Volume 72 Issue 1
UF UNIVERSITY of
M.E. RINKER, SR. SCHOOL OF
COLLEGE OF DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND PLANNING
A Message From
Dr. Christopher Silver,
As we enter the Spring 2008 semester,
congratulations are in order to another
talented class of BCN students that
graduated in December. Even as we here at
the University of Florida face the challenges
of maintaining quality programs under
less than ideal fiscal circumstances, it is
especially gratifying that the job educating
the next generations of construction
industry personnel is done with such care
and with such quality.
I give most of the credit forthis to the talented and dedicated Rinker
School faculty, individuals who model so effectively the ideals
of higher education. BCN faculty not only spend considerable
time preparing for and engaging in classroom instruction, but also
must maintain an active research agenda and provide service to
the university community, professional organizations and civic
The university faculty role, especially at an institution like the
University of Florida, places enormous and continuous demands
upon faculty. One of my goals as Dean is to seek out and secure
various types of support so faculty have the resources to carry
out these multiple functions effectively. This includes support for
graduate assistants who aid faculty with teaching and research.
But I also want to find ways to provide appropriate awards to
faculty for a job well done, for excellence in teaching, research
and service, and to enable our College to compete successfully
for the very best faculty and staff. That involves not only having
funds for new hires but also to retain those that other institutions
and other opportunities may seek to plunder (at our loss). As a
national leader in building construction education, the faculty of
the Rinker School are a target for other aspiring programs.
Through the continued financial support provided through our
alumni and friends, spearheaded by our dedicated BCN Advisory
Council Executive Committee, we will be able to recruit and
retain our top flight faculty. We all derive great satisfaction
from rewarding students through scholarships and other forms of
financial assistance. But sometimes we forget that our faculty
warrant similar recognition for their teaching, research and
service and for the dedication they demonstrate every day in
helping to make the Rinker School a national leader. Faculty are
the bedrock of the world class institution we have created here
at UF, within the College of Design, Construction and Planning.
As part of the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
extended family, you know that more than anyone.
Dr. Abdol Chini,
Three years ago, the first regional Gator
BCN club was formed in Tampa Bay
area to foster a spirit of loyalty, unity and
e cooperation among graduates and friends
of the Rinker School. Today, there are
eight active regional clubs in Tampa,
Jacksonville, Orlando, Gainesville/Ocala,
Ft Lauderdale/Miami, Palm Beach, Fort
Myers /Naples, and Atlanta. In addition to
their regular meetings and social activities,
these clubs have held several banquets and golf tournaments to
celebrate the Rinker School's 70th anniversary and raise funds
for an endowed professorship. The banquets in Tampa, Ft.
Lauderdale/Miami, Gainesville, West Palm Beach, Orlando; and
golf tournaments in Tampa and Bonita Springs raised close to
$400,000 for the 70th anniversary endowed professorship. This
fund is eligible for a 50% match from Florida's Trust Fund for
Major Gifts and will provide a steady and reliable income source
to bring outstanding construction professionals into the classroom
to share their knowledge with our students. I would like to give
my special thanks to the Board of Directors of the regional
Gator BCN clubs for their hard work and efforts, and to the
companies who sponsored these events for their generous support.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate classes, the
Rinker School faculty are actively involved in research/scholarly
activities and providing service to the construction industry. The
Rinker School will host two conferences in Gainesville this spring,
the 14th Rinker International Conference on E\olInioni of and
Directions in Construction Safety and Health," 9 -11 March 2008
and "BIM4Builders," an industry conference on applications of
Building Information Modeling in Construction on 11-13 May
2008. The Rinker School offers on-site two day LEED courses in
all major cities in Florida to meet the demand of the construction
industry for LEED Accredited Professional staff. Other
continuing education courses that will be offered this summer
in Orlando and Miami are: "Taking Charge of the Construction
Process" and "Managing the Construction Claim Process."
The College of DCP Design-Build Team comprised of four
BCN students and two Architecture students captured the
Region II ASC/AGC student competition title in Jacksonville
last fall. They are preparing for the national competition in
Las Vegas in March with the goal of bringing the national
title to the Southeast Region. Congratulations to the
team members and their faculty coach Dr. Doug Lucas.
I would like to express my sincere appreciation to our loyal
alumni for their support. With shrinking state budgets,
your support has been more important than in past years.
Orange & Blueprints
a bi-annual publication
Table of Contents
Perry Construction Yard...4
BCN Homecoming BBQ...4
Fall Career Fair...5
70th Anniversary Banquet, Orlando...6
Regional Club Updates...7-8
BCN Advisory Council EXCOM...9
Major Donors... 10
BCN Events... 11
Student Organizations... 12-13
Exchange Programs... 14
BCN Programs and Events...15-17
Announcements... 19 & 26
Friends and Donors...20-21
New Additions, Fond Farwell...24
Advisory Council Membership...27
BCN Brick Paver Campaign...27
Stacey Rosenberg and Julie Segura
Front cover pictures:
(from left to right)
Construction Hall of Fame Members: Curtis Culver, Dr. Brisbane Brown, William R. Derrer, Chip Reid, and Jim Kalemeris
Ft. Myers 1st Annual Golf Tournament: Mike Hoyt, Mike Richardson, Dr. Chini and John Gooding
Orlando 70th Anniversary Banquet: Sean DeMartino and John Sofarelli
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M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction
304 Rinker Hall
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, Florida 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. Ian Floridaood
Coordinator of P.h.-D. Program
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf
Center for Collective Protection in the Built Environment
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 Craft Awareness
Since the Charles Perry Construction Yard was completed late in
the spring semester, it has been put to good use. We were able to
host several trade demonstrations including brick laying, block
laying, form building, and wall framing. In each of these, the
students had the opportunity to try it themselves. This greatly
enhances their appreciation for the craft workers.
In addition to the Perry Yard the loading dock at the yard was
removed and a ramp constructed. We have been able to buy a
caterpillar skid-steer forklift/loader which has proved useful
for getting material, especially sand and gravel and cement for
concrete into the yard.
BCN Homecoming BBQ
On November 3, 2008, BCN held its Homecoming BBQ on the
front lawn of the Rinker Hall. The event kicked off with the
induction of Mr. William R. "Rick" Derrer, President of James
A. Cummings, Inc., into the Construction Hall of Fame. Fellow
alumni, business associates, previous Hall of Fame inductees and
Mr. Derrer's family appeared for the induction. Following the
ceremony, everyone was treated to a BBQ luncheon before the
game between the Florida Gators and the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Earlier that day the BCN Advisory Council met to review the
Rick Derrer was the second inductee for the 2007 Construction
Hall of Fame Award. The first inductee was Dr. William G.
Lassiter, who was inducted September 28. He is currently
Director of W.G. Lassiter Properties, Inc., a major real estate
development company in Palm Beach. Both gentlemen's bronze
plaques are displayed on the Hall of Fame wall in front of the
Rinker School Hall.
The Rinker School would like to thank Angle & Schmid for their
sponsorship of the BBQ.
Bob Angle ofAngle & Schmid accepts the appreciation
plaque from Dr. Issa and Dr. Chini
Mr. William R. Derrer accepts his 2007 Construction
Hall of Fame Award
Fall 2007 Career Fair
The Rinker School held its fall Career Fair on October 22, 2007
at the O'Connell Center. The career fair was a success with over
100 companies and over 400 students in attendance. Many pre-
BCN students attended the fair looking for internships as well as
students from other schools within the College and other building ON
construction programs in Florida.
The fall fair was unique as two companies sponsored the fair,
showing their support for the BCN program. M.E. Wilson Co.,
Inc., a leading corporate risk management and insurance service
provider, and ASAP Rentals, a rental, equipment and sales
supplier, each sponsored the fair. The two companies were able to
network with attending career fair companies and gain exposure
within the industry.
Dwight Wilson, Amber Kammers and Rob Nation
Clancy & Theys Construction Co. has attended the University of M.E. Wilson Co.
of Florida's Career Fair the last several years and has found the
event to be beneficial for them as a company as well as for the
University of Florida students. "Since the event is well attended
by the students from the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction, it is a great opportunity for companies like ours
to meet with tomorrow's leaders in the construction industry
and it is a great chance for these leaders to meet us. Our time
at the career fair has been very successful. We have had several
candidates go through our internship program and we have really
enjoyed the mentoring process. We also have had many of those
students come on board full-time once their studies were complete.
The construction job market is pretty tight for sharp, qualified
candidates," cited Pete Pace, VP/CEO Florida Division of Clancy
& Theys, "and we are finding these candidates at my alma mater!"
Jeremiah Hogan of Suffolk Construction adds, "The quality and
integrity of the Students from the Rinker School is the reason Mike Mullins and Carl Castoro of
Suffolk is a consistent participant of the BCN career fair." ASAP Rentals
Albert and Alberta were also on hand to bring the Gator Nation
spirit to the students and career fair representatives. The next
career fair will be in the spring, on February 12. For more
information on sponsoring or attending the spring fair, please
contact the job placement office at (352) 273-1187.
BCN students discussing career
opportunities with recruiters
Albert, Alberta and recruiters from
Suffolk Construction at the fair
The Orlando BCN Alumni Club 70th Anniversary Banquet
The Central Florida Gator BCN Club hosted a wonderful 70th
Anniversary celebration on November 17, 2007 at the J.W.
Marriott Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Florida. Not only was
the evening a fantastic fundraiser for the School, but the event
also provided a great opportunity for Central Forida construction
professionals and associates to get together and socialize.
The Keynote Speaker for the event was Alex Martins, who is the
current Chief Operating Officer for the Orlando Magic basketball
team. The presiding mayor of Orlando, Mayor Buddy Dyer, also
made a cameo appearance via a pre-recorded videotaped message.
Other speakers during the evening included Dean Christopher
Silver and Dr. Abdol Chini.
Alex Martins gives Keynote speech
John Sofarelli, President of J. Raymond Construction, emceed the
live auction. Items included in the live auction were: an Orlando
Magic Basketball signed by Carlos Arroyo, a Gator Helmet
signed by Danny Wuerffel, an Emmitt Smith signed football, two
annual Universal Studios passes, and 2008 Tickets to the UF/
LSU football game on the 50-Yard line West Stands.
There was also a raffle during the evening, which included the
following items: an Orlando Magic Picture in a frame signed
by Hedo Turkoglu, an Orlando Magic Hat signed by Keyon
Dooling (guard), an Orlando Magic Jersey from Carlos Arroyo,
a Highlands Golf Foursome Ticket package, an Eagle Creek Golf
Foursome, an XG9 Odyssey Putter, and a Gator Golf Bag.
The entire event was a tremendous success and was greatly
enjoyed by each and every one of the 375 guests who attended
the celebration. The Orlando Gator BCN Club raised $120,000
towards the 70th Anniversary Endowed Professorship.
The Rinker School wishes to thank the Orlando Club's Board of
Directors, and the companies that sponsored this event. Special
thanks to John Sofarelli, Sean DeMartino, Larry Oleck, Jr., Cindy
Garris, and Betsy Brkich for their outstanding job in organizing
this successful event.
SCHERER Construction & Engineering
J. Raymond Construction
Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC
Hunt Construction Group
James A. Cummings, Inc.
Jon M. Hall Company
P & A Roofing and Sheet Metal, Inc.
TLC Concrete Construction
Aetna Construction, Inc.
Baker Concrete Construction
Balfour Beatty Construction, LLC
Brassfield & Gorrie
Brown & Brown of Florida, Inc./Amerisure
Doster Construction Company
Hardin Construction Company
Hartford South, LLC
J. Raymond Construction
Johnson Bros. Corporation
PCL Construction Services
Potential Electric, LLC
PPI Construction Management, Inc.
Randall Mechanical Incorporated
Shell Systems, LLC
Tri-City Electric Co.
Turner Construction Company
United Forming, Inc.
Walt Disney Imagineering
Whiting Turner Contracting Company
NGI Beverage Sponsor and all printing projects for this event
White Cap Construction Supply, Inc. Centerpiece Sponsor
Banquet attendees enjoying the auction
BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates
The First Annual Southwest Florida Gator BCN Club Golf
Tournament took place Friday October 5, 2007 at The Colony
Golf and Country Club, Bonita Springs, Florida. The staff at The
Colony Golf and Country Club was outstanding and helped with
all aspects of the tournament. The golf course was in great shape
and the food was excellent. Lunch was provided prior to the 1:00
pm shotgun start. The tournament was the 4-man scramble format.
There was a scoreboard party with cocktails and food after the
tournament which featured over 40 raffle prizes featuring gift
certificates to local restaurants, rounds of golf to local courses,
hotel stays, tools and even a football signed by Billy Latsko who
is a graduate of the Rinker School of Building Construction. Dr.
Chini made the trip down from Gainesville and joined us for this
The field of golfers consisted of 24 foursomes. The team of Frank
Murati, Doug Withers, John Gooding and Mike Richardson took
first-place honors. There were prizes given out for closest to the
pin on all par 3's as well as a men's and women's long drive
contest. All par 3's featured a $10,000 cash prize for a hole in
one, no winners however.
Everyone had a great time at the tournament thanks to all of the
SW Florida Gator BCN Club Members as well as The Colony
Golf and Country Club. This was a first class event that allowed
nearly 100 local people that work in the field of construction to
socialize and network while at the same time playing a beautiful
golf course and enjoying excellent food.
Mike Richardson, John Gooding and Doug Withers
enjoy the course.
The event raised $21,800 for the Rinker School 70th Anniversary
Endowed Professorship. The Rinker School would like to thank
all of the sponsors that donated to the golf tournament. Special
thanks to Chris Hanlon, Mike Richardson and John Gooding for
their effort in organizing the event.
Below are the major sponsors:
-$5,000 Gold Sponsors WCI Communities, Wall Systems of
SW Florida and Hoar Construction LLC.
-$2,000 Bronze Beverage Sponsors Deerbrook, Inc. and
Ferguson Waterworks / Moen.
-$500 Putting Green / Practice Range Sponsors David Nelson
Masonry, RD Johnson Construction, Inc., D. Garrett Construction
and Naples Lumber Co.
The Gainesville / Ocala Gator BCN Club recently celebrated
their two-year anniversary as a regional club and elected new
officers to lead them in the coming year. They also held a board
meeting to plan for their upcoming events. The first of their
planned events will be the Second Annual Sporting Clays Shoot
to be held in late February. The club would like to encourage all
BCN alumni and friends to join their current members in any and
all events. For more information, please contact Ryan Murphy at
rmm(ppicm.com or (352) 331-1141.
The Tampa Bay Gator BCN Club held their fall meeting
in Sarasota at R.J. Gators Florida Sea Grille and had a great
participation from members in the greater Bradenton/Sarasota
area including Ernie Dubose, a BCN alumnus and Gator football
letterman. The Beck Group from Tampa sponsored the meeting
at R.J. Gators and presented a program on their DProfiler software
which they have developed and marketed to others in the area of
Building Information Modeling.
The club will be holding it's winter meeting in Tampa in mid-
February and the exact time and location will be sent to all
members. The Third Annual BCN Gator Golf Scramble will be
held in May 19, 2008. Details for this event will be presented at
the winter meeting.
The Northeast/Jacksonville BCN Club has established its club
board members for the 2008 year and has coordinated dates for
its future social events. The club will hold three BCN alumni
socials on February 21, May 15, and August 18, 2008. They
will also hold a BCN 70th Anniversary Banquet on October 18,
2008. The club would like to thank Dr. Chini, Jason Burt of WG
Mills, Tim Good of Haskell, Steve Auld of Auld & White, Arnold
Tritt of Tritt & Faison, Paul Hardaker of Gerdau Ameristeel, Josh
Edwards of Floridaagler, Tom Hanley of Elkins, Van Hogan of
Ed Waters and Sons, and Ray Varas of the University of North
Florida for helping with the strategic planning.
If anyone is interested in volunteering to help with any of these
events, please contact Erik Sharpe of Brasfield & Gorrie at
email@example.com. The Rinker School would like to
thank Erik Sharpe for his leadership in founding the NE Florida
BCN Club and his outstanding effort in organizing the 70th
Anniversary Banquet in October 2008.
The Atlanta Gator BCN Club had their first meeting on October
25, 2007 at Gordon Biersche, a local microbrewery, to get the
club started. There has been interest in participation in the
Atlanta Club from over 100 alumni. The club is planning on
meeting in late January to set goals for the year and establish their
organizational structure. Please refer to the BCN website for more
details on future events. For further information on volunteering
BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates continued
or participating in this club, please contact: Wayne Wadsworth at
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South Florida Gator BCN Club held a dinner social and LEED
seminar on October 9, 2007. Dr. Charles Kibert was the featured
speaker and gave everyone an excellent synopsis of what LEED
is and a perspective on how strongly the LEED movement is
progressing. The event was very well attended with over 75 BCN
alumni present. Hughes Catering, a private facility in Wilton
Manors, was rented out and catered for the event. Everyone had
a great time catching up with fellow BCN alumni and learning
more about LEED. The costs for the event were underwritten by
Stiles Corporation, Cummings Construction and Reilly Roche.
The travel costs for Dr. Kibert were underwritten by Baker
Concrete. Dr. Kibert volunteered his time to speak. We are all
looking forward to the next South Florida social event which is
targeted for February at a Miami-Dade county location. Sponsors
We would like to thank the following people for donating their time and sharing their knowledge and experience with our students:
BCN 3027 Introduction to Construction Management
- Mr. Philip Rickman, AIA, President, The Rickman Partnership
- Ms. Carol Hurst, Chief Buiding Official for Alachua County
- Mr. John Carlson, President, PPI Construction Management
- Mr. Jeffrey Charlotte, President, J.E. Charlotte Construction
- Dr. Dan Whiteman, President, Coastal Construction Company
- Mr. Bill Ford, Vice President, Coastal Construction Company
- Mr John Sofarelli, President, J.Raymond Construction
- Mr Richard Wagner, President, Joyner Construction
BCN 3224 Construction Techniques
- Byron Light, Brick Southeast
BCN 3700 Contracts
- Ray Robinson, Attorney
- Art Higginbotham of Walt Disney Imagineering
- Robert Lash, Attorney
- Jeff Braswell of Scruggs and Carmichael, Attorney
BCN 4023 Creating Affordable Housing
- Dr. Anne Williamson
- Dr. Pierce Jones, Director of the IFAS Program for Resource
- Mr. Adam Bolton, Executive Vice President of Robinshore
- Ms. Linda Patrick, Gainesville Building Department
- Mr. Bruce Bethke with Foamseal of Florida, and Mr. Ted
Gower, inventor of the Armor Screen hurricane protection
- Mr. William Tucker, Director of the Florida Building
- Mr. Bob Beisel, NuDura Corporation
- Mr. Diep Tu, Director of Engineering with the Florida
Concrete and Products Association
- Mr. Brian Tully, with Aercon of Florida
BCN 4423 Temporary Structures
- CW Macomber, APA Engineered Wood Specialist
- Joerg Rudolph, Southeast Regional Manager, PERI Formwork
- Brian Needham, District Manager and Steve Bordon,
Business Development Manager, United Forming
BCN 4612C -Advanced Estimating
- Calvin Helitzer of Gryphon Construction
- Rachael Johnson of RCC Associates
- David Brasch of Harmon Glass
- Greg Grooms of Pulte Homes
BCN 4712 Leadership and Management in Construction
- Pete Pace of Clancy Theys Construction Co.
- Sid Jordan and John Omran of Clark Construction
- John McIntyre of McIntyre Elwell & Strammer
- Wayne Wadsworth of Holder Construction Company
- Ray Southern of Balfour Beatty Construction
- Tim Good of Haskell Co.
- Wayne McCall of Perry McCall
- Tim Moore of Stiles Corp.
BCN 5618 Comprehensive Estimating
- Calvin Heilitzer, Director of Preconstruction of Gryphon
BCN 5715 Advanced Construction Labor Problems
- Steve Johns, Retired Contractor
- Russell Hamilton, Attorney, Morgan-Lewis Law Firm
- Billy Samples, Contractor, Mid State Electric
- Cheryl Harris, President, CRG Inc. (labor supply firm)
- Ed Prevatt, NCCER
- Jason Meneeley, Asst. Professor, Interior Design
- Wayne Rilko, Construction Training & Qualification Program
BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee
The BCN Advisory Council held its bi-annual meeting on
November 2, 2007 in Gainesville. Steve Palmer, of Stiles
Corporation, completed his service as Chair of the Committee
and was succeeded by Sid Jordan, of Clark Construction. Chip
Reid, of Current Builders, was elected as Vice Chair. Darrell
Smith was presented with a plaque, honoring him as an Emeritus
Member of the Committee, and was recognized for his years
of service to EXCOM. The Council selected a new member to
the Committee, Dale Hedrick of Hedrick Brothers Construction
Co., Inc. The Rinker School would like to welcome Mr. Hedrick
to the Advisory Council EXCOM and looks forward to his new
The Committee discussed current efforts towards fundraising
for the Endowed Professorship for Construction Services. Each
council member will approach vendors, suppliers, and specialty
contractors in the construction industry to solicit support for the
Rinker School. The goal is to raise $1.2 millionby December 2008.
Other topics of discussion included outcomes from the employer
and alumni surveys of the curriculum, BCN Club updates, and
goals for the 2007-2008 academic year. The committee discussed
strategies to increase demonstration projects, experimental works,
and field trips, in response to alumni surveys regarding exposure
to structural systems.
The members that were present for the November 2 meeting
included: Steve Palmer, Robert Angle, John Bennett, Rick Derrer,
Tim Good, Paul Hardaker, Sid Jordan, David Stayshich, Eric
Sharpe, John McIntyre, Harley Miller, Bill Morthland, Charles
Reid, Darrell Smith, John Sofarelli, Raymond Southern, Wayne
Wadsworth, Breck Weingart, Louie Wise, III, Jim Kalemeris,
Steve Green, Dean Christopher Silver, Abdol Chini, Raymond
Issa, and Julie Segura.
Dr. Chim presents Darrell Smith with his plaque
Meet John Sofarelli, BCN Advisory Council EXCOM Member
President and majority owner, Mr.
Sofarelli has been a resident of Florida
since 1959 and is a fourth generation
contractor with over twenty years of
experience in the construction industry.
John graduated with honors from the
University of Florida in 1981 with a
Bachelor of Science Degree from the
School of Building Construction. At
the University of Florida, he was an
active member and Treasurer of Sigma
Lambda Chi, the Construction School's
Honor Society and the student chapters of Associated General
Contractors and Associated Builders and Contractors. John
has also completed relevant master's level course work at the
Crummer Graduate School of Business, Rollins College, Winter
After graduating in June of 1981, Johnjoined Tribble and Stephens
Company, a nationally ranked contracting firm based in Texas as a
Construction Field Engineer. In five short years, John worked his
way through the ranks to Vice President of the company. During
his tenure with Tribble and Stephens, John successfully managed
over two million square feet of retail, office and industrial work
throughout the Gulf region. As Vice President, John was selected
to open and operate a branch office in Boca Raton, Florida. John
has construction experience in Texas, Maine, Maryland and
In late 1988 John formed J. Raymond & Associates, Inc. and
currently serves as company president. John is responsible for
supervision of all aspects of the business including marketing,
estimating, production, quality control and policy. John also
maintains a close relationship with all clients and personnel.
John continues to remain active at the Rinker School where he
regularly participates in their Career Fairs as a Major Donor and
is frequently a guest lecturer. John founded and has served as
President of the Central Florida Gator BCN Alumni Club since
its inception in 2005.
Major Donor Companies
As of December 31, 2007
Gold: Companies who have contributed $100,000 or more to the
Rinker School over the preceding 10 years.
G.W. ROBINSON BUILDERS
BALFOUR BEATTY CONSTRUCTION
JAMES A. CUMMINGS
Silver: Companies who have contributed $50,000 or more to the
Rinker School over the preceding 10 years.
W. G. MILLS
BRASFIELD AND GORRIE
J. RAYMOND CONSTRUCTION
MCINTYRE, ELWELL & STRAMMER
Bronze: Companies who have contributed $10,000 or more to
the Rinker School over the preceding 3 years.
TROVILLION & DAUGHERTY
BAKER CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION
M. M. PARRISH CONSTRUCTION
CHARLES PERRY CONSTRUCTION
MOSS & ASSOCIATES
HENSEL PHELPS CONSTRUCTION
R. C. STEVENS CONSTRUCTION
SUFFOLK CONSTRUCTION COMPANY
CLANCY & THEYS CONSTRUCTION
DAVID NELSON CONSTRUCTION
ANGLE & SCHMID
PPI CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
Major Donor's Advantages:
All Major Donors shall receive discounted registration fee for the Career Fair, according to their level of donations (Gold, Silver,
Bronze, see the fee structure below).
All Major Donors shall get preferential placement at the Career Fair
All Major Donors can participate in a reception with the graduating students the evening before the Career Fair.
All interview and seminar dates at the School before the Career Fair will be reserved for Major Donors.
All Major Donors have priority in using interview spaces at the O'Connell Center the day of the Career Fair.
Career Fair Registration Fee:
For a booth including two recruiters/company representatives. $1,000
For each additional recruiter/company representative.... add $500 each
For a booth including two recruiters/company representatives. $500
For each additional recruiter/company representative.... add $250 each
For a booth including two (2) recruiters/company representatives. $300
Add one (1) additional recruiter/company representative free of charge.
For each additional recruiter/company representative.... add $200 each
For a booth including two recruiters/company representatives. $300
Add up to three additional recruiter/company representatives free of charge.
On December 14, 2007, graduating students along with their
friends and families joined the BCN faculty and staff at the
Paramount Plaza Hotel for the fall graduation dinner. The
evening began with a cocktail social hour, and then Dr. Chini's I1
opening remarks and introduction of Dean Christopher Silver.
Dean Silver welcomed the graduates and congratulated everyone
on their accomplishments and commended the Rinker School for
its achievements within the College. This was followed by the
faculty and staff introductions and a sit-down dinner.
Following dinner, Dr. Chini introduced David Wood, Vice
President of Preconstruction for PPI and Missy Boyer from
Charles Perry Construction. As sponsors for the graduation dinner, Dr Chini gives David Wood ofPPI a plaque of
appreciation for their sponsorship of the banquet
they presented a slide show of past and present projects and their
support of the Rinker School. After the presentation, students
were presented with the following awards: Cristina Aguirre
and Matthew Enander were presented with the Academic
Excellence awards for having the highest GPAs, the Outstanding
Leadership Award went to Jason Levine. Cristina Aguirre was
also presented with the Best Overall Capstone Project. Following
the award presentations, graduating students were given the
chance to introduce their guests, share their favorite memories of
BCN and thank the faculty and staff for their assistance. Special
thanks to Charles Perry Construction and PPI Construction
Management for their sponsorship of the dinner.
On September 6, 2007 the Rinker School faculty and staff
welcomed new students with a reception held in the Charles J-
Perry Construction Yard. This was the first time the Perry Yard f"i,ioh
was used for this social event. The event gave incoming students
a chance to meet faculty and staff, and learn about the roles
each play in the School. Student clubs and competition teams
set up information tables so that students could sign up to get
involved and ask questions about the organizations. Clancy &
Theys Construction Co. sponsored the reception and showed a
presentation about their firm, familiarizing students about their
company and the opportunities they offer.
(left to right) Anthony Harmon, Phil Vargas, Pete
Pace and Holly Duke of Clancy and Theys
Graduate Student Social
On December 8, 2007 a graduate student social to celebrate the
end of the Fall 2007 semester was held at the Grog House. The
event sponsored by Stiles Corporation was a great success as
it was attended by over 70 graduate students. Thanks to Steve
Palmer, Tim Moore, Doug Wallace, Ian Schwartz, and Frank
Navia who represented the Stiles Corporation and talked about the
opportunities for graduate students to work with their company.
Steve Palmer of Stiles Corporation
talks at the graduate student social
Construction Management Team
After many long weeks of practice and several meetings with their
sponsors, Balfour Beatty, the Commercial Management Team
competed in the ASC/AGC regional competition. The competition
was held in late October in Jacksonville, Florida. The team came
to the competition very prepared with a winning attitude and a
solid game plan. The team consisted of 6 of Rinker's top students,
with four novice members and two team veterans. Eight teams
from the Southeast attended the competition, but the Gator team
was more than ready for the challenge.
The competition involved a highly complex hospital renovation,
including phased construction work, temporary entrances,
moving of central power units, and much more all while keeping
the hospital open for patients. The team's sponsor played a crucial
role in preparing the team for such a difficult job.
All of the team's hard work paid off, and the team returned to the
Rinker School with a second-place victory behind a very good
Auburn team by the narrowest of margins. After speaking with
the competition's sponsors, Brasfield & Gorrie, the team learned
that they were a hundredth of a point behind the winning team.
The team excelled in all aspects of the competition especially
preparation, estimating, scheduling, bid book preparation, as well
as the actual presentation and team cohesiveness. Even though the
Commercial Management Team is a fairly young team with four
J2's and two S 's, Eric Weiss and Jordan Keen, the team veterans,
did an excellent job leading the team to their 2nd place victory.
The team is happy to bring home a plaque as well as a $1000
check from Brasfield & Gorrie. The second-place finish is
testimony to the team's hard work and is considered as good as
first. Congratulations to Cassidy Resnick, Adam Panzarella, Eric
Weiss, Jordan Keen, Kevin Chupp and Scott Dennis; and a special
thanks to the team sponsor, Balfour Beatty Construction, for
their support, and the team faculty coach, Professor Cook. Go
(L to R) Scott Dennis, Eric Weiss, Kevin Chupp,
Samuel Keen, Professor Cook, Cassidy Resnick,
and Adam Panzarella
On November 2, 2007, the College of DCP Design-Build Team
captured the Region II ASC/AGC student competition title in
Jacksonville, Florida. The team consisted of Jason Roberts, Jesse
Belknap, Adrian Barrios, Thomas Manos from the Rinker School
and Alex Yoon, and Will Choi from the School of Architecture
and was coached by Dr. Doug Lucas. The team competed against
teams from Georgia Southern University, Clemson University,
Southern Polytechnic, University of North Florida and Auburn
University. The College team will be competing for the national
title in March of 2008 in Las Vegas, NV against the winners of
the other regions.
The regional competition consisted of delivering a written and
oral presentation for the design and construction of a new 75,000
sf nursing school and a ten year campus master plan for the
University of St. Augustine. The teams were judged by select
employees of the competition sponsor (The Stellar Group) along
with the founder and president of The University of St. Augustine.
The team was given 12 hours to complete the written proposal
after receiving the request for proposal. Addendums were
issued throughout the day, which added to the real life feel of
the competition. The oral presentations started 12 hours later
and included an intense question and answer period where the
teams were judged on creativity, constructability, and overall
presentation of the proposal. The team is presently starting
preparation for the national competition and looks forward to
bringing a national title back to the Swamp. Special thanks to
Haskell Company for sponsoring the UF Design-Build Team.
(L to R) Alex Yoo, Will Choi, Dr. Lucas, Jason Roberts,
Jesse Belknap, Adam Barrios, and Thomas Manos
Heavy Civil Team
The Rinker School and the University of Florida were represented
for only the second time in the Heavy / Civil Section of the
ASC/AGC Regional Competition in Jacksonville October 31 -
November 2. The team was sponsored by Nelson Construction
Co. of Palm Harbor and coached by Dr. Edward Minchin,
who worked in Florida's heavy / highway construction sector
for 14 years before entering academia in 1996. Jeff Nelson,
the company's Vice President, spent much time with the team
helping them get prepared for the competition. The team finished
third out of eight schools in the event. Clemson University has
participated in the Heavy / Civil competition for many years and
used their experience advantage to finish first.
The competition was the first activity associated with the new
Heavy / Highway track recently made available to Rinker School
students and the team will return four of six "starters" next year,
including the captain, Trey Swick.
Other team members were Cory Donoghue, Allen Smith, Chris
Carswell, Ryan Fisher, and Ryan Dehahn.
(L to R) Dr. Minchin, Ryan Dehahn, Cory
Donoghue, Allen Smith, Ryan Fisher, Trey Swick,
and Chris Carswell
Associated General Contractors
In an effort to promote a career in Pre-Construction Services,
members of the Professional Construction Estimators
Association Orlando Chapter offered their perspective by
discussing that career path with the J2's in Professor Cook's
Construction Contracts class (BCN 3700). In addition, along
with many other fine sponsors, the PCEA funded a hole at
the First Annual AGC/SLX golf Tournament. For a first time
event, the tournament was a huge success. Proceeds from the
tournament will go to supporting semester activities of both
student organizations. Scheduled around UF's homecoming
weekend, many players took advantage of the opportunity to get
in a round of golf and still enjoy many of the UF homecoming
events both campuswide and at the Rinker School. The Rinker
School looks forward to having the PCEA Orlando Chapter
return to Rinker Hall on a regular basis and the future success of
the AGC/SLX golf tournament.
Associated Builders and Contractors
The University of Florida's Associated Builders and Contractors
(ABC) and the Public Relations Student Society of America
(PRSSA) hosted their 1st annual joint Holiday Social on
December 5. The event was held to support the U.S. Marine
Corps Toys for Tots Drive, which provides Christmas presents
for underprivileged children. All attendees were asked to bring an
unwrapped toy to the event. The social was very successful with
approximately 200 students attending. Due to this success, ABC
and PRSSA are already looking to make this event happen again
The event netted almost 300 toys and $600 in donations to our
Gainesville Toys for Tots representatives. ABC and PRSSA would
like to thank our armed forces.
If you or your company would like to participate, please contact
(L to R) PCEA members Art Higginbotham, Rob Bauer,
Lisa Shields and Scott Naugler
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Thurmond, Jessica Fontaine, Eric Weiss,
SSgt. Eric Kirkman, Cpl. Dennis.
Germany and Australia Exchange Programs
Students came from not one but two continents this Fall to study at
the Rinker School. Four students from Germany and six students
from Australia met here in Gainesville to be Florida BCN Gators
for a semester.
Matthias Pauli, Bengt Elling, Anja Grothues and Nils Grote
came from Detmold, Germany's University of Applied Sciences
Lippe and Hoexter as part of the German/American Exchange
Program at BCN. Lured by the weather as well as BCN's excellent
reputation, the students said that they were very excited to come
to UF. According to Matthias, their fondest experience at UF was
the people, the weather and the electric game day atmosphere of
Gainesville. "They all cheer for the whole University, it's like a
family," Matthias said when talking about UF students. "It is very
different to see that when compared to our University which has
The students also enjoyed their classes, especially finance with
Kevin Grosskopf. All of the students plan to work in either project
management or object management back in Germany or across
Matthew Lucarelli, Nathan Hardy, Nick Ingleby, Dean Porter,
Freddy Heyclenrych and Brayden Kenny came from Curtin
University of Technology in Perth, Australia and Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Australia. A rowdy bunch,
the six friends absolutely loved their time at UF and even made
one of the most die hard Gator fan trips a road trip via RV to the
LSU football game.
Their time at BCN was not all fun and games however; the
students took classes such as estimating, scheduling and project
management. According to the students, a major difference
between their curriculum in Australia and the curriculum here
was the residential vs. commercial focus. "There definitely is a
major focus on commercial back home, rather than residential,"
Matthias said. "Here there is a more residential focus. We were
used to working with larger scale projects back home."
Both groups of students found ample time to travel across Florida
and the Southeast visiting cities such as New Orleans, Orlando,
Miami, Jacksonville and even the Bahamas. The students will
return home later in December. However, according to them their
memories of UF and BCN will last a lifetime.
(from L to R) Matthies Pauli, Bengt Elling, Nils
Grote, and Anja Grothues
Brayden Kenny, Nathan Hardy, Alexander Wightman,
Johann Heydenrych, and Matthew Lucarelli
The Powell Center for Construction & Environment has initiated
the reconstruction of the Cotton Club in southeast Gainesville,
thanks to a $350,000 grant from the State of Florida and another
$300,000 of fundraising. The project is led by Dr. Charles Kibert
and Donna Isaacs of the Powell Center under the direction of
the Board of Directors of the Cotton Club Museum and Cultural
Center, a non-profit organization overseeing the process.
Students and staff of the Powell Center directed the selection of
the architect and general contractor for the project with design
virtually completed and construction scheduled to start by
January 2008. The Cotton Club is an important cultural asset of
the African-American community in Gainesville, having started
its life as a PX building at Camp Blanding which was transported
to Gainesville just after World War II. It was renamed the Cotton
Club in the early 1950s and became part of the Chitlin' Circuit
where luminaries like B.B. King and James Brown played jazz,
the blues, and other popular music of the day. The Cotton Club's
restoration will result in a multi-use building, part museum, part
music venue, and part community meeting place. Several other
houses and buildings, including the former Perryman Grocery
Store, are located on the site and will be part of what is estimated
to be a $2 million restoration project.
Fluor Program for Construction Safety
The promotion of safety education in the Rinker School continues
to be a priority issue. A significant change is being made this
year in the course sequencing. Construction safety is now being
offered to the Junior II class. This change was made to ensure that
students had a strong preparation in safety when they undertook
their summer jobs prior to graduating. The safety class is also
changing with a greater inclusion of information on environmental
issues and with a greater use of the new Perry Yard to give hands-
on presentations to the classes. The safety classes continue to
get enhancements through the purchase of safety equipment and
supplies. The funds for these safety materials have been made
available through the generosity of Fluor Corporation.
Dr. Jimmie Hinze, along with Dr. Kevin Grosskopf, were
successful in getting research funding from OSHA to conduct
training on the Mitigation of Safety Risks Associated with Natural
Disaster Reconstruction. This one-year project will be focused
on training pertaining to the major risks associated with natural
disaster remediation work and will address the special needs of
workers with low-literacy skills in English.
Dr. Hinze is a founding member of the Construction Industry
Institute (CII) Safety Community of Practice whichwas established
to enlist the free flow of information among individuals interested
in safety. To date, approximately 45 individuals have joined this
group. Jack Flannery of ConocoPhillips is the Chair of this group
and Dr. Hinze serves as the Administrator. This group meets on a
monthly basis whether in person or via teleconference calls.
2008 Witters Competition
The 2008 Witters'Competition will focus on the design,
construction, andplanningforpost-disasterhousing reconstruction.
While numerous possibilities exist for temporary solutions
for post-disaster housing, it is the intent of this competition to
stimulate ideas for a type of housing that not only satisfies the
temporary needs for individual shelter, but allows for self-
sustaining homes and communities with the potential for future
growth and development.
The Witters Competition is a juried competition, held annually
in the Spring Semester, to promote a collaborative approach
among students and faculty within the design and construction
professions. It is sponsored by an endowment created through
the generosity of Col. Art and Bev Witters who wished to foster
interdisciplinary communication and provide a financial award
to the multi-disciplinary student team that generates the winning
solution to a project problem.
The 2008 Witters Competition will provide preliminary design
and team-building opportunities for the University of Florida's
anticipated participation in the United States Department of
Energy's Solar Decathlon competition. The Solar Decathlon is
a biennial international collegiate competition sponsored by the
Department of Energy in which student teams compete to design,
build, and operate highly energy-efficient, completely off-grid
houses that develop and incorporate innovative solar energy
Rinker Field Trip
The 2007 Rinker Materials field trip to the Miami area this
past fall included a visit to a cement plant, a mining operation,
and a construction site where concrete was the primary
construction material. The trip is generously sponsored by
Rinker Materials, and offers students a unique opportunity to
see the concrete process from raw materials to construction.
The field trip began the afternoon of October 18, when students
and faculty boarded a charter bus outside Rinker Hall. After an
early breakfast at the hotel, the group was escorted to a cement
plant, where students learned about cement manufacturing.
The trip to the top of one of the kiln towers offered a
spectacular overview of the plant facility and surrounding area.
Back on the bus, they headed for the FEC Quarry, where raw
materials and aggregate are mined. The quarry is an impressive
facility, with large-scale mining operations and a computerized
ordering system that uses radio frequency identification (RFID)
tags for insuring that the proper materials are loaded into the
correct trucks. After lunch at the quarry, we headed for the beach.
Well, almost. The next stop was a construction site on Miami
Beach: a 50-floor condominium tower under construction (general
contractor, Coscan Construction) that will use a total of about
65,000 cubic yards of concrete when completed. Our tour was
comprehensive, bottom to top, which at that point was the 34th
floor, where rebar placement for the next pour was underway.
After the tour ended, it was time to board the bus and head back
home to Gainesville, where we arrived the evening of October 19.
They learned a great deal on the trip, and students and
faculty would like to thank everyone involved for making
the opportunity possible, with special thanks to Rinker
Materials for financially and logistically supporting the trip.
BCN Alumni in Higher Education
Starting in the Fall 2006, Orange & Blueprints has highlighted accomplishments made by our graduates in higher education. In this is-
sue, we are highlighting Dr. Richard Smailes. 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.
Richard L. (Rick) Smailes is a Gator to
the core. He received his BBC ('76)
MBC ('77) and Ph.D. (2000) all in the
Rinker School of Building Construction.
Upon graduation in 1977, Dr. Smailes
spent the first few years of his career as
a cost/schedule engineer with the J.A.
Jones Construction Company building a
community in Saudi Arabia. Upon his
return stateside, he continued to work for
Jones as a project controls supervisor in
their power plant construction division.
During most of the 1980's Dr. Smailes served as Director of
Consulting Services for Project Software and Development of
Cambridge, MA, specializing in implementing large-scale cost/
schedule control systems in the nuclear power plant construction
field as well as aerospace/defense contractors involved with the
Strategic Defense Initiative. He later became Vice-President of
Operations of Project Management Services in Atlanta, a firm
specializing in providing construction management and owners'
rep services to Fortune 500 companies.
In 1997, Dr. Smailes returned to UF-BCN to pursue his Ph.D.
Shortly thereafter, Dr. Smailes joined the faculty at the Rinker
School where he has taught Project Management, Roofing,
Planning and Scheduling, and Capstone. His research is primarily
in the field of ancient construction and archaeology. He has been
an on-air contributor to the National Geographic Series 'Naked
Science,' is the faculty advisor for the Residential team, and was
awarded the 2007 College of Design, Construction and Planning's
Teacher of the Year award.
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BCN IN THE NEWS
On January 4, 2008, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning
Engineers (ASHRAE) awarded Rinker Hall with one of its highest honors for high
performance buildings. ASHRAE recognized Rinker Hall for achieving energy performance
through superior design, not elevated costs. Even with its sustainable features, Rinker Hall
cost the same to build as a conventional building. One unique sustainable feature is the
north-south building orientation. It was determined that the electrical lighting savings and
productivity enhancements of the north-south orientation outweighed the thermal advantage
of the conventional east-west orientation. Rinker Hall is featured in the ASHRAE quarterly
magazine which is distributed to building owners, facility managers, architects, contractors
and engineers, to help decision makers in the building community learn about the benefits
of innovative technologies and energy-efficient design and operation. ASHRAE is doing
this with case studies of exemplary buildings, developed through the support of leading
practitioners in the sustainability movement.
Jim Kalemeris of Kalemeris Construction and his daughter
Cece Valdez have hit a milestone this year with more than 1,000
buildings built since 1959, and were awarded Outstanding Builder
of the Year by the AIA.
Gene Hoaster is selling real estate on St. Simon's Isle in Georgia.
He recently celebrated the births of his two new grandchildren
Reba and Jacob.
William Rochat is the construction manager for Centex
Destination Properties. He is working on an $185M condo project
in Ko Olina, Oahu, Hawaii.
David King joined his father and brother in developing mountain
property in northwestern North Carolina. He is also an avid runner
who has competed in iron man marathons across the U.S.
David Smith, having worked his way up from estimator and project
manager to president and owner of R.C. Stevens Construction;
sold the company to his vice president in June of 2007.
A. Miles Albertson is the Associate Director of the Facilities
Planning and Construction Division at the University of Florida.
He is also a past president and current director of the Construction
Owners Association of America.
Tim Ackert joined the City of Orlando as its Program Manager
for the Venue Program. As a result, he and his wife have returned
to Orlando where they were married 34 years ago.
HenryAngelo has been inbusiness with his firm, H.A. Contracting
Corp, working in the public sector for the past 24 years.
Daniel Stack did a year of volunteer work with the Jesuit Volunteer
Corp in Spokane, WA after receiving his degree. That experience
led him to five years of seminary, after which he was ordained as a
Catholic priest, a position he has held for the past 25 years.
Earle Cooper recently completed the buy out of Hawkins
Construction, Inc. which has been in business for over 32 years.
He and his wife Dawn recently celebrated their 25th wedding
anniversary and are heavily involved in fund raising.
Jim Rodger is enjoying his retirement; doing consulting work
with a firm in South Florida, fishing and playing golf.
Bill Burkhart is the Land Development Manager for Maronda
Homes, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida.
Dave Senko lives in Houston, Texas with his wife of 24 years,
Bette. He is the Director of Operations for the Global Services
business unit of Fluor Enterprises, Inc. His three daughters are all
attending the University of Oklahoma.
Jon M. Wainwright is the Vice President of Development with
Woolbright Development, the largest privately held shopping
center developer in Florida, based in Boca Raton.
Kerry Gates has been a computer consultant since 1996, first at
KPMG and now at AT&T. His daughter Alix is a freshman at UF,
majoring in music and biology and performing as a cellist in the
David Bockian is the Vice President of T.W. Frierson Contractor,
managing Sales, Pre-Construction and Marketing. He was recently
involved in the development of Freedom Pointe, a $75 million
250-unit retirement community in The Villages, Florida.
Laurie (Grundy) Jaworski recently joined the St. Petersburg,
Florida firm Benson Worley Architecture Studio Inc. as
Construction Administrator. She lives in St. Petersburg with her
husband and six-year-old daughter.
Shawn A. Casey is the president of S.A. Casey Construction, Inc.
and is the owner of two bars (Wing Shack and Wing Shack II) and
a restaurant (Mary Frances Foods) in Orlando, Florida.
Todd Andrew is building a new house in Winter Park, Florida
to share with his wife and three children. His commercial
construction company's sales are up 80% this year.
Allison A Curtis is a LEED AP and got married this year.
Bryan Capps has started his own construction law firm in
Orlando, Florida called The Construction Law Firm. The firm
recently celebrated their third anniversary.
Allen Troshinsky is a Construction Executive with M.A.
Mortenson Company. He and his family will soon be relocating
to Louisville in preparation for the construction of the Cardinal's
new 22,000 seat basketball arena.
Kashy Hubbell recently accepted a position with a company in
Kauai, Hawaii building a resort.
Bill Icely is the president of Icely Inc, a commercial Developer
and Design/Build Contractor based in Sarasota, Florida.
Brett Atkinson is in South Florida, acting as a Vice President/
Project Executive for Moss and Associates, overseeing several
marquee commercial projects. In March his family expanded to
include a new baby girl in addition to his two boys.
Bill Nassal, along with his business partner and fellow BCN
alumnus Matt Brown (The Nassal Company) have recently been
awarded a large project with Universal Studios as part of their
Gina Sierra-Townsend is working in her family business, Sierra
Construction, in Tampa, Florida. She was married last July to John
Townsend and the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter,
Giovanna Elise this July.
Wendy (Bythway) Pontefract has been chosen as the lead
HSE Manager for Fluor Corporation's Tornado/HELB project at
Oconee Nuclear Station in Seneca, North Carolina. She and her
husband Richard have two sons: Matthew and Nathan.
Carlina (Terrana) Womeldorph's youngest son Lincoln has just
celebrated his first birthday after being diagnosed with pediatric
cancer. (Our thoughts and prayers for a long and healthy life for
Lincoln go out to the family.)
Ty G. Thompson, Esq was recently named shareholder in his law
firm, Mills Paskert PA. which practices construction litigation
throughout Florida. Florida Trend Magazine listed him as an
Up and Comer among lawyers under 40.
Rob Wubbenhorst is working in Supply Management for the
Dow Chemical Company. He is also a an adjunct Professor
at the University of Houston in the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering. He, his wife Leslie and their twin
daughters Mia and Kate live in Houston.
Brian Natwick is a real estate developer with Crescent Resources,
LLC in Charlotte NC. He and his wife Holly have two children:
Caroline, age 4 and Connor age 2.
Michelle Forte Young recently formed Forte Young, Inc., a full
service commercial construction company based in Orlando. Her
projects include both public and private sectors.
Randall Dragon just completed a 36 story high-rise residential
condo development in Charlotte, NC. He and his wife Yvonne
also welcomed their first child this year.
Alison Reynolds is currently a Project Manager with Turner
Construction Company and recently completed the $47M Hall
County Jail in Gainesville, GA.
Kyle Abney was elected to the Florida Green Building Coalition's
Board of Directors and was a founding member of several green
building organizations in the Treasure Coast area. In this past
year he passed the state contractor's exam and also got married.
Antoine Faddoul had an art exhibition in New York at SUNY
with three other artists.
Jose Iturraspe is working with Pulte Homes. He has worked
at six projects in two divisions on multiple types of residential
structures. He is currently living in Sarasota, Florida.
Lucas Morris and his wife Jamie welcomed their first child,
Landon John Morris on July 31, 2007.
Ashlea Offutt earned her Building Contractor's License and
is employed by Stiles Construction Co. as a Preconstruction
Manager. She is currently living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Jason Paiva is currently working as an assistant project manager
in Saint Petersburg, Florida for Brasfield & Gorrie onsite at All
Children's Hospital's central energy plant.
Jay Fraser is working for Whiting-Turner.
Brett J. Gelsomino received his Master of Science in Real
Estate degree in 2007 and secured his GC license incorporating
Gelsomino Contracting. He is now working as the Investment
Analyst for a multi-family developer in Central Florida.
Update Your Contact Information
If you have recently graduated or 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
Class Reunion Announcement
If you graduated from the 1983 BCN class during the spring and fall, there will be a class reunion on Homecoming weekend, October
25th. A banquet/ social event is scheduled for October 24th and a BBQ at the Rinker School will be held before the game on the 25th.
For more information, please contact Jeff E. Charlotte at firstname.lastname@example.org or David Schmit at email@example.com. A
letter will be mailed out to all 1983 spring and fall graduates, with further details on the reunion.
Attention Members of SAX:
EAX Society of Leaders in Construction
In the spirit of fostering a network between all members of ZAX, we are looking to update contact information from all members. We
hope to use this information in an effort to inform alumni and current members of upcoming events throughout the year, such as the
XAX golf tournament, UF Homecoming tailgate, and community service projects, just to name a few.
To participate we ask all alumni and current members to provide their name, current email address and semester in which they
graduated. Please send all information to Eric Weiss, President of XAX (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Will Murphy (email@example.com).
Faculty Search Announcement
The University of Florida's M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction invites applications for the tenure-track Charles R.
Perry Assistant Professorposition beginning Fall 2008. The Rinker
School currently has 22 full-time faculty members, and offers an
ACCE-accredited Bachelor of Science degree, as well as Master's
and Ph.D. degree programs. There are approximately 260 upper-
division undergraduates, 100 MS students, and 25 P.h.D. students
currently enrolled in the School. The Rinker School is housed
in a new 47,000 square foot state-of-the-art LEED Gold certified
Applicants must have an earned doctorate in a construction-related
field with expertise in construction materials and methods. It is
anticipated that this individual will develop a research program to
address the current and anticipated need for skilled crafts people
in the construction industry. Preferred credentials include at least
five years of construction industry experience, university-level
teaching experience in construction materials and methods, and
appropriate licensure and professional registration.
The successful candidate will take a lead role in the Charles R.
Perry Program for Crafts Awareness housed in the Perry Yard.
The Perry Yard is a new 2600 ft. facility for hands-on education
of students on the work of specialty contractors, master crafts
and trades people to prepare them to work effectively with the
The salary and benefits package for the position are very
competitive, and includes a performance-based new faculty
development package with summer support. The Rinker School
also has endowment funds targeted towards helping faculty
entering new areas of research.
The University of Florida is designated as a Research University I
institution. Successful faculty candidates are expected to develop
funded research programs, publish in professional journals,
supervise graduate student research, teach undergraduate and/
or graduate courses, and provide service to the University, the
community, and the profession.
Applications must include a letter of interest, a resume, a 2 to
3 page statement of teaching and research interests explaining
how the applicant will contribute to the program, and the names,
addresses and telephone numbers of three references. The
application package should be addressed to Paul Oppenheim,
Search Committee Chair and emailed to Sarah Wichterman at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions can be directed to Paul Oppenheim
at 352-273-1157. Review of applications will begin March
3, 2008, and will continue until a suitable applicant pool has
been identified. The selection process will be conducted under
provisions of Florida's "Government in Sunshine" and public
record laws. The University of Florida is an equal opportunity
institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive
faculty and staff. We highly encourage applications from women,
minorities, and persons with disabilities.
Further information is available at http://www.ufl.edu, and http://
To all who donated to the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction General Fund (8/01/07-12/31/07)
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William H. Squires
Burton K. Jordan
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John L. Cogdill, Jr.
Donald H. Conkling III
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Robert P. Angle
William M. Crews, Jr.
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William J. Taylor
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Gary L. Keene
Donald L. Savage
Hans E. Seffer
James T Klecker
Patrick J. Walsh
Harry P. Ackerman
Perry A. Diamond
Robert E. Dorgan
David L. Gerhart
Leonard A. Geronemus
Drew A. Gilbert
Gary R. Kelley
Lawrence S. Northup
Darrell L. Smith
Richard E. Turk
Stephen R. Cissel
A. C. Huber, Jr.
James M. Owenby
Erickson H. Palmer
Bruce A. Gude
Kim T. Haynes
John K. Lemen
Barry P Bullard
Jonathan B. Kurtis
David J. Lukomski
Malcolm F. McFarland
Roger D. Rehfeldt
Perry L. Pearman
Charles L. Bicht
William A. Burkhart
Gary D. Cook
Ross E. Kirk
George W. McGonagill
Sheila G. Pearman
Dennis M. Suarez
Brady L. Binde
Mark L. Greenfield
Dale R. Hedrick
Francis J. Hoffman, Jr.
William H. Huang
James T Lang, Jr.
Michael L. Large
Robert M. Paterson
David E. Wagner
John D. Zukley
Charles A. Breidenbach
David B. Dunnavant
Paul S. Goodwin
Neil L Hammack
Col. Darrall R. Henderson
Robert A. Isaac, Jr.
Gregory P Kniseley
Robert W. Lipscomb
Keith E. Mays
Scott B. Siemens
Jon E. Tori
Randy S. Tyo
Robert C. Baldwin III
Joffre T Boston
David R. Johnson
Samuel R. Sharpe, Jr.
Mark C. Shaughnessy
Gregory L. Stepp
Dean A. Thomas
Matthew R. Craig
Allen P Davis
Timothy D. Dealing
Christopher C. Lutton
Michael S. Santarone
David J. Schmit
David M. Shearer
Daniel J. Waters
Kenneth L. Anson, Jr.
Scott P. Groomes
Nicholas D. Shelow
James R. Suddeth
Paul C. Batt
David C. Bengston
William P. Byme
James R. Crowe, Jr.
David J. Cyr
Charles A. Congdon, Jr.
Robert T Lauramoore
Kevin G. McMichael
John W. Olson
Marko L. Brakovich
Amy L. Davis
Robert O. Ghiotto
William D. Goreschak
Tanya E. Marsh
Sheli A. Romer
Jeffrey G. Zoller
Gerard J. Fleis
Alan J. Fredrickson
John W. Hager
Eduardo J. Quant
Bryan M. Sanetz
Lisa J. Stacholy
William G. Wright
Conroy S. C. Anderson
James B. Clark
Michael T. Hoyt
Eero H. Maki
Todd A. Russell
Wayne E. Wadsworth
Douglas W. Wilcox II
Richard C. Carbone
James C. Flayler
Kelly G. Frye
Faisai D. Halum
David M. Rotenberger III
Allen G. S. Troshinsky
Brent A. Watson
Ronald J. Whalen, Jr.
Jonathan A. Auerbach
George De Cardenas
Geoff T. Goetz
Alexandra O. Johnson
Geoffrey E. Smith
Luke A. Staley
Christopher R. Steller
Kurt A. Ewoldt
John E. Gessner
Bryan S. Botic
Christopher M. Garito
Robert L. Maphis III
Suzanne S. Maphis
Anne M. Burtchell-Cowan
C. Bradley Cochran
David B. Hall
Michael C. Huskey
Michael J. Yepes
Anthony W. Della-Porta
Russel B. Hicks
Charles M. Chesser
Robert F. Baptist
Jeffrey W. Godman
Steven C. Higgs
Anthony W. Ingrassia
Marko M. Milich
Brian J. Natwick
Christian L. Pouncey
David C. Brady
Frank B. Cava
James E. Lloyd
Jeffrey L. Slade
William G. Wright
Michael P. Bourre
Manuel D. Gonzalez
Matthew G. Higgins
Thomas A. Moss
Stanley Timmins III
Charles L. Wegner
Ray A. Cooper
Matthew L. Hendry
Scott R. Milke, Jr.
Antonio Monteiro A. Romero
C. Paul Brannon
Michael D. Maira
Matthew C. Hoglund
Jeffrey R. King
Evan M Reiss
Matthew H. Butler
Steven M. Duffy
Scott D. Ladd
Eric E. Sweet
Christopher G. Zutes
Cheryl G. Hecky
Chandra E. Hodoval
Frank D. Allison
Patricia A. Barrit
Christianah I. Falade
Paul C. Gibbs
Douglas S. Jaworski
C. Frasuer Knight, A.I.A
Martha S. Knight
Beth A. McDougal
Alicia C. Smith
Rick Z. Smith
Joyce M. Weiss
Michael H. Weiss
A2 Group, Inc.
Able Body Labor
AGC of Greater Florida
Ahrens Enterprises, Inc.
Ajax Building Corp.
American Site and Utilities
Amicon Development Group
ARCO Design/Build Const.
Balfour Beatty Construction
Barry Rutenburg & Assoc.
Barth Construction, Inc.
BBI Construction Mgmt.
Bollenback Builders, Inc.
Boran Craig Barber Engel
Brandon Construction Co.
Brasfield and Gorrie
Burkhardt Construction, Inc.
Butler Construction Co., Inc.
Charles Perry Construction
Clancy & Theys Construction
Coastal Construction Co.
Coastal Mechanical Services
Compass USA Ltd.
D. F McKnight Construction
D. Garret Construction, Inc.
Diaz Fritz Isabel General
G. E. Johnson Construction
Goff Construction, Inc.
The Hagedom Group LLC
Hager Construction Company
Halliburton Foundation, Inc.
Hawkins Construction, Inc.
Henkelman Construction, Inc.
Holliday Group of Sarasota,
J. E. Charlotte Construction
J. F Smith Building Contr.
James B. Pirtle Construction
James A. Cummings, Inc.
KVC Constructors, Inc.
Leiby Steams and Roberts
Longview Construction, Inc.
M. J. Harris, Inc.
M. M. Parrish Construction
Matthews Constr. of Tampa
McCrory Construction Co.
McIntyre, Elwell, &
MDI Construction LLC
Miller Family Charitable
Mitch Burley Construction,
Moss and Associates
Newmans Heating and Air
Peter R. Brown Construction
Pooley Contracting, Inc.
PPI Construction Mgmt.
R. A. Piccalo, Inc.
R. R. Simmons Construction
RCL Development, Inc.
The Reinhold Family
Richard K. Davis Constr.
Sands Construction Co., Inc.
Sea Hag Marina, Inc.
Sperry & Associates, Inc.
Springer-Peterson Roofing &
Summit Construction Mgrs.
Suncoast Autobuilders, Inc.
TGSV Enterprises, Inc.
Trigram General Contractors
Trovillion & Daugherty, Inc.
Turner Construction & Dev.
The Weitz Company, Inc.
Dr. Abdol Chini presented a paper at the First International
Conference on Recent Advances in Concrete Technology (rac07),
which was held, 19-21 September 2007 in the Washington, DC
area at the Sheraton in Crystal City, Virginia. The paper was
titled: "Detection of Microcracks in Concrete Cured at Elevated
Temperature." He also co-authored another paper titled,
"Adiabatic Temperature Rise of Mass Concrete inFlorida" that was
presented by Arash Parham (MSBC, 2004) of Clark Foundations
in Bethesda, Maryland. This paper received one of the conference
outstanding paper awards. As the International Co-coordinator
of the CIB Working Commission on Construction Materials
Stewardship (W115), Dr. Chini attended the first annual meeting
of W115 that was held in conjunction with Sustainable Building
2007 (SB07) conference in Lisbon, Portugal, 11-14 September
2007. He served as a member of the scientific committee for SB07,
chaired a session on Design for Sustainability, and presented a
paper titled, "General Issues of Construction Materials Recycling
in the United States."
Dr. Ian Flood was appointed
coordinator of the Ph.D. program
for the Rinker School. He will be
responsible for developing a request to
offer a doctoral degree in Construction
Management, submitting the request
to University officials and following
its approval process, establishing the
policy and procedures for the Ph.D.
in Construction Management and
developing a marketing strategy for recruiting high caliber Ph.D.
Sustainable Buildings 2007 (SB07)
Dr. Charles Kibert was invited to be a
keynote speaker at Sustainable Buildings
2007 (SB07) held in Lisbon, September
2007 where he gave a presentation,
"Beyond Green: Revisiting Ecological
Design." SB07 Portugal was one of
several meetings held every three years as
a prelude to the major international green
building conference, Sustainable Building 2008 (SB08), which
will be held in Melbourne, Australia in September 2008. Green
building is exploding in importance around the world, including in
the U.S. An international organization, the International Institute
for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE), is the organizer of
these conferences and serves as a clearing house for research
on green building issues (http://www.iisbe.org). SB07 was
attended by 250 people from about 20 countries and helped build
Green Building Conference and Exhibition. Pretoria South
The country of South Africa is launching a major green building
initiative and as part of its Green Building Conference and
Exhibition, held in Pretoria, South Africa, November 8-10, 2007,
they invitedDr. Charles Kibertto be the keynote speaker. Dr. Kibert
spoke on "The Global Climate Change Crisis: Imperatives and
Responsibilities for the Construction Industry." The conference
was attended by 350 participants from industry and government
and had a major exhibition of green building products available
in South Africa. Dr. Kibert has made four trips to South Africa
and was one of the speakers at the First South African Green
Building Conference held in Capetown in 1998 as well as the
first exhibition of green buildings in South Africa in 2000 when
he opened the exhibition as the keynote speaker. During the most
recent trip he visited the settlements of Soweto and Alexandria to
assist the private sector in assessing the potential for initiating an
effort to green the housing stock of these areas.
Dr. Edward Minchin has been named
to the Regional Disputes Review Board
(DRB) for the State of Florida. The Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT)
.* website describes the DRB as "a panel of
three experienced, respected, and impartial
reviewers appointed by FDOT and the
(FTBA). In case of a conFloridaict
between FDOT and a contractor working
on a transportation construction project in Florida, DRB members
are provided with the contract documents and become familiar
with the project procedures and the participants. Members
are kept abreast of job progress and developments and meet
with owner and contractor representatives during regular site
visits to encourages the resolution of disputes at the job level."
The DRB process helps the parties head off problems before they
escalate into majordisputes. Ifthe parties are notable to resolve their
differences, the DRB conducts hearings and rules on entitlement,
cause/effect, and quantum. DRB decisions are not binding, but
the judgments of the panel are usually accepted by the parties. Dr.
Minchin was appointed as Assistant Chair for a one-year term.
Dr. Esther Obonyo presented a paper
at the International ASCE Workshop for
Computing in Civil Engineering held
in Pittsburgh, July 24 25, 2007. In
August she took part in the Temperatre
Forest Foundation Teachers Tour in the
Adirondacks, northern New York. She
presented a paper as an invited speaker
at the Collaborative Human Futures
Workshop in Hong Kong in November.
Dr Obonyo was awarded an Environmental Leadership
Fellowhsip worth $15,000. She also secured a grant for $8000
from Jobsite 123.
Dr. Paul Oppenheim presented a
paper titled "Value-Engineering
Using Linear Programming:
Optimizing Indoor Air Quality" at
the Construction and Management
Engineering Conference in
Reading, England during July
,a l' t0 2007. The paper was written by
-Bilge Celik, Kevin Grosskopf, Paul
Oppenheim, and Charles Kibert.
Dr. Robert Ries gave two presentations at
the 28th annual meeting of the Society of
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
(SETAC) North America, held from
Nov. 11-15 in Milwaukee, Wisc. The
papers were: "Life Cycle Assessment as
a Decision Tool: Case Studies in Green
Building Design and Construction" and
"IncorporatingSpatial and Temporal
Resolution in Impact Assessment of
Tropospheric Ozone in the Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings."
At this meeting, Ries also was elected as Chair of SETAC's North
American Life Cycle Assessment Advisory Committee, of which
he has been a member since 2001. He also was nominated to the
Program Committee for the 29th annual meeting, to be held in
Orlando inNovember 2008. SETAC is an international professional
society in environmental science, technology, and management.
Chuck Smeby was appointed coordinator
of the Fire and Emergency Services
program. His role is to improve the quality
of the program and increase its enrollment.
This includes, course content, continuity
among courses, marketing of the program
Sand recruitment and retention of students,
identification and nomination of qualified
instructors and overall program updates and
revisions through continuous assessment of
an industry advisory council and student surveys.
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf was selected to receive
the Teaching Excellence Award. This award
is given to a faculty who provides the highest
level of "Excellence in Teaching" during the
graduating seniors studies in Rinker School.
Dr. Grosskopf teaches courses in estimating
The Rinker School would like to
welcome a new employee to the team.
Donald Allex was hired as the School's
4 lab technician. He will teach, supervise
and assist students in the safe and proper
operation of machine tools and material
testing equipment in the School's labs.
He will also run the testing lab for the
Soils and Concrete class taught by
Dr. Muszynski and maintain the Perry
Construciton Yard. Donnie is from Stuart, Florida. He attended
the Mechanical Engineering program at Georgia Tech for four
years. He plans on completing the last year's worth of work
for the Mechanical Engineering Degree at UF. To be better
prepared for this job, Donnie attended a workshop in Orlando
in December to become ACI certified as a Concrete Laboratory
It is always a pleasure to celebrate when
one of our own has a great success, but
when it means that person is going to
need to leave "home" to pursue that
opportunity, our joy for our colleague
can be tinged with regrets for our loss.
Marcia Bourdon is that success story.
She accepted the wonderful opportunity
to serve as Assistant Vice President for
Development at the Florida State University College of Medicine
We know that FSU will definitely be better off with a "Gator"
in that responsible position. Marcia's tireless and dedicated
advocacy for the College and Rinker School is something all of us
know and appreciate. She has worked diligently and successfully
over the past years and her efforts will undoubtedly continue to
bear fruit well into the future. We congratulate Marcia for a well
deserved new opportunity and extend to her a heartfelt thanks for
all that she has done in support of the Rinker School.
The Rinker School would like to send
a fond farewell to Stacey Rosenberg.
Stacey has been with the School for
four years and has become part of the
BCN family. She was responsible for
coordinating the Graduation Receptions,
Welcome Receptions, Homecoming
BBQs and the editing and publishing of
the Orange andBlueprints. Whilejuggling
all these responsibilities she found time to
answer the phones, assist the professors and students, and keep
the office running. She and her fiance have relocated to Atlanta,
Georgia. We will miss Stacey and all that she did for our office.
BCN wishes her the best of luck in Atlanta and knows that she
will always be a Gator at heart.
Caught on Camera
Enthusiastic BCN students in class
The Rinker School at the Homecoming Parade
Student using pneumatic tool
during a demonstration
Students using electric screw
guns during a demonstration
Students assembling pvc piping in a lab
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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 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 Rinker School and its students:
Available Event Sponsorships
Graduate Student Reception
LEED Competition Team
Future Event Sponsors
Welcome Reception (Spring 2008)
Graduation Dinner (Spring 2008)
LEED Team (Spring 2008)
Grad Student Reception (Spring 2008)
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2008)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2008)
Homecoming Bar-B-Que (Fall 2008)
Graduation Dinner (Fall 2008)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2009)
LEED Team (Spring 2009)
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2009)
Graduation Dinner (Spring 2009)
Welcome Reception (Fall 2009)
Homecoming Bar-B-Que (Fall 2009)
Welcome Reception (Spring 2010)
LEED Team (Spring 2010)
Homecoming BBQ (Fall 2010)
Homecoming BBQ (Fall 2011)
The Weitz Company
Charles Perry Const/PPI
Robins & Morton
Kitchen Art of S. Florida
James A. Cummings
Brasfield and Gorrie
Brasfield and Gorrie
James A. Cummings
Past Event Sponsors
Special thanks to our past event sponsors.
Rinker School Event Name / Sponsor
Commercial Team (1998 present) Balfour Beatty
Design-Build Team (2002-present) Haskell Company
Plaques and Trophies (2003) Charles Perry Const.
Heavy/Civil Team (2006-2007) Nelson Construction
2003- London Bay Homes
2004- Centex Homes
2005- BCBE Construction
2006- BCBE Construction
2007- Mercedes Homes
Fall 1999- Beck Group
Fall 2000- Brasfield & Gorrie
Spring 2001- Hensel Phelps
Fall 2003- Current Builders
Spring 2004- Rinker Materials
Fall 2004- James A. Cummings
Spring 2006- Clark Construction Group
Fall 2006- WCI Communities
Spring 2007- Hunt Construction Group
Fall 2007- Charles Perry/ PPI
Spring 2006- James A. Cummings
Fall 2006- Clancy & Theys
Spring 2007- Holder Construction
Fall 2007- Clancy & Theys
2004- Brasfield & Gorrie
2005- Burkhardt Const.
2006- Holder Construction
2007-Angle & Schmid
Fall 2001- Hardin Construction
Spring 2002- Hardin Construction
Fall 2002- Hardin/ Prof. Gunby
Fall 2003- James A. Cummings
Spring 2004- James A. Cummings
Fall 2004-Hardin Construction
Spring 2005- Stiles Corporation
Fall 2005- James A. Cummings
Spring 2006- Hardin Construction
Fall 2006-Stiles Corporation
Spring 2007- J. Raymond Const.
Fall 2007-James A. Cummings
Spring 2008 GerdauAmeriSteel
Graduate Student Reception
Fall 2000- Ajax Construction
Fall 2005- Turner Construction
Fall 2007- Stiles Corporation
If you need additional information, please contact Dr. Abdol Chini (email@example.com).
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In June 2007 the Rinker School launched an initiative to meet
the demand of construction industry for training to become
LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) for the purpose of
qualifying to manage the LEED building rating system of the
U.S. Green Building Council. The team was organized by Dr.
Charles Kibert and puts on a combination of scheduled an on-site
courses for individuals and companies in Florida. The success
rate for passing the LEED-AP exam is reputedly fairly low due
in large part to the difficulty and closed book nature of the exam.
Using a innovative combination of pre-course, during course, and
post-course assignments, lectures, and testing, the Rinker School
provides industry professionals with greatly improved prospects
for success in taking the exam.
The two day course provides continuing education credit
for contractors, architects, professional engineers, and
landscape architects. Registration information can be found at
http://www.treeo.ufl.edu/LEED Study materials and a support
website for the LEED-AP exam can be found at the Powell
Center for Construction and Environment website at http://www.
cce.ufl.edu/LEED/index.asp. Companies considering an on-site
course can contact Laurel Brown at 352-392-9570 ext. 231 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The following is the schedule of on-site
LEED courses in 2008:
Jan. 24-25, 2008 Miami, Feb. 13-14, 2008 Tampa, Feb. 21-22,
2008 Orlando, Mar. 20-21, 2008 Cocoa Beach, Apr. 16-17, 2008,
Fort Walton Beach, May 15-16, 2008 Tallahassee, June 19-20,
14th Rinker International
The Rinker School with host the 14th Rinker International
Conference this March in Gainesville with the theme E\ oluIon
of and Directions in Construction Safety and Health." This
conference is being held under the auspices of the Working
Commission on Safety and Health on Construction Sites
(W99). The chair of the conference is Dr. Jimmie Hinze, who
also serves as the International Coordinator for W99. The
Working Commission on Safety and Health on Construction
Sites was founded in 1995, and it has held a conference each
year. Practitioners and researchers from developed, developing
and underdeveloped nations with an interest in the successful
implementation of programs and practices to address construction
safety and health are invited to attend. Sponsors of the conference
include Fluor Corporation, Bechtel Corporation, Southern
Company, Bovis Lend Lease and ConocoPhillips. For more
information, refer to the conference website at http://jamesmarini.
The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction is honored to have an activeAdvisory Council whose members, both individual and corporate,
serve as an important source of advice and support for the School. Advisory Council is an opportunity for you and your company to form a strong
liaison with the School. In this way, we can be assured that our program is current and meets the ever-changing needs of the construction industry.
We hope you will consider becoming a member of the Advisory Council for the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction.
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