COLLEGE OF DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & PLANNING
Well, this has turned into an interesting
summer for me with my appointment as the
Interim Dean. Even after 39 years in teaching and
administration, I realize that there are many different
responsibilities as the Interim Dean than there are as
the Associate Dean, and I must admit it continues to be
a learning experience.
I want everyone to know that my door is still always
open. Please take the same approach in meeting with
me now as in past.
In terms of other changes in the college
administration, I have appointed Dr. Paul Zwick,
the Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional
Planning, as the Associate Dean for Research and
Graduate Programs. I have asked Mr. Andrew Wehle,
Assistant In for Student Services, to accept some of the
responsibilities that I performed as the Associate Dean.
Let's all work together to make this an exciting and
fruitful year for our students, faculty and staff. We
can accomplish this in many different ways as we
continue with teaching, research and service, but I
also believe that much can be accomplished through
communication. So if you have any suggestions or
comments you feel will benefit the college and its
programs, please contact me by e-mail or phone.
I hope you have all had a productive and relaxing
summer, and I look forward to working with the faculty
and staff of the college as we move into a new time with
Interim Dean and Professor
DCP Administrative Changes
Dr. Jay M. Stein tendered his resignation in June as dean of
DCP after six years of distinguished service at the post. Interim
Provost Joe Glover accepted Stein's resignation reluctantly in
his announcement to the faculty and staff of the college.
"Dean Stein has contributed considerably to the evolution of
the college, and his leadership will be missed," Glover said in
As dean of the college, Dr. Stein helped create multiple
international initiatives; established the Center for Health and
the Built Environment; led a five-year college capital campaign
raising $27 million and contributed to increased levels of funded
research in the college.
After a one-year sabbatical, Dr. Stein will rejoin the faculty
of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and will
continue in his role as director of the Center for Health and the
Built Environment. Glover appointed Associate Dean Anthony
Dasta as interim dean of the college effective August 6.
Other changes in the administration include the appointment
of URP professor Paul Zwick as associate dean for research.
Dr. Stein announced Robert Stroh's resignation from the post in
a July 12 memo saying, "Bob has worked tirelessly with many of
our faculty to assist in identifying research opportunities and in
the preparation of proposals. On behalf of our college, I thank
Bob for his service and contribution to our college's research
Dr. Zwick also will assume the position of director of the
college's Ph.D. program. Professor MaryJo Hasell resigned from
the director position after six years of tireless and dedicated
work, said Dr. Stein in his announcement to faculty and staff.
"Jo succeeded during her tenure in taking the program to a far
higher level of academic excellence and national prominence."
Dr. Hasell will continue as professor in the Department of
Interior Design, and Dr. Stroh will continue his position as
research professor and director of the Shimberg Center for
Rinker Hall Receives National Award for Architectural Design Excellence
University of Florida's Rinker Hall recently was selected
by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the
Environment as a Top Green Project for 2005, one of eight
selected nationally. Rinker Hall received a gold rating in May
2004, by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Design, a national standard for
developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.
"Rinker Hall's success has resulted in UF adopting a policy
that all future buildings be designed and built according to
LEED standards," said Abdol Chini, director of the Rinker
School of Building Construction, which is housed in Rinker
LEED is used to measure a building's environmental
performance and emphasizes state of the art strategies
for sustainable site development, water savings, energy
efficiency, material selections, indoor environmental quality
and enhancing occupant comfort and health.
Rinker Hall was recognized at the national AIA convention
in May for design that protects and enhances the
environment by integrating architecture, technology and
Randy Croxton of Croxton Collaborative Architects, the
project architect, accepted the award in Los Angeles on
behalf of his firm and the project partner firm, Gould Evans
Associates, Tampa, Fla.
Croxton recognized the outstanding resourcefulness of
the project and the participation of the faculty and students
of the Rinker School and the School of Architecture which
contributed to the project's success.
Rinker Hall's uniqueness comes in many forms. It was the
first LEED Gold rated building in the state of Florida and
26th in the United States. The technological innovation used
in the construction of the building minimized the amount
of construction waste produced and maximized energy
"This particular project is an exemplar in materials
minimization. It has facilitated characteristics of long-life
loose fit, which allows for easy modification or change to the
building over time with moderate impact on occupants in the
building," Croxton said.
Construction materials were recycled in an attempt for
reuse in the most efficient manner. One example is the
reuse of bricks from UF's deconstructed Hume Hall for the
retaining walls and service areas at Rinker Hall.
"Anytime you're resourceful in a way that is highly
pragmatic and measurable saves money and resources for
future generations rather than consuming and throwing the
waste into landfills," Croxton said.
During the LEED rating process, the building received an
innovation credit for the building's use as a teaching tool
and the way it is integrated with the building construction
"There has been a very robust sustainability curriculum that
is embedded in the Rinker School's mission as developed by
building construction professor Dr. Charles Kibert," Croxton
"Also, Rinker Hall accomplishes its sustainability mission
through design intelligence rather than through capital-
intensive technology, and therefore, at the end of the day
was completed very close to campus standards of cost for a
classroom building," Croxton said. "Resourcefulness does not
defeat design excellence."
Making a building that was energy efficient and also fit
with UF's collegiate gothic style posed a challenge to the
designers. To maintain energy and heating efficiency,
the building was framed with glass and steel. However,
buildings on UF's campus have brick facades. To incorporate
the architectural elements required of new buildings, the
designers constructed a colonnade consistent with the
Southern tradition of porches and columns and a shade wall
of brick that is free standing on the western side.
"We call this a building that both performs and belongs,"
The Rinker School is housed within the UF College
of Design, Construction and Planning. Designed and
constructed as a green building, Rinker Hall uses 55 percent
less energy than typical buildings of its size and its future
operation will be more environmentally friendly.
In addition to being recognized as a top green building,
Rinker Hall, which was dedicated in October 2003, also
received the 2003 H. Dean Rowe, FAIA Award for Design
Excellence from AIA Tampa Bay, the 2003 Sustainable
Florida Architecture Honor Award by the Council for
Sustainable Florida and the AIA, the Gold Award in
recognition of excellence in the institutional facilities
category by the City of Gainesville Beautification Board and
the Excellence in Construction Eagle Award by Associate
Builders and Contractors First Coast Chapter.
--- Paul Wiseman
Faculty Summer Updates While You Were Out...
In this specialfeature, find out what the faculty at DCP did during the summer
d ARC assistant professor Shivjit Sidhu spent four weeks this
summer in his native Bombay, India, examining the Dharavi
slums, which is known as Asia's largest slum. Home to more than
one million residents, the Dharavi slums have been described as
filthy and despicable, yet Sidhu is more optimistic.
"There is a fantastic vitality in this space," says Sidhu.
He describes what he saw as a human catastrophe, but at the
same time it has a vibrant economy of its own where craftsmen,
peddlers and children share street space for their daily activity.
Traveling with a senior administrator from the slum
redevelopment authority, Sidhu observed how people utilize
unoccupied space for bathing, manufacturing, cooking and
playing and how it defines the organic nature of the area.
He will take what he has seen in person and learned through
literature reviews to develop a graduate seminar to be taught
in the Fall semester. This trip was made possible by a Research
Creativity Faculty Summer Appointment from DCP.
d IND assistant professor Debra Harris continued work
this summer on a year-long research project with Texas A&M
University and 14 hospitals across the United States to study a
new trend in neonatal intensive care facility design. According
to Harris, the recent trend in these facilities has been to change
from an open-bay layout to a single-room intensive care design.
However, this change has come without any research confirming
the benefits of such change.
Harris and her research assistant Paige Hardy developed a survey
instrument which department directors at the participating
hospitals can use to analyze their neonatal intensive care units
(NICU). The hospitals' participation is completely voluntary
and uncompensated. Among the variables being studied are the
cost of constructing with this new design, medical outcomes for
patients, quality of care and the psychological effects on parents
with newborns in the NICU.
The surveys from hospitals, selected parent users and qualitative
interviews will be combined and analyzed to assess the quality
of the methodology used in this research at the end of the study.
Harris and her colleagues hope to publish the results of their
study in the Journal of Perinatology.
d ARC professor Robert MeCarter recently published a
comprehensive architectural monograph on Louis I. Kahn. The
book, with more than 600 illustrations, is published by Phaidon
Press, Ltd., London and New York and includes new drawings
and models by students in the UF School of Architecture. In
addition to this latest book, "Louis I. Kahn," McCarter is working
on two books about Frank Lloyd Wright. "On and By Frank
Lloyd Wright: A Primer of Architectural Principles" is currently
at press, and McCarter completed a manuscript for a second
contracted book called, "Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Lives,"
Reaktion Books, Ltd., London.
McCarter continues work on a manuscript for a contracted
book called "Alvar Aalto: Art & Ideas," also by Phaidon Press.
Additionally, he participated in the second annual International
Conference on Research in Architecture, "Architecture + Art,"
the Alvar Aalto Academy, Jyviiskyli, Finland, August 11-15.
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Improving Contractor Customer Expectations
Robert Cox, associate director of the Rinker School, began
this summer working with several state agencies to analyze
building contractor complaints in an effort to reduce costs
and increase understanding among contractors and their
Three years of data are being provided by the Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation for
examination to Cox and Raymond Issa, director of graduate
and distance education programs at the Rinker School.
"There are tens of thousands of complaints filed every
year in Florida. The ultimate goal is to analyze the data to
determine how we can better educate both the consumer and
the contractors," says Cox.
A comprehensive study of complaints filed by Florida
contractors will look to find similarities among complaint
types and what type of contractor, engineer or architect is
Faculty Updates... continued from page 3
d ARC director Martha Kohen participated as a keynote
speaker at the Asia Design Forum International Summer
Session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in August. Five ARC
students traveled with her.
d IND chair Margaret Portillo and J. Meneely of Cornell
University recently were published in Creativity Research
Journal. She also is finishing another article co-authored
with IND doctoral student Marlo Ransdell which examines
the relationship between creativity and sense of place in
community-based art installations.
To identify directions in higher education with a direct
influence on interior design programs, Portillo is conducting
interviews with university administrators across the country
with her colleagues on the Research Council of the Foundation
for Interior Design Education Research (FIDER). This
research will continue with focus groups from select programs,
additional surveys and literature reviews to further examine
these new trends and their potential impacts.
d Linda Crider, associate scientist in the Department of
Urban and Regional Planning, spent her summer building her
dream cabin in Eccles Lagoon, Cordova, Ala. The property
overlooks Orca Inlet in Prince William Sound.
Crider also has printed loo gift copies of her recently
completed book, "Children of the Bay, A Story of Alaska," and
has submitted it for consideration to Delacorte Press, a division
of Random House.
Upon her return to Gainesville in August, she accepted a
research grant from Bike Florida, a nonprofit organization
whose mission is to promote safe cycling in the state of Florida,
to administer and plan this year's annual springtime ride for
more than 1,ooo people from around the world.
Consumer misconceptions about standard practices in
building construction may lead to an excessive number of
complaints in the state, says Cox.
Building contractor complaints are costly to the state for
processing and resolution, and therefore, this research also
will look to determine just how much money is spent at the
state level on contractor complaints and how to mitigate
Cox expects a series of informational materials, like
educational booklets, to be created for the consumer as a
result of their study. They also will use this information to
improve contractor continuing education courses taught by
The results of this study will be presented to the state
building commission and may be available as early as next
d URP associate professor Rhonda Phillips has published
a book titled "Community Indicators Measuring Systems."
The book draws together both U.S. and Canadian researchers
to explore the dimensions of monitoring and evaluating
progress toward meeting community and regional goals
via indicator systems. The book is a comprehensive review
which takes the reader from theory to technical dimensions,
addressing the questions of how concepts associated with
indicator systems are measured and whether these systems
can serve as a tool for long-term sustainability.
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