M.E RNES. SCOO OF BULDN CONSRUCTON
A Message From ...
Dr. Christopher Silver, Dean
We are back from a much needed
holiday break, and with a great
deal of unfinished, but exciting,
business to attend to in the Col-
lege. We have launched internally
a new Web site that will soon be
available to the outside world once
the finishing touches have been ap-
plied. We hope you'll like the new
look, but more importantly, we
hope it will give you easier access
to the rich array of our programs,
activities and accomplishments.
One of our College's most ambitious new undertakings is par-
ticipation in the Solar Decathlon Europe, an initiative head-
ed by the Rinker School's Dr. Robert Ries but also including
building construction professors Dr. James Sullivan and Dr.
Russell Walters, architecture professors Mark McGlothlin,
Ruth Ron and Bradley Walters, interior design professor Mar-
uja Torres and doctoral student Dereck Winning. This proj-
ect will engage students from all of our disciplines, as well as
some from other UF colleges, to design, build and operate a
marketable dwelling which can function off the power grid.
And then, somehow, we need to get that product to Madrid,
Spain, by summer 2010 to participate in the competition.
We'll keep you posted about our progress on our Web site.
Even with the ongoing fiscal challenges we face here in
Gainesville, we are still seeking to strengthen our education-
al offerings. With funding provided by the Provost's office,
we are recruiting a new faculty member to teach in our ever
popular sustainability course, and to support our new Bach-
elor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment.
This complements the existing graduate-level concentrations
in sustainable construction, sustainable architecture and sus-
tainable design. In addition, DCP faculty are working through
a campus committee to develop a graduate concentration
in sustainability that is likely to be housed in our College.
Finally, it is worth mentioning that we are developing new inter-
national opportunities for our students, one being an exchange
program with the building construction program at National
University of Singapore, and another with the University of
Technology, Jamaica. By providing our students with oppor-
tunities to complete at least some of their course work within
distinctively different quality environments, we will produce
graduates even more prepared to make an impact in the field.
Of course, we are excited in DCP about the Gators' latest tri-
umph in football, but we are just as excited about triumphs
to come as we continue to lead on the academic and profes-
sional fronts. Thanks for your support and encouragement.
Dr. Abdol Chini, Director
Greetings BCN Gators! I am
pleased to present the spring 2009
issue of the Orange and Blueprints
that serves as a vital link between
the Rinker School and its alumni
and friends. We continually strive
S to strengthen and broaden ties to our
constituency and promote the excel-
lence and prestige of our program.
In the pursuit of excellence, we ded-
icate ourselves to providing students
with the highest quality academic
training and preparation to meet the
challenges of a rapidly changing world. The integration of Build-
ing InformationModeling (BIM) inthe B CN curriculum and offer-
ing a new undergraduate course in high performance buildings are
among the most recent additions to the BCN program. The Holder
Construction Company has graciously agreed to provide financial
support to develop a BIM laboratory to facilitate BIM training.
The Rinker School's 70th anniversary celebration and fund-
riser for an endowed professorship in Jacksonville on Oc-
tober 18, 2008, was an exciting event and a successful fund-
raiser. I would like to thank the hard work and efforts of the
planning committee and generous support of the sponsors.
The celebration generated more than $100,000 for the 70th
anniversary endowed professorship. The fundraising for the
Endowed Professorship for Construction Services also had
a successful year. Thanks to generosity of our industry lead-
ers (see the list on page 9) more than $400,000 was raised.
Our students should be recognized for their achievements at the
2008 Southeast ASC/AGC Regional Competition in Jacksonville.
The Construction Management Team emerged with the 2008
Regional Championship and will travel to San Diego in March
to compete in the national competition. The Heavy/Civil team
ranked second. Congratulations to the team members and their
faculty coaches, Professor Mike Cook and Dr. Edward Minchin.
I would like to express my deepest regret about the passing of
Bill Lassiter, a member of the BCN Construction Hall of Fame,
in January 2009. Bill and his wife, Aneice, have been very gener-
ous supporters of the Rinker School, but far more important is the
loss of an absolutely fine person whom we all will miss greatly.
Finally, I would like to express my most sincere appreciationto all
our loyal alumni and friends for their generous financial support of
the Rinker School. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the
support of our Advisory Council Executive Committee members.
They are indeed excellent friends and advisors. In these times
of diminishing resources from the State, your continued assis-
tance is essential to maintaining the high quality of our program.
Orange & Blueprints M.E. Rinker, Sr.
.a bi-annual pn School of Building Construction
a bi-annual publication
304 Rinker Hall
Table of Contents PO Box 115703
Executive Committee............................ 4 Gainesville, FL 32611-5703
In Memory of Bill Lassiter .......................5 Phone: (352) 273-1150
Industry Focus Group ........................... 5 Fax: (352) 392-9606
Alumni in Higher Education .................. 6 www.bcn.ufl.edu
Lessons Learned................................... 6
Friends and Donors.............................7
Major Donors ....................................... 8 Dr. Christopher Silver
Endowments .................. .... 9 Dean of the College of Design, Construction & Planning
Alumni Updates..................................... 10-13 Dr. Abdol Chini
Regional Clubs ...................................... 13-14 Director of the Rinker School of Building Construction
In Memoriam............... .............. 15 Dr. Paul Oppenheim
Homecoming.................... ..... 16 Director of Undergraduate Programs
Construction Hall of Fame.................... 16 Dr. Raymond Issa
Distinguished Alumnus......................... 16 Director of Master's Programs
1983 Class Reunion............................. 17 Dr. lan Flood
Fall 2008 Career Fair............................ 18 Coordinator of Ph.D. Programs
Fall 2008 Welcome Reception.............. 18 Dr. Kevin Grosskopf
Fall 2008 Convocation........................ 19 Director of the Center for Collective
Centers.......................................... 20-21 Protection in the Built Environment
Workshops.................. .. ... ......... 21 Dr. Charles Kibert
Conferences................... .................. 21 Director of the Powell Center for
Guest Lectures..................................... 22 Construction and Environment
Sponsorships......................................... 23 Dr. Robert Stroh
Scholarships............................ 24 Director of the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
BCN Field Trip........................................ 25 Dr. Jim m ie Hinze
BIM................................... 25 Director of the Fluor Program for Construction Safety
Student Exchange Program................. 26
Student Competition Teams................. 27
Student Club Activities.............. ....... 27-28 Editors:
Faculty News........................................ 28-29 Ginny Hoyle & Kim Stanley
The Charles R. Perry Construction Yard. 30 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Front cover photographs: Correction:
Top left: BCN Construction Management Team page 27 On page 14 of the Fall 2008 edition of
Top right: Construction Hall of Fame Induction page 16 the BluePrints [Volume 72, Issue 2],
Middle: BCN graduates listen during the Fall 2008 Convocation page 19 the title for Mr Kevin Bowen of Bovis
Bottom left: BCN Class of 1983 Reunion page 17 Lend Lease, Inc. should have read "SVP
Bottom right: The BCN 2008 Homecoming parade float page 16 Principal in Charge."
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BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee
The BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee held its bi-an-
nual meeting on October 24, 2008, at Rinker Hall. The Commit-
tee discussed current efforts toward fundraising for the Endowed
Professorship for Construction Services. Other topics of discus-
sion included an update of the curriculum review, other fundrais-
ing activities, and BCN Regional Club updates. The Committee
implemented the "Class Challenge Gift," which will be a competi-
tion between each graduating class to get the highest percentage of
alumni donating to the school annually.
The Executive Committee is proud to announce the addition of
John Gooding and Karl Watson, Jr. John is President of Deerbrook,
Inc. and is a BCN 1984 alum. He has 25 years of commercial and
residential construction experience in southwest Florida. Karl Wat-
son, Jr., is President of the Florida Region of CEMEX USA. Karl
worked his way up in Rinker Materials from 1987 to 2007. He is an
alum of Palm Beach Atlantic College and Nova Southeastern.
Present for the October 24 meeting were Bob Angle, John Bennett,
Lynne Capece, Peggy Carr, Abdol Chini, Tim Good, John Good-
ing, Paul Hardaker, Dale Hedrick, Raymond Issa, Sid Jordan, John
McIntyre, Harley Miller, Paul Oppenheim, Steve Palmer,
Chip Reid, John Sofarelli, Ray Southern, Kim Stanley, Wayne Wad-
sworth, Karl Watson, Jr., Breck Weingart, and Louie Wise.
ExCOM members Sid Jordan (from back left), Chip Reid, Karl Watson, Jr., John
Bennett, Ray Southern (front left), Steve Palmer, John Sofarelli, Bob Angle, John
McIntyre, and Raymond Issa meet in October in Rinker Hall.
Meet Erik Sharpe, BCN Advisory Council EXCOM Member
Erik Sharpe is Vice President and the Jacksonville Division Man-
ager for Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC. Erik graduated with honors from
the University of Florida in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science from
the Rinker School of Building Con-
struction. While at the University of
Florida, he was an active member of
Sigma Lambda Chi, the Construction
School's Honor Society and the As-
sociated Builders and Contractors.
While attending college, Erik in-
terned with Fluor Corporation's
Greenville, SC, office and Centex
Rooney's Jacksonville, FL, office
and gained invaluable experience in
estimating and construction to sup-
plement his college education. Af-
ter graduating in May of 1995, Erik
joined Brasfield & Gorrie's Orlando, FL, office as a Project Engi-
neer. Over the next 5 years, Erik worked his way to Senior Project
Manager before being given the opportunity to manage a 1,200,000
SF industrial complex for Winn-Dixie in Jacksonville, FL that Bras-
field & Gorrie had been awarded. This gave Erik the opportunity to
move his family back to their hometown of Jacksonville, FL.
In 2000, Brasfield & Gorrie formalized their presence in Jackson-
ville, FL, with a satellite office. Erik was charged with building up
the office. Between 2000 and 2006, Brasfield & Gorrie success-
fully established their presence in the market with a diver-
4 sified project resume including retail, office, residential,
hospitality, and commercial. In 2006, Jacksonville, FL., became
the 6th permanent office location of Brasfield & Gorrie and the first
office expansion for the company since 1998.
Erik is responsible for the overall operations of the Jacksonville
Division of Brasfield & Gorrie. He leads the division's efforts in
client development and service and is responsible for all aspects of
the Jacksonville Division including marketing, estimating, opera-
tions, and quality control.
Erik currently is an active member of NAIOP, National Association
of Industrial and Office Properties, and ABC, Associated Builders
and Contractors. He currently serves as President-Elect and in 2010
will serve as President of the Northeast Florida Chapter of NAIOP.
This is only the second time an associate member has been asked to
lead this influential developer organization.
Erik continues to remain active with the Rinker School, where he
regularly participates in its career fair as a Major Donor and serves
as Director of the Northeast Florida Gator BCN Alumni Club since
its inception in 2005. Erik and a group of his industry peers in this
club were recently responsible for raising $100,000 for an endowed
professorship to assist the Rinker School. In 2008, the University
of Florida and the University Alumni Association named Erik an
"Outstanding Young Alumnus of 2008," a distinction recommended
by the faculty of the Rinker School.
Erik is married to Corrine and has 2 children: Hayden Eli 6 years
and Loren Emory 2 years (all Gator fans!).
In Memory of Bill Lassiter
Industry Review of Management
The industry review of the Management courses took place onMon-
day, October 20, 2008, in the Kelsey Conference Room of Rinker
Hall. Attendees included: Charles Bauerlein (Skanska USA), Joe
Benoit (Clark), Scott Bryan (J. Raymond), Sean DeMartino (Bal-
four Beatty), Mark Freeman (ME&S), Rob Maphis (James A. Cum-
mings), Sean Mountain (The Alexander Group), David Senko (Flu-
or), John Sofarelli (J. Raymond), Mike Taylor (Current Builders),
Matt Webster (CPC/PPI), Abdol Chini, Mike Cook, Kevin Grossko-
pf, Charles Kibert, and Rick Smailes (Rinker School).
The review began at 9:00 a.m. and concluded at 4:00 p.m. Ab-
dol Chini reviewed the purpose of the workshop, the accreditation
requirements, and the recent changes in the BCN undergraduate
curriculum. A presentation on the Construction Finance course
was made by Kevin Grosskopf followed by review of Leadership
and Management in Construction course by Charles Kibert. After
lunch, Mike Cook reviewed the contents of Construction Contracts
course and, finally, a presentation on the Construction Planning and
Control course was made by Rick Smailes.
The following were part of the recommendations made to best pre-
pare students for the situations they will face as industry profes-
BCN 3700 Construction Contracts
-Spend some time on subcontract agreement specifics.
-Pick a topic like liquidated damages and have 2 students role play
on how they would handle the negotiation process.
-Review the difference between an AIA Cost Plus w/GMAX and
Stipulated Sum, and CM vs. Design Build and explain when you
would use each.
-Spend less time on the fundamentals of a contract and get into how
to use a construction contract and the provisions that are important
to a manager.
BCN 4753- Construction Finance
-Include information regarding the regulations imposed by the
Sarbanes-Oxley Act. These have become an important part of how
construction companies (especially large, publicly traded firms) do
-Spend more time on bonding requirements, insurance, subguard
and CCIP/OCIP plans with subcontractors and joint venture part-
ners. As the economy contracts, obtaining a bond will become in-
creasingly difficult for GC's and subcontractors.
BCN 4712 Leadership and Management in Construction
-For guest speaker sessions, in addition to company CEO's and
presidents, consider bringing in mid-level project managers to dis-
cuss their leadership challenges and strategies.
-Spend some time with the students on the general differences be-
tween generations (age & gender) they will encounter in the field. It
may be hard to do without invoking stereotypes related to particular
generations including their own.
-Cover how different forms of communications should be used in
certain situations (e-mail, letter, telephone).
-New graduates may also experience a lack of respect from sea-
soned industry professionals and need to understand how to deal
with this issue.
BCN 4720 Construction Planning and Control
-Cover various "philosophies" of scheduling, such as the benefits/
disadvantages of using the various activity relationships (FS, FF,
-Include discussion of pre-construction phase schedule (design, es-
timating, permitting, owner design reviews, etc.).
-Demonstrate how to adjust a schedule after a major delay of a Crit-
ical Path item.
-Permits should be included in scheduling as Environ-
mental Permits are becoming typical critical path items.
-Demonstrate a Fast Track Schedule. 5
William G. (Bill) Lassiter, a wonderful friend and benefactor to the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School
of Building Construction, passed away of cancer on Sunday, January 4th.
Bill graduated from University of Florida in 1951 with a degree in Building Construction.
Upon graduation from UF, Bill was employed by the construction division of the E.I. Du-
Pont de Nemours Company in the Savannah River H-Bomb plant in Aiken, South Carolina
for four years. He then became general superintendent of construction for John A. Robbins
Co. Inc. of Philadelphia, developing 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. from 1977 until he passed away.
The Palm Beach Atlantic University awarded Bill an honorary doctorate degree in 2006
and he was inducted into the UF Rinker School of Building Construction Hall of Fame in
Bill and his wife, Aneice, have been generous supporters of UF and the Rinker School.
Their $2 million gift in 2006 helped fund an Endowed Professorship in Building Construc-
tion and one in Pediatrics.
Alumni in Higher Education
Dr. Steven Van Dessel received his Ph.D. degree at the College of
Design, Construction, and Planning, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of
Building Construction, at the University of Florida (2000). He is
currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture
and Urban Planning, Faculty of Engineering, at Ghent University
Dr. Van Dessel teaches courses in construction technology and ar-
chitectural design, and his research involves the design and devel-
opment of advanced facade technologies. In his current work, he
is investigating the integration of photovoltaic and thermoelectric
materials into glazing systems. The aim of this work is to develop
energy self-sufficient facade solutions that have the ability to active-
ly control their heat-transfer properties by using solar radiation. Po-
tential applications for this technology include glazing systems that
have the ability to actively cool a building's interior during warm
weather, and can heat a building's interior in colder weather.
Dr. Van Dessel's research has been funded by multiple research
grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation; his work has
recently been listed on the 2007 Scientific American 50 the maga-
zine's prestigious annual list recognizing outstanding acts of leader-
ship in science and technology. Dr. Van Dessel has previously
By Tim Good, The Haskell Company
In 2001, we were fortunate to negotiate a design/build contract for a
large food products packaging and distribution facility in Ohio.
Shortly after preparing the building
pad, the mechanical subcontractor be-
gan installing the underground drain-
age piping for an extensive trench drain
system in the packaging area. Thou-
sands of feet of various sized pipe and
hundreds of connections and fittings
were delivered to the job site.
SThe superintendent and project man-
ager called from the job site immedi-
ately after a site walk through with the
client's representative during a monthly
progress meeting. They informed me of a problem. It seemed that
the client's representative was unhappy with the orderliness of the
site, specifically stored materials. The underground drainage piping
that was stored outside the building footprint was placed in various
angles to the building line and in stacks of mixed diameters. The
connections and fittings were in crates, but scattered throughout the
stacks of pipe. By normal job site standards, the materials were
stored in an orderly fashion. The mechanical subcontractor was
easily able to find what he needed and it presented no handling or
The client's representative insisted that the storage area be
reorganized and all pipes be placed perpendicular to the
6 building line and in order of diameter. The connections
served at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in NY and at the Uni-
versity of Nottingham in the UK.
Dr. Steven Van Dessel is currently serving as an
Associate Professor at the Department of Archi-
tecture and Urban Planning, Faculty of Engineer-
ing, at Ghent University in Belgium.
were to be placed in order by size and type. Our superintendent
argued with the client that it was the subcontractor's storage area
and he was satisfied with the current organization of the materials.
And, that it would take the underground crew away from produc-
tive work for at least a day to do what the client was asking. Our
project manager could not understand the client's reasoning behind
the request and refused to take action.
What the superintendent and project manager failed to realize was
that as meaningless as this request seemed to them, it was impor-
tant to the client. If we did not satisfy the client's request, it would
remain in the client's mind as an example of our unwillingness to
After reviewing the situation, the superintendent and project manag-
er were instructed to immediately comply with the client's request.
After a half day's effort, the stockpiled materials were arranged to
the satisfaction of the client. Thereafter, when formwork materials,
structural steel, masonry and roofing materials were delivered to
the project, they were stockpiled in a similar fashion. This not only
satisfied the client, but also let all subcontractors and employees on
the project know that we were serious about organization, cleanli-
ness and safety.
The superintendent and project manager have been assigned to
many projects with different clients since that time, but they always
insist upon stockpiled materials being placed in an orderly fashion.
Since that first project, we have provided design/build services for
that client on over 20 projects valued at close to $300 million.
Lesson Learned: Listen to your customer!
Thank you to all who donated to the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction General Fund (July December 2008):
Jesse W. Children, Sr.
Howard F. Cook, Jr.
James G. Foster, Jr.
Paul C. Gips
Carroll M. Nail, Jr.
Myron L. Corets
Allan J. Hall
Charles W. Bryson
Michael A. Finn
Joseph T. Jordan
Edward A. Proefke, Sr.
John W. Schneid
Melvin C. Wetherington
David W. Beebe, Jr.
Robert C. Tatom
C. Merritt Bird
Boyce H. Blackmon
Donald H. Conkling III
A. Ronald Johnson
John M. McMahon
Doss K. Watson, Jr.
William T. Hemphill, Jr.
Asa C. Kelley
Thomas H. Shaughnessy
John S. Winesett
Robert B. Edwards
Jose I. Sarasua
Dennis A. Brammeier
William G. Fischer
Robert K. Harman
Edwin I. Strayer
Michael A. Wozney, Jr.
Raymond H. Antosh
Paul R. Hardaker
John A. McPhaul
J. Mozell Payne, Jr.
James T. Tharp
John Kish, Jr.
Robert E. Lifton
Robert E. Broxton
Charles M. Foster, Jr.
Raymond J. Kearney, Jr.
Larry H. Register
Donald L. Savage
Karl E. Weiss
James T. Klecker
Charles R. Scott, Jr.
Richard J. Burket, Jr.
Perry A. Diamond, Jr.
Leonard A. Geronemus
Marion Harrison, Jr.
Gary R. Kelley
Louis J. Magill
Darrell L. Smith
Jack J. Matlock
James M. Owenby
Eric H. Palmer
Martha J. Ziobro
Bruce A. Gude
Kim T. Haynes
Barry P Bullard
Van A. Hogan
Jonathan B. Kurtis
David J. Lukomski
Penny L. Moyer
Roger D. Rehfeldt
Alfred T. Van Broekhoven
Joseph E. Carson
Nelson M. Cuadras
Ross E. Kirk
George W. McGonagill
Dennis M. Suarez
Brady L. Binde
Kenneth L. Blevins
Mark L. Greenfield
F.J. Hoffman, Jr.
Thomas O. Martin
Robert M. Paterson, Jr.
David E. Wagner
Kevin M. Durham
Neil L. Hammack
Gregory P. Kniseley
Tony A. McMahon
Randy S. Tyo
Joffre T. Boston
Steve E. Culbreath
David R. Johnson
Samuel R. Sharpe, Jr.
Mark C. Shaughnessy
Gregory L. Stepp
Dean A. Thomas
Camille C. Borden
Michael S. Santarone
David J. Schmit
Jeffrey V. Caruso
Scott P. Groomes
Thomas H. Keller
Nicholas D. Shelow
James R. Suddeth
William P Byrne
James R. Crowe, Jr.
Laurie L. Jaworski
Christina V Decker
Joseph M. Galinis
Robert T. Lauramoore
Mikell A. McElroy
Kevin G. McMichael
Robert O. Ghiotto
William D. Goreschak
Frank L. Hansen
Allison A. Owen
Bruce F. Peterson
Sheli A. Romer
Terrell H. Plaag
William G. Wright
Conroy S.C. Anderson
Dean M. Blowers
H. Alan Holderith, Jr.
Byron T. Hood
Todd A. Russell
Rose M. Brasgalla
John R. Dewenter III
Douglas S. Dresie
James C. Flayler
Kelly G. Frye
Charles T. Hogan
Arlan D. Schulze
Jason R. Ables
George W. DeCardenas
Bradley M. Goeb
Donald W. Roberts, Jr.
Eric C. Baumgarten
John M. Butler
Kurt A. Ewoldt
Michael D. Foley, Jr.
Brian C. Murphy
Diana M. Yankee
James G. Clark
Christopher M. Garito
Thomas J. Hofer
Robert H. Knight
Brenda A. Kwateng-Mann
Michael F. Lamantia
Robert L. Maphis III
Mary E. Valente
Douglas E. Brookbank
Anne M. Burtchell-Cowan
C. Bradley Cochran
Kion C. Darkshani
David B. Hall
Michael C. Huskey
Bruce P. Kern
Gina E. Sierra-Townsend
Michael J. Yepes
Sean A. Junker
Erik S. Santiago
Stephen D. Shay
Matthew B. Sutliff
Brian S. White
Steven C. Higgs
Anthony W. Ingrassia
Andrew L. Lewis
Brian J. Natwick
James R. Pearce, Jr.
Todd C. Taylor
Zeljko M. Torbica
David C. Brady
Randall C. Dragon
Deborah C. Reid
Ray A. Cooper, Jr.
Brian T Nicholson
Glendon F. Byron
Christian G. Cummings
William J. Hasey
Michael D. Maira
Hai T. Nguyen
Matthew C. Hoglund
Donald E. Kline
Paul V. Jones, Jr.
Michael E. Madariaga
Vincent M. Moreschi
Chandra E. Hodoval
Ryan J. Brown
Timothy S. Ekberg
Kevin L. Gardner
John G. Marshall
Lindsey E. Ore
Jason A. Sanders
Kenneth R. Siggs
William M. Wing
Jean I. Benjamin
Gary A. Schreiber
Carol C. Laughlin
Gary D. Cook
Suzanne S. Rucker
Patrick & Toni Walsh
Marko L. Barkovich
Suzette K. Hicks
Harriet E. Spruill
Associated Builders &
Jay G. Rosen
Robert E. Scherzer
Patricia A. Barritt
The Fluor Foundation
The Rinker Cos. Foundation
Ajax Building Corp.
Construction Co., Inc.
Barth Construction, Inc.
BBI Constr. Management
Brandon Construction, Inc.
Butler Construction Co., Inc.
Carson Construction, Inc.
Charles Perry Construction
Clancy & Theys Constr. Co.
Coastal Mechanical Services
Gallagher Building Corp.
W.W. Gay Mech. Contractor
W.W. Gay Mechanical of
Greg and Gail Jones LLC
Hawkins Construction, Inc.
Hedrick Brothers Construction
Hugins Construction Corp.
J. Raymond Construction
J.E. Charlotte Construction
Joyner Construction, Inc.
Allan A. Kozich & Associates
KVC Constructors, Inc.
Lloyd Craftsmen, Inc.
Mathews Constr. ofTampa,
McCrory Construction Co.
McIntyre, Elwell & Strammer
D.F. McKnight Construction
M.M. Parrish Construction
James B. Pirtle Construction
PPI Construction Mgmt.
R.A. Piccalo, Inc.
Robins & Morton
Sands Construction Co., Inc.
Scherer Constr. & Engin. of
Sperry & Associates, Inc
Sphere Analytical Solutions
TGSV Enterprises, Inc.
Tritt & Franson, PA.
United Forming, Inc.
The Weitz Co., Inc.
Weitz Golf International
Rinker School Major Donors
To show our appreciation to the construction companies who have contributed gen-
erously to the Rinker School we have created a major donor status and provided the
following recruiting advantages for our major donors:
All Major Donors shall receive a discounted registration
fee for the career fair according to their level of donations
(Gold, Silver, and Bronze). See the fee structure below.
All Major Donors shall get preferential placement at the
All Major Donors can participate in a reception with the
graduating seniors the evening before the Career Fair.
Major Donors will be given priority for interview and semi-
nar at the School before the Career Fair.
Regular Registration Fee:
For a booth including two (2) recruiters/company represen-
For each additional recruiter/company representative.... add
Major Donor Registration Fee:
For a booth including two (2) 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 (2) recruiters/company representatives. $300
Add up to three (3) additional recruiter/company representatives free of charge.
Major Donor Levels:
Bronze: Companies who have contributed $10,000 or more to the Rinker School of
Building Construction over the preceding 3 years.
Silver: Companies who have contributed $50,000 or more to the Rinker School of
Building Construction over the preceding 10 years.
Gold: Companies who have contributed $100,000 or more to the Rinker School of
Building Construction over the preceding 10 years.
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Major Donors as of January 1, 2009
Gold ($100K in last 10 years)
Clark Construction Group
Hughes Supply Inc.
Silver ($50K in last 10 years)
Brasfield & Gorrie
Current Builders of Florida
J. Raymond Construction
McIntyre Elwell & Strammer GC
Miller Construction Inc.
Bronze ($10K in last 3 years)
ANF Group Inc.
Angle & Schmid
Catalfumo Construction & Development
CCK Construction Services
Charles Perry Construction
Clancy & Theys
David Nelson Construction
Hawkins Construction Inc.
Homes of Florida Corp.
James A. Cummings Inc.
MDI Construction LLC
Moss & Associates
Parsons Brinckerhoff Group
PPI Construction Management
Scherer Construction & Engin. of Central Fl.
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal
Turner Construction Co.
Vulcan Materials Company
WCI Communities, Inc.
Weitz Company Inc.
The Rinker School 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 budgets. Endowments 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 in-
formation on endowments or other giving opportunities, please contact Lynne Capece at (352) 392-4836 ext 314 or email@example.com.
Endowed Professorship for Construction
The Rinker School plans to develop a construction services track
using an endowment funded by the construction industry, espe-
cially companies in the construction services sector. Students
who graduate from this track will be qualified to work for equip-
ment suppliers, material suppliers, testing laboratories, bonding
agencies, insurance providers, financial firms, accounting firms,
legal firms, and specialty contractors. Please consider a gener-
ous donation to the endowment for Construction Services Pro-
fessorship. Donors will be entitled to the following benefits:
- Perpetual Donor Wall Recognition
- Orange and Blueprints publication recognition
- University Honor Roll of Donors
- LCD monitor advertisement space
- Rinker School Major Donor Status
- UF President's Council recognition
The Rinker School wishes to thank the following companies for their
generous donations to the Construction service Endowment Funds:
Industry Leadership Honor Roll
Angle and Schmid
Baker Concrete Construction
Balfour Beatty Construction
Brasfield and Gorrie
PPI/Charles Perry Construction
J. Raymond Construction
James A. Cummings
McIntyre, Elwell and Strammer GC
Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal
Vulcan / Florida Rock Industries
The Nancy V. Perry Endowment for Teaching
Nancy Perry, a longtime friend and bene-
factor of the Rinker School, pledged to the
UF Foundation the amount of $125,000
to establish The Nancy V Perry Endow-
ment for Teaching Excellence. The gift
will be endowed and is eligible for the
State matching funds from the State of
Florida Trust Fund for Major Gifts. The
spendable income from the fund will be
used to enhance teaching excellence in
building construction. Each year a BCN
faculty will be selected by the Director
of the Rinker School through a process
including a vote by building construc-
tion students to receive a $5,000 teach-
ing excellence award. The recipient will be chosen in April of
each year and will be recognized at the BCN graduation dinner.
The Fluor Corporation Endowment Fund
The Fluor Enterprises, Inc. gave $45,000 gift to the UF Founda-
tion in December 2008. This gift and Fluor's past gifts of $57,000
(total gift of $102,000) were deposited into a new endowment
fund named "The Fluor Corporation Endowment Fund." The
new fund is eligible for State matching funds from the State
of Florida Trust Fund for Major Gifts. The spendable income
from the Fund will be used to support teaching and research in
the Fluor Program for Construction Safety at the Rinker School.
The Holder BIM Lab
The Holder Construction Company
pledged to the UF Foundation the
amount of $60,000 to support Build-
ing Information Modeling (BIM) re-
lated education at the Rinker School. HOLDER
The fund will be used to purchase
and install equipment and furniture
in Rinker Hall Room 202 for a BIM laboratory. The lab will be
named "The Holder BIM Lab" in recognition of the Holder's gift.
Rodney Kincaid, BCN 1958 -Kincaid Construction Company is in its 45th year of
operation specializing in commercial construction within the private sector, mostly
design build, negotiated lump sum work, and cost plus fee work. Kincaid Construc-
tion was named the AIA Orlando 2008 "Contractor of the Year." Rodney Kincaid
was reappointed to the City of Winter Park Construction Board of Adjustments and
Appeals and subsequently elected as Chairman of the Board. He was also selected to
be listed in Marquis Who's Who in America and was inducted as a 50 year UF alumni
Jerry Overstreet, BCN 1959 Jerry is retired but states that he is still "a rabid Gator
fan and promotes BCN whenever and wherever I can."
Wink Jackson, BCN 1959 -Wink lives in Lakeland and has said that he would like
to hear from his fellow Gator friends at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayne Goff, BCN 1963 Wayne is President of Goff Construction, Inc. of Punta
Gorda FL. He is also President of Church Growth and Building Consultants, and acts
as a consultant to the Florida Baptist Convention. He is an avid Gator fan and follows
the Charlotte High School Tarpons. He sponsored the World Famous "Goff Grey-
hounds" senior softball team. Wayne resides in Punta Gorda with his wife Donna and
is the proud Grandfather (PaPa) to Jensen and Connor.
Gary Bruehler, BCN 1964 -Gary joined the military and spent 30-plus years as an
Air Force Civil Engineer. He retired in 2002. Gary and his wife, Carol, stay busy with
the local club activities and tennis officiating.
Melvin Woods, BCN 1964 -Melvin retired in 2003 from ACI Constructors after
completing a 23 gate terminal "E" for Continental Airlines in Houston, TX. He lives
in Bushnell, FL.
Steve Fogel, BCN 1964 Steve is semi-retired and working in safety for the same
heavy construction company that he has been with for the past 20 years, DBM Con-
tractors. He resides outside of Seattle, WA.
David Fort, BCN 1965 -David is the founder and CEO of Fort Group Development
Company, LLC. (previously Campus Development) of St. Augustine FL.
Harrel Bolden, BCN 1971 -Harrel is fully retired and thoroughly enjoying it. He
loves spending time in his cabin in North Carolina and with his two great grandsons.
His wife is a retired teaching/media specialist who later received her LPN license
where she works part time.
Patrick Walsh, BCN 1974 Patrick owned Greater Bay Construction Co., Inc. of
Tampa and St. Petersburg for thirty years starting in 1977. He recently sold it to
a family member. During those thirty years he completed hundreds of millions of
dollars in commercial construction projects. He is currently involved in real estate
development primarily in Florida. His daughter graduated from UF with a degree in
finance and real estate. His son has applied to go to UF next year and has a strong
desire to become a doctor. He states that "I owe a lot to The University of Florida.
Roy Q Friedman, BCN 1974 -Roy is Senior Resident Construction Manager for
MACTEC Engineering and Consulting, Inc. in Fairchild AFB, WA.
George Luttrell, BCN 1974 George has recently relocated to Greer, SC, where he
continues to work with Fluor in their Greenville office. He and his wife have two sons
ages 16 and 15. He is currently Engineering Director on a multi-billion Engineering/
Procurement/Construction Management grass roots solar grade polysilicon project
being constructed in Xinyu, Jiangxi Province, China.
Tim Milcich, BCN 1975 -After graduation, Tim worked in Lakeland, FL., starting
then as Estimator/PM and eventually Vice President of Frank C. Decker Construction
Co. for 25 years. He worked a couple of years at Folsom Construction, Inc. as Esti-
mator/PM on several Publix Refrigerated Buildings including a 650,000 sf Freezer/
Dairy Project. After a 4 year hiatus to Chattanooga, TN, as Project Estimator for EMJ
Corporation, he returned to Folsom in 2006. Tim recently received LEED AP status.
Tim states "I credit my successful career to my UF BCN education. Go Gators!"
Rick Burket, BCN 1975 -After graduation, Rick spent the next 33 years in the
construction and real estate development industry, most recently as Vice President of
Development, Construction, and Design of North America for Burger King Corpora-
tion in Miami. He is now retired to Sun City Texas, near Austin, TX.
10 Daniel Stack, BCN 1976 -Daniel is a Catholic priest and stated that he
has not had a great deal of development in his building construction career but hopes
that with an improved economy they may be building a new church in the next year
or so. He stated that he'd probably "better do a class review"!
Marti Ziobro, BCN 1976 -Marti works for T.W. Frierson of Nashville TN. Marti is
the Project Manager on a Skilled Nursing Facility in The Villages, FL.
Sunny Collar Waters, BCN 1977 -Sunny is currently CEO of Market Preservation
Associates, with offices in King of Prussia, PA. They are currently undertaking the
Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse of two city blocks in downtown Wilming-
Perry Pearman, BCN 1978 -Perry works as the Reliability Engineer for Ponderay
Newsprint Company in Usk, WA. He was the Resident Engineer for Rust Engineer-
ing when they built the mill in 1989.
Jonathan Kurtis, BCN 1978 Jon is Senior Vice President of Boston Properties
since 1984 in their Washington, DC office. Jon's son is attending the University of
Denver studying real estate and construction management. His daughter graduated
from UF with her master's in international business (MAIB) in December. Jon said
that while his daughter was in school, he's been attending homecoming each year and
the BCN BBQ. He states that he "spent a lot of time with Director Chini this past
November and was very impressed with the curriculum and facilities at the School."
He also stated that he is very proud to be a Florida Gator!
Randy Higginbotham, BCN 1978 Randy has been with TVA (Tennessee Valley
Authority) for more than 30 years now. He was previously the Human Resource Man-
ager at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, but is now the Senior Labor Relations Consultant for
TVA primarily focused on the Craft Labor Representatives and negotiating working
conditions, contract provisions, wages etc. TVA is beginning to complete unit 2 at
Watts Bar, and it will be the first new Nuclear Reactor in the United States in the past
Mike Neal, BCN 1979 Mike recently joined Coastal Construction Company as
Vice-President of Operations for their Miami office.
Robert W (Rob) Herndon, BCN 1980 -Rob is the President and Owner of HCC
Construction Consulting & Recruiting Services established in 2004 and based in At-
lanta, GA. HCC is a nationwide Executive Construction Placement firm specializing
in commercial and multi-family personnel placements. Prior to starting this organiza-
tion Rob was Vice President of Construction for JPI, Lincoln Properties and President
of Trammell Crow Residential overseeing all construction activities in the southeast
building mixed use, commercial and multi-family apartment communities. He and
HCC can be reached at (678) 352-1524 or email at email@example.com.
Dave Senko, BBC 1981 Dave said: "Last fall I had the privilege of participating on
the Industry Focus Group Seminar held by Dr. Chini at Rinker Hall. It was a genuine
pleasure to see how the BCN course curriculum has blossomed over the years; and
very exciting to see the numerous program upgrades and additional degree opportuni-
ties. If I recall correctly, during my time frame at UF there was one undergrad degree
program, and one master degree program offered; the masters program had only a few
students. Of course, the number of degree opportunities has multiplied plus added
areas of specialization within the degrees. In 1977, our programs and faculty (and
students!) were the best in all of academia; but have now grown to a completely new
level, which I am confident remains as the best. Remarkable is the word that comes
Mark Andrew Phillips, BCN 1981 -Mark is the Vice President of Marcobay Con-
struction in Lakeland, FL. He has been married to UF Education alum (82) Jane
Knight Phillips for 25 years and they have 3 children.
Tim Brown, BCN 1981 -Tim is a Facilities Engineer with the Harris Corporation
where he just received his 25-year service award. Harris Corporation is headquar-
tered in Melbourne, FL, and develops and manufactures electronic communications
systems. He manages new construction, renovations, infrastructure improvements,
maintenance replacements and other facility related projects and his group manages
over 2.5 million square feet of conditioned space in roughly 70 buildings.
Larry S. Aronson, BCN 1982 -Larry is Senior Owner/Partner of Tiernan & Patrylo
Design Group, Inc. Engineering and Construction Management, in business since
1984 and located in Peachtree City, GA (20 miles south of Atlanta airport). He is
Senior Owner/Partner of Propellant Fracturing & Stimulation LLC, which handles
patented deployment of solid rocket propellant in oil wells for extended fractures.
They also have an office in Denver, CO. Larry has been married for 22 years and has a
20-year-old son who attends college in Atlanta and a 13-year-old daughter.
Alumni Updates, cont.
D. Blaine Shad, BCN 1982 Blaine has been working as the QA manager for Worley
Parsons forthe past 2+ years on a Georgia Power plant (Southern Co.) Fuel Gas retrofit
project in western Georgia. Before that Blaine had been working the past 15 years
overseas in Iraq, South America and throughout the Caribbean.
Christian Lipke, BCN 1982 -Chris reported this summer to his new post as Vice
President of Construction for St. Louis based HBE Corp. overseeing all construction
activities for the design-build firm. Chris and his wife, Darla, have seven children
(four daughters plus three sons) ages 9 to 19.
Brian Watson, BCN 1982 -Brian recently celebrated 25 years of service with Cian-
bro Corporation, which is headquartered in Pittsfield, ME. He is currently the project
manager on the Destiny USA project in Syracuse, NY. This is a $350 million mixed-
use facility consisting of retail, dining and entertainment. The project is being built in
a paperless environment using some of the latest technology available to the construc-
tion industry. It is also setting new standards in "green" construction practices while
striving for the highest levels of LEED certification.
Peter S. Van Keuren, BCN 1983 -Peter graduated from the University of Florida
College of Law in 1989 and practices personal injury and commercial litigation in
West Palm Beach, Florida as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. Contact e-mail
Jose J. Castillo, 1983 -Jose moved to Panama City, Republic of Panama on Novem-
ber 2, 2008 where he is the Vice President of Construction and Operations in Latin
America for GATES Builders. GATES is an American construction/real estate/devel-
opment company out of Naples, FL.
Stephen Siegel, BCN 1984 -Stephen has just started a new entity called Hospitality
CPM in New Jersey. Hospitality CPM is a construction project management firm
specializing in asset management of hotel renovations, capital improvements, hotel
repositioning and new construction.
Mike Moran, BCN 1984 -After working around the world on construction projects,
Mike has settled down in Brevard County and started his own firm. Moran Con-
struction, Inc. has offices in Cocoa, FL., and is a Service Disabled Veteran Owned
(SDVO) small business general contractor focusing mainly on Federal Government
construction projects at the Kennedy Space Center, Patrick AFB and all around Central
Pete Pace, BCN 1984 -Pete is Vice President/CEO Florida Division for Clancy &
Theys Construction Company. He stated that while he has had some exciting profes-
sional achievements since graduating, this year he experienced his best yet. His son
Cade was admitted to UF's Honors Program and plans to enter the BCN program. He
is a 3rd generation Gator!
Steve Hogaboom, BCN 1984 -Steve works with Pringle Development in Lake
County, FL, as Director of Quality Operations. He is the company qualifier oversee-
ing Quality Assurance Trades' scopes of work Training Safety Program Plan Review
Warranty Customer Care.
Helen B. (Boykin) Schultz, BCN 1985 -After almost twenty years in construction,
Helen went back to school to get her masters in architecture at UF in 2005. After
graduation and much prayerful contemplation she received a calling to "teach poor
children". She is in her second year of teaching 1st grade in a Title 1 school and has
never been happier. From Helen... "Best wishes to all my fellow alums!"
David Bockian, BCN 1985 -David has been promoted to Senior Vice President of
T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc. David has worked at the Nashville-based General
Contracting, Design/Build company for 18 years. Transitioning from the Industrial
and Distribution sectors, David currently manages the Marketing, Sales and Pre-con-
struction efforts of the organization.
George Seay, BCN 1985 -George is owner of Vanson Enterprises, Inc. of Winter
Park, FL. His company has been in business since 1991 and employs 30-40 employees
with an annual volume of $20 million.
Greg Martin, BCN 1987 -Greg received his JD degree from UF in 1990 and was
subsequently admitted to the Florida Bar. He is a partner at Moye, O'Brien, O'Rourke,
Pickett & Martin LLP where 95 percent of their practice is construction litigation. He
is married to Debi Martin (formerly Debi Carter -1987 UF grad) and they have two
boys Austin (12) and Quinn (9).
Todd Andrew, BCN 1987 -Todd started Andrew General Contractors Inc. in Central
Florida 12 years ago, which specializes in small to mid-size commercial, retail and
industrial construction. He recently took the UF course to prepare for the LEED exam
and received the LEED AP designation. He lives in Winter Park. Todd has been mar-
ried for 15 years and has three kids.
Andrew Kessler, BCN 1987 -Andrew worked for several years in the construction
industry after graduation and then attended law school at Nova Southeastern Univer-
sity where he graduated in 1992. He is presently licensed to practice law in New Jersey
and Florida. Andrew has been practicing in New Jersey since 1992 and is a partner in
the law firm of Hoagland, Longo, Moran, Dunst, & Doukas, in New Brunswick, New
Joe Russell, BCN 1988 CDR Joe Russell, US Navy, reported to the office of As-
sistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition (ASN
(RD&A)) in July after completing two years as Officer in Charge, USNS NIAGARA
FALLS (T-AFS 3) forward-deployed to the Western Pacific.
Mike Veal, BCN 1989 Mike has been working overseas with B.L. Harbert Inter-
national since 1993. He has worked on projects in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong,
Malaysia, Jamaica, Aruba, Rwanda, and is now working as a Senior Project Manager
for the construction of the new U.S. Embassy Compound in Lusaka, Zambia.
Stacey (Glantz) Barton, BCN 1991 -Stacey was promoted in April 2008 to Vice
President of Construction for the Civil Public Facilities Group at Haskell. She and
her husband, Ellis, have an 11-year-old son (Chase) and 8-year-old daughter (Grace).
They live in Jacksonville, FL.
Bill Clark, BCN 1992 -Bill has his own construction company, Florida Choice Con-
struction, Inc. Recently they have begun work on Harbour Island, Eleuthera in the
Bahamas. They have also been hired to manage the renovation and construction at
Romora Bay Club and Marina.
Scott McCarthy, BCN 1992 After 20 years of living and working in Florida, Scott
left the state in February 2008 to return to his home of New Jersey. He currently works
in New York City as a scheduling consultant under contract with Con Edison. He states
that "I feel that the energy industry is a good fit for the skills I acquired in the BCN
program. I miss my friends in Florida, and I make every effort to stay in touch with
them. I still enjoy a good Gator football game!"
Albert Valin, BCN 1992 and Roy Newsome, BCN 1973 Roy is President and
Albert is Vice President for Sound Construction Group, Inc. in Clearwater, FL. The
company was established by Roy in 1989 when he built Sarasota Crossings. After
intering for Sound Construction Group, Inc. in the summer of 1990 and a two year
stint with Centex Rooney in Ft. Lauderdale, Albert joined the firm just prior to the
construction of a 12-story, 100 unit condominium called Sunwatch in Clearwater.
Roy lives in the Mobbly Bay development with his wife, Robin, and kids, Royce,
Payton and Austin. Albert lives in the Feathersound development in Clearwater with
his son, Bryce.
Steven Miller, BCN 1993 Steven is Partner/Vice President of London Bay Homes
in Naples, FL and has been with the company for 12 years. London Bay received
the prestigious honor of being named "2008 America's Best Builder" by Builder
Doug Walker, BCN 1993 -Doug worked for Kiewit Pacific Company and Kiewit
Construction Company for six years in Hawaii and Seattle. In 1999 he returned
to Florida to graduate with a M.S. in civil engineering (2000) and a J.D. in Law in
(2003). He is currently a construction lawyer with the Charlotte, NC, based firm of
Parker, Poe, Adams, and Bernstein representing construction clients throughout the
southeastern United States. He and his wife, Amy, have two little boys, George (6)
and James (4). They live in Columbia, SC. Doug proudly stated that "his boys are
huge Gator fans, of course!"
John Mills, BCN 1993 -John has joined Coastal Construction Company as General
Superintendent on the St. Regis Resort and Residences at a $500 million project in
Bal Harbour, FL.
Chris Tappouni, BCN 1993 -Chris is Vice President ofTappouni Mechancial Ser-
vices located in Tampa, FL.
Doug Brede, BCN 1994 -Doug last worked in construction with Joyner Construc-
tion in Gainesville, FL in 2006. He is currently working for Albemarle County Fire
Rescue (VA) as an EMT/Firefighter and will graduate from Paramedic
school in April 2009.
Alumni Updates, cont.
Jon Antevy, BCN 1994 -Jon is founder of e-Builder. E-builder continues to main-
tain its status as the pioneers of online project management systems. Jon turned his
masters thesis into the e-Builder business plan.
David Hall, BCN 1994 -In early 2008 David was promoted to Construction Man-
ager for Shaw Construction where he will be managing Western Slope Operations.
Shaw Construction performs across the state of Colorado and specializes in working
in the mountain ski resort areas (Aspen, Vail, Telluride). Shaw has offices in Denver
and Grand Junction.
William Nassal, BCN 1994 and Matt Brown, BCN 1994 Bill & Matt are busi-
ness partners with The Nassal Company. They have just opened an office in Abu
Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and they have been awarded two projects for the
Ferrari theme park in Abu Dhabi with projected completion of Oct. 2009. In addi-
tion, they are working with Universal Studios in Orlando on their big expansion,
Brian Wetherington, BCN 1995 -Brian works for Suffolk Construction as Gen-
eral Superintendent in Miami, FL. He oversees all of the Dade & Broward county
projects as well as all Science & Technology and Healthcare work throughout the
state of Florida. One of his current projects is in the preconstruction phase and has a
construction value in excess of $1 billion. Brian is a LEED AP.
Mark Cantrell, BCN 1996 -Mark is Senior Estimator with James A. Cummings,
Inc. out of Fort Lauderdale, and has been with them since graduation. They just
started their first project for the University of Florida, which is the UF-290 South-
west Parking Garage Complex on Gale Lemerand Drive. He and his wife had their
first child, Isabella, in May 2008.
Eric Prendergast, BCN 1996 -Eric is currently a Project Manager with Ed Waters
and Sons Contracting Co, Inc.. EW&S is a general contracting firm located in St.
Augustine, FL specializing in pile foundations, steel sheet pile structures, and marine
construction covering the lower southeastern United States. Eric is married with two
children and lives in Jacksonville, FL.
Adam Corbin, BCN 1997 -Adam started Corbin Electrical Services, Inc. and was
recently featured on NBC Television's Open House NYC performing a residential
lighting installation project. The link to the show is on his Web site at www.corb-
inelectric.com. Additionally, with two partners, he recently started a new company
called Corbin Solar Solutions that installs PV systems, solar hot water and solar pool
Brian Natwick, BCN 1997 -Brian & his wife are proud to announce the birth of
their third child, Ceila Paige, born on September 15th. They live in Charlotte, NC,
and Brian is a real estate developer with Crescent Resources, LLC. He received his
MBA in 2003.
Andrew Needles, BCN 1997 Andy Needles was a former job placement coordina-
tor for the school of BCN. He recently left active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and
transferred to the reserves. He spent 5 years flying the CH-53 heavy lift helicopter
and 3 years instructing in flight school at NAS Whiting Field. In 2006 he obtained
his general contractor license and started A. Needles Construction, LLC (ANC) in
2007. ANC performs commercial and residential construction and completed over
$3 million in construction in 2008. Andy and his wife have 5 beautiful children and
live in Pace, FL.
Gabriel Everhart, BCN 1998 -Gabe is a Project Manager for The Crom Corpora-
tion in Gainesville. Crom is a builder of prestressed concrete water tanks all over the
Southeast. He's been with them since 2006 while also enrolled in the BCN graduate
Brian Kappele, BCN 1998 -Brian is now the Divisional Vice President of the Food
& Beverage business unit at Stellar. This division has revenue in excess of $130 mil-
lion per year with approximately 50 employees in this group. Brian and Anita have
a 4-year-old daughter and they live in Jacksonville, FL.
Pollajak Verawetwatana, BCN 1998 Paul has been an Investment and Develop-
ment Analyst and Sales Associate at NAI Realvest in Maitland, FL, since September
2007, handling responsibilities such as Site selection, GIS analysis, Market study,
Development feasibility analysis, Project scheduling, Permitting, Design coordina-
tion and Construction management.
12 Jeff Slade, BCN 1998 -Jeff was promoted to Project Executive for
Miller Construction Company and also celebrated the birth of his third
child in May.
Craig Hawley, BCN 1999 -Craig works with Hawley Realty & Investments, Inc.
He was proud to report that he recently harvested a bull elk in New Mexico at 900
Alex Moya, BCN 2000 Alex is co-founder and owner of Construction Manage-
ment and Consulting Group (CMCG). They are currently in their fourth year of
operations in South Florida. They provide Construction Management services to
developers as well as GC services. Projects of interest include the Infinity I Tower
(52 story, 459 unit condo) in Miami, FL, where they are the Interior Construction
Manager for all common areas and units. Alex and his wife, Melissa reside in Miami,
FL, with their one-year-old daughter, Sofia.
Daniel Adams, BCN 2000 -- Daniel has been working for Owen-Ames-Kimball
Company since graduation in 2000. He worked as a superintendent for two years,
constructing projects for the Lee County School Board and building the 36,000 SF
expansion to the Chico's World Headquarters, before being promoted to project
manager. As project manager he took over managing continuing services contract
with the Lee County Port Authority. Under this contract they do everything from
constructing airplane hangars at the local GA Airport to the $28 million dollar Run-
way Rehab project at the International Airport, a project which won multiple awards
from both the FAA and FDOT. In addition to managing multiple on-going projects
for the Lee County Port Authority, he recently completed the construction of the
FineMark National Bank and Trust Headquarters in Lee County.
Jim Hanusek, BCN 2000 Jim, who works for Fluor, has been working overseas
on a project called the Abu Dhabi Financial Center in the capital city of the UAE,
Abu Dhabi (about 1.5 hours SW of Dubai). The project is being built on a once
secluded island backed up to the downtown area of the city. The works include all
infrastructure (roads, bridges, utilities, etc.), a trade center building with 4 residen-
tial/commercial towers and retail, hotels, Cleveland Clinic Hospital. The first phase
of construction is scheduled for completion in April 2010, but there are "many more
years until final completion."
Mike Clancy, BCN 2001 -Mike graduated with his MBA from UF in May. He
joined FMI, management consultants and investment bankers for the construc-
tion industry, as a strategy and execution consultant for construction organizations
around the country. Mike, his wife, Cheryl, and son, Connor, moved to Raleigh, NC
Chad Adriani, BCN 2001 -Chad is with Coastal Construction Management work-
ing on a 348 unit apartment complex in Riverview, FL.
Matt Carlton, BCN 2002 -Matt is President of Carlton Construction & Develop-
ment, Inc. based in Green Cove Springs, FL. He was recently appointed by Gover-
nor Charlie Crist to the Florida Building Commission in October 2007 as the General
Contractor representative. Matt and his wife, Jacqueline, have 2 sons, Matthew (3
yrs. old) and Benjamin (6 months old). They live in Lake Asbury, FL.
Dan Roberts, BCN 2003 -Dan works for Coastal Bay Realty, LLC in Tampa, FL.
He has a daughter named Lilly who was born June 28, 2007 and is married to Larisa
Roberts (formerly Lanton) who is also a UF grad.
Dean Reed, BCN 2003 -Dean is a Project Manager for Johnson Bros., a national
heavy civil contractor. He is currently working on the Maitland Blvd. Extension, a
$37 million portion of a toll road project in Orlando, FL.
Ramiro Monies De Oca, BCN 2003 After working for a short time as the Director
of Public Works for the U.S. Army Garrison in Miami, FL, on June 23rd Ramiro was
appointed as Environmental Resources and Assessment Manager for Navy Region
Midwest. His job consists of procuring, managing and disbursing all resources to
the Environmental business line for Navy Region Midwest. He is married to Sofia
Chitikov (BS in Food Science, UF 2001) and they live in Chicago, IL.
Jeremy Voss, BCN 2003 -After graduation Jeremy took a position with PCL Con-
struction Services, Inc., Orlando, FL. He started his career with PCL working as a
field engineer on the Expedition Everest Roller Coaster in Animal Kingdom. After
completing the roller coaster, it was offto the Orlando World Center Marriott, where
he worked on a 280,000 square foot ballroom addition. From there he was promoted
to a Project Manager and has successfully completed several projects since. He is
currently leading a project for PCL in the Jacksonville area. Jeremy is engaged &
looks forward to getting married this April. Jeremy stated that "his first 5 years out of
college have gone well and that he is looking forward to the next 5 years."
David Pye, BCN 2003 -David is in Atlanta, working for Whiting-Turner as a proj-
ect manager. He started working with them after graduation and has enjoyed the
company and city "very much." He states that "Atlanta's a great place to watch the
Gators win championships!"
Karl J. Weber, Jr., BCN 2004 -Karl works for W.G. Mills as an Assistant Project
Manager and has recently received his General Contractors License for Florida.
Ashlea Offutt, BCN 2004 Ashlea is a Preconstruction Manager at Stiles Construc-
tion Company in Ft. Lauderdale. She became a LEED AP in May 2008.
Jason Paiva, BCN 2005 Jason currently works in Saint Petersburg, FL, for Bras-
field & Gorrie on a new replacement hospital for All Children's Hospital. On a per-
sonal note, he is also getting married next May to Natalie McGill, DIS '05, MSDIS
Andrew Niemann, BCN 2005 Andrew works for Hensel Phelps Construction Co.
in Orlando, FL, on the Airside 3 Rehabilitation Project at the Orlando International
Airport. He is an Office Engineer with Hensel Phelps and has been with them for
the past 6 months.
Matt Widmaier, BCN 2005 -Matt is working for Manhattan Construction Com-
pany as part of the joint venture team of Holder, Manhattan, Moody, Hunt, JV They
are constructing the Maynard H. Jackson International Terminal, the newest termi-
nal at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. He and his wife, Jenny, live in
Matt Ferlisi, BCN 2006 -Matt is currently working at Carolinas Medical Center -
Mercy, in Charlotte, NC, on construction of a Medical Office Building, 12 operating
rooms, a pharmacy, and various other patient care facilities. In February 2007, while
excavating for deep storm water utilities, they uncovered the remains of 13 early
North Carolina settlers buried in 1776 and 1777. After an extended bout with city
and state officials plus a PBS TV special, their projects are scheduled to conclude
in July 2009.
Vinnie Moreschi, BCN 2006 -Vinnie is a Senior Project Manager for Charles Perry
Construction of Gainesville, FL. He achieved LEED AP status in August 2008. Vin-
nie and his wife, Kristy, have four children, Olivia (7 yrs), Michael (4 yrs), Sophia
(2 yrs), and Dominic (newborn).
Javier Castano, BCN 2006 -In October 2008, Javier joined the Forensic Advisory
practice for KPMG, L.L.P. in New York, NY, specializing in Real Estate and Con-
struction Advisory. He brings his experience from Holder Construction Group in
Atlanta, GA to serve clients with their advisory needs, which range anywhere from
internal construction audit assistance to integrity and forensic advisory. Since gradu-
ating from the Rinker School in 2006, Javier remained at UF to complete a Master
of Arts degree at the Hough Graduate School of Business and took advantage of an
opportunity to work at a United States Embassy in Belgium for school credit. He
received his Master of Arts in International Business at UF in 2007.
Jayd Torchia, BCN 2006 -After graduation, Jayd moved to Houston where he
currently work for Jacobs Engineering on multi-billion dollar projects as a Project
Matthew Teele, BCN 2007 Matt is a Project Engineer for Balfour Beatty Construc-
tion in Raleigh, NC. He has worked on several projects for Wake County Schools
and Duke University Medical Center, and just started work on a $40 million office
building/cafe/parking deck project for Siemens in Cary, NC.
Alberto Ribas, BCN 2007 Alberto is currently working at Kansas State University
in Manhattan, KS, as an instructor for both Civil Engineering and their Construc-
tion Science department. He teaches CE 212 (Elementary Surveying) and CNS 200
(Computer Applications in Engineering and Construction) about 200 total students
a semester. Alberto is currently finishing up his Master's in Construction Manage-
ment from FIU this summer 2009 via distance education. He also recently passed
the Florida General Contactors exam.
Kyle Huggins, BCN 2008 -Kyle has been working for NDC since he graduated in
May. Kyle married Danielle Van Guilding on December 13th.
Matt Ruben, BCN 2008 Matt recently married his long-time girlfriend Wendy
Fahsholtz (HHP 2007) and the two now live in Atlanta. Matt is an Office Engineer
for Holder Construction in Atlanta, where he works on a data center for Hewlett
Bryan Menendez, BCN 2008 -Bryan is currently working as an Assistant Project
Manager on the Shands Cancer Hospital for Borrell Electric Co., Inc. He is continu-
ing to further his education at the University of Tampa by pursuing a Masters in
Business Administration with a Finance concentration. He has also become LEED
Accredited, and is now studying for the general contractors exam.
Ryan Belmont, Kyle Crisp, Tomeka Jordan, Scott Taylor, Jason Skalko, and
Caroline McCammack Smith, all BCN 2008 All are continuing their studies at the
University of Florida and will graduate with a Masters in Management in May 2009.
BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates
The Atlanta Gator BCN Alumni Club
The Atlanta Gator BCN Club met in October at the Olde Mill Steak-
house to celebrate its newly formed alumni club of one year with
a good showing of members present. The Club now has more than
100 members and growing. The club is planning its next meeting
in the spring of 2009 along with other social get-togethers and a
2009 fundraising event. Anyone who is interested in further infor-
mation aboutjoining the Atlanta BCN Club should contact Robert
Herndon by phone at (678) 352-1524 or by email at robherndon@
The Palm Beach County Gator BCN Alumni Club
The Palm Beach Club held a preliminary meeting in November to
plan their next Quarterly Member Meeting/Social. The meeting/
social was held at Duffy's Sports Grill on January 15, 2009, to start
off the New Year with fun and fellowship. The agenda included
a meet-and-greet, electing the new board, forming committees for
upcoming events, and celebrating our newly achieved National
Tampa Bay Gator BCN Alumni Club
The Tampa Bay BCN Gators held the First Annual Inshore Fish-
ing Tournament on Friday November 7, 2008, at the Little Harbor
Resort & Marina in Ruskin, FL. The event raised almost $6,000
for the Rinker School and had an attendance of almost 60 anglers
competing on 16 different boats. Angler's competed in three "big
fish" categories: Snook, Redfish, and Trout, along with one grand
prize for the Master Angler who caught the largest combined of all
three species. Prizes included rod and reel combos, tackle boxes,
flat screen TV, and great framed fish artwork for each winner. The
event was a major success and we can't wait to do it again next
year. Contact club president Chris Lucas (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for information on next year's tournament.
Jeff Nelson of David Nelson Construction smiles during
the Tampa Bay BCN Gators' First Annual Inshore Fishing
Northeast Florida Gator BCN Club 70th Anniversary Celebration
The Northeast Florida Gator BCN Alumni Club held its 70th Anni-
versary Celebration and Fundraiser on Saturday, October 18, 2008.
More than 120 alumni, friends, sponsors and students attended the
celebration, which was held at The Outpost, owned by the Ponte
Vedre Inn & Club. The Outpost is a beautiful old cabin/lodge on the
banks of the Guana State Preserve.
The afternoon began with "Gator Tailgating" and although this was
an open weekend for the Gators, there were plenty of SEC games
to watch on the flat screens around the room. Tailgating was fol-
lowed by dinner and a program where Dean Chris Silver (DCP) and
Director Abdol Chini (BCN) welcomed the group and provided up-
dates on the College and School. Dr. Chini introduced Erik Sharpe,
Director of the Club. Erik introduced Jesse Childre who was the
recognized Grand Guard member for the Northeast Club. Erik also
made special mention of Emeritus Faculty Dr. Brisbane Brown and
Professor Jack Martin who were in attendance.
A special thanks goes to Arnold Tritt who provided the crowd with
some amusing stories, including some about Dr. Brisbane Brown
and other faculty. Lifetime Achievement awards were given to Dr.
Brisbane Brown, emeritus faculty and Ronald Foster, Sr., of Stellar.
After a raffle where many gifts were handed out, the crowd social-
ized for the rest of the event. Many thanks go to the sponsors and
to the planning committee of this event, which rasied more than
$100,000 for the Rinker School's Endowed Professorship fund.
Evelyn Martin 1-..1. Ik li Jack Martin, and Stacey Alumni, students and friends gather on the porch during the
Barton attend the 70th celebration. Northeast Florida Gator BCN Club 70th Anniversary Celebration.
l1m Lanley (leC1) anU JaKCe vcKers smile ior a pno.o.
vr. ADUOI knml (le1n) anu ilm uoou pose ior a pnolo
during the 70th Anniversary Celebration.
Alumni, students and friends gather on the porch during the celebration.
Correspondence for all BCN Club future events are sent via e-mail,
14 so remember to update your e-mail address on the UFAlumni Web site
Jeff Blount Myron McCall
Tim Conlan Erik Sharpe
Josh Edwards Arnold Tritt
Tom Hanley Kim Stanley
Brasfield & Gorrie
Vulcan / Florida Rock Industries
Haskell Industrial BCN Alumni
Orange & Blue Sponsors
Auld & White
Lifetime Achievement Award
Tritt and Franson
S. David & Company Inc.
Friends of BCN Sponsor
Advanced Caulking & Coating
Ed Waters & Sons Contracting Inc.
In Memory of Zachary Blaine Schlitt BCN 2004
On November 30, 2008 the Rinker School and the University of
Florida lost a great friend. While returning from the Florida/Flor-
ida State football game in Tallahassee, Zach Schlitt encountered
severe weather and his plane was lost over the Gulf of Mexico
approximately 15 miles west of Yankeetown, FL. Zach had been
a licensed pilot and avid flyer since 1997 and was co-piloting with
his good friend, Darien Peckham. Zach recently moved from
Tampa to West Palm Beach as a result of a promotion within his
company, Boos Development Group, where he was a land acqui-
sitions manager. Zach had a tremendous impact on the people he
In Memory of Edward Watts
- BCN 2004
From his friends at Willis A. Smith
Superintendent for Willis A. Smith Construc-
tion, Inc., or as he was also known, First Lieu-
tenant, Edward Watts was unexpectedly taken
from us in a motorcycle accident Sunday, Jan-
uary llth. Ed was born in Montgomery, AL
and grew up in Ocala, FL. He joined the army
in 1995 and did a tour in Bosnia in 1996, then went on to complete
one tour in Iraq in 2003 and another in 2005. In April of 2005 he
was sent to Afghanistan and was there until July of 2006. Ed orig-
inally contacted us through our website from Afghanistan. Warren
G. Simonds, Ph.D., who is a former infantry officer in Vietnam
and is now VP. and CMO of Willis A. Smith Construction, Inc,
responded to Ed and believed he would be a great fit at W.A.S.C.
touched over the course of his life. Family
members, friends, and professional colleagues
spoke on Zach's behalf with the common
theme of his unyielding love for life, and his
infectious personality. A testament to his ef-
fect on those around him was evident by the
hundreds of people who attended his memori-
al service in Tampa, paying their final respects
to an individual who will truly be missed, but
never forgotten. Zach is survived by his par-
ents Ron and Pandora Schlitt, and his brother Ryan.
Ed wanted to use his college education in construction upon his
return to Florida and there was a perfect job opening for him. He
officially became a member of the W.A.S.C. team in 2006 and we
were very proud to have him onboard. As one of America's finest
soldiers, we honor him and as a true member of the WA. S.C. fam-
ily, he will be sorely missed, but always remembered. Ed worked
with the team on the Southside Elementary School Wing Addition,
Sarasota Opera House Renovation, and most recently on Ringling
College of Art & Design Academic Building. Ed was a devoted
and loving husband to Rian Watts whom he married in March of
2008. Ed loved her son as his own and spoke about him all the
time. Ed was a fun loving prankster who kept everyone laugh-
ing while he still managed to always be professional. He was as
blunt as a 2x4 to the forehead and we all loved him for that. He
passed away doing what he enjoyed and we are all heartbroken.
In Memory of Charles 'Addison' Mead After retirement, he returned to Pensacola to the home
- BCN 1951 he had built and spent several years as a consultant for
Upon graduation from Florida Charles was employed the U.S. Coast Guard on construction sites in Pensa-
by the Navy and aided in the construction of Sherman cola, FL, Mobile, AL and Pascogoula, MS. His educa-
Field, "Home of the Blue Angles" in Pensacola. He was tion and abilities afforded him a wonderful life and the
hired by General Services Administration and spent most opportunity to serve his government.
of his 33 years of government service in Atlanta, GA. After being diagnosed with inoperable cancer, he died
His duties there consisted of the supervision of new con- 8 months later on September 28, 2008. He is survived
struction and/or the remodeling of federal buildings in by his wife of 55 years, 5 children, 9 grandchildren
the 8 southeastern states. and 1 great-grandchild.
In Memory of John Otterness
- BCN 1974
John Otterness, who graduated in 1974 with
a master degree in BCN from the Univer-
sity of Florida, passed away November 13,
2008. During his years in the construction
industry he worked for Geupel De Mars,
Hardin Construction, and Brasfield & Gor- ___
rie. In 1991 he started Otterness Construc-
tion Company. Some of the most notable projects that John
was involved with was the Merchants Plaza in downtown India-
napolis; Harbor Island Hotel, One Metrocenter, and Buschwood
Park Office facility of Tampa, General Electric Credit Services
building in Lakeland and the Esplanade Condo Tower
In Memory of Hugh Thompson
- BCN 1950
Lt. Col. Hugh N. Thompson passed away
on November 17, 2008. Hugh's education
had been interrupted by World War II, when
he enlisted in the Navy. On returning home
he graduated in time to confront another
wartime tour of duty in the Korean War,
this time as a commissioned officer in the
Army. He later became an instructor in the
U.S. Command and Staff College of Fort Leavenworth and the
Industrial College of the Armed Forces. As a civilian, Hugh was
city manager of five cities in three different states, Chief En-
gineer, SE region, Economic Development Administration and
Senior Design Engineer for the U.S. Postal Service.
BCN Homecoming BBQ
On Friday, October 24, 2008, the University of Florida held its 85th
annual Homecoming Parade. Every year more than 100,000 fans
come out to see the parade floats including a float made by BCN
students that make their way down University Avenue.
Raymond Southern kneels in front
of the bronze plaque noting him as
a 2008 recipient of the Construction
Hall of Fame award.
John McIntyre addresses the crowd ga
front of Rinker Hall before receiving
Distinguished Alumnus award.
On Saturday, October 25, more than
100 alumni and friends of the M.E.
Rinker School of Building Construc-
tion gathered on the front lawn to
celebrate the University of Florida's
2008 Homecoming BBQ. The event
kicked off with an 11 a.m. induction
of Raymond Southern of Balfour
Beatty Construction into the BCN
Construction Hall of Fame. Ray-
mond (BCN 1973) has dedicated his
34-year career to the same company
and is currently the CEO of Balfour
Beatty Florida Division.
The Rinker School also recog-
nized John McIntyre as the
2008 Distinguished Alum-
nus. John (BCN 1984) is
co-founder and president of
McIntyre, Elwell & Stram-
mer General Contractors in
After much mingling,
reminiscing, and a healthy
dose of BBQ, BCN alumni
watched the Gator football
Steam dominate the Univer-
sity of Kentucky Wildcats
in a 63 to 5 trouncing at
"The Swamp" Saturday af-
A special thanks is owed
to Weitz Golf Interna-
athered in tional for sponsoring the
the 2008 Homecoming BBQ.
BCN students stand on top of the Rinker School's Homecoming parade float.
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Dr. Brisbane Brown II .i.i I, 1i Raymond Southern, Curtis Culver, Rick Derrer and
Jim Tucker stand with Dr. Abdol Chini (right)
Construction Hall of Fame
On Thursday, November 13, 2008, the Rinker School of Building Construc- BA NCF
tion recognized Breck Weingart (BCN 1980) into the BCN Construction
Hall of Fame. Breck selected his induction to take place among his friends Serving ties of:
and colleagues at the Builders Association of North Florida (BANCF) lun- L v Gchis -yette Taylor Mad
cheon held at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville.
Breck is President of Charles Perry Construction, Inc. and is co-owner of
both Charles Perry Construction and PPI Construction Management.
Special thanks to the Builders Association of North Central Florida for al-
lowing BCN to have this special event at their luncheon. ,.L BUILDERS
Breck Weingart gives his Construction Hall of Fame acceptance
speech on November 13.
Class of 1983 reunion
By Jeff Charlotte (BCN 1983)
Some 20 past graduates of the 1983 BCN class met over Home-
coming weekend to commemorate their 25-year reunion. On Fri-
day, October 24, 2008, a cocktail party was held at the Best Western
Gateway Grand, where our keynote speaker and past Director, Dr.
Brisbane Brown, presented a "nostalgic" slide show with pictures
evidencing the fact that some of us really did attend UF BCN!
In addition, Dr. Abdol Chini provided informa-
tion to the Alumni on the "State of UF BCN" in
2008 and beyond. Special thanks also goes out
to Professor Emeritus and former Chair Dr. Don
Halperin for attending the event as well where
his bow-tie and steel manual were retired!
On Saturday (game day), the Reunion class min-
gled with fellow past and present Gator BCNers
at the annual BCN Homecoming BBQ. Those
who had not seen the new Rinker Hall were to-
tally impressed with the facility and extremely
proud to see how far this program has come in
the past 25 years! Following the BBQ, the Re-
union Class marched over to the "SWAMP" and
watched the Gators trounce the Kentucky Wild-
cats in a seating block provided to us by the Uni-
versity Athletic Association. It looks as though
our 25th Reunion year has shaped up to be a spe-
cial year for Florida Gator Football as well! BCN class of 1983 m
Matt Craig, Fred Stra
Gordon Gross, and Bi
BCN Grand Guard Class of 1958
Congratulations to the following 1958 BCN
Alumni who were inducted into the University
of Florida Grand Guard Friday, November 21,
The events of the Grand Guard Weekend in-
cluded tours of Oak Hammock and the Univer-
sity, lunch at the Rinker School and the Gators
vs. Citadel football game. These BCN alums
were inducted at a ceremony held at the Hilton
that concluded with dinner and dancing. Jay Thompson .dg.....
photo during the Gra
On behalf of David Schmit and myself, we would like to thank all
of the 1983 UF BCN graduates who took the time to come back and
share in the 25-year Reunion activities. In addition, special thanks
goes to Kim Stanley and Lynne Capece who took time out of their
busy schedules to help with the cocktail party and gift packages.
This is a very special place and one we are all proud of!
Go UF BCN and Go Gators!
embers Mike Gulley (back row, left) Grier Silverbach, Dave Schmit, John Burket,
mmer, Greg Ferrone, Lee McNeill (front row, left), Tom Mitchell, Jeff Charlotte,
ll Borregard attend the Fall 2008 BCN Homecoming BBQ.
, Ii Billy Ayers, Abdol Chini and Nelson Romero smile for a
Lnd Guard events held at the Rinker School in November.
Fall 2008 Career Fair
The Rinker School held its Fall Career Fair on October 21,
2008 at the O'Connell Center. The career fair was another
success with more than 80 companies and approximately
400 students in attendance. Many pre-BCN students at-
tended the fair looking for internships, as well as students
from other schools within the College and other building
construction programs in Florida. The next career fair will
be in the spring, on February 17th, 2009. For more infor-
mation on sponsoring or attending the spring fair, please
contact the job placement office at (352) 273-1187.
Charles Perry Construction recruiters Missy
Boyer (back) Brian Crum, Vinnie Moreschi Graduate student Jesse Belknap talks to Eric
tan Chon. (front) talk to BCN grad student Ashley Weiss from ANF Group during the Major
Lopez (front left) and another student. Donors' Reception.
Recruiters Dan Downes (left) and Earle Cooper of Hawkins talk to a Brasfield & Gorrie recruiters Josh Johnston Graduate student Terry Clinefelter (left)
student during the career fair. (back left), Matt Long, (back right) talk to talks to David Wagner from Hensel
a student during the career fair. Phelps during the Major Donors' Recep-
Fall 2008 Welcome Reception
The newest faces walking the halls of the Rinker School of Build- Special rtaniks io
ing Construction filled a banquet hall at the Paramount Hotel on
September 4 for the Fall 2008 Welcome Reception, a chance for
just-accepted BCN students to learn about the school's programs Jbr spons g this e "a
and opportunities, and faculty and staff. One pertinent message for
BCN students was to embrace and take part in the school's many
academic, professional and networking offerings.
"Learn more about the school and make sure you take advantage
of all of the opportunities while you're here," urged director Dr.
Abdol Chini, describing the school's student organizations as "ac- Juniors Adam Milner (left) and Katie Klaproth (left) and Tristan Johannessen
tive" and "hands-on." Nearly a dozen student leaders, such as se- Carlos Lorenzo talk to new (right) of Robins & Morton stand with Dr.
nior Kevin Chupp the president of Student Chapter of Associated BCN students. Abdol Chini during the Welcome Reception.
Builders and Contractors invited new BCN students to join the
School's many acclaimed organizations. Students heard from repre-
sentatives of the NAHB Management Competition Team, National
Association of Women in Construction, Sigma Lambda Chi, the
USGBC/LEED team, and the BCN College Council, among others.
The students also heard brief introductions from faculty and staff,
as well as details from Dr. Chini on the school's student exchange
program, which offers academic exploration in Australia, Germany,
and Hong Kong.
Senior Matthew Hoyman (right) New BCN students David Cowan, Christo-
A special thanks is owed to Robins & Morton, who spon- talks to new BCN student Steph- pher Anderson and Jordan Wise pose for a
18 scored the Fall 2008 Welcome Reception. an Bird during the reception. photo.
Fall 2008 Convocation
The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction hosted an
exclusive convocation on December 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the UF Au-
ditorium for its students graduating in Fall 2008.
Convocation speaker Sidney Jordan of Clark Construction, who
is also chairman of the the school's Advisory Council Executive
Committee, reminded graduating students to celebrate friends and
family for helping them along the way. He also had a three-fold
message for BCN graduates: 1) follow your passion in life, whether
or not it is in construction 2) the construction industry "as you will
find out, is very small" 3) know that "you have the best education
that you can relative to the degree that you are bestowed."
Dr. Abdol Chini awarded four faculty members and students during
the ceremony, including Dr. Esther Obonyo, who received the Col-
lege of Design, Construction and Planning International Educator
of the Year Award; Dr. Kevin Grosskopf, who received the Rinker
School of Building Construction Excellence in Teaching Award;
graduate Elizabeth Markham, who received the Rinker School
of Building Construction Student Academic Excellence Award and
served as Student Speaker; and graduate Kevin Chupp, who re-
ceived the Rinker School of Building Construction Student Lead-
ership Award. The following faculty members served as marshals
during the convocation: Michael Cook, lan Flood, Kevin Grossko-
pf, Douglas Lucas, Esther Obonyo, Svetlana Olbina, Robert J. Ries
and Leon Wetherington. The convocation was followed by a gradu-
ation dinner at the Savannah Grande in Gainesville. Commence-
ment for all undergraduate students was held the following day,
Saturday, December 20.
This event would not have been possible without the vital and
thorough help of the following organizers: Julie Frey, Patty Bar-
ritt, Scott Nelson, and Kevin Chupp. A special thanks is owed to
Kitchen Art of South Florida for sponsoring the graduation dinner.
Shimberg Center Name Changed
The name of the Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing has been
changed to the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies. The purpose
of this new name is to reflect the broad scope of housing-related
research of the Shimberg Center. The discussion that follows illus-
trates the broad nature of the research activities of the Center.
Since 1998, the Shimberg Center has been responsible for the de-
sign and construction of four Hurricane Damage Mitigation Train-
ing & Demonstration Centers. The first regional center was built
in St. Lucie County, Florida, in 1999. Similar facilities are now
located in Escambia (1999), St. John's (2002), and Broward (2005)
counties. The outreach and educational programming that takes
place at the center is coordinated by the IFAS Program for Resource
Efficient Communities and plays a major role in breaking the cycle
of destruction and reconstruction that has been associated with Flor-
ida's hurricane season. In late 2006 the Shimberg Center's hous-
ing technology staff teamed with the College of Engineering and
the IFAS Program for Resource Efficient Communities to develop
a program for producing a Home Structure Rating System (HSRS)
that can be used statewide to assess the potential hurricane damage
for individual homes. Since February 2001, the Shimberg Center
has received and processed the Energy Code Compliance Forms
from every permit-issuing jurisdiction in Florida. As a result, the
Center is able to publish periodic reports summarizing the energy
conserving characteristics of new homes in Florida. As 2007 drew
to a close, the Shimberg Center's Housing Policy and Programs re-
search team finalized its evaluation of The Oaks at Riverview, a
HOPE VI redevelopment effort in Tampa. The Oaks at Riverview
is a redevelopment of the site formerly occupied by distressed pub-
lic housing complexes known as Riverview Terrace and Tom Dyer
Homes. The redevelopment effort has made a significant contribu-
tion to rising home values and a reduction in crime rates in the sur-
Underpinning much of the Shimberg Center's housing-related re-
search activity is the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse. The
origin of the Clearinghouse was with the Governor's Affordable
Housing Study Commission. At the Commission's urging, a work-
ing group of stakeholders that included representatives from local
governments, regional entities, housing advocates, groups such as
the Florida Home Builders Association and the Florida Association
of Realtors, and state agencies was organized in 2000. The Florida
Housing Data Clearinghouse was created to provide public access
to data on housing need and supply from a variety of national, state,
and local sources. Funding for the Clearinghouse is provided by the
Florida Housing Finance Corporation. In addition to collecting and
developing housing data, the Clearinghouse continues to expand its
capacity to collect, produce, and store this information for easy pub-
lic access. Users obtain data, produce reports, and perform analysis
by going to the Clearinghouse Web site (http://www.flhousingdata.
shimberg.ufl.edu). Indeed, the Affordable Housing Needs Assess-
ment, which is the data and analysis package prepared by the Clear-
inghouse for each local government to aid them with their compre-
hensive planning responsibilities, is available on the clearinghouse
Web site along with a variety of other reports.
UF doctoral student wins award for housing article
University of Florida doctoral student Patricia Roset-Zuppa is the
recipient of the ING Clarion "Most Outstanding Article Award"
given by the Comell Real Estate Review, a student-edited and man-
aged real estate journal. The award is given each year to the student
with the most distinguished article that appears in the Review. Ro-
set-Zuppa's article, "Curbing the Loss of Affordable Rental Hous-
ing in Florida: A Risk Assessment Approach," was selected among
submissions by graduate students from around the world.
The Powell Center for Construction and Environ-
The Powell Center for Construction and Environment, one of the
research centers in the Rinker School, has been meeting the high
demand for green building training by organizing and conducting
classes around the State on the USGBC's LEED for New Construc-
tion green building certification system. Since September 2007, the
Powell Center has conducted training at 60 sites to include several
outside of Florida (Boston, Indiana, and Georgia), and almost 3,000
contractors, subcontractors, and architects. The team of instructors
was organized by Dr. Charles Kibert and includes the newest BCN
professor, Dr. Jim Sullivan, plus several graduate students who are
LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED-AP). The LEED team puts
on a combination of scheduled 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 an 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 fol-
lowing is the schedule of on-site LEED courses for the Spring and
Jan 15-16, 2009 Orlando
Jan 29-30, 2009 Gainesville
Febl2-13, 2009 Tampa
Feb 26-27, 2009 Ft Lauderdale
Mar. 5-6, 2009 Orlando
Mar. 19-20, 2009 Jacksonville
Apr 16-17, 2009 Miami
Apr. 23-24, 2009 Tampa
May 7-8, 2009 Ft Lauderdale
May 21-22, 2009 Gainesville
June 18-19, 2009 Orlando
June 25-26, 2009 Miami
The two-day course provides continuing education credit for con-
tractors, architects, professional engineers, and landscape architects.
Registration information can be found at http://www.treeo.ufl.edu/
LEED. Study materials and a support Web site for the LEED-
AP exam can be found at the Powell Center for Construction and
Environment Web site 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 email@example.com.
Fluor Program for Construction Safety
Safety education at the Rinker School extends beyond the tra-
ditional classroom lectures. This fall, the safety classroom in-
struction was augmented with a scaffolding demonstration.
This demonstration was presented by Crom Equipment Rent-
als, Inc., a subsidiary of Crom Corporation of Gainesville.
This took place in the Perry Construction Yard with examples of
walk-through frame scaffolding and mobile scaffolding. The frame
scaffolding consisted of an example of well-constructed scaffold-
ing and an example of scaffolding with many common flaws. The
information on the scaffolding was provided by Bob Hendrix of
Crom Corporation and Brian Haddle of Crom Equipment Rentals.
The students learned a great deal by being able to actually see the
scaffolding and having experts point out the key points to remem-
ber when erecting and inspecting scaffolding. This was the sec-
ond year that Crom has set up this demonstration for our students.
Safety education is not limited to the students of the Rinker School.
In December, several faculty members attended an OSHA-500 class,
which qualifies these faculty members to teach the OSHA 10-hour
Associated Schools of Construction (ASC)
The Rinker School was selected to host the Associated Schools of
Construction (ASC) 45th Annual International Conference in con-
junction with the Annual Meeting of the Conseil International du
Batiment (CIB) Working Group 89 Building Research and Edu-
cation at the University of Florida, April 1-4, 2009. The theme
of the conference is "International Construction Education." The
internationalization of construction will continue and more compa-
nies will operate internationally. The construction curriculum must
prepare students for international opportunities. It should prepare
them for work in another country, in another culture, or in a firm
from another country. The papers and keynote speakers of this con-
ference will address how international influences, and their accom-
panying intermix of cultures, should be addressed
at the university level and what social and cultural
courses will be needed. Issues such as student and
faculty exchange programs, study abroad programs,
international certification of construction managers,
coverage of international codes and standards in
curriculum, and international research collabora-
tions will be addressed.
The ASC is the international association representing the interests
of both academic and industry professionals interested in institu-
tional construction education. The membership of the ASC, like the
field of construction management, is richly interdisciplinary, draw-
ing membership from such disciplines as architecture, engineer-
Gainesville VDC Workshop
Dr. Esther Obonyo, with the support of Dr. Raymond Issa, hosted
the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Technologies at Emer-
son Alumni Hall on November 24th and 25th, 2008. A total of 22
people participated in the workshop, which had a particular empha-
sis on how to best develop integrated VDC capabilities that support
education and learning within the built environment.
After a welcome message from Dr. Abdol Chini, there was a key-
note presentation from Prof. Fedro Zazueta, University of Florida's
Director for Academic Technology. Other keynote speakers includ-
ed Dr. Dennis R. Shelden (Chief Technology Officer Gehry Tech-
and the 30-hour courses. This OSHA-500 instruction was provided
by John Beaudry, Safety Director of Mechanical Services of Central
Florida (MCI). This four-day class was conducted in Rinker Hall.
The course covered a number of different safety topics and was
well-received by those who attended the class. We are grateful to
John Beaudry and MCI for accommodating us with this instruction.
The fall was the first semester in which only Junior-II students
were taking the safety class. Last year was the transition year
during which the safety class was taken by both J-IIs and S-IIs.
The seniors who graduated this past December were the first
students who had enrolled in the safety class as juniors. The
graduating senior who was selected as the Fluor Program Out-
standing Student in Construction Safety was Sean Snowden.
ing, management, technology, to name only a few. The Associa-
tion offers a variety of programs and services designed to help its
members serve their customers more effectively and succeed in an
increasingly challenging environment of information management
and technology. The Association is organized into seven regions in
the United States (Northeast, Southeast, Great Lakes, North Cen-
tral, South Central, Rocky Mountain, and Far West) and two in-
ternational regions, one for international institutions (Canada; Eu-
rope; Asia and the Pacific; and Caribbean/Central/South America)
and one for industry professionals. Regions within the U.S. hold
individual conferences and combine in the spring for a large inter-
national ASC Annual Conference. The ASC is dedicated to the pro-
fessional growth and success of its membership, and is committed
to fostering excellence in construction communication, scholarship,
research, education, and practice.
SIndustry sponsorships for the 45th Annual Interna-
tional Conference are still available. Sponsors will be
provided recognition on the conference Web site and in
conference materials, four free registrations, and many
other benefits. In addition, a two-day guest program
will provide friends and families the opportunity to
enjoy Florida's Nature Coast, St. Augustine and many other area
attractions. The conference will be held at the Hilton University
of Florida Conference Center. More information on the confer-
ence can be found at www.asc2009.org or by contacting Dr. Kevin
Grosskopf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
nologies), Stephen Stott (Autodesk -Education Program Manager
for Europe, Middle East and Africa), Garry S. Orsolini (Technol-
ogy Director HP Education Services), Joerg Rudolph (Southeast
Regional Manager, PERI Formwork Systems, Inc.) and Mark Tel-
lam (Project Manager, Technology Transfer & Commercialization
Florida Manufacturing Extension Partnership).
The workshop attracted participants from the University of Florida,
Penn State University, University of Central Florida, Georgia Tech
and University of Arkansas. There were two additional participants
representing the Alachua County School System.
We would like to thank the following people for donating their time and sharing their knowledge and experience with our students:
BCN 1102 Intro to Building
-Matt Webster, Charles Perry Construction
-Tim Good, The Haskell Company
-Chip Reid, Current Builders
-Vince Carnes, Career Placement Center
BCN 4510 Mechanical Systems
-Jason Sparks, Gainesville Regional Utili-
-Jim Tharp, Tharp Plumbing
-Erik Linquist and Tim Johnson, Brasfield
-Walt Traxler, W.W. Gay
-David Epps, Holder Construction
-Ryan Abramski, Coastal Mechanical
BCN 4023 -Creating Affordable Housing
-Adam Bolton, Robinshore, Inc.
-Dr. Pierce Jones, IFAS Program for Re-
source Efficient Communities
-Diep Tu, Florida Concrete & Products As-
-Linda Patrick, Gainesville Building Dept.
-Ron Gaines, Simpson Strongtie Company
-Robert Beisel, NuDura Insulated Concrete
-Michael McCormick, Hanes-City-based
Aercon of Florida, LLC
BCN 5618 Comprehensive Estimating
-Coty Foumier, Jobsitel23.com
-Craig Noble, Jobsitel23.com
BCN 4787 Construction Capstone
-Michelle Forte Young, Forte Young Con-
Dr. Richard Smailes II..... I, 11 Michelle Forte Young
of Forte Young Construction, Inc. and Dr. Abdol Chini
pose for a photo.
BCN 4712 Leadership and Manage-
ment in Construction
-Pete Pace, Clancy & Theys Construction
-Tim Good, The Haskell Company
-Sid Jordan, Clark Construction Group
-John Omran, Clark Construction Group
-John McIntyre, MES General Contractors
-Ray Southern, Balfour Beatty
-John Sofarellli, J. Raymond Construction
Coty Fournier (left) and Craig Noble (right) of Job-
sitel23.com stand with Dr. Abdol Chini.
Allen Strickland BCN Junior
I have had the opportunity to work for M.M.
Parrish Construction Company in Gainesville
while going to school. I've been working with
them for 3-1/2 years with that time being split
between the field and the office. I gained valu-
able experience in the field seeing the project be-
ing built from the ground up. Adding that experi-
ence with where I'm at now in the office, I understand not only the
construction side but the business aspects as well. M.M. Parrish has
allowed me to gain invaluable experience that I will carry with me
when I graduate from the University of Florida and start a career.
Haim Benjamin BCN Senior
I have completed two internships, one
with James A. Cummings in South
Florida and most recently in Las Ve-
gas with the Perini Building Company.
Perini is one of the premier builders on
the strip, and the project I was work-
ing on was CityCenter, which is a new
mixed-use development located on the strip between the Monte
Carlo and the Bellagio. MGM Mirage is the owner and the project is
worth over $11 billion dollars, making it the largest privately fund-
ed project in U.S. history. The project highlights include the 4,000
room ARIA hotel and casino which serves as the centerpiece of the
project, multiple high rise condos, another hotel called the
22 MANDARIN, retail shops, a monorail, and a theatre for
Cirque du Soleil, to name a few. I worked on the ARIA tower out in
the field for half of the summer. Some of the responsibilities I held
included handling submittals, running a punch list crew, and work-
ing on OST I then moved to the on-site Perini office (which was a
2 story, tilt up real building) and worked with the QA/QC (Qual-
ity Assurance/Control) team and worked mainly on firestop issues.
Perini also had us go through several training programs such as one
for OST, one for ProLog, Safety, as well as a LEED for CityCenter
Hardin Construction Company interns and BCN students Allan Mar-
shall i -.1 1,i, .I (ce Anderson, Alex Wood, and Jared Contat stand
with Brantley Barrow (center), Company Chairman.
Opportunities to help
The Rinker School has 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 back 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 Fall 2009 $1,500
Graduation Dinner Fall 2009 $3,500
BCN Newsletter Spring 2010 $8,000
NAHB Competition Spring 2010 $5,000
Welcome Reception Fall 2011 $6,000
LEED Competition Team Spring 2012 $6,000
Homecoming BBQ Fall 2012 $3,500
If you need additional information, please con-
tact Dr. Abdol Cini (email@example.com). .
Past Event Sponsors
Special thanks to our past event sponsors.
Commercial Team (1998 present) -
Design-Build Team (2002-present) -
Heavy/Civil Team (2006-present) -
NAHB Competition Team
2003 London Bay Homes
2004 Centex Homes
2005 BCBE Construction
2006 BCBE Construction
2007 Mercedes Homes
LEED Competition Team
Spring 2007 ME&S
Spring 2008 Beck Group
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 2008 Hawkins Construction
Fall 2008 Kitchen Art of S. Florida
Spring 2001-Weitz Company
Fall 2001- Brasfield & Gorrie
Spring 2002 Fluor Corp
Fall 2002 -Turner Construction
Spring 2003 Weitz Company
Fall 2003 Fluor Corp.
Spring 2004 Brasfield & Gorrie
Fall 2004 -Current Builders
Spring 2005 Weitz Company
Fall 2005 Charles Perry Construction
Spring 2006- James A. Cummings
Fall 2006 Clancy & Theys
Spring 2007 Holder Construction
Fall 2007 Clancy & Theys
Spring 2008 The Weitz Company
Fall 2008 Robins & Morton
2004 Brasfield & Gorrie
2005 Burkhardt Const.
2006 Holder Construction
Future Event Sponsors
Spring 2009 Hardin Construction
Fall 2009 Holder Construction
Spring 2010 Brasfield & Gorrie
Fall 2010 Clancy & Theys
Spring 2011 Hardin Construction
Spring 2009 James A. Cummings
Fall 2009 Brasfield & Gorrie
Fall 2010 Hawkins Construction
Fall 2011 Current Builders
Fall 2009 Clancy & Theys
Spring 2009 Holder Construction
Spring 2010 James A. Cummings
Spring 2011 Clancy & Theys
Graduate Student Reception
Spring 2009 Current Builders
2007 Angle & Schmid
2008 Weitz Golf
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 Gerdau AmeriSteel
Fall 2008 Charles Perry Const/PPI
Spring 2009 Hawkins Construction
Graduate Student Reception
Fall 2000- Ajax Construction
Fall 2005- Turner Construction
Fall 2007- Stiles Corporation
Spring 2008 Clark Construction
Fall 2008 Clancy & Theys
Spring 2008 Clark Construction
Arthur A. Coia and R.P. Vinall James A. Cummings H.H. Block
Guy Abi-Nader $1,000 Haim Benjamin $2,000 Andrew Green $1,000
Nathan Bevan $1,000 Matthew Estler $2,000
Kristin Gray $1,000 Conrado Rodrigues $2,000 Jones Endowment
Nicholas Hohman $1,000 Chris Zink $2,000 Terry Clinefelter $1,500
Cassidy Resnick $1,000 Adam Picow $1,500
Allison Stanley $1,000 Daughertv Endowment
Balfour Beattv Construction
Silvia Moukhitara $1,000
Builders Association of North Central
Paul and Laura Dickert
Frank W. Reed Central Florida Builders'
Reed Foote Steel
R.C. Stevens Construction
Jack Jennings & Son
Walker & Company
Professor Anthony Section Memorial
Seong Jin (Tommy) Kim $1,500
Ronald V. Tadrowski
The Clark Construction Group
Drew Berman $1,500
Lacinda Cheney $1,500
Mathew Forenza $1,500
Chris Hostetler $1,500
Kristyna Lannon $1,500
Joshua Walker $1,500
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
By Patrick Suermann training and knowledge helps our students continue our prestigious
With Engineering News Record labeling 2008 as the so-called
"Building Information Modeling (BIM) tipping point," BCN alum-
ni should be glad to know that the Rinker School has already been
active in BIM for many years. Dr. Raymond Issa and his Ph.D.
students have researched and published on BIM and its collabora-
tive efforts. In May, the Rinker School helped put on the first BIM4-
Builders Event at the Hilton UF Conference. Industry leading pro-
fessionals convened to discuss best practices and lessons learned.
In June, the Rinker School hosted the first of two extension program
BIM classes held in 2008 where construction project managers and
engineers came to Rinker Hall's computer lab to learn first-hand
how to author and manage BIM content in the Revit suite of prod-
ucts-Revit Architecture, Structure, and MEP. Dr. Svetlana Olbina,
who taught part of the class, said that this was a great way to keep
the industry abreast of the latest technical knowledge while opening
our doors to industry and learning about what was going on in the
In the summer and fall of 2008, the Rinker School coordinated an
initiative by the buildingSMART Alliance North American educa-
tional outreach team to develop a survey and create a database of
all the schools in North America who were teaching, researching,
or using BIM in their curriculum. More than 60 schools from most
of the 50 states and even Australia and the island of Mauritius re-
sponded! Dr. Raymond Issa presented the results of the survey at
the AEC-ST fall event in December in Washington, DC.
The students are the primary benefactor of all this BIM research.
BIM is supplementing the accredited curriculum in estimating,
HVAC, and drawings classes this semester. We never forget who
we're working for, and we want our graduates to be the most pre-
pared candidates in today's competitive construction market. BIM
2008 CEMEX-USA Field Trip
By Dr Robert Ries
More than 40 students participated in the 2008 CEMEX-USA field
trip to the Miami area this past fall. The trip included a visit to a ce-
ment plant, an aggregate mining operation, and a construction site
where concrete is an important construction material. This gives
students a chance to see how concrete is made from raw materials
and used in construction.
On November 12, 2008 a charter bus transported students and fac-
ulty to a hotel in the Miami area. Early the next morning the field
trip began with the first stop at a CEMEX-USA cement plant, where
plant managers discussed the details of cement manufacturing, in-
cluding how clinker kilns work, the raw materials needed and their
sources, and the operating procedures.
We then re-boarded the bus and drove to the FEC Quarry. The quar-
ry mines raw materials and aggregate for concrete. FEC personnel
gave a presentation on quarry operations while the group had their
lunch. We then went for a tour of the quarry. One of the highlights
was an opportunity to closely examine some of the heavy equipment
used on the site. Our next stop was a construction site in downtown
reputation as not only the oldest, but one of the best Schools of
Construction in the country.
Also of note, Air Force Major Patrick C. Suermann, P.E. expects to
receive his doctoral degree in May of 2009. His dissertation titled,
"Evaluating the Impact of BIM on Construction" sought to docu-
ment qualitative and quantitative differences from pilot BIM proj-
ects in the Army Corps of Engineers. His benchmarking method
used for statistical analysis is slated for inclusion in the next Army
BIM road map and should be used as a tool to help the Army evalu-
ate their $24 billion of MILCON annually starting in Fiscal Year
Rinker Scholar, Ph.D. Candidate, Patrick Suermann stands outside Bird's
Nest in October 2008 for the International Conference on Computing in
Civil and Building Engineering (ICCCBE).
Miami, where we took a tour of a hotel/condominium project. The
tour was comprehensive and gave students an opportunity to discuss
various types of concrete construction techniques with the construc-
tion managers. The trip was extremely educational, and students
and faculty would like to thank everyone involved for making the
More than 40 students participated in the 2008 CEMEX USA
field trip to Miami in the fall.
Student Exchange Program
From Gainesville to Hong Kong ...
By Jared Contat and Justin Gelcynski
The exchange program to Hong Kong Polytechnic University has
provided a truly unforgettable experience. Throughout our semester,
the faculty and students of Poly U have been very welcoming and
hospitable. From our very first day, local students excitedly waited
for the end of class to introduce themselves and make us a part of
their student community. We were integrated into local groups for
course and lab work, invited to join local students for out-of-class
study sessions before exams, and even played University sports for
the Poly U team. Within the first few weeks, our classmates had
even given us Chinese names according to our personalities. Our
teachers were eager to help in any way possible and our classmates
were as interested in learning about America as we were about
Hong Kong. We felt proud to be able to share the American culture
with both the local students as well as other exchange students from
around the world. We honestly couldn't have asked for a more en-
joyable and invaluable semester, and have made lifelong friends in
Hong Kong itself is really an amazing place with countless new
things to enjoy and learn from. Beyond the classroom, we feel very
fortunate to have been able to take part in the local life and experi-
ence many new traditions, try many new types of food, and see
many naturally beautiful places. The nightlife is an experience in it-
self and never really stops until the sun is out again. Living in Hong
Kong was also a great opportunity for us to visit other Asian coun-
tries and further our cultural experience. We are looking forward to
bringing the culture and experiences of Hong Kong back to The Ga-
tor Nation and are very grateful to UF for giving us this opportunity
to be a part of this exchange, as well as to Poly U for welcoming us
to their family. We strongly encourage other UF students to take the
same adventure that we did to Hong Kong; it's been a journey we
will never forget.
BCN students Jared Contat (left) and Justin Gelcynski (right) stand next to lab
instructor Joseph Lam (center) during their semester abroad in Hong Kong.
From Hong Kong to Gainesville ...
Cheuk "Jack" Yin Wong, Chun "Ryan" Yu Lee, and Fan "Sophia"
Zhang were the Rinker School of Building Construction's three ex-
change students from Hong Kong during the Fall 2008 semester.
Jack, Ryan and Sofia sang the praises of Gainesville, the University
of Florida, the Rinker School of Building and Construction, and Ga-
tor football. All three students said that they were "very thankful for
the opportunity" to attend the University of Florida and were grate-
ful for the warm welcome they received from the Rinker School
students, staff and faculty.
Of his time in the United States, Ryan said:
"I think this is a really good school and I had a lot of great expe-
riences here. I really benefited from taking part in a construction
program called Rebuild Gainesville, where I learned about build-
ings and gained real-life experience." Ryan said he made a lot of
close friendships on campus and had an excellent time experienc-
ing American culture, from movies to student gatherings to BCN
classes. "Also the football games are really exciting, because you
can see the passion of the people in The Gator Nation," said Ryan.
The positive vibe he felt when surrounded by Gator fans was a won-
derful feeling that will be hard to replicate, he said.
Meanwhile, Jack said:
"The University of Florida is a great place to study. In Hong Kong,
people are always rushing around and seem to be too busy for any-
thing. Here, you always see students studying on the grass or relax-
ing on one of the quads." Jack, who is a proud honorary
Gator, also said he really enjoyed the weather in Florida,
26 since Hong Kong is "much more humid."
And Sophia summed up her experiences with the following state-
"I really enjoyed the environment and the weather in Gainesville.
There's really a lot of vegetation and blue skies. In Hong Kong,
there are a lot of tall buildings and too many people. UF, I think
is an excellent university and offers a lot of courses and opportu-
nities. Besides construction, I also took a course in photography.
The professors here are very helpful. In the beginning I had some
difficulty staying with the class, but professors were very patient;
and also my classmates, they helped me a lot. I think this is really
a good academic environment to pursue a master's degree. I really
enjoyed it here."
Fan "Sophia" Zhang (from left), Dr. Abdol Chini, Cheuk "Jack" Yin Wong, and
Chun "Ryan" Yu Lee stand together in December before the trio headed back to
Student Competition Teams
Construction Management Team
The University of Florida Construction Management Team did it
again! On October 22nd-24th the Rinker School of Building Con-
struction, Construction Management team won the 2008 ASC-AGC
Region II Student Competition in Jacksonville, FL. Members of the
team included Kevin Chupp as Project Manager, Lindsey Ore as
Company President, Scott Nelson as Superintendant, Sean Snowden
as Director for Pre-Construction, Adam Milner as Quality Control,
Carlos Lorenzo as Environmental, Health, and Safety Director, and
Marisa McGough and Alyce Anderson shadowed the team. Profes-
sor Michael Cook attended as the Team Faculty Advisor and Coach.
The team was sponsored by Balfour Beatty Construction. Balfour
Beatty contributed financially, and also sent a group of industry pro-
fessionals to coach the team before leaving for the competition.
The teams received the construction documents for the Florida Hos-
pital Bed Tower addition in Orlando, FL on Thursday morning and
had 12 hours to put together an estimate, project management plan,
schedule, and safety plan. Team presentations took place Friday
morning with an awards ceremony that night. This year the compe-
tition also included a debriefing where the judges gave each team
a brief critique on their presentations and work during the com-
petition. The Rinker Construction Management team was the only
team to estimate the actual bid price of the project within 1%. The
University of Florida took home first place, ahead of Clemson and
Auburn, and will attend the National Competition in San Diego in
March. The team was incredibly excited by the victory, including
returning team member Carlos Lorenzo who said, "It was a great
victory that we could only have achieved as a team and we are
proud to bring success to The Gator Nation."
BCN students Adam Milner (from top left), Sean Snowden, Carlos
Lorenzo, Team Faculty Advisor and Coach Mike Cook, Lindsey Ore,
Scott Nelson, Kevin Chupp, Alyce Anderson (bottom left) and Marisa
McGough (bottom right.)
Heavy Civil Team
The Heavy/Civil competition team finished second in the Southeast
Regional ASC/AGC Student Team Competition, edged out by Virginia
Tech by 0.15 point on a scale of 100. The Competing Schools be-
sides UF and Virginia Tech were Clemson, Auburn, NC A&T, South-
ern Polytechnical Institute, Georgia Southern, Western Carolina, and
The team was sponsored by Nelson Construction Company and was
aided by several contractors who spent time with the team helping
them prepare for the competition, including Jeff Nelson and the com-
petition sponsor, Kiewit Construction. Team members, all Rinker stu-
dents, included Allen Smith (Captain), Ryan Dehahn, Eric Kleinzweig,
Andrew Green, Russell Dingman, and Sina Bazargan Lari. The team
was coached by Dr. Edward Minchin.
Student Club Activities
National Association of Women in Construction
The National Association of Women in Construction, UF Chapter
participated in many fun events during the Fall 2008 semester. Each
semester, NAWIC takes a professional trip to tour various construc-
tion projects. This semester, NAWIC went to Orlando and toured
three of Disney's current hospitality projects, the Treehouse Vil-
las, the Contemporary Bay Lake Tower, and the Animal Kingdom
Lodge. The ladies of NAWIC put on a fundraiser breakfast at Ap-
plebee's on October 4th to raise money for club activities. NAWIC
partnered with ABC and hosted the South Carolina game tailgate at
Rinker Hall on November 15th. They also helped organize and fund
the BCN college council social at Eight Seconds on December 4th.
Front: Dr. Edward Minchin (from left), Ryan Dehahn, Sina
Bazargan-Lari, Andrew Green. Back: Eric Kleinzweig ii..i I i
Allen Smith, Russel Dingman.
Dana Shaut, Vice President, (from left) Allison Stanley, Treasurer, Kelly
McLaughlin, Secretary, Rachael McKercher, President, Courtney
Zurich, Professional Trip Chair.
National Association of Home Builders
The Fall 2008 semester was a very exciting one for the National
Association of Home Builders. NAHB kept very busy with events,
meetings, speakers, and socials. The club started strong with its first
meeting of the semester in September with a great turn out for our
guest speakers, two UF construction management graduates, Jennifer
Grinnan and Adam Bolton from Robinshore Homes.
NAHB teamed up with AGC for the second meeting of the semester.
Members enjoyed a very interactive meeting with a representative
from Kiewit Southern Co. Ms. Christine Beaudoin prepared members
for the upcoming career fair with advice on interviewing and resume
From left to right is Dr. Robert Stroh, Cassidy Resnick i', .. I,.I~
Angela Campbell (Vice President), Jody Crabtree ( I i .. and
Devon Toohey (Secretary).
tips. NAHB had their final meeting in November with John Sofarelli
from J. Raymond Construction. Mr. Sofarelli gave students insight
into the job market and some very good suggestions for how to get a
job in this market or explore other options.
On October 16, 2008, NAHB volunteered to help staff the Build-
ers Association of North Central Florida's Horseshoe Tournament.
NAHB has been a huge support for the Rinker School of Construction
Home Building Team. Volunteers helped by serving food, setting up,
and directing cars. NAHB also held a bowling social in September at
Alley Katz, and all NAHB members were encouraged to come out for
the BCN Toys for Tots event at 8 Seconds.
Siqma Lambda Chi
Sigma Lambda Chi (SLX) is conducting an ongoing service
project at CARD, the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
(www.card.ufl.edu), which serves local children and adults of all
levels of intellectual functioning who have autism.
SLX members dedicated time and effort this
November to renovating and repairing CARD's
office space in Gainesville by installing cabi-
nets, moving furniture, assembling new furni-
ture that SLX purchased, and painting walls,
among other services.
Scott Nelson, the UF BCN SLX Chapter Presi-
dent, organized a BBQ fundraiser before the
LSU game on October 11, 2008, to raise money
for supplies, furniture and art for the center.
Faculty & Staff News
Florida native Daphne Choice has recently joined the BCN staff
as the new senior secretary, a demanding position that includes
manning the front desk at 304 Rinker Hall; handling office supply
purchasing; and organizing staff and student
events, such as welcome receptions and grad-
"It just keeps you busy," she said of her new
role at Rinker. "I'm definitely the type of per-
son that just doesn't like to sit around, so this
position is perfect." Daphne left her job as a
Smail clerk at Gainesville Regional Utilities to
become a member of the BCN team in Au-
gust. "I really enjoy the close relationships
everyone has and everyone is really enjoy-
able to work with," said Daphne, who added that she lo\ c.s coming
to work every day."
Daphne, who was born and raised in Perry, FL, lives in Gainesville
with her 10-year-old son Chris.
Return from Sabbatical
This past fall semester, Dr. Jimmie Hinze was on sabbatical leave.
He spent most of the semester as a visiting faculty member
28 in the Construction Science Department at Texas A&M
University. He helped teach a graduate-level
course on construction safety and he also col-
laborated on research and publications.
Dr. Hinze concluded his sabbatical leave with
a brief visit to the University of New South
Wales in Sydney, Australia, where he collab-
orated on research. During the semester, he
also worked as a co-author on a textbook on
managing the scope of work of subcontrac-
tors. The book is expected to be released later in 2009. He returned
completely refreshed to the University of Florida campus where he
has resumed his usual responsibilities in the Rinker School.
'Extra Mile' Award
BCN Office Manager Patty Barritt was se-
lected to receive a 2008-09 Division Three
Superior Accomplishment Award, an achieve-
ment that recognizes efforts that "go the ex-
tra mile and beyond normal assigned duties."
Ms. Barritt received a check in the amount of
$200, a certificate, and a coffee mug as to-
kens of appreciation. All winners in the Di-
vision Three categories move forward to be
considered for the university-wide awards.
Dr. Edward Minchin has been awarded a research contract by the
Construction Industry Institute to research the impact of counter-
feiting on the construction industry. The contract, worth $223,000,
includes BCN visiting faculty member Dr. Russell Walters as Co-
Principal Investigator. The project, titled
"Product Integrity Concerns in Low-Cost
Sourcing Countries," runs though December,
2010, and has a research team that includes
investigators from five nations.
In June, Dr. Minchin made a presentation
titled "Activities of ASCE Committee on
Construction Quality Management and In-
spection," to the American Society of Civil
Engineers (ASCE) Construction Leadership
Forum in Chicago, IL.
Dr. Minchin also presented a paper based on his recent research at
the 30th Annual Meeting of the Association of Preservation Tech-
nology in Montreal, Quebec, on October 15, 2008. The paper was
entitled "Active Interrogation Techniques for Non-Destructive In-
vestigation of Historic Structures." Finally, Dr. Minchin had two
papers published in top journals this fall. One entitled "Computer
Applications in Intelligent Compaction" was published in the ASCE
Journal of Computing in Civil Engineering; and another, titled "A
Highway Construction Quality Index for Florida," was published in
the Transportation Research Record, the Journal of the U.S. Trans-
portation Research Board.
Dr. Charles Kibert received a grant from the
National Science Foundation of $297,000 to
develop a novel ethical framework for sus-
tainability that will be designed to be de-
livered to graduate students and technical
professionals via conventionally delivered
classes, distance learning, and professional
Dr. Kibert organized a multidisciplinary
team from the Political Science, Religion,
and Forestry Departments to carry out the ob-
jectives of this two-year research program.
Dr. Kibert completed the second edition of "Sustainable Construc-
tion: Green Building Design and Construction," published by John
Wiley & Sons. The book has evolved into one of the most success-
ful publications from John Wiley, having sold over 12,000 copies.
The third edition of this book is planned for 2010 publication. Dr.
Kibert was one of the keynote speakers for an international con-
ference, "Operations Research 2008" held in Augsburg, Germany
in September 2008. The title of his presentation was "Applying
Operations Research Methods to Resolve Complex Sustainable
Construction Problems" which addressed how sophisticated math-
ematical and optimization tools could be applied to determine the
least cost approach to resolving many of the complex sustainability
problems facing the construction industry.
Dr. Esther Obonyo received an NSF-ASEE travel fellowship to
present at a Globalization of Engineering Workshop held at the Pre-
toria Hotel Sea Point in Cape Town South Africa on the 17th and
18th of October. This workshop focused on lessons learned from
USA-Africa Partnerships. She was also
invited to participate in the International
Federation of Engineering Education Soci-
eties' (IFEES) annual Global Engineering
Education Summit immediately following
the NSF-ASEE workshop, on October 19
and 20 at the University of Cape Town.
Dr. Obonyo also presented a paper (co-
authored with Dr. Alfred Omenya and Dr.
Robert Ries) at the ASEE's Seventh ASEE
Global Colloquium, which was organized
in partnership with the African Engineering Education Association
and the University of Cape Town from the 21st to the 23rd of Octo-
ber. The paper focused on the NSF award for creating international
research experiences for students.
During the three years that Dr. Obonyo has been at the Rinker
School, she has had major accomplishments as an "international
educator." Dr. Obonyo's research interests range across construc-
tion informatics (intelligent information and knowledge-based sys-
tems for construction), sustainable building technologies and more
recently the globalization of construction engineering education.
In all these areas, she has collaborated with leading professionals
in the built environment to further scientific advances. Her recent
international research activities in the area of sustainable building
technologies have been focusing on the use of eco-materials.
Dr. Jim Sullivan and Ph.D. Candidate Mark
Russell studied together and passed the State
of Florida Certified General Contractors
exam this past summer and Dr. Sullivan re-
ceived his license this fall. Dr. Sullivan will
be incorporating portions of the exam study
material and text in his BCN 3224 Construc-
tion Techniques class. The current Florida
SI Building Code is already included through-
/ out the course and elements of the Safety and
Estimating preparations will be added.
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf received funding
SJ I from the National Electrical Contractors
I Association (NECA) for the development
S of post-disaster training materials for elec-
L trical workers. This project will train elec-
I trial contractors and their employees to
identify, avoid and mitigate electrical safety
Hazards during post-disaster reconstruction
L efforts. Special emphasis will be placed on
s ji the development of OSHA compliant low-
literacy and non-English training materials.
A secondary focus will be devoted to non-
electrical clean-up workers likely to be exposed to downed power
lines, damaged electrical systems and equipment.
The Charles R. Perry Construction Yard Craft Awareness-
Dr. Jim Sullivan, Leon "Doc" Wetherington, and BCN staff mem- the importance of craft training throughout the state. According
ber Donald Alex took advantage of the Perry Yard facility to pro- to Employ Florida Banner Center for Construction, the construc-
mote craft awareness this semester. Labs were held with regard tion industry faces the following three significant challenges: the
to structural steel, carpentry, masonry (brick and block), concrete recruitment of both entry level and skilled workers; the assessment
placement, pre-cast, and residential framing. Students performed of new and incumbent workers; and the delivery of cost effective,
well with regard to all projects and the opportunity to work directly certified craft training. The Mobile Training Center was created as a
with materials and industry representatives was appreciated. Whit- "demonstration product designed to show any construction partner
ley Steel, along with support from Dr. Ajay Shanker, produced the an innovative methodology for delivering all, or any combination
design and donated the steel erection set. Division Five steel erec- of the above." The students had the opportunity to try their skills at
tors donated a crew for the initial erection and set-up. the heavy equipment simulator, which they found to be quite chal-
Mr. Kurt Morauer from Santa Fe Community College brought the
Banner Mobile Training Center to the Rinker School to emphasize
BCN Junior Ryan Gleason (left) reviews project outlines with
BCN Junior Peter Vastyan in the Perry Yard.
BCN students place a concrete footer during a class
in the Perry Yard.
Kurt Morauer (center) from Santa Fe Community College
speaks to students about the Banner Mobile Training Center.
BCN Junior Brian Morgan pours
Quikrete into a mixer in the Perry Yard.
Dr. Jim Sullivan (right) and grad student Terry
Clinefelter (left) take a break after tearing down a
steel erection set in the Perry Yard.
BCN junior Rachael McKercher takes part in the brick lab in
the Perry Yard.
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