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 Messages from Interim Dean and...
 Table of Contents
 What's new at BCN
 70th anniversary banquet for south...
 70th anniversary updates
 BCN advisory board EXCOM
 BCN center and programs
 BCN events
 BCN students
 Rinker scholar and guest speak...
 BCN alumni
 BCN faculty
 Advisory council
 Friends and donors
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Messages from Interim Dean and Director
        Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Page 3
    What's new at BCN
        Page 4
        Page 5
    70th anniversary banquet for south Florida
        Page 6
        Page 7
    70th anniversary updates
        Page 8
    BCN advisory board EXCOM
        Page 9
    BCN center and programs
        Page 10
        Page 11
    BCN events
        Page 12
        Page 13
    BCN students
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
    Rinker scholar and guest speakers
        Page 18
        Page 19
    BCN alumni
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
    BCN faculty
        Page 24
    Advisory council
        Page 25
    Friends and donors
        Page 26
        Page 27
    Back Cover
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I A Message From a

Anthony Dasta

Interim Dean

I have been with the College for the past 40 years, serving
as a full-time faculty member for the first 25 years and the
last 15 years as an administrator and professor. It has been
an honor and a privilege to serve the University and College
during these years. I will be officially retiring in December

The University and College have completed a national search
for a new dean. Provost Janie Fouke has named Dr.
Christopher Silver as our Dean. Below is an article on Dr.
Silver. His choice is an excellent fit for our diverse programs.

This past year as your Interim Dean, I have seen first hand
why the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction is
one of the top programs in the country. When it comes to
teaching, research and service, the School has no equals in
its field. Under the leadership of Dr. Abdol Chini and with
support of its distinguished faculty, the Rinker School of
Building Construction has made significant progress in its
graduate and distance education programs, while maintaining
its strong undergraduate programs.

Dr. Abdol Chini

Director j7

The Rinker School had a successful 2005-2006 academic
year. We graduated 120 students with the degree of Bachelor
of Science in Building Construction, four with the degree of
Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services, 22
with the degree of Master of Science in Building
Construction, 20 with the degree of Master in Building
Construction, and three with a Ph.D. degree. More than
160 qualified students applied for admission to the Fall 2006
semester, but only the top 60 students were admitted to the
program. The incoming students have an average Pre-BCN
GPAof 3.45 and average SAT score of 1260. Job placement
for BCN graduates has been extremely successful. We had
over 120 companies represented at the Spring 2006 BCN
Career Fair in O'Connell Center to recruit both full-time
employees and interns.

The Rinker School's 70th anniversary celebrations and
fundraisers for an endowed professorship in North Central
Florida on April 22nd and in South Florida on May 9th were
the exciting events of this past semester. I would like to
thank the BCN Club Board of Directors and sponsors in

continued on page 8

Meet the new Dean...
By Ron Wayne
The UF Provost Janie Fouke
announced on June 16ththat Dr. Chris-
topher Silver, the head of the depart-
ment of urban and regional planning at
the University of Illinois at Urbana-
Champaign has been selected as the
dean of the College of Design,
4 Construction and Planning effective
October 1, 2006.
Dr. Silver has been a professor of urban and regional plan-
ning and head of his department in Illinois since 1998. From
1995 to 1997, he was the urban development advisor to In-
donesia under a U.S. Agency for International Development,
project based in Jakarta. Starting with a Fulbright Senior
Lectureship in 1989 and 1990, Silver has researched urban
development and decentralization in Indonesia for more than
a decade.

Silver previously served Virginia Commonwealth Univer-
sity from 1979 to 1995 in a variety of positions, including
professor and as associate dean in the College of Humani-
ties and Sciences and in the School of Community and

continued on page 8

Public Affairs. The central focus of his published research
has been urban and planning history, both in the US and in
an international context. He is completing a book entitled,
"Planning the Megacity: Jakarta in the Twentieth Century"

He is also completing a history of planning in the urban South
in the US from the 1890s through the 1950s. Other recent
research involves the global phenomena of urban planning
in the context of decentralization, democratization and the
emergence of civil society in developing nations.

Silver earned a doctoral degree in American urban history
and a master's degree in American history from the Univer-
sity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a master's of urban and
regional planning from Virginia Commonwealth University;
and a bachelor's in history from St. Lawrence University.
He is past President of the Association of Collegiate Schools
of Planning, a former Co-Editor of the Journal of the Ameri-
can Planning Association, and currently editor of the Jour-
nal of Planning History.

2 Volume 70, Issue 2 August 2006

a bi-annual publication

Table of contents

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

70th Anniversary Banquet for South Florida...6-7

70th Anniversary Updates ...8
BCN Advisory Board EXCOM...9

BCN Center News... 10
Germany Exchange Program...11
Welcome Reception...11

BCN Events... 12
Student Organizations... 13-17

Rinker Scholar...18
Guest Speakers... 18
Professor-for-a-day.. 19

Alumni News...20-21

Alumni in Higher Education...22
Construction Hall of Fame...23
Distinguished Alumnus Award...23

Faculty News...24
Advisory Council...25
BCN Brick Paver Campaign...25

Friends and Donors..26

University of Florida
M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction
Professor Anthony Dasta
Interim Dean College of Design, Construction and Planning
Dr. Abdol Chini
Director M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
Dr. Paul Oppenheim
Director of Undergraduate Programs
Dr. Raymond Issa
Director of Graduate and Distance Education Programs
Center Directors
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf
Center for Collective Protection
Dr. Charles Kibert
Powell Center for Construction and Environment
Dr. Robert Stroh
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
Dr. Jimmie Hinze
Fluor Program For Construction Safety

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



1 BCN Homecoming BBQ

Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 7, 2006, during homecoming at the University of Florida
in Gainesville. The Gators are scheduled to play Louisiana State. Plan to stop at Rinker Hall at
9:00 am for some great food, a tour of Rinker Hall and to visit with alumni. Special thanks to

Homecoming Events:

9:00 10:30 am BCN Advisory Council Review of the BCN Curriculum
10:30 11:30 am Honoring 2005 inductees for the BCN Construction Hall of Fame
11:30 am 2:00 pm BBQ
9:00 am 2:00 pm Tour of Rinker Hall

Volume 70, Issue 2 August 2006 3


The Perry Crafts Awareness Facility Progress Report

Construction is expected to start on the Perry Crafts ;--
Awareness Facility by mid-August 2006 with an expected --.
completion date of December 31, 2006. The facility will-
have a green roof which will be the first of its kind, located
adjacent to the northeast corner of Rinker Hall, on the UF
campus and a 100-seat amphitheater. The facility will be
cooled by natural ventilation and will be furnished with a
300k testing frame and a 2-ton hoist. Students will be able (
to develop their craft awareness by observing the ..
performance of master craft workers in areas such as -
welding, masonry, and formwork erection.
-J ----------

BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates

The First Annual UF Tampa Bay BCN Gator Club Golf
Scramble was hosted by the club on Thursday, June 1, 2006
at the Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater, Florida.
The Feather Sound Country Club was in great shape for this
event, and the staff provided an excellent poolside lunch
prior to the shotgun start, and followed up with the post
tournament get-together in the ballroom with the awards cer-
emony, a buffet station with light foods as well as plenty of

Sixteen foursomes competed in this "Best Ball" format and
the team sponsored by Rinker Materials, which included
Stefanie Oldham, Dave Wright, Ryan Willis and Bob
DiPietro, took first place honors. The teams from Hennessey
Construction Services and ASAP Rental Equipment and
Sales took 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Scott Pittman
from the Nelson Construction team was the Long Drive
winner and John Omran from the Clark Construction Group,
LLC team won the "Closest to the Pin" award.

Despite a rain-shortened event, everyone had a great time
and the Tampa Bay Club is already starting to plan a similar
golf outing for next year. It is anticipated a full slate of 25
foursomes will compete, network, socialize and generally
have a great afternoon away from work.


The First Annual UF Tampa Bay BCN Gator Club Golf
Scramble raised $5,600 for the 70th Anniversary Profes-
sorship and the club wishes to acknowledge and thank the
following firms for their generous contributions and par-

Able Body Labor
AGC of Greater Florida, Inc.
Allstate Construction, Inc.
Angle & Schmid, Inc.
ASAP Rental Equipment and Sales
Bovis Lend Lease
Clark Construction LLC
Construction Materials, Inc.
Working Capital Consultants, Inc.
Diaz Fritz Isabel General Contractors
Florida Rock Industries
Granite Construction Co.
Hennessey Construction Services
Hughes Supply
Irwin Contracting
JBI Group
Jim & Slim's Tool Supply, Inc.
Kalemeris Construction
MES General Contractors, Inc.
Nelson Construction
Paul J. Sierra Construction
Power Design, Inc.
Procrete Systems, Inc.
Proefke Construction Co.
Rapid Blueprinting
Rinker Materials
R.J. Griffin & Company
RSC Rentals
Springer Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.
Tappouni Mechanical
Wallace, Welch & Willingham, Inc.

4 Volume 70, Issue 2 August 2006


BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates

The Rinker School's 70h Anniversary BBQ sponsored by
the North Central Florida BCN Alumni Club was held
on Saturday, April 22nd from 11 am to 1 pm on the Rinker
Hall North lawn. Close to 150 BCN alumni and friends
attended and enjoyed the pre-Orange & Blue game BBQ.
The event was kicked off with a brief welcome and overview
of the Club's initiatives and rationale for the fundraiser by
Club President, Domenic Scorpio. Dr. Abdol Chini then
addressed the group and thanked those that helped sponsor
the event. Dom

The BBQ was a great opportunity for alumni and friends to
relax and reminisce prior to the game. BCN Grand Guard
alumnus Robert Bird (BCN 1956) shared many stories of
his BCN experience as well as graciously donated his photos
from that time for the Rinker School archives.

In addition to reminiscing and celebrating the Rinker
School's 70t Anniversary, the event raised $14,000 for the
70t Anniversary Endowed Professorship. The Rinker
School would like to give special thanks to the North Central
Florida Alumni Club Board of Directors, event sponsors,
and Kim Stanley without whom this event would not have
been possible.
The North Central Florida BCN Alumni Club Board of Directors

President Domenic Scorpio, PPI Construction Management
Vice President of Academics Louie Wise III, CCS Mechanical
Vice President of Outreach Brandon Tinckham, PPI Construction Mgt.
Secretary-Treasurer Matt Webster, Charles Perry Construction

The first meeting of the Southwest Florida BCN Alumni
Club took place on June 1, 2006 from 6 to 9 pm at the
Pelican Larry's Pine Ridge Road location in Naples. Fifteen
BCN alumni attended the event to socialize, network,
reunite, and learn about the BCN regional clubs. Dr. Chini
provided an update of the Rinker School's enrollment,
faculty, curriculum, career fair, and other major events. Also
in attendance were Marcia Bourdon, Director of
Development for the College of DCP and new Assistant
Director Sally Morris. John Gooding, President of
Deerbrook, Inc. organized and sponsored this event. With
the support of the members who attended the first meeting,
John is planning to set up another one with more participants

enic Scorpio, Club President

Dr. Abdol Chini and BCN Grand Guard
Alumnus Robert Bird

to select the first Board of Directors for the Southwest BCN
Alumni Club. Please contact John
(john@deerbrookinc.com) for more information.

The Central Florida/Orlando BCN Alumni Club held its
first social on June 29th. It was held at DubsDread Country
Club in Orlando. With about 50 people in attendance, they
discussed the purpose of the club and ideas for upcoming
events. The planning is to have another social in either late
October or early November and to have a banquet in the
Spring 2007 semester. The club website, http://
www.ufbcn.org/centralflorida is still being worked on, but
when complete it will have information regarding club events.

Volume 70, Issue 2 August 2006 5

Event sponsors

Alachua Environmental Services, Inc Charles Perry Construction MM Parrish Construction Co
Alexander Group Clancy & Theys PPI Construction Management
Advanced Building Concepts, Inc Edwards Construction Services Inc Superior Construction Co., Inc
BBI Construction Management Gray Construction Services, Inc Tri-City Electrical Constractors, Inc
CCI Cabot Construction Holder Construction Group LLC Trinity Fabricators, Inc
CCS Mechanical, Inc Johnson Construction & Development University Imaging, Inc
Central Florida Drywall & Plastering Joyner Construction, Inc WW Gay Mechanical Contractor, Inc


The South Florida BCN Alumni Club Presents $100,000 to

Close to 650 alumni, friends and sponsors got together on
Tuesday evening, May 9th, 2006 at the Seminole Hard Rock
Hotel and Casino in Davie Florida to celebrate the School's
70th anniversary and fundraiser for an endowed

The South Florida BCN Alumni Club presented a
$100,000 check to Interim Dean Anthony Dasta and Dr.
Abdol Chini for the Rinker School's 70th Anniversary
Endowed Professorship. The generosity demonstrated by
the South Florida BCN Alumni Club is a testament to the
dedication our alumni and friends have for the Rinker School.
We are very appreciative of the confidence they have shown
in the Rinker School through this gift.

The South Florida BCN Alumni Club is one of 6 clubs
currently organized in Florida and was responsible for
coordinating and hosting the event. The remarkably strong
Gator spirit was present while alumni, friends, and sponsors
enjoyed an unforgettable evening of celebrating and
reminiscing. The evening was kicked off by a cocktail and
social hour, then dinner and a program.

The program's welcoming remarks were given by Rick
Derrer, President-elect of the Club, where he thanked all
those in attendance. Steve Palmer, President of the Club,
gave the opening remarks, including a brief description of
the Club's initiatives and purpose of the fundraising banquet.
Dr. Dan Whiteman, Vice President of Academics for the
Club, gave the invocation for the evening. The evening
program continued with Dean Dasta giving the group a brief
accounting of the College's and Rinker School's
achievements and activities. Dr. Chini then addressed the
group and introduced the School's faculty in attendance, Drs.
Brown, Cox, Dukes, Issa and Olbina. Ray Southern, Charles
P Reid, and Jim Cummings were keynote speakers during
the event. They spoke of their experiences within their
careers and how BCN enabled them to be successful in the
construction industry. Each speaker also entertained the
group with stories of their times at BCN and/or their first
"real" job after graduation.

The resources generated by the endowed professorship
would be used to bring the outstanding construction
professionals into the classroom to share their knowledge

with our students and to give them broader exposure to the
"real world" of construction.

The Club Board of Directors had the difficult task of
organizing an elaborate fun-filled evening for all to enjoy
as well as fund raising for the 70th Anniversary Professorship.
They did an excellent job with coordinating the event as
well as reaching their fundraising goal, which was to surpass
the high benchmark already set by the Tampa Bay Club.
The Rinker School would like to give special thanks to the
Club Board of Directors and sponsors. Without the hard
work and efforts of the Club members and generous support
from our sponsors, the event and professorship would not
have been possible. We would like to also recognize Ray de
la Feuilliez, Giovanna Easton and Beth Yowell of James A.
Cummings; Kathy Worley of Stiles; and Viki Solt of the Rinker
School for their outstanding efforts in organizing many
activities needed for a banquet of this size.

Steve Palmer, his wife Linda and John Bennett
Steve Palmer, his wife, Linda and John Bennett.

Ray Southern, CEO of Centex Construction

6 Volume 70, Issue 2 August 2006

the School at its 70th Anniversary Banquet and Fundraiser

The Rinker School wishes to thank all who participated, especially the South Florida BCN Alumni Club Board of
Directors and those companies who sponsored tables.

Table Sponsors
American Engineering & Development Corp
ANF Group, Inc
Arazoza Bros., Corporation
Areda Construction
Associated Builders & Contractors
Baker Concrete Company
Bateman, Gordon & Sands, Inc
BCM Construction Management
Beauchamp Construction Co.
Boran, Craig, Barber Engle Construction Co.
Bovis Lend Lease
Builders Plus
Cabi Developers, LLC
Capri Engineering
Centex Construction Co.
Charland Rurey Construction, Inc
Coastal Construction Group
Construction Association of South Florida
Coreslab Structures, Inc.
Critical Path Services
Current Builders of Florida, Inc
Dixie Metal Products
Elcon Electric, Inc.
Facchina-McGaughan, LLC
Falkanger, Snyder, Martineau, & Yates Architects
Form Works, Inc.
Fortune International
General Crane USA, Inc
Groupe Pacific Management, Inc.
Gryphon Construction, LLC
Gulf Building Corp
H J Foundation, Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction
Hill York Corporation
James A Cummings, Inc.
Kraft Construction Company, Inc
Latite Roofing & Sheet Metal Co.
Lotspeich Company of Florida, Inc.
M C Velar Construction, Corp.
M&R Drywall Marc LaCerte
Miller Construction Company
Moss & Associates
Nielson & Company
Pavarini Construction Company, Inc.
Peckar & Abramson, PC.
Phoenix Sales Inc.
Pirtle Construction Company
Pomeroy Electric, Inc.

Right Way Plumbing Co., Inc.
Rinker Materials
Southern Pan Services Co.
St. Paul Travelers
Steel Fabricators, LLC
Stiles Construction Co.
Stevens Roofing Systems & Phoenix Sales Inc
Suffolk Construction
TGSV Enterprises
The Marker Group
The Related Group
ThyssenKrupp Elevators
Turnberry Associates
Vincent Vaccarella, PA
WCI Communities
Whiting Turner Contracting Company
Willis of Florida
Contributing Sponsors
Associated General Contractors of America, South FL Chapter
Mora Engineering Contractors, Inc.
Superior Window Corporation

James Cummings, Jim Dunn from Willis of Florida and Bob
Benson from Madsen Sapp Rodriquez and Mena

The South Florida Region UF BCN Club Board of Members
President Stephen R. Palmer, Stiles Construction Co.
President-Elect William R. Derrer, James A. Cummings, Inc.
Vice President of Outreach Harley W. Miller, Miller Construction Company
Vice President of Academics Daniel E. Whiteman, Ph.D, Coastal Construction Co.
Secretary-Treasurer Charles P Reid, Current Builders of Florida, Inc.
Directors John F Bennett, Rinker Materials; Michael Gomez, TGSV Enterprises;
Jose R. Moreno, Jr., BCM Construction Management; Raymond C. Southern, Centex Construction

Volume 70, Issue 2 August 2006 7


Attention West Palm Beach Alumni

The Palm Beach UF BCN Alumni Club

requests your attendance at

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

The Palm Beach UF BCN Alumni Club is hosting the Rinker School's 70th Anniversary Banquet scheduled for Thursday,
October 19th at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, 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 alumni in the region the first of September. If you would
like more information about the banquet, or would like to sponsor a table, please contact: Vince Burkhardt (BBC 72) or
Bill Zammit (BBC 74) at: Pal nBcEic lhB NA Ilnni ak be I ksou l I acl or Duane Burgard (BBC 81) at: tcdburgard@aadelphia.net

We would like to thank the West Palm Beach area companies below, who have graciously agreed to sponsor tables as of

Burkhardt Construction, Inc.
Butler Construction, Co.

D&D Quality Constructors, Inc.
Hardrives, Inc.

Hertiage '76 Corp.
West Construction
The Weitz Co. Inc.

Dean Dasta, continued from page 2

In these times of unsteady state
support, the Rinker School has
maintained strong support of its
alumni, profession and friends. I am
especially thankful to the Marshall E.
Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Charles R.
Perry family, and all of those who
have given their support to the
School. The Rinker School's 70t year
anniversary BCN Club celebrations have been very
successful and will provide needed faculty support in the

In closing, I look forward to working with the Rinker School
in the coming year and to helping in any way I can to keep
the program a success. Thank you to all the alumni and
friends I have met in the past year. It is your support that
leads the School to the success it has earned.

Director, continued from page 2

these two regions. Without the hard
work and efforts of the club members
and generous support from the
sponsors, the events and
professorship would not have been
possible. The celebrations in Tampa,
Gainesville, and Ft Lauderdale have
generated $180,000 for the 70th
anniversary endowed professorship.
The BCN Clubs at Palm Beach and
Orlando are planning to have their celebrations in the Fall
2006 and Spring 2007, respectively.

Dr. Robert Cox left the University of Florida and his
Associate Director position with the Rinker School to
become the Building Construction Management Department
Head at Purdue University. His excellent teaching skills
and leadership qualities have been instrumental in improving
the quality of our programs for the past 13 years. We will
sorely miss his enormous contributions. I have appointed
Dr. Paul Oppenheim as the Director of Undergraduate
Programs. Dr. Oppenheim has been teaching BCN
undergraduate courses in Heating and Air Conditioning and
Electrical systems since 1989 and has ranked consistently at
the top of the BCN faculty in teaching performance. He is
well-respected by students and his fellow faculty members
for his enthusiasm and dedication.

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

8 Volume 70, Issue 2 August 2006

Building Construction Advisory Council

Executive Committee

The Spring BCN Executive Committee meeting was held on
April 7, 2006 at the Orlando International Airport Hyatt
Regency from 9:30 am- 1:30 pm. The committee discussed
the current fundraising efforts for the 70t Anniversary
Endowed Professorship. Specifically, it was noted that any
proceeds received by December 31, 2006 for the
professorship will be eligible for bundling to receive the
State match. Breck Weingart, President of Charles Perry
Construction, gave the group an update on the Gainesville/
Ocala BCN Club's pre-Orange and Blue game BBQ
scheduled for April 22, 2006 at the UF Campus. Rick Derrer,
President of James A. Cummings, Inc. informed the group
of the Fort Lauderdale/Miami BCN Club's initiatives for its
upcoming 70 Anniversary Banquet, scheduled for May 9,
2006 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

The committee also welcomed the following new members
to the EXCOM: Tim Good, Vice President of The Haskell
Company; Chris Hanlon, Senior Vice President of Tower
Division for WCI Communities; Paul Hardaker,

Florida Region Manager for Gerdau Ameristeel; Bill
Morthland, Operations Manager for Hunt Construction
Group in Tampa; and Louie Wise, III,. President of CCS
Mechanical. The committee also discussed filling the two
available seats on the committee with new members. Ron
Nunez, Senior Director of Corporate Health, Safety, and
Environmental for Flour Constructors and Raymond
Southern, CEO of Centex Construction were selected to the
EXCOM effective Fall 2006. The next EXCOM meeting
is scheduled in conjunction with the UF and BCN
Homecoming events for Friday, October 6t at Rinker Hall
from 8:30 am noon.

Members and BCN faculty who were present for the April
7th meeting include: Robert Angle, John Bennett, Curtis
Culver, Rick Derrer, Tim Good, Chris Hanlon, Paul
Hardaker, Sidney Jordan, John McIntyre, Harley Miller, Bill
Morthland, Steve Palmer, Chip Reid, Erik Sharpe, Darrell
Smith, John Sofarelli, Breck Weingart, Louie Wise, III,
Abdol Chini, Robert Cox, and Raymond Issa.

Steve Palmer, President of the BCN Advisory Council EXCOM
By Hollie Gowen

When Steve Palmer was 15, he and
his best friend decided to do a little
construction just for fun. Over the
course of one summer, using money
they made painting houses, the boys
planned and built the ultimate tree
house. Ih \\ 30 feet inthe air in a
large oak tree," Palmer said. It \\.a
fully enclosed with walls, shingles,
paneling and a rope ladder."

"It was such a great experience creating something from
nothing-basically taking an idea and making it a reality,"
Palmer said. "The passion of being a builder started there."
That passion continues to this day. In addition to his role as
chief operating officer of Stiles Corporation, a Fort
Lauderdale-based development company, Palmer is
chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Broward, Inc. "My
personal philosophy about my purpose is to be a good
steward of the talents I've been blessed with, and Habitat
gives me an outlet to accomplish that," he said.

Palmer has volunteered for many groups over the years, but
along with Habitat, he is especially proud of his work with
Kids in Distress, a local agency dedicated to eradicating child
abuse and caring for its victims. "When I joined the board
of Kids, there were maybe a dozen children and a couple of
paid staff," said Palmer, who has been on the board for 22
years. "Today, the agency touches the lives of over 7,000
children a year."

He added that Stiles Corporation has played a major role in

helping to build each of the organization's major capital
projects. The business charged no fee for its work. Palmer
said it is his nature to volunteer his time and talents to such
worthy organizations. "I grew up in a family that was very
involved in giving back to the community, and I have a strong
belief that it's important to do that," he said. "It's also
rewarding to know that you're making a difference."

Palmer came to Fort Lauderdale in 1979- straight out of the
University of Florida's School of Building Construction- to
take a job as an estimator with Stiles Corporation. "I never
worked anywhere else," Palmer said, noting that the company
had 10 people when he started. Things have changed for
both Palmer and Stiles Corporation. The latter is now one of
the largest construction companies in South Florida, and
Palmer now holds the position of chief operating officer.

In today's work world, where employees bounce from one
company to the next, Palmer's loyalty to Stiles is something
of an anomaly. But he said his longevity at the company was
easy to achieve. "The core values we have as an organization
are completely aligned with what my personal beliefs are,
and we have been extremely successful holding to very high
standards," Palmer said. Palmer lives in Weston with his
wife, Linda, and their 15-year-old son. In his spare time,
what little of it there is, Palmer likes to golf, write songs and
play guitar.

Palmer currently serves as President of the BCN Advisory
Council, EXCOM President of the South Florida BCN Club
and recently served on the Dean search committee for the
College of Design, Construction and Planning.

Volume 70, Issue 2 August 2006 9



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

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has
recognized the importance of the preservation of affordable
rental housing stock through its Window of Opportunity
program and through grants to support housing-policy-
related research. These efforts are hampered, however, by
the lack of data about subsidized properties in both individual
states and across the nation. For example limited information
is available about ownership, types of subsidy programs used
to finance the properties, mortgage prepayment eligibility
dates, property conditions, tenant characteristics, and so
forth. In response to this lack of decision-support data, the
MacArthur Foundation awarded a grant to the University of
Florida, on behalf of the Shimberg Center for Affordable
Housing and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation, working in
partnership with the Shimberg Center, will convene a

national meeting of organizations already engaged in
collecting housing preservation data. The second phase of
the effort will be led by the Shimberg Center and will be to
develop and implement a data collection project within the
state of Florida. The objective of organizing the meeting
and conducting the data collection and analysis is to identify
the information needs for housing policy and program
development professionals and to create a data infrastructure
that other states can implement for the preservation of the
affordable rental housing.

The key personnel that will be involved in the project include
Mr. William O'Dell, of the Shimberg Center, who will be
the principal investigator for the Shimberg Center's tasks,
and Ms. Nancy Muller, Policy Director for the Florida
Housing Finance Corporation, who will be the principal
investigator for the FHFC tasks.

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

The Powell Center is organizing an international conference,
Rethinking Sustainable Construction 2006 (RSC06), an
international conference that will be held September 19-22,
2006 in Sarasota, Florida. RSC06 will focus on the cutting
edge and beyond for high performance green buildings and
assist in the development of a roadmap for designing and
building future high performance facilities. We anticipate
a collaboration of designers, developers, builders,
manufacturers, primary materials suppliers, policymakers,
and researchers to collaborate in developing a vision of the
future high performance building. The green building
movement has been highly successful and the Powell Center
has been engaged in the process of evolving this concept for
15 years. Rinker Hall was the first green building on the
University of Florida campus and there are now a total of 18

green buildings in various stages of evolution. These high
performance buildings have become an important research
topic for graduate students, with eight masters students
having written their papers or theses on topics ranging from
greening residential development and smart growth, to
measuring building performance by developing assessment
tools. Additionally, there are four current doctoral students
writing their doctoral dissertations on subjects such as
optimizing indoor environmental quality, development of
financial and other incentives for high performance buildings,
optimizing the building hydrologic cycle, and greening
historic preservation. The Rinker School offers a track in
Sustainable Construction in the Masters program and a
Certificate in Sustainable Construction to address the rapidly
growing interest in this approach to construction.

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

Safety is an integral part of the curriculum in the Rinker
School. Every student who graduates from the Rinker School
has taken at least one 3-hour course on construction safety.
In addition, several instructors have begun to include lectures
on safety in their classes. Several research studies in
construction safety are always being conducted. One project
that is nearly completed examined the best practices
associated with implementing programs to address specific
types of hazards. Another study underway is focused on
identifying the best leading indicators of safety that can serve
as a viable measure of the health of the safety process. Still
another project is examining the various practices associated
with providing for anchorage points for worker fall

protection. The research findings are regularly reported in
the professional literature and at conferences.

The Fluor Program for Construction Safety continues to serve
as a means of communication on safety and health matters
between the Rinker School and safety personnel at Fluor
Corporation. Fluor has maintained a world-class safety
record on its construction sites and the Rinker School is proud
to have an affiliation with them. This pride is embodied in
The Fluor Program for Construction Safety Outstanding
Student in Safety Award which was received by Brandon
Moore this past spring semester.

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Welcome Reception

On January 19', Dr. Chini and the Rinker faculty and staff
welcomed new students to the School with a casual reception
at EmersonAlumni Hall. Following dinner, Dr. Wetherington
provided the crowd with a brief history of the Building
ConstructionProgram. JamesA. Cummings, Inc. sponsored
the event, and showed a video about their firm,

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giving students a glimpse of what awaits them in a few short
years. New students were also treated to a viewing of the
recently produced "Rinker School A Tradition of
Excellence" video. The evening closed with Rinker student
clubs and organizations having the opportunity to meet the
new students and encourage them to get involved.

Mr. Trevor Prigg, Mr. Kevin Vann and Mr. Rob
Maphis of James A. Cummings

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

This past May, the eighth group of students from the Rinker
School participated in the Germany Exchange Program.
Seventeen students participated, making this the largest
group to go to Germany. The three-week program ran
smoothly as always. Our students were hosted by German
students and saw how students in Germany live (and play).
Some students played soccer, many went bowling, some
went dancing, etc. As part of the program, the students
saw many local attractions and traveled to several interestingogne
cities, including Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Potsdam,
Dessau, Dresden and Leipzig.

The program provided a rich mixture of visits to
construction sites and to traditional tourist attractions. As
in the past, the students were accompanied by Dr. Jimmie
Hinze and during the last week, Dr. Kevin Grosskopf also
joined the group. For their participation in the exchange .
program, the students earned three hours of credit for an
upper division elective.
Student operating a remote controlled
compactor at a museum of safety

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Student sawing wood at a craft training school



The Spring 2006 commencement for the College of Design,
Construction and Planning was held on May 5th at 2:00 pm
at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This semester
the Rinker School announced the graduation of 59 students
with Bachelor Degrees, 21 with their Master's, and 2 that
received their degree in Fire and Emergency Services.
Special congratulations to Lucy Acquaye and Tan Qu for
their accomplishment of receiving their Doctor of Philosophy
Degree in Building Construction.

Guest Speaker, Thaddeus L. Cohen

The afternoon's commencement speaker was Thaddeus L.
Cohen, AIA. Thaddeus was named the Secretary of the
Florida Department of Community Affairs in March 2004,
and currently serves on Governor Bush's Coastal High
Hazard Study Committee and chairs the Florida Communities
Trust Governing Board.

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

(FES), and Mike Chae

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Spring 2006 BCN Career Fair

The Spring 2006 BCN Career Fair was held on February 7th at
the Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Held each semester, the
career fair offers students an opportunity to meet with
recruiters from a wide spectrum of construction companies.
With over 120 companies in attendance, along with more
than 450 students, the career fair was an enormous success.
The fair was preceded by a Recruiters Reception at Emerson
Alumni Hall. This recruiters reception provides the recruiters
an opportunity to mingle with past graduates, as well as with
the BCN faculty and staff. Over 70 recruiters attended the


October 17, 2006 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)


Graduation Dinner

On the evening of May 5th, graduating students along with
their families, friends and BCN faculty and staff gathered at
the Paramount Resort and Conference Center for a send off
dinner. The evening started with Interim Dean Dasta
welcoming the students and their loved ones, which followed
by Dr. Chini introducing the school's faculty and staff.
Following dinner, Mike Wozney, Project Executive with
Clark Construction, gave a presentation, detailing the firm's
divisions and projects.

Following the sponsor's video was the presentation of awards.
The first of our evening's awards was presented to Mr.
Robert P. Angle, president of the St. Petersburg, Fla., firm
of Angle & Schmid, Inc., General Contractors. He was the
recipient of the 2006 BCN Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Next, Brandon Moore was recognized as one of the finalist's
for the DCP Student Academic Achievement Award.
Brandon also received with the Fluor Award in Construction

Mariah Jensen received the award for Outstanding Student
Leadership and Derek Markham received the Outstanding
Scholarship Award, this award is given to the student with
the highest GPA for their BCN upper division courses.
Carolyn Smith received the H. Duff Williamson Award in
Estimating. The award for Best Overall Capstone Project
was given to Victor Gomez.

Special thanks to Clark Construction Group for sponsoring
the graduation dinner.

Dr. Abdol Chini and Mr. Bob Angle

Mr. Mike Wozney with Clark Construction

Brandon Moore accepting his award from Dr. Abdol Chini

Construction Management Association of America
By Cardiff Shea

Construction Management Association of America is an or-
ganization that promotes construction management as a
method of construction delivery alternative to the traditional
design-bid-build. This semester the UF CMAA chapter had
multiple meetings highlighted by guest speakers who gave
insight, through their experience in the construction indus-
try. Additionally, the club planned a trip to Tampa to visit a
large interstate intersection construction project as well as a
high-rise hotel. On a social level, CMAA had a Social at
Caf6 Gardens for members and potential members. Also this
year the CMAA West Florida Chapter donated funds to our
chapter to continue our operation. The UF CMAA chapter
lobbied UF Student Government for more funds for the 2006-
2007 academic year and was successful in their endeavor.
Through these funds UF CMAA will be able to continue their

growth and to support Habitat for Humanity and organiza-
tions like Rebuild Gainesville.We would like to extend our
gratitude to the professional West Florida Chapter of CMAA
who have pledged two yearly scholarships to UF CMAA

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Building Construction College Council
By Jonathan Hill

The Building Construction College Council (BCNCC)
continued the momentum that John Nichols started from the
previous year. John and the Council had set three goals:
Awareness, Communication, and Coordination. The Council
created a calendar so all of the BCN organizations could
schedule their events without interfering with each other.
The calendar was put on the BCNCC website so all of the
BCN students would have access. The Council then
publicized the website and calendar in each of the classes.
The BCNCC calendar was a great start on accomplishing
the councils three goals.

John stepped down from the President position after the
2005 Fall Term. As the current VP, I assumed the role as
President and Ryan Stringfellow was elected as the VP for
the Spring Term. To maintain the momentum the Council
had started, Ryan and I chose to run for reelection for next
year with a co-running mates. We did not want to have a full
Board change over with people who had not been on the
council before. The plan is for our co-running mates to
transition into their roles during the Fall Term 2006 and
continue the work that the Council has started. Ryan and I
will be graduating in December 2006 and feel the new board
will be able to continue and grow the work already started.

The Council organized an end of the school year BCN Luau
with help from several of the BCN clubs. A special thanks
to Brasfield & Gorrie along with NAWIC for sponsoring
the event. Ryan Stringfellow developed a very nice shirt
design and all of the shirts were sold out quickly. The event
had over 200 in attendance at the FUS Restaurant (the old
Sky Bar).

Thanks to the 20+ individuals that help setup the event. Beth
Glover did an excellent job of decorating for the event. There
were palm branches, bamboo, and coconuts everywhere
along with a bamboo limbo. With Hills BBQ and the FUS
providing food, no one went hungry. The event went so
well that the Council is planning an end of Fall 2006 Term

Sigma Lambda Chi

By Nicholas Bieber

The Spring of 2006 proved to be a banner semester for the
Sigma Lambda Chi Construction Honor Society, thanks not
only to an outstanding addition to the active members of
our society from our most recent initiation class, but also to
SLX's increased involvement in the surrounding community.
In an effort to broaden the involvement of our honor society,
SLX has decided to undertake new construction-related
service activities in addition to our Habitat for Humanity
and Peaceful Paths contribution. SLX has also made an effort
to strengthen unity within the society by emphasizing an
increase in both current and past member participation in
SLX sanctioned events. Overall, we are looking forward to
a great upcoming semester.

Sigma Lambda Chi would like to proudly welcome our new
members: Jay Cherry, Peter Dayton, Rainer Elken, Thomas
Elliott, John Finch, Matthew Gilstrap, Sean Horan, Scott
Marone, Axay Patel, Michael Schutt, Matthew Szporka,
Patrick Thompson, and Alex Wolpert. Congratulations!

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Associated General Contractors
By Mariah Jensen

AGC got to work this semester! On January 24th, the chapter
started off the year with a club meeting in which the goals
for the semester were discussed. Then, just in time for the
Career Fair on February 7t, we held a meeting in which a
guest speaker from the Career Resource Center shared
knowledge about resumes and recruiting. On the 16th of
February, AGC held a social with the Nursing School at the
Grog House. The dress theme was "Yacht Club" and
everyone who attended had a blast! On Saturday, February
18', a group of AGC volunteers joined forces with Rebuild
Gainesville for a community service project. We traveled to
a home in Hawthorne where we built a handicap ramp for a
resident in need.

It was a wonderful and heartwarming experience and AGC
will continue working with Rebuild Gainesville on future
projects. After Spring Break, AGC held a club meeting with
guest speaker William Wimberly from Zachry Construction
in which he gave career advice and information about his
company. On Tuesday, April 11th, AGC hosted a BBQ at the
Rinker School, serving up hotdogs and hamburgers to the
students and faculty of BCN. The last meeting of the Spring
2006 semester was held on April 19t in which the officers
of next Fall were elected. Our final social event of the year
was a collaboration with ABC at Club XS. It was a great
way to end the year and have some fun!

National Association of Women In Construction
By Staci Bartlett

This semester we assisted
Women Build, a group that
helps raise funds for Habitat
homes and allows women the
opportunity to participate in
the construction process of a
Habitat home, by building a
playhouse to be raffled off to
raise funds to start a new Habitat home. We spent two
weekends with the help of other BCN students and staff
completing the playhouse.

We took a tour of the Women's Gym currently being
renovated by AJAX. Mary Thompson, the project manager,
showed us the building and gave insight on the challenges
of renovating a historically significant building.

Jill Carter of the Gainesville NAWIC chapter set up a tour
of a water treatment plant currently under construction with
CHM2HILL in Orlando. Eight members of NAWIC traveled
to Orlando and enjoyed some time out on the town and then
toured the site the next day. It was a great experience and
we greatly appreciate the support of the Gainesville NAWIC

During the spring semester we incorporated some social
events to help the members get to know each other better.
We also held breakfast sales in the morning where we
discovered that the men of BCN are very health

NAWIC ended the year by donating $500 to the annual BCN
Luau, which took place at FUS Restaurant & Bar, and was
attended by BCN students, faculty, and staff. Beth Glover
contributed to the decoration of the event by getting items
such as bamboo and a limbo set donated by her family.

We look forward to another year with hopes to start on a
Habitat home with Women Build.

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Christians in Construction
By Robert Kummer

It has been another growing and busy year for Christians in
Construction. Throughout the semester we have had the
opportunity to have several wonderful guest speakers.

During the month of January, Dr. Otto Fetterhoff, from
URS Corporation spoke to the students on how to prepare
resumes and what questions to ask and to answer duringjob
interviews. Melissa Miller, from Rebuild Gainesville, spoke
to our club in March about her organization. She discussed
the dire need of volunteers for her organization. Mr. Reeves
Byrd, who is a retirement planning consultant, spoke at our
Financial Seminar in April. He spoke primarily on
investment options that companies offer and what to look
for in the investment world.

On a personal note, we would like to thank the guest speakers
for taking the time to speak to us and offering their insight

in the construction industry. We would like to thank Dr.
Leon Wetherington, our faculty advisor, for his help and
support. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to
Drawdy Brothers Construction, Inc. for their generosity and

The officers for Christians in Construction for the Fall 2006
semester are: ErinYoung, President; Adam Robertson, Vice
President; Seth Simmons, Secretary; Robert Kummer,
Treasurer; John Finch, Public Relations, Dr. Leon
Wetherington, Faculty Advisor.

Next semester we plan on having several guest speaker,
community service projects, and social gatherings. 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 Robert Stroh

The Student Chapter of the NAHB met during the spring
semester to hear Jim Kalemeris (BBC '51) discuss the
importance of using the lessons learned in the classes of the
BCN curriculum. He emphasized the situations where those
classroom lessons have helped him avoid near disasters over
the years. Jim also emphasized how important it is to use
your knowledge of alternative materials and methods that
can save time and money when bidding ajob. He described
several projects for which Kalemeris Construction, Inc., was
the successful bidder simply because he had proposed an
alternative approach to the construction project that saved

Honors Presentation

This past semester the Rinker School had 5 students
graduate with Summa Cum Laude. Congratulations to
Erik Anderson, Holton Jacob Harders, Brandon Moore,
Brooke Nicholson and Kimberly Rambaum for their
outstanding academic performance.

To graduate with the distinctions of Magna Cum Laude
(high honors) or Summa Cum Laude (highest honors) a
student must have earned a 3.6 or 3.75 GPA, respectively.
In addition, they are required to prepare an "honors
research paper" which is supervised by two BCN faculty

either time or money for the owner.

Closing out the program was a video tape of an 8mm silent
film of the original construction of the Empire State Building.
This Empire State Building project was started in February
1930 and completed in May 1931. The entire 102-story
building was erected in 15 months. At the height of the
activity, over 3,000 workers were on the job site. Throughout
the film it was obvious that our current construction safety
standards were not yet in place in the 1930s.

From left to right:
Kimberly Rambaum (Cook, Kibert)
Brooke Nicholson (Cook, Muszynski)
Brandon Moore (Wetherington, Cox)
Holton Jacob Harders (Smailes, Kibert)

Not shown:
Erik Anderson (Issa, Cox)

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Associated Builders and Contractors
By Robert Cox

The annual Student-Contractor Golf Tourney was held on
March 24th at Ironwood Golf Course. The tournament was
a total success for the more than 120 golfers. The ABC
Student Chapter would like to express their sincere thanks
to all company sponsors and to all those who participated in
this event. Please watch for flyers announcing next year's

A special thanks goes out to the ABC Gulf Coast Chapter
for all their support this past year. The ABC Gulf Coast
offices in Tampa played host to our annual student-contractor
BBQ on February 23d. This social event was attended by
some 20 students and 25 contractor members.

This spring semester the student chapter was fortunate to
have the following guest speakers for their monthly meetings:
Louie Wise III of CCS Mechanical; Dan Minnick and Randy
Fitkin of Mathews Construction; and Jeremy Voss and Wes
Feldman of PCL Construction.

The Rinker School and the ABC Student Chapter were
represented at the National ABC Construction Management
Competition as a part of the ABC National Convention in
Las Vegas during spring break. This year's team consisted
of Doug Bily, Matt Morey, Ethan Katz, and Matt Gilstrap.

Best wishes to Doug Bily and Matt Morey as they enter the
industry following graduation this past Spring. Best of luck
to Ethan Katz and Matt Gilstrap when they return to represent

the Rinker School next spring at the national competition.
These students worked extremely hard in preparation and
did a wonderful job in the competition while in Vegas
against 28 teams from across the nation.

ABC Team L to R: Dr. Cox, Matt Gilstrap, Matt
Morey, Ethan Katz, Doug Bily, Steve Cona, ABC
Gulf Coast Chapter

Louie Wise III of CCS Mechanical speaks at the
ABC chapter monthly meeting

Balsa Bridge Building Contest
By Lucy Acquaye

Students in both classes of BCN 2405, Construction
Mechanics participated in a Balsa Bridge Building Contest.
Students designed, built and tested balsa bridges to find out
the most efficient designs. Members in the winning teams
were awarded certificates.

In Lucy Acquaye's class, members of the winning team were
Caroline McCammack, Whitney Cole, and Jamie Reid. Their
bridge weighed 0.016 lbs and supported a load of 19.50 lbs
and had an efficiency of 1219.

In Wen Liu's class, members of the winning team were
Cassidy Resnick, Daniel Schroeder, Kenneth Perrine, Sina
Bazargan-Lari, Sean Snowden, and Ryan Berg. Their bridge
weighed 0.056 lbs and supported a load of 89.8 lbs and had
an efficiency of 1603.

Winning Team in Lucy Acquaye's class

Winning Team in Wen Liu's class

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The Rinker Scholar Endowment

The recently created Rinker
Scholar Endowment will for the
first time be awarded to Capt.
Patrick C. Suermann for the
upcoming academic year. Patrick
received his bachelor's degree
from the U.S. Air Force Academy
and a Master of Science in
Construction Management from
Texas A&M. He teaches
construction courses at the U.S. Air Force Academy in
Colorado Springs, Colo. Patrick will start his doctoral
program at the Rinker School in the Fall 2006 semester.

Established in 2005 by a generous gift from the Marshall E.
Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Inc., this $1 million endowment

supports fellowship awards to Associated Schools of
Construction faculty members pursuing a Ph.D. in
construction management at UF. Establishing this
endowment is, in part, a response to the growing need for
Ph.D. level faculty members actively conducting research.
The Rinker School is uniquely positioned to support this
type of opportunity for doctoral fellowships in the
construction management field because it is one of only
four in the nation with a doctoral program focused on the
construction management field. Continued support for the
Rinker School through generous gifts like this keeps
opportunities available to the most qualified recipients with
the greatest potential to maintain the Rinker School's
position among the nation's premier building construction
management institutions.

Guest Speakers

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

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

BCN 3500 Plumbing
Jim Tharp, President of Tharp Plumbing

BCN3611 Construction Estimating I
James (Gino) Ginopoulos, Director of RCC Associates
Robbie Gronbach, Project Manager with Edwards Con-
struction Co.

BCN 3700 Construction Contracts
Cliff Gorman, Attorney
Michelle Malick, Project Manager for Gryphon Const. Co.

BCN 4023 Creative Affordable Housing
Ronald Barnett, Vice President of AIRCON
Bob Beisel, Field Representative for NuDura, Inc.
Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President of Federal Alliance
for Safe Homes (FLASH)
James Gulde, Masonry Information Technologists
Fred Malik, Corp. Dir. of Const. for Mercedes Homes,
Linda Patrick, Gainesville Building Department
MariBeth Rizzuto, Director of Training & Education for
Steel Framing Alliance
Diep Tu, Director of Engineering for Florida Concrete &
Products Association

Bill Tucker, Florida Building Material Association

BCN 4612 Construction Estimating II
Art Higginbotham, Director of Walt Disney Imagineering
Chuck Sauls, Director for Hardin Construction Co.
Buzz Willis, Owner of Willis Estimating

BCN 4735 Construction Safety
J.D. Lewis, Corporate Safety Officer for Bovis Lend-Lease

BCN 4751 Project Planning and Feasibility
Glenn Acomb, UF Faculty from Landscape Architecture
Joe Aufmuth, UF Science Library
Dan Green, Senior VP of KB Home
Rob Johnson, Pres. & CEO of the Florida Capital Bank of
James Izzo, President of The 1220 Group

BCN5618 Comprehensive Estimating
Terry Butler, Chief Estimator for Brasfield and Gorrie

BCN 5737, Advanced Issues in Construction Safety
Brian Lange, Safety Sales Representative, MSA

BCN 6586 Construction Ecology
Tom Lane, ECS Solar
Anne Wilkie, IFAS
Mark Brown, Environmental Engineering
Scott Davies, Alachua Biodiesel Company

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Every spring semester, the Rinker School offers industry
members an opportunity to be a "Professor-for-a-day". The
BCN professors are asked to invite guest speakers to their
classes to discuss current issues in their field of interest. The
two day program which took place on February 8-9, allowed
the students to receive an inside look into the construction

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

Dr. Abdol Chini and Mr. Alberto G. Ribas

Dr. Abdol Chini, Randy Marconnet and
Dr. Jimmie Hinze

Dr. Robert Cox, Mr. Jerry Painter and
Dr. Jimmie Hinze

Mr. Craig Ihelsen, Dr. Larry Muszynsil
and Mr. Robert Theisen, Jr.

Dr. Abdol Chini, Mr. Scott Moss and
Dr. Richard Smailes

Dr. Abdol Chini, Mr. McArthur Shelton and
Dr. Walter E. Dukes

rroi. illcnael LOOK, ITr. Uavia Arent,
Mr. Joe Knabel and Dr. Raymond Issa


Ur. ADUOI mnlnl, iir. Amnony Lorurno, Air.
Mark Meeske and Dr. Robert Stroh

Dr. Abdol Chini, Dr. Dan Whiteman and
Dr. Brisbane Brown

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Guest Speakers

David Arent BCBE Construction Company
Calvin Helitzer Gryphon Construction
Joe Knabel BCBE Construction Company
Anthony LoFurno GL Homes, Inc.
Randy Marconnet Safety Consultant
Mark Meeske GL Homes, Inc.
Scott Moss Moss and Associates
Jerry Painter Painter Masonry
Alberto G. Ribas A2 Group
McArthur Shelton M. Shelton Construction, Co., Inc.
Craig Theisen Tilt Con Corporation
Robert Theisen, Jr. Tilt Con Corporation
Dan Whiteman Coastal Construction



Gerald H. Stanley has been active in the Bridge Construc-
tion Industry for over thirty years and recently retired from
Hewitt Contracting Co. as manager of their Bridge Construc-
tion Division. He has four sons and resides with his wife in
Doss Watson worked for Dupont's Engineering Department,
Construction Division until 1998. He spent six years in the
Air Force and then moved to Delaware in 1976, to join the
Delaware Air National Guard. He has been an Adjunct In-
structor at Delaware Technical and Community College since
1991 and has no plans to stop.
Gary Schaffel is the President of Schaffel Development Co.,
Inc., which he founded in Los Angeles in 1977. The com-
pany develops and constructs condominiums in the Greater
Los Angeles area and currently has over 800 units in various
stages of development. He is married to Diane and they have
one daughter.
Gary Houp teaches AP Physics and is the head coach of the
girl's varsity volleyball at South Walton High School in Santa
Rose Beach, FL. He is in his 12th year of teaching in public
schools after serving 22 years in the United States Air Force,
retiring in 1994 at the rank of Lt. Col.
Bill Edwards was recently selected as Sr. Estimator for WE.
Dentmon Construction, Inc. Bill's notable career includes
well over $2 million in projects for the Shimberg Center's
Wind Storm Damage Mitigation Facilities, and teaching for
BCN from 1991-1998, to name a few. Bill and his wife,
Nancy, have been married for 25 years and have 2 children.
Bob Wright began working for the Linbeck Group, L.L.P
shortly after graduation. He is currently a VP and Project
Executive for them in Houston, Texas. One of his recent
projects include the just completed $100 million facility for
the Houston Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. Bob and
his wife recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.
Mike Crabtree started his own company in May 2004 and
specializes in commercial and industrial construction. He is
married to Cathy and they have two children.
Parks Wilson is President of Wilson & Company, Inc. They
built new offices in Oviedo, FL last year and are continuing
to grow, building design-build professional buildings,
churches and retail projects. Parks and his wife, Amelia,
recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They
have three children, two who are currently attending UF
Jeff Charlotte has been Executive Vice President and Co-
Owner of Hennessy Construction Services since 2001.
Hennessy has offices in St. Petersburg and Sarasota focusing
on construction management services for commercial con-
struction projects throughout SW Florida. He currently re-
sides in Sarasota with his wife and three children.

Michael Scott Goldman founded Gen-X Construction, Inc.
which this year is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. Gen-
X specializes in commercial construction and owner repre-
sentative work throughout South Florida. Mike and his wife,
Denise, currently reside in Boynton Beach and have two chil-
dren, Matthew and Lindsay.
Scott McCarthy is a Project Manager for Wright Construc-
tion Corporation based in Fort Myers. He is currently work-
ing on two renovation projects with Collier County Public
Schools. He recently joined the US Green Building Council
and plans to obtain his LEED Certification.
Bob Hicks currently lives inAtlanta and is the Controls Man-
ager for Level 5, LLC. They specialize in Financial Devel-
opment for clients in 38 states. Bob and his wife, Danielle
have four children and are currently adopting a girl from
Bill Nassal and his partner Matt Brown (also a BCN '94
grad) own a specialty construction company in Orlando,
called The Nassal Company. They just completed the new
expansion to the Columbus Zoo. In addition, they were re-
cently awarded the work on the new expansion for the Atlantis
Resort in the Bahamas.
Domenic Scorpio was selected by UF's College of Design,
Construction and Planning as a 2006 Outstanding Young
Alumnus. UF's Alumni Association established this award
to recognize Gators who have distinguished themselves in

Let us Know!!!

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

E-mail: Stacey Rosenberg at sirosen@ufl.edu.

Update Your Contact Information

If you have recently graduated, or have moved; please
update your information with the UF Alumni Association.

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


In Memoriam

Les Sparkman, passed away in February 2006 after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer. Les has been living in the Nashville, TN
area for the last 10-15 years. He graduated from BCN in 1975.

John Howard Boyer, Jr., 66, passed away on September 30, 2004. He was born and raised in Miami Beach and moved to
Miami with his parents in 1949. He graduated from BCN in 1961. John was an accomplished sailor who competed in the
one-design Star class for a good portion of his life, which included the Olympic trials in '62 and '66. He also sailed in the
annual Bacardi Cup in Coconut Grove. He worked as a project manager for many years and eventually started his own
consulting firm in South Florida. He is survived by his three children and four grandchildren.

Matthew Remsen Memorial Scholarship

Family and friends of Matthew Remsen donated $10,000 to establish a memorial scholarship in his
name within the BCN program. Moss and Associates Construction, where Matthew worked as a
Project Manager before his death, matched these gifts by 100% to generate a $20,000 endowment.
The income from The Matthew Remsen Endowment will be given to a qualified BCN student each
year. Matthew died Saturday, December 31, 2005 as a result of a motorcycle accident in Silver
Springs, FL. He graduated from BCN in 1994.

Greg Jones Endowed Fund

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Gregory
Jones Endowed Fund, a new memorial fund established to
support faculty and students in the Rinker School.

After Greg Jones passed away in 2005, his wife Gail and
daughters, Amanda (UF '04) and Alissa (UF '05) organized
a golf tournament played at the Parkland Golf and Country
Club, a WCI community in Coral Springs, in March of 2005.
About 40 family, friends and businesses contributed and
played in the tournament to raise over $75,000.

Their company is Kitchen Art of South Florida, established
in 1989 and headquartered in Coral Springs. Kitchen Art is
a cabinet dealership specializing in gourmet kitchen designs
for home construction companies. Kitchen Art is a cabinet
dealership that specializes in designing builder programs
for kitchens and baths in new residential communities for
builders such as GL Homes, WCI, Minto Builders and Kenco

We are grateful that the Jones family chose to establish this
fund at UF to honor Greg's work in the Florida construction
industry. This will truly create a lasting legacy to support
future construction Gators!

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BCN Alumni in Higher Education

The Rinker School not only has been successful in educating talented managers and leaders for the construction industry,
but it has been instrumental in producing high quality educators for construction education programs. The Master's degree
program at the Rinker School was created in 1948 (first in the U.S.) and more than 700 Master's students have graduated
since then. A Ph.D degree with concentration in Building Construction has been offered through the College since 1989.
As of this May, 26 students have completed their Ph.D degrees in Building Construction. The School is in process of
compiling a list of BCN alumni in construction education, and starting this issue, we will feature their success stories. If
you are a BCN alumni and currently teach at a post secondary construction education program, please send us a
short bio of yourself for publishing on this page.

Dr. Bradford L. Sims received his
Master of Science in Building
Construction from the University
of Florida in 1996. He is the
Founder and Department Head of
Construction Management in the
Kimmel School of Construction
Management, Engineering, and
Technology at Western Carolina
University. He and another CM

faculty, Dr. Capano, worked with Kimmel & Associates to
set up an endowment in excess of $10 million to support
the CM program and its students' growth and success.

Dr. Sims has been an Assistant Professor in the University
of Florida's Building Construction program where he
performed research into Lean Construction. Before the
University of Florida, he was both on the faculty and was a
graduate student in Purdue University's Building
Construction Management Program. There, he created his
website called ConstructionEducation.com which maintains
a wealth of construction information.

Dr. Sims has also worked for three different construction
companies: Cherne Contracting Corporation in Southern
California, Raytheon Engineers in Massachusetts, and
Westinghouse Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

Students who graduated with their Ph.D.
Caesar Abi Shdid
Charles Duval
Kevin Grosskopf
Theodore C. Haupt
Aiyin Jiang
Huanging Lu
Richard Smailes
Steven Van Dessel
Joseli Wendler Macedo
Leon Wetherington
Haiyan Xie
Yimin Zhu

Undergraduate Advisor and Center Director
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Research Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor

Students who graduated with their Master's
Hal Johnson Professor
John Mouton John E. Wilbom Chair in Building Science
Jim Rogers Professor Emeritus
Brad Sims Associate Professor and Program Chair

Florida International University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Florida
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
University of Cincinatti
Eastern Carolina University
University of Florida
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Florida
University of Florida
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Florida International University

California Polytechnic University
California Polytechnic University
Western Carolina University

BCN in the Big Apple

Recent graduate, Cesa Pledger, along with BCN students Brian Rabitaille and Jason
Rosasco have been busy this summer. The three have been working for AMEC Con-
struction, where Cesa is an Assistant Project Manager, in charge of all the finish trades
on the project and where Brian and Jason have been interning. They have been work-
ing on the new 52-story New York Times building located in Times Square. It will be
the New York Times' headquarters. The total square footage of the building is 1.5
million. AMEC's contract is to build the core and shell of the project which is worth
$400-million. The building is scheduled to be fully open in December 2007.

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BCN Construction Hall of Fame

Bob Moss is President of Moss
& Associates, a construction
management firm he founded in
2003 in Ft. Lauderdale. He was
the Chairman, President & CEO
of Centex Construction Group
from 2000-2003. Centex was
rated as the Nation's #1
Domestic General Contractor
by ENR in 2000, 2001, and
2002 and had 400 active
projects in 25 states with 1,500 salaried employees. Prior
to that, Bob served as the Chairman, President & CEO of
Centex Rooney Construction Company from 1986-2000 and
lead the company's growth from $100 million annual
revenues to $700 million. During his tenure at Centex

Charles P. Reid graduated
from University of Florida in
1976 with a degree in Building
Construction. He is currently
CEO of Current Builders, one
of Florida's premier
construction companies.
Charles has over 25 years
experience in the management
of large-scale survey and
engineering construction
projects. He is a diligent leader with solid business planning,
negotiation, problem solving, and communication skills. His
unique ability to recognize client needs and market trends
has navigated the continuous success of Current Builders.

Charles' success in the industry is balanced by his

Rooney, Bob transformed the company from a hard-bid
company to a company with 85% repeated business and
100% negotiated contract and included the subcontractor
community as part of the team. Bob started Moss &
Associates in 2003 with two people on payroll, Bob and
Scott Moss (BCN 1996). By the end of 2005, Moss &
Associates had 200 salaried employees and 21 active

Bob is an Emeritus member of the Rinker School Advisory
Council Executive Committee, and member of several
professional organizations such as: Board of Directors,
Governor's Florida Council of 100; World President
Organization, Chief Executive Organization, and Heart of
Florida United Way. Today, Bob's favorite new role is
playing "Papa" to his grandchildren Sarah, Wyatt, and Ann

involvement with the community. For the past three years,
Charles has been actively involved with recruitment and
personal participation in Toys for Tots Christmas program
by working intimately with the United States Marine Corps
to help provide Christmas for underprivileged children. He
is a member of the National Associated General Contractors
Workforce Development Committee, whose main focus is
to promote the use of "Career Academy's in Construction"
by partnering with high schools. This provides construction
industry opportunity exposure and training to those students
not pursuing college.

Charles is a member of the Rinker School Advisory Council
Executive Committee, a member of Presidential Council for
the University of Florida, President of Associated General
Contractors-South Florida Region 2000-2002, and an
Associate of the American Institute of Constructors.

BCN Distinguished Alumnus Award

Robert P. Angle, president of
the St. Petersburg, Fla., firm of
Angle & Schmid, Inc., General
Contractors is the recipient of
the 2006 BCN Distinguished
Alumnus Award. The purpose
of this award is to honor
graduates who have
distinguished themselves since
graduation in the construction
field and have continually
shown support of the school. The recipient must have
graduated a minimum of 10 years prior to receiving the

Bob completed his bachelor's degree inbuilding construction

and went to work for J.A. Jones Construction in Atlanta and
then Martin and Netrour in San Francisco. He and his
business partner Jerry Schmid started their contracting firm
in 1977 and have enjoyed tremendous success. Angle &
Schmid, Inc., have completed more than 250 projects for
such notable clients as the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, Stetson University and the
St. Petersburg Diocese.

Bob presently serves on the BCN Advisory Council
Executive Committee and is the president of the UF Tampa
Bay BCN Gator Club as well as being an active member
with Gator Boosters. While at the University of Florida, he
was a member of Student Contractors & Building
Associations, Sigma Lambda Chi and the College of
Architecture and Fine Arts honorary fraternity, Gargoyle.

Volume 70, Issue 2 August 2006 2 3



Dr. Charles J. Kibert was recognized
as the 2005-06 UF Teacher/Scholar
of the Year by the Faculty Academic
Advisory Committee. This award
recognizes distinguished achievement
in both teaching and scholarly activity
and visibility within and beyond the
university. Kibert is the first College
of Design, Construction and Planning faculty member to
have earned this distinction since the award's creation in
1960. The Teacher/Scholar of the Year is the University of
Florida's oldest and most prestigious faculty award and
identifies those who are models of excellence and an example
of the teacher/scholar as represented at UF.

Dr. Esther Obonyo attended the
International Conference on
Computing and Decision Making in
Civil and Building Engineering held
in Montreal, Canada in June 2006.
This conference was the largest
gathering of experts in International
Construction Technology.
Dr Obonyo presented two papers: Semantic Markup of
Information on Sanitation Initiatives and Agent-based
Modelling of Sanitation Initiatives.

Dr. Svetlana Olbina attended 2006
Architectural Engineering Conference
entitled Building Integration
Solutions. The conference was held
in Omaha, Nebraska, from March 29
to April 1, 2006, and was organized
by Architectural Engineering Institute
of ASCE. Dr. Olbina presented the
paper Transparent li,,., ing Device As DL., i, .i,,, System.

New Appointments

Anne Williamson has been appointed
Associate Director of the Shimberg
Center forAffordable Housing. Anne
received a bachelor's degree in
business administration with a major
in finance from Middle Tennessee
State University and a master of arts
in finance from the University of
Florida. She is currently completing her dissertation in public
administration and policy at the School of Public and
International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Anne's
research focuses on housing policy, with a particular
emphasis on redevelopment and revitalization and public-
private partnerships.

Anne joined the Shimberg Center as Coordinator of Research
Programs and Services in 2002. Prior to joining the center,
she served as senior manager with a Georgia developer
specializing in multifamily affordable housing. She has also
served as Development Manager for the state of Georgia's
affordable housing programs, as well as Director of Research
and Analysis for the Georgia Department of Community
Affairs. She has also been the Associate Director of the Real
Estate Research Center at the University of Florida.

Dr. Paul Oppenheim has been appointed
Director of Undergraduate Programs for
the Rinker School effective July 17, 2006.
His primary role is to improve the quality
of the School's undergraduate programs.
This includes course content, textbook
revisions, continuity among courses,
student relations, recruitment and
admission, and overall program updates and revisions
through continuous assessment of industry needs and student
outcomes. Dr. Oppenheim has been teaching undergraduate
courses in Heating and Air Conditioning and Electrical
systems for the Rinker School since 1989. He has ranked
consistently at the top of the Building Construction faculty
in teaching, been twice named the College Teacher of the
Year, and been elected by BCN students as the outstanding
professor several times. He is a registered professional
engineer, a licensed refrigeration contractor, and a licensed
residential building contractor.

BCN says Farewell to
Dr. Robert Cox

It is with a sad heart that we announce
S., the departure of Dr. Robert Cox to
become the department head of
construction management at Purdue
University. Robert has been a valuable
member of the Rinker School faculty and
during his 13-year tenure at UF he has
touched many student's lives and he has
made valuable contributions to our School. We wish Robert
and his wife Cindy the very best and we look forward to
hearing about his successes in the future.

Robert Cox Received Excellence
in Teaching Award

The graduating seniors selected Dr. Robert Cox as the
recipient of the Teaching Excellence Award for the Spring
2006 semester. Dr. Cox taught courses in Construction
Project Simulation and Construction Cost Analysis.

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Advisory Council

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
Be sure to put BCN in the Memo Line



City State Zip

Signature Date

Please check the appropriate block:

L $100 Certificate L $300 Plaque L $500 L $2000 includes membership in the University President's Council

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP in the BCN Advisory Council
L $300 Plaque L $500

Please send gifts to 304 Rinker Hall, PO Box 115703, Gainesville, FL 32611

Help Build the Future with the BCN Brick Paver Campaign!

Want to have your name in Rinker Hall, the new home of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction?
Buy a brick paver, support your School, and have your name etched in stone for the world to see!

The 4" x 8" brick pavers are available to students, alumni and friends for $125.00. There is a 3- line limit, with
a 16-character limit per line. Each space, period or other such punctuation is considered a character.

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

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



City: State:

Zip: Phone:

Number of Bricks Ordered: Total Amount Enclosed:

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

School of Buifding Construction general Fund (1/1/6-7/3106)

Elio Alonso

James G Foster, Jr.

Geoffrey E. Smith

Robert L. Claudy, Jr.

George H. Austin
Charles W. Bryson
Robert E. Roundtree, Sr.
John W. Schneid

Charles C. Vensel

Mark W. Herr, Sr.

John R. Kiker III

Joseph J. Bonomo

Carrington E. Barrs III
John M. Neel

Walter R. Billingsley
Dale T. Townsend

William G Fischer
Edwin I. Strayer

Jorge Echarte, Jr.
Paul R. Hardaker
John A. McPhaul

Robert E. Lifton

Raymond J. Kearney, Jr.
Donald L. Savage

Hans E. Seffer
Raymond C. Southern
Karl E. Weis

James T. Klecker
Patrick J. Walsh
Jeffrey M. Wolf

Harry P. Ackerman
Perry A. Diamond
John D. Remington
Bradford J. Sedito
Donald T. Snyder

Erickson H. Palmer
Harold R. Stanley III

John K. Lemen
William M. Wing

Ron DuBois
Van A. Hogan
Gregory A. Vann

James P. Buchanan
Francis J. Hoffman
Francis X. Wilson

David J. Ashton
Steven W. Csutoros
Col. Darrall R. Henderson
Robert A. Isaac, Jr.
Robert W. Lipscomb

Thomas J. Azzerarelli
Loretta Deziel-Gallagher
Christian R. Lipke
Samuel R. Sharpe, Jr.
Dean A. Thomas

John F. Burket
William M. Coyne
Allen P. Davis
John B. Debitetto

Alan C. Miller
Eddie Mosley
David E. Rogers

Jonathan E. Fyrd
Archie O. Jenkins
Michelle M. Jenkins
Nicholas D. Shelow

Robert E. Christopher
Laurie Grundy-Jaworski
Frank M. Rodica
Frank R. Trabold

Robert T. Lauramoore
James P. Tyler

Todd M. Andrew
William D. Goreschak
Craig E. Hagedorn
Bruce F. Perterson

Brian D. Hotchkiss
Lisa A. Stacholy
Paul E. Wanemaker

Conroy S. C. Anderson
James B. Clark
John W. Kearns III
John Stacholy
Eric V Young

James C. Flayler
Kelly G Frye
Jeffrey A. Holaday
Ronald J. Whalen

George W. De Cardenas
David W. Roberts

Kurt A. Ewoldt
Scott L. McCarthy
George W. Clark
Debbie S. Whalen

Mark H. Justice
Adam D. Mrozek
Curtis W. Peart
Robert E. Weesner

Bradley Cochran
Anne M. Cowan
Heather G Mandel
Matthew J. Montgomery

Anthony W. DellaPorta
Russell B. Hicks

Erin E. Farrell
Rob Wubbenhorst

Todd C. Brearly
Jeffrey W. Godman
Brian J. Natwick

David P. Lowe
Brett M. Porak

Jeffrey C. Sweet, Jr.

Patricia A. Barritt
John F. Bennett
Abdol R. Chini
Carol M. Collins
Deidre A. Young

Donations from Companies:
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Clancy & Theys Construction Company
Gerdau Ameristeel
Hager Construction Company
Hardin Construction Company LLC
Joyner Construction, Inc.
Metal Industries Foundations, Inc.
NDC Construction Company
Newbanks, Inc.
Oelrich Construction
Rychris Contracting Company, Inc.
The Clark Construction Group, Inc.
The Morgan Company, Inc.

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

Available Event Sponsorships
Graduation Dinner
Graduate Student Reception
BCN Newsletter
Welcome Reception
Homecoming Bar-B-Que

Future Event Sponsors
Homecoming Bar-B-Que (Fall 2006)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2006)
Graduation Dinner (Fall 2006)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2007)
NAHB Competition (Spring 2007)
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2007)

Spring 2007
Fall 2006
Fall 2007
Fall 2007
Fall 2007

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)
Graduation Dinner (Spring 2006)
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)
Homecoming 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)
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2006)
Graduate Student Reception (Fall 2000)
Graduate Student Reception (Fall 2005)
Plaques and Trophies (2003)


Holder Construction
Clancy & Theys
WCI Communities
Holder Construction
Mercedes Homes
J. Raymond Construction

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
Clark Construction Group
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
Stiles Corporation
Ajax Construction
Turner Construction
Charles Perry Construction

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

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

Proud spnnqor of the
University of Florida
M.E Rin ker, Sr.
School of Building Construction

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