Front Cover
 Messages from the Interim Dean...
 Table of Contents
 What's new at BCN
 70th anniversary banquet for Tampa...
 70th anniversary updates
 BCN centers and programs
 BCN events
 BCN students
 BCN alumni
 BCN advisory board EXCOM
 Friends and donors
 Guest speakers
 BCN faculty
 BCN brick paver campaign
 Advisory council
 Back Cover

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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Messages from the Interim Dean and Director
        Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Page 3
    What's new at BCN
        Page 4
        Page 5
    70th anniversary banquet for Tampa Bay
        Page 6
        Page 7
    70th anniversary updates
        Page 8
    BCN centers and programs
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
    BCN events
        Page 12
    BCN students
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
    BCN alumni
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
    BCN advisory board EXCOM
        Page 21
    Friends and donors
        Page 22
    Guest speakers
        Page 23
    BCN faculty
        Page 24
        Page 25
    BCN brick paver campaign
        Page 26
    Advisory council
        Page 27
    Back Cover
        Page 28
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I ;

I A Message From a

Anthony Dasta
Interim Dean

I would like to take this opportunity as the Interim Dean
to first thank the alumni and friends of the M.E. Rinker,
Sr. School of Building Construction. It is your continued
support that has greatly contributed to the success of
the program. As we all know, 2005 marked the School's
70th anniversary and the development of the BCN
Alumni Regional Clubs, which enhance and encourage
the relationship between the School and its alumni and
friends, has been very successful. I saw first hand at
the reception in Tampa on September 21st, 2005 just
how dedicated and enthusiastic the alumni and friends
are when it comes to supporting the M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction.

I would also like to express my appreciation to the
Rinker Family and the Marshall E. Rinker, Sr.
Foundation and its chairman and president, Dr. David
Rinker for the continued support they have provided to
the School. The most recent being a $1 million dollar
gift for the Rinker Scholar endowment.

The Rinker School has made significant progress under
the leadership of Dr. Abdol Chini. Under his leadership,
the Rinker School has made significant increases in
the graduate programs, increases in Funded Research
and most recently the development of the Charles R.
Perry Crafts Awareness Program.

In closing, we are currently in the search for a new
dean for the College of Design, Construction and
Planning and I ask that you take the time to get involved
in this very important task facing our college. The
committee has been established and you can contact
Dr. Chini or me for more information regarding the
process. Serving as one of the members of the
committee is Mr. Steve Palmer, COO, Stiles
Corporation and President of the BCN Advisory Council
Executive Committee.

Dr. Abdol Chini


It has been a very exciting spring for the Rinker School
of Building Construction. We have received several
major gifts that will enhance the quality and the
reputation of our academic programs. The Charles R.
Perry Endowed Professorship has been established
through a generous $1 million commercial annuity gift
by late Chuck Perry. The plan is to apply for the 75%
state match and use the income from the endowment
to hire a much needed additional faculty member.

We have made good progress in the design
development of the 3000-sq.ft. Perry Construction Yard
to house the Charles R. Perry Crafts Awareness
Program. An innovative roofing system comprised of
plants and soil has been proposed for the roof of this
facility. Known as an "eco-roof," it is part of a trend
that is being driven in part by research at the Rinker
School that has the underlying strategy of restoring
nature wherever possible. The green roof will provide
insulating value to the roof, reducing cooling loads in
summer and heating loads in winter. It will also reduce
cooling loads on Rinker Hall itself by providing a surface
that will absorb solar energy rather than reflecting it
back into the main building. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank Nancy Perry for her generous
support of the School. She agreed to provide the
additional funding needed to put an "eco-roof' on Perry
Construction Yard.

I am also pleased to announce that the M.E. Rinker,
Sr. Foundation has committed $1 million to the School
to fund the Rinker Scholar program. This pledge is
designated for the creation of an endowment to be used
for the support of faculty members of the Associated
Schools of Construction admitted by the Rinker School
into its doctoral program. I would like to take this
opportunity to express my deep gratitude to Dr. David
Rinker. The Rinker family's investments in our program
give us many opportunities which would otherwise be
virtually impossible without this support.

The Rinker School's 70th year anniversary celebrations
started with a banquet at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on
September 21st, 2005. It was a memorable night for
more than 300 BCN alumni and friends who attended.
continued on page 27

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a bi-annual publication

Table of contents

Homecoming Barbeque...4
The Perry Construction Yard...4
BCN Alumni Regional Clubs...5

70th Anniversary Banquet for Tampa Bay...6-7

70th Anniversary Updates ...8
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing...9

Fluor Program for Construction Safety...10
Powell Center for Construction and Environment... 10
Germany Exchange Program...11
Fall 2005 Career Fair...11

BCN Events... 12
Student Organizations...13-16

Field Trips... 17

Alumni News...18-19

BCN Advisory Board EXCOM...21

Friends and Donors...22-23
Guest Speakers...23

Faculty News...24

BCN Brick Paver Campaign...26
Advisory Council...27

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
for all of her contributions


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Fall 2005 Homecoming Barbeque

The day dawned bright and sunny on October 8th,
encouraging BCN alumni and Gator fans to congregate
on the lawn of the Rinker Building. A small ceremony
was held to award Steve Powell with his Construction
Hall of Fame Plaque, and unveil his name on the Hall of
Fame Wall at the Rinker entrance. This was followed
by a sumptuous Barbeque feast, generously provided
by Burkhardt Construction. BCN faculty, students,
and alumni mingled and shared BCN memories and
experiences, before heading off to enjoy the game.

Mr. Steve Powell accepting his Construction Hall
of Fame Plaque from Dr. Abdol Chini

Dr. Leon Wetherington, Mr. Vince Burkhardt,
Dr. Abdol Chini and Mrs. Sharon Burkhardt.

Students, Alumni and Faculty enjoying the
homecoming barbeque

Fall 2005 Homecoming Parade

BCN teamed up with the College of Education to
design a float for the 82nd annual homecoming parade.
The float featured a family of paper-mache gators, along
with their bulldog. The parade, which is normally ob-
served by more than 100,000 people included former
Alumni and NFL star Emmitt Smith and Kendra Todd,
winner of the third season of The Apprentice. The home-
coming parade's theme was "GatorNation". We would
like to thank Charles Perry Construction for spon-
soring the float and Rinker Materials for allowing
BCN to use their truck to pull the float.

The Perry Construction Yard
The design development phase of the 3000-sq.ft. Perry
Construction Yard started in November 2005 when PPI
was hired as the design-builder. Construction is expected
to start at the beginning of March 2006 with a completion
date of August 1, 2006. The facility will include a craft
demonstration area with a 100-student seating arena.
Gould-Evans Architects was commissioned for the
design to keep it in harmony with Rinker Hall and its
LEED Gold sustainability classification. The Perry
Construction Yard will be naturally ventilated and will
have a state-of-the-art green roof.

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BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates

The North Central Florida (Gainesville/Ocala)
BCN Alumni Club held its second meeting on
November 16th. The meeting was held at the office
of Charles Perry Construction, and over 30 alumni
attended. The featured speaker was Cathy Atria with
the Alachua County School Board. Ms. Atria gave an
update on the School Board's viewpoint of the Jessica
Lunsford Act and how it is affecting the construction
industry. We would like to thank Joyner Construction
for sponsoring the meeting. The Board of Directors
include Domenic Scorpio, Brandon Tinkham, Matt
Webster and Louie Wise.

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for mid Feb-
ruary. Anyone interested in more information on this
club and events, please contact Domenic Scorpio, Club
President, at PPI Construction Management at (352)-

John Sofarelli, President of J. Raymond Construction
Corp. has offered to head up the BCN Alumni Club of
Central Florida/Orlando. The first meeting of the
Club was held on November 3rd at the Hilton in
Altamonte Springs. More than 50 BCN alumni at-
tended and selected their Board of Directors (Richard
Betourne; Philip Copare; Jack Dunlop, Jr.; Art
Higginbotham; Matt Lines; Tom Maurer; Laurence
Oleck, Jr.; Rich Shannon; John Sofarelli; Mike Wood;
and Hal Ziegler).

John Sofarelli, President of J. Raymond Construction
Corp. organized and sponsored the event.

The Board of Directors will meet on February 3, 2006,
in the J. Raymond Construction Longwood Office. If
you would like additional information or would like to
join the Club, please contact John Sofarelli at:

The Northeast/Jacksonville Region BCN Club is
currently preparing a date for its next meeting. The
meeting will be held either in February or March. If
you would like additional information or would like to
join the Club, please contact Erik Sharpe at:

The first meeting of the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale BCN
Alumni Club took place on September 13 from 4-7 pm

at the Rinker FEC quarry in Miami. About 200 people
showed up, with 100 BCN graduates in attendance.
Rinker Materials sponsored a bus tours of the facility to
everyone who attended. The FEC facility is the largest
state of the art aggregate quarry in the United States.
The core group directing the activities of the club include:
John Bennett, Rick Derrer, Chip Reid, Steve Palmer
and Dan Whiteman. Steve Palmer of Stiles Corp. and
John Bennett of Rinker Materials organized the first
meeting. John Bennett, one of the coordinators said
"Overall, this was a very positive event for the BCN
alumni." Anyone interested in more information on this
Club and events, please contact Steve Palmer, Club
President, at Stiles Corp. at (954) 627-9300 or
stevep@ stiles.com

The UF Tampa Bay BCN Gator Club has had an
exceptional first year of progress since inception in
February 2005. The "Flagship" club counts
approximately 193 members that are included in its
directory and 99% are BCN alumni from the nine county
region (Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Polk,
Pasco, Hernando, Sumter and Hardee). The Club hosts
quarterly meetings at a local venue, most recently at
Rick's on the River in Tampa, and has been able to
secure sponsors to defray the costs of snacks and has
a "cash bar" arrangement that has worked out well.
All members in the Club directory are notified of the
meetings by the "E-Vite" system and attendance has
been between 40 to 50 members at the summer and fall
events. The fall meeting in November was sponsored
by Tappouni Mechanical Services Inc., Paul Tappouni
(1986) and Chris Tappouni (1993) are BCN graduates.
Also during the fall meeting a review of the construction
project for the new headquarters of the Tampa Bay
Buccaneers, including their complete new training
facility, was presented by the project joint-venture team
of Hunt/Sierra. Bill Morthland is in charge of the Tampa
office of Hunt Construction, Paul Sierra is a 1970 BCN
graduate and his daughter, Gina, is a 1994 BCN

The Club also hosted the first of several regional BCN
70th Anniversary Celebrations, for more information
please see pages 6 & 7. If you would like additional
information or would like to join the Club, please contact
Bob Angle at: rpa@angle-schmid.com.

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The Tampa Bay Region UF BCN Gator Club Hosts the First

Alumni, friends and sponsors got together on
Wednesday evening, September 21st, 2005 at the Grand
Hyatt Tampa Bay to celebrate the School's 70th
anniversary and participate in a fundraiser for an
endowed professorship.

The Tampa Bay Region UF BCN Gator Club is one of
six clubs recently organized in the State of Florida and
was responsible for hosting the event. It was a
memorable night for all in attendance where celebrating
the alumni, friends, sponsors and the School's
accomplishments took center stage. The evening
started with a cocktail reception, then dinner and a

Rinker Hall when it was under construction and gave a
presentation entitled, A High Performance Building.
Also during the event Mr. Bob Angle, President-Elect
of the Club acknowledged and thanked those Professor
Emeritus of the School that were in attendance, Dr.
Brisbane H. Brown, Jr.; Dr. Jack Martin; Dr. William
Gunby and Dr. Harold Holland. Marcia Bourdon, DCP
Director of Development, with the assistance of Greg
Fulginiti of the University of Florida Alumni Association
then honored the BCN Grand Guard Alumni; Jim
Kalemeris, BCN 1951; Richard Dreyer, BCN 1950;
and Dr. William Gunby, BCN 1953. Slide shows of the
School's past 70 years of accomplishments as well as
those of our table sponsors were shown during the

In addition to celebrating the Rinker School's 70th
anniversary, this event also raised $45,000 for the
School's 70th Anniversary Endowed Professorship. The
resources generated by this endowment would be used
to bring outstanding construction professionals into the
classroom to share their knowledge with our students
and give them broader exposure to the "real world" of

The program began with Jeff Schiller, President of the
Tampa Club, giving a brief description of the Tampa
Club's initiatives and purpose of the banquet. He also
thanked all those in attendance for coming as well as
acknowledged the Tampa Bay Board Members and
table sponsors, without their support the event would
not have been possible. Dr. Chini then presented the
School's new recruiting video, Tradition ofExcellence,
which showcased the successful BCN alumni, their
respect for the School, and the importance of giving
back to support the School. Professor Tony Dasta,
Interim Dean for the College, then welcomed the group
and gave a brief accounting of the Rinker School's
activities. We were also fortunate to have Cathy
Underhill of Cathy's Cottages speak during the
celebration. Cathy was the Project Manager for

Many in attendance commented on how special the
night was and how wonderful it was to get together
with peers, faculty and industry. As the flagship BCN
Club, Tampa had the difficult task of creating a fun-
filled evening for all to enjoy as well as fund raising for
the 70th Anniversary Professorship. Of course the
Tampa Club did a great job with coordinating the event
and establishing a high benchmark for the other BCN
Club's to follow. The Rinker School would like to give
special thanks to the Tampa Bay Club Board of
Directors and our table sponsors, without the hard work
and efforts of the Club members and generous support
from our sponsors the event would not have been

For more information about the future 70th anniversary
ceremonies and Endowed Professorship please see
page 8.

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70th Anniversary Banquet and Fundraiser in Tampa Florida

Our Company Sponsors

APG Electric, Inc.
Angle & Schmid, Inc.
BCH Mechanical, Inc.
Batson-Cook Construction
Bollenback Builders
Bovis Lend Lease
Brandon Construction
Marcia Bourdon, DCP's Director of Development honoring three
of BCN's GrandGuard, Jim Kalemeris (BCN '51), Richard Dreyer Centex Construction
(BCN '50) and William Gunby (BCN '53). 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.

Mathews Construction

Opus South Corporation
PCL Civil Constructors, Inc.
Bob Angle, Tampa Bay Club Coordinator and President Elect, Paul J.Sierra Construction, Inc.
honoring BCN's Emeritus Faculty, (from left to right) Harold R.R. Simmons Construction Corp.
Holland, Brisbane H. Brown, Jr., Jack Martin and William Gunby.
Rinker Materials
Rowland Inc.
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
Wachovia Insurance Services
Wehr Constructors, Inc.
W.G. Mills, Inc.
Cathy Underhill of Cathy's Cottages Zurich North America

The Tampa Bay Region UF BCN Club Board Members

President Jeff Schiller, Diaz Fritz Isabel General Contractors
President Elect Bob Angle, Angle & Schmid, Inc.
Vice President of Outreach Jeff Nelson, Nelson Construction
Vice President of Academics & Continuing Education David Rubin, Wallis Murphy & Boyington
Secretary-Treasurer Wayne Roberts, Granite Construction Company
Directors -
Lauren Caby, R.J. Griffin & Company; & Chris Lucas, Diaz Fritz Isabel General Contractors

Volume 70, Issue 1 January 2006 BCN spring 2006 7


Attention South Florida Alumni

The UF South Florida BCN Gator Club

requests your attendance at

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

The UF South Florida BCN Gator Club in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami is hosting the Rinker School's 70th Anniversary
Banquet. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, Florida.
The cocktail reception starts at 6:00 pm, with dinner and program starting at 7:00 pm. Invitations will be sent
out to the South Florida alumni in March. If you would like more information about the banquet, or would like
to sponsor a table, please contact Rick Derrer at: wrd@jamesacummings.com or Steve Palmer at:
steve.palmer@ stiles.com

We would like to thank the South Florida companies below, who have graciously agreed to sponsor tables
as of January 25, 2006.

Arazoza Bros., Corporation
Areda Construction
BCM Construction Management
Bateman, Gordon & Sands, Inc
Baker Concrete Company
Bovis Lend Lease
Centex Construction Company
Coastal Construction Group
Coreslab Structures, Inc.
James A Cummings, Inc.
Current Builders of Florida, Inc
Elcon Electric, Inc.
Form Works, Inc.
Groupe Pacific
H J Foundation, Inc.

Latite Roofing
Lotspeich Company of Florida, Inc.
The Marker Group
Miller Construction Company
Moss & Associates
Pavarini Construction Company, Inc.
Peckar & Abramson, PC.
Pomeroy Electric, Inc.
James B Pirtle Construction Company
Right Way Plumbing Co., Inc.
Rinker Materials
St. Paul Travelers/Nielson & Company
Steel Fabricators, LLC
Stiles Construction Co.
TGSV Enterprises
Willis of Florida

Rinker School 70th Anniversary Barbeque in Gainesville

The BCN Gainesville/Ocala Alumni Club invites you to the 70th Anniversary Barbeque before the Spring
Football Orange and Blue Game on April 22, 2006. This will be a fund raising event for the 70th Anniversary
Endowed Professorship in the Rinker School of Building Construction. The game will start at 1:00 pm with the
Alumni Barbeque starting two hours prior at 11:00 am. We are currently soliciting corporate sponsorship and
will also be selling individual tickets. For more information, please contact Kim Stanley @ (352)-331-1141 or
email her at kms@ppicm.com.

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

Hurricane-related damage, loss of life and insured
property losses in Florida since the early 1900s is
staggering. This, coupled with damage, loss of life
and property losses in excess of 20 billion dollars that
have been associated with Hurricanes Charley,
Frances, Ivan and Jeanne in 2004, as well as loss of
life and billions of dollars in property losses as a result
of hurricanes in 2005, makes it crystal clear that there
is an urgent need to train and educate targeted
audiences with regard to the variety of materials and
building techniques that are available to them in the
marketplace that can be employed to reduce hurricane-
related damages, loss of life, loss of property, loss of
capital and financial resources, and general social and
personal dislocation.

Since 1998, the Shimberg Center for Affordable
Housing has administered the construction of four
regional Windstorm Damage Mitigation Training and
Demonstration Centers across Florida. The premise
for this project is that a statewide network of permanent
regional training and demonstration centers will facilitate
training and education of the general public,
homeowners and others with regard to windstorm
damage mitigation methods. The centers also will
support local, county, and state governments with
regard to windstorm damage mitigation in related
comprehensive mitigation planning.

The locations of the regional centers have been chosen
in coastal counties and near major highways in order
to assure relatively easy access by targeted audiences
that will benefit from the centers. Once completed,
the regional centers are turned over to the government
of the counties in which the centers are located with
stipulations that: (1) the counties will subsequently
maintain and operate the centers at their expense and
(2) the counties will employ the centers primarily for
teaching about and demonstrating materials and
methods that may be employed for mitigating windstorm
damage in new and existing buildings.

The centers have been, and will continue to be,
constructed on county extension installations. Each
center will be operated and administered by county
extension personnel. These adult education
professionals work with an advisory council for each
center that is drawn from the region to identify damage

mitigation topics of relevance to the region. In-service
training programs bring regional program administrators
together to learn about new products and materials, to
exchange outreach approaches, and to identify
successful methods of reaching out to targeted

The first regional center was completed in the City of
Ft. Pierce in St. Lucie County in June 1999, the second
was completed in the City of Cantonment in Escambia
County in June 2000, and the third was completed in
the City of St. Augustine in St. Johns County in
December 2001. Construction of a fourth regional
center in the City of Davie in Broward County was
completed in December 2005 (see picture). Records
show that, as of April 2004, over 10,000 Floridians had
attended classes or participated in tours of the three
currently available centers to learn about wind damage
mitigation in both new and existing residential structures.

Funding support is needed for the construction of two
additional Regional Windstorm Damage Mitigation
Training and Demonstration Centers one in the
Panhandle / Big Bend Region of Florida and one in the
Central Gulf Coast Region. These two additional
regional centers will complete a network of six centers
that provide adequate coverage of the state by ensuring
that a regional center is available to all Florida residents
within approximately two hours of driving time. (Note:
We have recently been advised that HGMP funding
support that is, FEMA funds administered by DCA -
will be provided for construction of the fifth center.)

The lesson learned from hurricanes that occurred in
the last decade, is that there is a need for innovative
mitigation programs in order to break the cycle of
destruction and reconstruction that is associated with
hurricanes in Florida. The construction and
implementation of Regional Windstorm Damage
Mitigation Training and Demonstration Centers
constitutes such an innovative program.

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

Safety continues to be a priority focus area in the
Rinker School. Every graduate of the Rinker School,
whether an undergraduate or graduate student, takes
at least one course in construction safety. Of the
students graduating this past December, the Fluor
Program Outstanding Student in Construction Safety
Award was awarded to Wyelon Hilton. This award
was based on his overall performance in the
Construction Safety class and was heavily influenced
by his leadership role in developing an excellent safety

Several of our graduate students have elected to
conduct research in the area of construction safety.
Three of the research efforts are supported through
financial support of the industry. One study on Hispanic
workers and safety is supported from funds obtained
from Fluor Corporation. Another study on leading
indicators of safety performance is supported by funds
obtained from Conoco-Phillips. A research project,
supported by the Construction Industry Institute, on

examining safety techniques to address specific hazards
is nearing completion. The Fluor Program for
Construction Safety is currently working on a research
grant to assist in the mitigation efforts associated with
post-hurricane construction work. Fluor Corporation,
with extensive involvement in the New Orleans post-
Katrina effort, has agreed to assist us in our
preparations and will endorse this as a meaningful and
valuable endeavor.

Professor Michael Cook honoring Wyelon
Hilton with the Outstanding Student in
Construction Safety Award

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

The Florida Division of Historical Resources, Dept. of
State, recently awarded the Powell Center a grant of
$350,000 to support the reconstruction of the formed
Cotton Club in Gainesville to historic standards but with
the application of sustainability principles. In its original
form, the Cotton Club was a PX at Camp Blanding
that was moved to Gainesville just after WW II. After
years of serving as an entertainment venue for the
African American community in Southeast Gainesville,
with the likes of B.B. King and James Brown
performing as part of what was known as the Chitlin
Circuit, the building became a warehouse for a local
furniture company before falling into disuse and
disrepair. The restoration of the Cotton Club is being
carried out with the local community and it is envisioned
that the newly restored facility will serve as an anchor
for the revitalization of the entire neighborhood. The
Powell Center previously worked with the local
community on the Gainesville Train Depot which is

being converted into a community asset. The Train
Depot and the Cotton Club are located on the same
corridor in Southeast Gainesville and it is expected that
their completion over the next few years will have a
transforming effect on one of the more impoverished
neighborhoods of the city. The Powell Center will be
submitting additional grant proposals to the State and
working with the community to raise over $1 million to
accomplish the full renovation of the Cotton Club.

Rendering of rehabilitated structure

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

This past fall, the Rinker School was graced with the
company of three exchange students from Germany.
These students were enrolled in four of our classes,
including International Construction, Project
Management, Finance, and Construction Productivity.
Our visitors have now returned to Germany and our
focus is shifting to this May when some of our students
will travel to Germany for a three-week emersion
course. Our students continue to be excited about the
all-English program. Many of the programs features
remain the same from year to year, but the construction
sites visited often change. This past year, Hamburg
(the second largest port in Europe) was added to the
list of cities to visit and this will probably be a city we
will regularly include in our future visits. The program
is very flexible as students need not be formally

admitted to the Rinker School. In fact, any university
students (not exclusive to UF students) who have a
desire to participate are welcome. In three weeks the
participants earn 3 upper division elective credits, all at
a total cost of just over $2,500, making this one of the
best international exchange deals at the university.

The three Germany Exchange Students:
Sebastian Steinert, Jonas Kriebel and Jens
Klauke at the Welcome Reception

Fall 2005 BCN Career Fair

The Fall 2005 Construction Career Fair was an
unprecedented success, with 118 companies vying for
students' attention on October 11th at the Steven C.
O'Connell Center. Firms of all sizes and specialties,
from near and far were in attendance. Students arrived
in suits, with impressive resumes in hand. Enthusiastic
recruiters plucked students from the throngs to tout
the virtues of their companies. Overall, the event was
a huge success. Companies were calling the next day
to register for the Spring Fair. The afternoon and
following weeks were filled with companies
interviewing students. 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 for whom they
previously worked.

On the eve of the Fall 2005 Construction Career Fair,
recruiters were invited to mingle at a reception held at
Emerson Alumni Hall. Hors'de oeuvres and drinks
drew many representatives from the 118 attending
companies. There was a subtle air of competition as

recruiters knew they would be competing for a very
limited number of students the next day. A significant
number of these recruiters were Rinker School Alumni
themselves, and now returned to woo their fellow

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February 7, 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)


Welcome Reception

On August 25th, the Rinker School faculty and staff
welcomed new students with a reception at Emerson
Alumni Hall. The focus of this year's reception was
student involvement. Representatives were present
from each of the Rinker School's student organizations
and clubs. Each club president was given the opportunity ._
to introduce their group and encourage new students to
join and participate in the many activities the clubs host
each semester. Rinker School professors also had the
chance to introduce themselves and explain the subjects
they teach. The evening concluded with an address
from Dr. Chini, wishing new students the best of luck
in their coming years at the Rinker School. We would
like to thank Charles Perry Construction for
sponsoring this event.

Graduation Dinner

M Graduating students and
:"- their families were hosted
.. tJ in a farewell reception
held at Emerson Alumni
Hall on December 16th.
In addition to a good meal, students and their loved ones
were treated to a few surprises, including a viewing of
the new Rinker School Recruiting Video, produced this
year for the program's 70t anniversary. Also shown
for the audience's pleasure was the video of SLX, the
construction honor society's, annual tongue-in-cheek
skit which takes a comical look at life, and the people,
in BCN. As with each graduation dinner, senior
superlatives were a big hit. Dr. Robert Cox presented
these "awards," in particular noting a nine-way tie

for "Best Negotiator," of grades that is. Senior Wyelon
Hilton stood out, winning numerous awards including
the Fluor Safety Award and the H. Duff Williamson
Estimating Award. The evening concluded with each
student introducing their family and friends, and
reminiscing about their favorite Rinker School

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Graduate Student Social

The Fall 2005 Graduate student social was held on
December 7th at the Merlion Restaurant on SW 13th
Street. The event was attended by over 80 students
and faculty members. The social gave the graduate
students an opportunity to spend a nice evening
together. For some, it was their last chance to get
together with their classmates before graduating. We
would like to thank Turner Construction for spon-
soring this social.

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U. S. Green Building Council
By Donna Issacs
The Fall semester got off to a good start for the
members of the USGBC Student Chapter with a free
"Welcome Back" barbeque on the lawn north of Rinker
Hall. The barbeque brought students from all five
disciplines of the college together in an informal setting.

Approximately 20 students from the college participated
in the free Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) Exam Review. The six-week review
included guest speakers who shared their green building
experiences with the interdisciplinary class. Bahar
Armaghani, LEED Accredited Professional, and
Project Manager in UF's Facilities, Planning and
Construction Department was able to give an overview
as well as a progress report on green building on UF's
13 registered projects. Mike Hess, P.E., and LEED
AP, of GreenTime, LLC shared his experiences on
energy modeling while reviewing the module on Energy
and Atmosphere. Wendy Landry, AIA, and LEED AP,
discussed the calculations required while reviewing the
module on Materials and Resources.
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GreenBuild 2005
Student chapter members capped off the semester with
a week long trip to GreenBuild in Atlanta, Georgia.
Thirty students were among the 12,000 participants at
GreenBuild 2005. Although most of the students were
from Building Construction and Interior Design, the trip
even got the attention of Kelly Crandall, a Political
Science major who was attending Dr. Kibert's
Sustainable Construction class and wanted to learn
more. GreenBuild did not disappoint: it was difficult
figuring out which lecture to attend, as multiple tracks
competed for your attention.

The USGBC student chapter would like to give a special
thank you to Mike Hess, Kyle Abney and the USGBC
Central Florida Chapter for sponsoring lunch. We would
also like to thank Dave Gustashaw, VP of Engineering
of Interface, Inc., for inviting the entire group to dinner
and for his continued support of the USGBC Student

For more information on the USGBC Student Chapter,
contact: Donna Isaacs at dlisaacs@ufl.edu

Students were invited to lunch by Kyle Abney and
Mike Hess of the Central Florida Chapter.

The group at dinner with Dave Gustashaw of Interface, Inc.

Sigma Lambda Chi
By Alison Radcliffe

Sigma Lambda Chi had another excellent semester with
members demonstrating outstanding leadership and
service to both the University and the community. In
September, members contributed their time, energy and
construction knowledge to the Gainesville chapter of
Habitat for Humanity to aid in the construction of several
homes. Other service work included a Rinker Hall
service project and maintenance and repair for Peaceful
Paths (a domestic abuse support center). On November
3rd, SLX enthusiastically welcomed the following new
members: Nicholas Bieber, Shane Bizzell, Jesse
Bochichio, Dave Cutlip, Stacy Diavolitsis, Matt Ferlisi,
Jay Fraser, Mark Hardee, Jonathan Hill, Robert Kummer,
Jessica Ligator, Brittany Lee, Caleb McCutchen,

Brooke Nicholson, Dan Seeley, Josh Sicard, Seth
Simmons, Ryan Stringfellow and Kevin Yarbrough.

Dan Seeley, Kevin Yarborough and Josh Sicard
volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in September

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National Association of Women In Construction
By Elizabeth Glover

The National Association of Women in Construction
student chapter has been very busy this past semester.
A kick-off barbeque before the Tennessee football
game got the semester activities off to a great start.
After the Habitat for Humanity Women Build House
was completed, NAWIC built a children's playhouse
which will be raffled off for fundraising for the next
house. NAWIC would like to extend a special thanks
to Mike Beaupied for all of his help and guidance with
the building of the Habitat playhouse.

Rebuild Gainesville was another organization that
NAWIC volunteered with by repairing homes in the

Gainesville community. Upcoming events and activities
include: Construction Week in Spring 2006, volunteering
at Pace Center of Alachua, and Shirts for Success.

NAWIC is growing with every semester and is looking
forward to another successful semester.

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Community Service

Our community service program has really taken off.
Some of the more recent graduates may remember
that each student in BCN 3224 (Techniques) are
required to perform at least eight hours of community
service. We have now required other students to do
this as well. This past semester, we had a very
enthusiastic group, many of which did a lot more than
eight hours.

One particularly notable group was that led by James
Marini, a BCN graduate student. James was the project
manager for the Archer Caboose restoration project.
The caboose began as part of the Chuck Wagon, a
restaurant in Gainesville on Williston Road at Interstate
75. It was closed a few years ago and donated to the
city of Archer. After being transported to the city
recreational park in Archer, the caboose fell apart. "It
had been badly vandalized, fires had been set off inside
and rocks had been thrown through the windows, not
to mention there was extensive termite damage," said

Although James had other volunteers from time to time,
he and his steady crew of John Reeves, Marty Baker,
Scott Marone, Rob Taylor and Brian Crum worked
many months to make the caboose structurally strong
and attractive Ultimately the goal is for the caboose
to be used as a concession stand for park sporting

Many other students volunteered with Rebuild
Gainesville Inc., a non-profit group founded and directed
by Melisa Miller (BCN Spring '05). This group uses
college and high school student volunteers to make much

needed repairs for low income homeowners. BCN
students repaired windows, doors, roofs and plumbing,
and replaced rotted floors and added under floor

These projects are used for several purposes. One is
to help the low income citizens of our community by
making their homes warmer, safer, and dryer. Another
is to provide an opportunity for the students to give a
little back to the community and hopefully to feel good
about doing so. A third use is to introduce the students
to what the various construction trades have to do. We
would like to thank all of the students, along with Dr.
Leon Wetherington, for donating their time and helping
out these great causes.

Scott Marone & Marty Baker work on the caboose in September 2005

The caboose in December 2005 with: Daniel Joseph, Rainer Elkin,
James Marini, John Reeves, Scott Marone and Patrick Thompson

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Christians in Construction
By Robert Kummer

Throughout the Fall 2005 Semester, Christians In
Construction has faced many obstacles, experienced
change, and had tremendous growth. With the
determination of four students to revive the club from a
year of inactivity, CIC was restored. The members
planned to have a guest speaker, a community service
project, raise money for CIC, and to increase the
membership base for the Fall 2005 semester.

Through the leadership and motivation, the members
were able to complete the goals set for that semester.
CIC had Dr.Otto Fetterhoff from the URS Corporation
come and talk to the students about ethics in the
workplace and what to look for in a company when job
searching. For a community service project, CIC helped
two elderly blind sisters by mowing their yard, repairing
a leaking pipe, mounting surge protectors, caulking
around windows, and blowing leaves off the roof. CIC
has currently raised over $250 by selling Krispy Kreme

certificates for $5.00. CIC membership base has
tripled from 5 members to 15 members. The current
officers for CIC are Robert Kummer, President;
Jonathan Hill, Vice President; Seth Simmons,
Secretary; Forrest Eleazer, Treasurer; Rodney Bryant,
Public Relations; Dr. Leon Wetherington, Faculty

CIC will be having elections this semester and is looking
forward to another semester of growth. This semester
CIC is planning on having a Job Career Seminar,
preparing students for the Job Fair on Feb. 7, 2006,
more community service projects, and increasing our
membership base.

CIC is not just a club exclusive to Christians. It is a
club that reaches out to people who are in need and is
accepting of people where they are in their life and
who they are.

National Association of Home Builders
By Dr. Robert Stroh

The Student Chapter of the NAHB arranged a tour to
the Suwannee Lumber Company facility in Cross City,
Florida, on Friday, December 2nd. The students were
hosted by and given a guided tour of the facility by
Dan and Michael Dickert, president and vice president
of Suwannee Lumber Company.

The mill produces dimensional lumber, radius-edge
decking, and bagged pine-bark chips. The tour started
with the log yard, went by the debarker and log sorter,
and saw the operation of the log scanner that captured
the log geometry and defined the cuts that would
maximize the yield from cutting the log. After seeing
the various stages of the cutting operations, the group
watched the visual lumber grading operation. Mr. Mark
Lee of Timber Products Inspection, who was conducting
an in-plant quality review of the visual grading work,
met with the students and discussed the main factors
that establish the grade assigned to a piece of lumber.
The tour ended at the automatic lumber sorting stage
and the kiln drying tower.

NAHB held elections for the 2006 officers on Monday,
December 5th. Lia Nielsen was elected president for

the coming year and Kristy Kelley was elected vice
president. Working with Lia and Kristy will be Matt
Szporka, the newly elected treasurer, and CJ Hamilton,
the newly elected secretary.

The past president, Julie Lipsitz, and past vice president,
Mariah Jensen, are entering their final semester in the
Rinker School and will be concentrating on finding a
position in the construction industry upon graduation.

Shown in the photograph (left to right) are: Dr. Robert Stroh (faculty
advisor), Matt Szporka, Patricia Roset-Zuppa, Francesca Mucciolo,
Nick Herring, Lia Nielsen, and Dan Dickert, President of Suwannee
Lumber Company.

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Associated Builders and Contractors
By Daniel Seeley

This past semester has been an exciting one for ABC.
Every month, the club had individuals from the
construction industry come and speak at their monthly
meetings. The speakers spoke about the importance
of ethics and leadership in the construction field, as
well as representing their fine companies. While most
speakers have been from large construction companies,
there was also a subcontractor who addressed the
importance of their working relationships with general
contractors. Speakers included: Dave Anderson from
Hardin Construction, Chris Jiminez from Glendale
Painting, Louie Wise III from CCS Mechanical, Jeremy
Voss from PCL Construction and Matt Webster from
PPI construction. In addition to guest speakers, ABC

The Fall 2005 semester was busy for the student
chapter of The Associated General Contractors of
America (AGC). On September 21st, Jeff Lang,
President and Mariah Jensen, Secretary, attended a
dinner in Tampa celebrating the 70th Anniversary of
the Rinker School. At our October ni ili n. the guest
speaker, John Sofarelli from J. Raymond, discussed
with club members the qualities companies look for in
future employees. Later that month, the club held a
social at Gator Docksides with the UF Nursing School.
Lastly, on November 5th, AGC sponsored the BCN
Barbeque before the Vanderbilt football game. These
are just some of the highlights from the past semester.
The AGC officers are looking forward to the Spring

sponsored monthly club socials at The Swamp to attract
new members and introduce them to ABC as a
construction organization. This Spring semester, ABC
will again have numerous guest speakers. Speakers
not only inform the students about their company's
achievements, but also speak about some of the lessons
they have learned and the qualities they look for in
BCN graduates. Also, we will be having the annual
ABC Student Contractor Golf Tournament at Ironwood
Golf Course. This social event allows ABC members
to make contacts with ABC affiliated construction
companies. This is the biggest social event of the year
for ABC and will take place on March 24th.

semester, when they are planning to be more involved
in community service projects, as well as recruiting
more guest speakers to come and speak to the group.

BCN AGC President Jeff Lang and AGC
Secretary Mariah Jensen at the 70th
anniversary banquet in Tampa

Soils Class Field Trip

Students in Dr. Larry Muszynski's Soils and
Foundations class were treated to a visit to Ring Power
of Ocala on December 2nd. Ring Power is the second
largest Caterpillar equipment dealer in North America.
Students were given an overview of the business and
its services while touring the facility with one of its
managers. This field trip gave students the opportunity
to get up close and personal with some of the heavy
machinery they may deal with on the job. Machines,
such as the huge CAT 623 G Self-loading Scraper, with
a price tag of $450,000, caused particular excitement.
More than one request for a "test drive" was made
from the students. Trips like this are an integral part of
the BCN curriculum, and make a huge difference in
the students' understanding and enthusiasm for their
subjects. We would like to thank Ring Power for

allowing our students the opportunity to tour their

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Associated General Contractors
By Mariah Jensen


Rinker Field Trip

This fall, students were once again treated to a trip to
Miami to visit a Rinker Cement Plant and Quarry, as
well as a Thornberry Construction highrise site. Each
year Rinker Materials sponsors this trip, busing a
group of 40 students to Miami for two days. On the
morning of October 21st, students left their hotel for an
early morning visit to the Cement Plant, where students
toured the facility, including the control room for the
giant kiln. Next was the Limestone Quarry, where the
highlight was a blast timed just for this visit. Students
were driven all over the facility and learned how
aggregate is sized and how such a large facility is almost
completely computerized. They were then treated to a
Barbeque lunch. Lastly, students toured a Thornberry
Construction highrise site, climbing all the way to the

top to see columns being cast in place. This trip is an
invaluable chance for students to see major
construction works and materials production first hand.
We would like to give a special thank you to Rinker
Materials for giving our students this great opportunity.


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Steel Design Field Trip

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 October 28th and Novem-
ber 4th.

The first, Gerdau-Ameristeel in Baldwin, is a rebar manu-
facturing facility. Students viewed the entire production
process, from the arrival of scrap metal, to smelting,
pulling, and the finished product. The tour guides ex-
plained the various types and methods for making rebar,
detailed safety features and described what it was like
to work at such a facility.

The second company was Whitley Steel in Starke.
Whitley is a steel fabricator, and in the absence of smelt-
ers 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 opportu-
nity to tour their facilities.

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Rodney L. Kincaid is President of Kincaid Construction Com-
pany. They recently celebrated their 43rd year of
operations in Winter Park, Florida on December 19th. The
firm specializes in commercial building projects in the private
market sector.

Vaughan Rivers started his own company in 1975 named
E. Vaughan Rivers, Inc. They are a general contractor, who
specialize in commercial, industrial and institutional construc-
tion markets. He is married to Ginger and they have three

Tony Rivas is the Director of Facilities with the Pinellas County
School System. He has completed over $1.2 billion in projects
since he first started there in May 1992. He has been married
to Nieves since June 1974 and they have two sons.

Fred Seidell is working at W.G Yates and Sons Construction
Company in Atlanta. They have been awarded the Design-
Build of the New Consulate Compound in Mumbai, India.
Their design team is the largest engineering design architect
in the world.

Tim Lynch became the Vice President and Sr. Project Man-
ager of DooleyMack Constructors, Inc. on October 10th. He
is located in their Ft. Lauderdale office and resides in Coral

Dave Senko works for Jacobs as Manager of Construction
based in Houston. He is responsible for overseeing major
refinery projects throughout the U.S., Dave and his wife
Bette have three children.

Tim Moore has been the President of Stiles Construction Co.
since 1994. He is directly responsible for the company and
its associated operations throughout Florida. He currently
resides in Plantation, FL with his wife and three children.

Rick Hope founded The Hope Company in 1998, they pro-
vide construction services for the luxury home and renova-
tion market,and they also overtake light commercial projects.
He is married to Karen and they have four children.

Allen Amslerjoined McCrory Construction Co. upon gradu-
ation as an Assistant PM. Throughout the years he has
worked his way up to his current position of Executive VP
and COO. He became an owner of the business in 2003. He
is married to Traci and they have two children.

Timothy Jackson recently joined NuJak Development, Inc.
ofLakeland, FL as an Owner and Vice President. He launched
NuJak Properties, a commercial/residential Real Estate Bro-
kerage, where he serves as President. NuJak's founder Frank
Kendrick is also a BCN '89 grad.

Timothy T. McDonough received an MBA degree in Finance
and Real Estate from the University of Colorado at Boulder
in 1999. He is currently a VP of Development for a Denver
real estate development firm. He currently resides in Boul-
der with his wife Margaret and their four children.

Bill Nassal and his business partner Matt Brown (also a
BCN '94 grad) own a specialty construction company in
Orlando, called The Nassal Comapny. They build zoos,
aquariums, museums and theme parks. They recently com-
pleted the construction of the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.

Stephanie Davis-Marcusky recently joined Howell Construc-
tion Group, Inc. of Sarasota, Florida as a Project Manager.
She recently completed her MBA through the University of
Southern Mississippi. She currently lives in Sarasota with
her husband Scott.

Tom Harl and his wife Jen are adjusting to parenthood after
having their first child, Mitchell in October. In December he
topped out a 9-story beachfront condo building in Daytona.

Brian Kappele is currently the Director of Project Develop-
ment at The Stellar Groups food processing division. He
and his wife reside in Jacksonville, FL with their 15 month
old, Isabella, and are expecting their second child in August.

Jessica Davisson began working for Pulte, Inc. as a Con-
struction Superintendent shortly after graduation.. In 2004
she was selected to take on the role of Area Recruitment and
Development Manager. In December of that year she was
chosen as the Director of Community Planning for the Tuc-
son, Arizona division.

Let us Know!!!

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

E-mail: Stacey Rosenberg at

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In Memoriam

Thomas Oliver Brown died on Sat-
urday, October 29, 2005 an hour after
being found beaten and unconscious in
front of the CSX building in downtown
Jacksonville. Thomas, who was a
Merritt Island native, was 23 years old
and a current BCN student. He
managed a local Pizza Hut and was very active in his
fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. He was well respected by
his brothers and was named Brother of the Year for the
2003-2004 school year. To celebrate Tom's life, a me-
morial scholarship fund has been established with the
University of Florida. This fund will provide scholar-
ships within the BCN program.

Daniel P. Galfond, passed away
November 5, 2005 after a 10 month
battle with Leukemia. Daniel gradu-
4- ated from BCN in 1997.

Ryan Todd Lacey passed away un-
expectedly on Tuesday, November 15,
S- ~- 2005 in Gainesville, FL. Ryan was 21
years old and a Pre-BC student. He
was born in Orlando and spent most
of his life in Winter Park.

Matthew Remsen, died Saturday,
December 31, 2005 as a result of a
motorcycle accident in Silver Springs,
FL. Matthew was 34. He was born
in Las Vegas, NV and came to Florida
with his family in 1985. Matt currently
worked as a Project Manager for Moss and Associ-
ates Construction in Ocala. He graduated from BCN
in 1994. To celebrate Tom's life, the school is accept-
ing donations, which will be used to establish a memo-
rial scholarship within the BCN program.

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Update Your Contact Information

The Rinker School uses the UF Alumni Association's database for distribution of the Orange &
Blueprints Newsletter and for the BCN Regional Club mailings. If you are not receiving these
mailings, have recently graduated, or have moved, please update your information with the UF
Alumni Association. You may contact them by using the contact information or link below.

UF Alumni Association
1938 W. University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32603
(352) 392-1905
(888) 352-5866

Bio Web site

The bio web site goes directly to the
UF Alumni Biographical department
and is checked every day the
foundation is open.


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

Future Event Sponsors
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2006)
Homecoming Barbeque (Fall 2006)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2006)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2007)
NAHB Competition (Spring 2007)

Spring 2006
Spring 2006

$3,000 each

Stiles Corporation
Holder Construction
Clancy & Theys
Holder Construction
Mercedes Homes

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
NAHB Competition (Spring 2006)
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)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2005)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2006)
Home coming Bar-B-Que (2004)
Homecoming Bar-B-Que (2005)
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)
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2006)
Graduate Student Reception (Fall 2000)
Graduate Student Reception (Fall 2005)
Plaques and Trophies (2003)

Centex Construction
Haskel Company
London Bay Homes
Centex Homes
BCBE Construction
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
Charles Perry Construction
James A. Cummings
Brasfield & Gorrie
Burkhardt Construction
Hardin Construction
Hardin Construction
Hardin/ Prof. Gunby
James A. Cummings
James A. Cummings
Hardin Construction
Stiles Corporation
James A. Cummings
Hardin Construction
Ajax Construction
Turner Construction
Charles Perry Construction

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

Building Construction Advisory Board

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee held their bi-annual meeting
on Friday, October 7, 2005 in conjunction with the UF
Homecoming events. This was the last meeting for
Vince Burkhardt, President of Burkhardt Construction,
as the Chair of the Committee. Former Vice Chair
of the Committee, Steve Palmer of Stiles Corporation,
will serve as the Committee's Chairperson for the
next two years. Sid Jordan of Clark Construction
Group was elected as Vice Chair of the Committee.

The committee discussed the current fundraising
efforts for the 70th Anniversary Endowed
Professorship. Mr. Bob Angle, Angle & Schmid, gave
the group highlights of the Tampa Bay Region UF
BCN Gator Club's 70th Anniversary banquet held on
September 21, 2005. The Committee also discussed
the nominations of new members. New member
nominations are currently being voted on by the
Committee and new members will be selected by mid-

The Nomination of Vince Burkhardt, Tom Gormely,
A. B. Robinson, and Dan Whiteman to Emeritus status
was approved by the Committee. Dr Chini presented

Mr. Burkhardt and Mr. Whiteman with their Emeritus
plaques. The School would like to thank them for
their years of service to the BCN Advisory Council
Executive Committee and their dedication, loyalty, and
commitment to the School.

Members, BCN and DCP representatives that were
present for the October 7th meeting include: Bob
Angle, John Bennett, Vince Burkhardt, Curtis Culver,
Rick Derrer, Sid Jordan, John McIntyre, Harley Miller,
Steve Palmer, Bill Pinto, Chip Reid, Erik Sharpe,
Darrell Smith, John Sofarelli, Wayne Wadsworth, Dan
Whiteman, Don Whyte, Abdol Chini, Raymond Issa,
Charles Kibert, and Marcia Bourdon.


The Rinker Scholar Program

The M.E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation has committed $1
million to the Rinker School to fund the Rinker
Scholar program. This pledge is designated for the
creation of an endowment to be used for the support
of faculty members of the Associated Schools of
Construction admitted by the Rinker School into its
doctoral program.

Since its inception, in 1935, the Rinker School has
led the construction management profession in its
journey to professionalization. With the dawning of
the new millennium, the construction management
profession finds itself at the threshold of its final and
most important step toward professionalization. This
final step involves the fostering of sustained efforts
in research and development, in order to bring
innovation to the profession and keep it vibrant.

In the U.S., there are about 108 construction man-
agement academic programs that are members of
the Associated School of Construction. There is a
need for these programs to increase their efforts in
research and development. Most of the faculty
members in the ASC Schools have a Master's

degree and five or more years of relevant construc-
tion supervisory experience and are excellent teach-
ers. However, there is a shortage of qualified indi-
viduals that are actively pursuing research in the dis-
cipline. In order to foster research in these aca-
demic programs, the best and the brightest of these
faculty members should be encouraged to earn a
Ph.D. in construction management. Currently, the
Rinker School is one of the only four doctoral pro-
grams in the United States focusing solely on con-
struction management. The income from the Rinker
Scholar endowment will be devoted to helping fel-
low construction schools enhance the quality of the
education they offer, while increasing construction
research. The goal is to make Rinker Scholar in
construction education synonymous to the Fulbright
Scholar in international education and, the Rhodes
Scholar in education at Oxford.

We appreciate the strong relationship the Rinker
School has enjoyed with the Rinker family. Their
investments in our program give us many opportunities
which would otherwise be virtually impossible without
this support.

Volume 70, Issue 1 January 2006 BCN spring 2006 21


ihankyou to afl who donated to the M.E. Rinker, Sr.

School of Building Construction General Fund (1/1/05-12/31/0

Charles W. Poe
Stanely G Tate

Jess W. Children, Sr.

Alfred S. Amos
James G Foster, Jr.

Carroll M. Nall, Jr.


Robert L. Claudy, Jr.

Curtis G Culver

David W. Beebe, Jr.
Robert N. Bridger

C. Merritt Bird
Boyce H. Blackmon
Vennie A. Pent
William H. Squires

Lawrence W. Fumea
John T. Sewll, Jr.

Lt. Col. David F Gray, Jr.

A. Ronald Johnson

John J. Eckerle, Jr.
John M. McMahon
Doss K. Watson, Jr.

James W. Archer
Frederick W. Switzer

Bobby R. Lyons
John S. Winesett

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

Dennis A. Brammeier
Robert A. Piccalo

Ludwig R. Byak II
J. Thomas Hamm, Jr.
John A. McPhaul

Kirby J. Bourgeois
Vincent G Burkhardt
Ronnie W. Craven
Richard B. Laughlin
E. Vaughan Rivers
David T. Smith
Gregg T. Templin
David W. Thomas, Jr.

George T. Beal
Robert E. Broxton
H. Gary Cook

William R. Clark, Jr.

Leonard A. Geronemus
William R. Giles, Jr.
Paul W. Kohler
Timothy P. Milcich
Darrell L. Smith
Richard E. Turk

Walter Bajsel

James S. Rellihan
John H. Strickland

Jonathan B. Kurtis

William J. Gibson
Ross E. Kirk
Robert E. Long
George W. McGonagill
Stephen R. Palmer

T. Michael Crabtree
David B. Rush

Erick H. Collazo
Col. Darrall R. Henderson
Tony A. McMahon
John P. Rock
Jon E. Tori

RichardA. Bell
Jefferson M. Guilford, Jr.
Gregory L. Stepp

Michael S. Santarone
David J. Schmit
Daniel J. Waters

Kenneth L. Anson, Jr.
Jeffrey V. Caruso
John A. McIntyre

William P. Bryne
James S. Field
Randall K. Fitkin

Tod R. Hudson
Robert Troy Lauramoore
Kevin G McMichael
Charles B. Williams

Allen L. Hand
Marcos Maya
Scott R. Morse
SheliA. Romer

John H. Breistol
Brian D. Hotchkiss
Scott Isabel
Gregg A. Schlesinger

Ronald E. Kirchman II
Roy D. McGee
Todd A. Russell

Allen GS. Troshinsky

Wayne Roberts, Jr.

Bryan S. Botic

Steven A. Brown

Cristine M. Bell
Gerald C. Parsons, Jr.
Michael V. Thomas

Adam C. Bolton
David E. Emmons
Anthony W. Ingrassia
Georgina V. Lores
Rebecca W. Strowbridge
Zeljko M. Torbica

Brian C. Mager
James R. Maxam
Jeffrey S. Schiller

Herbert G Fung
Natale A. Grande

Ray A. Cooper, Jr.
Joseph L. Lester
Darren M. Nash
Brian T. Nicholson
Devin M. Oberto
David M. Sabo
David A. Zorrilla

Robert D. Evans
Matthew L. Hendry

Richard D. Oldham IV
Robbins M. Smith
Michael A. Tolson

Jared A. Stern
Nicholas D. Teeling

Ryan C. Sheehan

) BCN spring 2006 Volume 70, Issue 1 January 2006

Mary K. Caglianone
Reed Lloyd

Donations from Companies:
A2 Group, Inc.
Allan A. Kozich & Associates
Andrew General Contractors, Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Burkhardt Construction, Inc.
Butler Construction Co., Inc.
Caruso Homes, Inc.
CB Constructors Inc.
Centex Construction
Charles Perry Construction, Inc.
Clancy & Theys Construction Co.
Commercial Concrete Contractors
D.F McKnight Construction Co., Inc.
Gallagher Building Corporation
Hager Construction Company
Harbor Development, Inc.
Henkelman Construction, Inc.
Hennessy Construction Services
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
Hugins Construction Corporation
J. Raymond Construction Corporation
KVC Constructors, Inc.
Longview Construction, Inc.

Mathur & Gerdes, Inc.
Matthews Corporation
McCrory Construction Co., Inc.
McIntyre, Elwell & Strammer
McKesson Corporation
Mitch Burley Construction, Inc.
M.M Parrish Construction Co., Inc.
Moss & Associates
O'Brien Construction Company
Otterness Construction Company
Paul J. Sierra Construction, Inc.
Pooley Contracting, Inc.
PPI Construction Management
Scherer Construction & Eng. of Central FL
Springer-Peterson Roofing & Sheet
TCAC, Inc.
The Clark Construction Group, Inc.
The Weitz Co., Inc.
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Co.
Trigram, LLC.
Tritt & Franson, PA.
T.R. Rushing Construction, Inc.
W.H. Keister Group,Inc.
Wilson Builders, Inc.

Guest Speakers

We would like to thank the following people for donating their time and sharing their
knowledge and experience with our students.

BCN 1582 International Sustainable Development
Bob Bruschbacher, UF Latin American Studies
Dr. Sandra Russo, UF International Center
Mark van Soestenberg, UF Faculty
Dave Gustashaw, Interface, Inc.

BCN 3027 Construction Profession and Ethics
John Carlson, President of PPI
Carol Hurst, Chief Building Official for Alachua County
Philip Rickman, President of the Rickman Partnership
John Sofarelli, President of J. Raymond Construction Co.

BCN 3423 Timber. Formwork Design and Construction
Bill Flusche a Private Craftsman
Alfred Mikolas, Baker Concrete

BCN 3461 Concrete. Masonry Design & Construction
Robert Theisen, Craig Theisen and Danielle Offenberger
of Tilt Con Corp.

BCN 3500 Mechanical Systems 1 Plumbing & Piping
Mark Dykes, North Star Plumbing

BCN 3700 Contracts
Clifford Gorman, Gorman and Associates PA.

BCN 4612 Construction Estimating 2
Jim Ginopoulos, RCC Associates
Tristan Johannessen, Robins Morton Group
Michelle Malick, Gryphon Construction Co.

BCN 4751 Project Planning and Feasibility
Joe Aufmuth, UF Science Library
Ken Fonorrow, President of Florida HERO
Dan Green, Sr. VPof KB Home
James Izzo, President of The 1220 Group
Rob Johnson, Pres. of the Florida Capital Bank of Gainesville
Carol Barron, Alison Fetner and David Herkalo of Gainesville
Neighborhood Housing & Development Corporation

BCN 5618 Comprehensive Estimating
Michael Harstad, Vice President of Weitz Company

BCN 6612 Bidding Strategies
Art Higginbotham, Walt Disney Imagineering
Chuck Sauls, Hardin Construction Co.
Buzz Willis, Willis Estimating

BCN 6748, Construction Law
Clifford Gorman, Gorman and Associates PA.
Michael D. Sechrest, Fisher, Butts, Sechrest & Warner PA.

Eric Miller
John F. Bennett




Dr. Abdol Chini recently edited
Sand completed a state-of-the-art
S report on deconstruction and ma-
terials reuse, for the Council for
Research and Innovation in Build-
ing Construction (CIB). It investi-
gates the systematic disassembly
of buildings in order to maximize recovered materials
reuse and recycling. A task group was commissioned
in 1999 to produce a comprehensive analysis of world-
wide building deconstruction and materials reuse pro-
grams and issues. Chini's report is the fifth and final
in the series. This report covers deconstruction and
materials reuse programs and issues in 10 countries.
The process of demolition often leads to the mixing of
various materials and contamination of non-hazard-
ous components. Deconstruction can actually be the
source separation of materials and is emerging around
the world as an alternative to demolition. He also had
an interview with the BBC World Service "One
Planet" program regarding construction and demoli-
tion waste management that was aired on December

Dr. Charles J. Kibert made
several recent presentations of his
p research to several organizations
in the U.S. and abroad. In
September 2005 he attended
Sustainable Building 2005 in Tokyo
where he taught a class to a group
of international students on sustainable construction,
organized a conference session, and presented a paper
on the future of green building. In November he was
invited by the Delaware Valley chapter of the U.S.
Green Building Council to give a presentation on
sustainable construction based on his new book,
"Sustainable Construction: Green Building Design and
Delivery" published by John Wiley & Sons in 2005.
At the annual U.S. Green Building Council conference
in Atlanta in November, he participated in a session
with three other professors from across the U.S.,
"Teaching Sustainability across the Curriculum." In
December he taught a session at Federal Ecobuild
held in Washington, DC on "Project Management and
Estimating for Green Building Projects." He is

presently organizing an international conference.
Rethinking Sustainable Construction 2006 which will
be held in Sarasota, Florida in September 2006. The
website for this conference is http://

Dr. Svetlana Olbina attended
the IX International Conference
on Performance of Exterior
Envelopes of Whole Buildings in
Clearwater Beach, Florida, in
December 2004. The conference
was sponsored by ASHRAE and
U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Olbina presented a
paper titled "Decision-Making Framework for
Selection and Design of a Shading Device Based on
Daylighting Performance." She also attended the
Associated Schools of Construction's 41st Annual
International Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. In April
2005 and presented a paper titled, "New Teaching/
Learning Methodology in the Computer and Graphic
Communications Course."

L. Charles Smeby, Jr. recently
lhd his text published. It is titled
I ire and Emergency Services
Administration: Management and
Icadership Practices". It
provides a comprehensive
overview to prepare students to
become leaders in the Fire, EMS, and Emergency
Preparedness fields.

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
2005 semester. Dr. Grosskopf
teaches courses in plumbing and
construction financing.
He was also selected as the College Teacher of the
Year for 2004-2005

4 BCN spring 2006 Volume 70, Issue 1 January 2006



2005-2006 Scholarship Awardees

H.H. Block

Julie Lipsitz $1,000

Builders Association of North Central Florida

Herbert Quarles, III


Frve General Contracting
Jonathon Bedford $1,000
Joseph Haddad $1,000

National Association of Home Builders

Frank W. Reed -
Central Florida Builders Exchange

Foote Steel
Shayla Harris
Hubbard Construction
Raymond Godfrey
Jack Jennings & Son
Chandrael Hodoval
R.C. Stevens Construction
Hope Klinger
Tri-City Electric
James Marini
Walker & Company
Nicole Singleton

Clark Construction Group Inc.
Marty Baker
Brett Kapuler
William Parrish

Arthur A. Coia & R.P. (Bud) Vinall
Yaser Al-Ajlani
Hazar Dib
Hassan Mozahab
Ivan Mutis

James A. Cummings, Inc.
Javier Castano
L. Samantha Chiles
Jonathan Hill
Michael Quifiones

Brandon Moore

David E. Pitts
Mike Chae

Retail Contractors Association
Brittany Lee

Rinker Materials
Lucy Acquaye
Jesse Bochichio
Rodney Bryant
Anastasia Diavolitsis
John Dryden
Mark Danso-Amoako
Jessica Ligator
Frances Locke
James Sullivan
M. Tench Tilghman

$ 600

$ 720


$ 600

$ 600





Professor Anthony Section Memorial

Jennifer Escobar

Ronald Tadrowski
John Finch

H. Duff Williamson Award for Excellence

in Estimating
Wyelon Hilton
Carolyn Smith

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Chini, continued from page 2

In addition to celebrating the School's anniversary, the
event raised more than $45,000 for the School's 70th
Anniversary Endowed Professorship. I would like to
give my special thanks to the BCN Tampa Bay Club
Board of Directors for their hard work and efforts,
and to the companies who sponsored tables for their
generous support. They did a great job and established
a high benchmark for other BCN clubs to follow.

We need additional resources to carry out the graduate
education and research missions of the University
without compromising our excellent undergraduate
program. The income from the 70th Anniversary

Endowed Professorship will be used to bring
outstanding construction professionals into the
classroom to share their knowledge with our students
and give them a broader exposure to the "real world"
of construction. Please consider making a gift to
support this endowment. A plaque with names of all
who have contributed to the 70th Anniversary Endowed
Professorship Fund will be installed in Rinker Hall.

Thank you for your continued support. Your support is
essential for us to maintain the high quality of our

The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction is honored to have an active
Advisory Council whose members, both individual and corporate, serve as an important
source of advice and support for the School. Advisory Council is an opportunity for
you and your company to form a strong liaison with the School. In this way, we can be
assured that our program is current and meets the ever-changing needs of the
construction industry. We hope you will consider becoming a member of the Advisory
Council for the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction.

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