Hall

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

C199A Lobby/Display Area
106 Medium Classroom
110 Large Classroom
115 Student Org./Lounge
125 M.E.P. Studio
136 Shop
138 Soils & Cone. Lab
140 Structures Studio
140A Surveying Lab
141 Interview Room
143 InterviewRoom
1st Floor Lockers North
1st Floor Lockers South
1st Floor LCD Panels
206 Computer Lab
208 Information Tech.
210 Medium Classroom
215 Medium Classroom

Construction Sponsor

Haskell Company
Hardin Construction
James A. Cummings
Holder Construction
Current Builders
MM Parrish
Jack Martin
Miller Construction
Loys Johnson
Loys Johnson
NDC Construction Company
Whiting Turner
David & Rena Schmit
W.G. Mills
Stellar Group

Furniture Sponsor

Holder Construction
Leon Sikes
Kalemeris Construction
Current Builders

Fluor Corp.
Loys Johnson
Loys Johnson
NDC Construction Company

Whiting Turner

Leon Sikes
Leon Sikes

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2nd Floor
2nd Floor
3rd Floor

Construction Sponsor

Medium Classroom
Medium Classroom
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 (Visitor)
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 GradJD.E. (Issa)
Admin./Registrar (Sallie)
Faculty Office (Visitor)
PCCE Director (Kibert)
FPCS (Hinze)
PCCE (Newport)
CHS (Flood)
CCP (Grooskopf)
LCD Panels

Room# RoomName

Want to Speak to BCN Students about Your Experiences with
Construction Leadership and Ethics?

The School is revamping one of its senior courses, BCN 4712 (Managing Construction Operations) to include
coverage of leadership and ethics. If you are an executive in a construction company and would like to speak
about your relevant experiences directly to graduating seniors, please contact Dr. Charles Kibert (352-273-
1189 or ckibert@ufl.edu) to arrange a guest lecture. The class meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings
throughout the semester.

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

Brisbane H. Brown
Whiting Turner

Furniture Sponsor

Coastal Construction
Keene Construction
Hensel Phelps
Miller Construction
Fluor Corp.

Miscellaneous Donors

J. Raymond Construction
Whiting Turner
McIntyre, Elwell, & Strammer
Curtis Culver
Arthur and Beverly Witters
McIntyre Doherty Elwell
Steve Auld
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
Graduation Dinner
Graduate Student Reception
BCN Newsletter
NAHB Competition

Future Event Sponsors
Welcome Reception (Fall 2005)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2006)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2006)
Homecoming Bar-B-Que (2005)
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2005)

Spring 05/Fall 05
Spring 05/Fall 05
Spring 06
Spring 06

$3,500 each
$1,000 each

Charles Perry Construction
Fluor Corporation
James A. Cummings
Burkhardt Construction
James A. Cummings

Past Event Sponsors
Special thanks to our past event sponsors.

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)
Graduation Dinner (Fall 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)
Home coming Bar-B-Que (2004)
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
BCBE Construction
Beck Group
Brasfield & Gorrie
Hensel Phelps
Current Builders
Rinker Materials
James A. Cummings
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 Construction

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.

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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
304 Rinker Hall
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, FL 32611



City ____________________________________State

Zip________________________________ Phone-

Number of Bricks Ordered:

Total Amount Enclosed:


Kalemeris Speaks to Student Clubs

A combined meeting of the student clubs affiliated
with the NAHB, ABC, AGC and ASSE gathered
on November 16 to hear Mr. James Kalemeris
(BCN, 1951) speak about using your head and what
you learned in structures class to avoid job site
catastrophes. Jim also provided a number of
examples for the approximately 60 students attending
of how his value engineering had reduced the cost
of projects and, in some cases, saved the projects
from cancellation.

The highlight of the meeting was the showing of a
film of the Empire State Building being constructed.
This 1920s film started with the fabrication of the
massive steel columns and proceeded to the erection

of the entire structure. It was clear from the film that
the safety regulations of today had not even been
thought of at the time.

Members of NAHB, ABC, AGC and ASSE with guest speaker
Jim Kalemeris

Associated Builders and Contractors

This fall semester, ABC hosted a deep-sea fishing
tournament for all of the students at the M. E. Rinker
Sr. School of Building Construction. The event was
held on Saturday, November 6th, and we fished thirty-
five miles out of the Matanzas Inlet in St. Augustine.
Fifty-five students filled a charter bus at 4:45 AM headed
for the 83' K-2 where we had the entire boat chartered
all to ourselves. The ten-hour charter produced some
good fishing, and nearly everyone caught something.
The catch consisted mostly of Vermillion and Red
Snapper, with a couple of Grouper being brought in,
and the largest fish caught being an Amberjack. The
mates had their hands full when the trip was over, taking
over an hour to clean all of the caught fish. The event

was a huge success and we look forward to doing it
again this time next year. Other happenings of ABC
included our monthly meetings with featured guest
speakers, and the sale of genuine BCN merchandise.
ABC would like to thank all of those who support our
club and our school by purchasing BCN goods and
speaking at our meetings. ABC is gearing up for another
Spring Golf Tournament, which traditionally pairs up
two students with two contractors in an exciting round
of golf. Last year, the event was sold out with 144
golfers playing, and we look forward to doing the same
this year. Thanks to all who helped out with their time
or money, our tournament could not have happened if it
weren't for the support of our alumni.

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KB Homes Supports NAHB Student Chapter

On November 3rd, Chris Bailey, president of the
Student Chapter of the NAHB, accepted a $5,000
check presented by John Molyneaux, president of
the Jacksonville Division of KB Homes. The purpose -- "
of this support for the student organization is to '.
insure that students interested in a career in the
residential construction sector have an opportunity
to participate in conferences and field trips that
expand and enhance their learning experience. In ____ *:
particular, KB Homes wanted to insure that any
student that hoped to see the January 2005
International Builders Show in Orlando, FL, would
be able to attend without concern for the added cost John Molyneaux from KB Homes presenting NAHB President
of registration, lodging, or transportation. Chris Bailey with a $5,000 donation.


National Association of Women In Construction

Building, grilling, fundraising-the women of UF's
NAWIC chapter know how to multitask. The small but
dedicated group stayed busy last fall with numerous
activities. Several girls put their building skills to the
test by helping with Alachua Habitat for Humanity's
local Women Build project, in which the house is being
constructed primarily by women. Special thanks to Brad
Wilson of Centex-former superintendent at Rinker
Hall-for hosting a girls-only power tool workshop in
October. Graduate Student Cynthia Tucker with Centex
Rooney's Brad Wilson.

Also in October, NAWIC hosted the BCN barbecue at
Rinker Hall prior to the Arkansas game, collecting
donations for the Women Build house. Guest speakers a I. fbut
for the fall included Nikita Patalinghug, a local
homebuilder, and Casey McConnell, a project
administrator with Skanska USA. For the holidays, UF
NAWIC helped the Gainesville chapter gather gifts for
girls in need at the Pace Center of Alachua. The campus
chapter's one-of-a-kind Rinker School shotglasses also Women Build jobsite (from left): Stacy Diavolitsis,
went on sale just in time for the holidays. Cynthia Tucker, Molly Moon (Habitat's project
manager for the home), Leah Griffin, Jessica
Ligator, and Maria Suarez.

Associated General Contractors
The UF AGC Student Chapter has been busy this We would like to thank them all for donating
semester with over 135 members. With the donation their time to the students of this school.
of two BBQ grills, members were grilling food for the
entire BCN program. Contributions were solicited by
the students and a generous donation by J. Raymond
Construction made this all possible.

This semester members of AGC assisted in the roof
repair of the Cotton Club project with US Green
Building Council. Also, AGC has brought several
guest speakers in to lecture. The speakers have ._
brought valuable knowledge about the construction
industry and personal ethical values.

Orlando Plumbing Contractor Speaks to Students
Mr. Jim Tharp of Tharp Plumbing Systems, Orlando,
presented a lecture on December 2nd, to the students
of BCN 3500, Mechanical Systems 1-Plumbing and
Piping. Jim's topic was Effective Project Management:
The Subcontractor's Perspective. Tharp Plumbing
Systems currently employs two Rinker School of
Building Construction graduates, and is planning to hire
a summer intern for the summer of 2005. In addition
to presenting his lecture, Mr. Tharp brought some of
the newest plumbing fittings and fixtures to us in an
effort to assist in keeping our Plumbing lab supplied
with the latest innovations in plumbing materials.
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Commercial Management Team

The 2004 Rinker Management Team (commercial)
faced an uphill battle from the start. This year's team,
made up of J2's except for one S2, took on a project
test that is geared toward S2's. The team members
were Joel Anusavice (president), Mike Cairns
(marketing V.P.), Vernon Harris (estimator), Shane
Laakso (superintendent), Binh Nguyen, (project
manager), Becky Schroeder, (scheduler), and George
Beuttell, (safety planner). Notwithstanding this
obstacle, the team represented the Rinker School
extremely well.

The 2004 management team competition site was
Atlanta, GA. The competition consisted of the Schools
of Construction in the southeast region. The project
that was the subject matter of the competition was a 3-
story (17,000 sft) education building. The unique feature
of the project was being able to work around a property
dispute issue while continuing on with construction. The
criteria for scoring the competition consisted of 6 broad
categories: Introduction, Preconstruction, Engineering,
Cost, Logistics/Safety, and Schedule.

While the competition was close, the Rinker
Management team finished 3rd. Every team member
showed initiative and enthusiasm from start to finish
and look forward to next year's competition. We would
like to give a special thanks to CENTEX-RODGERS
for sponsoring this year's team, the team last year and
for agreeing to sponsor next year's team as well. The
site of next year's competition is Charlotte, N.C.

Residential Management Team

The Residential Construction Management Team is
hard at work preparing for this year's competition.
This year they have been given a Centex Homes
development in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The
development consists of 134 homes situated on just
over 40 acres. The 4 different floor plans range in
price from $238k to $271k. Aside from meeting with
local contractors, members of the team have been
meeting at least twice a week since receiving the
project information in early October.

This year's team consists of 8 Sl's: Casey Wilson,
Matt Widmaier, Phil Whitehill, Josh Spalten, Kyle
Burton, Michelle Junkin, Josh Layton, and Mark
Williams. The team will be traveling to Orlando to
present their packet on January 12th. We would like
to give special thanks to BCBE Construction and
Mr. Joe Knabel for sponsoring this year's team.

From left to right: Dr. Smailes, Joe Knabel(Sponsor, BCBE
Construction Co.), Mark Williams, Joshua Spalten, Casey
Wilson, Matt Widmaier, Phil Whitehill. Back row: Michelle
Junkin, Professor Cook.

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UF Design-Build Team a Finalist

The University of Florida placed second at the
Southeast Regional design-build competition hosted by
the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) and
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
After winning the event the previous three years, the
Team was edged out by Clemson, who placed second
to UF in 2003.

The competition project, sponsored and judged by Holder
Construction Company, consisted of a 50,000sf
academic building with $10M budget. Teams
assembled before daybreak the morning of the
competition 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.

Following submission, teams worked until morning to
prepare their presentations for 9:00 a.m. the next day.
The UF Team assumed the role of a fully integrated
design-build firm and approached the judging panel as
"owner's representatives". The Team was evaluated
on presentation, cash flow, project fees, schedule,
design, delivery approach and innovation. Following
more than 36 hours without sleep and under constant
pressure, the UF Design-Build Team placed for the
fourth time in as many tries, adding yet another trophy
and a $500 prize.

In addition to AGC, Holder and ASC, a special thanks
to The Haskell Company for their continued
mentorship and sponsorship of the UF Design-Build

Pictured from Left: Assistant Prof. C. Sidhu, J. Terpening,
D. Epps, M. Rice, R. Skelton, K. Gonzales, Assistant Prof.
K. Grosskopf and C. Pledger

Sigma Lambda Chi

Throughout the Fall 2004 semester Sigma Lambda Chi
has been busy with initiating new members and
performing community service. Some of this service
included work around Rinker Hall which ranged from
polishing the Wall of Fame to hanging new projectors in
classrooms to cleaning BCN vehicles to assembling
furniture to cleaning off stair landings to helping out
with filing in the main office. Members and Initiates
also donated time to tutor students in Concrete and Steel
Design. December 4, a group of members painted
fences along 16th Avenue and painted a house for a
low-income family.
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This semester's Officers have been; President- Mike
Winn, Vice President Jimmy Terpening, Treasurer -
Richard Pushaw, Journey Master Max Scholder,
Assistant Journey Master Marc Pooler, and Secretary
- Chris Bailey.

On November 18, SLX welcomed the following new
members; Buddy Bauman, Jeff Lang, John Donovan,
Bill Rudder, Jon Lowman, Paul Ballowe, Ryan Murphy,
Mike Rice, Stephanie McConchie, Wen Liu, Aiyin Jiang,
and Mike Cairns. Congratulations!

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Larry Marks had his own General Contractors business in
Miami for 25 years. He is now with Cambridge Development
Group in North Bay Village, where he works as Vice President
and Director of Construction for the developer on two
projects. He has 7 children and 5 grandchildren.

Gary Bruehler and his wife Carol continue to enjoy their
retired life. They are currently both United States Tennis
Association Officials and are officiating tennis tournaments
in the San Antonio area on a regular basis.

Bob Piccalo spent over 20 years in project management work-
ing for general contractors in commercial & institutional build-
ing construction. Thirteen years ago he started his own firm,
PICTEC which specializes in project scheduling services
throughout the country. He currently lives in North Carolina.

John McPhaul worked in the Power and Heavy Industrial
sectors working on Nukes, Solar, Coal and Gas power plants.
He is now working for the Shaw Group, where he is in envi-
ronmental remediation, directing the Project Controls group
for the Western US. He is living in the Bay Area of California.

John (Jack) Carter has been working for Tidewater Skanska
in Norfolk, Virginia since graduating. He has been assigned
to construction projects from Miami to Minnesota, building
bridges, tunnels, industrial paper mills and cement manufac-
turing plants.

Lee Warnock is currently the Southwest Area Manager for
Hatch Mott MacDonald in San Diego, California.

Tom Bolton is a Project Manager for Inova Health System in
the Washington, DC Metro area and is currently running a
$96M hospital renovation & expansion project. He has been
married to Vicki since 1981, they have 4 children and live in
Woodbridge, VA.

Vick Crespin and Katie Crespin (BBC 81) started KVC Con-
structors, Inc. in 2001. Katie serves as President of the com-
pany, he serves as Vice President. They have recently started
construction on several projects including a 12 story/66 unit
loft condominium project and a 650 car parking garage.

Darrall Henderson is a Colonel in the US Army Corps of
Engineers. He is currently in Baghdad working in the Multi


National Forces. Assigned to the Strategy, Plans and As-
sessment cell and is responsible for analysis contributing to
the campaign plan outlining coalition support for Iraqi elec-

Craig Holliday started his own company in 1993 named
Holliday Group of Sarasota, Inc. They are a general con-
struction and construction management firm specializing in
commercial construction and restaurants. He lives in Sarasota
with his wife Lisa and his 6 year old daughter Gabrielle.

Russell Pratt is currently employed with the URS Corpora-
tion and is involved in the drainage design of highways,
airports and large commercial site developments. He has
been married to Stacy for fourteen years, and they have two
boys, Tyler who is 6 years old and Jake who is 2.

L. Alex Staley founded and operates Analytical Manage-
ment Solutions, Inc. (AMS), a project management consult-
ing group with offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta. AMS
recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. He recently relo-
cated to Atlanta, GA with his wife Wendy and their two sons.

Matt Brown and Bill Nassal became partners in The Nassal
Company shortly after graduation. The company recently
completed the exhibit fabrication at The National Under-
ground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The
facility features three pavilions celebrating courage, coop-
eration and perserverance.

Heather Gaver Mandel has recently retired from the con-
struction industry and is now a stay-at-home mom to Glenn
who is 3 years old and Anna who is 1.

Pat Chesser has been named a Principal with Atlanta-based
commercial developers Ackerman & Company.

Rob Johnson is a Project Manager for The Whiting-Turner
Contracting Company in Dallas, Texas. He passed the USGBC
LEED Accredited Professional Exam in August. He was the
first in his regional office to do so and only the 17th in his
company to do so nationwide.

Rob Wubbenhorst is a Project Manager for Construction
Automation systems at the Dow Chemical Company in Hous-
ton, Texas. His work involves 3D modeling, material manage-
ment bar coding and use of tccliii 4-%., on Dow's global
chemical plant construction projects.

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Terry Lilling was most recently with Harbco Construc-
tion as an assistant to the Vice President of construction
on a Southwest Airlines project in Philadelphia, PA. He
recently married Colleen, a clerk for the Seminole County
Public Library system.

Jon Yow retired from the Air Force in 2003 and recently
accepted a position as the manager of all government site
personnel with Thermo USCS in July of this year. He lives
in Niceville, Florida with his wife Terry and their two daugh-
ters Kathryn and Taylor.

Scott Bryan joined J. Raymond Construction Corp. in
January 2001 as a Field Engineer. He has recently been
promoted to Project Manager in their Longwood corpo-
rate headquarters office.

Eric Kunz is a Project Manager/Estimator for Walker Con-
tracting Group, Inc. in Naples. They are a concrete resto-
ration, waterproofing and interior renovation specialty
general contractor. In May 2003 he married Patrice, who is
also a UF graduate.

Jennifer McAlister has worked for NDC Construction for
3 years and was recently promoted to Project Manager in
October. Her current project is a $6 million Elementary
School Renovation and Addition in Bradenton. She lives
in Sarasota with her husband John.

Darren Johnson recently started a general contracting
company named Johnson Construction & Development,
Inc. located here in Gainesville. They will be specializing
in residential construction.


Wyatt Woolverton is currently a Project Manager with Yates
Construction on a $28M condominium in Fort Walton Beach,
FL. At the same time he is also a Superintendent on a $1.5M
design/build restaurant. He has been married for 5 years,
they have a 2 year old son and his wife is expecting again.

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

Paul Gips from the class of 1956 is working on put-
ting together a 50 year reunion. All '56 graduates
please contact Paul at zaveess@aol.com

Hello Tampa Bay BCN Gators!
We're having a Kick Off Meeting for the first
gathering of the Tampa Bay BCN Club. All BCN
students and alumni are welcomed!



Newk's Lighthouse Cafe
514 Channelside Drive, Tampa
(Across from the St. Pete Times
February 3, 2005
5:30pm Social, 6-7pm Meeting

To sign up for this event, send your email address
to cjohnston@diazfritz.com and you will receive an
e-vite invitation to reply to. Or contact Greg Fulginiti
at gfulginiti @uff.ufl.edu
Hope to see you there!

BCN Alumni "Downunder"
In the Northern Territory of Australia, at Wickham Point,
near the city of Darwin, two BCN Alumni, who had never
previously met each other, are busy constructing a 3.5 MTPA
Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Plant for Darwin LNG Pty Ltd, a
consortium of oil & gas companies led by ConocoPhillips.
The LNG plant supercools the natural gas into a liquid (LNG).
The LNG is then pumped into offshore tankers for transport
to its final destination. Art Baitz, (MBC 1975) is the Project
Controls Manager for Bechtel Australia Pty Ltd., overseeing
the budget and schedule for this Australian $1 billion +
project. Alex Cajal, (BCN 1979) is a client representative .. ...
for ConocoPhillips supporting project controls and liaison
with Houston and Perth project personnel.

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

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

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With 80 percent of most
construction work performed
by subcontractors, it would
seem reasonable to assume
that general contractors and
construction managers have a
good background of the
craftwork performed. Well,
this is not always the case so
Charles Perry Construction CEO Charles Perry is
helping Rinker School students get that valuable
knowledge. Charles has committed $2 million to the
Rinker School to fund the Charles R. Perry Program
for Crafts Awareness and to build an addition onto the
existing Rinker Hall to house the program.

Master craftspeople representing building trades such
as plumbing, carpentry, masonry, electrical and welding
will be invited to explain their trades and demonstrate
what to look for when assessing quality. The program
will become part of the Rinker School's permanent

The program comprises a hands-on approach to expose
BCN students to the training, techniques, tools, and
materials used by master craftspeople in 16 different
construction trades. The objective is not to teach the
crafts, but rather to give BCN students a working
knowledge of the difference between good quality and

bad quality in construction practices and the productivity
they can expect from these craftspeople.

Chuck Perry, who opened his construction business in
1968, has always sought to improve the education of
construction managers to help shape the quality of
construction nationwide.

"This is a much-needed program for those going into
the construction management field," says Perry. "I
see the problems daily that arise from construction
managers not having a working understanding of what's
behind the construction trades."

The facility to be designed will be located outside Rinker
Hall and will feature a roof covering an exposed area
to allow for proper ventilation, but still have the feel of
a construction site. Though construction of this outdoor
"construction yard" may be more than a year away,
the program will become part of the Rinker School
curriculum beginning with the fall 2005 semester.

In addition, the Perry gift will fund a public art project
to develop a work of art to be displayed in or near
Rinker Hall. The art will be named the Charles and
Nancy Perry Public Art Display in honor of the Perrys
and their commitment to the fine arts. The $2 million
gift will be eligible for state matching funds in the amount
of $1.6 million.


Mr. J. Stephen Powell Jr.
was recognized as a
distinguished alumnus at the
Fall 2004 Commencement
for his exceptional
professional and personal
accomplishment. Until
recently he was president
of the Powell Brothers
Barge Terminal Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

The firm, founded in 1932 by Mr. Powell's father and
uncle, has participated in the building of many important
projects as well as developing many of the techniques
and much of the equipment that made those projects
possible. Their notable projects include bridges

for the Florida East Coast Railroad and the bridge from
Nassau to Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

After graduating from the UF Building Construction
program, Mr. Powell and his brother, Bob, became
partners in the family business. One of his most
prominent successes has been his involvement with the
development of the Broward County and Port
Everglades seaport.

Mr. Powell and his wife, Carol, are staunch supporters
of education, particularly the Rinker School, where they
provided a $3.2 million gift to the Powell Center for
Construction and Environment.

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The Executive Committee held their bi-annual meeting
on Friday, November 12, 2004 along with the UF
Homecoming events and Rinker Hall's Gold LEED
certification ceremony. The committee reviewed the
Rinker School's undergraduate curriculum to insure
that current industry standards and practices are
addressed. Suggestions to promote the fundraising
activities for the Rinker School were also discussed.
During the meeting three new members were selected
to serve on the committee: John McIntyre, President
of McIntyre, Elwell & Strammer; Erik Sharpe, Senior
Project Manager of Brasfield & Gorrie's Florida
offices; and John Sofarelli, President of J. Raymond
& Associates, Inc. The Committee and the School
welcome and look forward to working with our newest

Jim Kalemeris was presented with an Executive
Committee Emeritus plaque during the meeting for
his years of service, dedication, loyalty and
commitment to the School and committee.

Members, BCN and DCP representatives that were
present for the November 12th meeting include: Vince
Burkhardt, Committee Chair, Steve Palmer, Committee
Vice-Chair, Bob Angle, Curtis Culver, Rick Derrer,
Sidney Jordan, Jim Kalemeris, Harley Miller, Bill
Morthland, Chuck Perry, Chip Reid, Darrell Smith,

Wayne Wadsworth, Breck Weingart, Dan Whiteman,
Abdol Chini, Robert Cox, Raymond Issa, Robert Stroh,
and Marcia Bourdon.

Dr. Abdol Chini with Mr. Jim Kalemeris and Mr. Vince Burkhardt

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Campaign for Faculty Support

In his quest to make the University of Florida one of
the nation's premier universities, President Machen
announced the University of Florida Faculty
Challenge. This initiative aims to raise $150 million
in private support to give faculty the tools they need
to enhance classroom instruction and conduct world-
class research. Reaching that goal is a critical step
in the University of Florida's strategic plan to become
one of the nation's premier universities.
In order to meet the growing educational needs of
the students at UF and at the same time meet the
mandate by the residents of Florida to provide service
through research and outreach, the university must
hire and retain the most talented and capable faculty
members. Analysts predict that unless the
university's ability to recruit and retain its best faculty
is enhanced the University of Florida will not reach
its potential as one of the world's preeminent schools.

These gifts from donors will provide more
discretionary funds for faculty research, and can be
used for equipment, studies or stipends for student
research assistants. The gifts will also create an
endowment to provide competitive salaries so the
University of Florida can attract and retain the best
and brightest faculty.
In addition to what the state matches, President
Bernie Machen has pledged to add to each gift of
$1 million or more $250,000 from a special
discretionary fund established with private donations
specifically for the Faculty Challenge until the fund
is exhausted.
For more information please view the Faculty
Challenge website: http://www.uff.ufl.edu/

Or contact Marcia Bourdon mbourdon@ufl.edu or
392-4836 x. 314

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Building Construction Advisory Board
Executive Committee


iqankyou to afl who donated to the ME. inker, Sr.

School oofBuilding Construction General fund


Stanley G Tate

Jesse W. Children, Sr.
Howard F Cook, Jr.
Herbert L. Hall

Elio Alonso
William G Lassiter, Jr.
Leon R. Sikes, Jr.

Robert O. Campbell
James G Foster, Jr.

Dan T. Barnes

Gerald L. Hester

Paul C. Gips
Carroll M. Nall, Jr.

Robert L. Claudy, Jr.
Myron L. Corets
Charles H. Denny, III

Nelson Romero

Charles W. Bryson
John W. Schneid

Richard S. Black

David W. Beebe, Jr.
Robert N. Bridger

Boyce H. Blackmon
Richard G Kerstner
Samuel P Mitchell, Jr.
Vennie A. Pent

John T. Sewell, Jr.

Eaymond I. Fisher

Tayler M. Boyd, Jr.
Donald H. Conkling III
Allan A. Kozich
Edward J. Kromberg

Ronald E. Anderson
Randall F. Baukney
John M. McMahon
Doss K. Watson, Jr.

Robert P. Angle

Carrington E. Barrs III
Bobby R. Lyons

Robert B. Edwards
Dennis E. Lewis
Jose I. Sarasua

Arthur B. Stackpole, Sr.

Jorge Echarte, Jr.
James Thomas Hamm, Jr.

Vincent G Burkhardt
John Kish, Jr.
Richard B. Laughlin
Gregg Templin

Robert S. Hemstad, Jr.
Donald L. Savage
Hans E. Seffer
Brian R. Silas

Jon D. Hine
George A. Olsen

James R. Hamilton
Frank J. Iozzio, Jr.
Richard E. Turk

Mark C. Hamilton
Daniel Stack

William R. Pooley III

Alan M. Albert
B. Gene Dalton
Van A. Hogan
Jonathan B. Kurtis
Ralph W. Paul

William A. Burkhart
B. Mitch Burley
J. Gregory Greene
Ross E. Kirk
Davis E. Oellerich

Brady L. Binde
Thomas A. Coyne, Jr.
Wayne F Farrell
Ronald R. Henkelman
David E. Wagner

Erick H. Collazo
Alan A. Dorini
Darrall R. Henderson
Conrad Lazo
Robert E. Long

Richard A. Bell
Loretta Deziel-Gallagher
Arthur C. Higginbotham
David B. Pararo
Michael C. Taylor

Kent M. Blocher
William M. Coyne
Steven E. Sellers
David M. Shearer
Patrick N. Simpson
Daniel J. Waters

Jeffrey V. Caruso
Fabio M. Fasanelli
Bahman Khosrowzadeh
John M. Lee
Gregory H. Siefker

Robert D. Springer

Bruce C. Gilbert
Robert Troy Lauramoore
Kevin G McMichael
Charles B. Williams

Michael S. Goldman
Allen L. Hand
SheliA. Romer
Arnold D. Tritt, Jr.

Michael W. Hill
John P. McWalters

Byron T. Hood
Wayne E. Wadsworth

Richard C. Carbone

Diana M. Yankee

Garrett J. Anderson
Bryan S. Botic

Domenico F Camarada
David B. Hall
Heather G Mandel

Ronald E. Domitrovic
Gerald C. Parsons, Jr
Eeviann E. Wirgin
Rob Wubbenhorst

David E. Emmons
Georgina V. Lores

Bryan M. Sanetz

Jeffrey S. Grummert
Craig P. Hawley

Bryan T. Nicholson

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Scott R. Milke, Jr.
John M. Prior
Hector E. Valdez

Christian G Cummings

Matthew H. Butler

Alejandro V. Fernandez
Rebecca A. Spain Schwarz
David A. Shacter
Michael Taylor

Donations from Construction Companies:
A2 Group, Inc.
Andrew General Contractors, Inc.
ARCO Design/Build Construction
Brasfiled & Gorrie LLC
Bechtel Foundation
Centex-Rooney Construction Co., Inc.

Clark Construction
Charles Perry Construction, Inc.
Coastal Construction Co.
Edwards Construction Service
Fluor Corporation
Halliburton Foundation
Hardin Construction Co. LLC
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Hugins Construction Corp.
J. Raymond Construction Corp.
James A. Cummings, Inc.
KVC Constructors, Inc.
Longview Construction, Inc.
McCrory Construction Co., Inc.
McIntyr, Elwell & Strammer
O'Brien Construction Company
RCL Development Inc.
Sands Construction Co., Inc.
Stiles Corporation
The Conlan Co.
The Haskell Co.
The Rinker Companies Foundation, Inc.

news and appointments

Professor Mike Cook provided Conceptual
Estimating Service to the Community of Archer, FL,
as part of their proposal to the Florida Historical
Preservation commission for the State to provide
partial funding to preserve the Archer High School
Gymnasium and transform the gymnasium site into
the Archer Community Center. The Archer proposal
was accepted by the Florida HPC in the amount of
$350,000 supplement with matching funds of
approximately $150,000. The combination of these two
amounts result in funding about 55% of the project.

Dr. Walter E. Dukes is currently serving as the
Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for
the American Council for Construction Education.
He was also elected to the Board of Directors of the
National Association of Minority Contractors.

Dr. Kevin Grosskopf was selected as the College
of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP) Teacher
of the Year for 2004-05. Since joining the faculty of
the Rinker School two years ago, Dr. Grosskopf has
taught or shared instructional responsibilities in
courses in construction finance, MEP systems, work
acquisition and design-build. Dr. Grosskopf has relied
extensively on industry input to update many of these
courses to reflect the changes in work acquisition and

project delivery during the past 10-15 years. From
hands-on craft awareness to project simulation to
business start-up and operations, students have
embraced the real-world perspective of Dr.
Grosskopf's teaching approach. Dr. Grosskopf will
receive a $2,000 prize and a plaque at the DCP Annual
Awards ceremony in April. In addition, Dr. Grosskopf
is eligible to compete in the University-wide Teacher
of the Year competition.

Dr. R. Raymond Issa in September 2004 received a
5-year NSF Information Technology Research (ITR)
grant totaling $600,000 in partnership with faculty
members in the CISE departments at UF and the
University of Pittsburgh. The grant is entitled, "ITR:
Flexible and Dynamic Workflow Design: Theory and
Practice." The research objective of the grant is to
facilitate interoperability among a variety of
construction software systems by developing the
appropriate ontological and semantic frameworks.

He was recently selected the Outstanding Student
Advisor for the 2004-2005 academic year for the
College of Design, Construction and Planning. Dr.
Issa's accomplishments will be recognized with a
plaque and a $1,000 check at the College Award
Ceremony in April 2005.
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Volume 69, Issue 1 January 2005 BCN spring 2005 23


news and appointments

Charles J. Kibert recently finished a book,
"Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and
Delivery," which will be published by John Wiley &
Sons, in January 2005. He is the Vice-Chair of the
Curriculum and Education Committee of the U.S.
Green Building Council and is a member of the
University of Florida Sustainability Committee. He
was the keynote speaker at a Sustainable Building
Conference in Japan in October 2004.

He recently completed work on the development of a
Certificate in Sustainable Construction which is being
offered as a part of the BCN Graduate Program in
both resident and distance-delivered modes. He has
initiated a new program in training contractors and
subcontractors on the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED) standard promulgated
by the U.S. Green Building Council. MES
Incorporated, a construction management firm under
the direction of John McIntyre, BCN 1984, recently
hosted a training session conducted by Dr. Kibert for
their management and subcontractors for a LEED
project for the Whole Foods Company project in
Sarasota. He teaches a three-week course in Poland
each summer to students from 10 Polish universities
on sustainable development and has done so for seven

Dr. Richard Smailes was contacted by the National
Geographic Society this past summer and asked to be
an on-air contributor to "Who Built Stonehenge?" ,
part of the Naked Science series on the National
Geographic Channel. Primary filming was done in
late July of this year and the original air date was
October 13th. His contribution was to discuss the
means, methods, and estimated labor requirement to
quarry, transport, and erect the stone circle located

on the Salisbury Plain in southwest England. Dr.
Smailes area of interest/research is ancient

Kevin Grosskopf
Received Excellence in Teaching Award

The graduating seniors selected
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf as the
recipient of the Teaching
Excellence Award for the Fall
2004 semester. Dr. Grosskopf
teaches courses in plumbing
and piping and construction

Luke Nicholson, Mike Cook

and Rick Smailes
Received Teaching Awards

Junior I students, Junior II students and Senior I stu-
dents selected the most outstanding and dedicated pro-
fessor for the Fall 2004 semester. Junior I students
selected Professor Luke Nicholson who taught plumb-
ing and piping, Junior II students selected Professor
Mike Cook who taught Estimating I and Senior I stu-
dents selected Dr. Rick Smailes who taught Construc-
tion, Planning and Scheduling.

Professor Mike Cook

Dr. Rick Smailes

A Friend We Will Miss

Our good friend and colleague Dr. Arlan Toy passed
away Saturday, September 11, 2004. Arlan died of
complications following by-pass surgery that he had
undergone ten days prior. Arlan received his Master
of Building Construction degree from UF in 1975.
Upon graduation he worked for five years in the
construction industry where he gained valuable
construction experience before he returned to UF as
a member of the BCN faculty. While at UF he

earned a Ph.D in a joint program of BCN and the
College of Education. He was a very innovative
teacher who took great interest in his students. After
several years on the BCN faculty, Arlan moved to
Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta,
Georgia where he became the head of the
construction program. Many alumni of both
programs are better constructors today for having
studied with a great educator; Dr. Arlan G. Toy.

4 BCN spring 2005 Volume 69, Issue 1 January 2005

2004-2005 BCN Scholarship Awardees

H.H. Block
David Sandhoff


Frank W. Reed -
Central Florida Builders Exchange

Foote Steel
Evan Dupont
Hubbard Construction
Jesse Bochichio
Jack Jennings & Son
Robyn Sadie
R. C. Stevens Construction
Jessica Ligator
Tri-City Electric
Leah Griffin
Walker & Company
Luke Schrimsher

Clark Construction Group Inc.
Raymond Godfrey
Brian Pak
Marc Pooler

Arthur A. Coia & R.P. (Bud)Vinall
Machael Cairns
Toby Lawrence
Mark Danso-Amoako
Ryan Banks
William Baumann Jr
Aiyin Jiang
Jeff Lang
Kyle Robinson

James A. Cummings, Inc.
Joe Bickar
Kevin Casey
Shane Laakso
Michael Quinones

Jim Doherty Memorial
Matthew Widmaier

Fluor Corporation
Bin Cheng
Chuan Song

Frve General Contracting
Mariana Suarez
Casey Wilson











Hope Klinger
Rocky Lee

David E. Pitts
Jason Paiva

Retail Contractors
Daniel Boda

Rinker Materials
Caesar Abi Shdid
Hazar Dib
Carey Hunt
Brett Kapuler
Kristy Kelley
Jason Martin
Brandon Moore
Lia Nielsen
Aashish Pakalapati
Roy Salloum

Professor Anthony Section Memorial

Lucy Acquaye

Ronald Tadrowski
James Terpening

Christopher Bailey
Matthew Long

Dr. Brisbane H. Brown, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Fund

In the summer of 2003 we established the Dr. Brisbane H. Brown, Jr. endowed scholarship. We have
currently raised approximately $5,500 toward our goal of $20,000. In order to ensure that students will be able
to benefit from this scholarship for years to come, we must raise an additional $14,500 to create an endowment.
We are hoping to start awarding the $1,000 per year scholarship in 2006.

If you would like to make a donation, please make your check payable to the University of Florida Foundation,
Inc. with Fund #1011 and Dr Brown Endowed Scholarship in the memo line. Please send checks to Ms. Viki
Solt at 304 Rinker Hall, PO Box 115703, Gainesville, FL 32611-5703.

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Chini, continued from page 2

for Health and the Built Environment. The center has received
generous initial funding from M.E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation
and will begin operations in Spring 2005. The center will be
housed in the dean's office and I will serve as its first director.
The mission of the center is to engage in research, teaching
and service on the relationship between heath and the built
environment. It will focus on topic areas such as walkable
communities, defensible space, security and environmental
safety, and sustainability. Although the center is a college-
wide enterprise, it is anticipated that faculty within the Rinker
School will play a prominent role in its operations and

In closing, I would like to reiterate Abdol's comments in
thanking Charles Perry and his wife Nancy for their significant
gift to the Rinker School. In addition to the crafts awareness
program and construction yard, their gift will fund a public
art project, using concrete medium consistent with the
traditions of the Rinker School.

School has dropped from 22 in 1990 to 19 at present.

Three faculty lines have been cannibalized to fund other
positions, supplements, and raises. In addition, the Rinker
School has taken a wide range of additional new programs
and functions such as undergraduate track in Residential
Construction and Sustainable Construction track in the
Masters Program. The result is a significant increase in faculty
load to the point where it is extremely difficult if not
impossible to add courses or other academic activities or
options to the program to keep it in the very top ranks of
construction education programs in the nation. Please
consider making a gift to support the Rinker School's Faculty
Challenge Initiative.

Thanks to all of you for your continued support and
participation to make the Rinker School the truly outstanding
institution it has become. I am honored to be of service to
this great School.

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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College of Design, Construction and Planning
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
304 Rinker Hall
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, FL 32611-5703



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