Volume 72 Issue 2
UF UNIVERSITY of
M.E. RINKER, SR. SCHOOL OF
COLLEGE OF DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION AND PLANNING
A Message From
Dr. Christopher Silver,
We are gearing for a new academic year,
and some exciting opportunities await us in
2008/09. Last year brought many notable ac-
complishments, especially given the financial
challenges that all Colleges (here and across
the state) endured. Due to the budget cuts,
we did not fill some crucial staff vacancies
and will need to reapportion the workload
to sustain our quality programs. In addi-
tion, DCP was affected by the campus cut in
enrollment, a tough situation for everyone given the demand for
entry to UF.
Yet on the plus side, our faculty generated in excess of $5 million
in externally funded research, and these grants provided essen-
tial support for our graduate students. Collectively, DCP faculty
produced a tremendous volume of scholarly work (including no
fewer than 12 books). And our alumni and friends continued to
generously support our endowments and new initiatives which
muted some of the impact of the state budget cuts.
And throughout all of this, DCP students continued to garner a
wide array of regional, state and national awards for their work.
This summer, the UF Board of Trustees approved a new under-
graduate major in our college, the Bachelor of Science in Sus-
tainability and the Built Environment (BSSBE). As a leader on
campus in advancing the cause of sustainability and the "green"
agenda, we already have in place three graduate level concentra-
tions. With this new interdisciplinary degree, we will be able to
introduce the knowledge and skills to a larger cohort of students
earlier in their academic and professional careers. Our BSSBE
degree is one of the first of its kind in a College such as ours, and
should enable us to legitimize further our claims of national lead-
ership in this critical societal initiative.
At a recent gathering of administrators from the 14 universities
which house both building construction and architecture programs
in the same college, it was evident that shared interest in sustain-
ability was generating new initiatives for deeper collaboration.
In addition, there was much interest in strengthening expertise in
new design and building technologies, such as Building Informa-
tion Modeling. There are so many ways that architects and con-
tractors can collaborate and integrate their shared responsibilities
in shaping the built environment. In DCP, we hope to model that
collaboration in our teaching, research and service.
We'll keep you posted as these and other new initiatives. And
we welcome your input. After a much needed break this summer
from the fiscal challenges of last year, we look forward to another
Dr. Abdol Chini,
I trust that this message finds you all well.
I am pleased to present the Rinker School's
S report for the 2007-2008. This past academic
year, 125 students graduated with Bachelors,
35 with Masters, and 3 with Doctorate
degrees. The top 65 students who were
admitted to the undergraduate program for
the Fall 2008 semester have an average
Pre-BCN GPA of 3.41 and average SAT
score of 1220. Job placement for BCN
graduates has been very successful and average starting salary
for the Spring 2008 graduates was $54,000 per year. We had 114
companies with 300 recruiters at the Spring 2008 BCN Career
Fair in O'Connell Center.
The BCN faculty members have all been busy teaching, pursuing
their research, publishing findings, attending professional
conferences and securing external funds for research. They
generated 13,270 student credit hours, published more than 95
articles, made 35 national and international presentations, wrote
51 research proposals, and received $2.23 million research
funding. These efforts often involve students who are actively
engaged in our on-going research and often make presentations or
publish with us. I invite you to take a look at some of our faculty,
student, and alumni accomplishments in this newsletter.
We were successful recruiting Dr. James Sullivan to fill the
Charles R. Perry Endowed Professorship position. James earned
a PhD degree in Building Construction from UF in 2007 and has
several years of construction industry work experience. He will
teach Construction Techniques and take a lead role in using the
Perry Yard facility to prepare our students to work effectively
with subcontractors and craftspeople.
The Rinker School's Management team won first place overall
out of 23 student teams from universities across the country in
the 2008 Student Construction Management Competition during
the ABC National Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico in March.
Congratulations to the team members and their faculty coach Dr.
Let me note what a pleasure it is to be and work with such
outstanding faculty, alumni, staff and students. I urge you to come
visit us you will see why we are so excited about our programs,
and why we have been able to train so many outstanding graduates.
Your support is crucial to our continued success and we welcome
your involvement in our educational activities. Please plan to visit
the School, be a guest speaker in one of our classes, and join us at
the Homecoming BBQ on October 25th.
School Announcements... 28-30 Editor:
Brick Paver...31 Julie Segura
Front cover pictures:
(from left to right)
Distinguished Alumnus (top left): John McIntyre
Construction Hall of Fame Members: (two top right): Raymond Southern and Breck Weingart
ABC Team National Champions: Christian Mercado, Carlos Lorenzo, Kevin Chupp, Eric Weiss, Lindsey Ore, and Adam Milner
BCN Going Global: Greg, Patricia and Logan Grooms
SHOW YOUR RINKER SCHOOL PRIDE
BCN Coffee Mug $4
To purchase contact: Patty Barritt at (352) 273-1150
BCN Portfolio $20
Polo hinrts (S, M, X, XL, XXL)
Blue and White $30
Orange & Blueprints
a biannual publication
Table of Contents
Spring 2008 Career Fair...4
BCN Advisory Council EXCOM..5
Construction Hall of Fame...6
Distinguished Alumnus Award...6
Regional Club Updates...7-9
Rinker Scholar Award... 12
Friends and Donors... 13
Professor for a Day...14
BCN Programs & Events...16-21
Rinker School of Building Construction
304 Rinker Hall
PO Box 115703
Gainesville, Florida 32611-5703
Dr. Christopher Silver
Dean College of Design, Construction and Planning
Dr. Abdol Chini
Director Rinker School of Building Construction
Dr. Paul Oppenheim
Director of Undergraduate Programs
Dr. Raymond Issa
Director of Masters Programs
Dr. Ian Flood
Coordinator of Ph.D. Program
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf
Center for Collective Protection
Dr. Charles Kibert
Powell Center for Construction and Environment
Dr. Robert Stroh
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
Dr. Jimmie Hinze
Fluor Program For Construction Safety
Spring 2008 Career Fair
The Rinker School held its Spring Career Fair on February 12,
2008 at the O'Connell Center. The career fair was another success
with over 100 companies and approximately 400 students in
attendance. Many pre-BCN students attended the fair looking
for internships as well as students from other major schools
within the University and other building construction programs
in Florida attended.
Albert and Alberta were on hand to bring the Gator Nation spirit
to the students and career fair representatives. The next career
fair will be on October 21st. For more information on sponsoring
or attending the fall fair, please contact the job placement office
at (352) 273-1187.
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and Mike Taylor from Current Builders
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Tanna Thomas from Stiles
L to R: Annette Cornwell and Clark Scherer from
Seen Out and About
Several BCN students and Pirtle Construction Managers were out
for dinner at a local restaurant the night before the Spring Career
Fair. As Coach Meyer, UF's head football coach was leaving the
restaurant, several students approached him for a photo. Coach
Meyer shook everyone's hands and was happy to pose for a photo
with them. The coach is truly an asset to the Gator Nation.
The picture at the right features from left to right: James
Kaphusman, Chris Westrick, Vince McKilligan, Coach Meyer,
Bill Ellis, Lauren Bird, James Bradley, and Andrew Greener.
The Building Construction Career Fair
October 21, 2008 9:30 AM 1:30 PM
Stephen C. O'Connell Center
For more information, visit our website at:
www.bcn.ufl.edu (click on Job Placement)
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BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee
The BCN Advisory Council Executive Committee (EXCOM)
held its biannual meeting on April 11, 2008 in Orlando. Bob "
Angle was presented with a plaque, honoring him as an Emeritus
Member of the Committee, and was recognized for his years of
service to EXCOM. The Council selected two new members to
the Committee, Karl Watson Jr., Florida Regional President of
CEMEX-USA and John Gooding, President of Deerbrook Inc.
in Bonita Springs.
The Committee discussed current efforts towards fundraising
for the Endowed Professorship for Construction Services. Other
topics of discussion included an update of the curriculum review,
other fundraising activities, and BCN Regional Club updates.
The Committee implemented the "Class Challenge Gift" which
will be a competition between each graduating class to get the L to R: Dr. Chini, Bob Angle
highest percentage of alum donating to the school annually. and Sid Jordan
Dr. Chini reported a BIM software will replace AutoCAD in the
BCN 3255 course and will be used in estimating, HVAC, and
structure courses. An undergraduate course will be offered in
high performance buildings and students will be encouraged to be
LEED-AP certified upon graduation.
Present for the April 11th meeting were Bob Angle, John Bennett,
Rick Derrer, Paul Hardaker, Sid Jordan (Chair), John McIntyre,
Harley Miller, Bill Morthland, Steve Palmer, Bill Pinto, Charles
Reid (Vice Chair), Erik Sharpe, Ray Southern, David Stayschich,
Abdol Chini, Raymond Issa, Lynne Capece and Kim Stanley.
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EXCOM members at Spring meeting
Tim Good, BCN Advisory Council EXCOM Member
Tim Good is Vice President and Director
of Construction for the Industrial Group of
the Haskell Company in Jacksonville. Tim
graduated with a Bachelor's of Building
Construction in 1972 and was a member
.. of Sigma Lambda Chi. After a term in
the US Army, Tim began his construction
career with Joe M. Rodgers & Associates
out of Nashville, Tennessee, later to
become Centex Rodgers. Initially, he
worked as a project engineer on an addition to Alachua County
General Hospital in Gainesville. He then relocated to northern
California and gained fast-track experience in building hospitals
in California, Oregon, Utah and Arizona. In 1978, he assisted in
opening and managing an office for Rodgers in Houston where
he continued building on his healthcare experience with projects
in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. When Rodgers consolidated
operations in Nashville in 1986, Tim stayed in Houston with
Robert E. McKee, a commercial arm of Jacobs Engineering. The
industrial experience he gained with Jacobs/McKee set him up for
his current position where he has worked in Haskell's commercial
and industrial integrated design/build environment for over 19
years. His group concentrates on food, beverage, manufacturing
and distribution projects across the country and internationally.
He maintains active contractor's licenses in Florida, Louisiana,
South Carolina and Oregon.
Throughout his travels, Tim has remained an ardent Gator fan
although he has shown great diversity in the education of his
three children. His older daughter received a Master's degree
in education from Texas A&M and teaches in Austin. His son
is a civil engineer in Orlando and received an Environmental
Engineering degree from the University of Central Florida and
his younger daughter is currently working on a Business degree
from Florida State University. Tim and his wife Carol currently
live in northwest St. Johns County.
Tim is often seen on campus attending the Career Fairs and
participating in recruiting activities, giving guest lectures at
Rinker and Weil Halls, reviewing course curricula as a member
of the EXCOM Curriculum Subcommittee and at several football
games per season. Haskell has maintained Major Donor status
through Tim's support of the Design/Build Team since 2002. Tim
also works closely with the St. Johns County Career Academy
program. Serving as an industry advisor, his efforts help high
school students begin selecting careers in engineering and
BCN Construction Hall of Fame
Raymond Southern and Breck Weingart were selected as the 2008 inductees for the BCN Construction Hall of Fame. They will be
inducted on October 25th at the BCN Homecoming BBQ. During the ceremony the inductees will have their bronze plaques on the
Construction Hall of Fame wall unveiled.
Raymond Southern graduated from the
University of Florida in 1973, with a degree in
Building Construction. After graduation, he
returned to Miami and began his career with
Frank J. Rooney, Inc., a local construction
company founded in 1933. Frank J.
Rooney, Inc. subsequently became known
nationwide as Centex Construction and now
operates as Balfour Beatty Construction.
Ray has dedicated his 34-year career to
the same company and is currently the CEO of Balfour Beatty
Florida Division, while contributing to the success of the overall
organization. Balfour Beatty Construction operates out of four
major metropolitan cities covering the Western, Southern and
Eastern Regions of the United States, generating annual revenues
of $1.8 billion.
Ray has also been a strong advocate in giving backto the community
on both a corporate and personal level. A highly successful and
enduring tradition is the "Balfour Beatty Construction Annual
Golf Benefit' for which Ray is the executive chairman, event host
and the die-hard participant. All proceeds from this event benefit
a different organization each year and the Rinker School has been
a recipient two times, including a $30,000 scholarship fund in
2007. At the executive level, Ray has participated as a board
member for numerous organizations including the Rinker School
Advisory Council Executive Committee.
Breck Weingart received his bachelor's
degree from the University of Florida's
School of Building Construction in 1980 and
is president of Charles Perry Construction,
Inc. He is also a co-owner of both Charles
Perry Construction, Inc. and PPI Construction
Breck first took an interest in the building
trade from his father, who worked as a
subcontractor. He took a job as a project estimator for Charles
Perry Construction in 1983. Breck began taking on more
responsibility and eventually became vice president and co-owner
with Mr. Perry. PPI Construction Management was subsequently
established as a separate company in 1993 to pursue construction
management contracts. Through his ownership in the two
companies, he employs over 200 people in Gainesville, Orlando,
and Flagler County, and has garnered a reputation among his
employees and the construction industry as being honest, fair, and
a true steward of the industry.
Breck has served on community boards including the Santa Fe
Community College Board of Trustees, M&S Bank Board of
Directors, Builder's Association of North Central Florida, and
the Alachua County Boys and Girls Club. He is an outstanding
alumnus of the BCN program. Breck serves as a member of the
Rinker School Advisory Council Executive Committee. He is a
founding member of the Gainesville/Ocala Gator BCN Club.
This award is given annually to a graduate of the School who has graduated a minimum of ten years prior to the award. The Nominee
must have distinguished himself/herself since graduation in a construction field and have demonstrated consistent support of the School.
The 2008 Distinguished Alumnus is John McIntyre.
John McIntyre received his Bachelor of
Building Construction with Honors in 1984
from the University of Florida's School of
Building Construction. He is the cofounder
and president of McIntyre, Elwell &
Strammer (ME&S) General Contractors in
After graduating, John started his career in
commercial construction as a project manager
for Sarasota based E.E. "Gene" Simmons General Contractors.
In 1987 he and two other BCN alumni, Fred Strammer and Greg
Elwell founded ME&S to construct retail, banking, schools,
churches, and office buildings. For the last 20 years, ME&S
has completed more than $500 million in construction contracts
and currently employs 12 BCN alumni. Some of the interesting
projects John has been involved with include Whole Foods in
Sarasota the first LEED Silver certified grocery store in US -
and Photo Tech Corporate Headquarters in Sarasota a Florida
AIAAward winning building.
John is currently a member of the BCN Advisory Council
Executive Committee and provides proactive input to curricula of
the Rinker School to insure they address current industry practices
and standards. He has consistently supported the School since his
graduation. ME&S is a major donor to the School and John has
personally made several major gifts to the School. He coordinated
the 20-year Reunion of BCN Class of' 84, encouraged two vendors
to sponsor the fall 2007 career fair, and has been guest speaker
at several BCN classes. John strongly supported the formation
of the UF Tampa Bay BCN Gator Club and has been involved
in many of the Club's activities including hosting the School's
70th Anniversary banquet and fundraiser in September 2005 that
raised $50,000 for the 70th Anniversary Endowed Professorship.
BCN Alumni Regional Club Updates
The Tampa Bay Gator BCN Club will be holding their fall
meeting at Feather Sound Golf & Country Club in Clearwater
on Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 5:30pm. Dr. Charles Kibert will
address the group on preparation to become a LEED Accredited
Professional. The Club held a Winter Social at Ferg's Sports Bar
and Grill in St. Petersburg, on March 6, 2008, sponsored by Angle
& Schmid, Inc.
The Club hosted their Third Annual Golf Scramble at the
Feather Sound Country Club in Clearwater on May 19, 2008.
Clark Construction sponsored the pre-event luncheon, and 28
foursomes competed. The awards reception, sponsored by Nelson
Construction and attended by Rinker School guests: Dr. Abdol L to
Chini, Kim Stanley, and Lynne Capece, featured multiple raffle, Geo
silent auction gifts and a light buffet. Ang
The Springer-Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal team took first
place honor for the second consecutive year. The teams from
Clark Construction and Brandon Construction/Flager C.E. were
second and third place finishers respectively.
Several local area golf courses donated rounds of golf for four and
local businesses donated dinner gift certificates, golf equipment,
Gator gear, and tools and equipment which were included as silent
auction or raffle item. The tournament raised over $17,000 for the
benefit of the 70th Anniversary Endowed Professorship.
The Tampa Bay BCN Gators wish to thank and acknowledge Lto]
all of the volunteers that assisted in the planning as well as
each of the following firms for their generous participation and
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le, Jeff Nelson, and Lauren Caby
R: Glenn Elkes, Bill Morthland, Bob
Sanders and DJ McGlothem
Reception Sponsor: Nelson Construction
Lunch Sponsor: Clark Construction
Bovis Lend Lease
Diaz Fritz Isabel
Florida Rock Industries
Hunt Construction Group
J.E. Charlotte Construction
Merit Professional Coatings
Tappouni Mechanical Services
Springer-Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal
Wal-Mark Contracting Group
Angle & Schmid
Wallace, Welch & V.\ ,11..1. i,
Trophy Sponsor: Nelson Construction
Putting Contest Sponsor: Able Body Labor
Long Drive Contest Sponsor: Angle & Schmid
Drink Cart Sponsors:
Turner Construction & Development
Hole-In-One Contest: ASAP Equipment Rental
Golf Tees Sponsor: Angle & Schmid
Bankers Insurance Company
J. Kokolakis Contracting
Nielson, Wojtowicz, Neu & Associates
Auction and Raffle Gift Sponsors:
Airco Golf Course
Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club
Bascom's Chop House
Feather Sound Country Club
Ferg's Sports Bar
Heads and Tails
The Home Depot
Isla Del Sol Yacht / Country Club
Jim & Slim's Tool Supply
McIntyre, Elwell & Strammer
New City Signs
RSC Equipment Rental
St. Petersburg Country Club
White Cap Construction Supply
Ker's Wing House
Alumni Club Updates Continued
The North Central Florida Gator BCN Club hosted their 2nd
Annual Sporting Clay Shoot on March 21, 2008. After a pre-
shoot barbecue lunch, ten foursomes participated in a day of
sociable competition at Bradford Sportsmen's Farm. Special
thanks to W.W. Gay Mechanical Contractor and W.W. Gay Fire
& Integrated Systems for sponsoring this event. The club also
held a member meeting on June 5, 2008 at Grill Masters in
Gainesville. Melisa Miller, BCN alumna and Executive Director
of Rebuilding Together North Central Florida, was the guest
speaker at this meeting. The club will hold their next member
meeting in September. Please visit the BCN website for an update
on this upcoming meeting.
The Club would like to encourage all BCN alumni and friends
to join their current members in any and all events. For more
information please contact Ryan Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(Gator football off week for football fans). Save the date flyers
have been distributed and invitations will go out in August.
Up until now, the BCN Alumni club's primary focus has
been to increase recognition of the Rinker School's affairs
and to foster a social network between BCN alumni in the
Jacksonville area. As the club attendance continues to grow, a
more strategic approach is being considered to coordinate the
time and talent of our region's alumni to foster professionals
into the construction industry. As most of you are aware,
talented individuals are scarce in our industry. Hopefully, our
organization can bridge the gap between high school students
and construction professionals to shed a positive light on the
construction industry and foster new kids into our industry.
Jacksonville club attendees
L to R: Phillip Bottcher, Ivan Oelrich,
Eric Drummond and Matt Marino
On February 21, 2008 the Northeast Florida Gator BCN Club
met for their 6th social in the past 3 years and recorded a strong
attendance. Alumni representing several companies attended to
hear Dr. Rick Smailes speak on behalf of the Rinker School and
give an update on school activities. The social was sponsored by
Cemex. The event attracted alumni from all areas of the industry
represented by owners, engineers, subcontractors, vendors, and of
course general contractors. The event was held at Ker's Winghouse
in Jacksonville's Tinseltown off of Southside Boulevard.
The 2nd social of 2008 will be held at Ker's Winghouse in August
to parallel the kick-off of football season. Invitations will be sent
to all alumni in the NE Florida Area.
In addition, The Club is currently planning a 70th Anniversary
Celebration, with a "Gator Tailgating" theme to be held at the
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club's Outpost. This event will be open to
alumni and their families. Special faculty guests will be attending
from past years that will certainly bring back memories for some
of you. The event will be held on Saturday, October 18th, 2008
The Atlanta Gator BCN Club met in February at the Olde
Mille Steakhouse to form a committee of alumni. The first
slate of officers were selected as follows: Wayne Wadsworth,
President; Jason Spears, VP of Activities; Robert Herndon,
VP of Membership, and David Schmidt, Beth Studley, Carlos
Asensio and Gary Wax were nominated as Executives-at-large.
The Club held its next meeting in July with over 30 alum present.
Anyone who is interested in further information about joining
the Atlanta BCN Club should contact Robert Hemdon by phone
at (678) 352-1524 or by email at email@example.com.
Wayne Wadsworth from Holder Construction
speaks at club meeting
Dale Hedrick of Hedrick Brothers Construction has written an
article as part of the newsletters new section Lessons Learned.
This article pertains to the importance of researching an Owner's
Representative, prior to the start of a project.
"When an Owner's Representative is involved in a project, you
must not only investigate the Owner, but it is as important to
investigate the Owner's Representative, as well, to see if they
are someone you can work with. During the selection process
for bidding a Vet Clinic and subsequently throughout the contract
negotiations, the Owner's Representative was very receptive and
cooperative. The project was bid and a contract agreed upon by
the Owner, the Owner's Representative and Hedrick Brothers.
Upon the start of construction, within a very short time period the
Owner's Representative's dialog changed and the Representative
became very antagonistic, uncooperative, and incompetent. The
cooperation became less and less, until it became apparent the
project would have no chance of a successful completion due to
the endless disagreements / constraints. All parties met to try to
negotiate and come to terms with the grievances, but to no avail.
In the end, it was mutually agreed upon to terminate the contract.
When problems began with this Owner's Representative, we
started investigating and found many red flags that gave us great
cause for concern.
The lessons learned are one must be thorough in their investigation
of not only the Owner, but also those associated with and working
in the Owner's interest. It is also imperative to make sure there is
a large enough contingency in addition to the agreed upon budget.
Though this does not assure a trouble-free association, it does
provide another layer of protection for the contractor."
If you would like to submit an article for future publication, please
contact Kim Stanley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ATTENTION NORTHEAST FLORIDAALUMNI
The Northeast Florida Gator BCN Club requests that you
Save The Date for the 70th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The Outpost Ponte Vedre Inn & Club
3:00 pm Social/ 5:00 pm Dinner
Anyone interested in attending please contact Kin Stanley at email@example.com or (352) 273-1187
event sponsored by
Brasfield & Gorie, Florida Rock Industries, Inc.,
Gerdau Ameristeel, The Haskell Company
ATTENTION PALM BEACH ALUMNI
The Palm Beach Gator BCN Club
requests your attendance at a social to be held at
The River House Restaurant
On August 21st from 6:00-7:30 pm
Anyone interested in attending
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or (561) 242-4309
ATTENTION TAMPA BAY ALUMNI
The Tampa Bay Gator BCN Club
will have its next social event
Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 5:30pm
Feather Sound Golf& Country Club
Anyone interested in attending
please contact Bob Angle at rpDazianglc-schmid.com
or (727) 530-1467
BCN Going Global
come along only once
in a lifetime and you
have to be prepared
to take advantage
of them. My name
is Greg Grooms. I
am a 2004 graduate
of the Rinker
School of Building
married my best friend, Patricia, who is also a UF grad. I was
working for Pulte Homes in Jacksonville, FL and then in Ocala
as Superintendent when in July of 2007, I received an email from
an acquaintance who works for HOPE worldwide, a charitable
organization with which I am very familiar through my church.
It was a job request for a Deputy Country Director/Program
Manager to oversee the construction of an outpatient facility at a
maternity hospital. The only catch...the job was in Afghanistan!
As I read the request, I couldn't help but see that I fit the
description all too well, but I was terrified. Was this "my" chance
to use my education and experience to really make a difference?
I approached my wife and as expected she was all for it. She is
the adventurous one.
Well if that wasn't challenging enough, one week after the original
request, we found out we were pregnant with our first child. Our
son, Logan, was born in March and after two months, we were
on a plane.
Touching down in Kabul was the biggest culture shock of my life.
Leaving the airport and heading to our guarded living compound,
I saw a lifestyle I never knew existed. Streets were filled with
people and vendors. There were really no traffic rules, just mostly
guidelines; "Drive on the right...most of the time and don't kill
anyone." People scurried in and out of traffic. Children were
literally everywhere. Those with disabilities were actually sitting
in the middle of the streets begging. In the very busy market
areas, people sell just about anything you can make, kill, or
import. Sheep and goats are just out in the open. It was as if we
went back in time. Buildings and houses are typically made of
non-baked mud bricks. Running water is a rarity so people resort
to using ditch water. Guns are everywhere. Last night we went
to dinner at a restaurant. We passed by numerous Afghan soldiers
with their assault rifles and one in particular was casually leaning
on his handheld grenade launcher!
Being here a month now, I am assisting in directing the
organization along with consulting on the construction projects
that are underway. In North Central Afghanistan we have several
irrigation rehabilitation projects. This week we were doing
takeoffs for a school we are trying to raise money to build. The
current school is too far for the smaller children to walk to, so
most don't go. This will particularly affect the long term hope of
education for hundreds of little girls. The outpatient facility we
hope to build is still in the works and is scheduled to come online
The greatest experience so far has been distributing food for
destitute families that are unable to provide for themselves. We
found that most of the situations consist of a house of about 3-8
children, a mother, and either no father or a father that cannot
work. Disability runs rampant here due to the lack of healthcare
and, many times for the men crippling war wounds. Food
consists of flour, rice, oil, kidney beans, tea and sugar. It costs
$102 to provide for one family for one month.
We will be here for about a year and half. We are looking forward
to what life will bring and the challenges that come along. I am
grateful for this opportunity and I hope I can make the very best
I've attached the website of HOPE worldwide. Please take the
time to read the newsletters and the blog. I look forward to hearing
from the BCN family. http://www.hopeww.org/NetCommunity/
Page.aspx?pid-335&srcid-200 and http://hopeafghanistanblog.
BCN Alumni in the News
(Article cited from The Florida Times Union- author-Jason Trevett)
Two BCN Alum and their successful business were featured in
the Jacksonville Times Union. The following is an excerpt from
that article. "Three years ago, as they saw construction boom in
Jacksonville, Keith Faver and Jim Gray rolled up their sleeves
and leaped into a joint venture, chipping in $500,000 of their own
cash to form FaverGray.
Faver and Gray were both in executive positions at The Haskell
Co. when they reached their early 40s. Gray worked for Haskell
for 27 years, eventually rising to head Haskell's Commercial
Institutional Group. Faver started as a field engineer and became
a Haskell vice president, working for Gray for 10 years.
Gray, 55, and Faver, 46, both graduated from the University of
Florida, majoring in building construction. Since it's started,
FaverGray has been continually growing, bringing in about $7.5
million in revenue the first year, $34.5 million the second and $60
million the third."
Percy Rudolph Folsom passed August 21, 2007.
John Adams is wrapping up 30 years of land development and
small commercial projects in Greater Cincinnati. Headed to Nova
Scotia for summers of sailing and writing. Would like to hear
from his classmates.
Mitchell E. ("Mitch") Albaugh is now a Florida Bar Board
Certified Construction Lawyer and a partner at Clark & Albaugh,
LLP, in Winter Park, Florida.
Eric Brent Anthony is employed by Chicago Bridge & Iron. He
is currently assigned as Field Project Controls Manager at the
Valero Refinery in Aruba. He is also enrolled as PADI Divemaster
Trainee at Unique Sports ofAruba.
Jonathan Antevy is the CEO and Founder of e-Builder, Inc.,
a company that develops Web-based Project Management and
Collaborative Solutions for building owners looking to better
manage cost and the change management process across their
entire program. They are based in Plantation, Florida and their
website is www.e-builder.net.
Daniel F. Adams has been working for Owen-Ames-Kimball
Company since graduation in 2000. He worked as a superintendent
for two years, constructing projects for the Lee County School
Board and building the 36,000 SF expansion to the Chico's
World Headquarters, before being promoted to project manager.
In addition to managing multiple on going projects for the Lee
County Port Authority he recently completed the construction of
the FineMark National Bank and Trust Headquarters here in Lee
Kyle Abney recently became a LEED Accredited Professional
and is principal of the newly formed Abney + Abney Green
Solutions, a full-service green consulting firm dedicated to the
field of sustainable design and construction of both residential and
commercial projects. In addition, Kyle has been appointed to the
Board of Directors for the South Florida Chapter of the US Green
Building Council which serves the southeast coast of Florida
from Indian River County down to the Florida Keys. He also
recently completed construction of the first home in Okeechobee
County to be certified by the Florida Green Building Coalition.
Kyle resides in Palm City, Florida with his wife, Harmony.
Ryan Anderson is working as an Assistant Project Manager for
Brasfield & Gorrie, LLC in Nashville, TN. He is currently working
on a 32-story high rise, multi-tenant office building in downtown
Nashville. The building is The Pinnacle at Symphony Place and
it will be the first LEED certified high rise in Nashville.
Jonathan Hill joined BE&K Building Group, Inc. as an Assistant
Project Manager, working on the Burnham Institute for Medical
Research in Lake Nona. He previously worked as a Project
Coordinator for Pinkerton & Laws of Florida on several hotel
projects. These included the 104 room Hilton Garden Inn in
Gainesville, FL; The 83 room Comfort Suites in Palm Bay,
FL; and the 144 unit, 7 story post-tension, Homewood Suites in
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If you graduated from the 1983 BCN class during the spring
and fall, there will be a class reunion on Homecoming weekend,
October 25th. A banquet/ social event is scheduled for October
24th and a BBQ at the Rinker School will be held before the
game on the 25th. For more information, please contact Jeff E.
Charlotte at jeff.charlotte(@jecharlotte.com or David Schmit at
i!l.ll.In'iri.uj icll ULIrIi ricr A letter will be mailed out to all 1983
spring and fall graduates, with further details on the reunion.
Update Your Contact Information
If you have recently graduated or moved; please update your
information with the UF Alumni Association.
UF Alumni Association
1938 W. University Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32603
(352) 392-1905 or (888) 352-5866
BCN Alumni in Higher Education
Starting in the Fall 2006, Orange & Blueprints has highlighted accomplishments made by our graduates in higher education. In this
issue, we are highlighting Dr. Yimin Zhu. If you are a BCN alumni and currently teach at a post secondary construction education
program, please send us a short bio of yourself for publishing on this page.
Dr. Yimin Zhu received his Ph.D.
degree (1999) in the Rinker School of
Building Construction at the University
of Florida. Currently, he serves as an
assistant professor in the Department
of Construction Management at Florida
International University (FIU), where he
teaches estimating, value engineering and
scheduling, and performs research into
information and knowledge integration for green building design,
engineering and construction. He is the faculty advisor of the
FIU ABC student chapter since 2005. Dr. Zhu has successfully
performed research funded by FDOT (Florida Department of
Transportation), El (Electri International), GSA (General
ServicesAdministration) and other private agencies, and published
more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference
Before his current position at FIU, Dr. Zhu worked for the
Hartsfield-Jackson Development Program in Atlanta, Georgia
Institute of Technology, Citadon, Inc., and Timberline Software
Corp. He also worked for a construction company in China.
Dr. Zhu holds a MSc. Degree (1999) in computer and information
science and engineering from the University of Florida; a MSc.
Degree (1993) in construction management from Harbin Institute
ofTechnology, Chinaanda BSc. Degree (1989) in civil engineering
from Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China.
Rinker Scholar Award
Philip L. Barlow is the third recipient of the
Rinker Scholar Award. Professor Barlow
is an Assistant Professor of Construction
Management at the California Polytechnic
Sate University in San Luis Obispo,
California. He received his bachelor's
degree in construction management from Cal
Poly San Luis Obispo and his MBA from
Golden Gate University San Francisco,
California. His area of research and interest
is in developing and expanding the construction labor workforce
by promoting the construction industry and providing education
and training for new entrants.
Established in 2005 by a generous gift from the Marshall E.
Rinker, Sr. Foundation, Inc., this $1 million endowment supports
fellowship awards to Associated Schools of Construction faculty
members pursuing a Ph.D. in construction management at UF.
Establishing this endowment was, in part, a response to the
growing need for Ph.D. level faculty members actively conducting
research and scholarly activities in construction related areas.
UF is uniquely positioned to support this type of opportunity
for doctoral fellowships in the construction management field
because it is one of only few programs in the nation with a
doctoral degree focused on the management field. Continued
support for the Rinker School through generous gifts like this
keeps opportunities available to the most qualified recipients with
the greatest potential to maintain the Rinker School's position
among the nation's premier building construction management
2009 ASC Conference
The Rinker School will host theAssociated Schools of Construction
45th Annual International Conference on April 1-4, 2009. This
event will be in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the
International Council for Research and Innovation in Building
and Construction (CIB) Working Commission 89 on Building
Research and Education. The conference will be held at the
Hilton UF Conference Center in Gainesville, Florida. In addition
to the many outstanding papers presented by construction faculty
and researchers, there will be faculty professional development
programs and discussions on various important issues being faced
by the industry and construction education programs.
The theme of the conference is: "International Construction
Education." The internationalization of construction will continue
and more companies will operate internationally. The construction
curriculum must prepare students for international opportunities.
It should prepare them for work in another country, in another
culture, or in a firm from another country.
The papers and keynote speakers of this conference will address
how international influences, and their accompanying intermix
of cultures, should be addressed at the university level and
what social and cultural courses will be needed. Issues such as
student and faculty exchange programs, study abroad programs,
international certification of construction managers, coverage of
international codes and standards in curriculum, and international
research collaborations will be addressed. For more information
please visit the conference website at www.asc2009.org.
The industry review of the Structures courses took place on
Monday, February 11, 2008 at Rinker Hall. Attendees included:
Chip Reid (Current Builders), Bill Morthland (Hunt Construction),
Tim Good (Haskell), Blane Huegel (Haskell), Dan Cramer (J.
Raymond), Ray Southern (Balfour Beatty), Rob Gillette (Balfour
Beatty), Brian Needham (United Forming), Kevin Fauvell
(Holder), Harley Miller (Miller Construction), Brian Sudduth
(Miller Construction), Dale Hedrick (Hedrick Brothers), Abdol
Chini, Larry Muszynski, Esther Obonyo, and Ajay Shanker
The review began at 9:00 am and concluded at 4:00 pm. Abdol
Chini reviewed the purpose of workshop, the accreditation
requirements, and the recent changes in the BCN undergraduate
curriculum. A presentation on the Soils and Concrete course was
made by Larry Muszynski followed by a presentation by Ajay
Shanker on the Structures course and this was followed by a
presentation on the Temporary Structures by Esther Obonyo.
The committee strongly suggested using the new Charles Perry
Construction Yard to integrate the structures courses with concrete,
steel, and formwork models constructed by the students. The
following suggestions were also made to best prepare students for
the situations they will face as industry professionals.
BCN 3223 Soils and Concrete
-Students should understand different types of equipment used on
-Arrange a field trip to a soils testing lab
-Student should be able to read soil-boring logs and understand
the project geotechnical report
-Invite a guest lecturer to discuss subsurface improvement,
dewatering systems, sheet piling and soil injection
-Students should have a better understanding of specifications and
shop drawings as it relates to field requirements
-Post tensioning techniques need to be discussed
BCN 3431 Structures
-Provide more details on post tensioning, connection details using
3D models (BIM), Cazaly hangers, and Corbels
-More emphasis should be placed on plan reading and contract/
shop drawing interpretation.
- Expand the types of structures discussed in the course scope.
Include benefits and draw backs of each type tilt wall, pre-stressed
joist systems, hollow core, Etc.
-Provide a reference table of various concrete systems and their
value to various building types.
BCN 4423 Temporary Structures
- Discuss formwork equivalents post shore vs. scaffold
-Review reactions of cranes tying to structures
-Introduce new technology to students thru guest lectures or field
-Discuss different types of formwork system other than wood
framing: truss tables, scaffold framing, column hung tables,
modular systems, jump forms, etc.
-Discuss methods for proper formwork selections
-Devote more time on formwork and less time in timber design
To all who donated to the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction General Fund (01/08- 07/08)
Mr. John H. Logan, Jr.
Mr. Robert L. Claudy, Jr.
Mr. Myron L. Corets
Mr. Richard G. Kerstner
Mr. John R. Kiker III
Mr. Dale T. Townsend
Mr. Dennis E. Lewis
Mr. Clifton J. Derrick II
Mr. William G. Fischer
Mr. Jorge Echarte, Jr.
Mr. Robert E. Lifton
Mr. Harry P. Ackerman
Mr. Warren H. Keister
Mr. Van A. Hogan
Mr. Robert D. Clark
Dr. Gary D. Cook
Mr. Kent M. Blocher
Mr. William M. Coyne
Mr. Charles A. Congdon, Jr.
Mr. Charles M. Wells
Mr. Gerald C. Parsons, Jr.
Mr. David C. Brady
Mr. Jason R. Moore
Mr. Gregory Alan Pope, Jr.
Mr. Hector E. Valdez
Mr. Chad A. Langford
Mr. Ryan M. Tempone
Ms. Kimberly K. Weeks
Clark Construction Group
DC Construction Associates
Kiewit Southern Co.
NDC Construction Co.
United Forming, Inc.
Professor for a Day
Every spring semester, the Rinker School offers industry members an opportunity to be a "Professor-for-a-day." The BCN professors are
asked to invite guest speakers to their classes to discuss current issues in their field of interest. The two day program which took place
on February 13-14, 2008, allowed the students to receive an inside look into the construction industry.
-Calvin Helitzer, Vice President Gryphon Construction
-Joseph J. Steinbicker, Senior Structural Engineer, Tilt Con
-John Sofarelli, President, J. Raymond
-Shawn Pagel, Deputy Sheriff, Aachua County
-Arthur Forgey, Crime Prevention Specialist
-Steven Greene, Vice President, NCCER
-Steve Ellis, Regional Safety Specialist, Bovis Lend Lease
-Kevin Bowen, Project Manager, Bovis Lend Lease
-Bryan Parker, Chief Estimator, Balfour Beatty Kevin Bowen, Dr. Hinze and
-John Herridge, AIAAuto Desk Building Solutions Specialist Steve
-Christine Beaudoin, Kiewit Construction John Herridge and Dr. Issa
-Chad Kalisak, Project Manager, Trunnell Construction
Steve Greene and Dr. Hinze, Shawn Pagel
Dr. Wetherington and Dr. Walters
Christine Beaudoin and Dr. Minchin
Dr. Chini and Bryan Parker
We would like to thank the following people for donating their time and sharing their knowledge and experience with our students:
BCN 3700 Contracts
-Mr. Jeff Braswell, Esq. local attorney
-Mr. Robert Lash, Esq. local attorney
BCN 3735 Construction, Safety, Health and the Environment
-Allan Preston, University of Florida
-Joseph R. Roesler, CAS, OSHA
BCN 4510 Mechanical Systems
-Jason Sparks Gainesville Regional Utilities
-Jim Tharp Tharp Plumbing
-Ryan Abramski Coastal Mechanical Services
-David Epps Holder Construction
-Walt Traxler WW Gay
BCN 4712 Leadership and Management in Construction
-Pete Pace, Clancy & Theys Construction Company
-Tim Good, The Haskell Company
-Jim O'Leary, The Haskell Company
-Sid Jordan, Clark Construction Group LLC
-John Omran, Clark Construction Group, LLC
-Tim Moore, Stiles Construction Company
-John McIntyre, MES General Contractors, Inc.
-Wayne Wadsworth, Holder Construction Company
BCN 4612C Construction Estimating 2
-Al Fernandez President, ANF Construction Company
-Mouji Linarez Castillo, Chief Estimator, ANF Construction
BCN 4787 Capstone
-Calvin Helitzer, VP, Pre-Construction, Gryphon Construction
BCN 4905 Equipment and Methods for Heavy/Highway
-Jeff Nelson President, Nelson Construction Co.
-Martha Gross PhD Candidate, Virginia Tech
-Ted Holmes Project Manager, Archer Western Construction
BCN 5618 Comprehensive Estimating
- Coty Fournier and Craig Noble, JobSite123.com
The Rinker School holds nearly 30 endowed funds totaling $26 million. The forward thinking donors that have given endowed gifts are
providing support in the most sustainable way. It is the perpetual interest generated by these invested funds that supports BCN students,
faculty and research with steady replenishing beyond state budgets. Endowment funds begin at $30,000. Funds established with gifts
of $100,000 and above are eligible for matching funds through the State of Florida's Major Gifts Trust Fund. For more information on
endowments or other giving opportunities, please contact Lynne Capece at: (352) 392-4836, ext. 314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Endowed Professorship for Construction Services
The Rinker School plans to develop a construction services
track using an endowment funded by the construction industry,
especially companies in the construction services sector. Students
who graduate from this track will be qualified to work for
equipment suppliers, material suppliers, testing laboratories,
bonding agencies, insurance providers, financial firms, accounting
firms, legal firms, and specialty contractors.
Please consider a generous donation to the endowment for
Construction Service Professorship. The goal is to raise $1.2
million and apply for a 50% state match. Total gift with match
($1,800,000) will generate $72,000/year. Donors will be entitled
to the following benefits:
- Perpetual Donor Wall Recognition
- Orange and Blueprints publication
- Perspective publication
- University Honor Roll of Donors
- LCD monitor advertisement space
- Rinker School Career Fair booklet
- Rinker School Major Donor Status
-Reduced registration fee for the Career Fair
-Preferential placement at the Career Fair
-Reception with the graduating seniors before the Career Fair
-Priority for interview and seminar at the School
-UF President's Council Recognition
Stiles Corporate Gift
The Stiles Corporation, Stephen Palmer (BCN 1979) and James
W. Stine gave $110,000 and pledged to the UF Foundation an
additional amount of $20,000 for a total gift of $130,000 for the
benefit of the Warrington College of Business Administration
and the Rinker School of Building Construction. The spendable
income from the Fund will be used to encourage and enhance
The Rinker School wishes to thank the following companies for
their generous donations to the Construction Services Endowment
interdisciplinary faculty teaching between building construction
and the graduate real estate programs capstone project courses.
The gift will specifically fund building construction faculty
teaching in the real estate capstone course and real estate faculty
teaching in the building construction capstone course.
Dickert Excellence Fund
Paul W. Dickert (BCN 1978) and his wife Laura requested that the
Dickert Excellence Endowment Fund they previously established
at UF be redirected from the Provost's office to the Rinker
School. The spendable income form the fund will be used to
support teaching and research in the Rinker School. The balance
of the endowment is currently $180,000 and part of its spendable
income was used this summer to purchase 32 new monitors and a
printer for the computer lab.
Industry Leaders Honor Role
Angle and Schmid
Baker Concrete Construction
Brasfield & Gorrie
Climate Control Mechanical Services
Florida Rock Vulcan
McIntyre, Elwell, and Strammer
Springer Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal
On January 17,2008 the Rinker School faculty and staff welcomed
new students with a reception held at the Gainesville Woman's
Club. The event gave incoming students a chance to meet faculty
and staff, and learn about the roles each play in the School.
Student clubs and competition teams set up information tables so
that students could sign up to get involved and ask questions about
the organizations. The Weitz Company sponsored the reception
and showed a presentation about their firm, familiarizing students
about their company and the opportunities they offer.
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L to R: Joe Burgett, Dr. Chini, Doug Strathie,
and Chris Hill
Graduate Student Reception
The Spring 2008 graduate student social was held on April 24
at the Perry Construction Yard. The BBQ was attended by over ,, i
70 students and faculty members. The social gave the graduate
students an opportunity to spend a nice evening together. For
some, it was their last chance to get together with their classmates
before graduating. We would like to thank Clark Construction for
sponsoring this social and Mr. Joe Benoit from Clark Construction
for attending. l Y
Dr. Chini, Joe Benoit, Dr. Issa and Terry Clinefelter
On May 1, 2008, graduating students along with their friends and
families joined the BCN faculty and staff at Emerson Alumni
Hall for the spring graduation dinner. The evening began with
a cocktail social hour, and then Dr. Chini's opening remarks
and introduction of Dean Christopher Silver. Dean Silver
welcomed the graduates and congratulated everyone on their
accomplishments and commended the School for its achievements
within the College. This was followed by the faculty and staff
introductions and a sit down dinner.
Following dinner, Dr. Chini introduced Earle Cooper,
Executive Vice President of Hawkins Construction, Inc. and
Don Ondrejcak, Executive Vice President from Hawkins
Construction. Special thanks to Hawkins Construction for their
sponsorship of the dinner.
Ryan Hammond was presented with the Academic Excellence
award for having the highest GPA, the Outstanding Leadership
Award went to David Smith and Christine Fernandez was
presented with the Best Overall Capstone Project. Following the
award presentations, graduating students were given the chance
to introduce their guests, share their favorite memories of BCN
and thank the faculty and staff for their assistance.
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J*mr spronsoriing fhii j Int
L to R: Dean Silver, Earle Cooper, Dr. Chini
and Don Ondrejcak
BCN Student Competition Teams
ABC Construction Management Team
The Florida Gators are national champs again! The UF
Construction Management Team won first place overall out of
23 student teams from universities across the country in the 2008
Student Construction Management Competition during the ABC
National Convention March 3 to 8 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Funding for the trip was provided by the ABC Florida Gulf Coast
Chapter and ANF Group, Inc.
The competition was a bid simulation for a retail building in
Huntsville, Alabama. Prior to the competition, each student
team developed a preliminary estimate, project schedule, safety
plan and project management plan. Five finalists were then
selected to advance to the second round where they presented
their proposals to the judges. The winner was selected based
on the work, quality of performance during the presentation and
response to the judge's questions. In addition, teams were judged
in the categories of estimating, project management and safety.
The UF team also won first place in the estimating category. The
team was led by Dr. Raymond Issa.
L to R: Christian Mercado, Carlos Lorenzo, Kevin
Chupp, Eric Weiss, Lindsey Ore, and Adam Milner
On February 13th- 16th, 2008 the Rinker School's "Green Team"
competed on the national sustainable problem statement at the
Associated Schools of Construction Conference in Reno, Nevada.
Sponsored by the Beck Group, the team was one of only two
teams from the east cost competing against 12 other west coast
regional schools in this competition. The team was coached by
Dr. Charles Kibert and Dr. Jim Sullivan.
The competition focused on a portion of $211 million mixed use
project in downtown Seattle, Washington. The group was asked
to respond to several USGBC and LEED based questions and
provide a written summary and oral presentation. Although only
in its second year in the competition the team scored well in the
presentation portion of the competition and looks to improve to a
top three place in next year's competition. The team would like
to thank the Beck Group for sponsoring the trip.
L to K: van t-asale, Keoecca nariage, Jacquenne
Mustakas, Kristin Gray, Mathew Forenza (captain)
and Shawn Ladd
The BCN residential construction team participated in the annual
competition held at the International Builders Show in Orlando
this past February. The team developed a complete marketing,
site development, and building program for the 192 unit Berkshire
Park subdivision in Windemere, Florida. Next year's competition
will be in January 2009 at the International Builders' Show in
Las Vegas. Scott Nelson, next year's project manager, would
welcome the assistance of BCN alumni and supporters of the
Rinker School for technical assistance as well as sponsorship for
travel and expenses.
L to R: Dr. Smailes; Advisor, Matthew Thomas, Ryan
Sullivan, J.D. Bevins, Tomeka Jordan, Scott Nelson and
BCN Student Exchange Programs
Germany Exchange Program
This past May, nineteen Rinker School students participated in the
Germany Exchange. This was the largest group since the program
began in 1998. While many aspects of the program continue as
in the past, some new sites were visited. The group visited such
standard tourist spots as the Reichstag in Berlin, the Cecilienhof
Palace in Potsdam, and the Cologne Cathedral. The group also
visited notable construction sites, including the construction of
the new airport in Berlin, the harbor redevelopment in Hamburg,
and the refurbishment of the Royal Palace in Dresden. This year
the three-week program spent the last day of traveling in Weimar,
the birthplace of the Bauhaus.
Hong Kong Exchange Program
During the spring 2008 semester, four BCN students, Matt Algeo,
Matt Brown, Jamie Reid, and Eric Schultheis studied at Hong
Kong Polytechnic University (Poly U) and three Poly U students,
Clara Tsz Wing Kong, Lai Kuen Lam, and Man Choi Luk
(pictured at right) studied at the Univeristy of Florida. Clara
wrote of their overall experience in the Building Construction
Exchange Program. She commented that all the exchange
students enjoyed life at the University and met many students
from around the world, who they miss. They also commented on
the always available assistance they received from the professors
and fellow students.
Jamie Reid (pictured at right), a BCN student, studied overseas
at Poly U and reported that it was the experience of a lifetime.
"I learned so much more than any text book could ever teach.
Learning how the construction industry worked in another county
gave me a greater appreciation for the industry back here in the
states. The experience ended all too soon, but the friends and
memories I made along the way will last throughout the years.
We took the opportunity to visit the Philippines and mainland
China. While in mainland China we visited Xian, home of the
famous Terracotta Warriors and Beijing. Beijing is home to the
Summer Olympics of 2008, and the landmark Great Wall. While
on my 6 mile walk along this astonishing world wonder I was able
to see how the history of China has made it such a prosperous
country over the years. I am so thankful for the opportunity that I
was given by the Rinker School of Building Construction.
Hong Kong is similar to New York as the city never sleeps. Local
markets start early in the day and last late into the night. You
can buy anything at the markets from goldfish, fake IPOD's to
clothes. This really is a city that everyone should visit at some
point in their lives."
Matthew Brown wrote of his experience abroad also, "I find
it difficult to sum up my experience in Hong Kong in a short
paragraph. I found it to be one of the most eye -opening
experiences of my life. Living and studying in Hong Kong
was not the only thing that made my trip great. Although, it is
a beautiful city filled with some of the most amazing buildings
I have ever seen, it was the bonds that I formed with people
from all over the world that truly made my experience there
memorable. The reason that I studied abroad was to experience
different cultures, and I feel that I satisfied that desire. I found
myself surrounded daily by people that span the globe and have
entirely different views on things than I do. I think that I learned,
saw, and experienced many things that I would never have had
the chance to experience had I not taken advantage of the Study
Abroad Program. I would recommend this program to anyone
who is truly curious about seeing more of the world and learning
about new and different cultures.
Australia Exchange Program
Each year several BCN students attend one and am truly thankful I have been able to
of three Australian Universities the Rinker undertake such an amazing opportunity!"
School has exchange programs with and a
similar number of Australian students attend .0 d Traci Wilson wrote "G'day mates! My
the BCN program. During the Spring 2008 nh LH study abroad experience is difficult to
semester, two BCN students, Ryan Carter '. .... put in words. It was eye opening to not
and Traci Wilson attended the Queensland simply witness a different culture like
University of Technology Program. and L one might experience on a brief vacation,
five students from the Melbourne Institute ...J .. but immerse myself and learn to live in
of Technology studied at UF. These are the -- a way other than what I have grown so
memories of Ryan and Traci from Austrlia. accustomed to. I learned a whole new
Ryan Carter wrote- "Spending this semester language of Australian sayings and slang.
as an exchange student in Australia has Tracy Wilson I traveled to places I've always dreamed
really been the experience of a lifetime. Not of seeing, such as the Great Barrier Reef
only have I been able to travel to beautiful and Sydney Opera House. I got the chance
places, make new "mates"-both Aussie and to see how the construction industry works
international, experience the "no worries" in another country, and learned about
Australian lifestyle, and feed/eat a kangaroo sustainability practices in their type of
or two, but I have also been able to expand environment, which is similar to Florida.
my construction knowledge by gaining an Students pursing a construction career in
international perspective of the industry. Australia began working full time as well
My classes consist of students from all as going to "uni" about their second year
around the world, many of whom currently of college, so all my peers in my fourth
hold construction jobs while attending level classes were already working with
"uni." Through numerous group projects a company and were very familiar with
with fellow classmates and presentations the ways of the industry. I felt that all my
by construction industry employees and classes were very "hands on" with using
experts, I have been able to gain up-to-date yan Carter real work experiences, which enabled me
knowledge on construction technology and issues faced in an to learn and get help from my fellow classmates, as I have less
industry, which is spreading hand-in-hand with globalization. experience than they did. All in all it was more than I could have
With Kevin Rudd, the current Prime Minister ofAustralia, recently asked for, and am very grateful to have been given the opportunity
signing the Kyoto Protocol, ecologically sustainable development to experience all that I did, and to study construction overseas."
has become a topic in most every construction class here at QUT,
which has allowed me to pursue an area of study in which I am Five students from RMIT attended the University of Florida
currently very interested. I highly recommend studying abroad Building Construction School: Lauren McKenna, Thomas Haigh,
to anyone with an open enough mind to consider it. I have had Michael James Baker, William Kwong, and Simon Dick.
no regrets or dilemmas in making the decision to study abroad
BCN Homecoming BBQ
*' Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 25
S during homecoming at the University of Florida
in Gainesville. The Gators are schedule to play
Kentucky. Plan to stop at Rinker Hall at 9:30 am
S for some great food, a tour of Rinker Hall, the
Charles R. Perry Construction Yard and to visit
with Alumni. Special thanks to Weitz Golf International for
sponsoring the BBQ.
9:30-11:00 am BCN Advisory Council Review of the BCN
11:00 am Honoring 2008 Inductees for the BCN
Construction Hall of Fame and the 2008 BCN
12:00 2:00 pm BBQ
9:30 2:00 pm Tour of Rinker Hall and Charles R. Perry
BUILD IN GOOD COMPANY.
I NTE R N ATIO NAL
The Spring 2008 commencement for the College of Design,
Construction and Planning was held on May 2, 2008 at the
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The Rinker School Z
announced the graduation of 64 students with bachelor's and 13
with their master's degrees. We at the Rinker School wish our
newest graduates the best of luck with their new careers or next
level of education.
Janice Tuchman, editor-in-chief ofthe Engineering News-Record
(ENR), served as the keynote speaker during the commencement.
ersity of Colorado, she had noteworthy advice to give the BCN
graduates regarding the building construction industry. She i i Ji
L to R: Dean Christopher Silver, Janice Tuchman and
encouraged the graduates to take action in the building construction Dr. Brisbane Brown, Jr.
industry and be a part of the "third industrial revolution." She
also commented on the worldwide initiatives to make the industry
more "green." She give an encouraging speech, and left each
graduate with a copy of ENR magazine.
In addition, Ryan Hammond was recognized as the Outstanding
Four-Year Scholar for the University of Florida by the University's
Alumni Association. Ryan is a National Merit Scholar who
maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average while pursuing his
degree in building construction.
Lastly, the College presented Dereck Winning with the College's
Spring 2008 Outstanding Leadership and Service Award in Spring graduates enjoying commencement
recognition of his excellent service record and strong leadership
during his time at the college.
Heavy Civil Team Field Trip
April 17,2008 members ofthe Heavy/ Civil Competition Team and
students in Dr. Minchin's class in Heavy /Highway Equipment and
Methods participated in the First Annual Backhoe Rodeo, hosted
in Ocala, Florida by Peter Kiewit Construction Company and
Ring Power, a distributor of Caterpillar Construction Equipment.
Thirty-six BCN students participated in the event, which allowed
participants an opportunity to operate five pieces of heavy
construction equipment. The equipment included a large crane,
a Lull lifter, a front-end loader, a bulldozer, and a combination
backhoe / shovel.
Steel Design Field Trip
Dr. Shanker's Structure class took an all day field trip to
Jacksonville in March 2008 visiting (i)Ameristeel Rebar
Fabrication Shop, (ii)Ameristeel Steel Mill and (iii)Whitley
Steel Fabrication Shop. Students first hand saw fabrication
of rebar and structural steel. They also saw the entire process
of converting steel scrap to finished rebars. Whitley steel
personnel demonstrated use of 3-D detailing and BIM
software. A total of 105 students participated in this field trips.
BCN Student Clubs
The student chapter of Associated General Contractors is
primarily a service organization; the members are dedicated
to using their construction knowledge and skills to serve the
School of Building Construction, the University of Florida and
the Gainesville community. The past spring semester concluded
with a bang! AGC was fortunate enough to have David Hayes,
Board Chairman of AGC of Greater Florida and VP of Wharton-
Smith, Inc come speak and offer insight on the construction
industry and the interview process. AGC also gave back to the
community by sponsoring a lane at the "Bowl for Kids Sake"
charity event benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Florida.
Last, but certainly not least who could forget the Social with
the Nursing School. The fall semester promises to offer even
more. The 2nd Annual AGC/SLX Golf Tournament will be a
great way for members of the construction industry to network
and meet current BCN students. The tournament will be held the
Friday of Homecoming week October 24. For information about
registration or sponsorship please contact Will Murphy. We are
also in the process of lining up guest speakers for the fall, so if
you would like to come speak or participate in any way please do
not hesitate to ask. If you have any questions or comments feel
free to contact Will Murphy at ufbcnagccgmail.com.
The CMAA student chapter continues to make progress toward
achieving balanced blend ofundergraduate and graduate students.
This past year the CMAA held monthly meetings and bringing in
industry CMAA members and discussing topics such as employer
expectations, market conditions, networking, preconstruction,
professional development and career opportunities. The featured
event for the CMAA is the semester trip to the Tampa area to visit
two jobsites. Typically a heavy-highway site is visited followed
by a commercial project with a sponsored lunch in between. Next
fall the CMAA hopes to join the AGC in participating in the
"Adopt-a-Road" program and support the Habitat for Humanity
program. The CMAA sponsor also awards scholarships at the
end of each semester to worthy CMAA student members. For
more information on the club contact Professor Michael Cook.
With the end of this spring semester we say good-bye to 15
exceptional graduating seniors who proudly displayed their green
and gold SLX honor chords at the commencement ceremony. We
wish them well in all their future endeavors, both as leaders in the
construction industry and in their personal lives.
SLX happily welcomed 17 new members into the honor society
this spring, including 5 graduate students. These new inductees
have shown the qualities that will make them leaders in the
construction industry. In addition to having a GPA in the top 20%
of their class, these students participated in community service
projects including building a new classroom for Little People's
Palace (a daycare for underprivileged children),
Bowling for Kids Sake (to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters),
and housing rehabilitation with Rebuild Gainesville.
The coming fall looks to be an active time for members of
SLX, with continuing activities such as community service,
helping the BCN College Council with the Homecoming
Float, and initiating a new pledge class. In addition to these
continuing activities we will add some new events involving
SLX, including a fall BCN formal, initiate week camping trip,
and a football pre-game benefit barbeque. All these activities
will keep us busy throughout the semester and we invite any
Sigma Lambda Chi alumni to join us at our events. To learn
more about SLX please contact Scott Nelson at wohneli@
2008-2009 BCN Scholarship Recipients
BCN Scholarship Award Recipients at Welcome Reception
Arthur A. Coia And R. P. Vinall
Christopher Dahlberg $2,000
Sean Daniel $1,000
Richard Fobair $2,000
Guy Nader $1,000
Jason Roberts $1,000
Timothy Sellers $2,000
Sean Snowden $1,000
Of North Central Florida
Frank W. Reed Central Florida Builders Exchange
Jack Jennings & Sons
Brandon Griffith $1,200
R.C. Stevens Construction
Chris Hostetler $1,000
John Kauffman $1,000
Richard McIntee $1,200
Joshua Morton $1,000
Spencer Sanjarjo $1,000
James A. Cummings
Ronald V. Tadrowski
The Clark Construction
Professor Anthony Section Memorial
Tomeka Jordan $1,500
Dr. Kevin Grosskopf presented a paper
titled "Use of Disaster Simulation Software
to Identify Reconstruction Worker Training
Needs" at the 3rd International Built
Environment Conference held July 6-8
in Cape Town South Africa. This paper
highlighted the use of FEMA software to
Identify hurricane reconstruction hazards
specific to storm track and intensity, urban
density and tree cover.
Dr. Grosskopf was selected as the Named AGC 2008 Educator
of the Year by the Associated General Contractors. He was
chosen from a competitive applicant pool of faculty from across
the nation. The selection criteria was a faculty member with a
full time undergraduate teaching load, extra-curricular activities
with students, and activity with the AGC organization. He was
awarded $5,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to the 2008 AGC
Annual Convention which was held in Las Vegas in March
2008. The purpose of this award is to provide recognition and
encouragement for university teaching faculty members in
Dr. Grosskopf was also selected to receive the spring 2008
Teaching Excellence Award by graduating seniors. This award is
given to a faculty who provides the highest level of "Excellence in
Teaching" during the graduating seniors' studies in Rinker School.
Dr. Grosskopf teaches courses in estimating and finance.
Dr. Jimmie Hinze made several
presentations regarding safety this
past semester including: Webinar "The
Owner's Role in Construction Safety" for
CII, "Managing Safety on Construction
Projects" at the Ohio Safety Conference
and Expo, "Beyond the Usual Suspects:
CII Targeted Safety Programs" at CII
Implementation Workshop, and the
"Target Safety" at Parsons Group Annual
Dr. Hinze and Dr. Kevin Grosskopf were awarded an OSHA
Susan Harwood Grant aimed at training workers to safely and
effectively perform post-disaster reconstruction work. Offered in
both English and Spanish, training materials consist of OSHA-
approved methods to recognize, avoid and prevent safety and
health hazards during post-disaster reconstruction efforts.
Training began in May 2008 and will run through September. If
your company or contractor association is interested in the 4-hour
course, and, is located in OSHA regions 4 and 6 (e.g. Gulf states
and Carolinas) please contact either Dr. Hinze (352) 273-1165 or
Dr. Grosskopf (352) 273-1158 to schedule a training session at
your location free of charge.
Dr. Raymond Issa and a multidisciplinary
team of computer scientist and Shands
doctors has received a $170,000 grant
to develop a traffic records virtual data
warehouse and analysis package called
TRIP for FDOT. The goal of TRIP is to
create software that will facilitate linkage of
the crash data generated by EMS, Trauma
Centers, Medical Examiners and DHMV.
The data warehouse is expected to improve
the ability of researchers to analyze crash
data, to improve highway safety, as well as to evaluate the safety
and effectiveness of medical treatment of crash-related injuries.
Dr. Issa had a busy academic year with international activities.
He was invited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and
Scientific Research to Dubai and Abu Dhabi in May to review
construction management and engineering programs at several
universities. He also attended the Pan American Federation
of Engineering Societies (UPADI) meeting in Costa Rica in
September as a US delegate and was appointed to the UPADI
Information and Communication Technology Committee. Dr. Issa
also presented several papers at conferences in Maribor, Slovenia,
Plymouth, UK and Santiago, Chile.
Dr. Charles Kibert and Donna Isaacs
of the Powell Center for Construction
and Environment under the direction
of the Board of Directors of the Cotton
Club Museum and Cultural Center have
completed the initial phase of reconstructing
the Cotton Club in southeast Gainesville, by
stabilizing the heavily damaged wooden
structure. The Cotton Club is an important
cultural asset of the African-American
community in Gainesville, having started
its life as a PX building at Camp Blanding which was transported
to Gainesville just after World War II. It was renamed the Cotton
Club in the early 1950s and became part of the Chitlin' Circuit
where luminaries like B.B. King and James Brown played jazz,
the blues, and other popular music of the day. The Cotton Club's
restoration will result in a multi-use building, part museum, part
music venue, and part community meeting place. Included in the
stabilization process were a new foundation, new framing and
preparatory work for a new roof and siding. A $350,000 grant
from the State of Florida and another $300,000 of fundraising
were used to complete the stabilization and the start of renovation
of the Perryman Grocery Store and several shotgun houses on the
site. Art Middleton is the general contractor for the Cotton Club
restoration and Jay Reeves was the architect.
Dr. James Sullivan and Dr. Charles Kibert have been awarded a
$25,000 grant from the Hinkley Center for Solid and Hazardous
Waste Management. The project is titled "ImpactAnalysis ofLEED
Based Design and Construction on Waste Rates" and will begin in
fall 2008. The focus of the study is three fold: 1) Examine waste
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diversion efforts via Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) credits achieved on the UF campus, 2) provide
guidelines for developing LEED based waste diversion plans, and
3) provide summary of program benefits. This proposal would
not have been possible without support from the University of
Florida Department of Facilities and Construction, especially
that of Ms. Bahar Armaghani, Assistant Director at University of
Florida Facilities Planning and Construction.
Dr. Edward Minchin has been awarded
a research contract by Electrilnternational
(EI), the research foundation of the National
Electrical Contractors Association. The
research project, entitled "Validation
and Value Quantification of Negotiated
Workers' Compensation Programs,"
calls for Dr. Minchin's team to identify
and quantify the advantages claimed by
existing workers' compensation programs
that operate "outside the statutes" in seven
states, including Florida. Assisting Dr. Minchin in this research is
Dr. Robert Emerson, a labor economist at UF's Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). This research builds on two
prior research projects executed by Dr. Minchin for EI in the area
of workers' compensation over the last three years. Dr. Minchin
has also published a paper based on his recent research in the
American Society of Civil Engineers' Journal of Computing in
Civil Engineering. The paper is entitled "Computer Applications
in Intelligent (Asphalt) Compaction."
Dr. Esther Obonyo will be chairing a
special interest group's working conference
for Virtual Design and Construction
(VDC) in November 23-25, 2008. This
is a sequel to two previous conferences
held in the UK and Hong Kong. Leading
Construction IT researchers from USA,
Europe, Asia and Australia have confirmed
their participation. The Gainesville
workshop is directed towards defining a
framework for integrating the disparate
research endeavors in VDC. It will result in a mutually
defined research agenda identifying specific opportunities
for collaborations. The proposed workshop will be held in
Gainesville, Florida. It will bring together 30 leading researchers
and professionals in VDC technology to develop a road map for
closing the innovation loop in an integrated manner.
Dr. Svetlana Olbina presented a paper
titled "Problem Areas in Personal Fall
Protection" (co-authored by Dr. Jimmie
Hinze) at the 14th Rinker International
Conference in March 2008 in Gainesville.
She also presented a paper on "Perceptions
of Scholarly Standards and Peer Review
Guidelines in Technical Publication" (co-
authored by Dr. Kevin Grosskopf) at the
Associated Schools of Construction 44th
Annual meeting in April 2008 in Auburn,
Alabama. Lastly, she presented a paper titled "Fostering Citizen
Participation in the Creation of Sustainable Communities" (co-
authored by Dr. Anne Williamson) at the UrbanAffairs Association
38th Annual Meeting in April 2008 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dr. Robert Ries made a presentation at the
Society of Environmental Toxicology and
Chemistry Europe Annual Meeting which
Poland. The paper was entitled "Spatial and
temporal variability in the life cycle impact
assessment of photochemical precursors."
Dr. Ajay Shanker received a research grant
from AISC to develop a five week teaching
module for steel design and construction for
construction management programs. It may
be noted that all construction management
programs require students to take between
one to three structural courses. Most
students are required to take statics, strength
of materials and a structural design course.
Because accreditation requires a vast array of
subject matter, only a limited amount of time can be spent on the
structures area. Consequently, many programs use a combined
structures course which address steel, wood and concrete design
in a single class, usually with three to five week learning modules.
Additionally, these courses may also include modules on loads,
soils, and foundation.
Dr. Richard Smailes was an invited
speaker this June at an archaeological
roundtable symposium in Trujillo, Peru.
The symposium; Reconsidering the Late
Intermediate Period on the North Coast of
Peru, was co-sponsored by the Dumbarton
Oaks Research Institute of Harvard
University and the Universidad Nacional
de Trujillo. The purpose of the meeting was
to discuss findings and theories concerning
the Moche and Chimu civilizations that
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occupied the north coast of Peru from 500 AD 1400 AD. Dr.
Smailes presented his research concerning the construction of the
palaces at the pre-Columbian city of Chan Chan. His contributions
include estimating the labor investment of the structures, the
organization of work crews, possible scheduling scenarios, and
3-D modeling of the site.
Dr. James Sullivan presented a paper titled "Developing a
Decision Model for the Assessment of Sustainable Alternatives" at
the April 2008 Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) national
conference in Auburn, Alabama. He also gave a presentation
titled "Selecting a Decision Model for Sustainable Construction"
to the ASC regional conference in Reno, Nevada, in February
2008. In addition he presented an overview titled "Prefabricated
Construction Understanding Alternatives to Stick Built
Construction" to the Florida Housing Coalition annual conference
in the fall of 2007 at the Omni Orlando Resort, Florida.
Dr. Anne R. Williamson, associate director of the Shimberg
Center for Affordable Housing leads the Center's housing policy
and program research agenda. Over the past year, she has brought
funded research opportunities to the Center on topics that include
evaluation of a federally funded HOPE VI
redevelopment effort, an examination of the
link between housing condition and crime,
analyses of housing needs for several local
governments, and an analysis of impediments
to fair housing choice. Funding for these
projects totaled more than $400,000.
Center research also resulted in three academic
publications for Dr. Williamson this year dealing with HOPE VI,
homeownership among low-income women, and changes in U.S.
housing policy since 1980. Further, she presented or co-authored
papers for four national conferences during the past year.
She also used her experience in housing and development to
retool the BCN graduate course in housing economics and policy
with increased relevance for students of building construction and
looks forward to being with students again in Spring 2009.
Dr. James Sullivan has been hired as the
Charles R. Perry Assistant Professor. He
earned a Ph.D. degree from the Rinker
School in 2007. His doctoral research
focus was on developing a decision model
Sfor adoption of green standards in the
His experience includes consulting and
lecturing on green construction techniques
with focus on LEED based projects and
construction management work for Clark Construction in
Bethesda, Maryland, and Hines, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Charles R. Perry Professorship is funded by a $2 million gift
from the late Charles Perry for the creation of Charles R. Perry
Program for Crafts Awareness. This is a program that Mr. Perry
had hoped would educate and instruct our students in the work of
subcontractors, master crafts, and trades people. Dr. Sullivan will
take a lead role in the crafts awareness program using the newly
built Charles R. Perry Construction Yard. He also will teach the
Construction Techniques course.
4r Lynne Capece is the new Director of
S Development for the College of Design,
S Construction and Planning. She is
originally from Freeport, Pennsylvania, near
Pittsburgh. She is a graduate of Alderson-
Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia
and holds a Bachelor of Science in Medical
Science. She came to the University of
Florida from Valdosta State University,
Valdosta, Georgia where she was Director
of Annual Giving and Advancement Research. She enjoys
volunteering with church and civic organizations and of course,
watching Gator sports. The BCN faculty and staff welcome
Lynne to the Gator Nation.
Kim Stanley has just accepted the position
as Alumni Liaison & Job Placement
Coordinator for BCN. BCN said goodbye
to Julie E. Segura as their previous Job
Placement Coordinator. Julie made the hard
decision to leave BCN after the birth of her
second son. Many of you may remember
Kim from the years 1988-2003. Once her
husband Tim graduated from BCN in 2003
she left BCN to be the Office Manager at
PPI Construction Management. She says
that she is glad "come home" to her "BCN Family". We wish
Julie the best of luck in her motherhood role and welcome Kim
back home to new BCN family.
Dr. Hashim Alsaleh of the College of Architecture and Planning
at King Faisal University in Dammam, Saudi Arabia was a visiting
professor at the Rinker School from September 2007 to June 2008.
He was directly working with Dr. Charles Kibert in the area of
sustainable construction and high performance buildings. Dr.
Hashim interacted with several other faculty at the Rinker School
and attended some of their classes to familiarize himself with the
Construction Management curriculum. This experience would
be very valuable to him when he is back to develop a similar
program at the King Faisal University. Dr. Hashim collaborated
with several faculty in developing research ideas and writing
research proposals. We wish him well and look forward to future
cooperation between the College of Architecture and Planning at
the King Faisal University and the Rinker School. Dr. HashimAlsaleh
BCN Overseas Africa
Drs. Esther Obonyo and Robert Ries recently secured an NSF-
International Research Experiences award. On May 15th Dr.
Obonyo accompanied 6 students to Tanzania where they worked
with professors from Ardhi University and University of Nairobi
to undertake research work on different aspects of engineering
sustainable building systems within the East African context.
The group spent four and a half weeks in Dar es Saalam before
proceeding to Bagamoyo for another 5 weeks. During this period,
the students interacted with different stakeholders in the Tanzanian
construction industry including professionals in private practice
as well government representatives from organizations such as
the National Construction Council and the National Housing and
Building Research Association.
Photos courtesy ofAndy Wehle
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Makumbu Sho (exhibition of traditional construction)
Sampling fruits during a spice farm tour
The Rinker School does have a limited budget and there are many activities and items for which we could certainly use your financial
assistance. In return for your underwriting of these activities/items, we would provide appropriate publicity about your support. In
the case of events, we would be pleased to have a company representative attend the event and say a few words on behalf of your firm.
For the Newsletter, we would include a prominent credit on the front page of the Newsletter. The following is a list of events and their
approximate cost to us for which your support would be very beneficial to the Rinker School and its students:
Available Event Sponsorships
Graduate Student Reception
LEED Competition Team
Future Event Sponsors
Welcome Reception (Fall 2008), Robins & Morton
Homecoming Bar-B-Que (Fall 2008), Weitz Golf
Grad Student Reception (Fall 2008), Clancy & Theys
Graduation Dinner (Fall 2008), Kitchen Art of S. Florida
Welcome Reception (Spring 2009), Hardin Construction
LEED Competition Team (Spring 2009), Holder
BCN Newsletter (Spring 2009), Hawkins Construction
Graduation Dinner (Spring 2009), James A. Cummings
Grad Student Reception (Spring 2009), Current Builders
Welcome Reception (Fall 2009), Holder Construction
Homecoming BBQ (Fall 2009), Brasfield and Gorrie
BCN Newsletter (Fall 2009), Clancy and Theys
Welcome Reception (Spring 2010), Brasfield and Gorrie
LEED Competition (Spring 2010), James A. Cummings
Welcome Reception (Fall 2010), Clancy & Theys
Homecoming BBQ (Fall 2010), Hawkins Construction
LEED Competition (Spring 2011), Clancy & Theys
Homecoming BBQ (Fall 2011), Current Builders
Past Event Sponsors
Special thanks to our past event sponsors.
Commercial Team (1998 present) Balfour Beatty
Design-Build Team (2002-present) Haskell Comp.
Heavy/Civil Team (2006-present) Nelson Const.
NAHB Competition Team
2003 London Bay Homes
2004 Centex Homes
2005 BCBE Construction
2006 BCBE Construction
2007 Mercedes Homes
LEED Competition Team
Spring 2007 ME&S
Spring 2008 Beck Group
Spring 2007 Hunt Construction Group
Fall 2007 Charles Perry/ PPI
Spring 2008 Hawkins Construction
Spring 2001-Weitz Company
Fall 2001- Brasfield & Gorrie
Spring 2002 Fluor Corp
Fall 2002 -Turner Construction
Spring 2003 Weitz Company
Fall 2003 Fluor Corp.
Spring 2004 Brasfield & Gorrie
Fall 2004 -Current Builders
Spring 2005 Weitz Company
Fall 2005 Charles Perry Construction
Spring 2006- James A. Cummings
Fall 2006 Clancy & Theys
Spring 2007 Holder Construction
Fall 2007 Clancy & Theys
Spring 2008 The Weitz Company
Home coming Bar-B-Oue
2004- Brasfield & Gorrie
2005- Burkhardt Const.
2006- Holder Construction
2007-Angle & Schmid
Fall 2001- Hardin Construction
Spring 2002 Hardin Construction
Fall 2002 Hardin/ Prof. Gunby
Fall 2003 James A. Cummings
Spring 2004 James A. Cummings
Fall 2004 Hardin Construction
Spring 2005 Stiles Corporation
Fall 2005 James A. Cummings
Spring 2006 Hardin Construction
Fall 2006 Stiles Corporation
Spring 2007 J. Raymond Const.
Fall 2007 James A. Cummings
Spring 2008 Gerdau AmeriSteel
Fall 2008 Charles Perry Const/PPI
Graduate Student Reception
Fall 2000- Ajax Construction
Fall 2005- Turner Construction
Fall 2007- Stiles Corporation
Spring 2008, Clark Construction
If you need additional information, please
contact Dr. Abdol Chini (chini(ufl.edu).
Fall 1999 Beck Group
Fall 2000 Brasfield & Gorrie
Spring 2001 Hensel Phelps
Fall 2003 Current Builders
Spring 2004 Rinker Materials
Fall 2004 James A. Cummings
Spring 2006 Clark Construction Group
Fall 2006 WCI Communities
The Witters' Competition is an annual student competition in the
College of Design, Construction, and Planning endowed byArthur
G. and Beverley A. Witters. Interdisciplinary teams from four
to six students from architecture, building construction, interior
design, landscape architecture and urban and regional planning
have one weekend to tackle a problem. This year's competition,
held March 28-30, concerned the design and construction of
flexible housing that could be rapidly deployed after a disaster,
such as a hurricane, strikes a community.
The teams presented design drawings as well as construction
schedules and cost estimates for housing that could be put in place
quickly, provide occupant comfort without utility grid connections,
and could potentially expand and develop into permanent
housing. The jury found that the students had done an excellent
job with a very challenging program. The winning team consisted
of architecture student Franco D'Ascanio, building construction
students Scott Nelson and Sean Snowden, interior design student
Catherine Siemon and landscape architecture student Nicholas
D'Ascanio. Robert Ries coordinated the competitient, and BCN
Master's Student, Derrick Winning, assisted.
Construction Industry Institute
On February 27th and 28th 2008, an industry-university collab-
orative research team meeting was hosted by the Rinker School of
Construction. The meeting was part of ongoing research directed
by Robert Ries, an Assistant Professor at the Rinker School, and
funded by the Construction Industry Institute (CII). The purpose
of the project, which began October 2007 and will conclude Sep-
tember 2009, is to identify best practices for quality management
in the capital facilities industry. Attendees spent one and one-half
productive days meeting in the Rinker School conference rooms.
Construction Industry participants
LEED-AP Classes Achieving Success
The Powell Center for Construction and Environment, one
of the research centers in the Rinker School has been meeting
the high demand for green building training by organizing and
conducting classes around the State on the USGBC's LEED for
New Construction green building certification system. Since
September 2007 the Powell Center has conducted training at 40
sites to include several outside of Florida (Boston, Indiana, and
Georgia). Almost 2,000 contractors, subcontractors, and architects
participated. The team of instructors was organized by Dr. Kibert
and includes the newest BCN professor, Dr. Jim Sullivan, plus
several graduate students who are LEED Accredited Professionals
(LEED-AP). The LEED team puts on a combination of scheduled
on-site courses for individuals and companies in Florida. The
success rate for passing the LEED-AP exam is reputedly fairly
low due in large part to the difficulty and closed book nature
of the exam. Using an innovative combination of pre-course,
during course, and post-course assignments, lectures, and testing,
the Rinker School provides industry professionals with greatly
improved prospects for success in taking the exam.
14th Annual International Rinker Conference
On May 11-13, 2008 at the Hilton UF Conference Center, Dr.
Raymond Issa of the Rinker School of Building Construction
and Jerry Laiserin, Owner and Editor of The LaiserinLetter(tm),
jointly planned and organized the industry Building Information
Modeling (BIM) event: BIM4Builders(tm). In all, there were
71 attendees representing a wide cross section of the industry:
construction managers, architects, engineers, researchers, owners,
software vendors, and many more.
Building Information Modeling is an emerging technological
approach that follows a collaborative philosophy employing virtual
representations of the physical and functional characteristics of
facilities before they are physically built on site. Oftentimes, BIM
has been associated with 3-D oriented designs that helps minimize
architects' errors and omissions, but this event was different
because it was targeted at demonstrating successful business cases
for builders, as the event's title implied.
Two of the most well received speakers were Michael LeFevre,
Vice President of Planning and Design Support Services for
Holder Construction as well as Patrick Bums, Vice President of
the Federal Contracting Group for Mortenson. Their insightful
examples and data regarding their companies' multi-award
winning virtual design and construction approaches were rated
as the top 2 presentations out of the 21 information packed
The Rinker School and The LaiserinLetter are planning on
making this an annual and ongoing series of industry events and
training. For more information about future BIM4Builders(tm)
events or training, contact Dr. Raymond Issa at raymond-issa@
Fire and Emergency Service Program
Fall 2009 will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the first course
offered online for Fire & Emergency Services (FES). In addition,
a new milestone was reached as four students graduated
with a Bachelor of Science; bring the total to 20 graduates.
Course registrations have increased substantially from
the levels of 2005 showing growth of over 100% and are
up 27% from last year alone. This strong growth appears
to be the result of increased recruitment and increased
educational reputation from prior students.
The FES program is now being assessed for academic
excellence by a newly created Advisory Committee.
Members were selected from the fire and emergency Chuck
services agencies and advocacy groups. Alumni have
also being invited to attend meeting and provide comments/
suggestions. At the 10 year mark, the committee is focusing on
curriculum as its highest priority.
The FES coordinator, Chuck Smeby, has finished a Certificate
in Online Teaching and Learning awarded by the University of
Florida's College of Education. As the title indicates,
he has acquired considerable knowledge in the creation
of online courses to improve the student educational
experience and knowledge retention.
Smeby is designing a course that will go online for
. the Fall 2008 semester; FES 3015 Principles of FES
Management. This course uses the University supported
S"e-learning" distance learning system. This is a beta test
and the feedback and experiences will be used for input
S into future FES courses.
Overall, the future looks very promising to serve the increasing
demand for higher education from Florida's and the nation's fire
and emergency services.
The Rinker School of Building Construction held a Rinker
Hall Open House and Grill-Out as part of the University of
Florida's Weeks of Welcome (WOW) program on Monday, July
21st, 2008. The WOW events are designed to welcome UF
students and graduate students to campus. This event allowed
the Rinker School to showcase our LEED Gold certified
building by providing tours through Rinker Hall, the Charles
Perry Construction Yard, Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing lab,
and concrete/soils lab. Students and advisors from various
programs, as well as BCN faculty, students and staff were also
able to mingle at the grill-out sponsored by the Rinker School.
Our next WOW event, a Rinker Hall tour, will be held in the
Fall semester, September 11, 2008.
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14th Annual International Rinker Conference
The 14th International Rinker Conference
was held in Gainesville on March 9-11,2008.
The theme of the international conference on
construction safety and health was Evolution .
of and Directions in Construction Safety
and Health. There were over 60 conference
participants, representing twelve different
countries and six different continents. The
conference was chaired by Jimmie Hinze of
the Rinker School.
Participants at the conference presented Participants oftl
approximately 55 papers. Keynote addresses
were provided by the representatives of conference sponsors,
including Fluor Corporation, Bechtel Corporation, ConocoPhillips,
Southern Company and Bovis Lend Lease. Most of the conference
participants agreed that the problems of construction safety faced
by one country were generally quite similar to those faced in other
countries. There was a general consensus
that we all speak the "same language" when
it comes to construction safety.
The conference was intense, but there was
time to enjoy the local environment. For
example at the end of the first evening,
the conference participants were taken to
Lake Alice where the participants observed
the exodus of the 50,000 bats from the
famous bat house. The second evening, the
r Conference participants were treated to more Southern
food, after they had an opportunity to
observe the special butterflies at the Butterfly Museum. The
last evening consisted of a banquet at the Sweet Water Branch
Inn where a blue grass band provided the entertainment and
Ron Nunez of Fluor Corporation gave a presentation on the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
Charles R. Perry
The Perry Construction Yard was formally dedicated in April
2007 and provides a unique environment for learning with great
accesses and demonstration space for 'hands-on' involvement
and communication with tradesmen and craft workers. The goal
is to bridge the gap between our traditional project management
curriculum and the tradesmen in the field focusing on
understanding apprenticeship programs, quality, and productivity
concerns of all those involved in putting up structures. Dr.
James Sullivan plans more trade involvement in the construction
technique course through the continued inclusion of the Perry
Construction Yard. He is continuing our existing relationship with
National Center for Construction Education and Research as well
as developing relationships with material suppliers. This summer
he and Dr. Ajay Shanker have been coordinating a steel erection
set to be used in the Perry Yard to demonstrate steel connections,
rigging, and erection planning. Materials have been designed
and supplied by Whitley Steel, Jacksonville, Florida. The mini-
erection set should be available for use in fall 2008. Please contact
Dr. Sullivan at sullj @ufl.edu with regard to coordination of trade-
related demonstrations in the Perry Yard.
Dr. Esther Obonyo coordinates a visit from
Peri Formwork in Perry Yard
Tony Chavez from Tharp Plumbing gave a
demonstration in the Perry Yard
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.
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