A Message From ...
Dr. Christopher Silver, Dean
It is hard to believe the new academic
year is nearly upon us. At the same
time, I must say I am eager to con-
tinue work, with the full faculty on
board, on a variety of last year's ini-
Stiatives. For example, we are prepar-
search facility in Orlando, "Citi-Lab
Orlando," in collaboration with the
University of Central Florida. This
will give DCP programs a long-over-
due presence in this important Florida
metropolis, and it will give our stu-
dents a chance to engage with issues in Florida's development
beyond our Gainesville laboratory. We also are several steps
closer to launching a new Master of Sustainable Design program
based in Singapore, along with a student exchange program in
building construction with the world class National University
of Singapore. More on these initiatives in the months ahead.
As you know, the Rinker School and the College of DCP are
unique in the disciplines offered within our college and a new-
ly created academic organization will maximize this strength.
The Architecture + Construction Alliance (or A+CA) includes
the 13 universities across the nation that have both architecture
and building construction programs within the same college on
their campuses. In these colleges where architects and construc-
tors co-exist, the efforts of A+CA would serve as a catalyst to
encourage faculty members in departments of architecture and
construction to work more closely together, a model definitely
beneficial to the professions. The former dean of our counter-
part college at Texas A&M, Tom Reagan, has spearheaded the
formation of the group over the past three years. This year's
meeting of Deans and Directors was hosted here at DCP back
in April, and it was during this meeting that we finalized plans
to establish a permanent organization. In a moment of weak-
ness, I agreed to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the group.
One potentially valuable initiative of the A+CA is to establish
"faculty research groups" that focus on topics of interest to faculty
members from both disciplines. Various research topics that may
find commongroundwithboth architecture and constructionfacul-
ty have been suggested, such as B.I.M./integrated design research,
housing/home building research and health care. During this com-
ing year, it is my intention to engage DCP faculty in a full discus-
sion of how they might find value through participation inA+CA.
Modeling greater collaboration between architects and construc-
tors will help to keep the University of Florida at the forefront of
professional practice and will, I hope, also influence the way we
prepare our future professionals. We definitely want to engage our
alumni and friends from industry in this worthwhile initiative. So
stay tuned for further developments and if you want to help us
identify ways to accomplish this objective, please let us know.
Dr. Abdol Chini, Director
The Rinker School had a successful
2008-2009 academic year. We gradu-
ated 122 students with Bachelor's, 41
with Master's, and 5 with Doctorate
degrees. The 54 students who were
admitted to the undergraduate pro-
gram for the fall 2009 semester have
an average Pre-BCN GPA of 3.29 and
average SAT score of 1200. As you
may expect, the economic situation
has impacted both the number of ap-
plications and the job placement rate
at BCN. The job placement rate has
decreased significantly and we had
only 70 companies with 165 recruiters at the Spring 2009 BCN
The BCN faculty had a very productive year. They generated
13,270 Student Credit Hours, published more than 60 articles,
made 30 national and international presentations, wrote 55 re-
search proposals, and received $2 million in research funding.
These efforts often involve students who are actively engaged in
our on-going research and often make presentations or publish
with us. I invite you to take a look at some of our faculty and
student accomplishments in this newsletter.
The Rinker School's Management team ranked 1i t and the Heavy
Civil Competition Team placed 2nd in the ASC/AGC regional
competition. The Building Information Modeling (BIM) Com-
petition Team won 2nd place nationally. Congratulations to the
team members and their faculty coaches, Professor Mike Cook,
Dr. Edward Minchin and Dr. Patrick Suermann.
Last year, we initiated a few changes within the curriculum that
will enhance the overall quality and success of our graduates and
keep the BCN program in the very top ranks of construction edu-
cation programs in the nation. These included:
-In Graphic Communication in Construction course, the AutoCAD software was
replaced by the Autodesk Revit Architecture. In addition, a senior-level course
in Building Information Modeling (BIM) was offered and Construction Informa-
tion Systems graduate course covered Navisworks, Revit MEP, Structures, and
-A High Performance Building course was offered in Fall 2008 to increase stu-
dents' knowledge of design and construction of "green" buildings and help them
obtain their LEED-AP certification.
-A new track has been developed for students with interest in heavy/highway
works that includes three courses: Construction Equipment, Methods and Man-
agement for Heavy/Highway Construction, and Heavy/Highway Construction
-With financial support from Haskell Company and Clark Construction Group,
a Design-Build course has been developed that will be offered in fall 2009. The
course is open to architecture and BCN students in an attempt to create a synergy
with architecture students and faculty.
Thanks to all of you for your continued support and participation
to make the Rinker School the truly outstanding institution it has
become. I am honored to be of service to this great School.
Orange & Blueprints
a bi-annual publication
Table of Contents
Executive Committee............................ 4
Distinguished Alum nus........................... 5
In Memoriam....................................... 6
Alumni in Higher Education ................7.
Alum ni Updates.................................... 8-10
Alumni Building Gator Nation............... 11
Regional C lubs ................................... 12-14
Industry Focus Group ........................... 14
Lessons Learned................................... 15
Endowments.................... ........... 16
M ajor Donors ....................................... 18
Friends and Donors............................... 19
Spring 2009 Career Fair........................19
Spring 2009 Welcome Reception............20
BCN Homecoming BBQ.......................20
Spring 2009 Graduation .......................21
Professor for a Day.......................... ... 22
Guest Lecturers........................... .......... 22
Field Trips........................ ........... 22
Internship Experiences......................... 23
Solar Decathalon............................... 26
Student Exchange Program................. 26
Student Competition Teams................. 27
Faculty & Staff News................................. 28-29
The Charles R. Perry Construction Yard. 30
Front cover photographs:
Front center: Spring 2009 Graduation
Middle left: MEAC Workshop
Middle center: Executive Committee
Middle right: 2009 Distinguished Alumnus
Bottom left: Tampa Bay Gator BCN Alumni Club Golf Tournament
Bottom middle: Spring 2009 Graduates
Bottom right: Charles Perry Lab exercise
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Dr. Christopher Silver
Dean of the College of Design, Construction & Planning
Dr. Abdol Chini
Director of the Rinker School of Building Construction
Dr. Paul Oppenheim
Director of Undergraduate Programs
Dr. Raymond Issa
Director of Master's Programs
Dr. lan Flood
Coordinator of Ph.D. Programs
Dr. Charles Kibert
Director of the Powell Center for
Construction and Environment
Dr. Robert Stroh
Director of the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies
Dr. Jimmie Hinze
Director of the Fluor Program for Construction Safety
BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee
The BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee (ExCOM) held
its bi-annual meeting on April 17, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Or-
lando International Airport. There were representatives from the
UF Foundation who gave presentations on planned giving. There
were also representatives from the Solar Decathalon team who gave
a status report on their efforts. The Committee discussed current
efforts towards fundraising for the Endowed Professorship for Con-
struction Services. Other topics of discussion included the results
of the Industry Survey as well as recommendations from the indus-
try focus group on management courses. The BCN regional club
representatives gave an update on their local club activities.
Present for the April 17th meeting were Bob Angle, John Bennett,
Lynne Capece, Abdol Chini, Rick Derrer, Danny Ferrell, Tim Good,
John Gooding, Paul Hardaker, Dale Hedrick, Sid Jordan, JohnMcIn-
tyre, Harley Miller, Bill Morthland, Charles Reid, John Sofarelli, Ray
Southern, Kim Stanley, Breck Weingart, and Louie Wise.
ExCOM members Sid Jordan (from left to right), Chip Reid, Eric Sharpe, Paul
Hardaker, John Sofarelli, Tim Good, Louie Wise, Bill Morthland, Harley Miller and
John McIntyre at the Advisory Council Executive Committee meeting in the Hyatt
Regency Orlando International Airport.
The Rinker School would like to express our deepest apprecia-
tion to newly elected ExCOM emeritus members Breck Weingart,
Harley Miller and Don Whyte for their dedication and support of
the Rinker School throughout their years of service as ExCOM
The Rinker School would like to express our welcome to the new-
est members of the BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee.
These members were nominated by other members of the commit-
tee and were voted on during the April 17th meeting.
Jeff Nelson, President
St. Petersburg, FL
Award presented to Breck Weingart
(left to right Sid Jordan, Breck Weingart,
Abdol Chini, Chip Reid)
Robert Springer, President
Springer-Peterson Roofing & Sheet
Eaton Park, FL
Award presented to Harley Miller
(left to right Sid Jordan, Chip Reid, Harley
Miller, Abdol Chini)
Domenic Scorpio, Vice President
PPI Construction Management, Inc.
2009 Distinguished Alumnus
The Rinker School was pleased to present Tim Good, BCN 1972,
the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Spring 2009 Graduation
Dinner at Emerson Alumni Hall on April 30, 2009. This award is
given annually to a graduate of the Rinker School who has gradu-
ated a minimum of ten years prior to the award. The nominee must
have distinguished himself/herself since graduation in a construc-
tion field and have demonstrated consistent support of the Rinker
Tim Good is Vice President and Director of Construction for the
Industrial Group of the Haskell Company in Jacksonville. Tim
graduated with a Bachelor's of Building Construction in 1972 and
was a member of Sigma Lambda Chi. After a term in the U.S.
Army, Tim began his construction career with Joe M. Rodgers &
Associates out of Nashville, TN, later to become Centex Rodgers.
Initially, he worked as a project engineer on an addition to Alachua
County General Hospital in Gainesville. He then relocated to north-
ern California and gained fast-track experience in building hospi-
tals in California, Oregon, Utah and Arizona. In 1978, he assisted
in opening and managing an office for Rodgers in Houston where
he continued building on his healthcare experience with projects
in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. When Rodgers consolidated
operations in Nashville in 1986, Tim stayed in Houston with Robert
E. McKee, a commercial arm of Jacobs Engineering. The industrial
experience he gained with Jacobs/ -
McKee set him up for his current -
position where he has worked in -
Haskell's commercial and indus- -
trial integrated design/build envi-
ronment for more than 19 years.
His group concentrates on food,
beverage, manufacturing and dis-
tribution projects across the coun- I '
try and internationally. He main-
tains active contractor's licenses in
Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina '
Tim is often seen on campus attending the Career Fairs and partici-
pating in recruiting activities, giving guest lectures at Rinker and
Weil Halls, reviewing course curricula as a member of the BCN
ExCOM Curriculum Subcommittee and at several football games
per season. Haskell has maintained Major Donor status through
Tim's support of the Design/Build Team since 2002. Tim also works
closely with the St. John's County Career Academy program. Serv-
ing as an industry advisor, his efforts help high school students be-
gin selecting careers in engineering and construction. Tim and his
wife, Carol, currently live in northwest St. John's County.
Meet Wayne Wadsworth, BCN Advisory
Council Executive Committee Member
Wayne Wadsworth is a Senior Vice Pres-
ident with Holder Construction Compa-
ny. As a Senior Executive, Wayne is re-
sponsible for the leadership of Holder's
Planning & Design Support and Precon-
struction Departments. He joined Holder
after graduating from the University of
Florida in 1989 with a Bachelor of Sci-
ence in Building Construction. Wayne
graduated with honors and was a mem-
ber of the Sigma Lambda Chi Honor So-
ciety and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
At a young age, Wayne had an interest in construction. He learned
about construction from his father who owns and operates a com-
mercial construction company based in Pompano, Florida. Upon
graduation, Wayne developed his own path by pursuing a career
with Holder Construction Company.
Holder Construction Company is a full-service contracting firm
with revenues in excess of $1 billion annually and experience in
a wide variety of markets and locations across the country. For
the last six years, Holder has been ranked as one of the top 25 Me-
dium Sized Companies to work for in the country by the Society for
Human Resource Management in cooperation with Great Place to
Work Institute, Inc.
During Wayne's 20-year career at Holder, he has led hundreds of
preconstruction efforts, leading to the successful construction of
more than 10 million square feet of space totaling more than $5 bil-
lion. Wayne has contributed significantly to defining and executing
Holder's business strategies. In doing so, he ensures that Holder
consistently fulfills its mission of "Doing the kind of job that makes
our clients want us to do their next project." As Wayne's career
progressed, he took on more responsibility and eventually took over
leadership responsibilities for the Preconstruction Department. He
is one of the most respected and talented preconstruction leaders in
the industry. Wayne has also played a key role in the development
and leadership of Holder's Building Information Modeling Depart-
ment and provides executive leadership on Holder's most complex
projects, including the new $1.2 billion Maynard H. Jackson In-
ternational Terminal at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International
Wayne is a committed alumnus of the Rinker School of Building
Construction and has served on the School's Advisory Council
Executive Committee since 2002. For more than 15 years, he has
actively recruited on campus. He was instrumental in creating the
new Holder BIM Lab at Rinker Hall and provided support for the
construction of Rinker Hall. In 2008, Wayne launched the Atlan-
ta UF BCN Alumni Club, a group focused on fundraising for the
Rinker School and currently serves as its President. He is a regular
guest lecturer and an avid Gator Fan. Wayne is the proud father of
three children, and his wife, Dawn, is a University of Florida Law
In Memory of Professor
Howard Underberger, Assistant
Professor at the School of Build-
ing Construction passed away on
March 29, 2009. He was 84 years
old. He taught plumbing and
HVAC at BCN during the 1980s.
In Memory of Jeff Kalish
- BCN 1992
After a long fight with cancer, Jeff
Kalish passed away on January 13,
2009, just a few days before he was
to mary the love of his life, Blythe
Carpenter. After graduation, Jeff
worked at Disney. At the time of
his passing away, Jeff owned and
operated San Marino Concrete
Walls, Inc. in Windermere, FL. Jeff
will be greatly missed by his "Amigos" (BCN Buddies Mark
Mummert, Tom Murphy, and Toby Zacks) as well as many
other friends and family.
"Many people will walk in and out of your life,
but only true friends will leave footprints in your
heart. "...Eleanor Roosevelt
Remembering times past...
In Memory of Randal Flage
- BCN 1972
Randal worked for his father, Al Flage,
of Almar Builders while attending
UF. After graduating from BCN, he
started his own residential construc-
tion company. After many years of
residential work, he worked for other
companies in the commercial side. A
few months before he passed away he
began a new company, R&D Construc-
tion Group which his son, Cale, now operates. Randal will
be truly missed by his wife, Karen, family and many friends.
Randal passed away January 8, 2009, in Gainesville, FL.
In Memory of Walter 'Robert' Billingsley
- BCN 1969
On January 4, 2008, Robert passed away
unexpectedly from an abdominal aortic
aneurysm. Robert worked for the FAA
for 30 years as a Civil Engineer and his
last 8 years at the Senior Executive Level.
He originally designed Air Traffic Control
Towers and then served four years in the
Middle East as a consultant to Kuwaiti
and Omani Governments, assisting them
in building their airports. Upon returning to the States, Rob-
ert transferred to the Airports Division in Chicago, where he
retired as the manager for the Great Lakes Division. He then
moved back to his home in Valparaiso, FL, where he continued
to manage the family's timber business and served as a city
commissioner for 8 years. In his spare time, Robert enjoyed
restoring older homes his two favorite being a log cabin in
Mossey Head, FL, and his childhood home, The Billingsley
Cottage, which is listed as a historic home with the state. He
is survived by his wife, Lynn.
Alumni in Higher Education
i,1, i.1 in the Fall 2006, Orange & Blueprints has highlighted ac-
complishments made by our graduates in higher education. In this
issue, we are ligi/i, im,5g Professor Theo Haupt, Ph.D. If you are
a BCN alumni and currently teach at a post secondary construction
education program, please send us a short bio ofyourselffor pub-
lishing on this page.
Professor Theo Haupt received his Ph.D. Degree in the College
of Design, Construction and Planning, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of
Building Construction at the University of Florida in 2001. He is
currently the Director of the Building Construction Science pro-
gram at Mississippi State University. Professor Haupt presently
teaches building construction science studio classes.
After returning to South Africa upon completion of his doctoral
studies, Prof. Haupt was appointed as the Research Coordinator
in the Faculty of Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of
Technology, the largest university in Cape Town. He was respon-
sible for supporting and developing the research initiatives of all
the departments in the Faculty. He established the Southern Afri-
can Built Environment Research Center (SABERC) sourcing major
research funding and projects. His research focus areas are con-
struction health and safety, construction education and construction
In particular, his work has centered on developing construction
education models and issues such as HIV and AIDS in construc-
tion, persons with disabilities, older construction worker health and
safety, and gender equity. He is currently working on developing
models for health and safety culture and performance improvement
targeted at the SMME (Small, Medium & Micro Enterprises) sector
and empowerment of women contractors on a sustainable basis. He
has conducted collaborative construction health and safety research
projects with the Indian Institute of Technology in Chennai, India,
the University of Milan in Italy and the International Labor Organi-
zation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Full professorship was conferred
on him by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in recogni-
tion of his outstanding scholarship.
Professor Haupt is a B-rated internationally acclaimed National
Research Foundation (NRF) researcher and recently received the
Platinum award for the highest number of Department of Education
subsidized journal articles and conference papers. To date, he has
published 60 journal papers, co-authored 12 research-based techni-
cal reports, produced more than 100 conference papers, written 6
book chapters and co-edited 2 books and many more conference
proceedings. He regularly serves on conference scientific and tech-
nical committees, and journal editorial boards and reviews paper
for many international journals and conferences. He serves on the
Engineering Panel of the NRF and acts as external examiner and
moderator for several university construction programs both nation-
ally and internationally. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of
Engineering, Design and Technology, which he launched in 2002
and is now published by Emerald Publishing. He is the editor of
the Journal of Construction, which he established in 2007 with a
distribution of more than 5,000 copies at no cost to industry stake-
Professor Haupt is currently the President of the Association of
Schools of Construction of Southern Africa (ASOCSA) and has
just been appointed to the Occupational Health and Safety Advisory
Council of the Minister of Labor in South Africa.
Dr. Theo Haupt is currently serving as
Director of the Building Constuction
Science program at Mississippi State
Congratulations to Dr. Kwaku Bentil who was appointed as the
Founding Vice Chancellor of Botswana International University
of Science and Technology. Dr. Bentil has been selected to be
in charge of building a completely new university campus com-
munity on 6,250 acres of virgin land in Southern Africa. Dr. Ben-
til received his master's degree in building construction at UF
in 1975 and is the recipient of the
2004 BCN Distinguished Alumnus
award. Prior to his current posi-
tion he served as President of Mi-
ami Dade College, Associate Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs for
the Southern University and A&M
College in Baton Rouge, LA, and
Department Chair for the Univeristy
Congratulations to Dr. Bradford Sims who will be the new
Dean of the College of Technology at Indiana State University
beginning August 1st. Dr. Sims received his master's degree in
building construction from UF in 1996 and served on the BCN
faculty from 2000 to 2002. He founded
Western Carolina University's construc-
tion management undergraduate degree
program in 2002 and oversaw its growth
to 400 students by 2007. The program
was accredited by the American Coun-
cil for Construction Education in July
Henri Scioville-Samper, BCN 1948 -After graduation, Henri, who first came to
UF in September 1945, returned to his country of origin, Bogota, Columbia, in
1948 to continue his studies and obtain a master's in architecture. Henri went on to
establish an architectural firm and teach at the university. Three years later, he was
appointed dean of the College of Architecture at the Universidad Gran Columbia
while continuing to work mostly in the field of low income housing. In 1962, Henri
was invited to join the International American Development Bank in Washington,
D.C., as the Director of Urban Development and Housing. He retired in 1980 after
serving as the bank's representative in several countries, such as Haiti, Barbados and
Caribbean, Venezuela and Mexico. Henri currently lives a happy life with his wife of
62 years in a retirement community in Springfield, VA.
Allan J. Hall, BCN 1958 -Allan is involved with the City of Miami Beach Preser-
vation Board. They are applying to the National Park Service to become a historic
place/park. This is a lengthy process that would recognize Miami Beach as a cultur-
ally significant American city.
Bill Rochat, BCN 1966 -After graduation, Bill spent 3 years working as a civilian
for PMK-BRJ in Vietnam, then motorcycle from Singapore to England with four
vets from July 1969 to February 1970. Bill worked in Puerto Rico for a year and
then returned to Ft. Lauderdale to work with Frank J. Rooney, which became part of
Centex, then Balfour Beatty He has worked in Maryland, Tennessee, Alabama, the
Bahamas, and in many Florida locations building corrections, education, manufac-
turing, hospitality, and government projects. After a 3-year Construction Manager
assignment in Oahu, Hawaii, where he worked with Centex Destination Properties,
Bill is now in Orlando with Balfour Beatty Construction and will be the Senior Proj-
ect Manager for the $250 million Orlando Performing Arts Center scheduled to start
in 2010. Bill is in his 29th year with the same organization and lives in Stuart, FL,
with his wife, Debbie, after moving there in 2002.
George W. Hefner, BCN 1968 -George is the Director of Facilities for the Pleas-
anton Unified School District, just southeast of San Francisco, where he is in charge
of all the district's new construction and modernization projects in its 16 campuses.
Since graduation, George was in the Air Force as a Civil Engineering officer at the
Aviano Air Base, Italy, for five and a half years, followed by a year in Thailand, just
as the Vietnam War wound down. From Thailand, he exited the USAF and settled
in Denver, CO, where he was first involved in commercial construction, and then
in residential construction. In 1988 he and his wife moved to Northern California,
where he designed and built custom homes in upscale neighborhoods for a few years
before returning to commercial construction in Silicon Valley (San Jose) building
clean rooms and pharmaceutical facilities. In 1994, George went to work for a con-
struction management firm in the south bay, building schools and school facilities.
Steve Collins, BCN 1969 -Steve has retired from the Beck Group after 32 years,
and is now focusing on alternative dispute resolution as an arbitrator and mediator
in the Atlanta area.
Harrel Bolden, BCN 1971 Harrel is retired for more than two years now and "lov-
ing it." Harrel states that "a day now is the 'honey do' list plus cherished time with
Mike Grandey, BCN 1972 -Since 1974, Mike has owned and operated IB&S, an
agriculture building, manufacturing & supply business in Apopka, FL. He does busi-
ness primarily in the Southeast U.S. out of a 5-acre facility in Apopka with a total
average sales of $5 million annually.
Walter Miros, Jr., BCN 1974 -Walter has more than 30 years experience in proj-
ect controls, risk management, design/build, construction management, traditional
general contracting, land development, project management, project supervision,
program management, business planning, marketing, green building technology and
corporate management. As a Regional Vice President of Operations of Education
with Skanska, he has spoken about the importance of controls, risk management and
various aspects of project management. He has also represented repeat customers
and his corporation as an expert witness in Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Me-
diation in Federal Court. He is currently a member of the U.S. Green Building Coun-
cil Miami Branch Committee on Green Schools. He did volunteer work to repair
schools and homes in Thailand following the 2004 Tsunami. In 2001, he earned his
master of science in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.
David Gerhart, BCN 1975 -David began his 32nd year with the TIC Holdings
family of companies. He has held a number of different positions in support of
the company's growth from 125 employees to a peak of over 7,000. His current
position is Senior Operations Manager and is primarily focused on expanding TIC's
International Operations. Immediately after leaving Gainesville, David relocated to
Colorado, making his home in Steamboat Springs a couple of years later. His two
sons (Nathan, 26 and Eli, 21) were fortunate to be born and raised in Ski Town USA.
David is now able to devote more attention to his loving wife, Lura Ann.
David Del Gallo, BCN 1976 In 1979, David Del Gallo, Chuck Norton (BCN
1978), Steve Del Gallo (David's brother), and Rick Morette started what was known
as Norton -Del Gallo Construction Co. Today, this company is known as the Mor-
ette Company and Rick Morette is the President. The company is currently con-
structing its first mid-rise post tensioned concrete structure, which is the $30-million
Hotel Indigo project in Pensacola Beach, FL.
Stephen R. Cissel, BCN 1976 -Stephen is the CEO of FirstStar Development in
Jacksonville, FL. FirstStar is working on a Transportation Oriented Development
in Jacksonville called "Jackson Square at San Marco," which is comprised of 750
Apartments, 150,000 square feet of retail, 200,000 square feet of office. The com-
pany is also working on a Transportation HUB for Commuter Rail, Light Rail and
BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), serving the SE Quadrant from the urban core of Jackson-
ville, FL, to Daytona Beach.
Earle S. Cooper, BCN 1977 -Earle is one of the owners of privately held Hawkins
Construction, Inc. Hawkins has just recently opened offices in Dallas/Ft. Worth,
Texas area and Atlanta, Georgia, and is one of the few company's hiring and expand-
ing in this economy. The expansion program is following several long-term clients
as they open stores throughout the Southeast.
George W. McGonagill, BCN 1979 -George is currently Executive Director of
Construction Services for the School Board of Sarasota County. He worked for the
School District from 1987 to 1999 and returned in December 2008. He is also presi-
dent and owner of Questar Construction, Inc., in Sarasota. Questar is a commer-
cial construction company he founded in 1999 that specializes in rebuilding wood
framed condominiums and commercial interior remodeling.
William J. Gibson, BCN 1979 -William worked in his family roofing and sheet
metal business until 1981, after which he worked for the Air Force at Cape Canav-
eral. He moved into design (pre-cad days) for seven years and then took over the
launch facilities section of the Cape operation. William is currently the Deputy Civil
Engineer of the 45 Space Wing at Patrick Air Force Base. He recently married Cathy
(UF 1982) and has two children, Clair, 20, and Billy, 17.
Bruce J. Block, BCN 1981 -After graduation, Bruce was employed by Bechtel
Construction for five years, working on various aerospace and power plant projects
throughout the U.S. Bruce has spent the last 24 years with Entergy Corporation in
their Nuclear Power Division. Bruce spent 15 years working as a Mechanical Field
Engineer at various nuclear plants and now works as a Strategic Sourcing Contract
Analyst covering 12 nuclear plants in 8 states.
Edward P. Mitchell, BCN 1982 -Edward is a Senior Vice President with Duke
Realty Corporation a NYSE REIT where he oversees the South Florida market. His
daughter, Stephanie, has just begun her college career as a Gator this summer.
Craig Holiday, BCN 1982 -In March, Craig received his LEED-AP certification
and just moved the Holliday Group to a new office. Recently, Holliday Group was
awarded the contract for the construction of Palazzi Al Mare, a residential project
on Lido Beach in Sarasota. They are also completing the construction of the Beach
Villas on Siesta Key.
Mark McLaughlin, BCN 1982 -Mark has been working for Skanska USA Build-
ing from their Tampa office for the past 17 years. He is currently the Project Execu-
tive heading up the construction of Shands new cancer hospital in Gainesville, FL.
Thomas M. Michaud, BCN 1986 -Tom started CAPEX Management, Inc. 4 years
ago and specializes in providing hotel and property owners Owner's Rep services
for their renovations, new-builds, and repositioning. Tom and Maria have recently
welcomed their new baby girl, Zoey Wilshire, to their Gator family.
Philip D. Kanfold, BCN 1987 -Philip is currently working as a Project Manager
for the Broward County School Board. He also celebrated the birth of his first child,
Caroline, on April 15.
Gordon Gunn, BCN 1989 Gordon is currently a Sr. Project Manager on the Indigo
project with Morette Company out of Pensacola, FL.
Todd Russell, BCN 1989 -Todd is a Sr. Project Manager for Haskell in their Indus-
trial Group and has been with them for more than 8 years. He 'finally' got married
in St. Johns U.S.V.I. in 2007 and lives the beach lifestyle in Neptune Beach, FL. He
is a loyal Gator fan and catches every Gator game possible!
Doug Wilcox, BCN 1989 -Doug is President and majority share holder of Scherer
Construction & Engineering of North Florida, LLC. Scherer is a commercial gen-
eral contractor based in Gainesville, FL, working throughout the Southeast US on
commercial remodeling, retail, educational, schools, government, office, industrial,
medical and churches. Doug enjoys spending time with his wife, Nancy, of 21 years,
his twin sons Brad & Zach (19 years old), and his daughter, Tori (16 years old). He
also loves fishing, hunting, flying and boating.
Eric Anthony, BCN 1990 -Eric is heavily involved in GREENWAR (www.green-
war.com), The War on Pollution. Eric stated that he welcomes all fellow BCN
alumni to contribute to these efforts in making a positive impact. GREENWAR is
a propaganda war. REACTION is their strategy and the worldwide EXCHANGE of
information is their primary tactic.
Todd Kelly, BCN 1990 -Todd is currently Co-Owner & VP of Administration for
SOVRAN Building Systems, Inc. which is a Shell/Structural Subcontractor with
residential and commercial contracts throughout the Southeast US specializing in
foundations, masonry, carpentry, metal framing, and drywall -Offices located in
Florida and North Carolina. Todd is also Managing Partner for SBS Investment
Group, LLC, a commercial real estate investment and management firm located in
Tallahassee, FL, and is Owner & President of Triquest, Inc., a residential real estate
investment and management firm located in Tallahassee, FL.
Rob Maphis, BSBC 1993 -Rob has been with James A. Cummings, Inc., for 15
years and has been Vice President for the company's Central Florida Operations
since 2001. He is involved with various community and business organizations and
has been appointed to Orange County's Building Codes Board of Adjustments and
Appeals. Rob currently lives in Windermere with his wife, Suzanne (BSBA '93),
and three daughters.
Gina E. Sierra-Townsend, BCN 1994 -Gina passed the LEED-AP exam in March.
Gina stated she passed this exam "with much thanks to Dr. Kibert's seminar" in
William P. Nassal, BCN 1994 -William and his business partner, Matt Brown
(BCN 1994), have opened an office in Abu Dhabi, UAE and are currently construct-
ing two attractions for the Ferrari theme park there. They are working on a number
of zoo projects: Dallas Zoo, San Antonio Zoo and the Columbus Zoo. They are in
the middle of a Universal Studios expansion project in Orlando and "chasing some
work in Asia." William and Matt have hired Greg Pope (BCN 2001) as the Senior
Jonathan Antevy, BCN 1994 -Jonathan and his wife celebrated the birth of their
baby girl, Orly, in May.
Jason Morgan, BCN 1994 -Jason was promoted to Vice President of the Orlando
office of Charles Perry Construction.
Anne Burtchell Cowan, BCN 1994 -Anne has joined the Transportation Secu-
rity Administration (TSA) as a federal program manager on the Electronic Baggage
Screening Program. She and her husband, Matt, live in the Washington, DC, metro
William H. (Bill) Zabel, BCN 1994 Bill is corporate Vice President of Land De-
velopment for Centex Homes, one of America's largest developers / homebuilders.
Recently moving from Dallas, TX, Bill and his wife, Chris, now reside in Cumming,
Wendy (Bythway) Pontefract, BCN 1995 -Wendy earned her CSP (Certified Safe-
ty Professional) and joined Duke Energy's Oconee Nuclear Station as an Industrial
Safety Specialist earlier this year. Wendy, her husband Richard, and sons Matthew,
age 10, and Nathan, age 7, live in upstate South Carolina.
Rich Shannon, BCN 1995 -Rich relocated from Orlando to Tampa in 2008 to
open and manage a new branch office for Williams Company, where he has been
employed for 14 years. Rich is now Vice President and is in charge of Williams
Company's operations in the Tampa area primarily building educational, retail, and
industrial facilities. In April, Rich and his wife, Andi, welcomed their new baby boy,
Liam, into the family. They also have a 5-year-old boy (Kellen), and a 2-year-old
Carlina (Terrana) Womeldorph, BCN 1996 Previously, there was a posting
about Carlina's son, Lincoln, who was an infant battling a rare cancer and a happy
birthday to him for celebrating his first birthday (11/23/07). The article actually was
delivered after an unfortunate and fatal turn in his treatment. On January 12, 2008,
Lincoln lost his cancer battle at the end of treatment from a viral attack on his com-
promised immune system. BCN expresses our deepest sympathy to Carlina and her
family on the loss of their son.
Mike Palm, BCN 1996 Mike has been a Project Manager for Ledcor Construc-
tion, working on the $1.4 Billion Bow project in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, since
April 2008. At 58 stories, the Bow will be the tallest building in Canada, outside of
Toronto, when completed in 2012. The Bow will be both the Largest Steel Project in
Canada and the Largest AESS Diagrid Structure in the world. Mike is managing the
structure, including structural steel, concrete, rebar and fireproofing trades. Mike's
wife, Michelle, and daughters, Hailey and Emily, are enjoying the new experience
of living in Canada.
Adam C. Bolton, BCN 1997 -Adam was promoted in January 2008 to the Presi-
dent of Robinshore Incorporated, a 29-year-old development and construction firm
in Gainesville, FL. Adam is also the 2009 President of the Builders Association of
North Central Florida. He is enjoying being back in Gainesville, especially since it
gives him the opportunity to stay involved with the BCN program and students.
Carson Brownell, BCN 1997 -Since his graduation, Carson has worked for two
retail-oriented GC firms that perform work all over the state and Southeast. In 2005
he went to work for J. Raymond Construction Corp. He states that this industry has
'been very challenging & rewarding' and that he is 'proud to be a BCN Alum.' He
and his wife Kristi have been married for almost 5 years.
Jim Lloyd, BCN 1998 After working for two well-known home builders in the
Tampa area since graduation, Jim started Lloyd Craftsmen, Inc., in 2007. Despite
the downturn in the market at that time, the residential design/build firm specializing
in additions, remodeling and new custom homes has been hugely successful. Jim
recently completed his first new build "green" home, with a total construction time
of under four months. Jim married in 2006 and he and his wife Kim just celebrated
the birth oftheir twin girls, Ava and Julia, on May 11th.
Scott Sutton, BCN 1998 -After a few stints in the construction industry, Scott
changed course and earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist
Theological Seminary, where he graduated in December 2008. In June 2008, Scott
was appointed as a missionary with Africa Inland Mission, which serves the church
in East-Central Africa. He is presently finishing requirements to serve as a Pilot/
Mechanic in Kenya and surrounding countries with AIM.
Lani Terry, BCN 1998 -In January 2009, Lani joined Energy Ace, located in De-
catur, GA, as a Sustainability Consultant, where she provides consulting services
for LEED Administration, Building Commissioning, Energy Modeling, Greenhouse
Gas Emissions Inventory, and Sustainability Programs focusing on the Southeast
Domenic Scorpio, BCN 1998 -Domenic is Vice President for PPI Construction
Management, Inc., in Gainesville, FL. He is a board member of the local Gateway
Bank and has just been selected to be a member of the Rinker School's Advisory
Council Executive Committee. Domenic and his wife, Holly, has just become the
proud parents of their third daughter.
Matthew Brooks, BCN 1999 -Matt has recently started his own GC company
Home Accessibility Solutions, Inc. They specialize in home/business modifications
to accommodate for disability. In March, he married his fiance of two years and has
just learned that they are expecting in December.
Alumni Updates, conts.
Calvin Peterson, BCN 1999 -Calvin was promoted to Senior Project Manager at
Charles Perry Construction.
PJ Hornik, BCN 2000 -PJ is currently at the University of Notre Dame in South
Bend, Indiana, working towards an MBA in finance. He spent the past five years
working as a real estate acquisitions manager for Raymond James Tax Credit Funds
in St. Petersburg, Florida. Prior to that, PJ spent two years at ME&S General Con-
tractors in Sarasota, Florida, working as a commercial construction project manager.
He looks forward to returning to the state of Florida and the construction and real
estate industry upon graduating in Spring 2010. PJ and his wife, Bianca, celebrated
their 4th wedding anniversary this July.
Jake Plein, BCN 2001 -Jake was promoted to Senior Project Manager at Charles
Perry Construction. Jake passed the LEED-AP exam last year and is now based out
of the Charles Perry Office, recently opened, located in New Port Richey. His next
project will be a LEED building called the Dr. Kiran C. Patel Center for Global Solu-
tions at the University of South Florida.
James Decker, BCN 2003 -Since graduation, James has worked for PCL Construc-
tion Services, Inc. He is currently running his first project as Project Manager at
the Orlando Airport, building new "Quick Turn-around" facilities for the rental car
Lucas Morris, BCN 2004 -Lucas started with KB Homes in June 2009 as a Senior
Purchasing Agent for the South Carolina markets.
Karl J. Weber, Jr., BCN 2004 -Karl passed the LEED AP exam for new construc-
tion in March 2009. He is an Assistant Project Manager at WG Mills.
Kristin Vrana, BCN 2005 -Kristin started working as a project engineer for The
Beck Group in Tampa after graduation. In July 2008, she transferred to the com-
pany's corporate headquarters in Dallas to work with Beck Technology (DProfiler).
As a part of Beck Technology's Modeling Services Group, Kristin provides 3D con-
ceptual cost modeling/estimate services for both in-house and third-party architects,
developers and contractors. She is currently in the process of bringing that technol-
ogy to her office in Tampa.
Marcus Maya, BCN 2005 -Marcus continues to work at Czamowski as a senior es-
timator at the Atlanta office. Czamowski is the second largest company in the United
States that produces trade show and convention exhibits as well as is a provider of
all related services and venues throughout the world. He spends most of his time off
traveling throughout the world to discover new lands and cultures. His most recent
trips have been to Italy, Chile, Ireland, France, and Spain.
Kate (Polk) Van Beek, BCN 2005 -Kate started her own company, Van Beek Con-
struction, LLC, and received her General Contractor license from the State of Florida
in February. She and her husband are expecting their first child in December 2009.
Wade Green, BCN 2005 -Wade develops wind energy farms across the Western
United States and lives in Austin, TX.
Matthew Tuthill, BCN 2005 -Matthew is a senior project manager for a specialty
contractor and lives in Austin, TX. He states that "despite challenging economic
times, life is good in the heart of Texas."
Dan Boda, BCN 2006 -Dan is a graduate student at Comell University School of
Hotel Administration. He is expected to graduate in May 2010 with a master's degree
in hospitality administration and specialization in real estate.
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Vinnie Moreschi, BCN 2006 -Vinnie Moreschi won Spike of the Year, New Spike,
Big Spike, Life Spike, etc., for the Builders Association of North Central Florida and
is now a member of the board.
Matthew Caldwell, BCN 2006 -Matthew is currently at Brasfield & Gorrie, where
he is working on the new Enterprise High School that was destroyed by a tornado in
Enterprise, AL, two years ago. He lives in Orlando, FL, and was recently married.
Trent Swartz, BCN 2006 -Trent has been working with Charles Perry Construction
for more than 7 years. He is currently a Project Superintendent for projects on the
Santa Fe College campus. Trent and his wife, Melissa, just became the proud parents
of Tyler Read Swartz, born in April 2009.
David Thirlwell, BCN 2007 -David and fellow alum, Staci (Bartlett) Thirlwell,
were married in April 2009. Since graduation, David has worked for Current Build-
ers, where he started as an Estimator, but, with the help of co-workers Chip and
Mike, he quickly pioneered BIM. David says he "regularly gets to use a lot of what
I learned at BCN as well as what I learned in architecture." BCN graduate student
Brittany Giel worked with David in the summer of 2008 as the BIM intern. While
things have slowed down, David said there are some promising projects on the hori-
zon and he can't wait to get back to using BIM for the heavy-lifting.
Staci Bartlett, BCN 2007 -Staci and fellow alum, David Thirlwell (BCN 2007),
were married in April 2009. Since graduation, Staci has worked for Current Build-
ers, where she is an assistant project manager on a $45 million urban infill project in
downtown Ft. Lauderdale (an apartment building wrapping a garage and with ground
floor retail space) that is slated for completion in May.
Bert van der Meer, BCN 2007 -Bert has been working in the Preconstruction De-
partment for Holder Construction Company in Atlanta, GA, for the past 18 months.
Michael Poklepovic, BCN 2007 -Shortly after graduation, Michael went to work
for The Beck Group and is now completing the Anclote High School in Pasco Coun-
ty. He passed the LEED exam in December 2008. He is to begin Elementary School
"S" for Pasco County which is pursuing LEED designation for schools.
Steve Ensinger, FES 2008 -Steve has been continuing his education toward IAAI-
CFI (certified fire investigator) all over Florida, through the International Associa-
tion of Arson Investigators, the National Association of Fire Investigators, and the
Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention.
Kyle Robinson, BCN 2008 -Kyle has been with Charles Perry Construction,
Inc. for more than 6 years and is currently a project manager primarily working on
healthcare projects, both new construction and renovations. His next projects will be
the Queen of Peace Catholic Community and two other renovations at North Florida
Regional Medical Center. Kyle and his wife, Diane, have just become the proud
parents of Ryland Scott Robinson, born in May.
Derek Bloor, BCN 2008 After graduation Derek was accepted in to the U.S. Peace
Corps. In August he will be assigned to rural Panama in the 'construction/envi-
ronmental' department where his duties will include latrine design & construction,
grey water disposal, sanitation system design & construction and irrigation system
construction. He is to also teach and train the natives better methods of cultivation
and sanitation for 27 months.
Eric Hamm, BCN 2009 -After graduation Eric went to work for Kiewit in their
Estimating Department (Texas District). As a new employee he is on rotation and
will also experience other departments such as surveying, field work, etc., in the next
year or so. He stated that has really enjoyed the experience so far and also enjoys
living in the Dallas area.
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BCN Alumni Building Gator Nation
These BCN alumni are currently working on projects for the University of Florida:
UF Facilities Planning
Miles Albertson BCN 1974
Fred Rowe BCN 1993
Chris Singletary BCN 2002
Lacrosse Locker Room Facility
PPI Construction Management, Inc.
Jeff Lajza BCN 1998
Rodney Bryant BCN 2006
Levin College of Law Advocacy Center
John Cleveland BCN 1984
Proton Therapy Completion of Electrical
Wayne McCall BCN 1980
Myron McCall BCN 1982
Karl Smith BCN 1989
Graduate Studies Building Hough Hall
Jim Markart BCN 1967
William Byrne BCN 1985
James Marini BCN 2007
Student Health Care Center
( I/,. k, Perry Construction
Vinnie Moreshi BCN 2006
Brian Crum BCN 2007
Biomedical Sciences Building
Justin Berry BCN 2007
Carrie Barnas BCN 2009
Pathogen Research Facility
Mike Ferguson BCN 1993
Jake Dyer BCN 2002
Jay Fraser BCN 2006
Matt Thomas BCN 2008
Southwest Parking Garage Complex
James A. Cummings
Rob Maphis BCN 1993
Trevor Prigg BCN 2001
Travis Kolbjornsen BCN 2007
Paul D'uva BCN 2009
Health Science Center Autopsy Suite Reno-
Burns Brothers Inc.
Scott Monroe BCN 1975
Graduate Studies Building Hough Hall
Student Health Care Center
Southwest Parking Garage Complex
UF Dental Clinic Naples
Lem Sharpe III BCN 1973
Tony Cardinale BCN 1987
Jerry Parsons BCN 1996
Kane Wei BCN 2002
Veterinary Education & Clinical Research
Kurt Taubel BCN 1980
Chris Crehore BCN 2002
Brian Sheehan BCN 2002
Katherine Gaddy BCN 2007
Derek Hickman BCN 2010
UF-IFAS FAU Land Relocation
James Pirtle Construction
Jessie Brewer BCN 1978
Jacob Katz BCN 2001
Lacrosse Locker Room Facility
Shands at UF Cancer Hospital
Pathogen Research Facility
Second Floor Reitz Union Renovations and
Troy Lauramoore BCN 1986
Matt Webster BCN 1995
Don Kellogg BCN 2003
Band Shell Replacement
Troy Lauramoore BCN 1986
Matt Webster BCN 1995
Calvin Peterson BCN 1999
Shands at the UF Cancer Hospital
Mark McLaughlin BCN 1982
Kim Dobyns BCN 1989
Matt Pinkoson BCN 2001
Chauan Song BCN 2005
Jesse Belknap BCN 2007
Peter Vega BCN 2007
BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates
Central Florida Gator BCN Alumni Club
On April 16th, 2009, the Central Florida Gator BCN Alumni
Club hosted the 1st Annual Golf Tournament for our club. Follow-
ing up on the success of our GALA last year, the board wanted to
change it up a little and instigate an annual tournament with which
we can build a legacy of giving back to the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School
of Building Construction.
Continuing on the building enthusiasm of our club in Central
Florida, the tournament promised to bring awesome networking,
incredible GATOR and other sports and golf related prizes and an
outstanding venue for golf.
The event was held the day before our advisory council met in Or-
lando, allowing Dr. Silver, Dr. Chini and Lynne Capece to attend as
well as some of our other Advisory Council members, such as Ray
Southern, John Sofarelli, and John Bennett.
The tournament hosted a full field of 144 golfers at the Orange
County National Crooked Cat golf course. The sun was shining
and the celebration was large as all enjoyed a great time. Included
in the event were over 40 subcontractors, 11 general contractors, 3
suppliers, one consultant and one owner sponsors. Considering the
major sponsors by Maxim Crane of Orlando and Baker Concrete,
along with numerous hole sponsors, beverage cart sponsors, lon-
gest drive and closest to pin sponsorships and awards for top three
teams, we believed that the tournament was extremely successful,
as we brought in over $37,000 for continued support of the profes-
sorship endowment at the Rinker School of Building Construction.
High praise and thanks to the board members who contributed hours
of time and effort to make this happen THANK YOU!
Sean DeMartino Balfour Beatty (President)
John Sofarelli J. Raymond (Past President)
Jim Ellspermann Brasfield & Gorrie
Art Higginbotham Walt Disney Imagineering
Coby Welch Wal-Mark Contracting
Hal Ziegler Starwood Vacation Ownership
Laurence Oleck LKO Inc.
Tom Maurer Turner Construction
Rob Maphis James A. Cummings, (Incoming President)
Tom Johnson Mader Southeast
Mark Finucane Balfour Beatty Construction
Brice Miller ECS Florida, LLC
A special thank you goes to Cindy Garris and Tammie Hollier of
Balfour Beatty, Mackenzie Arnold and Angelique Kinker from
James A. Cummings Construction, and Kim Stanley of the Rinker
School for their endless efforts. More thanks goes to volunteers
Roslyn Henderson and Robin Davis.
Next year we will plan on another outstanding tournament in mid-
April. Sign up now space and sponsorship are already filling
The Central Florida BCN Alumni Club
held a pre-golf social on March 12th at
Winghouse. More than 30 attended
Professor Mike Cook enjoys
playing golf with John Sofarelli,
Tom Borgia and Paul Graham (J.
Bob McDonald (Building Systems
Consultants), Sean De Martino
& Ray Southern (Balfour Beatty
Construction) and Christopher Silver
(Dean,College of Design, Construc-
tion & Planning at UF) attended the
The Central Florida Gator BCN
Alumni Club presents a check to
BCN's Dr. Abdol Chini & Dean
Palm Beach County Gator BCN Alumni Club
The Palm Beach County Gator BCN Alumni Club held their first
meeting/social on January 15, 2009, to ring in the New Year with
fun and fellowship. The event was held at Duffy's Sports Grill with
an agenda that included a meet-and-greet, celebrating our newly
achieved National Championship, election of the new Executive
Board, and ended with a raffle that covered all expenses.
The 2009 Executive Board was voted on by the 34 alumni that at-
tended the meeting and are listed below. These alumni have agreed
to dedicate some of their valuable time to help plan and volunteer
at this year's upcoming events.
Ashley Griffith, Hedrick Brothers Construction
Gary Cook, Owner and Builder Consultant
Jason Hoffman, Kast Construction
David Zorrilla, Suffolk Construction
Vincent Burkhardt, Burkhardt Construction;
and John Banting, Hedrick Brothers
BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates
Tampa Bay Gator BCN Alumni
The Tampa Bay BCN Gators have set the
date of Thursday, September, 10, 2009, for
their fall quarterly meeting to be held at the
Hula Bay Club in Tampa. That meeting
will also be used as the "kickoff' for the
Second Annual Fishing Tournament set for
Friday, October 2, 2009, and also located at
the docks at The Hula Bay Club. Details of
these events will be announced to all mem-
bers by e-Vite.
The Club and Title Sponsor Tappouni
Mechanical, hosted the 4th Annual Golf
Fundraiser at St. Petersburg Country Club
on Thursday, May 7, 2009. The event was
proceeded with a lunch sponsored by Clark
Construction Group LLC.
Twenty-nine foursomes competed for the
top prizes in this shotgun start, best ball for-
mat. Jonathan Gibbons, Matt Britten, Lau-
ren Caby and Kevin Littlejohn playing on
the Power Design Team took the top prize
this year. The teams sponsored by Hawkins
Construction and Clark Construction took
second and third place respectively. The
Awards Reception, sponsored by David
Nelson Construction Co., featured a light
buffet followed by prizes for Men's and
Women's Long Drive winners John Gabler
and Debbie Defoe, Men's and Women's
Closest to the Pin winners Gary Reighard
and Debbie Defoe and the Putting Contest
first and second place winners, Rob Spring-
er and Matt Britten, respectively.
The Raffle, Auction and Silent Auction
featured some great gifts. Many local
businesses again donated golf equipment,
Florida Gator sportswear and gear, din-
ner gift certificates, contractor's tools and
equipment to be included in our raffle and
silent auction. The St. Petersburg Country
Club was a great host and The Tampa Bay
BCN Gators again wish to thank and ac-
knowledge all the volunteers who assisted
in the planning and worked this successful
event that raised over $24,000 to benefit the
Rinker School 70th Anniversary Endowed
Professorship. The Club is extremely grate-
ful to all of our Sponsors and each of the
following firms for their generous contribu-
Title Sponsor: Tappouni Mechanical
Reception Sponsor: David Nelson Const.
Lunch Sponsor: Clark Construction Group
Shirt Sponsor: Truant Construction
Beverage Cart Sponsors: John Carlo, Inc. (2)
ASAP Enterprises of Sarasota
Golf Tee Sponsor: Rowland, Inc.
Hole In One Sponsor: United Rentals Tampa
Putting Contest Sponsor: Able Body Labor
Long Drive Sponsor: Angle & Schmid, Inc.
Closest To Pin Sponsor: Debbie Defoe
Golf Glove Sponsor: Bob Angle
Orange & Blue Team Sponsors:
Angle & Schmid, Inc.
Diaz Fritz Isabel
Florida Rock Division of Vulcan Materials
J. E. Charlotte Construction
Proefke Construction Company
The Beck Group
W. G. Mills Inc.
ASAP Enterprises of Sarasota
CEMEX (2 teams)
JBI Surety Group LLC
John Carlo Inc.
Lassiter Ware Insurance Co.
Merit Professional Coatings
W. G. Mills Inc.
Wal-Mark Contracting Group
Willis A. Smith Construction Inc.
Hanlon Acoustical Ceilings Inc.
High Reach 2
Jim and Debbie Defoe
New City Signs
Nielson Wojtowicz Neu & Associates
Paul J. Sierra Construction, Inc.
Zurich Surety (2)
Auction, Raffle and Gift Sponsors -
Airco Golf Course
Green Links Golf Resort and Conf. Center
Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club
Isla Del Sol Yacht and Country Club
Mark Bostick Golf Course
Pebble Creek Golf Club
Riverhills Country Club
St. Petersburg Country Club
Tampa Palms Golf Resort
The Bayou Club
The Plantation Inn Golf Resort & Spa
Bascom's Chop House
David Nelson Construction Co.
Dew Luxury Motor Cars
Heads and Tails
Jim & Slim's Tool Supply
Mister Car Wash
NGI TRS Printing
Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Course
L to R: Kevin Littlejohn, Matt Britten, Lauren
Caby, and Jonathan Gibbons of Power Design
get ready to play golf!
L to R: Kyle Huggins (NDC Construction), Vince
McQuain (Merit Professional Coatings), Adam
Phillips (NDC Construction), and Doug D'Anna
(Merit Professional Coatings)
Lto R: Dan Downes (Hawkins), Jon Shellabarger
(Universal Engineering Sciences); Earle Cooper
(Hawkins), Chris Mongelluzzi (Able Body Labor)
BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates
Atlanta Gator BCN Alumni Club
The Atlanta Gator BCN Alumni Club held a joint meeting on
July 14, 2009 with the Atlanta Auburn Building Science Alumni
Club for a Social / Resume Swap at the Waverly Renaissance Hotel.
BCN graduate Rob Hemdon gave an excellent talk about the cur-
rent construction marketplace, the jobs market, networking, work-
ing with a recruiter and resume development. The meeting was
a big success enjoyed by all and there was a discussion of more
joint UF/Auburn meetings in the future. The Gators beat Auburn
again...... in terms of attendance.....despite having less than half of
their number of alumni in town.
Correpondecef D al I lhuueeet
Attention Alumni in Pennsylvania.....The
Keystone BCN Alumni Club is getting started. Clin-
ton Collins is planning to form a regional club in
Pennsylvania and hold its first meeting. The Club's
aim is to promote social and professional interac-
tion of BCN Alumni, share the great Gator spirit,
and develop and maintain a Pennsylvania Alumni
directory. If you are interested in joining or would
like additional information regarding the Keystone
BCN Alumni Club please contact: Clayton H. Col-
lins at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Industry Review of Management Courses
The industry review of the Management courses (part 2) took place
on Monday, February 16, 2009, in the Kelsey Conference Room
of Rinker Hall. Attendees included Bob Campbell (Holder), Mark
Christensen (Clark), Tim Good (Haskell), Dale Hedrick (Hedrick
Brothers), Fred Henderson (Brasfield & Gorrie), Fran Kuerzi (CPC/
PPI), Tom Murphy (Coastal), Phil Nanna (Current Builders), Lance
Simons (Haskell), David Stayshich (Fluor), Mike Taylor (Current
Builders), Matt Webster (CPC/PPI), and Rinker School faculty:
Brisbane Brown, Abdol Chini, Jimmie Hinze, and Doug Lucas.
The review began at 10 a.m. and concluded at 3:30 p.m. Abdol
Chini reviewed the purpose of the workshop, the accreditation re-
quirements, and the recent changes in the BCN undergraduate cur-
riculum. A presentation on the Construction Safety, Health and En-
vironment course was made by Jimmie Hinze followed by review
of Introduction to Construction Management course by Brisbane
Brown and Construction Management course by Doug Lucas.
The following were part of the recommendations made to best pre-
pare students for the situations they will face as industry profes-
BCN 3735 Construction Safety, Health and Environment
-Stress SAFETY starts at the TOP
-Emphasize the value of a relationship with the local OSHA office
-Teach them what to do when OSHA shows up at the project and
how to conduct an OSHA walkthrough
-Understand crane safety and current regulations
-Stress the importance of employee involvement in any safety ef-
-Highlight career as safety professionals (risk management / corpo-
rate safety director / safety focus field supervision)
BCN 3027 Introduction to Construction Management
-Ensure the students understand the type of information that should
be documented and the information that should not
-Spend more time in project closeout collection of cash
-Emphasize that a personal cell phone should not be used to accept
personal phone calls or to text friends during work hours
-Remind them that Human Resource managers are visiting the in-
tern online social networks, such as MySpace and Facebook. Hav-
ing inappropriate pictures on the site or having references to sex,
alcohol, drugs, etc., is not that attractive to a prospective employer
-Ethics and the use of computer for other than work items
-Provide understanding / respect of design process (in discussion
and with direct interaction with architectural school)
-Focus on examples of how to write and effective RFI and manage
the RFI process
BCN 4709 Construction Management
-Divide course to follow major project lifecycle phases: Precon-
struction, Construction, and Close-out
-Identify key deliverables (writing scopes of work for individual
trades, reviewing submittals, creating a site utilization plans, etc.)
within each phase and have students perform those tasks
-Emphasize cash flow management on a project. How a PE can as-
sist a PM in overall cash management, in addition to budget control
and profitability reports/management
THE ART OF ENFORCING SAFETY A LESSON LEARNED
Introduction by Daniel E. Whiteman, Ph.D. BCN 1969, 1992, 2002
Lesson Learned prepared by Rafael "Lefty" Izquidero Coastal Safety Superintendent
One of the Core values of Coastal Construc-
tion Company is that every employee shall:
"Consistently Make Safety our Primary
Objective. In my conversations with our
Safety Superintendents, I constantly look
for "Lessons Learned" in applying and
teaching this value to everyone that steps
foot on one of our project sites. Recently,
one such Superintendent, Rafael "Lefty"
Izquidero shared with me his ;li. li,, n as to
how we must move beyond enforcement into
having Safety become an ingrained skill of
every employee by taking it beyond simply
enforcing rules to the point of it becoming
a passion for each person on the project. I
asked him to put these ;i. ,iInr into writ-
ing, and below is his ij .....n ,r,, of a "Les-
son Learned. "
Close to forty years have passed since the
Occupational Safety and Health Adminis-
tration came to be, millions of workers are
safe and in good health thanks to carefully
researched regulations whose every detail
was duly pondered before being compiled
into our safety standards. Companies have
developed impressive Safety Manuals,
hired highly qualified safety professionals,
and still, close to 6,000 people die and over
4 million occupational injuries and illnesses
are reported annually.
WHAT ARE WE NOT DOING RIGHT?
We are not enforcing the regulations ef-
fectively! Book knowledge and classroom
training are essential, but no classroom, no
matter how well staffed or endowed with
audiovisual resources, can give real world
experience and provide the hands-on skills
that are required to keep a job site safe. The
ability to effectively communicate with
people is the one skill without which effec-
tive enforcement of safety is impossible,
and one that seems to be most lacking in the
area of Safety Supervision. A safety profes-
sional has to be able to infiltrate the mind
of worker and manager alike. He must have
the ability to influence and motivate. There
are many ways to motivate workers to abide
by the rules designed to help to keep them
alive and in good health. Today's workforce
comprises a myriad of cultures and educa-
tional levels that makes the cultivation of
a safety mindset much more challenging.
If all people had the same culture, level of
education, family environment or financial
situation, the task would be much easier.
We must place emphasis on personal contact
with the individual workers in the field. One
or two minutes of conversation can produce
a wealth of information that may well help
prevent an incident. The worker might have
personal issues that are distracting them or
they may be "under the influence." A trained
professional who pays attention to details
will quickly notice if there is anything to be
For a Safety Professional to be effective,
they must have clear and active support
from the highest levels of management. The
most skillful, capable and highly educated
professionals in either field is useless if they
are not strongly backed by their employer.
Effective enforcement of safety is the re-
sulting product of a combination of factors
that include, but is not limited to, the fol-
lowing: Knowledge ~ Experience ~ Sensi-
tivity ~ People Skills that will enable you to
effectively communicate the message to the
workers in the field.
As a perfect example of why all of these
are important is an incident that occurred
on a high-rise project on Miami Beach.
During an early morning inspection of the
28th floor working deck, I was approached
by an Ironworker who proceeded to shake
my hand and thank me repeatedly. I had no
memory of having given him anything or in
any way deserving such an effusive display
"Why are you thanking me like this?" I
asked while scrutinizing his face and de-
meanor for signs of intoxication.
"I owe you my life", he says, with utmost
respect. At this point I'm still not convinced
that there is any importance to this dialogue
so I say:
"Okay, give me a quarter and we'll call it
"No", he says "It's true, let me explain."And
he goes on to tell me how the day before he
had spotted me on the deck while he was
out his safety
"I was afraid Daniel Whiteman
that you would
send me home
for the day so I stopped tying the rebar and
looked around for a pair of glasses. I found
a pair that somebody had either dropped
or more likely discarded from the looks
of them. I put them on and went back to
work, still a little uneasy with the thought
that maybe you had seen me and maybe
a ticket would still be issued. It could not
have been more than five minutes later that
I heard someone yelling nearby and turned
my face to see what the shouting was about.
The blow knocked me on my back. It felt as
though somebody had kicked me in the face.
I was bleeding from my left eyebrow."
At this point he lifts the safety glasses that
he is wearing and shows me a bruised cheek-
bone and a small cut on his eyebrow.
"My buddies were trying to place rebar in
that beam over there (a 20' horizontal beam
connecting two shear walls) and somehow
the bar they were working with got stuck
and they started pulling on it. They gave it
a hefty tug and it came loose all of a sud-
den making them trip and fall sending the
bar towards me at the very moment that I
looked in their direction. It hit me right in
the middle of the lens, knocking me over."
Several of his co-workers confirmed his
story. An eye, if not a life saved.
If you are to avoid injuries and save lives, as
a safety professional you must cultivate be-
yond normal parameters the ability to sense
when something is not right and be able to
notice things that those whose minds are
preoccupied with just "getting the job done"
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Endowed Professorship for
The Rinker School plans to develop a construction services track
using an endowment funded by the construction industry, especially
companies in the construction services sector. Students who gradu-
ate from this track will be qualified to work for equipment sup-
pliers, material suppliers, testing laboratories, bonding agencies,
insurance providers, financial firms, accounting firms, legal firms,
and specialty contractors. Please consider a generous donation to
the endowment for Construction Service Professorship. Donors will
be entitled to the following benefits:
- Perpetual Donor Wall Recognition
- Orange & Blueprints publication
- 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 Services Endowment
Industry Leadership Honor Roll
Angle and Schmid
Baker Concrete Construction
Berg Electric Corp
Brasfield & Gorrie
Climate Control Mechanical Serv.
Charles Perry Construction PPI
J. Raymond Construction
James A. Cummings
McIntyre, Elwell and Strammer
Springer Peterson Roofing & SM
Vulcan / Florida Rock Industries
The Construction Association of South
Florida pledged to the UF Foundation
the amount of $75,000 to establish "The
Construction Association of South Florida CONS RUCTION
(CASF) Endowment Fund." The spendable ASSOC ATION
income from the Fund will be used to sup-
port scholarship awards for students in the
Rinker School. Preference will be given to students from South
Florida who meet the following criteria: full-time junior student,
proven academic merit and have clear career objectives.
Denny Endowed Scholarship/Fellowship
Charles Denny and his wife,
Dr. Wanda Denny, have given a
$100,000 gift to the UF Foundation
to establish "The C.H. Denny, III
Endowed Scholarship /Fellowship
in Building Construction." The gift
is eligible for State matching funds
from the State of Florida Trust Fund
for Major Gifts. Mr. Denny is a
member of the BCN Construction
Hall of Fame and an Emeritus mem-
ber of the BCN Advisory Council
Stiles Corporation Gift
The Stiles Corporation, Stephen Palmer (BCN 1979) and James W.
Stine provided a $130,000 gift for the benefit of the Warrington Col-
lege of Business Administration and the Rinker School of Building
Construction. The spendable income from the Fund will be used to
encourage and enhance interdisciplinary faculty teaching between
building construction and the graduate real estate programs cap-
stone project courses.
The Spring 2009 semester marked the beginning of this interdisci-
plinary exchange. The link is established in the respective Capstone
courses, where BCN presents a construction perspective to the real
estate majors while real estate supplies the site selection and analy-
sis process to the BCN classes.
The initial exchange was facilitated with Timothy Becker, Director
of the Bergstrom Center teaching the site selection and permitting
module of the BCN Capstone course, and Rick Smailes, the BCN
Capstone professor, teaching conceptual estimating and schedul-
The project for the graduate class in real estate was Bay Street Sta-
tion, a proposed 900,000 square foot mixed-use complex in down-
town Jacksonville. Each team of students evaluated the initial de-
velopment plan, then put forward their own project in light of the
current economic situation. During the Real Estate simulation, Dr.
Smailes acted as the design-build consultant by responding to for-
mal RFQ's from the teams in terms of costs and construction times.
Each team made their final presentations to a panel of judges led
by Bill Sulzbacher of Atlantic Coast Developers. We are pleased
to report that the winning team was led by BCN grad Mark Hardee
The initial success of this effort
will continue to be developed
in the future starting in the Fall
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 Spring 2010 $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 $3,500f
BIM Competition Spring 2010 $5,000 If ou
Past Event Snonsors
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
2009 Paul & Laura Dickert
BIM Competition Team
Spring 2009 Current Builders
LEED Competition Team
Spring 2007 ME&S
Spring 2008 Beck Group
Spring 2009 Holder Construction
Fall 1999 Beck Group
Fall 2000 Brasfield & Gorrie
Ways to Give Back to
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 2009 James A. Cummings
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
Spring 2009 Hardin Construction
Future Event Sponsors
Fall 2009 Holder Construction
Spring 2010 Brasfield & Gorrie
Fall 2010 Clancy & Theys
Spring 2011 Hardin Construction
Fall 2009 Shaw Group
Fall 2009 Brasfield & Gorrie
Fall 2010 Hawkins Construction
Fall 2011 Current Builders
Spring 2010 James A. Cummings
Spring 2011 Clancy & Theys
need additional information, please con-
. Abdol Chini (email@example.com).
2004 Brasfield & Gorrie
2005 Burkhardt Const.
2006 Holder Construction
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
Spring 2009 Clancy & Theys
If you are interested in giving or learning the different ways to give to the Rinker
School, please contact Lynne Capece, Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
edu or (352) 392-4836 x314.
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 Pinker School of
Building Construction over the preceding 10 years.
Major Donors as of January 1, 2009
Gold ($100K or more in last 10 years)
Clark Construction Group
Hughes Supply Inc.
Silver ($50K or more in last 10 years)
Brasfield & Gorrie
Current Builders of Florida
J. Raymond Construction
McIntyre Elwell & Strammer GC
Miller Construction Inc.
Bronze (S10K or more in last 3 vears)
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.
Robert W. Nora
Robert O. Campbell
Dan T. Barnes, Sr.
Robert L. Claudy, Jr.
Myron L. Corets
Raymond D. Chistensen
William H. Squires
David L. Gray, Jr.
Donald H. Conkling III
Thank you to all who donated to the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction General Fund
(January June 2009):
John J. Eckerle, Jr.
William A. Mazurie
Robert P Angle
Thomas H. Shaughnessy
William G. Fischer
Robert K. Harman
Robert W. Vemer
Vincent G. Burkhardt
Robert E. Lifton
William R. Derrer
Robert S. Hemstad, Jr.
Karl E. Weis
John R. Carter
Michael B. Kracunas
Lwrence S. Northup
Anthony A. Rivas, Jr.
William L. Steward
A.C. Huber, Jr.
William W. Green
David J. Lukomski
Penny L. Moyer
Craig E. Wilson
Brady L. Binde
F. J. Hoffman, Jr.
Michael L. Miller
Paul S. Goodwin
Wayne W. O'Hara
John R. Sofarelli, Sr.
David R. Johnson
Mark C. Shaughnessy
Dean A. Thomas
Jack A. Keith
Robert D. Springer
David R. Johnson
Kevin G. McMichael
Michael S. Golfman
Benjamin K. Artzt
Todd A. Russell
Allen G.S. Troshinsky
Alexandra O. Johnson
Kurt A. Ewoldt
Charles M. Wells
Gregory A. Pope, Jr.
Hector E. Valdez
Jared A. Stem
The Haskell Co.
Kiewit Southern Co.
The Fluor Foundation
Gary D. Cook
Linda B. Siemens
Spring 2009 Career Fair
The Rinker School held its Spring Career Fair on Febru-
ary 17, 2009, at the O'Connell Center. The career fair
was attended by more than 70 companies and approxi-
mately 450 students and visitors. Many pre-BCN stu-
dents attended the fair looking for internships, as well as
alumni and students from other schools within the Col-
lege and other building construction programs in Florida.
The next career fair will be in the Fall, on October 13th,
2009. For more information on sponsoring or attending
the career fair, please contact the job placement office at
Recruiter Bob Campbell of Holder talks
to a student during the career fair.
Clancy & Theys recruiters Anthony Har-
mon (left) and John Weaver (middle)
talk to a student.
Charles Perry Construction Recruiters
Matthew Niedens (middle) and Eric An-
derson (right) meet with a BCN student.
BCN student (left) meets the Current
Builder recruiters (left to right) Elizabeth
Leng, Hank Huimann and Mike Taylor
BCN Alumni Randolph Cole meets with
Turner recruiter Karla Benalcazar.
Spring 2009 Welcome Reception
The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction hosted its
Spring 2009 Welcome Reception at Emerson Alumni Hall on Janu-
ary 14, 2009. The newest Junior l's and graduate students eagerly
listened to the overall message of the event: to embrace and take
part in the school's many academic, professional and networking
offerings. Dr. Abdol Chini, director of the School, listed the many
opportunities in which students may take part, such as student com-
petitions, exchange programs and student organizations and urged
students to "get involved in as many activities as possible." Nearly
BCN Students Karl Kuczmera & Jared
Vincent welcome the newest students.
a dozen BCN student leaders, such as Adam Milner, president of
the student chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, in-
vited students to join the School's many acclaimed organizations.
"The main goal is to provide interaction with professors, and get
involved," Milner said. The students also heard brief introductions
from faculty and staff, who described which courses they teach or
what services they provide at the School. A special thanks is owed
to Hardin Construction, who sponsored the Spring 2009 Welcome
BCN Students Rachael McKercher
& Amanda Morris talk to new student
Maxwell Scott about the NAWIC
The Spring 2009 Graduate Student Reception was held on Friday,
April 24, 2009, at Dr. Raymond Issa's home. More than 60 students
enjoyed a laid back atmosphere around the pool with BBQ ribs,
pulled pork & chicken that graduate student Terry Clinefelter pre- r CLANCY
pared, &H I E'S
A special thanks to Clancy & 1 9 00 9
Theys Constructionfor sponsoring
the Graduate Student Reception.
L to R: BCN Graduate Student Terry Clinefelter, Dr.
Abdol Chini, Pete Pace (Clancy & Theys) and Dr.
BCN Homecoming BBQ
Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 17, 2009 for homecom-
ing at the University of Florida in Gainesville. The Gators are
scheduled to play Arkansas. Plan to stop at Rinker Hall at 9:30
a.m. for some great food, a tour of Rinker Hall, the Charles R.
Perry Construction Yard and to visit with fellow alumni.
9:30-11:00 a.m. BCN Advisory Council Review of the
11:00 a.m. 2009 Construction Hall of Fame Induction
12:00-2:00 p.m. BBQ
9:30-2:00 p.m. Tour of Rinker Hall and
Charles R. Perry Construction Yard
Time subject to change as game time changes.
A special thanks to Brasfield &
Gorrie for sponsoring the Home-
W GENERAL CONTRACTORS
Spring 2009 Graduation Ceremony
The College of Design, Construction and Planning hosted its gradu-
ation on May 1, 2009, at 4 p.m. at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for
Performing Arts for its students graduating in Spring 2009. Com-
mencement speaker Bill Coan (LAE 1978), President and Design
Principal at ITEC Entertainment Corporation, reminded DCP gradu-
ates to always dream big. Coan, who previously worked at Walt Dis-
ney Imagineering for 14 years on projects in Florida, Southern Cali-
fornia, Tokyo, and Paris, said that he has always "lived for the next
challenge" and "for the chance to scratch that itch." "I believe that
I'm yet to do my best work," Coan said. "Learn to seek challenges,
be flexible and be an inspiration. You are the planners, designers and
builders of the future what an exciting thought. Impress and affect
people in a profound way."
BCN graduate John Kauffman, the recipient of the 2009 DCP Under-
graduate Student Academic Achievement Award, thanked the staff
and faculty at UF. "On behalf of this class, thank you for what you
poured into us you are a part of our degrees and you will be a part
of us in the future," Kauffman said. "We owe you a debt that cannot
be repaid." Kauffman urged his fellow graduates to be dedicated ser-
vants in the industry. "What you leave behind is not what you leave
behind in stone monuments," he said. "In years to come we will all
have the opportunity whether we will pour our lives into ourselves or
into others choose others."
During the ceremony Esther Obonyo, assistant professor of building
construction, was awarded the 2008-09 DCP International Educator
of the Year Award (junior faculty).
BCN Graduation Dinner
(above) L to R: Buck Merritt, Mat-
thew Hall, Jared Vincent, and Karl
Kuczmera celebrate. (right) John
Kauffman accepts award.
A special thanks to
James A. Cummings Construction
for sponsoring the
L to R: Dr. Jimmie Hinze
celebrates with gradu-
ates John Kauffman,
Ryan Minton & Michael
BCN held its graduation dinner on April 30, 2009, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at
Emerson Alumni Hall. Over 210 graduates, family and BCN faculty attended
this event to celebrate the graduation of another group of BCN students.
Dr. Chini presented the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus Award to Timothy Good
(BCN 1972) during the dinner. The award for Student Academic Excellence
was given to John Kauffman while the Student Leadership award went to Timo-
thy Sellers. Dr. Paul Oppenheim received the BCN Excellence in Teaching
A Pernl Company
Professor for a Day
Chris Diaz, Ryan Little, Kevin Bowen of Bovis are pre-
sented appreciation plaques by Dr. Jimmie Hinze.
BCN 3024 Introduction to Construction Management
-John C. Freeland, Assistant Building Official for Alachua County
-Philip Rickman, Rickman Partnership, Inc.
-JohnFreeland, Alachua County Dept. of Growth Management
-John R. Sofarelli, J. Raymond Construction
-Dan Whiteman, Coastal Construction
-Gary Huggins, NDC Construction
-JeffCharlotte, J.E. Charlotte Construction
-David Schmitt, Marathon Development
-Michael Douglas, Joyner Construction Inc.
BCN 3224 Construction Techniques
-Pat Kibert, UF-Shands Health Care Clinic
-Don Beers, Masonry Association of Florida, Inc.
-Jay Berkowitz, Superior Window Corporation
-Tim Good, Haskell Construction
-Robbie Gronbach, Joyner Construction
-Bryan Light, The Brick Industry Association
-Melissa Miller, Rebuilding Together North Central Florida
-Vinnie Moreschi, Charles Perry Construction, Inc.
-Jerry and Jim Painter, Painter Masonry
-Boyd Worsham, Haskell Inc.
BCN 4510 Mechanical Systems
-Erik Lindquist and Tim Johnson, Brasfield & Gorrie
-Jim Tharp, Tharp Plumbing
-Rob Boyer, Fair Mechanical
Joe Wills (left), Ph.D. student and instructor, Dr. Edward Minchin (right) presents an appre-
presents an appreciation plaque to Dr. Bon ciation plaque to Jeff Nelson (left), President of
Dewitt (right), the Director of UF's Geomat- David Nelson Construction Company.
BCN 4423 Temporary Structures
-Brian Griffis, Glen Switzer, and Rob Pavel, Gate Precast
BCN 4712 Leadership and Management in Construction
-Pete Pace, Clancy & Theys Construction Co.
-John Omrn, Clark Construction
-John McIntyre, Mclntyre, Elwell & Strammer
-Ray Southern and Louyse Poirer, Balfour Beatty Construction
-Tim Good and Anthony White, Haskell Company
BCN 4787C Construction Capstone Project Judges
-Matt Webster, Erik Anderson, Troy Laurmore, Charles Perry
-Timothy Becker, Wayne Archer, UF Dept. of Finance, Insurance
& Real Estate
BCN 4905 Equipment & Methods of Heavy/Hwy Const.
-Jeff Nelson, Nelson Construction Co.
-Christine Beaudoin, Kiewit Construction Co.
-Ted Holmes, Archer-Western Construction, Co.
BCN 6580 High Performance Green Buildings
-Vinnie Moreschi, Charles Perry Construction, Inc.
-Liberty Phoenix, Indigo Green Building Supply
-Tom Lane, ECS Solar
-William Lally, ModeGreen
-Michael Grimes, Structural Engineer
-Christopher Holmes and Tahir Edwards, Haskell Inc.
In February and March several groups of
students went on the Steel Field Trip that
includes visits to the Gerdau Ameristeel re-
bar production/shipping facility in Jackson-
ville, Florida, as well as their steel mill in
Baldwin, Florida (above Dr. Jim Sullivan
is with a group of students at the Baldwin
Abdol Chini's estimating class took a field trip to see the UF Parking Garage being built
by James A. Cummings Construction on campus.
The UF-290 SW Parking Garage Complex,
designed for Silver LEED Certification, a
includes a six level, 313,000 s.f. parking a
garage and a 10,000 s.f. integrated Trans- O l
portation and Parking Services liner build-
ing. The contemporary design features a
2-story glass customer service atrium and
outdoor queuing for students requiring
parking permits. The triangular shape of
the building conforms to the road while
providing an urban edge to the campus.
The parking garage consists of integrally
colored precast concrete with brick accents at the vertical core, while the liner building is
punctuated in brick with white concrete accents and clear anodized aluminum storefront
assemblies. The James A. Cummings, Inc. UF-290 design-build project team is comprised
of UF-BCN graduates. A special thanks goes to Trevor Prigg and Travis Kolbjornsen for
coordinating the field trip and providing a guided tour of the project.
Eric Kleinzweig, Senior 2 student The Lane Construction Corpo-
ration has provided me with such an amazing opportunity and learn-
ing experience. I worked on the widening and reconstruction of a
three-mile section of Florida's turnpike over the summer, and I'm
so glad I did. I became very familiar
with bridge construction, sound wall
installation, maintenance of traf-
fic and several other key concepts -
related to heavy highway construc-
tion. I assisted the field engineering
team with surveying, quantity track-
ing, and worked with the foremen as
well as their crews to ensure accurate
placement of work. The Lane Con-
struction Corporation has had suc- Pictured from left to right are
cess with Rinker School graduates Eric Kleinzweig, Bobby Fowler
and hopefully will continue to offer and Martin Clark.
opportunities like the one I received
to students in the future.
Brett Trudeau, Senior 2/Graduate Student -This summer I had
the great opportunity to work as a civil superintendent intern for
The Shaw Group's Nuclear Division of its Power Group. Shaw is
the power sector industry leader according to Engineering News-
Record's list of Top 500 Design
Firms. I was brought in to Waynes-
boro, Ga., (Augusta area) to be part
of a 9-year (2008-2017) project to
design, construct and put on-line
two new nuclear pressurized water
electric generating systems (West-
inghouse AP1000TM) to the already
existing units at Plant Vogtle. These
are the first nuclear reactors to be
built in the U.S. in 30 years. My job
consisted of tracking and auditing civil engineering subcontractors,
supervising daily safety meetings and conducting activities such
as sedimentary erosion control, mass excavations and soil testing,
and concrete structure demolition. The nuclear industry is taking
off at an unprecedented rate, and there are many opportunities for
us students to latch on to an interesting, sustainable, innovative and
fulfulling career path.
Brando Fetzek BCN Junior 2 Student Within the last two
years, I have participated in a full-time eight-month internship with
KLMK Group and, most recently, a full-time summer internship
with NDC Construction. The opportunity to intern for both has been
extremely valuable in providing me with a more thorough under-
standing of the construction industry.
With KLMK, I participated in the plan-
ning and construction of a $400 mil-
lion hospital project that consisted of
a central energy plant, medical office
building and ten story children's medi-
cal facility. Throughout the internship,
I observed most phases of construction
as each building of the project was in ,
a different stage of construction. Dur-
ing the internship I was responsible for
organizing and preparing an RFP for one of the hospital's low volt-
age systems, as well as analyzing the proposals. I was also the main
contact for coordinating with one of the project's subcontractors.
While at NDC Construction, my responsibilities included take offs,
soliciting and analyzing bids, and acting as the onsite superintendent
for a four-week underpinning project to restore the failing founda-
tion on an older structure. The two internships have complemented
each other very well and have definitely enhanced my education at
the Rinker School. Through these opportunities, my knowledge of
construction business and techniques has grown significantly, and
I am now better prepared to "hit the ground running" confidently
once I complete my education at the University of Florida.
BCN Students Make a Difference in the Community
More than four years ago, a debilitating spinal cord injury left Ms.
Deborah Thompson of Keystone Heights, FL, unable to do the
things she used to enjoy, such as walking, running, swimming,
dancing, climbing, hiking and exploring. Deborah could no longer
complete simple tasks taken for granted by many, such as putting
up curtains. So Dr. Jim Sullivan and a group of BCN students from
NAWIC and AGC volunteered to help Deborah renovate her home.
Below is an excerpt from her letter thanking the BCN students for
their time and dedication:
"One of the greatest blessings is having a place to call home. There's
work to be done on it, but it's turning out very nice. So now I meet
people that share their valuable time in a concentrated effort vol-
unteering their skills to make the home even nicer. I see incredible
things unfold before my eyes...fans & light fixtures installed, stair
rails put up, steps with safety strips, refrigerator plugged into water
for ice, door locks put in, faucet replaced, roof cleared of debris, a
closet rod & shelf & light professional-placed, curtains & curtain
rods installed, windows framed, electricity connected to kitchen
light bulbs, and squirrel holes covered. I saw youth come over to
my life and share their skills and talents and time. I am so grateful
for all you have given & done. You are all incredible'.
Good job to these stu-
dents for making a
positive impact on this
This year marked the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construc-
tion's turn to host the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC)
459 Annual International Conference, held at the Hilton University
of Florida Conference Center on April 1-4. The Associated Schools
of Construction is dedicated to the professional growth and suc-
cess of its membership, and is committed to fostering excellence in
construction communication, scholarship, research, education, and
practice. The ASC conference, held in conjunction with the Annual
Meeting of the Conseil International du Bitiment (CIB) Working
Group 89 Building Research and Education, was an outstanding
exemplification of this ideal. The conference attended by 230 reg-
istrants and their guests was an undeniable success, thanks to all
of our sponsors, staff, faculty and volunteers. Our generous spon-
sors include Pulte Homes, Kiewit, Clark Construction, Centre
for Education in the Built Environment, and the City of Gaines-
ville. The Rinker School is immensely proud to have had the op-
portunity to host this event after nearly 25 years since it was last
held at the University of Florida.
For additional photos visit www.bcn.ufl.edu/asc
The Mechanical and Electrical Academic Consortium (MEAC)
is an alliance of academic institutions, industry associations, con-
tractors, foundations, and manufacturers to create a quality pool
of university educated managers to enter the mechanical/electrical
construction industry by fostering and improving mechanical/elec-
trical university programs. A short course is held three days prior
to the National Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Meeting
to cover Mechanical and Electrical Fundamentals for ASC faculty
and provide them with course materials. This year, the short course
was held at University of Florida on March 30, 31, and April 1,
just prior to the start of the ASC meeting. In addition to Mechani-
cal and Electrical Fundamentals, the short course covered lighting,
estimating and scheduling, testing and balance and system commis-
Short course participants had the opportunity to participate in a
three-hour laboratory held in the Rinker Hall Mechanical and Elec-
trical Laboratory in addition to all the lectures they received. The
hands on laboratories are some of the exercises that Rinker students
perform in their Mechanical and Electrical courses. Student vol-
unteers led the exercises. Some of the exercises included wiring
an electrical panel and devices, dry fitting a drain, waste and vent
system, a testing and balance exercise, blower speed changes, and
working with an operating refrigeration unit and use of an infrared
Representatives from eighteen ASC Construc-
tion Programs from around the U.S. participate in
mechanical and electrical laboratories.
BCN Student Adam Milner (left) instructs
ASC faculty on the use of an air flowhood.
Lab participants use an infrared camera.
Autodesk, Inc. provided a one day pre-conference event on topics
of Thought Leadership and Building Information Modeling for fac-
ulty attending the 45th Annual ASC Conference hosted by Univer-
sity of Florida's Rinker School of Building Construction. The event
provided lively interactive discussions on the issues surrounding
the teaching of BIM in academia along with hands-on immersion
into the key underpinnings for Revit Architecture. The audience
was fully engaged and there was no shortage of questions. Faculty
learned the value of BIM along with other visualization and coor-
dination review tools such as NavisWorks. Faculty were energized
by what they learned and felt enabled in sharing the knowledge with
Sincere thanks to John Herridge, AIA, Building Solutions Special-
ist for Autodesk Worldwide Education Programs for offering this
Back Row: Elbert Spiedel Cal Poly SLO, David Rogge-
Oregon State Univ., John Herridge -Autodesk, Todd Dunn
- Rochester Inst. of Tech., Carlos Salgado-Univ. of Maryland,
Paul Weber- Cal Poly SLO; Front Row: Farid Sabongi Min-
nesota State Univ., Kurt Hofmeister Bowling Green State
Univ., James Jenkins Purdue Univ., Ismail Basha Georgia
Southern Univ., Tammy McCuen Univ. of Oklahoma, and
John Schmidt Ferris State Univ.
UF to represent U.S. in International Solar Decathalon
Madrid, Spain. Spring 2010. That is when two years of planning,
designing and building will end with the final phase of competition
for the Solar Decathlon Europe.
Led by building construction assistant professor Robert Ries as
principal investigator, the UF Solar Decathlon Team will be one
of only two U.S. universities in the competition. For the decathlon,
20 university teams from around the world compete against each
other to build the best 797-square-foot modular sustainable home,
according to criteria in 10 different areas. Team members include
building construction faculty Jim Sullivan and Russell Walters, as
well as architecture faculty Mark McGlothlin and Bradley Walters
and interior design professor Maruja Torres. Students from through-
out the university play a role on the team.
UF's design is unique among the competition as it takes inspiration
from Florida's own vernacular buildings, specifically the Florida
Cracker House. The UF house includes passive, natural techniques
- such as a central breezeway, porch and elevated platform for a
design approach that integrates traditional means of housing with
innovative solar technologies to create a house that is both efficient
To bring this design to life in Madrid, the team has received material
donations and sponsorships. Most recently, architecture professor
Student Exchange Program
During the Spring 2009 semester BCN had three exchange students
visiting from the Department of Building and Real Estate at the
Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Rui Man (Allen) stated that
of the BCN courses that he took, Mechanical Systems was the one
that he adored most because of the labs apart from the lectures. He
also stated that the professors were "so kind, helpful and patient to
answer any questions." Allen developed a close relationship with
local students as well as other overseas students and the experience
will be unforgettable. He talked of their different lifestyles and
cultures and often drove to have dinner or play at Lake Wauburg.
Allen states that he is very excited to have attended UF when the
2008 National Football Championship was won!! He considers
himself a 'Gator' now!
Below is a direct quote of Allen's time at UF..... "During the one-
semester exchange life, I experienced much about American cam-
pus life, the culture as well as many places of interest. With the
wonderful environment and good academic atmosphere, I think the
University of Florida is an ideal place to carry on study or research.
I'm lovin' it!"
Tom Smith and his wife Edith Williams donated materials salvaged
from the McCredie house near Micanopy, Fla., which the team
helped deconstruct (pictured).
If you want to join the effort to showcase the talents of UF students
in this international competition, please visit http://solardecathlon.
dcp.ufl.edu/index.php/communication/sponsors or by contacting
Lynne Capece at (352) 392-4836 ext 314 or email@example.com.
The following sponsors have committed
either financial support or other sup-
port to this project: The Marshall E.
Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Inc., Arthur
G. and Beverley A. Witters, The
Haskell Company, Blue Ridge Nu-
merics, Inc., and Magnum Wood.
UF Solar Decathlon Team member
Andrew Herbert works on de-nailing
and cutting a floor joist. The donated
wood is from a deconstructed home
and will be used in the construction of
the team's solar home.
Dr. Chini visits with the Hong Kong Exchange Students (L to R) Rui
Man "Allen", Chun Ni Ng "Jenny", and Heng Zhang.
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Student Competition Teams
The UF Building Information Modeling Team placed second out of
nine undergraduate construction student teams in the third annual
National BIM problem at the Associated Schools of Construction
Competition Region VI & VII in Nevada in February.
The problem was to
design a virtual build-
ing model of a $600
million business park
three buildings and
three parking struc-
tures, as well as plan
its successful construc-
tion, sequencing and
The UF team, spon-
The UF team, spon- Team members in front from left to right: Dana
scored by Current Shaut, Allison Stanley and Rachael McKercher.
Builders in Pom- Back: Alireza Dayerizadeh, Doug Parent II, Karl
pano Beach, was one Kuczmera and Patrick Suermann (Coach).
of only two teams to
a parking garage. Team members were selected for their demon-
strated excellence in BCN assistant professor Svetlana Olbina's
BCN 3255 Computer and Graphics Communication in Construc-
ABC Construction Management Team
The ABC Construction Management team traveled across the na-
tion to Honolulu, Hawaii, to compete in the 2009 ABC Construc-
tion Management Competition, which is held in conjunction with
the ABC National Convention. The competition was tough, with
21 universities from across the nation competing February 24-28,
President of ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, Steve Cona (left to right) with
team members Carlos Lorenzo, Marisa McGough, Jimmy Crowell, Ray
Southern, Rachel Moore, Adam Milner, Professor Mike Cook
Competition consists of a simulated bid day and oral presentation.
Prior to the competition, the team spent an average of 20 hours per
week for a month, putting together a detailed estimate, construction
schedule, project management plan, and safety plan. Each school
created a fictitious construction company with the team members as
the employees. Marisa McGough was the President, Jimmy Crow-
ell was the Chief Estimator, Adam Milner was the Project Manager,
and Carlos Lorenzo was the Project Superintendent. Rachel Moore
and Ray C. Southern were shadows and played a major role in help-
ing the team prior to bid day. The team was guided by Professor Mi-
chael Cook. During bid day, teams are given multiple subcontractor
quotes every 15 minutes for 5 hours, and then given an additional
hour to submit their bid book and final price.
Their hard work did not go unnoticed. The 2009 ABC Construc-
tion Management Team took 2nd place in the project management
category. The team would like the say thank you to ANF Group
and the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of Associated Builders and
Contractors for their support. A special thank you to Mouji Lin-
arez-Castillo and Eric Weiss from ANF Group for their devoted
LEED Competition Team
Dr. Jim Sullivan and Dr. Charles Kibert coached the 2009 ASC
National LEED team this year for the February 2009 competition
in Reno, NV Dr. Sullivan would like to thank Holder for their
great support. Prior to the competition this year, Holder invited the
team to a one day seminar on presentation skills. The result was the
Rinker School winning the best presentation award for their catego-
ry. Although the team did not place in the overall competition, win-
ning the best presentation was satisfying. The team would like to
personally thank Beth Studley and Wayne Wadsworth of Holder
for their time, guidance, and support. This year's team consisted
of Kristin Gray (captain), Mike Hightower, Amanda Chodkowski,
Stefan Bird, Brendan Campbell, and Angelika Zych.
Residential Manaaement Team
The UF BCN team placed in the top ten of the Residential Construc-
tion Management Competition held in January. The competition is
sponsored by the National Association of Homebuilders and took
place at the International Builder's Show in Las Vegas.
The case study involved developing the 152 townhouse portion of
Silverado Hills, a Centex master planned community north of San
Antonio. The students created a development plan that included
project management, finance and cash flow, scheduling, estimat-
ing, and sales and
marketing. Spe- H ,.
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scoring the team.
BCN will be as-
sembling a team
for the next com-
petition in 2010
and would appre-
ciate any sponsor
The team members from left to right are: Micah
McCullough, Steve Alvarez, Ryan Stroh, Andrew
Kinnear, Tommy Kim (coaching assistant), Angela
Campbell, Rick Smailes (Faculty advisor), and Ed-
Faculty & Staff News
Dr. Brisbane Brown has been appointed
to the BIUST Council (Board of Trust-
ees) by the Cabinet of the Government
of Botswana for a three-year term. In the
past few years, Dr. Brown has assisted
Dr. Kweku Bentil, who is Founding Vice
Chancellor with the formation of a new
university Botswana International Uni-
versity of Science and Technology. Dr.
Bentil is a former BCN Alumni and BCN
Faculty member. Dr. Brown will be the
only member appointed from the United
States. Congratulations Dr. Brown!
Dr. Abdol Chini was a keynote speaker at the Engineering Educa-
tion in 2025 conference that was held at the University of Tehran in
Iran, May 11-13, 2009. His presenta-
tion addressed the need for educating a
new generation of designers, engineers
and constructors with highly devel-
oped knowledge of the environment
and natural systems and their contribu-
tions to human well-being. He traveled
to Hong Kong in late May to attend
the Board of Examiners meeting as the
academic advisor for Department of
Building and Real Estate at the Hong
Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).
In June, he presented a paper on Build-
ing Green via Design for Adaptation
and Deconstruction at the Construction Materials Stewardship 2009
conference in Twente, The Netherlands.
Dr. Charles Kibert of the Rinker School is performing research to
determine the feasibility of installing a large solar power array at
the Turkey Lake Service Plaza on the Florida Turnpike, just north
of I-4 on the Turnpike. Turkey Lake is also the headquarters of
both the Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) and the Florida De-
partment of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Turnpike operations. The
research being performed under contract to FTE and the Florida
Department of Transportation (FDOT) is
unique because it addresses not only the
technical aspects of the solar power sys-
tem, but also will determine how best to
finance the project and how to educate the
public about solar energy using the solar
installation. Preliminary work indicates
that it is probably possible to generate all
the electricity needed to run the Plaza by
installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels
in open areas, on the roofs of the major
buildings, over employee parking, visitor
parking, along sound walls one mile north and south of the Plaza,
and possibly over retention ponds on the north and south ends of
the Plaza. Should this prove feasible, Turkey Lake would become
the first service plaza in the U.S. to generate all of its energy from
solar energy. The project team designing and laying out the systems
believes a 3.5 megawatt (MW) peak solar PV system could gener-
ate the required energy, with as much as 8 MW being available if
all available surfaces are utilized. The 3.5 MW array would gener-
ate 6.5 million kilowatt-hours of electricity, approximately the cur-
rent total electricity consumption of the Plaza. The University of
Florida project team is led by Dr. Charles J. Kibert and Dr. Robert
Ries is supervising the design and layout of the solar PV system.
Dr. Russell Walters of the BCN faculty is responsible for the tie-in
of the PV systems to the electrical system at Turkey Lake and Dr.
Edward Minchin is addressing the issues of hurricane proofing the
PV system. Three other UF faculty are also participating: Dr. S.A.
Sherif from Aerospace Engineering, Dr. Tim Anderson, Associate
Dean, College of Engineering, and Lauren Hertel from the College
of Journalism and Communications.
Dr. Larry Muszynski has been awarded a contract to provide a
thorough assessment of rehabilitated man-
hole structures in Florida. This will be
accomplished by inspecting structures
that have been rehabilitated and been in
service for 5 years or more. Analysis will
include the use of non-destructive test-
ing equipment to quantify lining thick-
ness, H2S levels, surface pH, cracking,
disbondment from the substrate, and
water exfiltration/infiltration. The award
was in the amount of $99,388.00.
Dr. Esther Obonyo presented a paper on
hygrothermal modeling at the NSF CMMI
conference in Hawaii from the 22nd to the
26th July, 2009. She also received an exist-
ing award from the NSF to incorporate en-
vironmental sustainability assessment into
existing award from the Structural Material
Dr. Svetlana Olbina presented the paper "Split Controlled Blinds
as a Thermal and Daylighting Environmental Control System" at
the 3rd CIB International Conference Smart and Sustainable Built
Environment (SASBE 2009). The conference was held from June
14-20, 2009 in Delft, The Netherlands.
She also presented the paper "Development of an Automated Split
Control System for Blinds" at the 2009
ASCE International Workshop on Comput-
ing in Civil Engineering. The conference
was held from June 24-27, 2009, in Austin,
TX. Dr. Raymond Issa was co-author of
Dr. Jim Sullivan and Ph.D. Candidate Mark Russell extended the
Rinker School's presence to Germany and Japan this spring and
summer by presenting sustainable construc-
tion guidelines to the U.S. Military. In March
presentations were given at the NATO com-
mand center to the Army Corp of Engineers,
designers, and contractors in Oberammer-
gau, Germany. In June, presentations were
given at Camp Forster to a group associated
with U.S. Marine-based projects in Okina-
Dr. Robert Ries attended the Solar Decathlon workshop in Madrid
May 24-29, 2009, and a CIB conference called Smart and Sustain-
able Built Environments in Delft, the Netherlands, from June 15-19,
2009, where he presented two papers and a poster. He was recog-
nized as one of the top ten presentations at
Dr. Ries is the faculty sponsor for the Solar
Decathlon. For more information see the ar-
ticle on this event on page 26 of this newslet-
ter. Recently, the team received honorable
mention on "Sustainable Solutions" from the
UF Office of Sustainability.
Congratulations to Daphne Choice, BCN
Staff Member, who just earned her A.S. in
Health Information Technology. She will
now begin working on a bachelor of science
in Computer Forensics with AlU online.
Congratulations to BCN staff member Ginny
Hoyle, who has been accepted to the Univer-
sity of Florida's College of Journalism and
Communications' graduate program. In addi-
tion to taking courses and fulfilling a graduate
assistantship at the journalism school, Ginny
will continue on part-time at the Rinker
School while working toward her master's
Dr. Anne Williamson began her career with UF in October 1987
with the Real Estate Research Center in the College of Business.
She joined the Shimberg Center team in mid-2002. During the
past seven years with the Center, she completed her Ph.D. at the
University of Georgia in the Department of Public Administra-
tion and Policy.
Her broad experience has proven to be an
invaluable asset to the Shimberg Center in
its efforts to attract funded research oppor-
tunities. Her experience with multi-family
development with Potemkin-Magita Devel-
opment and her time with the Georgia De-
partment of Community Affairs gave her
an appreciation for both the business side
of affordable housing development and the
regulatory side. In addition, her experience with the Carl Vinson
Institute of Government at The University of Georgia helped her
develop methods for successful public service outreach to state
and local government.
Anne worked with cities and counties in various parts of the
state but concentrated primarily in working with Hillsborough
County and the City of Tampa. Since 2002, she has successfully
attracted and performed over $1.1 million in sponsored research
Anne has begun a tenure-track position as assistant professor of
public administration at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
She is also working to establish a new Center for Housing Policy
within UTSA's Institute of Demographic and Socioeconomic
Research in the College of Public Policy. We congratulate Anne
on this new opportunity and extend to her a heartfelt thanks for
all that she has done for the Rinker School and Shimberg Center
for Housing Studies.
Dr. Jim Sullivan and Dr. Ajay
Shanker, along with School and Uni-
versity support, have secured a steel
"learning tree" that is scheduled to
be permanently placed on the north
lawn of Rinker Hall this summer.
The steel tree has been donated by
Whitley Steel, Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. Touan Plante of Whitley has been
instrumental in finalizing the tree's
details and fabrication. The purpose of the tree is to provide
examples of possible steel connection details. Foundation con-
struction is scheduled to begin in July 2009.
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The Charles R. Perry Construction Yard Craft Awareness-
Dr. Jim Sullivan, Dr. Leon Wetherington, and BCN staff member
Donald Allex continued to take advantage of the Perry Yard facility
to promote craft awareness. Labs were held with regard to struc-
tural steel, carpentry, masonry (brick and block), concrete place-
ment, pre-cast, tilt-wall construction, and residential framing. Tim
Good and Boyd Worsham from Haskell took time to visit the school
to give a presentation and hands-on demonstration on techniques
and strategies of tilt-up construction. The students had the oppor-
tunity to place lifting inserts and tie steel in a scaled down typi-
cal wall. Don Beers from the Masonry Association Florida along
with Painter Masonry helped to deliver a block demonstration and
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and corporate, serve as an important source of advice and support for the School. Advisory Council is an opportunity for you and
your company to form a strong liaison with the School. In this way, we can be assured that our program is current and meets the
ever-changing needs of the construction industry. We hope you will consider becoming a member of the Advisory Council for the
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