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Front cover photographs:
Top left: Tampa Gator BCN Alumni Golf Tournament
Top center: Central Florida Gator BCN Alumni Golf Tournament
Far right: Whitley Steel Visitors
Bottom left: Spring 2010 Welcome Reception
Bottom center: Distinguished Alumnus
Bottom: White Hat Ceremony for Fall 2011 graduates


M.E. Rinker, Sr.
School of Building Construction

304 Rinker Hall
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, FL 32611-5703
Phone: (352) 273-1150
Fax: (352) 392-9606
www. bcn.ufl.edu


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. Jimmie Hinze
Director of Master's Programs
Dr. Ian Flood
Coordinator of Ph.D. Program
Dr. Charles Kibert
Director of the Powell Center for
Construction and Environment
Dr. Raymond Issa
Director of the Center for Advanced Construction
Information Modeling


Orange &r Blueprints

a bi-annual publication


Table of Contents
Executive Committee................................4
Distinguished Alumnus.............................. 5
Alumni in Higher Education ...................... 6
BCN and Law................... ...................89
Generations of BCN...................................11
Alumni Updates..............._._ ............._._ ..10-11
Regional Clubs .................. ....................1214
Lessons Learned................. ................... 15
Sponsorships................... ...............6
Friends and Donors...................................6
Endowments................... ................8
Major Donors .................. .....................8
Spring 2010 Career Fair............................19
Spring 2010 Welcome Reception..............19
Spring 2010 Commencement.. ................. .20
BCN Graduation Dinner.............................20
Guest Lecturers. ........._....... ........._.........22
Field Trips. ............_ ...... ..._................22
Student Organizations. ............................23
Student Competition Teams.. .................. ...24
Student Exchange Program.......................25
BCN Homecoming BBQ. ................... .........26
Solar Decathlon................... ................2
Faculty & Staff News..................................28-2
The Charles R. Perry Construction Yard...30
In Memoriam................... ................3


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BCN Portfolio


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Ed itor:
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ntyre (left to right), Robert Springer, Bob Angle,
,Pete Pace, Lance Frankham, Curtis Culver,
hini, Charles Reid, and John Sofarelli at the Ad-
mmittee meeting in Orlando.


Plaque presented to John Mclntyre for his
service to the Executive Committee.


The Rinker School would like to express our deepest appreciation
to newly elected ExCOM emeritus member John McIntyre for his
dedication and support of the Rinker School throughout his years of
service as an ExCOM member.


As a way to improve communications to all of the BCN Alumni,
the BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee (ExCOM) re-
cently discussed and agreed to provide a brief update summarizing
the activities and decisions of the EXCOM. This brief update will
be published in the Orange & Blueprints Newsletter and posted to
each of the BCN Regional Club websites.

As a result of a recent Industry Advisory Board (IAB) review at-
tended by Chip Reid, chair of the EXCOM, and Dr. Chini, a com-
mittee will revisit some of the current by-laws for possible changes
to improve our program. Some items for consideration may in-
clude current board diversity; more interaction between students,
the EXCOM, and BCN College Council; conducting exit surveys
from students to solicit feedback on the program; hall of fame for
students and faculty; and having the EXCOM meet once a year with
the Dean and Provost.

The usage of social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and
LinkedIn, will be implemented to increase and improve communi-
cations with alumni. All future DCP functions, regardless of loca-
tion, will be communicated to our entire BCN alumni on file. A
similar process will be utilized for BCN alumni regional club events
that may be of interest to other areas, i.e. golf tournaments, fish-
ing tournaments, etc. In the near future, we hope to have another
section in each of the Alumni Club websites with events like these
from other regions as well. Regional club locations include Tampa,


Jacksonville, West Palm, Gainesville/Ocala, Miami/Ft Lauderdale,
Orlando, Atlanta and Ft. Myers.

The Curriculum Sub-Committee is planning a review of the gradu-
ate courses and is requesting that each member of the EX COM sub-
mit candidates from their company who have received a master's
degree from BCN in order to participate in this review.

The Industry Sub-Committee suggested that the Employer Survey
be sent out by paper and electronic format to gain more feedback
and that BCN locate an "Industry Champion" at each company to
make sure the survey is completed and returned to the School. Kim
Stanley is to identify an "Industry Champion" at each company.
Kim Stanley will also look into creating a database, other than the
one maintained by the Alumni Association, to include alumni and
company information.

In order to increase and improve communications with all BCN
Alumni, websites are being created for all regional alumni clubs
that are also linked to the UF BCN website.

The EXCOM committee will review the newsletter to provide feed-
back. A survey will be created to go out with the next newsletter to
gain feedback on the preference of the alumni on the content of the
newsletter as well as paper vs. electronic format.


BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee
The Rinker School is committed to excellence in teaching, research
and service in and for the construction industry. The objectives of
the BCN Advisory Council are to provide proactive input to the cur-
ricula of the Rinker School to ensure they address current industry
practices and standards; advance and support the highest quality
faculty, educational facilities, and undergraduate and graduate pro-
grams for the students enrolled in the Rinker School; provide liai-
son between the construction industry and the Rinker School; and ExCOM members John McIr
offer advice, counsel and vision to the Rinker School. Jeff Nelson, John Gooding,
Wayne Wadsworth, Abdol C~
The BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee (ExCOM) held visory Council Executive Cor
its bi-annual meeting on April 16, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Or-
lando International Airport.

Present for the April 16th meeting were Bob Angle, John Bennett,
Lynne Capece, Abdol Chini, Curtis Culver, Rick Derrer, Lance
Frankham, John Gooding, Dale Hedrick, Raymond Issa, Sid Jordan,
John McIntyre, Bill Morthland, Jeff Nelson, Pete Pace, Steve Palm-
er, Charles Reid, Domenic Scorpio, John Sofarelli, Ray Southern,
Robert Springer, Kim Stanley, Wayne Wadsworth, Karl Watson, Jr.,
and Louie Wise.


A Message to BCN Alumni from the Executive Committee....





John Gooding is President of Deerbrook, Inc., headquartered in Bo-
nita Springs, Florida. Deerb~rook was incorporated in the state of
Florida as a General Contractor in 1996 with emphasis on luxury
residential and light commercial construction. The firm's principal
market is Southwest Florida.

John graduated in 1984 with a bachelor's degree in building con-
struction. He began his construction career as a Project Manager
with D. Garrett Construction in Naples, Florida. Other notable af-
filiations were with Kraft Construction and Boran Craig Barber
Construction, Inc., two of the area's most respected construction
firms. Through these firms, John gained valuable experience as
Project Manager for various projects including community club-
houses, churches, banking facilities, and several high-rise condo-
minium projects in Naples and Marco Island. John was promoted
to President of Deerbrook in 2002 after six years of proven leader-
ship navigating the company from its infancy to one of the premier
luxury home builders in Southwest Florida. His leadership, strong
interpersonal skills and expertise in coordinating efforts across var-
ied agencies and personalities has resulted in a growing community
of satisfied customers.


John has served as a BCN Advisory
Council EXCOM Member for two
years and is honored to serve with
such an elite group of construc-
tion professionals. His goals are to
raise awareness of the M.E. Drinker,
Sr. School of Building Construc-
tion in Southwest Florida. There is
a substantial group ofBCN grads in
Collier, Lee and Charlotte counties
that can become more involved in
guiding the future curriculum and
supporting the increasing financial
needs of the School.

John's interests outside the office include fishing, gardening and
travel. He has been involved with the local chapters of the Coastal
Conservation Association, Tropical Fruit and Native Plant Societ-
ies. John is a die-hard Gator fan and can be found attending Ga-
tor home games. His son is currently attending the University of
Florida majoring in Landscape Architecture.


The distinguished alumnus award is given annually to a graduate
of the Rinker School who has graduated a minimum of ten years
prior to the award, has distinguished himself/herself in a construc-
tion field, and has demonstrated consistent support of the Rinker
School. The 2010 Distinguished Alumnus is David J. Schmit.

Dave Schmit received his Bachelor of Building Construction in
Spring 1983 and his Master of Science in Building Construction in
Fall 1983 from the University of Florida. While at the School, he
was President of the BCN College Council, President of the Sigma
Lambda Chi Construction Honorary Society, and was inducted into
the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary and Gold-
en Key International Honor Society. Dave was selected to receive
the Spring 1983 BCN Leadership Award and the Spring 1983 BCN
Scholar Award.

Dave was selected for this honor as distinguished alumnus because
of his continued success in the construction industry. While with
U.S. Home Corporation, he developed a production model for rapid
build custom homes. As President of Colony Homes he developed
an integrated system for managing the home building process that
became known as CHAMPS (Colony Homes Applied Management
Process) which was later recognized as the first truly integrated da-
tabase that tied sales orders completed by on site sales agents to
purchase orders utilized by trade partners and construction man-


agers under a real-time sched-
uling system. In 2003, Dave
founded and became President
of Marathon Land Company,
which develops high impact
communities in and around the
Atlanta market. Dave has built
over 10,000 homes during his
home building career.

Dave displays continued sup-
port of the Rinker School by re-
turning each semester to lecture
to the BCN students, being a
founding member of the Atlanta UF BCN Alumni Club, organizing
a 25th year reunion of BCN classmates in 2008, being a member of
the Florida Blue Key and providing financial support. Exemplify-
ing great leadership in his community, Dave has been involved with
various charities including serving as Vice-Chairman of Habitat for
Humanity of North Central Georgia, Board Member of the Rotary
Club of Roswell, and coaching many youth baseball teams.

Constantly making a difference in the construction industry and
community, we are proud that Dave is an alumnus of the M.E.
Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction.


Meet John Gooding, BCN Advisory Council

Executive Com mittee Mem ber


2010O Distinguished Alumnus





Institute of Constructors, served as a member
of the Exam Writing Committee of the Con-
struction Certification Commission, and has
held each of the national officer positions in
the Associated Schools of Construction at least
once.

Professor Goddard has also served the American
Council for Construction Education (ACCE) as
the Chair of the Guidance Committee, Chair of
Standards Committee, Chair of the Training Committee, served as
a member of the Accreditation Committee, and many task force as-
signments. He has been the primary trainer for the Visitor in Train-
ing sessions for many years. He has served as the Visiting Team
Chair for many accreditation team visits to other universities over
the past 16 years. Currently, Professor Goddard is the Vice-Pres-
ident/President Elect of ACCE and will become President in the
summer of 2011.

Professor Goddard has been nominated for many awards through
the years for teaching and advising. He received the Outstand-
ing Educator Award from the Associated Schools of Construction
in 2000. He has received the Outstanding Advisor Award several
times within his department. He was recently selected to receive
the Robert R. and Lila L. Snell Distinguished Career Award for Ex-
cellence in Undergraduate Teaching. This award is selected based
upon student input, full professor support from both within and out-
side the department, alumni recommendations, and reviews from
peers.


rard
honored in April during the Orange & Blue weekend activities
at a breakfast, and then invited to the annual barbeque before the
Orange & Blue game as well as being a guest in the President's
Box during the game.



Louie Wise III, BCN 1994, was one of the
,. 2007 recipients of the Outstanding Young
Alumnus Award. Louie is president of Cli-
mate Control Mechanical Services, Inc. in
Ocala, FL.







Erik Sharpe, BCN 1995, was one of the 2008
recipients of the Outstanding Young Alumnus
Award. Erik is currently Operations Manager
for the Brasfield & Gorrie Jacksonville divi-
S10H.


Professor James F. Goddard received his master's degree in build-
ing construction from the University of Florida in 1972. He cur-
rently is a Professor and Program Coordinator for the Construction
Science and Management program at Kansas State University in
Manhattan, Kansas.

Professor Goddard has taught courses in basic construction layout,
soils and site quantity surveying, construction methods, scheduling,
heavy construction specialties, and construction safety. He has been
an Authorized OSHA Instructor for nearly 30 years. Professor God-
dard has served on numerous department, college, and university
committees, chairing many of those groups. He currently serves
as the Chair of the Course and Curriculum Committee for the KSU
College of Engineering and several university task force groups.

Professor Goddard served as advisor for the Kansas State AGC Stu-
dent Chapter, advisor for the Pi Chapter of Sigma Lambda Chi for
36 years, and advisor for the program's participation in the Col-
lege of Engineering's Open House Competition for 30 years. The
program won or placed in the top 3 within the college 26 of the 30
years. Professor Goddard coaches a student team annually in the
Heavy/Highway Division of the Associated Schools of Construc-
tion (ASC) Region IV Construction Management Competition. His
teams have won the regional competition several times.

Professor Goddard has served the educational and professional as-
sociations in many capacities. He has held each of the international
officer positions in Sigma Lambda Chi International Construction
Honor Society, served on the Board of Directors of the American


Outstanding Young Alumnus Aw
The University of Florida Alumni Association established an
award to recognize Gators who have distinguished themselves
in business, community or service and are age 40 and younger.
The following alumni were selected by the College of Design,
Construction and Planning over the past few years. They were


Domenic Scorpio, BCN 1998, was one of the
2006 recipients of the Outstanding Young
Alumnus Award. Domenic is currently vice-
president of PPI Construction Management,
Inc. in Gainesville, FL.




Sean DeMartino, BCN 1993, was one of the
2008 recipients of the Outstanding Young
Alumnus Award. Sean is currently Senior
Vice President of Operations in the Orlando
Office of Balfour Beatty.




Rob Maphis, BCN 1993, was one of the 2009
recipients of the Outstanding Young Alumnus
Award. Rob is currently vice president/ branch
manager for James A. Cummings Construction
.~ Orlando Office.


Alumni in Higher Fmucation





Dale R. Hedrick, BCN 1980, President,
HedrickBrothers Construction was honored
as a recipient of the Palm Beach Ultimate
CEO Award 2010 for setting the standard
in the corporate community, including civic
leadership and charitable contributions.

Dale R. Hedrick is also a graduate of For-
est Hill High School District of Palm Beach
County, and was recently honored as a fi-
nalist in the Business/Legal category for
the Education Foundation of Palm Beach
County's inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award. The Award was
created to honor alumni who are noted in their field of endeavor or
recognized for their expertise and good works by their peers and
Others. These alumni must have graduated from or been enrolled,
for a majority of years, in a Palm Beach County public school, and
must have distinguished themselves through achievement, service
or contributions to society either locally or to the broader com-
munity.




Michelle Forte Young, BCN 1997, CGC,
LEED AP and President of FORTE YOUNG
INC., is honored in Orlando Business Jour-
nal's "Forty Under 40" the class of 2010.
It is a competition that recognizes the top
40 business professionals in Orlando under
the age of 40. Michelle says, "You can be
honest and successful at the same time."
FORTE YOUNG INC. is an Orlando-based
general contracting/construction manage-
ment company established in 2007. www.
forteyounginc.com


Frank Kendrick, BCN 1989, and Timothy Jackson, BCN 1989,
are on the cover of the March issue of Black Enterprise. The article
"How We Grew Our Business Using Technology" is the feature of
the issue.

Company COO, Timothy Jackson notes that
4 K--- ""NuJak uses technology to plan and manage
5 R I -construction projects timely and efficiently.
~We use project management software to
track our projects to mitigate delays, save
,.1 time and reduce costs."

-- Founder and CEO, Frank Kendrick added
a "We have always been on the cutting edge
y ~of technology and will continue to strive to
exceed our client's expectations.

NuJak, teamed with Skanska USA, were recently selected to build
the new University of South Florida Polytechnic Campus signature
building designed by the world renowned Santiago Calatrava. This
will be the first campus in the world built from the ground up in
the 21st century. Cutting-edge technology that is currently not be-
ing used on any other college campus in the world will make this
structure a hallmark in the academic community. The campus will be
located at the epicenter of the Florida High Tech Corridor.

NuJak Companies is a full-service construction and commercial real
estate company serving the state of Florida. The company expertise
lies in three primary disciplines: construction, property management
and real estate development.

The company was recognized by the INC Magazine Fast 5000, Tam-
pa Bay Business Journal 8th fastest growing, privately held company
in the TTampa Bay area and the 10th Largest Minority Company.


(1-r) BCN Alumni Trent Swartz (BCN 2006) of Charles
Perry Constmection and Mary Thompson (BCN 1996) of
Ajax Building Corporation ivere judges for the Capstone
Course taught by Dr. Rick Smailes.


Alumni In the News







BCN and Law

The featured article of this Orange &~ Blueprint newsletter edition is on BCN graduates who also have or are obtaining their law degree.
Please fnd on the following pages some of these individuals.


Mitch Albaugh, BCN 1974, graduated from the
UF College of Law in 1979. His unique career
has included hands-on experience in nearly every
aspect of construction disputes, including 8 years
in the construction industry as an estimator (1974
-1976), the on-site claims manager for St. Johns
River Power Park, a municipally-owned $1.8 billion
power plant project located in Jacksonville (1985-
1988), and general counsel and in-house litigator for
Matthews Construction, a Tampa general contractor
(1989-1992). In addition, Mitch spent 2 years as a claims consultant
with Wagner Hohns Inglis, a national construction claims consulting
firm (1983-1985), and 2 years with Florida Department of Transporta-
tion litigating multi-million dollar highway construction claims (2003-
2005). In 2005, Mitch teamed up with former UF Levin College of
Law school classmate, Scott Clark, to form Clark & Albaugh, LLP, in
Winter Park.

In 2007, Mitch was certified by the Florida Bar as one of only 193 con-
struction law specialists in Florida (223, as of August 2009). Board
certification is the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar of
an attorney's competency and experience and recognizes an attorney's
special knowledge, skills and proficiency in a specific area of law, as
well as his professionalism and ethics. As a Board Certified Construc-
tion Lawyer, Mitch has developed an in-depth knowledge of the issues
involved in construction-related disputes.

Alterraon (Al) Phillips, BCN 1999, returned to
Orlando after graduation and went on to work for
a national architectural firm in their construction
administration department. A few years later, Al
relocated to West Palm Beach and while contmnu-
ing to work, he attended Nova Southeastemn Shep-
ard Broad Law School evening program. Here he
obtained his Junis Doctrine Degree in the Spring of
2007. Al is in West Palm Beach, FL where he is
still active in the construction industry by oversee-
ing the construction administration department for a local architectural
firm and managing/operating his personal company (Phillips & James
Construction Consulting Firm). In addition to being on the building
side of the mndustry, he is also a practicing attorney.

Al is an Associate with Cousins Law Firm, EA. out of West Palm
Beach, FL. He is currently listed by Martindale Hubbell as one of the
2010 Preeminent Attomneys. Areas of Practice include Construction,
ADA, Real Estate, Foreclosure Defense, and Landlord/Tenant Law. Al
is a Florida Certified Building Contractor and a member of the Florida
Bar and American Bar Association.
John Yiasemdies, BCN 1996, went to work for Cen-
tex after graduation and worked there until 2001 when
he went to work in Washington DC for Hill Intemna-
tional for a year. He then returned to school and to
obtain a law degree from University of Maryland
School of Law where he graduated in 2005 and passed
the Maryland Bar later that year. He is now work-
ing for Wamner Construction Consultants in Rockville,
MD, (just outside of Washington, DC) as an Execu-
tive Consultant and as their Associate General Coun-
sel. They perform dispute resolution, scheduling, and
project management services for the construction industry. He works
projects in the U.S. and abroad, most recently in Dubai, UAE where
he spent nearly all of 2008 and part of 2009.


Ryan Stringfellow, BCN 2006, went to work after
graduation as a Superintendent on an interior, com-
mercial build-out for Central Florida Dream Builders,
Inc. Additionally, he subcontracted as a Project Man-
ager for Schmid Construction & Development, working
on a commercial shell. Both projects were completed
(timely) in April and May of 2007, respectively.

He began working toward his law degree in August
2007 from the Cumberland School of Law; and, in August 2008, he started
his master's in business administration from the Brock School of Business.
He graduated with a J.D./MBA in May of this year, having earned the fol-
lowing distinctions: Judge Abraham Caruthers Teaching Fellowship, Articles
Editor of the American Joumnal of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Cordell Hull
Speakers Forum, Senior Member of the Cumberland Trial Advocacy Board,
Member of the Cumberland National Mediation Team, Member of the
Dean' s Graduate Student Advisory Board, Beta Gamma Sigma and four-time
Scholar of Merit. Ryan has accepted an Associate position with the Nash-
ville, TN, law firm Morgan & Akins, PLLC, with the goal of developing a
construction and employment practice to complement their superb worker's
compensation practice.

Greg Martin, BCN 1987, is a shareholder in the law firm
of Gregory S. Martin & Associates, EA. in Maitland,
FL. Earning his J.D. in 1990 from UF, he has limited his
practice to representing those in the construction industrIy
since 1993. Greg's practice has included representation
of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors
and design professionals, nationally and internationally, mn
both state and federal court as well as various administra-
tive proceedings and arbitration. He has been recognized
in Chambers and Partners as a Leader in Construction,
Super Lawyers@ Construction (Florida and Corporate Counsel Edition),
Best Lawyers@ Construction and Orlando's Top Lawyers. He is also AV
rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Greg is also a Certified Circuit Court Mediator
by the Florida Supreme Court; a member of the AAA Commercial Panel of
Neutrals; and a LEED@ Green Associate.

Bruce Norris, BCN 1990, gained construction industry
experience working for engineering firms both before
and after graduation from BCN. That experience led
him to pursue a legal career. Since graduating from law
school, Mr. Norris has devoted his entire legal career to
the practice of construction law. He is a founding mem-
ber of the law firm Kirwin Norris, established in 1997
as a boutique construction law firm. The firm's primary
goal is to assist clients in the timely completion offinan-
cially successful construction projects. To this end, Bruce has represented all
parties within the construction industry.

Mr. Norris has been recognized by Chambers & Partners as one of Amer-
ica's Leading Lawyers for Florida Construction Law, by Super Lawyers@
for Florida Construction Law, by Best Lawyers@ in America for Construc-
tion Law, and Orlando's Top Lawyers for Construction Law. Bruce is also
among the inaugural certification class of attorneys to be Board Certified in
Construction Law by the Florida Supreme Court.









Daniel R. Zorrilla, BCN 2000 After graduating
from the University of Florida in 2000, Dan Zorrilla
started working as an Assistant Project Manager with
Suffolk< Construction Company in West Palm Beach.
In 2005, he relocated to Tampa as a Project Manager
for Hardin Construction on a $28 million condo-
minium. While managing construction projects, he
realized that the part of his job that he loved most
was drafting and negotiating contracts, writing letters
and compiling and negotiating claims, so he decided to apply to law
school. Stetson University College of Law accepted him into their part-
time program and he began evening classes in August 2008. While at
Stetson, he has been working full time researching and writing expert
reports for construction claims. Having a construction background has
helped him obtain a summer associate position at Trenam Kemker, a na-
tionally recognized law firm in Tampa with a strong Construction Law
and Government Contracting practice group. He plans to graduate in
May 2011, pass the bar and begin his second career as a construction
attorney.


Chip Bachara, BCN 1982, also graduated from
Mercer University with a law degree in 1986. He
knew from an early age that he would follow his
father into the building business and enrolled at UF
in 1978 with sights set on a degree in building con-
struction. He has great memories of his years in the
BCN program including: searching test banks for
Professor Gunby's Construction Materials exam,
suffering through HVAC class with a severe case of
mono, spending late rights mn Matherly Hall with a
study group trying to figure out statics, and, of course, "surveying" the
hill above Broward Beach. Upon returning to Jacksonville, he sought
every opportunity to focus his practice on construction law. After 23
years of practice, he has been fortunate to have succeeded in his goal of
a specializing in construction law and have been honored by bemng se-
lected to the Best Lawyers in America, Florida Trend's Legal Elite and
Florida Super Lawyers. Chip is also Board Certified by The Florida Bar
as a Construction Law Specialist. On his firms' website, you will find a
special section devoted to the BCN hardhat that he had while in school.
See www~bacharagroup.com and look for "Hardhat Story."


Sean M. Dillon, BCN 1992, is a Senior Partner with
the construction law / litigation firm Moye, O'Brien,
O'Rourke, Pickert & Dillon, LLP, based in Mait-
land, Florida, but handling matters throughout Flor-
ida, throughout the U.S., and internationally. Sean
obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Univer-
sity of Florida in 1995, spent two years with a small
construction litigation firm in Gainesville, and then
joined his current firm in 1997. Sean's practice in-
volves representing general contractors, subcontrac-
tors, design professionals and owners in all aspects of the construction
industry, from procurement to claim development / defense of claims,
and in all forms of dispute resolution (mediation, arbitration, dispute
review boards and litigation before state and federal courts as well as
administrative tribunals). Before graduating from BCN, Sean spent ap-
proximately four years in the field working for a custom home builder
and for various trade contractors. Since graduating from law school, he
has been a guest lecturer for the Rinker School's graduate construction
law class and has conducted training seminars for certified contractors'
continuing education classes, contractors' trade associations and client
organizations. Sean has been recognized as a Leader in Construction
Law in The Client's Guide published by Chambers & Partners.


BCN and Law
Gerald E Richman, BCN 1962, graduated with honors
first in his class. He had planned to get a masters in busi-
ness administration from Harvard or Wharton upon gradu-
ation but because of the construction of the Berlin Wall in
1961 when he was in ROTC and because he had planned
to be deferred from his assignment to the Army Corps of
Engineers to attend graduate school, all the deferments
were denied. By chance, when he took the aptitude test
for graduate study in business to apply to Harvard and
Wharton, he had also taken the law school aptitude test
and sent the scores to the University of Florida. The Dean of the law school
told Mr. Richman of a new scholarship program at the University of Florida
to encourage those who did well on the LSAT to attend the university rather
than to go to the Ivy schools out of state. The Army then had a policy that
despite the Berlin Wall, a deferment could be granted for a one-time only
scholarship offer. Not really intending to be a lawyer, Mr. Richman ap-
plied for the scholarship, was accepted, entered an accelerated program at
law school (2 years and 4 months) did exceptionally well, serving as Execu-
tive Editor of the Law Review, Chancellor of the Honor Court, and Captain
of the Moot Court Team where he was selected as best oralist both by the
Florida Supreme Court and the Southeastemn United States Competition, and
co-authored the winning National Brief in New York. He then clerked for a
federal judge, served as a Judge Advocate in Washington D.C., and Korea.
He also worked as a presidential aide at the White House, and joined his
current law firm now known as Richman Greer, P.A., with offices in Miami
and West Palm Beach, where he is President and Senior Shareholder. During
the course of his career, besides being involved extensively in condominium
and construction litigation as well as anti-trust securities, breach of contract
and numerous other civil and commercial litigation areas, he has also served
as President of the Florida Bar (1984-1985) and is currently in the American
College of Trial Lawyers, Intemnational Society of Barristers, and is a Na-
tional Board Member and Co-Chairman of the Intemnational issues Commit-
tee of the American Board of Trial Advocacy where he is currently involved
in planning and participating in a jury trial demonstration in Japan and Korea
scheduled for November of this year.
Frank Hild, BCN 2007, is an associate in the law firm

Frank earned his J.D. in 1999 from UF and for the next
seven years successfully practiced first insurance law and
then private criminal defense and commercial law. In 2005
Frank entered the BCN Master's Program, working a 12-
week internship on a hospital construction project in Colo-
I rado and completing a thesis in construction litigation case
studies in 2007. Since 2007 Frank has limited his practice
to representing those in the construction industry and has experience that in-
cludes a 4-week trial representing contractor claims on a bridge proj ect in the
Mid-Atlantic, a 10-week jury trial representing contractor claims on a light
rail project in Southemn Califomnia and, currently, in discovery representing
contractor claims on utility improvements at a West Coast port facility.

Bryan Capps, BCN 1989, received his bachelor's degree
from the University of Florida School of Building Con-
struction in 1989, the same day he received his law degree
from Florida's College of Law. Mr. Capps had previously
received a bachelor's in English, also from Florida. In
2004, Mr. Capps established The Construction Law Firm,
dedicated exclusively to construction litigation and atten-
dant appeals in Florida and around the United States. His
practice has run the gamut of construction cases, includ-
ing design professional liability, construction defect cases,
and contractor claims, both in prosecution and defense, arising from projects
public and private, large and small. Mr. Capps was among the inaugural class
of attorneys to be Board Certified in construction law by the Florida Bar. In
March 2010, he joined the Kirwin Norris, EA. law firm as a Partner, continu-
ing his dedication to the practice of construction law.





















2-part effort funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, including imple-
mentation of existing technologies, and an R & D component to develop,
test and demonstrate new technologies. The Smart Grid's purpose is to
advance energy conservation, improve responsiveness to weather events
and other hazards, and add green energy to the current grid. He worked
on the master schedule for the R & D component, which involved several
information technology companies, including Boeing. He has been work-
ing under contract for Con Edison as a scheduler since 2008, tracking in-
frastructure replacement programs for Substation Operations (SSO). Next
Spring he plans to continue his studies at UF by pursuing a master's degree
in Sustainable Construction (SC) online.

Sean M. Dillon, BCN 1992 Sean's law firm recently changed its name to
Moye, O'Brien, O'Rourke, Pickert & Dillon, LLP. Sean's practice focuses
on construction law / litigation and is based in Maitland, FL, though he han-
dles matters throughout Florida, throughout the U.S., and internationally.
His firm is one of only thirteen law firms in the U.S. to achieve a nationwide
ranking for its Construction Practice in The Client's Guide published by
Chambers & Partners. Sean lives in the Windermere area with his wife of
15 years, Lisa, and their three children Sean, Jr. (14), J. Tyler (10) and
Brooke (5). He can be reached at sdillon@moopd.com.

Tim Dickson, BCN 1996 Tim is currently working as a Preconstruction
Manager for BE&K Building Group in Orlando. Currently working on
projects in Miami, Tampa, and also a project for UF in Orlando at the Lake
Nona medical city. Tim earned an MBA at UF in 2002. Previously he
worked nationwide for The Stellar Group of Jacksonville managing and
developing industrial and process utilities-related projects. Tim and his
wife, Shannon (UF 1996), have three children.

Jennifer Mc Alister, BCN 2000 Jennifer McAlister, LEED AP BD+C, is a
Proj ect Manager for NDC Construction Company in Bradenton, FL, where
she has worked for the last 9 years. Her most recent project is the $18M
Palmetto Elementary School for the School District of Manatee County. In
addition to her role at NDC, Jennifer is a mother to 2 Y2 year old identical
twin daughters, Kaitlyn and Jaidyn and is on the Board of Directors for the
Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

Matt Hendry, BCN 2001 In 2009, Matt started his own commercial
general contracting firm in San Diego called MLH Contracting, Inc. MLH
offers services to both the tenant improvement market and new construc-
tion market. Matt is married to Amy and they are expecting their first child
in October.

Brandon Leske, BCN 2002 Brandon started a general contracting busi-
ness in 2008. Hybrid Construction focuses on commercial renovations and
REO/Foreclosure property preservation. They are based out of and service
the Tampa Bay area.

Kyle Burton, BCN 2005 Kyle has joined The Walt Disney World Com-
pany as a Project Manager and is currently working multiple jobs at the
Magic Kingdom. He says "I love working at Disney, I finally found a place
where people smile and laugh as much as I do." Kyle and his wife Sara
have a beautiful baby girl named Brooke.


Alumni Updates
Robert Claudy, BCN 1957 Bob is excited to report that his granddaugh-
ter, Chelsea, was admitted into the University of Florida.

Rodney L. Kincaid, BCN 1958 Rodney is President of Kincaid Con-
struction Company in Winter Park, FL. He stated that he became con-
cerned about the disinterest of contractors as it related to on-site storm
water management and wanted to know more about the program, so he
enrolled in a two-day seminar conducted by Florida Department of En-
vironmental Protection and became a qualified storm water management
inspector. He reports that he learned a lot about the importance of par-
ticipating in this effort and how to do so and recommends this program to
all general contractors.

Richard Fisher, BCN 1967 Rich works as a Senior Project Manager for
Jacobs Engineering performing CM for various projects in Washington,
DC, Mississippi and Florida. One of his most notable projects was the
restoration of Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington.

C. Rex Scott, BCN 1974 Rex is currently Executive Vice President of
Sales for Plycem USA in Alpharetta, GA. Rex is responsible for the Sales
and Distribution of Plycem Fiber Cement Exterior Trim for the U.S. and
Canada.

Todd Andrew, BCN 1987 Todd is President of Andrew General Contrac-
tors, Inc. and was recently invited to participate as the General Contractor
partner on a design/build team called "Integrated Project Deliver." IPD,
LLC was contracted by Orlando Utilities Commission to provide design/
build services for a new dedicated Chilled Water Plant for the new Amway
Center.

David Wagie, BCN 1985 David received his MBA from UF in 1987. In
July of this year, he obtained his Certified Residential Contractor license
(CRC 1330369) and with his wife Marie, who he married in May 2009, they
have started their own business Faith Builders, LLC in Boyton Beach, FL.

Scott McCarthy, BCN 1992 Scott recently organized a master schedule
for Con Edison Co. of New York. Con Edison's Smart Grid program is a





works as an estimator in their Costa Mesa offce on pre-constniction for
Stanford Hospital, a $85() million LEED hospital project.

Shaughn Hill, BCN 2009 In the Fall, Shaughn will begin law school at
Florida State University.

Carlos Lorenzo, BCN 2009 Carlos went to work for Balfour Beatty Con-
stniction after graduation on $65 million student housing project which is
part of a three-phase infrastructure improvement plan for Florida Atlantic
University in Boca Raton. After six months, Carlos has proven himself to
be a valuable asset to the project team and was awarded "Employee of the
Month" for June 2()1()


Jonah Barth, BCN 2007 Jonah recently completed the Embassy Suites
in Savannah, GA, while he was ivorking with D&D Constniction Services.
He just accepted a new position as project manager for G&K Home Solu-
tions in Little Rock, AR.

Robert Taylor, BCN 2007 Robert is working as an estimator for Man-
agement Resource Systems in NC and obtained his Florida Building Con-
tractors license. Robert and his wife, Katie, were just married and went to
Rome for their honeymoon.

Bert Van der Meer, BCN 2007 Bert is with Holder Constniction Com-
pany and recently moved to Washington, DC to work on a Performing Arts
Center at Bowie State University.

Dan Casale, BCN 2008 Dan is currently working as a BIM Engineer for
DPR Constniction in San Francisco, CA.

Charles Norville, BCN 2008 Since graduation, Charles has been work-
ing on international assignments for Fluor with their Energy and Chemicals
business line. He is currently working in the Middle East at Saudi Kayan
Petrochemical Facility as a Field Engineer / System Lead with primary fo-
cus on mechanical completion and subsequent start up of the de-NOx and
de-SOx pollution control devices for the plant's steam generation utilities.
He has also served as a lecturer in Professor Cook's classes discussing the
topics of challenges and opportunities facing large EPC companies with an
aging work force, and an evolving energy market facing their clients.

Cassidy Resnick, BCN 2008 Cassidy received her master's degree of
arts in international business from UF in 2()(9. In March 2)1(), she be-
gan working for Clark Constniction in Newport Beach, CA. She currently


Generations of BCN cont'd


There have been many father &~ son, father &~ daughter, etc., generations that have graduated from the Rinker School of Building Construc-
tion. Some have provided photos and an article of their experience. Ifvou were not included so far and would like to submit an article for
the next edition, please contact Kim Stanley at kinnns~tufledu.


The Jordans represent three gen-
erations at UF Rinker School of
Building Construction, consist-
ing of Joseph Thomas (T.J.) as
the patriarch, Sid and Matt.

T.J. pioneered the way in the
50's graduating in 1959, the
same year Sid was bomn in Ala-
T.J., Alatt, and Sid Jordan chua General Hospital. Sid
followed his father, who gradu-
ated in the BCN class of 1981.
The latest edition to the BCN tradition is Matt who received his
undergraduate degree from UF in Finance this past May. Matt is
entering the class of Fall 2010 to eamn his master's degree at Rinker
and is interning with Clark Construction in Tampa at CENTCOM
Headquarters at Mac Dill Air Force Base this Summer.

Before starting his own firm, T.J. Jordan, Inc, T.J. worked for La-
mont/Shimberg in Tampa. The Shimberg's are none other than the
same family that funded "The Shimberg Center for Housing Stud-
ies" here at UF. For the past 50 years, T.J. has been a General
Contractor specializing in residential construction in Tampa and
throughout Central Florida.


Sid followed in his dad's footsteps graduating in 1981. He took his
father's advice and entered commercial construction starting with
Federal Construction after graduation. After stints at Enterprise
Building Construction and Brown & Root, he settled with Clark
Construction Group in 1993. He is now the CEO of the Northemn/
Southern Division which comprises the region east of the Rockies
and manages over $2 billion annually. Sid is the immediate past
chair of the EXCOM Committee and is active with the Tampa Bay
Gator BCN Alumni Club.

The Jordans have a passion for all things Gators and can be found
at each home football and basketball game. Other activities enjoyed
by the family include anything outdoors especially hunting, fishing,
trail bike riding and tennis. The Jordans are surrounded by other
Gators in the family including T.J.'s wife Mary Lou, her son D.R.,
Sid's wife Donna (who was a scholarship tennis player for the #2
nationally ranked Gators ) and their son Bill.

T.J. and Sid welcome Matt along with the new generation of BCN
graduates into the greatest fraternity that collectively comprise the
industry's leaders in construction.


Alum ni Updates, cont.





The Tampa Bay BCN Gators and Title Spon-
sor, Clark Construction Group, LLC hosted
their 5th Annual Golf Fundraiser at The St.
Petersburg Country Club on Thursday, May
13, 2010. Dr. Abdol Chini, Professor Mike
Cook, Kim Stanley and Jennifer Mashburn
made the trip from Gainesville to participate
in the golf scramble. "Albert" also traveled
to the event this year for group photos with
all 27 foursomes during the registration and
pre-event lunch.

Prior to the awards presentation at the re-
ception sponsored by David Nelson Con-
struction Co., Dr. Chini addressed the group
with updates on the latest happenings at the
Drinker School and thanked all of the partici-
pating sponsors for their support.


effort to make this tournament a success and
all the volunteers who planned and assisted
the fundraiser which this year provided over
$21,000 to benefit the Rinker School. The
club is grateful to all of the Sponsors and
each of the following firms for their gener-
ous contributions:


Hole Sponsors:
Bouchard Insurance
Clark Construction Group LLC
Cutler & Associates
David Nelson Construction Co.
Dealership Solutions
Diaz Fritz Isabel
Gerdau Ameristeel
Hawkins Construction
Nielson, Wojtowicz, Neu
Painters on Demand
Peninsular Mechanical
Proefke Construction
Quality Fabrication & Supply
Sierra Construction Company
Stan Weaver & Company
Tappouni Mechanical
The Murray Company
Zurich Insurance

Auction, Raffle, and Gift Sponsors:
Airco Golf Course
Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club
Cyprus Run Golf Club
Green Links Golf Resort & Conf. Center
Innisbrook Resort & Golf Club
Isla Del Sol Yacht & Country Club
Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club
Mark Bostick Golf Course
Pebble Creek Golf Club
Riverhills Country Club
St. Petersburg Country Club
The Bayou Club
The Plantation Inn Golf Resort & Spa
Able Bod Labo
Bascom's Chop House
Courtside Grille
David Nelson Construction Co.
Dew Luxury Motor Cars
Gator Boosters
Gator Haven
Heads and Tails
Home Depot
Jim & Slim's Tool Supply
Ker's Winghouse
Mister Car Wash
MP Direct/Suntime
Mugs 'N Jugs
Rountable Concepts
RSC Rentals
Smith & Casady Inc.
Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheetmetal
White Cap Supply


David Nelson Construction's team: (1-r) David
Vekasi, Brian Symanski, Jeff Nelson, and
George Gomes


The Tappouni Mechanical Team won first place
(1-r) Paul Tappouni, Adam Davidson (Stan
Weaver & Co), Don Reagan (Lassiter Ware),
Campbell Caldwell (WG Mills)



Paul Tappouni, Adam Davidson, Don Rea-
gan, and Campbell Caldwell representing
the Tappouni Mechanical Team took the
First Place Trophies this year. The teams
from Clark Construction and David Nelson
Construction Co. were the second and third
place winners. The Men's and Women's
Long Drive winners were John Gabler and
Debbie DeFoe, and Scott Pippin won the
Closest to the Pin prize. Jeff Brase won The
Able Body Putting Contest.

The Silent Auction and Raffle included
several golf foursome packages; some with
one and two night stays at the resorts, golf
equipment, Gator sportswear and gear, con-
tractor tools and equipment, dinner gift cer-
tificates and a special "Gatorized" flatscreen
TV donated by local businesses.

The Tampa Bay BCN Gators wish to thank
St. Petersburg Country Club for their extra


Harry Wolfersberger, Springer-Peterson Roofing
& Sheet Metal; (1-r) Don Springer, Springer-Pe-
terson Roofing & Sheet Metal; Albert; Jay Gabler
(BCN 1984) of Dagasa Construction-Tampa; and
John Gabler, Dagasa Construction-Tampa.



Bull Gator & Team Sponsors:
Baker Concrete
Bovis Lend Lease
Brandon Construction Company
Charles Perry Construction, Inc.
Control Systems Specialists, Inc.
Crossroads Construction Co.
Florida Rock Industries
Gerdau Ameristeel
Hardin Construction
Henkelman Construction Inc.
Hunt Construction Group, Inc.
KHS&S Contractors
Kiewit Southern
Mill-Rite Woodworking Co., Inc.
NDC Construction
Painters on Demand
Power Design
Quality Fabrication & Supply
SEMA
Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheetmetal
Tappouni Mechanical
Truant Construction
Umiversal Fire Systems


BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates











sica Bergeron, and Teri Johnson of J. Raymond.
Also thanks to Kim Stanley from the School for
her continued support and help to spread the word
About the Club's events.


The Central Florida Gator BCN Club continues to
be a great organization for UF construction pro-
fessionals who live and work in Central Florida.
Continuing on the momentum of previous success-
ful years, the Club has grown to more than 135
registered members. The Club has been active in
hosting social networking events, communicat-
ing about the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building
Construction and providing significant support for
the School and its professorship endowment fund.

The Central Florida Gator BCN Club is very proud
to continue its tradition of supporting the M.E.
Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction. The
Club's major fundraising event this year was the
Annual Golf Toumnament, which was held on April
14, 2010 at Orange County National Golf Course.
Over 40 industry owners, consultants, general con-
tractors, subcontractors and suppliers provided
sponsorship and support. This year's major sponsor
was The Calic Group, a leading consulting, design
and construction support. A full field of 144 golf-
ers played the tournament, which was followed by
dinner, a raffle and a silent auction that included
numerous Gators memorabilia. Many thanks to
all who participated in this very successful event,
which raised over $42,000 for the School!

In addition to the Golf Toumnament, the Club has
held more of its Gator Gathering networking so-
cials, including an event at Gators Dockside on
June 10, 2010. As usual, this social included great
food, drinks and prizes. Dr. Chini also attended
the social, during which he provided an update of
happenings at the School and accepted the Club's
"BIG CHECK" contribution.

Thanks to the Club board members who continue
to dedicate their time and talents towards the orga-
nization's success:

Sean DeMartino Balfour Beatty (Past President)
Jim Ellspermann Brasfield & Gorrie
Art Higginbotham Walt Disney Imagineering
Rob Maphis James A. Cummings, Inc. (Presi-
dent)
Tom Maurer Tumner Construction
Brice Miller ECS Florida, LLC
Pete Pace Clancy & Thers
John Sofarelli J. Raymond
Coby Welch Wal-Mark Contracting

Much appreciation to those who helped with the
golf tournament and who continue to work tire-
lessly for other Club events. Special thanks to
Angelique Kinker and Mackenzie Amold of James
A. Cummings, Inc., and Jennifer Donahoe, Jes-


Ben Rogers, Clancy & Theys: Jeff Mock,
Clancy & Thevs; Chris Silver, Dean of
the UF College of Design, Constmection
& Planning; and Pete Pace (BCN 1984),
Clancy & Theys.


Central Florida Gator BCN Alumni Club presents
Dr. Abdol Chini lvith $42,000 check!


Bobby Stima, Manning Building Sup-
ply; Alike Eidelberg, Shell Systems;
Ken Blumbeck, BCN 1997; and Brice
Miller (BCN 2002) with ECS Florida,
LLC.


Michael Pennev, Michael Penney Insur-
ance: Tom Borgia, J. Raymond Con-
stmection: John Sofarelli (BCN 1981),
J. Raymond Constmection; and Paul Gra-
ham, J. Raymond Constmection.


r ali


James A. Cummings, Inc. representatives
Travis Kolbjornson (BCN 2007), Shane
Burnserd,f rsevor Prigg (BCN 2001) stand


BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates





Southwest Florida Gator BCN Alumni Club
The first ever Southwest Florida Gator BCN Club Fishing Toumna-
ment took place Saturday, July 17, 2010 at the beautiful Hamilton
Harbor Yacht Club in Naples. The tournament was a "catch and
release" event with the longest total length of four fish, two snook
and two redfish, taking first prize. A fifty/fifty "Calcutta," for those
anglers who were confident enough in their skills to place $100 in
the pot. The tournament started at 7:00 a.m. Boats had to be back
at the dock by 3:30PM. Fish sandwiches, hamburgers and french
fries were served during the judging of the team results and awards
ceremony. Over twenty raille prizes were drawn for including cast
nets and other fishing tackle, Rinker School "Goodie" bags, and
Pinnacle Vodka gift baskets. A captain's meeting to introduce the
teams and explain the rules preceded the tournament on Friday eve-
ning. There was a special appearance at the Captain's Meeting by
Lynne Capece, the Director of Development and Alumni Relations
for the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning. Lynne
briefed the attendees on the fund raising goals at the Rinker School
of Building Construction and thanked the tournament participants
and sponsors for their support.

Everyone enjoyed a great day
Sof fun, sun and fishing at the
tournament thanks to the ef-
f rts sfh gSTWFL Gator BCN

mittee which included Toumna-
ment Director, Tim Rushing
SMike Wagner, Tim Kelly, Chris
* McEachemn and John Gooding.
Chris McEachern (BCN 2004) and Mike The event could not have hap-
Richardson (BCN 1997) opened without the hard work of
Shore Captain Mike Richard-
son and his crew. This two-day
event was truly a first class affair that allowed BCN alumni and
other locals in the construction industry to socialize and network
while at the same time raising money for the Rinker School.


While the total funds raised has not yet been tallied, we would like
to thank the sponsors that donated to the fishing tournament. Those
sponsors are:


Gator Sponsor:
Andersen Windows/Florida Wood
Window and Door
(Tom Mizwa and Dan Shannon)

Shirt Sponsor:
Alpha-Omega Construction (Mike
Wagner, Jr.)

Rule Stick Sponsor:
Roetzel & Andress (Mark Huling
and Carlo Zampogna)

Site Host:
Hamilton Harbor Yacht Club

Beverage Sponsors:
Deerbrook, Inc. (John Gooding)
TR Rushing Construction (Tim
Rushing)
Nature's Blueprint/Team Evolu-
tio Outdoors (Steve Hal ef al

bert)


Weigh-in with Captain Bob Wasno,
Tim Rushing (BCN 1992) and Kelsey
Workinger


Raffle Sponsors. Team Deerbrook with Bob Allyn and
Tall Tales Bait and Tackle (Mike John Gooding (BCN 1984) spends a little
Larko) time on a sandbar.
Calusa Cast Nets (Buster)
The Fan Depot (Jim and Justin Av-
ery)
Kensington Golf and Country Club (Corey McDonough)
The Clay Place (Jim Rice)
Pinnacle Vodka (Paul Skiera)


North Central Florida Gator BCN Alumni Club
The North Central Florida Gator BCN Alumni Club hosted a social
in March at the Swamp Restaurant. Almost 30 alumni gathered to
socialize before the Gator basketball team played Vanderbilt at the
O'Connell Center


The Club hosted its 4th Annual Sporting Clays Toumnament on April
16, 2010. The sponsors of this event were W.W. Gay Mechanical
Contractors and Burgess & Dudley Electrical Contractors.


Central Florida Drywall places 1st at the
tournament. (1-r) Bob Harding, Scott Sie-
mens (BCN 1981), Ken Tenney (BCN
1975) and Ruben Ramos


BCN Alumni & club members are catch-
ing up on things with the BCN office staff
at the Swamp social.


Scherer Construction Team (1-r) Robert Wal-
pole, Marty Wynkoop, Stan Given, and Doug
Wilcox (BCN 1989)


BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates





written by Rodney Kincaid, President of
Kincaid Construction

When I received my BCN degree in June of
1958, I thought I knew it all, but 52 years
later, I look back and realize how foolish
that opinion was. Two things of significant
importance were missing from my early con-
struction knowledge.... the importance of ac-
counting and marketing. To be knowledgeable
about estimating and organizing your office
and field operation is important, but creating your accounting in-
formation to provide you critical information about your financial
success or failure is absolutely vital. Such information will inform
you as to whether you are bidding correctly or not, whether you
are fiscally responsible with the monies your company is acquiring
and provides you the opportunity to correct any such problems be-
fore they seriously damage your company. Secondly, and of equal
importance, is your marketing program. Contractors tend to create

The Bonds of BCN

For some students, alumni and faculty, it's BCN for life. So often,
meaningful bonds and relationships begin within the halls of the
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction that change lives
and last a lifetime. This past year, BCN had an example of this sig-
nificant friendship.

Last December, beloved faculty member Dr. Brisbane Brown was
diagnosed with cancer and began undergoing treatments. Many
concerned alumni have called and sent Dr. Brown letters of encour-
agement, including Dave Schmit (BCN 1983) and Jeff Charlotte
(BCN 1983). Dave and Jeff, who come back each year to be guest
lecturers for Dr. Brown's classes, jumped at the chance to see him
and have continued to track his progress and visit numerous timeS
over the past few months.


relationships with their clients during the construction stage, but at
the conclusion of the project, they fail to continue the relationship.
It costs much less to build for a former client that to build for first-
time clients, also your former clients can be your best source for
future work if you only stay in touch and ask them to help you find
new construction opportunities. Creating a newsletter to email to
your former clients, potential clients, architects and engineers can
help you keep your name in front of them and develop opportuni-
ties for new work. If you are contemplating the start of your own
construction company, make sure you put these two programs into
your operation on day one for long-term success.


Whitley Steel Company is proud of its relationship with the Univer-
sity of Florida. They provide a tour of their facility each semester
for the students. Most recently they donated "The Learning Tree"
which provides examples of possible steel connection details for
the students educational purposes. On March 15, 2010, representa-
tives from Whitley Steel visited Rinker Hall to see the completed


Whitley Steel Co., Inc. was started by Mr. John Whitley in 1973
and has steadily grown to become one of the premier fabricators in
Florida. Whitley Steel remains family owned and is currently under
the direction of Robert Whitley, President.

Whitley Steel is an A.I.S.C. (American Institute of Steel Construc-
tion) certified steel fabrication company located on Hwy 301 S. in
Clay County, Florida. Their 23 -acre facility consists of a fabrication
shop, paint bay and administrative offices.


Their annual production has been up to 8,000 tons of structural steel
with a workforce as high as 103 employees. Whitley Steel provides
a complete package of steel construction services, including detail-
ing, shop fabrication and field erection.



1~ r









Dr. Paul Oppenheim; Dr. Ajay Shanker; Touan Plante,
Whitley Steel; Dr. Abdol Chini; Ronnie Rauch, Whitley
Steel; Robert Whitley, Whitley Steel; and Ron Vann,
Whitley Steel


Lessons Learned


Ijr
Dave Schmit (BCN 1983), Dr. Brisbane Brown,
and Jeff Charlotte (BCN 1983)


Whitley Steel Learning Tree Dedication


















































Help Build the Future with the BCN Brick Paver Campaign!

Want to have your name in Rinker Hall, the home of the M.E. Drinker, Sr. School of Building Construction?
Buy a brick paver, support your School, and have your name etched in stone for the world to see! The 4" x 8" brick pavers
are available to students, alumni and friends for $125.00. There is a 3-line limit, with a 16-character limit per line.
Each space, period or other such punctuation is considered a character.
Visit www.bcn.ufl.edu/brick for more information.

Please make checks payable to UF Foundation. Do NOT send cash. Be sure to note BCN Brick Campaign in the
Memo Line. Please send checks to 304 Rinker Hall, PO Box 115703, Gainesville, Florida 32611

Name:

Address:


Advisory Council
The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction is honored to have an active Advisory Council whose members, both individual
and corporate, serve as an important source of advice and support for the School. Advisory Council is an opportunity for you and
your company to form a strong liaison with the School. In this way, we can be assured that our program is current and meets the
ever-changing needs of the construction industry. We hope you will consider becoming a member of the Advisory Council for the
M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction.

HERE IS MY GIFT FOR THE M.E. RINKER, SR. SCHOOL OF
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION
My gift in the amount of $ is made to the University of Florida Foundation
for the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction
Be sure to put BCN in the Memo Line


Please check the appropriate block:
Individual Membership


Corporate Membership


$100 Certificate


$300 Mounted certificate
plus BCN tumbler

$1,000 Plaque


$2,000 includes membership
in the University President's
Council


S$300 Mounted Certificate
plus BCN tumbler

I $2,000 includes membership
in the University President's
Council


Name

Address


City


State


Signature


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


State:


Phone:


Number of Bricks Ordered:

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Rinker School

Major Donor Com pan ies

Major Donors as of December, 2009

Gold ($100K or more in last 10 years)
Baker Concrete
Balfour Beatty
CEMEX USA
Clark Construction Group
Fluor Foundation
Holder Construction
J. Raymond Construction

Silver ($50K or more in last 10 years)
Angle & Schmid
Brasfield & Gorrie
Charles Perry Construction
Current Builders of Florida
Haskell Company
James A. Cummings, Inc.
McIntyre Elwell & Strammer GC
Miller Construction Inc.
Stiles Corporation


E n dowm ents

Rinker Fellowship for International Student Exchange
The Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Inc. recently pledged
$750,000 in consideration of its abiding interest in the University
and the Rinker School. This fund is known as The Rinker Fellow-
ship for International Student Exchange and the spendable income
from the fund will be used to support fellowship to students at
the Rinker School who participate in the international student ex-
change programs with Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore
and other countries with which the Rinker School may establish a
student exchange program in the future.


The Bill and Linda Pinto Visiting~
Professorship in Building Construction
Bill Pinto, BCN 1973 (BBC) and BCN 1974
(MBC), and his wife, Linda, recently pledged a
gift of $250,000 as part of their estate planning
documents. The spendable income from the
fund will be used to support a visiting profes-
sorship at the Rinker School, to be filled by an
individual who is a building construction indus-
tiv professional. Bill and Linda made this gift
in consideration of their abiding interest in and
love for the University and the Rinker School.

The Charles P. Reid Endowment
Chip Reid, BCN 1975, has pledged a gift of
$200,000 as part of his estate planning docu-
hn ments. The spendable income from the fund will
be used to support scholarships, fellowships and
student competitions at the discretion of the Rink-
S er School Director. Chip made this gift in consid-
*,- eration of his abiding interest in and love for the
(University.




Jon, Elizabeth and Jodi Kurtis at Elizabeth's
graduation from the University of Florida.





The Jonathan B. and Jodi J. Kurtis Scholarshi >/
Fellowship Endowment
Jonathan B. Kurtis, BCN 1978, and his wife, Jodi, recently estab-
lished a $100,000 life insurance policy naming the UF Foundation
as beneficiary. The spendable income from the fund will be used to
support scholarships and fellowships in the discretion of the Rinker
School Director. Jon stated that "Not only did I meet my wife at
UF and our daughter received both her undergraduate and graduate
degrees there, but UF and the School of Building Construction gave
me a foundation of learning and experience that enabled me to excel
in my field. My professional success is due in part to this founda-
tion and we wanted to make this bequest in recognition of that. Jodi,
Elizabeth and I hope that our contribution helps the School continue
building foundations for the future leaders of our industry and our
society for generations to come."


Bronze ($10K or more in last 3 years)
ANF Group Inc.
Bergelectric Inc.
Burkhardt Constniction
CCK Constniction Services
Clancy & Thevs
David Nelson Constniction
Gerdau Ameristeel
Hardin Constniction
Hawkins Constniction Inc.
Hedrick Brothers
Hypower Inc.
Kiewit
MDI Constniction LLC
Nash Inc.
PPI Constniction Management
Scherer Constniction & Engin. of Central Fl.
Skanska USA Building Inc.
Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal
Suffolk< Constniction
TGSV Enterprises
Turner Constniction Co.
Vulcan Materials Company









take part, such as student competitions, exchange programs and
student organizations and urged students to "get involved in as
many activities as possible."

Several faculty and the BCN College Council president
welcomed the incoming students at a newly created "White Hard
Hat Ceremony" into the BCN family and the construction field.


Spring 2010 Career Fair
The Rinker School held its Spring Career Fair on February 16, 2010,
at the O'Connell Center. The career fair was attended by more than
50 companies and approximately 340 students and visitors. Many
pre-BCN students attended the fair looking for internships, as well
as alumni and students from other schools within the College and
other building construction programs in Florida. The next career
fair will be in the Fall, on October 12th, 2010. For more information
on sponsoring or attending the career fair, please contact the job
placement office at (352) 273-1187.
Holder Construction representative, Bob Campbell
(BCN 1999) and Amy Norman (BCN 2004).


Spring 2010 Welcome Reception
The M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction hosted its
Spring 2010 Welcome Reception at the Paramount Hotel on January
14, 2010 with more than 150 in attendance. The newest Junior 1'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


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Brasfield & Gorrie representatives Josh Johnston
(BCN 2005) (1-r), Katie Zellmer and Betsy Markham
(BCN 2009) with Dr. Abdol Chini


Baker Concrete representative,
Mark Mehalovich talks with BCN
student Scott McClain.








Turner Construction representative,

Tom Alauer (BCN 1982) speaks
with a BCN student.


BIMSFHELD




A special thanks to
Brasfield &~ Gorrie
for sponsoring the Home-
coming BBQ!.





The College of Design, Construction and Planning hosted its
graduation on May 1, 2010, at 5 p.m. at the Curtis M. Phillips
Center for Performing Arts for its students graduating in Spring
2010.

BCN faculty member, Dr. Robert Ries received the 2009-2010
College of Design, Construction and Planning International Edu-
cator of the Year Award (junior faculty).

BCN student Allison Stanley received the 2010 College of De-
sign, Construction and Planning Student Leadership and Service
Award.


BCN held its graduation
dinner on April 30, 2010,
from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at J.
Reitz UnionRionBallroom.
Over 180 graduates, family
and BCN faculty attended
this event to celebrate the
graduation of another group
of BCN students.


penheim. Graduating senior, Bradley Stone was awarded a plaque
for "Outstanding Scholarship" and the "Fluor Program Outstanding
Student in Construction Safety" award. Alyce Anderson was pre-
sented with the "Outstanding Leadership" award.

Dr. Rick Smailes presented awards for BCN 4787C3 Construc-
tion Capstone projects. Catherine Woodworth received the Spring
2010 "Best Overall Capstone Project" and Justin Dean received the
"Most Innovative Capstone Project."


Dr. Abdol Chini presented BCN Alumus David Schmit was presented with the 2010 Distin-
the "Nancy V. Perry Teaching Excellence Award" to Dr. Paul Op- guished Alumnus Award from the Rinker School.


1.


Dr. Chini (1-r) presents Dr. Paul
Oppenheim with the Nancy V.
Perry Teaching Excellence
Award. BCN College Council
President Alyce Anderson and
Dr. Charles Kibert were on the
selection committee for the
award.





Dr. Brisbane Brown, 2010 Distin-
guished Alumnus Recipient David
Schmit (BCN 1983), and Dr. Abdol
Chini.


Bradley Stone receives the Out-
standing Scholarship plaque from
Dr. Chimi.










Alyce Anderson receives the Out-
standing Leadership plaque from
Dr. Chini.


BCN faculty member, Dr.

20- 00 IbCol cge vf D
sign, Construction and Plan-
ning International Educator
of the Year Award (junior
faculty) .


BCN Student Allison Stanley
receives the 2010 College
of Design, Construction and
Planning Student Leadership
and Service Award.


BCN Graduation Dinner


Spring 2010 Commencement








the columns and slabs. Throughout the sununer I learned how to
review submittals, submit RFI's, estimate and schedule. Since this
job was a CM project I was able to take part in the process of
bidding out the different CSI divisions for the project along with
reviewing the scopes of work with the subcontractors once they
were elected for the job. Through all of these opportunities and
nw knowledge of the business and techniques of construction I be-
lieve that I am better prepared for nw career in construction once I
graduate from the University of Florida.

Ryan Gleason, Senior 2 BCN stu-
dent Intemnships are a vital part of
the building construction learning
experience. They are excellent op-
portunities to apply book knowl-
edge, utilize networking, presen-
tation, and conununication skills,
and gain real world experience. I
have been blessed to have interned
for both McCarthy Building Companies and Tumner Construction.
During the fall semester of 2008, I accepted an offer for an 8 month
co-op internship with McCartly Building based in Atlanta, GA. My
duties included processing RFI's, maintaining as-built drawings,
conducting daily safety orientation briefs, and conducting safety
walks. In late spring 2010, I accepted a summer internship as an
8SSistant safety manager for Tumner Construction's Atlanta Business
Unit. My job required me to travel to many jobsites in the Atlanta
area to assist the onsite safety managers in their pursuit of a zero ac-
cident safety culture. My daily responsibilities included conducting
safety orientations, equipment and tool inspections, fall protection
inspections, educating workers, and ensuring Tumner's safety policy
was strictly adhered to.


Student Internship Experiences
Matt Vanture, Senior 1 BCN Student This sununer I was given
an opportunity to work with Hardin Construction Company in their
Orlando office. Hardin is ranked among the 400 Top Contractors
and 100 Top CM-at-Risk Finns in the Nation. I
was able to work in all of their BIM endeavors
l on, on f their newest projects, Disney's Art of
Animation Resort, as well as some future proj-
ects. This was an incredible opportunity for me
as it gave me a chance to really put the things
I have been studying to work. I also worked
with their estimating team and had the privilege
of seeing more of the business development side of our industry. I
learned a tremendous amount about our industry and overall, the op-
portunity was very rewarding for me and my education.

Stacy Myers, Junior 2 BCN
Student This summer I had
a great opportunity to intem ,
with Culpepper Construction
Company in Tallahassee, Fl. I
was assigned to work on Wild-
woods Hall Phase II, which is a
CM job that will be completed
in the fall of 2011. Wildwoods
Hall is an upscale apartment
style donn for FSU. With this BCN Stacy Myers stands with (1-r) Project
project being in the very be- Manager Ted Brodley (BCN 1996) and
ginning stages of construction David Lollie who is the superintendent on
it alowe meto eperincethe FSU Wildivood Halls Phase II Dornt
Roomjob site.
the site work and beginning
stages of going vertical with


The University of Florida approved the adoption of a mandatory
constructor certification test for the building construction senior
class. This test, given every November and March, has already been
adopted by many of the accredited construction management pro-
grams nationwide. While we would like every senior to pass this
test, we will not require that they obtain a passing grade to graduate,
only that they complete the 8-hour exam for associate constructor
(AC). This two-level national test was created by the American In-
stitute of Constructors (AIC) as one means of setting high standards
for the skills, knowledge, education and conduct of certified con-
structors. AIC also was one of the founders of the American Council
for Construction Education (ACCE) which is the national accredita-
tion organization for all construction management programs.

The AC examination is the first of two 8-hour exams in the se-
quence to take the certified professional constructor (CPC) exam
once the student has worked five years for a construction company.
The AC exam will cost each student $155 to take it the first time.
The AC exam covers all the topics students of a four-year construc-
tion management program should have learned during their studies.
This exam also assists in the program assessment that is required


under ACCE accreditation guidelines. Once the students' results are
calculated, our program will receive a report showing the topic ar-
eas where our students show both strong and weak perfonnance. In
addition, the students' results will be used to measure the extent the
student learning outcomes have been achieved for each individual
student, which is a requirement of the Academic Leamning Compact
Project and facilitates SACS accreditation requirements.

The AC and CPC are both supported by all national construction
industry associations. With the support of the construction industry
associations, state agencies, and recently the Anny Corps of Engi-
neers, they will only become more important in the future. By the
University of Florida approving the implementation of this man-
datory requirement, it will give our construction students a strong
foundation for their future careers in this industry.

We are also pleased to report that 39 out of 44 senior BCN students
who took the AIC Fundamentals of Construction test to become a
Certified Professional Constructor passed the exam in May. The
national passing rate for 1132 students who took the test was 62%
and our program's passing rate was 89%.


Mandatory Construction certification Test for BCN Students -





All aspects of the courses were reviewed and discussed in terms of
both content and delivery. There was consensus on the goals and
outcomes, and numerous ideas on revising specific assignments and
inclusion of new material. Several of the suggestions have already
been implemented in the Summer A Semester such as working in
two-person teams, and fewer but more in-depth presentations. Fur-
ther benchmarking of new concepts will continue into the Fall and
Spring including a new green/LEED section, an overall master proj -
ect schedule, and writing subcontracts.


G uest Lecture rs
BCN 3224-Construction Techniques
Calvin Helitzer, Girphon Contractors
Don Beers, Masonry Association of Florida
Tim Campbell, Painter Masonry
Bryan Light, Brick Industry Association

BCN 3735-Constr. Safety, Health & Eny.
Andrew Wasiniak, Walbridge
Ryan Little, Bovis LendLease
Nick Napolitano, Bovis LendLease
Rick Wade, Baker Concrete
Scott Mims, Turner Construction
Jesse Belknap, Skanska Constmection
John Beaudry, Safety & Risk Mgmt. Solu-
tions

BCN 4712C-Ldrshp. & Mgmt. in Constr.
Rex Kirby, Suffolk (Florida Division)
Domenic Scorpio, PPI Const. Mgmt.


BCN 4423-Temporary Structures
Robert D. Pavel, Gate Precast Company
Brian Griffis, Gate Precast Company
Glen Switzer, Gate Precast Company
Brian K. Needham, Comnerstone Constr. Services
Justin Thomas, PERI Formwork Systems, Inc.
Peter Scott, PERI Formwork Systems, Inc.

BCN 4720-Construction Project Scheduling
Dr. J. Gordon Davis, Georgia Tech
(CASCAD-e scheduling software)

BCN 4510-Mechanical Systems
Tony Chaves, Tharp Plumbing
Jim Tharp, Tharp Plumbing
Rob Bover, Fair Mechanical
Eric Lindquist, Brasfield & Gorrie


Dr. Charles Kibert, Rex Kirby of Suffolk
Constmection and Dr. Abdol Chini.


BCN 4905-Building Info. Modeling
David Epps, Holder Construction


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Dr. Abdol Chini with Gary Vargas of
Balfour Beatty Constmection.


Nick Napolitano and Ryan Little of Bovis
give a lecture to Dr. Jimmie Hinze's Safety
class.


Calvin Helitzer of Gryphon Constnic-
tion and Dr. Jim Sullivan


Industry Focus Group
Carpstone Course Review
In our ongoing effort to maintain the quality and relevance of
BCN's course offerings, an Industry Focus Group met on February
15th to review the BCN 4787 Capstone courses (Commercial and
Heavy/Highway). The focus group included Pete Pace, Clancy &
Thers: Scott Lyons, Hardin Constmection: Jeff Nelson, David Nel-
son Construction: Tim Good, The Haskell Company: Travis Kol-
bjomnsen, James A. Cummings Construction: Matt Webster, PPI/
CPC: Jay Langston, Clark Construction: Mike Neumann, Balfour
Beatty Construction: Fred Henderson, Brasfield & Gorrie: and Bob
Campbell, Holder Construction as well as the course instmectors,
Drs. Rick Smailes and Ed Minchin.

Field Trips
Jeff Lajza (BCN 1998) who serves as the Project Manager for PPI
Constmection Management invited the Comprehensive Estimating
graduate class to visit the UF Southwest Recreation Center Ex-
pansion project being built by PPI on southwest of UF campus.
The visit took place on February 24, 2010. Aaron Rogers, PPI
superintendent, provided a comprehensive tour of the building and
highlighted the interesting features of the project. The Southwest
Recreation Center Expansion included 40,000 sq. ft. of new space
and 8,300 sq. ft. of renovated space. The project is expected to eamn
a Gold LEED certification.


Special thanks
go to Jeff Lajza
and Aaron Rog-
ers for coordi-
nating the field
trip and provid-
ing a guided tour
of the project.





The Student Chapte f
the Construction Man- ]
_agement Association of
America at the University
of Florida is a student run
organization established
by the West Central Flor-
ida Chapter of CMAA.
The faculty advisor for z .
CMAA is Professor Mi-
chael Cook. Some of the CMAA Student Group took field trip to Tampa
planned CMAA events for International Airport's Tenninal Runway &
the 2010-2011 school year: Ground Support Facilities Addition Project
Lecture series by industry
professionals, site visits
throughout Florida, Gainesville Adopt-a-street cleanup, Florida
Football Tailgates, Bowling Social, and others to be announced.

The AGC Student Chap-
ter has been very busy
this past semester helping
our members get involved ,
the community, brngngmg_
in guest speakers from the *i "
industry, and allowing stu- o
dents to network amongst
themselves. We have es-
pecially been stressing the
importance of community
The AGC Student Chapter perfonned a com-
service and are very proud nmunity service project at Big Brothers Big Sis-
to have completed two re- ters in Gainesville.
warding projects. In the
Fall, we performed a two
day project at the Tacachale Assisted Living Community in which
we re-framed a rotted wall of a chicken coup with pressure treated
lumber. The project was a great hands-on learning experience, and
we were excited to preserve the chickens home for years to come.
This past Spring, we have been working with the Big Brothers Big
Sisters office in Gainesville where we re-painted their outdoor sign
and performed some landscaping. We were also grateful to bring
in Mike Little, Executive VP. of Moss & Associates, who gave an
interesting presentation in which he discussed his company's exper-
tise, interesting projects he's encountered during his career, and his
advice for students in the current industry conditions.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC):
The student chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
had a very full and successful semester. Ron Whalen and Chris
Kreifels of BE&K, Chris McAdams of MC Construction Inc., and
Rick Lentz of Cutler Associates imparted their wisdom on dif-
ferent keys to success in the construction industry. ABC's annual
golf tournament was a huge success this year, joining 60 studentS
and contractors for a fun day of golf, while networking and rais-
ing funds for the organization. The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of
ABC was also gracious enough to host a Student-Contractor Social
at their office which allowed students to meet construction profes-
sionals from the Tampa Bay area.


The National Associa-
tion of Women in Con-
struction UF Chapte
was established in 2001.
The key goals of the or-
ganization are network-
ing, community involve-
ment, hosting guest
speakers and workshops,
assisting with job place-
ment, and educating and Back Row (1-r): Allison Stanley, Kelly
familiarizing memberS c gHncDnShuaelaK1:
with the construction in- Front Row (1-r): Stephanie Flores, Savannah
dustry. They joined the Sawyer, Phoebe Biddison, Alex Roeder
local professional chapter
in volunteering to help a
local homeowner with home repairs as well as participated in this
year's Project Makeover at Lake Forest Elementary School, where
they helped improve the campus by painting murals, landscaping,
and putting in a baseball diamond. The group also hosted guest
speaker Kara Sutton, President of Sutton Family Homes & Man-
agement Consulting, Inc. in April. They enjoyed the opportunity to
hear first hand what it's like to own a business and be a woman in
the industry. The group celebrated the end of the year with a social
dinner party at Faculty Advisor, Dr. Issa's house, where they recog-
nized graduating seniors and made plans for next year.

'"",~- .. Design-Build nstitte o
-America (DB A).
4 DBIA University of Florida
L~ Student Chapter is dedicated
to promoting widespread
and successful utilization
of the design-build project
delivery method in shaping
the built environment. To
accomplish this goal, we are
DBIA Members (1-r) Catherine Woodivorth, committed to fostering inter-
Matt Vanture, Michael Rubin, Jared Pritz' icpiay dcto n
KR a Salvicki, Patrick Bynum, and Philip dicmmuniatio tointegr ated
facilities delivery at the Uni-
versity level.

The DBIA student chapter held the second annual Orange and Blue
Tailgate in front of Rinker on April 10th, 2010. Over 60 people at-
tended and enjoyed tailgate games, good food and some good ole
fashion Gator football.




Jordan Clark, Tristan Low-
ry, Douglas Wilcox, BCN
1989) of Scherer Con-
stmection, and Nate Coker
at ABC Student Golf Tour-
nament in Gainesville. i*


Student Organizations









steel takeoff for the project. After a fantastic presentation and one
of the best the judges had seen, the team was awarded 2nd place!i It
was a great finish to a very rewarding and difficult journey. A spe-
cial thanks needs to be given to Turner Construction Company,
who sponsored the competition team and helped the team in a pre-
competition presentation.



Team Members: (Back 1-r)
Matthew Vanture, Steven
Glascott, Brett Hunter, Dr.
Raymond Issa (Front 1-r):
Cathermne Woodworth, Allison
Stanley, and William Allison


Construction Managemen Cmp~tetiin em
In February 2010, the UF Construction Management Team traveled
to San Diego, California to participate in a national student com-
petition hosted by the Associated Builders and Contractors at their
annual convention. Twenty-two teams from universities around the
country assembled in San Diego to compete. Each team had four
members taking on fictitious roles for the project, a hotel in down-
town San Diego. The team consisted of: Marisa Mc Gough- Project
Manager, Omar Benyounes- Superintendent, Ray Southemn- Pre
Construction Manger, and Brando Fetzek- Safety Director. Nathan
Coker, Stephanie Flores, and Scott Foss-Kilbumn were shadows.
The team received a set of plans and instructions for the project one
month before the competition. All team members worked diligently
in order to prepare a proposal consisting of an estimate, schedule,
safety plan, LEED scorecard, and site utilization plan.


The UF team received third place in the national competition! All
the hard work had finally paid off. The team's presence at the com-
petition was all made possible by the sponsorship of ANF Group,
Tri-City Electric Co., Lotspeich Co. of Florida, William R.
Nash, and the ABC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter. Their financial
and professional support contributed greatly to the team's success
in this educational experience.

Construction Manage-
ment Team Members are
"" (1-r) Scott Foss-Kilburn,
Brando Fetzek, Omar
Benyounes, Marisa
McGough, Stepha-
nie Flores, and Ray C
Southern.


Residential Construction Management Comp~etiio Ta
The Residential Construction Management Team traveled to LaS
Vegas in January to present their project proposal at the National
Association of Homebuilders annual meeting and Intemnational
Builder's Show. The project consisted of 88 single-family homes
built to the National Green Building Standard in Corsicana, Texas.
The team posted another top ten finish by placing 8th out of 39
teams.


Residential Team Members are
(front row 1-r) Stefan Bird, Paul
King, Brett Smith (back row 1-r)
Dr. Richard Smailes, Michael
wooleombe-Clark, Stephen Loy
and Alyce Anderson


LEED Comp~etiioTam
Dr. Jim Sullivan coached the 2010 ASC National LEED team this
year for the February 2010 competition in Reno, NV. The team
took home third place out of 17 teams! This year's focus was on
LEED for Healthcare for which the students did a great job bal-
ancing USGBC requirements for certification and a patient first
design and construction program. The Team would like to thank
James A Cummings, Inc. for sponsoring tlus year's team. The
team would like to thank Travis Kolbjomsen and Rob Maphis of
James A. Cummings, Inc., Orlando's office for their support. Prior
to the competition Cummings invited the team to a one day semi-
nar on LEED strategies. Kristy Walson, from TLC, also provided


insights during the seminar. This year team consisted of Jeanna
Haynes (captain), Rachel Moore, Matt Angiulli, Kin Chan, Kim-
berly Thibault, and Zach Norrington.




LEED Competition Team Members
(1-r) Kim Thibault, Matt Angiulli,
Rachel Moore, Kin Chan, Jeanna
Haynes, Zach Norrington


Student Competition Teams
Building Information Modeling (BIM) Competito eam
In February, the BIM Competition Team participated in the ASC
National BIM Competition in Sparks, Nevada for only the second
time. In the months leading up to the competition a team of un-
dergraduate students were put together and trained in all aspects
of BIM. Wei Wu, Brittany Giel, and Dr. Olbina led the training ef-
forts, with Coach Dr. Issa keeping everything together and relevant
to what is going on in the industry. The project was the Transbay
Transit Center located in San Francisco. Captain Allison Stanley led
the scheduling efforts for the project and kept the team organized
throughout the competition and presentation. Catherine Woodworth
and Matt Vanture led the virtual modeling efforts of the project and
produced some of the best models seen in the competition. Steven
Glascott was the estimator for the proj ect and handled his duties and
pressure very well. Brett Hunter was in charge of quality control
for the project and was able to find numerous quality issues that
needed to be addressed. William Allison put together an accurate





BCN students Justin LaPa-
ille (BCN Senior 1) and Mert
Buyukkerdes (BCN Senior 2)
spent the Spring 2010 semester
at the Hong Kong Polytechnic
University.

Justin comments that his stu-
dent exchange experience
"became less about 'student'
and more about 'exchange.' Hong Kong Polytechnical associate pro-
Immersed within a collection fessor, Dr. Patrick S.W. Fong (1-r) stand
of students from 20 different with UF Rinker School exchange students,
countries, it was inevitable Justin LaPaille and Mert Buyukkardes
to come across new ways of with Dr. Geoffrey Shen, Head of the De-
thinking and living. What at apartment.
first seemed to be insurmount-
able differences between us
turned out to be the basis of many of the deep relationships formed."

Living in a hub like Hong Kong also allowed for many traveling op-
portunities, of which I and many others took advantage. As for school, I
found my classmates to be very friendly and welcoming as the transition
into a new learning environment was seamless."


Yik Ting (Annabel) Cheung and
Han Yu were the exchange students
from Hong Kong Polytechnic Uni-
versity who were at the Rinker
School during the Spring 2010 se-
mester.

Of his experience at UF, Han stated
"that he has seen great professors in
the Rinker School and the students
here were so friendly". Han also re-
ported that "the memory of studying
at UF will 1ast forever in his mind."


a 1


Hong Kong Exchange Students Han Yu
(1-r), yik Ting "Annabel" Cheung stand
with Dr. Abdol Chini in front of Rinker


Hall. Annabel commented that "she likes
the learning atmosphere at BCN. All
the professors and students are very
friendly and helpful. The lectures here can be very interactive and interesting
even in a pretty large class, unlike in Hong Kong, most of the time it's just
the professors speaking."


Australia
Vijay Baldeo, BCN Junior I student comments that "my semester abroad in
Australia has been invaluable to my growth not only as a student but also
as an individual. It is an experience filled with challenges and adventures,
and there is no substitute for living in Melboume and studying here as well.
I've learned a lot about the countrIy, the people, their culture and it has been
enlightening. There was definitely a challenge in moving away from Florida
and the United States for six months, leaving friends and family behind, to
start from fresh in a new country where no one knows you and vice versa. It
is amazing how many people you meet, but it was rather entertaining when
I got stopped on the street while wearing a Florida Gator sweatshirt by both
Gators and Seminoles! It was also pretty cool seeing someone wearing a
Tebow jersey in Sydney! Over all, studying in Melboume is alright but it is
the trips, friends, experiences, travelling the coast, and the people you meet
along the way from all over the world that made this trip an experience of a
lifetime."


Royal Melbourne Institute of
Technology (RMIT) sent three
of their students for the exchange
program Isabel Marianne Ley,
Leon Droukman, and Jack Da-
vis.

Isabel commented on her ex-
perience "My time at UF and
Rinker Hall was wonderful and
Australian RMIT exchange students one of the best things I have ever
undertaken. The subjects that I
took here were really well planned
and I learned a lot through the enthusiasm that all the professors had for
their respective subjects.

Leon stated that "My semester at Rinker and UF was one of the greatest
and most eye opening experiences of my life! Everyone was extremely
friendly, all my classes were very well conducted and the professors
were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very approachable.

Jack Davis reports that he "had a great time within the Rinker School. I
had a top lecturer in Rick Fobair. He could relate all of the topics being
taught to real life situations."


Vijay Baldeo, BCN Junior I student,
shows his Gator spirit in Australia at
the Sydney Opera House


Germany~
This year, six students participated in the Germany Exchange Pro-
gram. The program is considerably revised from the past as it is now
organized through the College of Architecture at the Hochschule
Ostwestfalen-Lippe in Detmold, Germany. The program continueS
to be a three-week program. It was a cold May in Germany, but
the students still enjoyed every aspect of the program. The pro-
gram took the students to Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Potsdam,
Dessau, Dresden, Prague and many smaller cities. Topics of study
included safety, sustainability, photovoltaics, restoration, preserva-
tion, architecture, and many other topics of interest.


Chasica Smith, Joseph Roberts
Jr., Alexander Motola, Dr. Jim-
mie Hinze, Brandon Gallagher,
Sharmon Spencer, and Savan-


Student Exchange Programs

Hong Kong














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Everett Henderson, Jim Sullivan, Bob Priolo, and Adam Hig-
gins at an appreciation BBQ at the College of Public Health


DCP and UF Alums design for Haiti
Dr. Jim Sullivan and Ph.D. Student Everett Henderson took on the
challenge presented by the Dean of DCP and Dean of the College of
Public Health to put together a design/construction team to develop
plans for the rebuilding of the Macombre School in Haiti. Along
with engineering support from Bob Priolo and Adam Higgins of
Alan Gerwig & Associates, Inc., Wellington, Florida, the team has
moved from an initial charette in February, for which faculty and
staff from the College of Public Health and the Pastor of the School,
Obinson Joseph, took part, to finished design by the end of June.
Dr. Sullivan and Everett considered this opportunity a blessing and
look forward to phased construction of this project. Mr. Edsel Red-
den (http://hopeforthekids.org/) has worked in conjunction with
IFAS to support nutrition programs for this school and is the key
contact with regard to donations and support. The team would also
like to thank Jim Howell for his architectural insights.


An African Research Experience
Drs. Esther Obonyo and Robert Ries kicked off the third summer
program for the NSF supported International Research Experienc-
es for students on May 24th. The students are being mentored in
at the University of Nairobi in Kenya by Prof Patts Odira (Dean
College of Engineering) and Dr Zablon Oonge (Professor of Civil
and Construction Engineering). The
prorms aeou ts tee onoth c o
M ~gieS.


Front row (1-r) Dr. Zablon Oonge,
University of Nairobi; Kathryn Fre-
trch r BON nGraduateF Sudent;ADr
Cosgro e,SPurdue hUniversity iach
Tech; and Mike Mazer, UF Civil En-
gineering Student


Students were given the chance to
visit the country side, less than an
hour from the city of Nairobi, and
learned detailed lessons on topics
such as fluoride removal, stabilized
soil blocks, and solar pumping for
bore holes.


Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 16, 2010 for homecoming at the Uni-
versity of Florida in Gainesville. The Gators are scheduled to play Mississippi
State University. Plan to stop at Rinker Hall at 10:00 a.m. for some great food,
a tour of Rinker Hall, the Charles R. Perry construction Yard and to visit with
fellow alumni.


10:00 11:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
12:00 2:00 p.m.
9:30 2:00 p.m.


BCN Advisory Council Review of the BCN Curriculum
2010 Construction Hall of Fame Induction
BBQ
Tour of Rinker Hall and Charles R. Perry Construction Yard


Time subject to change as game time changes.


2010 Homecoming BBQ Announcement


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The first global competition of its kind, Solar Decathlon Europe 2010
united 17 universities around the world with a common goal: to build a
self-sufficient solar home with viability in today s market. By compet-
ing in 10 categories ranging from solar energy systems to communica-
tions, students were challenged to push the limits of conventional de-
sign and address contemporary energy issues with inventive solutions.
The competition took place in Madrid, Spain, June 18-28. The UF team
led by Dr. Robert Ries of the Rinker School of Building Construction
designed and built a house that includes elements from historic Flor-
ida houses for a back-to-basics approach to energy conservation. The
house combines basic design strategies from the Florida Cracker house
with advanced technological systems to create an innovative approach
to sustainable living.

Rather than tra-
ditionally in-
stalled on a flat
roof, cylindrical
--- solar collectors
..,,are integrated
.:7 .I .- into the building
skin to contrib-
ute to solar pow-
er generation
while providing
shade and visual
privacy. The cy-
lindrical design
of the Solyndra panel allows light to hit every part of the tube. The
team mounted the panels on a highly reflective surface to maximize
sun absorption from the back.

The house's versatility is demonstrated in its "kit of parts" assembly.
This allows the buyer to customize their house according to what fea-
tures ("parts") and materials would be most advantageous for their lo-
cation. Three sets of low emissivity, insulated glass doors on the north
facade admit an abundance of light without increasing the heat ab-
sorbed by the house. All the appliances were chosen with the highest
energy performance in mind. A single drawer dishwasher that uses half
the energy of a conventional model and a high efficiency washer brings
clothes to a nearly dry state eliminating the need for a traditional driver.
The frame contains the living spaces with walls and ceiling made of
SIPs--Structural Insulated Panels-- which have very high thermal in-
sulation properties, contribute additional structural strength, and are
relatively inexpensive. The house consumes less power than is pro-
duced by the solar panels. This results in a positive energy balance,
allowing for the remaining energy to be sold back to the grid.

The UF team's house received the most online votes to win the Public
Choice Award, Web. It also placed first in the Communications and
Social Awareness contest, second in the Energy Balance category, and
overall placed eighth.


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Welcome to BCN

Dr.Ru ssell Waltersjoined the Rinker School
faculty as a lecturer this fall. He learned the
a ~construction business in Illinois working in
the family's contracting business. Having
developed a passion for the construction
business, he attended college with the goal
of becoming a licensed engineer, earning
a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the
University of Florida in 1993. He joined the
faculty at lowa State University in 2000, and
continued to teach their prior to joining the
Rinker School. He holds a professional engineering license in both
Illinois and Florida, and is a LEED accredited professional. During
his tenure in industry, he directed construction projects in water and
water treatment, and in power generation facilities. Dr. Walters has
completed several research projects in the areas project manage-
ment and construction technology.

Lorie Drewke joined the Rinker School as
Administrator for the Fire & Emergency Ser-
vices program in early May. She obtained her
Bachelor of Geology degree from the Univer-
sity of Pennsylvania. At the Rinker School,
Lorie will be responsible for coordination of
the bachelor and certificate programs, recruit-
ing students, and administration of student
records for FES. She is a Community Emer-
gency Response Team (CERT) member of
Alachua County.

Lorie has lived in Gainesville for the past 12 years and has a 15-year
old daughter who is a volunteer for the UF Natural History Museum
and City of Gainesville Momningside Nature Center.





In appreciation of ~

Dr. Raymond Issa has provided 11 years
of dedicated service to the graduate edu-
cation mission of the Rinker School. This
service includes serving as the Director of
the Graduate and Distance Education pro- .
grams (1999-2007) and Director of Mas-
ter's programs (2007-2010). Under his
leadership, the enrollment of doctoral and
masters students in the Rinker School in-
creased by more than 200%. His energetic -
service and noteworthy contributions are
truly appreciated. Thank you, Dr. Issa, for
all that you do for the School. Dr. Issa will serve as the Director
of the Center for Advanced Construction Information Modeling, a
center he found in January 2010.


Fond Farewell
Chuck Smeby arrived at UF under unusual circumstances. The fire
service in Florida wanted to give fire fighters the opportunity to
receive a bachelor's degree, and so the
State Fire Marshal paid Smeby to create
and teach the Fire and Emergency Ser-
vices classes. Later, the university hired
him full-time to run the online degree
program, which offers students the op-
portunity to study administration, lead-
ership and management in three major
areas of emergency services: Fire, Emer-
gency Medical Services and Emergency
f Management. Smeby's favorite course
to teach was Fire and Emergency Public
Policy and Administration. "I wrote a textbook for it," Smeby said,
referring to Fire & Emergency Services Administration, published
by Jones & Bartlett Publish-
ers in 2006. "I know it really
well and see a lot of value in
it." Video phone technol-
ogy has made teaching Intemnet
courses even more enjoyable
for Smeby, since it allows him
more face-to-face interaction
with his students. While he of-
ficially retired May 15, thanks
to technology, Smeby will con- Chuck Smeby is presented a plaque for his
tinue teaching online classes. service by Dr. Abdol Chini at the Spring
2010 Graduation Dinner.


Ri n ke r Sc h ol a r Awa rd

Glenda K. Mayo is the fourth recipient of
the Rinker Scholar Award. Professor Mayo
served as the Associate Director of Con-
struction Planning for the Department of
Architectural and Engineering Services at
the University of West Florida until 2006,
when she joined the College of Profession-
als Studies as the Coordinator and primary
faculty member for the Building Construc-
tion Program at UWF. She has an M.S. in
Administration and a B.S. in Industrial
Technology, both with concentrations in ar-
eas of construction. She currently serves on
the Pensacola Chapter boards for the Construction Specifications
Institute as well as the Northemn Gulf Coast U.S. Green Building
Council. Work experience includes both public and private sectors
of the construction industry. Her planned area of interest and re-
search is in Building Information Modeling (BIM).

Established in 2005 by a generous gift from the Marshall E. Drinker,
Sr. Foundation, Inc., this $1 million endowment supports fellow-
ship awards to Associated Schools of Construction faculty members
pursuing a Ph.D. in construction management at UF.





Dr. Jimmie Hinze wrote a book with Jason
Smith entitled Construction Management:
Subcontractor Scopes. This book was re-
cently released by CRC Press. In addition-
he attended the CIB World Congress where
he presented two papers, entitled "The Ef-
fect Of Illuminance On Task Performance
and "A Model For Implementing Focused
Safety Initiatives" in Melboumne, Australia.
He also gave a presentation at the Hoch-
Schule Ostwestfalen-Lippe entitled "Con-
struction Education in the United States" in Detmold, Germany.

Dr. Hinze received a training grant from OSHA and recently re-
ceived a notice of award for a safety research project with the Con-
struction Industry Institute.
Dr. Raymond Issa and Dr. Svetlana Olbina
presented three papers at the Intemnational Con-
ference for Computing in Civil and Building En-
Sgineering (ICCCBE 2010). The conference was
held from June 29, 2010 until July 2, 2010 in
SNottingham, United Kingdom: 1) "Factors in-
fluencing the adoption of building information
modeling in the AEC industry with Rui Lui, 2)
"Retumn on investment analysis for building in-
formation modeling in construction" with Britt-
ney Giel, and 3) "A web-based on-demand information extraction
system for building information models" with Le Zhang.

A multi-disciplinary research team con-
sisting of prominent leaders from the resi-
dential industry and researchers from the
University of Nebraska Lincoln and the
University of Florida has been selected
by the Department of Energy's National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to
complete a research project, titled Build-
ing Energy Efficient Homes for America
(BEEHA). This research project intends to
explore and deliver a total solution for the
Building America program by: 1) identify existing energy efficien-
cy measures and develop advanced measures: 2) test and validate
measures: 3) install measures in homes and communities: 4) address
barriers and potential risks associated with installation of measures
in new homes as well as existing homes; and 5) train and educate
homeowners and building professionals for a broad deployment
of energy efficiency measures. The project will start in September
2010 and should be completed by December 2014 with total budget
of between $1.5 and $7.5 million depending on the team's perfor-
mance. The UF team will be led by Dr. Abdol Chini and includes
Drs. Charles Kibert, Paul Oppenheim, Robert Ries, Jim Sullivan
Russ Walters from the Rinker School and Dr. Pierce Jones, Direc-
tor of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities (PREC), an
interdisciplinary, entrepreneurial group at the University of Florida.
The industry partners from Florida are Barry Rutenberg and Associ-
ates, G.W. Robinson Homes, and Tommy Williams Homes.


Dr. Jim Sullivan has been awarded a Hin-
kley Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste
Management Grant to develop tools for
Construction & Demolition material diver-
sion. The tools will help contractors and
C&D landfills work to meet immediate proj-
ect goals for waste diversion as well as sup-
port the overall state mandate to divert 75%
of the total waste stream by 2020. 1 i

Dr. Esther Obonvo received an NSF
award in collaboration with Drs. Matthew
Jelacic (PI) and Bemnard Amadei of Uni-
versity of Colorado at Denver to host a
workshop for advancing research in Com-
S- pressed Bricks Research.

She published the following journal pa-
pers: 1) An Agent-based Intelligent Virtu-
:F al Leamning Environment for Construction
Management in Joumnal of Construction
Innovation: Information, Process, Management: 2) Towards Agent-
Augmented Ontologies for Educational VDC Applications in Jour-
nal of ITcon: 3) Enhancing Performance: A Case Study of the Ef-
fects of Employee Coaching in Construction Practice in Joumnal of
Construction Management and Economics (With Alexis McGuf-
fin). She also presented papers at: 1) The Intemnational Conference
on Computing in Civil and Building Engineering 2010 and The
XVII EG-ICE Workshop on Intelligent Computing in Engineering,
2) International Conference on Innovation in AEC and: 3) the Sixth
International Symposium on Polymides and Other High Tempera-
ture/ High Performance Polymers: Synthesis, Characterization and
Applications (with J. Iroh and W. Zhang).


COng ratulations to
We are pleased to report that the UF Board
S of Trustees approved the request for ten-
..ure from Dr. Ed Minchin and Dr. Robert
S Ries in their meeting on Friday, June 11th.
President Machen also approved request
for promotion to associate professor for
Dr. Ries and senior lecturer for Dr. Rick
Smailes.

Dr.Robrt ies Congratulations to Dr. Edward Minchin
adDr. Robert Ries
for getting tenure
and Dr. Ries and1
Dr. Smailes for their
promotions. 3, I


Dr. Rick Smailes


Dr. Edward Minchin


Faculty & Staff News






The Charles R. Perry Construction Yard Craft Awareness -

Perry Yard activities continue to be supported by contractors, prod- and steel erection. This coming year Dr. Sullivan is working with
uct associations, and alums from around the state. This past spring members of the executive board to develop a post-tensioning lab.
labs focused on tool training, masonry and brick structures, tilt-up,





David Huffman, BCN 1995
Dave graduated from the University of Maryland
with a bachelors in Fire Protection Engineering.
He obtained his masters degree from BCN in
1995. He acted as a consultant for the Florida
State Marshall's Office through an assistantship
with BCN. His research work was aimed at pro-
ducing a paradigm shift in the education program
for the Florida Fire Service. As a result of this
initiative, a baccalaureate and graduate degree
program in Fire and Emergency Services Man-
agement has been produced within the University
of Florida through the auspices of the Florida State Fire College.

Dave also worked for the City of Gainesville as Assistant Fire Chief for
Technical Services, City of Ft. Lauderdale Fire-Rescue and Building De-
partment, consultant to ASE, Inc., and as Chief Risk Offcer of Integrated
Risk Decisions. Dave passed away December 19, 2009.

John Edward Provinsky, BCN 1967
John passed away on January 14, 2010 after a bat-
tle with cancer. John served in the US Army with
a tour of duty in Vietnam. He retired as a Lt. Colo-
nel in the US Army Reserves. His professional
career included 25 years as a proj ect manager with
Batson Cook Company.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol Petrey
Provinsky, and two daughters Lisa and Stephanie.


Stuart Lynch, BCN 1957
After graduation, Stuart served in Korea in the Air
Weather Service before working in construction
management. He was a member of Sigma Lambda
Chi.

He is survived by his wife, Billye and sons, Stu-
art and Van. Stuart passed away on September 28,
2009 after a battle with cancer.


Bruce Meeks, BCN 1956
After graduation, Bruce was employed by Bell
South Telephone Co. to work in the Outside
Plant Engineering Department and ended his
career in Inventory & Costs Engineering. He IC
worked for Bell South for 31 years in Orlando, jC-~
Cocoa, Jacksonville and Atlanta.

Before his passing, Bruce retired to Blairsville
GA with his wife, Carolyn where he continued e. ... Wef
to enjoy his love of the outdoors while hunting *
and fishing. Bruce passed away on January 14,
2010.


Russell Minardi, BCN 1955
Russell passed away October 2, 2009. He
graduated from the University of Florida,
earning degrees in building construction and
architecture. At UF, he partnered in tennis
with Billy Poe, former Tampa mayor, winning
the intramural tennis championship. Russ so
loved UF that in 1969, he was instrumental
in changing the football uniforms. His slogan
was, "Go Gators, Shed the Blues." To this day,
the orange helmet remains a significant part of
the uniform. Russ served in the U.S. Marine
Corps, achieving the rank of captain. He prac-
ticed architecture in Tampa, with homes featured in "Southemn Living"
and "House Beautiful," and he received a national award from "House
and Home." He was commissioned by former mayor, Dick Greco, to
design the Tampa Public Library in Ybor City and was also the archi-
tect for the Tampa Dog Track. Russ truly lived a full, adventurous life.
Even at 76, he could be found cruising around town on his scooter,
making friends with the locals, and of course, lying about his age. "Of
all his achievements, he will be most remembered for being a won-
derful, loving father and grand-father, who always made us laugh."
In his own words, he wrote, "The good feeling is having a supportive
family and to have been a part of so many positive things. And to my
last breath it will always be Go Gators and thank you God for a good
ride.'


William Gunby, BCN 1953
William R. Gunby, Jr. passed away on February 2, 2010. Bill graduated
from the UF Building Construction undergraduate program in 1953 and
his MBA from Stetson. He later returned to teach at the School from
1973-1990. During that time he served a term as President of the Associ-
ated Schools of Construction.

In 1974 Bill was chosen to teach the materials course. This was a lower
division course that was essentially used to recruit students into the con-
struction program. Bill was instrumental in helping the program grow. In
1978, Bill Gunby was selected as one of 17 UF "Teachers of the Year".

One of his former students has this memory that he wanted to share about
Professor Bill Gunby's class:

I will never forget the day when professor Bill Gunby (in his typical boat
shoes and no socks) opened up our class discussion with "I am going
to show you how to develop a project where you can walk away with
million dollars in your pocket and $100, 000 per year for hife (I also re-
call him dn'ving his point home with the fact that you would make the
kind of money where you could "take Farrah Fawcett to Pa's if you
wanted to). He then walked us through the entire financial model for
developing an apartment complex from scratch where the end result was
pocketing the one million dollars, retaining ownership, and having an


income stream of $100, 000 per year for life. Then,
right when he had our undivided attention, with
our jaws all hanging down in amazement at the
opportunity, he said "NOW....I am going to show Eb~
you how to do the exact same project and LOSE
YOUR A$$ "... ...whereby he proceeded to go step
by step through the entire process identifying ev-
ery potential risk and exposure and how you could
lose everything in the process. He was so convinc-
ing on the possibility of either extreme happen-
ing, combined with his attention getting delivery,
we all walked out of class that day with a full appreciation for both the
extreme risk and extreme opportunity that the real estate development
process can consist of I don 't think any of us after that day would ever
take at face value someone 'selling' us on a great deal or real estate
investment without a healthy amount of skepticism to ferret out all of the
possible risks before taking it on. It was a great lesson taught with enthu-
siasm and a heavy dose of reality, and a lesson that I valued highly that
has also served me well over the years. Written by Steve Palmer; CEO
ofStiles in M2/iami FL

Professor Gunby is survived by his wife Jackie. He will be greatly missed
by faculty and alumni of the Rinker School.






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