Volume 71 Issue 2
M.E. RINKER, SR. SCHOOL of BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
COLLEGE of DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION and PLANNING
A Message From
Dr. Christopher Silver,
It is hard to believe that a new academic
year is already upon us in the College
of Design, Construction and Planning.
The past year, my first as Dean of the
College, was one of getting to know
the tradition, accomplishments, oppor-
tunities, and indeed the challenges of
our highly respected programs. It has
been both an honor and an immense
source of pleasure to work with the
faculty of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School
of Building Construction, to support its
talented and highly motivated students to reach their objectives,
and to get to know so many of the School's distinguished and sup-
portive alumni and friends.
Looking at some of the accomplishments of the School this past
year, we can see how the Rinker School represents the ideal mod-
el of a superior professional education. For example, Dr. Jimmie
Hinze was one of two College faculty selected to be among the
first class in the campus-wide Faculty Achievement Recogni-
tion program. He was honored for his internationally recognized
scholarly contribution in the field of construction safety.
Working with BCN Director Abdol Chini and the School's facul-
ty search committee, we recruited two new distinguished faculty
members. One of the most difficult shoes to fill belonged to Dr.
Leon Wetherington, one of the School's most beloved teachers
who retired at the end of the last academic year. Fortunately, he
agreed to return to help the School run the newly opened Perry
Construction Yard. The yard, which features UF's first "green
roof," was made possible by the generosity of the late Charles
Perry and his wife Nancy and dedicated in Spring 2007.
Throughout the past year, BCN students participated in the na-
tional conference of U.S. Green Building Council, the School's
first Rinker Scholar Major Patrick Suermann began his doctoral
studies, and of course, the talented graduates of the program were
scooped up by firms throughout the country for internships and
permanent positions as a result of the Fall and Spring job fairs.
And, it was a banner year for the School's development efforts in
support of student scholarships, faculty research and the ability
to grow the faculty in order to support additional student enroll-
It has been a great first year for me working with the Rinker fac-
ulty, students and alumni. I eagerly look forward to working in
year two (and beyond) to help them to achieve even more.
Dr. Abdol Chini,
It's an exciting time to be at the
Rinker School. This past academic
year, 123 students graduated with
Bachelors, 41 with Masters, and 8
with Doctorate degrees. The top 65
students who were admitted to the
S undergraduate program for this Fall
have an average Pre-BCN GPA of
3.44 and average SAT score of 1243.
Job placement for BCN graduates
has been extremely successful. We
had 118 companies with 397 re-
cruiters at the Spring BCN Career Fair in O'Connell Center.
There are a number of exciting things happening at the Rinker
School. William G. Lassiter (BCN 51) and his wife, Aneice
contributed $2 million to UF to fund two Endowed Professor-
ships in Building Construction and Pediatrics. Their gift is eli-
gible for $2 million matching grant from the State. I would like
to thank Bill and Aniece for their generosity. Their kindness
and thoughtfulness are greatly appreciated by all of us at the
The other exciting news is the dedication of the Charles R. Perry
Construction Yard that took place on April 9th. The Perry Yard
will be used to educate and instruct, with hands on experience,
our students in the work of subcontractors and craftspeople.
In addition to a demonstration area for master crafts and out-
door teaching amphitheater, the Perry Yard includes a 2,600 sf
"green roof," the first on UF campus. Thanks to the dedication
and generosity of Charles Perry and his wife Nancy, the Rinker
School is now better equipped to educate building construction
We had a successful year recruiting two new outstanding fac-
ulty: Dr. Edward Minchin and Dr. Robert Ries. Ed's work ex-
perience with the Florida DOT and teaching experience at Iowa
State and the UF civil engineering programs will be an asset
to our heavy/civil construction emphasis. Robert is coming
from the University of Pittsburgh where he taught courses in
sustainability and life cycle assessment. Robert's expertise will
strengthen the Rinker School's reputation in sustainable con-
struction and green building.
Your support is crucial to our continued success and we wel-
come your involvement in our educational activities. Please
plan to visit the School, be a guest speaker in one of our classes,
and join us at the Homecoming BBQ on November 3rd.
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b' BCN Homecoming BBQ
(\) Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 3, 2007, during homecoming at the Univer-
5i^ .-P ~sity of Florida in Gainesville. The Gators are scheduled to play Vanderbilt. Plan to stop
at Rinker Hall at 9:30 am for some great food, a tour of Rinker Hall, the Charles R. Perry
Construction Yard and to visit with Alumni. Special thanks to Angle & Schmid for spon-
Sltsoring the BBQ.
9:30 11:00 am BCN Advisory Council Review of the BCN Curriculum
11:00 am Honoring 2007 inductee for the BCN Construction Hall of Fame
12:00 2:00 pm BBQ
9:30 am -2:00 pm Tour of Rinker Hall and Charles R. Perry Construction Yard
Orange & Blueprints
a bi-annual publication
Table of Contents
Perry Construction Yard...4
Doc's Retirement Party...5
Alumni Club Updates...6-7
Construction Hall of Fame... 10
Distinguished Alumnus Award... 10
BCN Advisory Council EXCOM... 11
BCN Events and Programs...12-19
Friends and Donors...23
Advisory Council Membership...27
BCN Brick Paver Campaign...27
M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction
304 Rinker Hall
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, FL 32611-5703
Dr. Christopher Silver
Dean College of Design, Construction and Planning
Dr. Abdol Chini
Director Rinker School of Building Construction
Dr. Paul Oppenheim
Director of Undergraduate Programs
Dr. Raymond Issa
Director of Graduate and Distance Education Programs
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
Charles R. Perry Construction Yard Dedication
On April 9th, 2007 the M.E. Pinker, Sr. School of Building Con-
struction dedicated its newest building addition, the Charles R.
Perry Construction Yard. The addition was made possible by the
late Charles R. "Chuck" Perry, the founder of Charles Perry Con-
struction. The dedication, which was attended by Chuck's family,
friends, business associates, and university faculty, staff and stu-
dents, concluded with a not-so-typical ribbon cutting ceremony.
A brick wall was laid by Abe and Jim Painter of Painter Masonry
and everyone from Mrs. Nancy Perry, Charles Perry's wife, to Dr.
Abdol Chini, Dean Christopher Silver, and President Bernie Ma-
chen participated in laying their own brick on the wall.
In addition to a demonstration area for master crafts, the Perry
Construction Yard includes a 2,600 square foot green roof which
is used for faculty and student research. The roof consists of na-
tive vegetation and other species, which are able to adapt to the
local atmosphere of Gainesville. The green roof serves as an in-
terdisciplinary research project, allowing many units of the Col-
lege of Design, Construction and Planning to learn and benefit
from the research and experiments. The goal for BCN students
is to enter the industry with the increased awareness regarding
issues of waste, energy efficiency, and sustainability. The green
roof enforces the increasing campus wide efforts of sustainability.
Abdol Chini, Jerry Painter, Bernie Machen, Nancy Perry and
Nancy Perry, Chris Silver and Abdol Chini laying bricks during
The inspiration behind the project was Charles Perry's belief that
building construction graduates should know the basics of skilled
manual labor and be better prepared to work effectively with sub-
contractors and craftspeople. The construction yard will allow
students a hands-on approach to the building crafts. It is antici-
pated that students will be instructed in as many as ten to twelve
of the major crafts during their two-year experience in the up-
per division. The Perry Yard will showcase demonstrations such
as plumbing, masonry, carpentry and welding. There is also an
overhead two-ton crane that can haul in heavy pieces such as steel
beams for students learning about steel structure construction.
To add to the unique rooftop design and craft awareness program,
Nancy Perry commissioned two of her husband's favorite local
artists to create a piece of artwork that would serve as an homage
to craftsmanship. The result is an 8-foot-by-8-foot mosaic that is
affixed to the west side of the Charles Perry Construction Yard.
The mosaic, designed by Mary and Mike McIntyre, depicts the
tools of craftsmanship in stained glass.
Thanks to the dedication and generosity of Charles R. Perry and
his wife Nancy, the Rinker School is now better equipped to better
educate building construction professionals.
Doc Wetherington's Retirement Party
On April 14, 2007 the Rinker School held a retirement party for
Dr. Wetherington. "Doc" as he is known to faculty, staff and stu-
dents, has been with the BCN family since 1964, when he at-
tended the University of Florida to study building construction.
He then graduated with honors, obtained his Master in Building
Construction and also earned his Ph.D. in Architecture. Doc has
taught courses ranging from construction drawing, construction
mechanics, construction techniques, methods lab and estimating
Tomasz Wisniewski and Paul Wroblewski
BCN students and alumni enjoying the day's festivities
The retirement party was a fun filled day with a BBQ, games and
live music provided by BCN's very own Tomasz Wisniewski
and Paul Wroblewski, both current graduate students. The BBQ
provided the opportunity for fellow faculty, staff and students to
share their memories and reminisces of all the good times they've
had with Doc throughout the years. All guests picked up a com-
plementary "Doc t-shirt" with the classic photo of him smoking
his signature pipe. Everyone then gathered in the Charles Perry
Construction Yard to watch the slide show which was produced
to showcase past and present photos of the professor in action,
during his classes and service projects he was involved with.
Dr. Chini gave a speech to highlight Doc's achievements as a pro-
fessor and mentor to the BCN students. "Doc has been a perfect
role model to show BCN students that commitment to social re-
sponsibility is a large part of the University's history and tradi-
tion. Doc's goal has been to encourage BCN students accept the
challenge to experience some kind of outreach work during their
time here at the Rinker School," Chini said.
BCN students showing off their Doc T-shirts
Dr. Leon Wetherington, Professor Michael Cook, Sallie
Schattner and Matthew Szporka admiring the UF Gator-
Sallie Schattner, admissions/registrar officer for the School pre-
sented Doc a plaque and Professor Cook presented him with a
University of Florida Gator fishing pole. Lastly, Sigma Lambda
Chi, which Doc advised for several years, presented him with a
hunting knife as a parting gift and thank you for all his years of
dedicated service to the organization and to BCN.
Although Doc will remain with the BCN staff as an adjunct pro-
fessor, when he finally does retire from BCN completely, he will
be missed. Doc is an integral part of the BCN family and pro-
BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates
The Tampa Bay Gator BCN Club will be holding its fall meet-
ing, in Sarasota at the R.J Gators Florida Sea Grille on September
13th at 5:30 pm.
The club held its winter meeting, sponsored by the AGC of
Greater Florida, Inc., at Rick's On The River, on February 22,
2007. Representatives of WCI Communities gave a presentation
on their amazing "team effort" to build a new home for a family
in Tampa's Davis Island in seven days. The project was featured
on ABC Television's Extreme Makeover, Home Edition and club
members were treated to a sneak preview before the program
The club hosted their Second Annual UF Tampa Bay Gator BCN
Club Golf Scramble at The Feather Sound Country Club in Clear-
water, Florida on Tuesday, May 22, 2007. A pre-event lunch was
provided prior to the shotgun start with twenty-six foursomes
competing in a "Best Ball" format, followed by a post tournament
awards ceremony with multiple raffle gifts, silent auction items
and a light snack buffet.
The Closest-To-The-Pin Contest winners: George Edmon-
son, Jr. "Mr. Two Bits", Bob Angle, Debbie Murray Defoe
and Jerry Shmid
The team sponsored by Springer Peterson Roofing and Sheet
Metal, which included Rob Springer, Don Springer, Jay Gabler
and John Gabler, took first place honors this year. The teams from
R.J. Griffin & Co. and David Nelson Construction Co. took sec-
ond and third place, respectively.
Everyone had a great time again this year. The golf course was in
perfect shape and the many prizes and gifts that were available for
the participants made an enjoyable afternoon of golf and social-
izing with friends and business associates. These were all made
possible by our sponsors and the many volunteers that helped plan
and work this event. The Rinker School's Endowed Professor-
ship Program received $10,880 from this event's proceeds. The
Tampa Bay Club wishes to acknowledge and thank the following
firms for their generous participation and contributions:
Able Body Labor/ Angle & Schmid/ Bovis Lend Lease/ Bran-
don Construction/ Clark Construction/ David Nelson Construc-
tion/ Diaz Fritz Isabel/ Florida Handling Systems/ Florida Man
Construction/ Hennessey Construction Services/ Highway Rock
Industries/ Gerdau Ameristeel/ H.D. White Cap/ Henkel Tech-
nologies/ Hughes Benefit Services/ Irwin Contracting/ Jim &
Slim's Tool Supply/ John Carlo Incorporated/ Kalemeris Con-
struction/ McIntyre, Elwell and Strammer/ Merit Professional-
Coatings/ Paul J. Sierra Construction/ Procrete Systems/ Prod-
uct Innovations/ Proefke Construction/ R.J. Griffin & Company/
R.R. Simmons Construction/ Rinker Materials/ Rowland/ RSC
Rentals/ Springer Peterson/ Sunbelt Rentals/ Tappouni Mechani-
cal/ Travelers of Florida/ Turner Construction & Development/
United Rentals/ W.G. Mills/ Wagner Bonding & Insurance Work-
ing Capital Consultants/ York International/ Zurich American In-
The Northeast Florida Gator BCN Club is planning their
next committee meeting for sometime in August. If anyone
is interested in membership, please contact Mr. Erik Sharpe at
ESharpe@BrasfieldGorrie.com. Refer to the BCN website and
click on regional clubs for this club's future events.
The Southwest Florida Gator BCN Club has finalized their
chapter and the Board has been appointed. In addition, they are
planning a social event for August to introduce the Board and an-
nounce the details of their first annual golf tournament. The golf
tournament is scheduled for October 5th at the Colony Golf and
Country Club, in Bonita Springs. For details on participating in
the tournament and sponsorship, please go to the BCN website
and click on alumni regional clubs. For membership and further
information, please contact Mike Richardson at (239) 253-9772
The Gainesville / Ocala Gator BCN Club hosted a barbeque
and skeet shoot at Bradford Sportsmen's Club on Friday, June 15,
2007. Approximately 30 members and friends attended the event
and enjoyed a day of sociable competition. Ken Tenney, BCN '75
and owner of Central Florida Drywall & Plastering, took home
the coveted top overall shooter award.
The Gainesville / Ocala BCN Alumni Club would like to encour-
age all BCN alumni and friends to join their current members in
any and all events. Their next meeting will be a social mixer in
August. For more information, please contact Ryan Murphy at
email@example.com or (352) 331-1141.
The West Palm Gator BCN Club is looking for additional sup-
port to plan their next event. If anyone is interested, please con-
tact Mr. Vince Burkhardt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The West Palm Club includes the following counties: Highlands,
Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin, Glades, Hendry and Palm Beach.
Refer to the BCN website and click on regional clubs for any
The Western U.S. Gator BCN Club is looking for anyone
who is interested in helping to form and organize the inaugural
event. For more information, please contact Brandon T Moore at
BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates
Balfour Beatty Construction Golf Tournament
BCN was the beneficiary of a golf tournament fundraiser orga-
nized by Balfour Beatty Construction (formerly Centex Con-
struction). The event was held on May 7, 2007 at Grand Oaks
Golf Club in Fort Lauderdale and raised $30,000 for the Rinker
Balfour Beatty Construction is not a new face on campus. Besides
building Rinker Hall, the company has been supporting BCN for
many years and actively recruits BCN students. In fact, it has
been the professional caliber of BCN students and graduates that
was a key reason in choosing BCN as the recipient for this year's
fundraiser. Ray Southern, CEO of the Florida division of Balfour
Beatty Construction and a BCN alumnus- explains it this way,
"The UF Rinker School has always been recognized by the indus-
try, and by Balfour Beatty Construction, as one of the top con-
struction schools in the country. Roughly 25% of our four-year
graduates are from the University of Florida and of course, the
majority with a degree in building construction. As the demand
for top talent becomes more competitive, so does the demand for
the Rinker School to continue to grow to support our industry."
Dr. Abdol Chini, Marcia Bourdon and David Weiss accepted the
contribution at an awards ceremony immediately following the
tournament. Thirty-five companies participated, many of which
have sponsored this event in the past.
We would like to thank the companies who have graciously
sponsored this year's tournament: Acousti Engineering/ Aetna
Construction/ American Engineering/ Anning Johnson/ Baker
Concrete Construction/ Baring Industries/ C Davis Electric/
Central Florida Equipment/ Coreslab Structures/ Custom Weld-
ing & Fabrication/ Delta Painting/ Enterprise Fleet Management/
Form Works/ Francis Engineering/ H & J Contracting/ Hypower/
IKON Office Solutions/ Lotspeich Company of Florida/ Mello
Concrete/ National Construction Rentals/ North Ridge Electric/
Office Depot/ Performance Door & Hardware/ Right Way Plumb-
ing/ Rinker Materials/ Sherwin Williams/ Southeast Mechanical
Contractors/ Spectra Contract Flooring/ Steel Fabricators/ Tarmac
- A Titan America Business/ Thermal Concepts/ Tilt-Con Corpo-
ration/ Triple M Roofing Corp/ Ulmer Construction.
From lett to rignt: Kay southern, Al retrangell, ADIol olnin,
Marcia Bourdon, David Weiss and Steve Palmer
Attention Orlando Area Alumni
The Orlando Gator BCN Club
Requests your attendance at
The Rinker School's
70th Anniversary Banquet
and fundraiser for
the 70th Anniversary Endowed Professorship
This event is scheduled for Saturday, November 17, 2007 at the J.W. Marriott Grand Lakes (South Orlando) Hotel. The
cocktail reception will start at 6 pm with dinner and program starting at 7 pm, and going until 10 pm. Invitations will be
sent out to the Orlando area alumni in October. Prizes will be raffled at the end of the event as well.
J. Raymond Construction has agreed to be a sponsor at this year's event. If you would like more information about the
Orlando Gator BCN Club, additional information on the banquet, or would like to sponsor a table, please contact Mr.
John Sofarelli at: email@example.com.
Every spring semester, the Rinker School offers industry mem-
bers 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 pro-
gram which took place on February 14-15, allowed the students
to receive an inside look into the construction industry.
If you are interested in being a "Professor-for-a-day" or would
like additional information, please contact Dr. Abdol Chini at
firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in a particular course, you
may contact that professor directly.
John Beaudry Safety Consultant
Adam C. Bolton Robinshore Inc.
Al Dell'Isola -Projacs USA
Brice Miller Clancy and Theys
Raymond L. Robinson Robinson & Associates, PA.
Joerg Rudolph PERI Formwork Systems, Inc.
David A. Stayshich Fluor Corporation
Glynn Summers Sunbelt Rentals
Craig & Robert Theisen Tilt-Con Construction
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
-John Sofarelli, President of J. Raymond Construction Co.
-Dan Whiteman, President of Coastal Construction
BCN 3700 Construction Contracts
-Jeff Braswell, Attorney
-Ray Robinson, Attorney
BCN 4023 Creating Affordable Housing
-Bob Beisel, Sales Engineer with Nudura Corporation
-Ron Gaines, Sales Engineer with Simpson Strong-Tie Co.
-Pierce Jones, Director of IFAS Program for Resource Efficient
-Linda Patrick, Gainesville Building Department
-Diep Tu, Engineering Director with Florida Concrete & Products
- Brian Tully, Sales Engineer with Aercon of Florida LLC.
BCN 4612 Estimating II
-David Brasch, Vice President of Harmon Glass
-Greg Grooms, Project Manager with Pulte Homes
-Calvin Helitzer, Director of Pre-construction Services with
Gryphon Construction Company
-Art Higgonbotham, Director of Pre-construction Services with
Walt Disney Imagineering
-Rachael Johnson, Director of Estimating for RCC Associates
-Chuck Sauls, Director of Pre-construction Services with Hardin
BCN 4712 Managing Construction Operations
-Tim Good, Vice President of The Haskell Company
-Sid Jordan, President-Southern Division of Clark Construction
-Dan Lindsey, J. Raymond Construction Corp.
-Jim O' Leary, The Haskell Company
-John Omran, Clark Construction
-Pete Pace, VP & CEO of the Florida Division of Clancy & Theys
-Chip Reid, CEO of Current Builders
-John Sofarelli, President of J. Raymond Construction
-Mike Walsh, President of MM Parrish Construction
BCN 4735 Construction Safety
-Dennis and Paul Brannon, Attorneys
-J.D. Lewis, Bovis Lend Lease
-Joseph R. Roesler, CAS (Occupational Safety & Health Admin-
-Brian Roundtree, The Haskell Company
-Glynn Summers, Sunbelt Equipment
BCN 5618 Comprehensive Estimating
-Bryan Parker, Chief Estimator with Balfour Beatty Construction
BCN 6586 Construction Ecology & Metabolism
-Mark Brown, Environmental Engineering
-Ken Fonorow, Florida HERO Inc.
-Ann Wilkie, Agricultural Engineering at UF
Endowed Professorship for Construction Services
The Rinker School proposes to develop a construction services
track using an endowment funded by companies in the construc-
tion services sector of the construction industry. Students who
graduate from this track will be qualified to work for equipment
suppliers, material suppliers, testing laboratories, bonding agen-
cies, insurance providers, financial firms, accounting firms, legal
firms, and specialty contractors that support and contribute to the
growth and development of the construction industry. The re-
sources generated by this endowment would be used to hire an
outstanding construction professional to develop and teach cours-
es in construction services and share his/her knowledge with our
students to give them a broader exposure to the "real world" of
Equipment/material suppliers and manufacturers, bonding/ insur-
ance/ accounting /legal firms, and specialty contractors are en-
couraged to consider a generous donation (minimum $20,000) to
the endowment for Construction Service Professorship. The goal
is to raise $1.2 million and apply for a 50% state match. Total gift
with match ($1,800,000) will generate $72,000/year.
Donors will be entitled to the following benefits:
Perpetual Donor Wall Recognition
Orange and Blueprints publication
University Honor Roll of Donors
LCD monitor advertisement space
Rinker School Career Fair booklet
UF President's Council recognition
Invitation to the annual President's Council Gala
A subscription to the UF Today magazine
Borrower privileges at the UF's libraries
Football parking passes for Society level and above
Occasional visitor parking on campus during business
For more information please contact Abdol Chini (email@example.com)
or Marcia Bourdon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction holds
nearly 30 endowed funds totaling $20 million. The forward-
thinking donors that have given endowed gifts are providing
support in the most sustainable way. It is the perpetual interest
generated by these invested funds that supports BCN students,
faculty and research with steady replenishing beyond state bud-
gets. Endowment funds begin at $30,000. Funds established
with gifts of $100,000 and above are eligible for matching funds
through the State of Florida's Major Gifts Trust Fund.
For more information on endowments or other giving opportu-
nities, please contact Marcia Bourdon at: (352) 392-4836, ext.
314 or mbourdonrtufl.edu
New Endowments in the Rinker School
July 1, 2006 June 30, 2007
-Balfour Beatty Scholarship Endowment $30,000
-BCN 70th Anniversary Endowed Professorship $230,000 + $115,000 anticipated match
-C. H. Denny, III Endowed Scholarship/Fellowship $100,000 + $50,000 anticipated match
-Fluor Scholarship for the National Association of Women in Construction Members $20,000
-Greg Jones Endowed Scholarship $81,000
-William and Aneice Lassiter Endowed Professorship $1,000,001 + $1,000,001 anticipated match
-Charles R. Perry Endowed Professorship $1,000,001 + $750,000 anticipated match
-Matthew Remsen Memorial Fund $20,000
-Jerry Rumsey Endowed Scholarship $20,000
-Ed and Betty Proefke Endowment to support the Center for Collective Protection $100,000 + $50,000 anticipated match
BCN Construction Hall of Fame
William G. Lassiter and William R. Derrer were selected as the 2007 inductees for the BCN Construction Hall of Fame. Mr. Lassiter will
be inducted in a ceremony on September 28th in conjunction with the Florida Tomorrow The Campaign for the UF. Another ceremony
is scheduled for Mr. Derrer's induction in conjunction with the UF Homecoming events on November 3rd. During these ceremonies, the
inductees will have their bronze plaques on the Construction Hall of Fame wall unveiled.
William G. Lassiter graduated from Uni-
versity of Florida in 1951 with a degree
in Building Construction. He is currently
Director of W.G. Lassiter Properties, Inc.,
a major real estate development company
in Palm Beach. He is also president of
Palm Beach Development Corp. and Legal
Upon graduation from UF, Bill was
employed by the E.D. DuPont de Nem-
ours Company in Savannah River H-Bomb plant in Aiken, South
Carolina for four years. He then became general superintendent
of construction for John A. Robbins Co. of Philadelphia, develop-
ing and building shopping centers from 1955-1958. In 1958, he
joined W.G. Lassiter Co., a general contracting firm founded by
his father, as vice president. He became president of the company
in 1972 at the elder Williams' retirement and director of W.G.
Lassiter Properties, Inc. in 1977.
Bill was named to the Palm Beach Atlantic University's Board
of Trustees in 1974 and since then has been actively involved in
the University's growth. In 1993, he was honored with the Palm
Beach Atlantic University's American Free Enterprise Medal, and
in 2005, Bill was named a Life Trustee. The Palm Beach Atlantic
University awarded him an honorary doctorate degree in 2006.
Bill and his wife, Aneice, have been generous supporters of UF
and the Rinker School, where their $2 million gift in 2006 helped
fund two Endowed Professorships in Building Construction and
Pediatrics. The University has applied for $2 million matching
grant from the State of Florida.
William Rick Derrer graduated with
honors from the University of Flori-
da in 1973, with a degree in Building
Construction. He was hired fresh out of
college by Frank J. Rooney, Inc., one of
the largest general contractors in Florida,
at the time. From there he quickly stood
out with his strong desire to excel. Rick
was vice president before he was 30 years
He is currently the President of James A. Cummings, Inc. He
has been in the construction industry for 33 years, and has earned
a reputation of dealing with everyone with integrity and facing
challenges on jobsites with a no-nonsense approach. He has
worked tirelessly to create a program that would benefit small
businesses and those involved in the old MWBE program, thus
bringing about the newly created Community Small Business En-
Rick also serves as a member of the Rinker School's Advisory
Council EXCOM and assists with fundraising and curriculum de-
velopment. He was the chair of the organizing committee for the
South Florida Gator BCN Club's 70th Anniversary banquet. His
countless hours and leadership were the primary reason this ban-
quet was a big success and raised $100,000 for BCN.
Rick's passion for his company extends to the community as
well. He is an outstanding contributor to many charities including
the Boys & Girls Club, United Way, and the Partnership for the
Homeless. These and many other organizations have benefited
from his philosophy of giving back to the community.
BCN Distinguished Alumnus Award
This award is given annually to a graduate of the School who has graduated a minimum of ten years prior to the award. The Nominee
must have distinguished himself/herself since graduation in a construction field and have demonstrated consistent support of the School.
The 2007 BCN Distinguished Alumnus is Sidney R. Jordan.
Sidney R. Jordan graduated second in
his class in 1981, from the Rinker School.
He found his passion in building construc-
tion at the age of 12, when he worked in
the field as a laborer and concrete fin-
isher. After graduating from BCN, he be-
gan as a project coordinator with Federal
Construction in St. Petersburg, and was
quickly promoted to project manager in
just a year and a half. At 26, only four
years after graduating, he became Vice President, which is a testa-
ment to his outstanding management and leadership skills.
Since 1996 he has been President of the Southern Division of
Clark Construction Group the nation's largest privately held
building contractor. In that capacity, he has supervised the con-
struction of many of the interesting projects in the Southeast in-
cluding the Orange County Convention Center, the Naval Air Sta-
tion in Pensacola, as well as other projects..
As Vice Chairman of the Rinker School's Industry Advisory
BCN Distinguished Alumnus Award Continued
Council EXCOM, Sid provides proactive input to curricula of the
Rinker School to insure they address current industry practices
and standards. Due to his strong lobbying effort for the School,
Clark Construction is a major donor to the Rinker School at the
Sid spends countless hours towards community service including:
University Community Hospital Board and Foundation, Gilda's
House, Metropolitan Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, and most
recently remodeling a home to best fit the needs of an U.S. Army
solider who lost his sight during the Iraq war.
Building Construction Advisory Council Executive Committee
The BCN Advisory Council EXCOM held their spring meeting
on April 13, 2007 at Hyatt Regency of Orlando International
Airport. In attendance were: Robert Angle, John Bennett, Vince
Burkhardt, Rick Derrer, Tim Good, Paul Hardaker, John McIntyre,
Harley Miller, Bill Morthland, Steve Palmer, Charles Reid, Eric
Sharpe, Darrell Smith, John Sofarelli, Raymond Southern, David
Stayshich, Wayne Wadsworth, Breck Weingart, Louie Wise III,
Marcia Bourdon, Abdol Chini, Raymond Issa, Sally Morris, and
Julie Segura. Steve Palmer, Chair of the Committee called the
meeting to order at 9:30 am. Julie Segura, the new BCN Alumni
Liaison/Job Placement Coordinator was introduced. The BCN
Regional Club representatives reported their activities during the
past six months and their future plans. John Sofarelli reported
that the Orlando club plans to have a fund raising banquet in fall
2007. Wayne Wadsworth is in the process of forming the BCN
club in Atlanta. His goal is to have the club's first meeting this
summer. The new registration fee for the BCN career fair and
revised criteria for being a major donor to the School were dis-
cussed and approved. Darrell Smith reported his initiative for
fund raising for an endowed professorship in construction ser-
vices. The Development Subcommittee volunteered to provide
promotional materials to solicit support from subcontractors,
vendors, insurance/bonding companies, etc. The next EXCOM
meeting is schedule for Friday, November 2, 2007 from 8:30 am
to 12 pm in Rinker Hall.
Meet Breck Weingart, BCN Advisory Council EXCOM Member
Breck Weingart is president of Charles
Perry Construction, Inc. He is also a co-
owner of both Charles Perry Construction,
Inc and PPI Construction Management.
Breck received his bachelor's degree from
the University of Florida School of Build-
ing Construction in 1980. He is a strong
supporter of the University of Florida's
endeavors, and an outstanding alumnus of
the BCN program.
An Ohio native, Breck first took an interest in the building trade
from his father, who worked as a subcontractor and moved the
family around the U.S. for a number of years. He took a job
as a project estimator for Charles Perry Construction. Breck be-
gan taking on more responsibility and eventually became vice
president and co-owner with Mr. Charles Perry. PPI Construction
Management was subsequently established as a separate compa-
ny in 1993 to pursue construction management contracts. Breck
continues to carry on the high standards established by the late
Through his ownership in the two companies, he employs over
200 people in Gainesville, Orlando, and Flagler County, and has
garnered a reputation among his employees and the construction
industry as being honest, fair, and a true steward of the industry.
He has been involved in commercial building construction in the
Gainesville area since 1983 and has served on community boards
including the Santa Fe Community College Board of Trustees,
SFCC Endowment Board, M&S Bank Board of Directors, Build-
er's Association of North Central Florida, FHSAA Public Liaison
Advisory Committee, Gainesville Country Club Board of Direc-
tors, and the Alachua County Boys and Girls Club.
New Career Fair Registration Fee
The registration fee for the BCN Career Fair will change effective
fall 2007 based on the recommendations from the Building Con-
structionAdvisory Council Executive Committee. The main rea-
sons for the change are the increase in costs to rent the O'Connell
Center and catering food, hiring a full-time Job Placement
Regular Registration Fee:
For a booth including two recruiters $1,000
For each additional recruiter add $400 each
Major Donor Registration Fee:
For a booth including two recruiters $500
For each additional recruiter add $300 each
For a booth including two recruiters $300
Add one additional recruiter free of charge.
For each additional recruiter add $300 each
For a booth including two recruiters $300
Add up to three additional recruiters free of charge.
Coordinator, and providing additional resources for recruiters
and students to make the recruiting process more efficient. In
an effort to "level the playing field," the Executive Committee
recommends that a base fee be charged for two recruiters with
an additional fee for each additional recruiter.
Major Donor Levels:
Bronze: Companies who have contributed $10,000 or more to
the Rinker School over the preceding 3 years.
Silver: Companies who have contributed $50,000 or more to the
Rinker School over the preceding 10 years.
Gold: Companies who have contributed $100,000 or more to the
Rinker School over the preceding 10 years.
Other Major Donor's Advantages:
- All Major Donors will recieve preferential placement at the
Career Fair, according to their level of donations.
- All Major Donors can participate in a reception with the gradu-
ating seniors the evening before the Career Fair.
- Major Donors will be given priority for interview and seminar
at the School before the Career Fair.
Major Donor Companies
G.W. Robinson Builders
Balfour Beatty Construction
James A. Cummings
W. G. Mills
Brasfield And Gorrie
M. M. Parrish Construction
J. Raymond Construction
Charles Perry Construction
Moss & Associates
Hensel Phelps Construction
R.C. Stevens Construction
Catalfumo Const. And Development
Suffolk Construction Company
McIntyre, Elwell & Strammer GC
Angle & Schmid
Spring 2007 Career Fair
The Spring 2007 BCN Career Fair was held on February 13th at the
Stephen C. O'Connell Center. Each semester, a career fair is held
for all students to meet with recruiters from a wide range of build-
ing construction industries including: commercial; residential;
real estate development; civil engineering and retail, educational
and institutional developers. With over 100 companies and 400
students in attendance, the career fair was once again an enormous
success. All graduating students were able to find permanent em-
ployment and many of the students were able to secure internships.
The day before the career fair, a major donor reception was held.
This reception was solely for major donors to interview and so-
cialize with upper division students and graduate students. The
reception attracted over 20 major donors and gave them an ad-
vance opportunity for recruiting BCN students. The night before
the career fair, recruiters met for a social gathering at the Emer-
son Alumni Hall. The recruiter's reception allowed recruiters to
mingle with past graduates, BCN faculty and staff.
On January 17th, the Rinker faculty and staff welcomed new
students to the School with a reception at Emerson Alumni Hall.
This event gave the Rinker faculty and staff an opportunity to
introduce themselves and tell the students a little of what their
role was at the school. Holder Construction sponsored the
reception and showed a video about their firm, giving students a
glimpse of what awaits them in a few short years. The evening
concluded with a brief reading of the School's history, followed
by the students having an opportunity to meet with the BCN
student clubs and organizations.
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October 23, 2007 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)
On the evening of May 3rd, graduating students along with their
families, friends and BCN faculty and staff gathered at Emerson
Alumni Hall for a graduation dinner. The evening started with Dr.
Chini saying a few words and then introducing Dean Christopher
Silver. Dean Silver welcomed everyone and congratulated them
on graduating from such a prestigious program. This was fol-
lowed by the faculty and staff introductions.
Following dinner, Dr. Chini introduced Mr. Sidney J. Jordan, he
was presented with the BCN Distinguished Alumnus Award. Mr.
Jordan is President of Clark Construction Group's Southern Divi-
Then the evening's sponsor, Hunt Construction Group gave a
presentation, detailing the firm and highlighting current and past
projects. After this was the presentation of the awards and the
first award of the evening was for Academic Excellence, awarded
to Matthew Szporka for having the highest GPA over his four
semesters with BCN. Matt also received the H. Duff William-
son Award in Estimating. Another prestigious award, the Student
Leadership Award went to Keith Carr. Christopher McCar-
thy received the Fluor Award in Construction Safety and Wil-
liam Long III received the last award of the evening for the Best
Overall Capstone Project.
The evening concluded with each student introducing their guests,
along with sharing a favorite BCN moment with everyone. Spe-
cial thanks to Hunt Construction Group for sponsoring the
From left to right: Hunt Construction Group Representa-
tives Mike Penick, Cynthia Phillips, Bill Morthland, Tim
Plate and Denise Hand with Abdol Chini
Christopher McCarthy receiving his Fluor Award in Con-
struction Safety from Dr. Jimmie Hinze
The Spring 2007 commencement for the College of Design, Con-
struction and Planning was held on May 4th at the Phillips Center
for the Performing Arts. This year the commencement for gradu-
ate degrees was held separately on May 3rd. For the Spring 2007,
the Rinker School announced the graduation of 65 students with
bachelor's and 23 with their master's degrees. Hazar Dib and
Zhigang Shen received their Ph.D. degree with concentration in
Building Construction. We at the Rinker School wish our newest
graduates the best of luck with their new careers or next level of
During the ceremony, the college recognized Dr. Rick Smailes
and Sallie Schattner for their achievements. Dr. Smailes received
the college's 2007 Teacher of the Year Award and Sallie Schattner
received the college's Advisor of the Year Award. The university
conferred a posthumous degree in Building Construction to Jer-
emy Marlar who lost his battle with cancer before he had a chance
Dr. Rick Smailes and Sallie Schattner being recognized by
Dr. Paul Zwick, Associate Dean during the commencement
Residential Construction Management Team
In February 2007, students of the Rinker School participated in
the Residential Construction Competition at the International
Builders Show in Orlando. Our team this year was sponsored
by Mercedes Homes. The case project was a condominium de-
velopment in Fairfax, VA built by Centex Homes. The students
applied their knowledge of estimating, scheduling, and finance
as well as sales and marketing to the project. The team members
are shown from left to right: Christopher McCarthy, Julian Miller,
Greg Stetz, Tomeka Jordan, Faculty Advisor Rick Smailes, Jen-
nifer Grinnan, Allen Smith and Adam Robertson.
Residential Construction Management Team
Construction Management Team
The BCN Construction Management team competed in the ABC
National competition on March 22nd 24th in Nashville, TN.
The team finished second for the overall competition, 2nd for the
project management/scheduling award and finished 1st for the es-
timating award. Team members included: Kevin Chupp, Scott
Dennis, Christine Femandez, Jordan Keen, David Smith and Eric
Weiss. The team's faculty coach was Professor Michael Cook.
We would like to thank PCEA Orlando, RCC Associates and the
Gulf Coast Chapter of ABC for sponsoring the team.
From left to right: Kevin Chupp, Eric Weiss, Professor Cook,
Jordan Keen, David Smith, Christine Fernandez and Jeffery
Graduate Student Team
For the first time, the Rinker School participated in the nation-
al graduate construction competition hosted by the Associated
Schools of Construction (ASC) in conjunction with the ASC Re-
gions VI and VII conference competitions in Reno, Nevada Feb-
ruary 7-10, 2007. The Florida Team, "Gator Construction," was
coached by Dr. Raymond Issa and led by team captain, Major
Patrick Suermann, PE., the current Rinker Scholar. The team was
also lucky to have two graduate students who recently matricu-
lated from Colorado State's undergraduate construction program,
Will Kochenour and Greg Smith. Finally, the team's "secret
weapon" was Edwin Perkins, who has extensive computer skills
in Building Information Modeling (BIM) design, rendering, and
At this year's competition, the teams were required to simulate
the ongoing operation of a complex, multi-phase construction
project in an interactive environment, including efficient manage-
ment of normal construction operations, the resolution of special
problems and the accurate reporting of cost and schedule status.
The sponsor, Clark Construction, presented a scenario based on
the successful management of a highly complex seismic upgrade
to the Northridge Hospital Medical Center (NHMC). The NHMC
is a 425-bed Acute Care Facility in the west San Fernando Val-
The team learned a lot, represented the University of Florida well,
and looks forward to returning again next year to take home first
From left to right: Edwin Perkins, Will Kochenour and Patrick Suermann
Green Building Team
In February 2007, a BCN team traveled to Reno, Nevada to com-
pete in a new Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) com-
petition addressing delivery systems for green buildings. The
members of the team were three Senior 2's (John Finch, Sean
Horan, and Bobby Patel) and three Junior 2's (Matt Enander, Matt
Forenza, and Eric Chellberg) and the coach was Dr. Charles Kib-
ert. The participating teams were required to develop and submit
a prequalification statement prior to the competition based on the
U.S. Green Building Council LEED building rating standard. The
actual competition in Reno included 10 teams, with most of them
being from the western region of the ASC. The LEED building
for the competition was a 30 story office building located in Se-
attle, Washington, an actual LEED project recently completed by
the competition sponsor, Skanska. The first day competition was
the full development of a green building proposal that included
detailed cost analyses, scheduling, LEED strategy development,
and life cycle costing, with a presentation to the project team on
the morning of the second day. Although the BCN team did not
win the competition, they performed extremely well. Each of
the team members said it was one of the best learning experi-
ences they have had to date. Next year's competition will again
be held in Reno and the three Junior 2's on the team will be the
core of an even stronger and better prepared team next year. We
would like to thank McIntyre, Elwell and Strammer GC and
USGBC Gulf Coast Chapter in Tampa for sponsoring the team.
The Beck Group in Tampa will be the sponsor of next year's BCN
Team members preparing for completion
Germany Exchange Program
The ninth Germany Exchange was completed this past May.
Eleven University of Florida students, accompanied by Dr. Jim-
mie Hinze, participated in the exchange program this year. The
three-week program included visits to Detmold, Cologne, Berlin,
Potsdam, Dessau, Dresden, Leipzig and other smaller cities lo-
cated near Detmold. This year the students had two consecutive
"free" days and they took advantage of the block of time to visit
Amsterdam and Hamburg. The group was joined in Berlin by
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf. The program consisted of tours of various
construction sites and also visits to traditional points of interest.
As a continuation of the exchange program, four German stu-
dents are planning to visit our campus this fall and enroll in the
fall semester classes.
Learning to LEED
The Rinker School is teaching a series of professional develop-
ment courses designed to assist construction industry profession-
als pass the examination to become a LEED Accredited Profes-
sional (LEED-AP). The lead instructor for these courses is Dr.
Charles Kibert. These two day courses provide an intense learn-
ing experience for the participants and fully acquaint them with
the US Green Building Council LEED rating system for new con-
struction and major renovations (LEED-NC). The course also
meets CEU requirements of contractors, architects, engineers,
and landscape architects. Attendees who do not pass the LEED-
AP examination can take the course a second time at no addi-
tional cost. For detailed information go to http://www.treeo.ufl.
edu/LEED Course dates and locations are as follows:
August 9-10 Jacksonville
September 27-28 Ft Lauderdale
October 25-26 Orlando
November 29-30 Gainesville
Hong Kong Exchange Program
The Rinker School and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
(PolyU) Department of Building and Real Estate signed an agree-
ment for a reciprocal student exchange program in 2006. During
the spring 2007 semester, two BCN students, Chris Holzworth
and Troy Newberg went to PolyU and three PolyU students, Nata-
lie Tak Yan Lee, Eva Ka Yi Sung, and Josefina Wing Yi Eramela
studied at UF Following are Troy's memories from Hong Kong
and an interview with Natalie, Eva, and Josefina.
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University boasts an inviting envi-
ronment and top notch professors. Always willing to help and go
the extra mile, the professors made the material easy to under-
stand and appreciate. The language and communication barrier,
which I assumed would be the most difficult part, surprisingly
was virtually non-existent. The people of Hong Kong are very
eager to please, and always welcomed you with open arms. Hong
Kong was nothing like I expected. It was a Chinese speaking ver-
sion of the city that never sleeps. The night life didn't end till the
sun came up. And the opportunities to meet new people from all
over the world were never ending.
The memories I made by traveling to Hong Kong will follow me
throughout my life. The culture, which at first was intimidating,
became second nature to me. From riding on subways, eating ex-
otic foods, using chop sticks, traveling all over Asia, a new adven-
ture was always around the corer. Being able to see and experi-
ence the other side of the world opened my eyes to what all the
world has to offer. Life in Hong Kong was trouble-free and fun,
an experience that I wouldn't trade for anything.
Traveling across the world to a different country and culture can
be a challenge, but for three students studying at the Rinker School
from Hong Kong, it was the experience of a life time. Natalie Tak
Yan Lee, Eva Ka Yi Sung, and Josefina Wing Yi Eramela left their
home school, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and became
BCN Gators during the Spring 2007 semester.
According to the students, the biggest difference between school
in Hong Kong and UF was the increased amount of tests through-
out the semester. "In Hong Kong, we have one test at the end
and that is it," Josefina said. "Here, I think it is better. The tests
through the semester encourage you to study as you go along."
Natalie, Eva and Josefina found BCN students and faculty very
enthusiastic about construction and of course, UF sports. "We
enjoyed the final matches for basketball," Josefina said. "People
here are very enthusiastic about sports!" They also were grateful
for the help they received from students. "Everyone was just re-
ally friendly and nice," Josefina said. "In Hong Kong, people are
always rushing and going. Here, people really help with any prob-
lem you have until it is finished." The students returned to Hong
Kong during the summer where they will continue their studies in
Troy Newberg, Chris Holzworth, Dr. Francis Wong, two
exchange students from Korea and Dr. Parick Fong
Eva, Josefina, Natalie and Abdol Chini
Australian Exchange Program
The Rinker School currently has exchange programs with three
Australian universities: the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technol-
ogy (Melbourne), Queensland Institute of Technology (Brisbane),
and Curtin Institute of Technology (Perth). Each year several
BCN students attend one of these three programs and a similar
number of Australian students attend the BCN program, usually
for one semester. For the fall of 2007, seven students from Curtin
Institute of Technology will attend classes in the Rinker School as
part of this new exchange program. Curtin is located in Perth in
Western Australia, an area about the size of half the United States
but with a population of just 1 million. Dr. Charles Kibert is the
University of Florida administrator for these three exchanges and
he has visited and taught at all three Australian institutions. Over
the past three years, 9 BCN students have attended construction
programs in Australian universities for a semester.
Agreement Signed with Architecture Society of China
On May 1, 2007, Mr. Chang Zhou, the Secretary General of Ar-
chitectural Society of China (ASC) and Dr. Abdol Chini signed an
agreement for the development of cooperative efforts between the
Rinker School and the Architectural Society of China in Beijing
to enhance the academic interchange between the two institutions.
In particular, they agreed onjoint delivery of the online Master of
International Construction Management (MICM) degree in Chi-
na. ASC will be responsible for marketing, recruitment, registra-
tion, and logistical support of students in China, and the Rinker
School will be responsible for curriculum development and in-
struction of the MICM courses. UF will issue the MICM degree .
to Chinese students who have successfully completed all required
courses and the comprehensive exam. ASC will start marketing Dr. Issa, Dr. Chini, Mr. Chang Zhou, the Secretary general of
the program in China this fall and is prepared to register students ASC, and Dr. Sherman Bai, Director of UF Beijing Center
for the Spring 2008 semester. for International Studies
Code Books Donated to the Rinker School
The International Code Council (ICC) donated a complete col-
lection of the 2004 Florida Building Code to the Rinker School.
On May 3, 2007, Doug Murdock, Head of the Building Inspec-
tion Department of the City of Gainesville and a member of ICC
Board of Directors presented sets of code books to the Rinker
School faculty. The code books are placed in the Planning
Room in Rinker Hall to be used by BCN students to familiarize
them with the Florida Building Code.
The International Code Council, a membership association ded-
icated to building safety and fire prevention, develops the codes
used to construct residential and commercial buildings, includ-
ing homes and schools. Most U.S. cities, counties and states that
adopt codes choose the International Codes developed by the
International Code Council.
Doug Murdock presenting Florida Building Codes to BCN Faculty
Fluor Program for Construction Safety
The Fluor Program for Construction Safety had an active spring
semester. Nine masters students completed their graduate de-
grees by pursuing research topics in construction safety. Two
doctoral students will complete their degrees by the end of the
summer and additional masters students will be completing their
thesis research in safety during the fall semester. Fluor Corpora-
tion has supported several research studies in construction safety,
especially studies that have examined safety as it applies to the
Fluor has continued to sponsor the student chapter of the Ameri-
can Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). Also, with the assis-
tance of Fluor Corporation, safety instruction will have a stronger
show-and-tell focus as safety products are acquired to help stu-
dents visualize the proper selection and use of personal protective
equipment, scaffolding, ladders, small tools, etc. Beginning this
fall, the required safety class will be offered to the second semes-
ter junior students in the Rinker School.
The spring recipient of Fluor's Outstanding Student in Construc-
tion Safety Award was Christopher McCarthy. Award recipients
are students who have demonstrated excellence in their knowl-
edge and understanding of construction safety. Chris was also an
active participant in the activities of the AS SE.
The industry review of the estimating courses took place on
Monday, February 12, 2007 in the Rinker Hall conference room.
Attendees included: Tim Dickson (Stellar), Terry Forrester (J.
Raymond), Tim Good (Haskell), Calvin Helitzer (GRYPHON),
Mark Kavoulich (WCI), Steve Losie (James. A. Cummings), J.R.
Maxam (Holder), Brian Parker (Centex), Ron Qualls (Stellar),
David Simons (Haskell), Fred Strammer (ME&S), Mike Taylor
(Current Builders), Abdol Chini (Rinker School), Mike Cook
(Rinker School), and Kevin Grosskopf (Rinker School).
The course content and instructional materials utilized for BCN
3611 Estimating I, BCN 4612 Estimating II, and BCN 5618
- Comprehensive Estimating were presented by the instructors.
The following comments were made by the industry representa-
tives to better prepare BCN students in the world of construction
-One area that requires extra focus is the preconstruction. In the
last 10-15 years, General Contractors and Construction Manag-
ers have become more of a part of the construction "team." As
a result, preconstruction efforts have grown and estimating has
become a tool for preconstruction.
-The value of good estimating to the company and the career op-
portunities within estimating as a profession and as a fundamental
requirement to succeeding in other career paths should be empha-
-Students should be taught to look for subjects that are not obvi-
ous from contract documents. They should be able to see the big
picture rather than small details.
-Leave out some information from the plans and specifications to
examine if students can detect and ask for clarifications/informa-
tion through RFIs.
-Incorporate new CSI divisions.
-Discuss how infrastructures such as electrical distribution sys-
tems, water and sewer tie to the building.
-Develop a check list for items that require attention.
-More emphasis should be placed on site plan and cost items such
as retaining walls, utilities and storm water system.
-MEP work needs more attention (fire alarm, fire emergency sys-
tem, temporary utilities).
-Teach students to interpret the contract documents together
(drawings and specifications). Again the purpose of document re-
view is to realize the scope of the work.
-Put more emphasis on ability to read and interpret written speci-
-Organization of the estimate and its importance should be em-
-Students should be familiar with digital takeoff and available
software such as on-screen.
-Explain the Owner/Contractor Controlled Insurance Program(s)
(OCIP, CCIP). These are a large part of the business nowadays
and are becoming even more complex to understand. The insur-
ance industry introduces Subcontractor Default Insurance pro-
grams. These are alternative programs to traditional Performance
and Payment Bonds that certain Surety companies are offering to
Professor Cook presenting the Estimating II course content to
Photovoltaic Array For Rinker Hall
A recently passed referendum by University of Florida students
approved the use of a part of their student fees for investment in
renewable energy systems on campus. About $625,000 of fund-
ing is expected to be generated through these fees and Rinker
Hall may be one of the first beneficiaries of these resources. Dr.
Charles Kibert is working with BCN and engineering students to
size an array of about 20 to 30 kilowatts that would be located
on the roof of Rinker Hall with a smaller array on the south face
of the building. The original planning for Rinker Hall included
provisions for a photovoltaic array to be mounted on the roof;
however adequate funding was not available to include it in the
original construction contract. One of the original architects for
Rinker Hall, Gould Evans Associates in Tampa, is beginning a re-
view of the building design, along with the structural engineer to
assess any additional structure that may be required. A decision
on funding should be made during the coming academic year.
BCN Alumni in Higher Education
Starting in the Fall 2006 Orange & Blueprints, we have highlighted accomplishments made by our graduates in higher education. In
this issue, we are highlighting Mr. John Mouton of Auburn University. 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.
John. C. Mouton (MBC Dec '78) currently
servers as the Senior Advisor to the Presi-
dent of Auburn University in Auburn Ala-
In addition to serving in a senior admin-
istrative group responsible for strategic
implementation and policy development.
Mr. Mouton has operational responsibility
for Auburn's Campus Planning, Design and
Construction, Facilities and Operations, as
well as Space Planning and Management. In his role, Mouton
has been responsible for assessment, restructuring, and oversight
for the University's aggressive $200+ million per year design and
building program as well as re-development and leadership for
the Campus Planning effort and office.
Mr. Mouton also holds the Wilborn Chair in Building Science
(College of Architecture, Design and Construction) where he
served as head of the department from 1992 2000. He has also
served as President of the Associated Schools of Construction and
has served as an Educator Trustee on the American Council for
Construction Education. Mr. Mouton has served on the Univer-
sity Tenure and Promotion Committee and was elected and served
as Chair of the University Senate, Chair of the Faculty and Fac-
ulty Advisor to the Board of Trustees.
A former contractor and business owner, Mr. Mouton joined the
faculty of the Building Construction Program at Virginia Tech in
1985. He later served on the faculty in the Construction Manage-
ment Department at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Mr. Mouton also
has a BS in Building Construction from the University of Louisi-
Mr. Mouton continues to provide consultation and expert witness
services to construction firms. He also conceived and developed
the Superintendent Career Training Program for the United Broth-
erhood of Carpenters and Joiners.
BCN in the News
Rob Baldwin is the newest city council member of Bellair Beach,
FL. He was sworn in at the city council's annual reorganization
meeting held on March 19th. He graduated in 1982 with a bach-
elor's in BCN.
Roger Bass was recently inducted into the Alabama Road Build-
ers Hall of Fame. This was the fifth class of inductees. The in-
duction ceremony was held on July 2nd, at Montgomery County
Club and was attended by more than 200 guests. Mr. Bass gradu-
ated in 1969 with a bachelor's in BCN.
Michael Cason has joined Ocean Gate General Contractors Inc.,
as a Project Manager. He graduated in 2001 with a bachelor's in
Kenwyn Diego Harrilal a Pre-BC student has received the
Building Envelope Contractors Division Scholarship which was
awarded under the GANA Educational Foundation. He is one of
five recipients of the $1,000 scholarship. The GANA Educational
Foundation received 65 applications for this scholarship.
Thomas Matzke, CSI, LEED AP was recently promoted to Se-
nior Vice President of VOAAssociates Incorporated, architecture,
planning and interior design. Mr. Matzke received a Master of
Building Construction in 1997.
David K. McLaughlin has joined Faison Enterprises, Inc. as di-
rector of construction for its Orlando based team. He will manage
all of Faison's construction efforts in the region. Mr. McLaughlin
graduated from BCN in 1979.
Current BCN student, David C. Smith was chosen as the 2007
Construction Association of South Florida (CASF) Industry
Scholarhip Award recipient. He was chosen out of seven schol-
arship applications received from UF. His award was presented
to him during the annual installation banquet which was held on
Friday, June 15th at the Weston Hills Country Club, in Weston.
This past semester, Lawrence Wright was one of nine University
of Florida past students to be inducted into the UF's Athletic Hall
of Fame. Lawrence played on the UF football team from 1993-
1996. He graduated from BCN in 1997.
Bob Claudy, at the age of 77 re-married on May 20th.
Rodney Kincaid, is President of Kincaid Construction Company
and is getting ready to celebrate 45 years in business in Winter
Bill Shivers and his family love to fly and spend most of their
time on mission trips to the Bahamas, Mexico and Alaska helping
others who can't help themselves. He turned 75 in May.
Sam Brusco, currently lives in Costa Mesa, California where he
is a Vice President and Chief Estimator for the western region of
Lionel Kier is the Executive Director at BTC Management Cor-
poration and is now working on developing a 52-unit barrier-free
apartment building for handicapped and disabled people in Tren-
Walter Miros, Jr. has now settled back in South Florida and
looks forward to continuing his current position as VP of Opera-
tions for Skanska USA Building, Inc. based in Ft. Lauderdale.
Bill Pinto, President of Atlanta-based Hardin Construction Com-
pany, has become a principal shareholder of the privately held
company following a succession management transition in Feb-
Roy E. Pogrzeba is currently Senior VP and Principal in charge
at Bovis Lend Lease, Inc. at the Raleigh, North Carolina office.
His son is currently serving in the Army Infantry with the 1st Ar-
moured Division and he is stationed in Ft. Bliss Texas.
Ralph Olesky is a partner in APC Incorporated in South Florida.
They are interior specialty contractors distributing a variety of
products that include Mondo Athletic/Commercial Rubber Floor-
ing. His daughter will be attending UF this year.
Darrall Henderson retired as a Colonel in the Army Corps of
Engineers after serving 26 years. He will begin working with
Hromadka and Associates as a Principal Consultant. He relo-
cated to Lexington, Kentucky in June.
Craig Holliday, Principal Owner of Holliday Group of Sarasota,
Inc. has been very busy over the past year with several projects
in the central west coast of Florida, ranging from restaurants to
luxury condominiums to law offices.
Jim Starzinski recently took a new position as Corporate Senior
Project Engineer with W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Compa-
ny. He is living in DeLand, FL where he has been for 20 years.
He recently married Linda Matthews in Key West.
William Borregard has been operating Borregard Construction,
Inc. since 1993 as a licensed General Contractor specializing in
Commercial Construction and Custom Residential. He lives in
Dade City, FL with his wife of 21 years, Jennifer.
Dean Clinque upon graduation worked as VP for JDC, Inc. in
New Jersey, then as VP of construction for Florodeco in Fort My-
ers, FL. Currently he is a Project Manager with Duke Construc-
tion in Raleigh, NC.
Joe Russell is the officer-in-charge of the military department
in USNS Niagra Falls (T-AFS 3) which is forward deployed to
Eric Anthony has moved from New Orleans to Aruba and lived
there for one year. He is currently in London assigned to a project
Scott McCarthy has recently joined Lodge Construction, Inc. of
Fort Myers as a Project Manager. He will be involved with pre-
construction operations and closeout for schools and other public
works in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.
Matthew Lines and his partner Ed Valley (BCN '93) have com-
bined to form a residential custom homebuilding company called
Tandem Building Corp. Matt married Kelly in February of this
year and Ed married Melissa last December. Ed and Melissa are
expecting their first child later this year.
William Nassal and his business partner Matt Brown have just
finished construction on all exhibits for the Las Vegas Springs
Preserve Museum. LVSP will be the first platinum LEED con-
struction museum in the U.S., utilizing sustainable construction.
Anthony W. Ingassia was recently named President of Ingrassia
Construction Co., Inc. located in Middlesex, NJ. Anthony has
been working since 1996 at the general construction company.
Michael D. Eller retired from the Air Force in 2006, moved back
to Hawaii and accepted a position with CACI International as a
Program Manager, under contract to the Air Force at Hickam Air
Tom Harl has started his own development and construction
company called Amenity Developers, LLC and High Mark Con-
struction, LLC. Also in the last 6 months he and his wife have
celebrated the birth of their second child Kate.
Brice Miller joined Highwoods Properties Inc. in April as a Se-
nior Project Manager. They are a national developer of office
properties with regional headquarters in Orlando. Brice and his
wife Marcy have 2 children; Karina and Brice.
Wyatt Marks is currently working for Ryland Homes as a home
builder. He is working on starting his own company called "The
Marks Group, LLC". He has his Residential Contractors license
along with his Florida Real Estate Broker's License.
Crystal Perrine has just moved to Columbia, SC and is currently
working for McCrory Construction Co. LLC. It is owned and
operated by Allen Amsler, another BCN graduate.
On June 14, 2007, the University of Florida
and specifically the Shimberg Center for
Affordable Housing lost a dear friend. Mr.
James H. Shimberg, Sr., for whom the
Shimberg Center was named, passed away
in Tampa, Florida. Jim is survived by his
wife, Amy, their five children and their fifteen
In the words of Phil Emmer, a long-time friend of the Shimberg
family: "Jim and Amy, as a pair, are among the most charitable
people we have ever known and their charity is bolstered by the
understated way both of them handled their good works. They
didn't just give, they worked as Amy did (and still does with
Meals on Wheels) and Jim did with his vast undertakings includ-
ing the University Community Hospital in Tampa, the Univer-
sity of Florida Center for Affordable Housing, the state of Florida
housing issues going back to Bob Graham's administration, the
National Association of Home Builders, the Florida Home Build-
ers Association and a big, long-time booster of everything Tampa.
He and his brother Hinks built more than 5,000 homes, mostly in
and around Tampa. These are just a few pieces of what marked
Jim's life and Amy was always the partner."
An example of Jim's personality was expressed by his own com-
ment after being named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year in
Tampa, Florida, by the Tampa Metro Civitan Club for his lead-
ership and lifetime commitment to the Tampa community. His
comment was, "I couldn't be more surprised. This is a really
distinct honor. I don't know that I really deserve it."
The Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing team and the fac-
ulty and staff of the Rinker School of Building Construction ex-
press their condolences to Amy Shimberg and the entire Shimberg
On June 11, 2007 the Rinker School of Build-
ing Construction lost an outstanding profes-
sor, mentor and friend with the passing of Bill
Gordon Eppes, who was 76. Bill received
S his bachelor's and master's degrees in Archi-
tectural Engineering from the University of
Texas. He moved to Gainesville in 1968 to
take a faculty position at the School of Build-
ing Construction where he taught for three
decades. He served as the acting Director of the School from
1988 to 1989. Bill was one of the most versatile professors of the
School and taught 19 different courses. He received numerous
awards and honors including Halliburton Education Foundation
Award of Excellence, College of Architecture Teacher of the Year
Award and State of Florida Community Service Award.
Throughout his career, Bill was very active, designing as an ar-
chitect, structural engineer or both on numerous buildings. He
received awards for his design of Holy Faith church and the Cam-
pus USA Credit Union in Gainesville.
While he worked hard and had many accomplishments, he also
enjoyed classical music, traveling and entertaining at the home he
built in Gainesville. He was an avid fan of Longhorn and Gator
football and a member of the VFW.
Goodbye, Bill, and thank you for all you did for our School. You
left it a better place because of your efforts.
Posthumous Degree for Jeremy Marlar
A posthumous degree in building construction was conferred to
Jeremy Marlar and presented to his parents, Jerry and Martha
Marlar during the Spring 2007 College of Design, Construction
and Planning Commencement. Jeremy was admitted to upper-
division Building Construction program in Fall 2003 and was di-
agnosed with cancer in Spring 2004. He completed 99 out of 126
credit hours required to earn his bachelor's degree in Building
Construction. Jeremy never gave up and had every intention on
beating his cancer to return to school and complete his bachelor's
degree. Unfortunately, he lost his battle with cancer before he
had a chance to graduate. However, through the efforts of his
family and friends, and with great assistance from friend Kara
Schiavone, the university was able to confer his degree in build-
ing construction this spring semester.
Jeremy Marlar was a young man with great dreams and drive.
He aspired to do great things in the construction world. Jeremy
taught us that life is precious and every breath is a gift to be ap-
preciated. He also showed us how to value what we are capable
of with our education and utilizing it to the fullest extent.
There was a moment of silence at the Spring 2007 Commence-
ment to remember Jeremy and BCN student Thomas Oliver
Brown who was a member of this graduating class and died in
Dean Silver presenting Martha and Jerry Marlar with
Jeremy's posthumous degree
To all who donated to the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction General Fund (1/2/07- 7/31/07)
Howard F. Cook, Jr.
Robert L. ( I ...I Jr.
James C. Ausley, Jr.
Richard R. McLaughlin
Charles W. Bryson
Raymond D. Christensen
Richard S. Black
Claude P Caviness
Melvin C. Wetherington
Glenn A. Landry
Charles C. Vensel
Burton K. Jordan
Gerald H. Stanley
William D. Richardi
Tayler M. Boyd, Jr.
William A. Mazurie
William M. Crews, Jr.
Joseph M. Reina
Asa C. Kelley
John S. Winesett
Dennis A. Brammeier
Clifton J. Derrick II
Jorge Echarte, Jr.
Kennon G. Holmes
Col. Bill Sanders
Timothy A. Good
Robert E. Lifton
David W. Thomas, Jr.
Bruce A. Frost
Allen C. Hamilton
Walter T. Miros, Jr.
Jeffery M. Wolf
Richard J. Burket, Jr.
Robert E. Dorgan
Gary R. Kelley
Louis J. Magill
James F. Wilder, Jr.
Richard S. Lentz
William R. Pooley III
Edwin E. Turner, Jr.
David A. Whitehill
William W. Green
Richard K. Lacrosse
Walter R. Reddick, Jr.
Alfred T. Van Broekhoven
Robert D. Clark
Stephen R. Palmer
Robert W. Hemdon
F.J. Hoffman, Jr.
Neil L. Hammack
Raymond A. Schrader
James D. Talkington
Bartlett C. Wells
Brian K. O' Brien
Kent M. Blocher
Lisa A. Burket
John B. Debitetto
Reda T Freiha
David J. Schmit
Fabio M. Fasanelli
Scott P Groomes
Stephen G. Siegel
Frank R. Trabold
David W. Wagie
Charles A. Congdon, Jr.
Mikell A. McElroy
Allen B. Amsler
Allison A. Curtis
Arnold D. Tritt
Jeffrey E. Fleis
Lisa J. Stacholy
Gretchen E. Yahn
Scott J. Campbell
Byron T. Hood
Michael T. Hoyt
John W. Keams III
Marc M. Smith
Kelly G. Frye
George W. De Cardenas
Joseph R. Frisco, Jr.
Scott L. McCarthy
Michael F. Lamantia
Troy D. Buhs
Kion C. Darkshani
J. Andrew Roig
Mark J. Rubinstein
Stephen D. Shay
Ronald E. Domitrovic
Jeffrey W. Godman
Timothy A. Knight
Andrew L. Lewis
Miguel A. Perez
Todd C. Taylor
David C. Brady
Toby J. Carson
Danny Grant, Jr.
Luis R. Lavergne
Bryan M. Sanetz
Herbert G. Fung
Robert R.C. Covington
Brian T. Nicholson
Jose M. Aguilar
Ariana Hutton Lewis
Ryan A. Lovelady
Kevin A. Mazzei
Zorina Y. Montiel
Gregory Alan Pope, Jr.
Matthew C. Boone
C. Paul Brannon
Matthew L. Carlton
Michael D. Maira
Michael G. Grill
Kurt G. McAteer
Jared A. Stem
Michael J. Wagner
Lidia B. Bustamante
Christopher B. Hartman
Michael E. Madariaga
Binh Viet Nguyen
Christopher D. Hunt
Jean I. Benjamin
Robert C. Domblaser
Wayne B. Goff
Tamara L. Kretzschmar
Garry J. Moyer
Eric H. Palmer
Michael S. Redfeam
Donations from Companies:
A2 Group, Inc.
Allegiance Contracting, Inc.
Allen-Batchelor Construction, Inc.
Associated Builders and Contractors
David Nelson Construction Co.
Exxon Mobil Foundation
Florida Consulting Co.
Fluor Enterprises, Inc.
Hardin Construction Co. LLC
Holder Construction Co.
Holder Construction Group LLC
Hunt Construction Group, Inc.
J. Raymond Construction Corp.
McIntyre, Elwell and Strammer
MDI Construction LLC
Mercedes Homes, Inc.
NDC Construction Co.
PPI Construction Management
RCC Associates, Inc.
Rinker Cos. Foundation, Inc.
Robins and Morton
Rychris Contracting Co., Inc.
Spring Valley Construction Company
The Clark Construction Group, Inc.
The Fluor Foundation
The Weitz Co., Inc.
Tritt and Franson, PA.
Uniter Forming, Inc.
USGBC Fl. Gulf Coast Chapter, Inc.
Vanderbuilt Bay Construction, Inc.
W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf was awarded the
Associated Schools of Construction
(ASC) 2007 National Teaching Award in
recognition of excellence in teaching at
the 43rd International Conference held on
the campus of Northern Arizona Univer-
sity in Flagstaff, April 13, 2007. ASC is
the professional association for the devel-
opment and advancement of construction
education through excellence in teaching,
research and service. Conceived during the Spring of 1965 at the
University of Florida, ASC has grown from nine founding univer-
sities to more than 100 institutions across the country. Each year,
ASC selects member faculty for the National Teaching Award on
the basis of teaching philosophy, performance and innovation.
Dr. Grosskopf was also selected by the graduating seniors to re-
ceive the Teaching Excellence Award for the Spring 2007 semes-
ter. Dr. Grosskopf taught courses in estimating and finance.
Sallie Schattner, BCN's admissions/
registrar officer, was awarded the 2007
College of Design, Construction and
Planning's Adviser of the Year Award.
She began with BCN in 1994 and has
loved being able to interact with students
upon entrance during their freshman year
through graduation and watching them go
on to obtain rewarding careers.
Dr. Rick Smailes was awarded the 2007
College of Design, Construction and
Planning's Teacher of the Year award.
He recieved his bachelor's, master's and
Ph.D. from the M.E. Rinker School of
Building Construction and continues to
teach students today. His reserach inter-
ests include commercial project manage-
ment, scheduling, residential and industri-
al construction and ancient construction
Dr. Jimmie Hinze was honored this past
April, as the University honored several
meritorious faculty members at the first
Faculty Achievement Recognition Re-
ception. He was the first faculty member
from the Rinker School to receive this. Dr.
Jimmie Hinze is internationally known
and recognized for his contributions in the
area of construction safety. For the past
three years he has served as the Coordinator of the CIB Work-
ing Commission on Safety and Health in Construction, an active
international group that meets annually to exchange information
through conferences. He recently published second edition of the
textbook entitled Construction Safety.
Dr. Abdol Chini visited the Hong Kong
Polytechnic University Department of
Building and Real Estate (BRE) in June.
He has been appointed as the BRE De-
partmental Academic Advisor for 2007-
2010. In that capacity he has to visit the
Department at the end of each academic
year to participate in the Subject Assess-
ment Review Panel and the Board of Ex-
aminers' meetings. He provides advice
to the Department on its mission, strategic plan and organization,
academic programs, teaching, and research and scholarly activi-
BRE provides educational programs in the construction and the
real estate sectors which will enable students to develop their
full potential for personal and academic development. Its aim is
to provide programs that are application oriented, and produce
graduates who can apply theories in practice. BRE has established
strong partnerships with business, industry and the professions. In
2006-2007 academic year, BRE had 1250 students, 45 academic
staff and 20 administrative and technical staff.
Dr. Esther Obonyo participated in an in-
tership this summer with United Forming
Inc. Sites that were visited during the Fac-
ulty Internship included 1) The 10-story
OUC Administration Building in Orlan-
do, which has been designed to meet or
exceed the requirements for LEED certifi-
cation thus championing environmentally
responsible building programs in Cen-
tral Florida; 2) The 350,000 square-foot,
three-building complex in Jupiter for Scripps (world renowned
biomedical research institution), and; 3) The City Place South
Tower in downtown West Palm Beach (luxury condominiums).
Anne Williamson, Associate Director
for the Shimberg Center for Affordable
Housing was granted her Ph.D. in public
administration and policy by The Univer-
sity of Georgia on August 4, 2007. Her
dissertation examined how state housing
finance agencies and developers collabo-
rate within the federal Low Income Hous-
ing Tax Credit program.
Dr. Edward Minchin willjoin the Rink-
er School faculty as an Associate Profes-
sor in the fall of 2007, moving over from
the Civil and Coastal Engineering De-
partment at UF. He was born and raised
in Chipley, Florida. His father worked
for the Florida DOT as a bridge inspec-
tor and some of Dr. Minchin's earliest
memories were of accompanying his fa-
ther to construction sites.
Dr. Minchin graduated from UF in 1983 with a bachelor's De-
gree in civil engineering, and also obtained a master's degree in
construction engineering in 1984. He then went to work with a
heavy / highway contractor in Florida before going to work for
the Florida DOT. In the meantime, he gained a commission in the
U.S. Naval Reserve as a Civil Engineer Corps officer, assigned
to a Construction Battalion, commanding first a detachment and
later a company of Seabees. With the DOT, he designed drainage
structures and systems for about two years before moving into
construction, where he served as an inspector, project engineer,
resident engineer, area engineer, and finally as Chief Area Con-
struction Engineer. From there, he left in 1996 and took a faculty
position at Penn State teaching undergraduate construction cur-
riculum, while working on his degree "part time." After obtain-
ing his Ph.D., Dr. Minchin moved on to Iowa State University to
teach in the Construction Engineering program for two years. He
then moved to UF to teach in the Construction Engineering and
Management program for six years.
His areas of expertise and research interest include automated,
real time construction quality control as well as construction con-
tract administration and project control.
Dr. Minchin and his wife Susan live in Gainesville with their four
children. He can often be found running or exercising on campus
or near his home, taking part in church activities or spending time
with his family. He has a passion for collegiate athletics and es-
pecially enjoys football, basketball, and baseball.
Dr. Robert J. Ries joined the BCN fac-
ulty as an Assistant Professor this Fall.
He came to UF from the University of
Pittsburgh where he taught at the De-
partment of Civil and Environmental
Engineering and was Director of the
Green Construction Sustainable Devel-
opment Program since 2001. He previ-
ously practiced architecture in New York
for eleven years. Dr. Ries received his
Ph.D. in Architecture (Building Performance and Diagnostics)
in 1999 from the Carnegie Mellon University, a master's de-
gree in architecture in 1995 from the Carnegie Mellon Univer-
sity, and a bachelor's in architecture in 1982 from Pratt Institute.
Dr. Ries developed and taught courses in Life Cycle Assess-
ment Methods and Tools, Engineering and Sustainability, Re-
source Use and Environmental Quality in the Built Environ-
ment, and Building Economics at University of Pittsburgh.
In addition to teaching, he has been heavily involved in research
activities. He has performed extensive research in the areas of
life cycle assessment for the built environment and green build-
ing design, construction and performance. He has attracted more
than $1 million in funded research as principal investigator over
the past six years. Dr. Ries has published more than 50 papers
and has made close to 30 national and international presentations.
The Rinker Scholar
Michael Emmer is the second recepient
of the recently created Rinker Scholar En-
dowment. Professor Emmer is the Direc-
tor of Construction Management program
at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
He received his bachelor's degree in con-
struction management from Wentworth
Institute of Technology in Boston and his
master's degree in construction science
and management from Clemson Univer-
sity. His area of research and interest is in sustainable construc-
tion with a focus on material extraction/reuse and deconstruction.
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 grow-
ing need for Ph.D. level faculty members actively conducting re-
search and scholarly activities in construction related areas. UF is
uniquely positioned to support this type of opportunity for doc-
toral fellowships in the construction management field because
it is one of only a few programs in the nation with a doctoral
degree focused on the management field. Continued support for
the Rinker School through generous gifts like this keeps oppor-
tunities available to the most qualified recipients with the great-
est potential to maintain the Rinker School's position among the
nation's premier building construction management institutions.
The Rinker 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 promi-
nent 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 Rinker School and its students:
Available Event Sponsorships
Graduate Student Reception
LEED Competition Team
Future Event Sponsors
Welcome Reception (Fall 2007)
Graduate Student Reception (Fall 2007)
Graduation Dinner (Fall 2007)
Homecoming BBQ (Fall 2007)
Heavy/Civil Team (Fall 2007)
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2008)
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2008)
LEED Competition Team (Spring 2008)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2008)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2008)
Homecoming BBQ (Fall 2008)
LEED Competition Team (Spring 2009)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2009)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2009)
Homecoming BBQ (Fall 2009)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2010)
Charles Perry Const/PPI
Angle & Schmid
Charles Perry Const/PPI
The Weitz Company
Robins & Morton
Weitz Golf International
Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie
Past Event Sponsors: Special thanks to our past event sponsors.
Rinker School Event Name
Commercial Team (1998 present)
Design-Build Team (2002-present)
Plaques and Trophies (2003)
Heavy/Civil Team, 2006
NAHB Competition, 2003
NAHB Competition, 2004
NAHB Competition, 2005
NAHB Competition, 2006
NAHB Competition, 2007
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)
Graduation Dinner (Fall 2006)
Graduation Dinner (Spring 2007)
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)
Balfour Beatty Construction
Charles Perry Construction
London Bay Homes
Brasfield & Gorrie
James A. Cummings
Clark Construction Group
Hunt Construction Group
Brasfield & Gorrie
Brasfield & Gorrie
Charles Perry Construction
Rinker School Event Name
Welcome Reception (Spring 2006)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2006)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2007)
Homecoming BBQ (2004)
Homecoming BBQ (2005)
Homecoming BBQ (2006)
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)
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2007)
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2007)
Graduate Student Reception (Fall 2000)
Graduate Student Reception (Fall 2005)
James A. Cummings
Clancy & Theys
Brasfield & Gorri
Hardin/ Prof. Gunby
James A. Cummings
James A. Cummings
James A. Cummings
J. Raymond Const.
James A. Cummings
If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Abdol Chini (email@example.com).
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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.
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