Action Equipment Named Top Gator-Owned Business; 22 DCP Businesses Recognized

Led by No. 1 Action Equipment, the University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning placed 22 alumni-owned companies on the 2023 Gator100, the UF Alumni Association announced Friday. Those who made the list, which recognizes the 100 fastest-growing Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world, were honored in a ceremony inside the Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Celebrating Thirty Years of the Witters Competition

Last month saw another crop of students present their visions and vie for the grand prize of the Witters Competition, which was established in 1993. The competition was endowed by Col. Arthur G. (BSBC ’41) and Beverly A. Witters for an interdisciplinary academic competition to foster better understanding among design, construction, planning and engineering students.

Gators Give $1.4 Million to DCP on 2023 Gator Nation Giving Day

The University of Florida held its fifth annual Gator Nation Giving Day on Feb. 16 and the College of Design, Construction and Planning finished second among all 16 UF colleges by raising $1,396,711.52. For the fourth-consecutive year, DCP finished first or second in either total gifts or dollar raised.

Third Annual Residential Summit Focuses on Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence and its role in the residential construction industry was the main topic of the 2022 Residential Summit. Dr. Karla Saldaña Ochoa, an assistant professor from the UF School of Architecture, presented her research on how artificial intelligence is playing a role in the construction industry and how the latest trends in AI will make an impact moving forward.

Baxter Uses DCP Degrees to Preserve World-Famous Dry Tortugas National Park

Nearly 70 miles west of Key West, the largest all-masonry fort in the United States rises from the land of sunken pirate ships surrounded by picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs and marine life spied on by an assortment of exotic birds. Designated as a National Monument by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 and later re-designated as Dry Tortugas National Park in 1992 by Congress, this worldwide attraction has needed some tender, loving care since its inception in the mid-1800s.

Cartaya to be Honored by Congress for Hispanic Heritage Month

Two-time University of Florida graduate Mario Cartaya (BARCH ’74, MBC ’75) has been invited by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to participate in the inaugural FL-23 Hispanic Heritage Month Leadership Symposium, where he will be honored along with other Hispanic leaders from South Florida for his contributions to society.

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