COLLEGE OF DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & PLANNING i
College Launches New Web Site
On November 4, the college launched its new Web site
with added content, improved navigation and additional
features, including a section with faculty profiles and a section
dedicated to faculty research.
The college's Web site is a critical tool in recruiting students,
both at the graduate and undergraduate level. To better serve
this audience, the new site features an expanded academic
degree and programs section with complete descriptions of
each area. The college's array of degree certificates and joint
programs is listed and explained for potential candidates who
are seeking to enroll in one or more of the college's programs.
In addition, the department and school listing is expanded
to provide instant contact information and links to their
DCP webmaster Karen Cano worked closely with the
academic units and experts throughout the college to review
content, improve navigation, identify logical layouts and
include easy-to-find links. She created a condensed page
design to allow for less scrolling and easier viewing on
small screens. She added the breadcrumbs feature, which
provides a list of higher-level pages at the top of each
screen for easy backtracking.
College news, calendar events, photo galleries, faculty
spotlights and our college publications are combined under
the news section. DCP faculty and staff can still submit
news items online through the college publications page.
Links and addresses associated with our Web page will
remain the same.
Thank you to everyone who assisted Karen with this
project. If you have any questions or suggestions for the
Web site, please contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
i IND Professors Present Papers
UF Provost Janie Fouke spoke to DCP faculty at
the October faculty meeting and has requested
nominations to the dean search committee. As soon as
the committee is formed, the dean search will begin.
a John Simonds Exhibit
An exhibit featuring the work of visionary landscape
architect, planner, educator and environmentalist
John Simonds will open with a reception and speaker
at 5 p.m. Nov. 16, in the second-floor exhibit gallery
of Library East. DCP students, faculty and staff are
invited to the opening reception for a short talk by
landscape architecture professor emeritus Herrick
Smith. Though internationally known, Simonds is of
particular importance to Florida for his planning and
design work. LAE master's students Brenda Curtis,
Nicole Hawkins and LAE associate professor Kay
Williams arranged and described the collection.
IND assistant professors Debra Harris and Candy
Carmel-Gilfilen presented refereed papers to the
Interior Design Educators Council South Regional
Conference last month. Carmel-Gilfilen's paper,
"Investigating Characteristics of Interior Design
Graduate Programs," identified 51 academic programs
with a graduate degree in interior design to assess
standards of the programs. Among the findings was
less than half of all bachelor programs in interior
design possess a corresponding graduate program, and
the majority of these programs are post-professional
with research-based content. Harris's presented paper,
"A Comparison of NICU Designs Focusing on Space
Allocation and Construction Costs," examined the
recent trend in the design of neonatal intensive care
facilities to increase the number of private patient
rooms for neonates and their families.
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d Dean Search
BCN Community Service Project Stays on Track
In a small town west of Gainesville, less than a mile
from the town's only stoplight, past the Cross Creek
Baptist Church and surrounded by huge fields of grass,
sits a tired, old caboose.
But it won't look old for long.
Eight UF students have been spending their Saturdays
in the small town of Archer, donating their time to
restore an antique caboose. Once the last car on a train
that may have roared through North Florida, it now sits
in City Recreational Park.
Members of the "Caboose Project," led by UF graduate
student James Marini, are working to restore the antique
caboose so it can eventually be turned into a concession
stand for park sporting events.
This project is a small part of Archer's efforts to
improve its youth recreational programs and give
children in the area something to do.
Leon Wetherington, the project's faculty adviser, was
contacted by City Commissioner Roberta Lopez and
asked to take on the project.
Wetherington, who holds a doctorate in building
construction, has personally invested $1,100.
"He's always pushing us to give back to the
community," Marini said.
All eight of the project's crew members are taking
Wetherington's superstructures course at UF. Marini
volunteered to take on the role of project manager.
i URP Professor Edits Upcoming ARC Journal
The Winter 2005 issue of the Journal of Architectural
and Planning Research (JAPR) is a theme issue on crime
prevention through environmental design (CPTED),
edited by Richard Schneider, professor of urban and
regional planning and URP's graduate coordinator.
The issue features papers by scholars from Australia,
Canada, Britain and the United States. Schneider is on
sabbatical during the winter semester and is currently
visiting professor of urban planning at Sheffield Hallam
University, in Sheffield, United Kingdom.
a Fall 2005 BCN Career Fair
BCN's fall career fair hosted 120 companies, and
approximately 420 students attended throughout the
day. The spring BCN career fair will be held Feb. 7.
Applications are now being accepted for companies
who wish to attend.
"It's our own project, so if we want something done, we
have to do it," Marini said.
The caboose, which has been painted bright red on one
side, suffered years of vandalism and neglect.
Pictures of the caboose from less than a month ago
tell a grim story. Broken windows, rotting wood and
graffiti made it look less like an antique and more like a
junkyard mobile home.
Inside, the walls are black from a fire and wood has
been torn away by termites.
Cynthia Tucker, an entomology expert from UF, was
brought out to investigate the damage. The crew learned
that extensive extermination would be necessary.
The biggest challenge of the project, however, has been
the wood framing, Marini said.
On one side of the caboose, all the old framing had to
be removed before a new wall could be installed.
Marini said he thinks it will be at least another month
before they can finish the project.
"Our goal in this is to make it structurally sound, and
that's what it's going to be," Marini said.
Marini said he hopes the project will be symbolic to the
city of Archer as railroads have played a significant role
in shaping the city.
The crew can be found hammering away Saturdays
at the City Recreational Park, 13975 SW 174th St., in
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Lecture Series Calendar
Architecture Fall 2005 Lecture Series
6 p.m. Harn Museum
Robert McCarter, UF ARC Professor
6 p.m. Harn Museum
Charles Rose, Charles Rose Architects
4 ARC Professor on PBS
On April 27, ARC professor Robert McCarter appeared
in a PBS documentary on the restoration of Frank Lloyd
Wright's Martin House. His interview appeared in the
first part of the three-part series "Saving a Landmark:
The Darwin Martin House." Segment one, hosted by
Drew Kahn, recalled the story of the site's collapse and
the rallying cry for restoration. The programs share
the progress of the project involving the world's first
reconstruction of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and
highlight the intense community participation in the
effort. The Martin House Complex, located in downtown
Buffalo, N.Y., is said to be Wright's most extensive
Prairie House. The other two segments are tentatively
set to air in fall 2005 and spring 2006.
d International Deconstruction Report Issued
Abdol Chini, BCN professor and director of the Rinker
School, recently completed and published a state-of-
the-art report on deconstruction and materials reuse,
of which he was the editor, for the Council for Research
and Innovation in Building Construction (CIB). It
investigates the systematic disassembly of buildings
in order to maximize recovered materials reuse and
recycling. A task group was commissioned in 1999 to
produce a comprehensive analysis of worldwide building
deconstruction and materials reuse programs and
issues. Chini's report is the fifth and final in the series.
This report covers deconstruction and materials reuse
programs and issues in 10 countries. The process of
demolition often leads to the mixing of various materials
and contamination of non-hazardous components.
Deconstruction can actually be the source separation
of materials and is emerging around the world as an
alternative to demolition.
4 APX Halloween Fest
Alpha Rho Chi, the co-ed professional fraternity for
architecture & the allied arts, hosted a successful fund-
raising and entertainment event for DCP students
and faculty, raising $270 for the American Red Cross
Disaster Relief Fund. Costume-clad event goers enjoyed
live music, games and some friendly competition while
supporting a worthy cause. The Oct. 31 event was
sponsored by Magnum Wood and student organizations
APX, ASID/IIDA, NOMAS, AAIAG and ASLA.
a URP Student Recognized
URP student Kristen Nowicki was presented with an
Outstanding Student Award in September at Florida
Chapter of the American Planning Association's 2005
Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. A photo of
Nowicki receiving the award from FAPA president
Val Hubbard appeared in the October issue of "Florida
a BCN Professor Speaks in Athens
Jimmie Hinze, BCN professor and director of the
Fluor Program for Construction Safety, presented the
keynote address at the Third International Conference
on Construction in the 21st Century in Athens, Greece.
His address, "Safety in the 21st Century," encompassed
a historical perspective of worker safety that dated back
to the Industrial Revolution. Although worker safety
has improved since that time, still too many workers
are injured or killed. In his speech, Hinze identified
the major safety problems facing the construction
industry and offered suggestions for how they might
be addressed. In addition to his keynote address, he
presented a paper on the noise levels of construction
tools. Apart from the conference, he was able to visit the
Acropolis and an island free of automobiles.
a Graham Presents Paper in China
Roy Eugene Graham, FAIA, Beinecke-Reeves
distinguished professor and director of DCP Historic
Preservation Programs presented a paper, "Evolving
Townscapes, Case Studies in Heritage Conservation
Strategies," at the 15th General Assembly of the
International Council of Monuments and Sites
(ICOMOS) in Xi'an, China on Oct. 18. While in China,
Graham also attended the International Scientific
Committee on Training of ICOMOS of which he is the
designated U.S. representative. On Oct. 4, Graham
gave a combined lecture to Chatham University and
the University of Pittsburgh as part of a college lecture
series on the role of historic preservation in 21st century
urban design projects. He spoke on the 18th century
fishing town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and the 15th
century Venetian Republic town of Kober, Slovenia, and
the challenges they face in protecting their historic town
character. Graham presented a conservation strategy
for both cities that closely involved participation
with the communities, having been developed jointly
with professionals, students, governments and the
communities. As a participant in the International
Trades Education Network, Graham has been appointed
to the World Monuments Fund's National Task Force
for the Preservation Arts Training Initiative which
the University of Florida will join in a field school on
traditional building methods in Shaker Village, N.Y.,
during the summer of 2006.
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Architecture Grads' Design Work Featured on HGTV
BOULDER, Colo. A "dream house" built by two
University of Florida architecture graduates is featured
in a reality television series on Home & Garden
Brad Tomecek, 32, and Christopher Herr, 35, met
in graduate school at UF, and are now the subjects of
a 13-week reality show called "Dream House," as they
build a house for Herr and his wife Tina.
"To build this house is something we had planned
since grad school at UF," said Tomecek, who with
Herr, owns the Studio H:T architecture firm in
Boulder. "A friend found out HGTV wanted to do a
series in Colorado, so we sent [HGTV] some imagery,
and we were chosen."
The house, which was completed earlier this year, is
4 UFCC Campaign Closes
The UF Community Campaign, themed "Gators Give
in a Million Ways," kicked off September 26 and closed
in October with the goal of reaching the $1 million
mark! With a campus community of more than 12,000
faculty and staff, each year, we come together to help
fund the critical services extended by the 76 charitable
agencies that work everyday to improve the lives of all
Thank you to everyone who supported the campaign.
Your gifts will impact the lives of many people in our
community. Special thanks to the DCP faculty and
staff who volunteered to help coordinate this year's
For the college: Rebecca Graves and Paul Wiseman
For ARC: Hui Zou
For BCN: Dottie Beaupied and Richard Smailes
For IND: Susan Tate
For LAE: Gary Purdum
For URP: Stanley Latimer
If you still have your pledge card and wish to contribute
to the campaign, please contact your unit representative
or email Paul Wiseman at email@example.com.
built in an unusual "box" design, to help accommodate
the severe slope of the land, which has been in Herr's
family since it was purchased by his grandparents.
"The house is built with four boxes, and we built a
retaining wall to surround it like a ribbon," Tomecek
said. "The design comes from modern sensibilities;
we like projects that seem to know what they're doing,
keeping things simple and about function. This house
has a theme of being grounded."
Although the house is already built, the show will
highlight the construction process, also focusing on the
Herrs' lives through that process.
"Dream House" airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on
--- Meridith Jean Morton
i AIA Tampa Bay Open House and Tours
AIA Tampa Bay is hosting its first annual
Archifest A Celebration of Architecture and Art
Nov. 5 19. Activities will include exhibits, films,
speakers, firm tours and a dinner gala featuring keynote
speaker Lebbeus Woods. UF architecture students
are invited to attend the architecture firm tours at the
event opening at 10 a.m. Nov. 5. Students interested in
attending any of the events should call (213) 229-3411 to
receive a schedule. The newly renovated AIA Tampa Bay
headquarters will have their official grand opening
Nov. 5, from 5-10 p.m.
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