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 Messages from the Dean and...
 Table of Contents
 What's new at BCN
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 Charles R. Perry
 BCN Construction Hall of Fame
 BCN students
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 Friends and donors
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    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
    Charles R. Perry
        Page 10
    BCN Construction Hall of Fame
        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 advisory board EXCOM
        Page 23
    BCN faculty
        Page 24
        Page 25
    Brick paver
        Page 26
    Advisory Council
        Page 27
    Back Cover
        Page 28
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I A Message From N

W Dr. Jay Stein

After 19 years of serving in various administrative
positions, 16 at the University of Florida, I decided to
resign as Dean of the College of Design, Construction
and Planning effective at the conclusion of the Summer
2005 semester. Although I have greatly enjoyed
administration, I look forward to returning to the faculty
and having the opportunity to be more closely involved
with students, research and most important my
family. I will, however, continue in my position as director
of the new Center for Health and the Built Environment.

I would like to take this occasion to thank our Rinker
School faculty and staff for all their contributions to the
School and to DCP in the six years that I have served
as dean. 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 scholarship.

I also wish to thank all of you the alumni, professionals
and the BCN Executive Committee for your incredible
support of our mission. I have never found a more
devoted group of people who are so passionate about
our programs. You clearly make the difference in the
quality and educational experience of our students.

A Search Committee will soon be formed by the
President and Provost of the University of Florida to
conduct a national search to hire the next dean of the
college. I encourage you to be constructively involved
in the search and to express your views as the process
moves forward. It is critical to the college and the school
that we find the right person to provide leadership in
the ensuing years. I am confident that the school is in
good hands with the strong leadership of Dr. Chini.

In closing, I would like to express my regrets about the
passing of Chuck Perry in Spring 2005. Chuck and his
wife Nancy have been very generous supporters of
the school, but far more important is the loss of an
absolutely fine person whom we all will miss greatly.

Dr. Abdol Chini


The 2004-2005 academic year was an exciting and
productive year for the University of Florida's M.E.
Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction. We
graduated 116 students with the degree of Bachelor of
Science in Building Construction, seven with the degree
of Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services,
12 with the degree of Master of Science in Building
Construction, 10 with the degree of Master in Building
Construction, and three with a Ph.D. degree. Thanks
to the generous support of our alumni and friends, the
Rinker Hall building and furnishing campaign that started
in 1990 was successfully completed and allowed us to
properly furnish our offices and laboratories. We also
created the Charles R. Perry Program for Craft
Awareness to educate, with hands-on-experience, our
students in the work of subcontractors, master craft,
and trades people.

This past academic year, we had a strong pool of
applicants from which to select from. More than 150
qualified students applied for admission to the Fall 2005
semester, but only the top 60 students were admitted to
the program. The incoming students have an average
pre-BCN GPA of 3.28 and an average SAT score of
1242. Job placement for BCN graduates has been
extremely successful, with both on-campus recruitment
and average entry-level salary increasing. We had over
110 companies represented at the Spring 2005 BCN
Career Fair in the O'Connell Center to recruit both
full-time employees and interns.

Other exciting news includes the formation of the BCN
alumni regional clubs. The regional clubs are formed
to foster and enhance the relationship between the
Rinker School, its alumni and friends, and to support
the School's mission of teaching, research and service.
Three regional clubs have been formed (Tampa Bay,
Jacksonville, Palm Beach), two have scheduled their
first meeting to be held in August/September
(Gainesville/Ocala, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale), and four are
to be formed soon (Orlando, Ft. Myers, Pensacola,

I look forward to working with all of you in the future. This year is the School's 70t anniversary and we are

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a bi-annual publication

Table of contents

Rinker's 70th Anniversary...4
AIA Award...5

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

BCN Events...8-9

Charles R. Perry...10
Construction Hall of Fame...11

Professor-for-a-day... 13

Student Organizations... 14-17

Alumni News...18-19

BCN Alumni Regional Clubs...20
Distinguished Alumnus Award...21
William A. Pinto...21

Friends and Donors...22
BCN Advisory Board EXCOM...23

Faculty News...24-25

Brick Paver...26
Advisory Council...27

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University of Florida
M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction
Interim Dean College of Design, Construction and Planning
Professor Anthony Dasta
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

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 Lia Nielsen and
Paul Wiseman for their contributions


S -JlI

BCN Homecoming Bar-B-Q

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 8, 2005, during homecoming at the University of Florida
in Gainesville. The Gators are scheduled to play Mississippi State Plan to stop at Rinker Hall at
9:00 am for some great food, a tour of the new building, and to visit with alumni. Special thanks to
Burkhardt Construction for sponsoring the Bar-B-Q.
Homecoming Events:

9:00 -10:30 am
10:30 11:30 am
11:30 am 2:00 pm
9:00 am -2:00pm

BCN Advisory Council Review of the BCN Curriculum
Honoring 2004 inductees for the BCN Construction Hall of Fame
Tour of Rinker Hall

Volume 69, Issue 2 August 2005 BCN fall 2005 3

This year, 2005, is the Rinker School's 70' anniversary
and we are planning to celebrate with banquets
throughout the state for alumni and industry supporters.
The purpose of these gatherings is to promote the School
and its initiatives, to raise additional funds for a new
endowed professorship and to celebrate the
accomplishments of our alumni of all ages in a social
setting that we can all enjoy.

The UF Tampa Bay BCN Gator Club members are
planning this "gala" type event to be held in Tampa at
The Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Wednesday, September
21st. Their region includes alumni in Hillsborough,
Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Polk, Pasco, Hernando,
Sumter and Hardee counties. The evening will include
a cocktail reception followed by a dinner program
headlined by Dr. Chini and the Rinker School's faculty

and staff. Approximately 75% of the funds collected
for this celebration will be returned to the Rinker School
to fund the endowed professorship being considered.

All sponsors of 10-person tables ($2500 per table) will
be recognized in the program for the evening, endowed
professorship plaque that will be installed in Rinker Hall,
and in the School's newsletter (Orange & Blueprints).
Formal invitations will be mailed out in early August
and individual seats will be offered to all alumni and
friends at non-reserved tables for a $150 per seat
donation. This is going to be an exciting event and a
time for all BCN alumni to celebrate accomplishments
made possible by the foundation they received at The
University of Florida. The Tampa banquet is the first
of the 8 regional celebrations and they plan to set the
benchmark high for others to follow.

Attention Tampa Area Alumni

The Tampa Bay Region UF BCN Gator Club

requests your attendance at

The Rinker School's
70th Anniversary Banquet
and fundraiser for
The 70th Anniversary Endowed Professorship

The event is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Hotel. The
cocktail reception starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner and program starting at 7:30 p.m. Invitations will be sent out
to the Tampa area alumni in August. If you would like more information about the Tampa Bay Region UF
BCN Gator Club, additional information on the banquet, or would like to sponsor a table; please contact
Robert Angle at: rpa@angle-schmid.com

We would like to thank the Tampa area companies
of July 29, 2005.

APG Electric, Inc.
Angle & Schmid, Inc.
BCH Mechanical, Inc.
Batson-Cook Construction
Bollenback Builders
Bovis Lend Lease
Brandon Construction
Centex Construction
Clark Construction Group, LLC
Diaz Fritz Isabel General Contractors
Flagler Construction Equipment
Hardin Construction
Henkelman Construction, Inc.
Irwin Contracting, Inc.
Kalemeris Construction, Inc.
Kearney Construction Co., Inc.

below, who have graciously agreed to sponsor tables as

Marco Bay Construction
Mathews Construction
Nelson Construction
Opus South Corporation
Paul J. Sierra Construction, Inc.
R.R. Simmons Construction Corp.
Rinker Materials
Ruden, McCloskey, Smith, Schuster & Russell PA
Skanska USA Building
Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.
Suncoast Auto Builders, Inc.
Tappouni Mechanical Services, Inc.
The Beck Group
Turner Construction Company
W.G Mills, Inc.
Wehr Constructors, Inc.

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Auaust 2005



Rinker School's 70th Anniversary


Rinker Hall Receives National Award

Rinker Hall was recently selected by the American In-
stitute of Architects and its Committee on the Environ-
ment as a Top Green Project for 2005, one of eight
selected nationally. All of the selected projects signifi-
cantly addressed environmental challenges with designs
that integrated architecture, technology, and natural sys-

Rinker Hall, along with the other chosen projects and
their architects, were acknowledged this past May at
the AIA National Convention in Las Vegas. Randy
Croxton of Croxton Collaborative Architects, the archi-
tect for the project, accepted the award on behalf of his
firm and the projects partner firm, Gould Evans Associ-

In May 2004, Rinker Hall received a gold rating, from
the U.S. Green Building Council, a national standard
for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.

Rinker Hall's success has resulted in UF adopting a
policy that all future buildings be designed and built ac-
cording to LEED standards.

Rinker Hall was the first LEED Gold rated building in
the state of Florida and the 26th in the United States.

The technological innovation used in the construction
of the building minimized the amount of construction
waste produced and maximized energy efficiency. It
uses 55 percent less energy than typical buildings of its
size and its future operation will be more environmen-
tally friendly.

Dean Stein Resigns

The Rinker School was surprised this Spring semester by the resignation of Dean Jay Stein. He has served
as the Dean of the College of Design, Construction and Planning for the past six years. His last official day
as the Dean was August 6. Among his most notable accomplishments in support of the College are the

Led a 5-year College Capital Campaign raising $27 million
Led an Initiative to change the name of the College from Architecture to Design, Construction
and Planning
Guided the adoption of the new college Tenure and Promotion guidelines
Contributed to increased levels of funded research in the College
Helped create multiple international activities
Initiated the DCP strategic plan and constitution process

Dean Stein has been instrumental in supporting some of the significant accomplishments of the School in the
past six years. He played a strong role in the creation of Charles R. Perry Crafts Awareness Program. It
was through the strong support of Dean Stein that the construction of Rinker Hall, the University's first LEED
certified building, was completed.

We wish Dean Stein well during his sabbatical year. Professor Anthony Dasta will serve as the interim dean
as the national search for a new dean is conducted.

Volume 69, Issue 2 August 2005 BCN fall 2005 5


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

This past April, the Fluor Program for Construction
Safety provided training for nearly thirty Fluor health,
safety and environmental (HSE) personnel. This was
a more advanced class than the classes that had been
offered to Fluor in the past. The safety materials that
were presented represented "best practices" as
identified through recent research studies conducted at
the Rinker School. The health materials provided basic
information on the infection processes and also on a
number of other health issues that are of particular
importance to the construction industry. The
environmental materials helped acquaint the Fluor HSE
leaders with basic information on sustainability. The
five-day class was taught primarily by Dr. Jimmie Hinze
and Dr. Charles Kibert. Some Fluor personnel also
presented some of the course materials. In general,
the class has been regarded as very successful and we
look forward to offering this class to other Fluor
personnel in the future.

At the BCN graduation banquet held this year on April
28, Jimmy Terpening was recognized as the Fluor

Program Outstanding Student in Construction Safety
for the spring semester. Jimmy excelled in the class
and led his team in the development of a safety program
for a local contractor. This award also acknowledges
Fluor's commitment to construction safety. We are
grateful to Fluor, recently identified as the largest
construction firm in the United States, for it dedication
to safety and for making this distinguished award

Fluor health, safety and environmental personnel during
the Fluor training class

BCN Faculty learn more about Safety
Rinker Hall was the site of an OSHA 500 class and to issue either 10-hour or 30-hour OSHA cards
December 9-10 and 15-16. This four-day class was to those who attend their classes. In the Rinker School,
offered by John Beaudry, a safety professional from Dr. Jimmie Hinze issues the 30-hour OSHA cards to
Ocala. With the class being held at Rinker Hall, most students who complete the Construction Safety class,
of the BCN faculty were able to attend. The class a required undergraduate class, provided they also sat-
helped to get the faculty acquainted with current con- isfy specific criteria as outlined by OSHA. We would
struction safety issues. Completion of the class also like to thank John Beaudry for offering this class and
entitled the faculty members to teach safety to others allowing our faculty to have this great opportunity.

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

With rising energy costs and concerns about building
health increasing, high performance buildings designed
and built to address these issues are becoming more
important. The Powell Center has been at the center
of the development of standards and approaches to
produce this next generation of buildings and is
organizing an international conference for September
2006 on this rapidly emerging concept. RL ii,,ik,,ig
Sustainable Construction 2006 (RSC06) will be held
in Sarasota at the Ritz-Carleton Hotel with the objective
of developing a roadmap to the future high performance

building that addresses design, construction, products,
tools, standards, and policy. A growing number of new
doctoral students are opting to focus their studies on
the subject of high performance buildings and at present
the Powell Center has five doctoral students: Jim
Sulllivan, John Dryden, Luke Nicholson, Bilge Celik,
and Ryan Parrish. These future PhD's are working on
a diverse range of issues: building economics, indoor
environmental quality, water and wastewater, building
materials, building deconstruction, and construction
waste recycling.

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

The Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing has
teamed with the University of South Florida and with
Florida A&M University to establish a University
Partnership Office in Tampa. The primary objective of
the partnership is to bring together the expertise of the
three universities to serve the housing and community
development needs of Tampa. Two active projects are:

Tampa Housing Authority The University
Partnership research team is currently performing an
economic impact analysis of the Tampa Housing
Authority's Belmont Heights Estates HOPE VI
development. Located in East Tampa, the Belmont
Heights Estates development is a new, mixed income
community built on the site of demolished public housing.
The Partnership's work with the housing authority
includes analyzing the impact of the new development
on property values in the surrounding neighborhood,
changing demographics, the impact upon neighborhood
businesses, and features of community design.

University Area Community Development
Corporation (UACDC) The Partnership is working
with the UADC as a long term evaluation partner for
the UACDC's Anti-Crime Programming efforts. This
project includes extensive demographic and housing data
analysis, GIS neighborhood mapping, a Community
Atlas, and evaluation of the multiple programs initiated
by the UACDC as part of its anti-crime efforts.

Tampa Housing Authority's Belmont Heights Estates
HOPE VI development

University Area Community Development
Corporation project

Australian Exchange Program
contact: Dr. Charles Kibert ckibert@ufl.edu

The Rinker School conducts an exchange of students
each semester with the Building Construction and
Economics Department of the Royal Melbourne Institute
of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, on the southern
coast of Australia. During the Spring 2005 semester,
eight BCN students attended courses in Melbourne
while the same number of RMIT students attended
classes in Gainesville. The program is an outgrowth of
a long-standing relationship between the Rinker School
and RMIT that started in 1994 with the visits of faculty
from each university and collaboration on research
projects. BCN students normally attend RMIT in the

first semester of their senior year and have the
opportunity not only to experience another educational
system, but also to see Australia and other countries
such as New Zealand and Fiji on the way to and from
Australia. Demand on the part of BCN students is
high and the result is a very competitive atmosphere
for the limited number of slots available each semester.
Charles Kibert is the BCN faculty member who
coordinates the program for the University of Florida
and Ian Eilenberg fulfills this role at RMIT. Information
about the program can be found at http://
web.dcp.ufl.edu/ckibert by clicking on RMIT Exchange.

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BCN fall 2005 7



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

This past May, eleven students participated in the three-
week Germany exchange program. The students were
hosted by various German students, so they were
literally immersed in the German culture. The students
learned about the German customs, history,
governmental system, and a variety of other topics as
they visited construction sites of various types. They
also visited tourist points of interest in Berlin, Potsdam,
Dessau, and Dresden, along with some very interesting
construction sites. This year, the students also made a s
one-day visit to Hamburg where a tour guide explained n
many fascinating aspects of the development and s
growth of this interesting city. The students were p
accompanied by Drs. Jimmie Hinze and Kevin

The Spring 2005 Career Fair was held on February
8th at the O'Connell Center. With over 110 companies
in attendance, it was our largest recruitment gathering
to date. Firms in attendance were diverse, ranging from
such international giants as Skanska and Fluor, to
regional and strong Rinker School supporters J.
Raymond Company and Current Builders.

Students came prepared with impressive resumes and
companies came prepared to hire. "I've met a lot of
fine talent here today," said Steve Masucci of Dooley
Mack Constructors. Many of the companies were
looking to hire two or three students, some quite a few

Students learning about
new technology: a
jackhammer that absorbs
vibratory shocks during

students learning about
lew technology: cutting
teel with battery-
owered steel shears.

more. "It certainly is a seller's market," one Rinker
student commented. Statistically, Rinker graduates
receive an average of three job offers, and the school
boasts a 100% job placement rate. Internships before
graduation are also very popular, with over 40% of
graduates accepting jobs from firms they've worked
for before.

Preceding the fair was a Recruiters Reception held at
Emerson Alumni Hall. This event provides the
recruiters an opportunity to meet with the BCN faculty
and staff. Approximately 35-40 recruiters attended
the reception.


October 11, 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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Spring 2005 BCN Career Fair



Welcome Reception

The Rinker School welcomed new students to the
Building Construction School with a dinner reception
on January 6th. The dinner, which was sponsored by
The Weitz Company, was held at Emerson Alumni
Hall. New undergraduate and graduate students
mingled with returning students, faculty and staff.

Representatives from The Weitz Company gave a
presentation, detailing their firm's divisions and projects.
In a nod to the sunny day pastimes of Florida, they
highlighted their golf course design and construction

Later at the dinner, faculty members spoke about the
numerous programs offered by BCN, while

representatives from each of the student organizations
described their upcoming events for the semester.
Students who had been awarded scholarships for the
2004-2005 academic year were also recognized. At
the close of the event new students to the program
were given an upbeat send-off to begin their classes
and future construction careers.


Graduation Dinner

The evening of April 28'
proved to be one of food,
fun, and fond memories as
the Spring 2005 graduating
class, along with their fami-
lies, friends and BCN fac-
ulty and staff, gathered at
the Paramount Resort and
Conference Center for a send off dinner. Dr. Chini

On the morning of April 29', students, faculty and
family gathered at the Phillips Center for the
Performing Arts to support the Spring 2005 College
of Design, Construction & Planning graduating class
as they received their diplomas. The Rinker School
announced the graduation of 64 students with Bachelor
degrees and another 16 with Masters. We would also
like to congratulate Caesar Abi Shdid, Aiyin Jiang, and
Haiyan Xie on the completion of their Ph.D. Degrees.

The Commencement attendees were treated to
speeches from J. Bernard Machen, President of the

opened the evening by welcoming students and their
loved ones. Following dinner, awards, both formal and
informal, were presented to faculty and students.

The evening closed with each student recognizing their
family members and recounting favorite memories of
their time in the Rinker School. Some were funny, oth-
ers tearful, but the general consensus was that the
Rinker School is a great place to be.

University and Norman L. Koonce, Executive VP
and CEO of the American Institute
of Architects. Rinker's own Jimmy Terpening was
selected as the student speaker. He gave a thoughtful
speech extolling the virtues of hard work and
dedication, while still leaving time for a little fun. Jimmy
was also the recipient of numerous academic and
personal achievement awards.

We at the Rinker School wish our newest graduates
the best of luck as they embark on their new careers
or next level of education.


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BCN fall 2005 Q




BCN Mourns the Passing of a Dear Friend

Charles R. "Chuck" Perry
passed away on May 10
while he was on a vacation
with his wife in Dresden,
Germany. He was 71.

Chuck Perry grew up poor
in Winter Park and
hitchhiked his way to
Gainesville in 1953 to attend the University of Florida.
He left UF to serve in the U.S. Navy, but he came back
to Gainesville, and in 1960, he graduated from the build-
ing construction program.

Chuck opened Charles Perry Construction in 1968, and
since then has built hundreds of buildings throughout
Gainesville. Chuck's partners and associates noted that
fairness and honesty permeated every project he com-
pleted. Some of those most recent projects at UF
included Emerson Alumni Hall and the expansion of
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Chuck served on a number of boards and community
groups, including the advisory board for the Rinker
School of Building Construction. Chuck and his wife
Nancy have made generous donations to several enti-
ties at UF, including the Phillips Center for the Per-
forming Arts, the Florida Museum of Natural

History and the UF Alumni Association. President Bernie
Machen said, "The legacy of his tremendous generos-
ity will live on for generations, and our campus is steeped
in it."

Last year Chuck 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. This is a project that
Chuck had hoped would educate students about build-
ing trades such as plumbing, masonry and welding.
Indeed Chuck's respect for the crafts people in the
industry really set him apart. He felt that construction
managers got all the credit and respect, while the ones
who were actually putting the buildings together got none.

We at the Rinker School would like to send our deepest
sympathies to his wife and family and would like them
to know he will never be forgotten.

A Friend We Will Miss

Professor Victor F. Spruill died
December 31st in Houston, Texas
after an extended illness. He was
79. Mr. Spruill was born in
Chattanooga, Tennessee. He
received his Civil Engineering
Degree from the University of
Missouri at Rolla, was a
registered Professional Engineer. He was a retired
Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Corps. of Engineers.

In the fall of 1980, two weeks before classes were
scheduled to start, a full-time visiting professor who
had agreed to teach that academic year said he received
a better offer and walked. Professor Spruill had just
completed a project in Jacksonville when he agreed to
join the faculty to fill the teaching void.

Not only was he an excellent teacher, but he was the
Executive Secretary of a statewide construction
research program called the Building Construction
Industry Advisory Committee (BCIAC), and wrote a
comprehensive policy and procedures manual for

Survivors include his wife Harriet Spruill, son David,
daughter Mary Ellen "Amanda" Jost and four

Thank you, Victor, for your significant contributions to
the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction.

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BCN Construction Hall of Fame

It is our pleasure to announce that Lance S. Frankham
and J. Stephen "Steve" Powell, Jr. were selected as
the 2004 inductees for the BCN Construction Hall of
Fame. Mr. Frankham and his wife Susie were in
attendance during the College of Design, Construction
and Planning's Award Ceremony in April, where he
received his commemorative shadowbox plaque.
Another ceremony is scheduled in conjunction with the
UF Homecoming events and the BCN Advisory
Council's meeting on Saturday, October 8h. During
that ceremony both Mr. Frankham and Mr. Powell will
have their bronze plaques on the Construction Hall of
Fame wall unveiled.

Lance S. Frankham
graduated from the
University of Florida in
1964 with a degree in
Building Construction.
Since graduating he
has distinguished
himself in the engineering and construction industry with
over 30 years of diversified experience. He has
extensive international business experience including
work throughout Europe, the Middle East, the Far East,
and North and South America. With his broad
background with both owners and contractors, he has
a depth of knowledge and appreciation for all of the
business dynamics of the industry. His work history
includes 20 years with the Fluor Corporation and their

subsidiaries, serving as President, CEO and Chairman
of the Board for Natkin Group, as well as advising
numerous corporations and organizations. His strong
organizational skills, corporate and project leadership,
as well as a commitment to quality have provided him a
very successful career within the industry.

Upon graduating from the
h University of Florida in 1953
with a Building Construction
degree Steve Powell and his
brother became partners in the
family business, and until
recently, he was president of the
Powell Brothers Barge
Terminal Inc., a Fort Lauderdale
based company. The company
built bridges for the Florida
East Coast Railroad and along the Alligator Alley
highway, as well as the bridge from Nassau to Paradise
Island in the Bahamas. One prominent success of Mr.
Powell's efforts has been in aiding the development of
Broward County and the Port Everglades seaport.
During the Fall 2004 Commencement Ceremony, Steve
was honored as a University of Florida Distinguished
Alumnus for his exceptional professional and personal
accomplishments. Steve and his wife, Carol, have been
generous supporters of the University, the College of
DCP, and the Rinker School, where they helped fund
the Powell Center for Construction and Environment.


Ed Proefke; W. W. "Bill" Gay
Charles Perry; Thorne Auchter
Dan Whiteman; Pete Mathews
Vincent Burkhardt, Sr.; Loys Johnson
Marshall E. Rinker; Jon Crabtree
Frank Hubbard; Milton Wood
Thomas Baker; Roy T. Dye
Ed Parker; Harry Touby
John Koelemij; John T. McCormic
Edward Flom; P. Scott Linder
Ronald Morrick; Armand Mouw
Theodore Crom; F. E. Booker


Joel Buzbee; E. E. Gene Simmons
No Inductees this year
No Inductees this year
Curtis Culver; William A. Pinto
Preston Haskell; Jim Kalameris
Brisbane Brown, Jr.
Charles Denny
No Inductees this year
No Inductees this year
Jess Childre; James A. Cummings
Lance S. Frankham; J. Stephen Powell, Jr.

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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 foryour 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
Welcome Reception
Graduate Student Reception
Homecoming Bar-B-Que

Fall 2005/Spring 2006
Spring 2006
Fall 2006

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

$3,000 each

Charles Perry Construction
Burkhardt Construction
Turner Construction
James A. Cummings
Hardin Construction
Stiles Corporation
BCBE Construction

Past Event Sponsors Special thanks to our past event sponsors.

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)
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)
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)
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2005)
Graduate Student Reception (Fall 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
Hardin Construction
Hardin Construction
Hardin/ Prof. Gunby
James A. Cummings
James A. Cummings
Hardin Construction
Stiles Corporation
James A. Cummings
Ajax Construction
Charles Perry

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

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Each spring semester, the Rinker School offers indus-
try members an opportunity to be a "Professor -for-a-
Day." BCN professors are asked to invite guest speak-
ers to their classes to discuss current issues in their
fields of interest. The two-day program which took
place on February 9-10, allowed students to receive an
inside look into the construction industry.

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. Richard Smailes, Brice Miller and Dr. Robert Cox

Dr. Brisbane Brown and Dr. Dan Whiteman

Dr. Jimmie Hinze, Lt. Jim Troiano
and Dr. Robert Cox

Dr. Abdol Chini and Matt Webster


Professor Michael Cook and Joe Knabel

Dr. Walter E. Dukes and Ishmael S. Rentz

Dr. Abdol Chini and Michael Harstad

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Guest Speakers

Brice Miller
Clancy & Theys
Jim Tharp
Tharp Plumbing Systems
Lt. Jim Troiano
Alachua County Sheriff's Office
Joe Knabel
BCBE Construction Company
Dan Whiteman
Coastal Construction
Ishmael S. Rentz
SL Construction & Remodeling, Inc.
Matt Webster
Charles Perry Construction
Troy Lauramoore
Charles Perry Construction
Michael Harstad
The Weitz Company





Sigma Lambda Chi

Sigma Lambda Chi further demonstrated its commitment
to the University and to the community by actively
participating in service projects throughout the spring
semester. In addition to the members and initiates
donating time to tutor students in Statics and Steel
Design, the honor society provided Rinker Hall Plans at
discounted rates and participated in three service
projects. Service work included a local neighborhood
cleanup in January, a Rinker Hall service project in

Editorial Note
In the last newsletter, Volume 69 Issue 1 for the Rinker
Field Trip article, the Project Manager for "Brickell
on the River" was listed as being Pete Saunders. That
was incorrect. Mr. Saunders is a general manager

Students from Dr. Ajay Shanker's Steel Design class
were given the opportunity to get up close and personal
with the material they were studying, when they visited
two local steel companies on March 11 and 18th.

The first, Gerdau-Ameristeel in Baldwin, is a rebar
manufacturing facility. Students, wearing hardhats,
safety glasses, and earplugs, toured the massive facility
with company engineers. They viewed the entire
production process, from the arrival of scrap metal, to
smelting, pulling, and the finished product. The tour
guides explained the various types and methods for
making rebar, detailed safety features, and described
what it was like to work at such a facility.

February, and a joint venture with other student
organizations in April to paint the East Gainesville Boys
& Girl's Club. On March 10th, SLX enthusiastically
welcomed the following new members: Douglas Bily,
Justin Bolding, Mike Chae, Nicholas Dublin, Jace Force,
Jacob Harders, Jared Landa, Scott Leiti, Julie Lipsitz,
Derek Markham, Ryan McIntyre, Matthew Morey,
Evan Oates, Alison Radcliffe, Rafael Semidey, Michael
Tilghman, and Enrique Villavicencio. Congratulations!

for Rinker Materials. Andrew Miller should have
been the Project Manager listed for that project. We
apologize to Mr. Miller for the mishap and thank him
for allowing the students to visit the site.

Later in the day, students visited Whitley Steel in
Starke, a vastly different facility. Whitley is a steel
fabricator, and in the absence of smelters and white
hot metal, they had machines that could slice and punch
right through steel I-beams and W-shapes. At this
facility, the steel beams arrived ready to be cut and
punched to order for local contractors.

We would like to thank Gerdau-Ameristeel and
Whitley Steel for allowing our students the opportunity
to tour their facilities.

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National Association of Women In Construction

Whether buying tools or using them, NAWIC's UF
chapter finished off the academic year with a great
semester. One of the highlights was a Tomboy Tool
party held just for members at Rinker Hall. Thanks go
to consultants Betsy Lieberman of Bradenton and
Karole Sloan of Tampa for driving up to show off the
line of especially-for-women tools
(www.tomboytools.com). Speaking of women using
tools, NAWIC members helped staff Alachua Habitat
for Humanity's Women Build Auction in January.
Congrats to Cindy Holt and her daughters their Habitat
Women Build home was completed and dedicated in
April. Guest speakers at NAWIC's spring meetings
included Cathy Underhill, project manager for Centex
during Rinker Hall construction, and Dave Newport,
director of Greening UF. Newport dispensed timely
interview advice in preparation for the BCN Career
Fair. He and Faculty Adviser Dr. Raymond Issa even
conducted one-on-one mock interviews with them. And
a second thank you to Dr. Issa, but especially Mrs.Issa,

BCN College Council
New student leadership in the Rinker School of Building
Construction has breathed fresh life into the college
council and transformed it into an ambitious organization
of determined members. In just one year, the BCN
College Council, under the direction of president John
Nickels, has grown into a 23-member board representing
undergraduate and graduate BCN students as well as
all nine student organizations. They have a new
constitution, bylaws and a plan for improving student
life within their school.

The progress of the council in rebuilding itself was
recognized in April by the University of Florida Board
of College Councils as being the most improved for the
2004-2005 school year out of 20 university college

Nickels, his new board members and faculty advisor
Dr. Richard Smailes worked closely to develop a two-
phase strategy for rebuilding the council during the last
school year. The council's rediscovery phase was
realized with the help of Rinker School's Director Dr.
Abdol Chini and its Director of Graduate and Distance
Education Programs Dr. Raymond Issa. With the help
of the Rinker School's administration and the council
board, a new constitution and set of bylaws were written
and a strong vision for the future of the council was

for hosting a wonderful and delicious end-of-the-year
banquet for all of them at their home. Good luck to the
new officers of NAWIC: President Jennifer Escobar,
Vice-President Jessica Ligator, Treasurer Stacy
Diavolitsis, Secretary Aimee Haines, and Historian
Beth Glover.

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Tapping into one of the Rinker School's most valuable
resources, its alumni, will make the mission of the
council much more useful to students in building
construction. Bringing alumni to the school to speak
on campus and provide field trips to theirjobsites will
enhance the learning experience and will be a major
thrust in the council's activities, Nickels said.

As awareness and participation within the council
grows, Nickels hopes it will become a greater resource,
especially for new students, in providing educational
support and resources to the students not just in the
Rinker School but throughout the DCP family.

The BCN College Council is the umbrella organization
for all BCN student clubs. Last year, the council was
involved in community service projects, including
Habitat for Humanity home building projects and repair
projects for the homes of elderly persons in the

UF college councils provide academic and financial
support for student activities, such as bringing guest
speakers, paying for travel to conferences and funding
special projects. The college councils are funded by
UF Student Government.

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Associated Builders and Contractors

Four Rinker School students from the ABC Student
Chapter were recognized with Awards of Excellence
by the ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter at their
prestigious ceremony on April 8h in Tampa. The event,
which was attended by more than 500 people, honored
all of the ABC Gulf Coast Chapter Excellence in
Construction Awards for projects in the greater Tampa

The students were selected based on academics, civic
involvement, student chapter participation, and school
activities. This year's awards were presented to:

-Matt Widamier, Award of Excellence Winner
(May 2005 graduate)
-Phil Whitehill, Award of Excellence 2nd Place
(May 2005 graduate)
-Casey Wilson, Award of Excellence 3rd Place
(May 2005 graduate)
-Andrew Nieman, Award of Merit (S2)

chapter a success. These students were heavily
involved in community service projects, club outings,
and ABC Gulf Coast Chapter meetings.
Congratulations to all of them.
The annual ABC student-contractor golftournament
was another success in March 2005. The event
was held at Ironwood Golf Course and had more
than 120 golfers participating.

The event provides a great opportunity for students
and contractors to network in a casual, yet
competitive, environment. This year's event also
provided a venue for the Student Chapter to raise
money for the Brendan Dobbins Search Fund.
Participants and the student chapter pulled together
to contribute $1000 towards the search for the
missing Australian exchange student.

The Winning Team was:
Jon and Dave Lowman (DRL Construction), Sean
Gardner and Robert Gosnell

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Each of the students have demonstrated leadership
by taking an active role in making the ABC Student

National Association of Home Builders
This spring semester, the Student Chapter of the NAHB The barbeque was a well received break from the daily
sent 12 student members to the International Builder's routine for the students. Future plans for the Student
Show in Orlando. The trip in January was made Chapter of the NAHB include a trip to Pulte Homes in
possible by contributions from both KB Homes and Pulte Orlando, for the Fall 2005 semester. We would like to
Homes. In March, the NAHB and the AGC hosted a thank all of you who support the Student Chapter of
barbeque forthe students of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School the NAHB. Without your support, the NAHB would
of Building Construction. be unable to perform as it has.

Construction Management Association of America

The CMAA is an organization that promotes construction
management as a method of building as opposed to the
traditional contractors/owner relationship. This semester
the UF CMAA chapter has had multiple meetings with
guest speakers who gave insight, through their
experience in the construction industry. Additionally,

the club went to Tampa, on a chartered trip to see
URS, which currently owns the largest construction
site in Florida. This trip also entailed lunch and a visit
to the construction of an upscale condominium. On a
social level, CMAA has had a breakfast and a Jai-Alai
social for members and potential members.

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Residential Management Team

Every year the National Association of Home Builder's,
in conjunction with their convention, holds a national
competition for and among those universities and colleges
that offer degrees in construction. This year's residential
competition was held in Orlando, Florida. The project
selected for this year's competition was an actual
residential community development located on the coast
in South Carolina.

The team spent many hours performing quantity takeoff,
pricing, and developing the presentation package. Their
efforts were supported by the advisory team members:
Mr. Joe Knabel, VP, BCBE Construction Co., Naples,
Florida and by Dr. Rick Smailes and Professor Michael

Team members included Michelle Junkin, Josh Spalten,

PhilWhitehill, Matt Widmaier, Mark Williams and Casey
Wilson. The strategy selected by this year's team was
not the typical Power Point presentation, but more of
an informal negotiation, face-to-face panel discussion;
a strategy that proved to be quite effective.

The team finished 9t in the national competition out of
of 43 participating teams. With such a great finish
they are all looking forward with much anticipation to
next year's competition.

The team would like to thank BCBE (Boran Craig
Barber Engle Construction Co., Inc.) for
sponsoring this year's team, as well as agreeing to
sponsor them again next year when the competition
will again be held in Orlando.

Associated General Contractors

The Associated General Contractors had a very active
Spring Semester. During the semester, speakers were
brought in from M.M. Parish, Habitat for Humanity, The
College Resource Center at UF, and Masonry
Contractors to speak to our 75 active members. AGC
also put on two Bar-B-Ques for the BCN faculty, staff
and students during lunch. With the support of Mike
Cairns (Treasurer), AGC participated in the
Extravacanza food drive which took place at the Oaks
Mall. AGC was honored with the most cans submitted.
Before the BCN Career Fair, a resume reviewer was
brought in as a service to the students.

Community Service
During each semester, you will always find Dr. Leon
Wetherington working on many community service
projects. These range from painting and fixing up indi-
vidual homes to helping non-profit companies with fix-
up projects. One of the projects that was worked on
during this past spring semester was painting the Ronald
McDonald House in Gainesville.

Another important function of the Associated General
Contractors club is to provide an opportunity for all
BCN students to socialize. This past semester AGC
club sponsored four socials and also strengthened its
ties with the National AGC organization and with local
companies. Jeff Lang (President) was able to obtain
financial support from the National Organization as
well as a club banner.

Plans for the fall semester include more career fair
assistance, guest speakers and BCN socials.

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This was a project that lasted a few weekends and
included UF faculty, staff and students from different
departments. Included in that were many of our very
own BCN students. Thank you everyone who
participated in all of the projects that took place over
the past semester.


Larry Myers is the Legislative Assistant for Rep. Aaron Bean,
District 12, Florida House of Representatives. District 12
represents Nassau, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval and Union

Gary Bruehler and his wife Carol remain busy with their
tennis, golf and their wealth of projects. Their son Gregory
and his family have recently moved back to Texas from Alaska
and their daughter Lori, who is a Navy nurse will soon be
stationed in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Steve Johns went to work with Centex Rooney in SouthFlorida
after graduating and continued there until 1986. At that time
he co-founded C.G. Chase Construction Co. where he remained
until 2003. He is now back in Gainesville and enjoying retired
life with his wife Sandy.

Fred Seidell HI is currently the SeniorPre-ConstructionMan-
ager with W.G Yates and Sons Construction Company. He
has been developing a Model in MC to do a lot of bids on
Overseas State Department (OBO) projects in the summer.

Timothy Davis is Vice President of Smoot Companies. He is
responsible for the Columbus Public Schools Projects con-
sisting of seven segments over a 10-year span with a budget
of $1.7 billion.

August Huber is the Director of Professional Services for
The Atlantic Group. August has two children, the 24-year-
old daughter will be receiving her Master's in Nursing Ad-
ministration from Vanderbilt in August. She will then be a
First Lieutenant in the Air Force. The 21-year-old is junior
in Electrical Engineering at Arizona State.

Rich Tumipseed has been the VP of Sales and Large Projects
for Comark Building Systems, Inc. inDallas, TX for the past 5
years. They build prefabricated structures for Education,
Medical, Military and Commercial markets.

Col. Josuelito Worrell is the director of the engineering sup-
port directorate for the Air Force Civil Engineer Support
Agency. He was recently selected by the Society of Ameri-
can Military Engineers officials to receive the society's
president's medal.

Mike Kaufman is the owner and CEO of Kaufman Lynn Gen-
eral Contractors located inBoca Raton, FL. They are in their


16th year of business. They were voted Business of the Year
in '03 by the South Florida Business Journal and were voted
Runner-Up for '05.

Tom Maurer was promoted to Purchasing Manager for Turner
Construction Company for North and Central Florida.

Pete Pace has joined Joe Smith, an '83 BCN grad., as a part-
ner of J.F. Smith Building Contractors. He willbe Vice Presi-
dent and Division Manager of the commercial construction

J. Matthew Ulch is President and Founder of Lighthouse
Construction Services Inc. in Delray Beach. They offer
Construction Mgt., Owners Representation and a wide array
of Pre-Construction Services. He has two sons.

Todd Andrew is founder and president of Andrew General
Contractors (AGC) in Orlando. Founded in 1996, AGC has
worked on a variety of projects including restaurant venues,
newspaper facilities, banking centers, educational buildings
and manufacturing plants. He currently resides in Winter
Park with his wife Sandy and their three children.

Amy Rahn started her own real estate company in Atlanta
two years ago and now has over 60 agents. She has won
seven Professionalism awards from the Home Builders Asso-
ciation for home building and marketing. She recently got
married inHobe Sound, FL.

Darrell North is the Vice President of Construction with
Waterford Companies in Venice, FL. The position oversees
all aspects of the mid and high rise condominium construc-
tion and development division. He currently resides in the
Venice area with his wife, daughter and son.

Eric Baumgarten recently completed the Grand Ballroom and
Kitchen projects at the Mar-a-Lago Country Club in Palm
Beach, FL for Donald Trump. He currently lives in Port St.
Lucie, FL with his wife Angela and their three children.

Jeffrey Kalish has worked for numerous companies since
graduation, but now owns his own construction company
named JFK Construction, Inc. dba San Marino Concrete Wall.

Barry Ozer was recently promoted to WW Sales Operation
Manager of the B2B ibm.com division. He has also started a


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side business named 535s Sport Optics. It is an eyewear
company dedicated to help improve sports performance.
Along with that, Barry and his wife Kerri have adopted three
children and are finalizing the adoption on another little girl.

Mark Kraft has accepted a Project Management position
with The Morganti Group, Inc. in their Orlando Office. His
wife Tamara and his son Evanwill bejoining him in relocating
to the Orlando area.

Rich Shannon was recently promoted to Account Manager
for Williams Company in Orlando, FL. He has been with the
Williams Company for 10 years and is managing construc-
tion operations for retail and industrial clients. He and his
wife Andi have one son Kellen.

Heather Crandall-Vallier recently became a Purchasing
Agent for Pulte Homes in Jacksonville, FL after returning
from her maternity leave. Her husband Tom and daughter
Sierra were very excited to welcome Mia Jade into the world

Terry Lilling is currently a Project Manager for Catalfumo
Construction, Ltd. out of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He is the
lead PM on a $35 million project for Palm Beach County
Capital Improvements Division called "Palm Beach County
Operations & Support Center." He resides inBoyntonBeach
with his wife Colleen.

Frank Cava currently works for Ryan Homes in the Washing-
ton, DC area. He has been to every International Builders'
Show since 1998 as a recruiter for them and judge for Resi-
dential Construction Competitions since 2003.

Matt Dennis has worked for Tesar Homes, Inc., a small cus-
tom homebuilder in Sarasota, FL since January 2002. The
company specializes in large custom waterfront homes. He
has been married to Emily since April 2001 and they are ex-
pecting their first child in October.

Evan Roseblatt was married in November 2003 to another
Gator Alumni. They currently reside in Boca Raton, FL. He
has begun working as a Pre-Construction Manager with a
full-service real estate development company in South Florida.
He is also enrolled in FAU taking classes to receive an MBA
with a specialization in Real Estate.

The Class of Dec. 1995 is gathering for a 10-year
reunion at the Homecoming game, October 8th. All
BCN Dec '95 graduates please contact Jenessa
Myers at jm5cirs 'ato rconstruct.com
for information.

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

Let us Know!!!

Tell us about any job appointments,
announcements, new contact information, etc.

E-mail: Stacey Rosenberg at

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Newsletter and for the BCN Regional Club mailings.
If you are not receiving these mailings, have recently
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Biographical department and is checked every day
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BCN Alumni Regional Clubs

The Rinker School of Building Construction has
graduated over 5200 undergraduates, 700 Masters, and
30 Ph.D. students. The School has decided to form
BCN Alumni Regional Clubs to foster and enhance the
relationship between the School, its alumni and friends,
and to support the School's mission ofteaching, research
and service. The idea of forming BCN Regional Clubs
was first suggested by Diaz Frietz Isabel Group of
Tampa in August 2003. They followed their suggestion
by sending a survey questionnaire to about 150 BCN
Alumni in Tampa area. The results of the survey
showed a strong interest among the BCN alumni to
form a BCN club. Major goals/objectives of a BCN
club identified by the respondents were:
o Fundraising to Benefit the School
o Fellowship ofAlumni
o Social Interaction
o Share the Great Gator Spirit
o Communication of Information
(industry news, trends, employment)
o CEU Credits /Educational Benefits
(job experiences, seminars, lecturers)

Eight BCN Clubs have been or are in the process of
being formed in Florida, as well as one in Atlanta, GA.
The first meeting of the UF Tampa Bay BCN Gator
Club was held on February 3, 2005. About 60 BCN
alumni attended and selected five members for the
Club's Board of Directors (Bob Angle, Jeff Nelson,
Wayne Roberts, Jr., David Rubin, and Jeff Schiller).
The Board members have met several times so far and
drafted the club's by-laws, held the second meeting on
May 4th and are planning the third meeting of the Club
for August 11. Their plan is to meet quarterly and have
a guest speaker from the School at least once or twice

a year to provide an update of the School's progress
and needs. In addition, they are planning to have
continuing education courses taught by the School's

The Jacksonville BCN Club had its first meeting on
June 9h. More than 30 BCN alumni attended and
selected their Board of Directors (Patrick Madigan,
Marko Milich, Lucas Morris, Paul Stem, Erik Sharpe,
and Ray Varas). Erik Sharpe and Jennifer Baldwin of
Brasfield and Gorrie organized the event.

The Palm Beach BCN Alumni Club met on July 7th
with approximately 45 in attendance. They plan to meet
again toward the end of August to select their Board
Members. Vince Burkhardt, President, and Sarah
Burkhardt, Director of Development, for Burkhardt
Construction organized the event.

Breck Weingart of Charles Perry Construction and Kim
Stanley of PPI Construction Management, Inc. have
organized a meeting for the Gainesville/Ocala BCN
Alumni for August 18th from 6 to 8 pm at Emerson
Alumni Hall on the UF Campus.

The first meeting of the Miami/Ft Lauderdale BCN
Alumni has been scheduled for September 13 from 4
to 7 pm at Rinker FEC quarry in Miami. Steve Palmer
of Stiles Corp. and John Bennett of Rinker Materials
are organizing the event.

The Rinker School would like to invite you to join one
of the BCN Regional Alumni Clubs. To learn more about
the BCN Clubs, please contact one of the Regional
Coordinators below.

BCN Regional Clubs Coordinator Contact Information

North Central (Gainesville): Breck Weingart, President, Charles Perry Construction, breck perryconstruction.com
Northeast (Jacksonville): Erik Sharpe, Operations Manager, Brasfield and Gorrie, ESharpeBmrasfieldGorrie.com
Central West (Tampa): Bob Angle, President, Angle & Schmid, Inc., rpa@angle-schmid.com
Central (Orlando): John Sofarelli, President, J. Raymond Construction Corp., jsofarelli@jray.com
Southwest (Ft. Meyers): John Gooding, President, Deerbrook, Inc, john@deerbrookinc.com
Southeast (West Palm): Vince Burkhardt, President, Burkhardt Construction, Inc. vince burkhardtconstruction.com
Southeast (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale): Steve Palmer, COO, Stiles Corporation, stevep@stiles.com and John Bennett,
General Manager Sales, Rinker Materials, JFBennett@Rinker.com
Atlanta: Bill Pinto, President and COO, Hardin Construction Company, Bpinto@hardinconstruction.com

We are currently looking for a volunteer to coordiante the formation of a BCN club in the Northwest Region.
If you are interested please contact Dr. Abdol Chini, chini@ufl.edu.

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BCN Distinguished Alumnus Award

This award is given annually to a graduate of the School
who has graduated a minimum often (10) years prior
to the award. The Nominee must have distinguished
himself/herself since graduation in a construction field
and have demonstrated consistent support of the School
since graduation. The Nominee's recognition may be
on a local, regional, national, or international basis. The
award is presented during the Spring College of Design,
Construction and Planning Awards Ceremony.

The 2005 BCN Distinguished Alumnus is Harley Miller.
Harley graduated from the University of Florida in 1969
with a degree in Building Construction. He worked as
an estimator and project manager for Frank J. Rooney
for four years before founding Miller Construction
Company in 1973 with his brother Tom. Miller
Construction Company is considered a premier design/
builder and general contractor in South Florida.

As the President, Harley has helped manage the growth
of Miller Construction Company. Recent projects such
as Airbus Flight Training Facility, Riverside Hotel and
the NBC 6 Broadcast Facility can be added to the over
400 commercial and residential facilities that Miller
Construction Company has constructed in Florida.

Harley currently serves on the Executive Committee
of the Advisory Board for the School of Building
Construction. He also serves on several other
construction and real estate related boards. A past
President of, and continues to serve on the Board of
Directors forNAIOP (National Association of Industrial
and Office Properties) as well as a past President and
continuing Director of the Board for the CASF
(Construction Association of South Florida) since 1990.

Harley has been married to his wife, Susan, for 27 years
and has two sons, Harley and Jesse, who are graduates
of the University of Florida.

Distinguished Alumnus

Harley W. Miller

To nominate someone for the 2006 BCN Distinguished
Alumnus Award please contact: Dr. Jimmie Hinze, 304
RNK, PO Box 115703 Gainesville, FL 32611

William A. "Bill" Pinto

William Pinto became the 16th recipient of the Golden
Hammer Award on Friday, May 27. The award was
presented by The Atlanta Chapters of The American
Society of Professional Estimators and Professional Con-
struction Estimators Association. This award honors
Bill's dedication to construction excellence, his active
support of the industry and his community involvement.

Bill graduated from the University of Florida with both
bachelor's and master's degrees in building construc-
tion before joining Hardin Construction Company in
1974. After 31 years, he is still with Hardin and is the
President and Chief Operating Officer. In 1998 he was
inducted into the Rinker School's Construction Hall of
Fame. He is an Emeritus member of the BCN Advi-
sory Council Executive Committee.

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Thankyou to alf who donated to the M.E. Rinker, Sr.

School of Buifdng Construction general Fund (1w15-731/05

Mr. MyronL. Corets

TaylerM. Boyd, Jr.

Raymond J. Kearney, Jr.
KarlE. Weis

Mr. George A. Olsen

William R. Cesey, Jr.

Mark Michael Mazina

Col. Darrall R. Henderson
Mark A. Phillips

Mr. Arthur C. Higginbotham

Alan C. Miller

William P. Byrne
Frank R. Trabold

Charles A. Congdon, Jr.

James B. Clark
Wayne E. Wadsworth

Mr. Scott A. Mello

Mr. Timothy J. Sergenian

Adam C. Bolton

BryanM. Sanetz
John T. Sewell, Jr.

Danny Grant, Jr.
Hector E. Valdez

John R. Strid

Eric H. Palmer
ExxonMobil Foundation

Donations from
Construction Companies:
A2 Group, Inc.
Anderson Const. Co. ofN. FL
Bechtel Foundation
Clark Const. Group, Inc.
Hager Construction Co.
James A. Cummings, Inc.
Kalemeris Construction, Inc.
Morgan Co., Inc.
Rychris Contracting Co., Inc.
Fluor Foundation
Weitz Company

Robert S. DeMartino

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Spring BCN Advisory Council

Executive Committee Meeting

The Spring BCN Advisory Council Executive
Committee meeting was held on April 15, 2005 at the
Orlando Airport Hyatt. Members present included:
Vincent Burkhardt (Chair), Steve Palmer (Vice Chair),
RobertAngle, John Bennett, Curtis Culver, Rick Derrer,
Lance Frankham, Sidney Jordan, John McIntyre, Bill
Morthland, Bill Pinto, Chip Reid, Erik Sharpe, Darrell
Smith, John Sofarelli, Dan Whiteman, Don Whyte,
Abdol Chini, Robert Cox, and Marcia Bourdon.

A major decision made at this meeting was the creation
and establishment of the BCN Regional Alumni Clubs
(see the BCN Alumni Club article on page 20). The
group also decided to continue to have its Spring meeting
at the Orlando Airport Hyatt. The next EXCOM
meeting is scheduled in conjunction with the UF
Homecoming events for Friday October 7th at Rinker
Hall from 8:00 am noon.

Leadership and Management Seminars: An Invitation

BCN seniors are required to take several construction
management courses, among them BCN 4712,
Managing Construction Operations. This course
includes exposure of students to ethics and leadership
issues. The instructor, Dr. Charles Kibert, is inviting
leaders from the construction industry to provide these
seniors the benefit of their experience in leading and
managing construction companies plus their experiences
in handling ethical issues. It is hoped that these guest

lectures will be compiled into a series of case studies
for use in improving the teaching of leadership and
management in the Rinker School. The class meets
Tuesday and Thursdays during the Fall semester at
8:30 am. The Tuesday class consists of two 50-minute
periods, with a single 50-minute period on Thursday.
Dr. Kibert can be contacted at 352-273-1189 or via
email at ckibert (,ufl.edu.

Brendan Dobbins

The Rinker School was
saddened to hear that the
remains found on a beach in
Costa Rica on June 11, 2005
have been confirmed to be those
of Brendan Dobbins, an
Australian exchange student
who was attending classes
during the Spring 2005 semester.
Along with several of his Australian and American
friends, Brendan was visiting Costa Rica on spring
break when he disappeared the evening prior to his

scheduled return flight to Florida. Brendan was last
seen early in the morning of March 4, 2005.

Rinker School students, staff, and faculty raised about
$7,000 in funds to assist the family in their 3-month
search for Brendan. A memorial or scholarship is
being considered to remember Brendan.

The alumni, faculty, staff, and students of the Rinker
School are saddened by Brendan's death and would
like to express our deep condolences to the Dobbins
family for the loss of their son.

Volume 69, Issue 2 August 2005 BCN fall 2005 23


news and appointments

Dr. Robert Cox was named one of five inaugural
members of the University of Florida's new Academy
of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Founded by former
Provost David Colbur, the Academy of Distinguished
Teaching Scholars will create an interdisciplinary cadre
of pedagogical experts to enhance teaching and learning
throughout the university. The Teaching Scholars
program was conceived in August 2004 as a means of
rewarding and utilizing the most adept and effective
educators on campus to enhance teaching and learning
at the University of Florida.

In the first year, five scholars were selected, based on
the following criteria:

* Is committed to the belief that superior teaching and
research go hand-in-hand.
* Has a very high level of experience and a history of
success in the classroom that goes well beyond excellent
student evaluations.
* Has a strong desire to assist colleagues at all levels in
effective teaching and learning strategies.

Five additional scholars will be appointed each year for
the next two years until the first set of scholars rotate
out and the process begins again.

The five inaugural Teaching Scholars for 2005 are:

Laurence Alexander (Journalism & Communications),
Robert Cox (Design, Construction & Planning),
Gail Kauwell (IFAS),
Michael Olexa (Agriculture & Life Sciences) and
Robert Ray (Liberal Arts & Sciences).

These outstanding educators have demonstrated
sustained innovation and commitment to teaching
throughout their careers. They also have articulated
their vision for promoting excellence across campus to
the faculty committee that reviewed nominees to the

Richard Smailes
Received Excellence in Teaching Award

The graduating seniors
selected Dr. Richard Smailes
as the recipient of the

for the Spring 2005 semester.
S Dr. Smailes teaches courses
in Construction Planning and
Control and Construction

Leon Wetherington, Mike

Cook and Kevin Grosskopf
Received Teaching Awards

Junior I students, Junior II students and Senior I
students selected the most outstanding and
dedicated professor for the Spring 2005 semester.
Junior I students selected Dr. Leon Wetherington
who taught Construction Techniques-Superstruc-
tures. Junior II students selected Professor Michael
Cook who taught Estimating I and Senior I students
selected Dr. Kevin Grosskopf who taught
Construction Financing.

Dr. Leon


Professor Dr. Kevin
Mike Cook Grosskopf

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Volume 69. Issue 2 Auaust 2005




news and appointments

BCN Says Farewell to Two Faculty Members

This past spring, Dr. Kwaku
Tenhali taught his last class in
thel Rinker School. He
Sdecidced that this past year
v i uld be his last year as a
tacuIIt\ member. He will now
dc'\ tc all of his efforts to his
Sp)aStoial duties at the
Lighthouse Evangelistic Pentecostal Church. Dr.
Tenah joined the Rinker faculty in January 1991. He
came to the United States from Ghana in 1973 when
he was enrolled in the master's program at Stanford
University (he was a classmate of Dr. Jimmie Hinze).
He also received his Engineers Degree from Stanford.
He then enrolled at Texas A&M University where he
earned his doctoral degree and where he taught for a
number of years. He also taught at the University of
Kansas. Dr. Tenah was a valued faculty member as
he was versatile in his talents, being willing and capable
of teaching both the management and structures
courses. We will miss him and wish him the very best
as he continues to serve his church, and hopefully,
have more time to spend with his family.

After nearly 20 years, Dr.
Marc T. Smith is leaving the
University of Florida and his
Associate Director position
with the Shimberg Center for
Affordable Housing. Marc
joined the UF College of
Business in the Finance,
Insurance, & Real Estate Department in August 1986
after receiving his Ph. D. in Economics from Ohio
State University. He joined the Shimberg Center for
Affordable Housing as Associate Director in May
1993. Marc is adept at proposal writing and generated
over $1.5 million in funded research plus another
$500,000 for a HUD-sponsored Community Outreach
Partnership Center. He played a lead role in the
establishment of the Residential Construction
Management program within the traditional Building
Construction Management curriculum. He led the
effort to establish the University Partnership Office
in Tampa where the UF-Shimberg Center works in

cooperation with the University of South Florida and
FloridaA&M in a shared office space. The objective
of the partnership is to draw upon the special talents
of each of the three universities to improve housing
opportunities and to stimulate community development
in the Tampa area.

Marc has resigned effective August 15 and has
accepted a tenured faculty position in the School of
Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin -
Madison where he will serve as the state housing policy

We wish Marc and Sallie the very best and remind
them that they are in for some very cold winter

BCN Welcomes a New

Faculty Member

Esther Obonyo joins the
Rinker faculty as an
Assistant Professor.
Esther received her
bachelor's degree in
Building Economics
(Quantity Surveying) from
University of Nairobi in
Kenya and a master's degree in Architectural
Technology from the University of Nottingham in
the UK. She holds a doctoral degree from
Loughborough University. Her research focus is in
the area of Construction Informatics and Business

Esther joins Florida from the UK where she has
been working in Business Improvement and
Innovations for a subsidiary company of the Balfour
Beatty Group. Prior to that, she worked as a
Research Engineer for a construction IT company.
Before moving to the UK, she was working for an
American Construction Company in Kenya as a
Cost Engineer/Project Manager. She has also
worked with Quantity Surveying Consultancy firms
in Kenya.

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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-
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planning to celebrate with banquets throughout the state
for alumni and industry supporters. The purpose of these
gatherings is to promote the School and its initiatives,
to raise additional funds for a new endowed
professorship and to celebrate the accomplishments of
our alumni in a social setting that we can all enjoy. The
Tampa Bay banquet is the first of the eight regional
celebrations and will be held in Tampa at the Grand
Hyatt Tampa Bay on September 21st. The Tampa Bay
club plans to set the benchmark high for others to follow.

The sad news this past May was the passing of Chuck
Perry, a BCN Construction Hall of Fame inductee and
a dear friend and supporter of the school. I would like
to send my deepest s mpath% to his wife Nancy and
other famliy members.

Once again, I would like to thank our generous alumni
and benefactors for providing us the funding to properly
furnish Rinker Hall. Your support is essential for us to
maintain the high quality of our program.

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. The 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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