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Exactly one year has passed since
my first visit to the University of
Florida, and my introduction to
the College of Design, Construction
and Planning. The past year has
been transformative in so many
respects, and not just in terms of me getting swept up
in the Gator Nation. DCP is a college in the midst of
transformation, as it has been at various stages of its
illustrious history, and how this transformation works
in the months ahead should have a substantial impact
on all of us for years to come.
Right now, we are in the throes of an enormously
robust season of faculty and administrative searches
which has engaged every part of our College. There
is no question that these searches are yielding
faculty and administrators who will chart new and
productive paths, and that we will be strengthened
and rejuvenated in the process.
At the same time, we are embarking on an
ambitious effort to enhance our teaching facilities,
from completion of the BCN Perry Construction Yard
and the establishment of new off-campus design
studios, to the fashioning of a new laboratory to
support advanced technology for students in our
designed-based programs. Our goal is to have this
design laboratory up and running before the Fall
This has been nothing short of a banner year
for DCP in the area of fund raising to support our
academic and professional missions. We reached our
annual fund raising target back in February, and still,
the support pours in through the continued vigilance
of our development staff and the energy expended by
our unit heads and faculty.
Successes have abounded from the work of our
students as well, from the Interior Design students
who won the top awards at a recent state and
national conferences, to the Landscape Architecture
students who brought added visibility to our College
through their volunteer efforts in hurricane-ravaged
New Orleans. Of course, one of the most gratifying
outcomes was our School of Architecture's perfect
score handed down by the accreditation site team
following its February visit.
The quality of our design curricula and faculty


also was reflected in the high national ranking of
the School of Architecture and the Department of
Interior Design (both #1 in the South and among the
top programs nationally) and Landscape Architecture
within the region, and the continued national acclaim
for the Building Construction programs. Through our
new faculty hires, targeted support and through the
right sort of outreach efforts, all of our programs will
be recognized as regional and national leaders.
We'll all benefit from a little break in the action
over the summer, but at the same time we must
continue to press ahead with some of the unfinished
business. Some of these items involve implementing
our new sustainability curricula, creating a new
research center and degree program devoted to
heritage and preservation activities, strengthening
our recruitment and advising of students, upgrading
our web site, pressing ahead with new international
initiatives, creating more off-campus studio
opportunities, developing strategies to meet ongoing
space needs and expanding our funded research
As you can see, we are faced with the sort of
extended "to do" list that many of us create for
ourselves to ensure that we keep things moving
forward. For DCP the "to-do" list is quite ambitious,
and will challenge the talents and dedication of all
of us. If the past year is any indication, however,
we will rise to the challenges. It should be both
fun and personally rewarding as we all guide the
transformation forward in the months to come.
In the meantime, enjoy the summer break and
accept my sincere thanks for a year of sustained
success. Give yourselves a round of applause!! But
also join me in applauding those retiring from DCP
who have done so much to propel us to such an
enviable position. Gary, Ira, Leon, Susan and Tony,
you will be missed.


Christopher Silver, Ph.D., AICP
Dean and Professor


Architecture Students Travel to Netherlands to Research Biking Systems
Architecture Students Travel to Netherlands to Research Biking Systems

Senior architecture students in ARC professor Martin
Gold's design studio are attempting to make it
easier and more efficient to bike in Gainesville and the
surrounding areas. Gold and his Design 8 students even
traveled to the Netherlands during spring break, where
they researched European methods of cycling pathways
and systems.
"The idea was to be able to show students and say,
'This is how it's done in Europe and we think it's the
best," Gold said. However, instead of directly copying the
European systems, Gold was trying to show students how
it can be adapted to the United States culture and needs.
"We're not trying to directly import European ideas
here," Gold said. "We're looking at ways they've been
adapted other places."
While some of the issues with biking systems are
cultural, Gold believes the problem in Gainesville is
mainly a design issue. "Our system is not designed to

accommodate the bike, it really just tolerates the bike,"
Gold said.
Through their research this semester and their trip to
the Netherlands, Gold and his students have identified
priority areas in Alachua County that could benefit
from a biking system. By analyzing Gainesville MPTOs
Alachua Countywide Bicycle Master Plan they identified
an area, called the Archer Braid, which emerged as an
immediate priority based on cost benefits and citizen
Braids are artery-like linkages including existing,
streets, roads and paths that link residential areas with
commercial and employment destinations. "Once this
is built, technically you would be able to ride your bike
from the town of Archer to the Gainesville airport, a
distance of 12 miles, without having to be on the road
with other vehicles," said Gold.


4 IND Students Place Nationally at IDEC

IND students Belle Murphy, Haley Russel and Catherine
Siemon placed second in the national Interior Design
Education Council's competition for their design of a
2688-sqauare-foot prototypical shelter for women and
children fleeing domestic violence. After winning the
regional competition, the students work was sent to be
judged in the national competition which took place
in Austin, Texas on March 11-17. The design statement
called for intense research to understand the problem,
programming that builds on the research by determining
appropriate allocations of space which achieve conceptual
and functional goals and design solutions that address
ideas of security, flexibility, empowerment and
IND doctoral student Marlo Ransdall also received
Best Poster Session recognition at the IDEC conference
for "The Online Learning Community in Interior Design
Education." In addition, Ransdall received the prestigious
Carol Shannis Graduate Scholarship at the conference.
Ransdall is completing her doctorate under the direction
of IND chair Meg Portillo.

d BCN Students Place Second in Nation

Members of the BCN Construction Management Team
took home first place in Estimating, second place in
Project Management and second overall in the national
construction management student competition. Twenty-
six teams from across the country competed in the three
day event. The competition was hosted by the Associated
Builders and Contractors during their national convention
on March 21-26 in Nashville, Tenn. BCN professor
Michael Cook was the team advisor.
While other schools received a full set of plans and
specifications five weeks before the competition, the
BCN team received the bidding documents with only
three weeks remaining. The teams used the documents
to determine a guaranteed maximum price (GMP).
During the first day of competition, bid packages from all
subcontractor trades were released in 15-minute intervals
for teams to analyze and use to determine a new GMP.
After five intense work hours of subcontractor bid
analysis and three hours of waiting, the top five teams
moved on to the final round. This included a 30-minute
oral presentation to the owner, followed by a 15-minute
question and answer session explaining the team's
principles, their project management and safety plans and
a review of the team's estimate.
RCC Associates of Deerfield Beach, Fla., Professional
Construction Estimator's Association Orlando Chapter
and The Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the ABC sponsored
and supported the team in the event.
Team members, all juniors, included: Christine
Fernandez, Eric Weiss, David Smith, Jordan Keen, Scott
Dennis and Kevin Chupp.


April 2007

Grosskopf Receives National Teaching Award

BCN professor Kevin Grosskopf received the 2007
National Teaching Award at the International Associated
Schools of Construction (ASC) Conference in Flagstaff,
Ariz. last week. The Associated Schools of Construction
National Teaching Award is made annually to a faculty
member of a four-year ASC member school. This
award recognizes the faculty member's contribution
to construction education, excellence in teaching, and
dedication to the construction profession.

dSchneider to Publish Follow-Up Book

"Crime Prevention and the Built Environment," co-
authored by URP professor Richard Schneider and
Ted Kitchen of Sheffield Hallam University, United
Kingdom, has been published this month by Routledge.
The book is a follow-up to Schneider and Kitchen's 2002
text, "Planning for Crime Prevention: A TransAtlantic
Perspective," also published by Routledge. The book
takes a new look at the theory and practice of place-based
crime prevention planning in the United States, Britain
and in selected developing nations which have begun
to incorporate defensible space and crime prevention
through environmental design strategies into planning
and development processes. Schneider completed
research for the book during a 2005 sabbatical in Britain.

d BIKE FLORIDA Has Another Successful Year

The annual BIKE FLORIDA event, organized and
administered by URP professor Linda Crider, with
assistance from numerous graduate students, recently
finished another terrific week of bicycling and camping
in some of Florida's most beautiful natural and historic
places. Co-sponsored by the Florida State Park system
and city tourism boards of Daytona, Deland and New
Smyrna Beach, the week-long tour brought more than
700 cyclists from all over the United States and Canada,
to enjoy some of the best beaches, springs, trails and
natural sites in Florida. This year's event presented
a unique experience for cyclists to ride laps of the
Daytona International Speedway, which many of the
cyclists stated was a "once in a lifetime opportunity."
The proceeds from the event help to support the UF/
URP/FDOT contracted training program for Bicycle and
Pedestrian Safety Education for the State of Florida.

d Book to Be Presented at Hotel Opening in Paris

IND professor Susan Tate is the lead author of the in
press book "Concorde: H6tel de Talleyrand & George C.
Marshall Center." This commemorative publication will
be available for presentation at the Grand Opening of the
Marshall Center in Paris in June 2007.

Zwick, Carr Recognized Nationally for Land-Use Analysis Process

U RP professor Paul Zwick and LAE professor Peggy
Carr were co-recipients of the 2007 American
Planning Association's Best Use of Technology by a
university award. The national award was given for Carr
and Zwick's modeling on land-use planning for the East
Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRP). The
council used the GIS modeling for their client, myregion.
org, and more specifically, the Orlando area. ECFRP
and myregion.org also won national awards in their
respective categories, all which would have not been
possible without the work of Carr and Zwick.
According to Carr and Zwick, while they knew they
were being nominated, they were very surprised by the
win. "We're very excited," Zwick said. "You don't win a
national award in your profession every day. It speaks
well for UF's expertise with GIS and how it's applied to
planning and land-use analysis."
Carr and Zwick have been working on the project for
ECFRP for approximately eight months, and also have

just recently published a book on their GIS mapping
and land-use planning process. The book, titled "Smart
Land-Use Analysis," presents the land-use conflict
identification strategy (LUCIS) and conflicts between
competing land interests. It will be available from ESRI
press sometime this month.
Zwick traveled to Philadelphia, Penn. to accept the
award on his and Carr's behalf. According to Carr,
the process will be able to be applied to many future
applications and used by numerous organizations looking
to solve future problems of land-use. "I am encouraged
that the interest in applying the process will continue,"
Carr said.
Zwick also believes the process is an amazing resource
for the future. "It's a huge benefit to the state and
profession," Zwick said. "It helps people understand
where there are going to be fights over the types of land


April 2007

LAE Students Volunteer in New Orleans During Annual Conference

Sile attending the annual LAbash conference
(Landscape Architect Bash) in Baton Rouge, La., 11
LAE students decided give back to the community of New
Orleans. Students spent the day planning and planting
landscape designs on road medians for the town of
Gentilly, located just south of Lake Pontchartrain. "It was
a really great event for us," Schafers said. "It was a lot of
hard work, but it was fun. I think we made a really small
impact but, an impact nonetheless."
Road medians are historically important to citizens
of New Orleans, due to their historical significance as
"neutral grounds."
"We found out the medians, which are called neutral
grounds in Louisana, were historically social places where
citizens met when New Orleans was controlled by both
the French and the English," Schafers said. "We decided
to do a planning design there so it could be a focal point
for people coming back to the neighborhood." According
to Schafers, the town was still in disrepair and in
desperate need of landscape development. The students

d Winarsky Artwork on Display at Thomas Center

ARC professor Ira Winarsky's work "Iridescent
Landscapes" will be on display at the Thomas Center
Main Gallery until May 20. Winarsky's landscapes and
their iridescent ceramic glazes are inspired by his love
of nature, his peacocks, the ceramic glazes of George
Ohr, one of the greatest ceramists of the 19th Century
and Beatrice Wood of the 20th century. These masters
never disclosed how they made their iridescent luster
glazes, and they died with the secrets of their formulae.
Ira has re-created their glazes along with hundreds of
others, and they have become an essential part of his
sculptural landscapes and landscape vessels. The glazes
are the result of 15 years of passionate original research
using thousands of formulae and hundreds of firing
techniques. The iridescent glazes include the entire
spectrum of visible color. Each glaze reflects its own set of
light wavelengths, and many reflect all of the colors of the

a Patten Recipient of McKnight Fellowship

Iris Patten, an URP master's and soon to be DCP Ph.D.
candidate, recently was awarded the McKnight Doctoral
Fellowship for her work in planning. Established in 1984,
the Florida Education Fund's McKnight Doctoral Fellow-
ship Program has increased the number of African Ameri-
cans who have been awarded the Ph.D. in historically
underrepresented, crucial disciplines and fields of study
where African Americans have not historically enrolled
and completed degree programs. Patten is the first stu-
dent in the college to ever receive a McKnight Fellowship.

coordinated for plants to be donated for the neutral
grounds from a local New Orleans nursery and spent an
entire day planting their designs.
The event was such a success local Fox News crews
came out to cover the students, and the coverage made
the students feel like local celebrities. "We went to the
UF vs. LSU men's basketball game while we were there
and people came down three or four times to say they
recognized us from television and thanked us for what we
did," Schafers said. "It was kind of a little pat on the back
from them, which was really nice."
Schafers is not only trying to make this a tradition
for UF LAE students, but LAE students from across the
country. "Every year there is a LAbash, and every year its
in a different city that I'm sure has something we could
help with," Schafers said. "I thought the 700 LAbash
students that attend each year are a major untapped
resource. It's a great way to not only give back to the
community but also a way for us to apply our skills in a
more giving way."

dACC Gives Back to Students

The Architecture College Council (ACC) had a surplus
of $5,000 earnings this year and decided to give it back
to the school in the form of a new large drum scanner.
While the college was already considering purchasing
a new scanner, this donation will help DCP allocate
resources to other college needs. This scanner will be the
first large scanner available for design students within
the college. Students currently have to scan their drawing
in fragments and piece separate scans together, which is
time consuming and inaccurate.
The ACC was also awarded the most improved
college council by the UF Board of College Councils.
"It's been a very intensive year," said Vanessa Heppner,
ACC president. "It's been an honor representing the
school and DCP and especially being able to give back to
students directly in the form of this donation."

DCP NEWS is published during the fall and spring
semesters by the University of Florida College of
Design, Construction and Planning. News and
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