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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Takes Place for The John and Anne Sofarelli Family Gallery

University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning Dean Chimay Anumba formally announced the DCP Gallery has been renamed the John and Anne Sofarelli Family Gallery. A public ribbon-cutting ceremony took place April 15, 2022, at the School of Architecture Building featuring the Sofarelli family, faculty, students, staff and friends of the program.

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Firefighter Advances His Career in Fire & Emergency Services via FES Program and DCP

While working in fire and emergency services for several years, 38-year-old Brian Canaday decided to pursue a four-year degree to further his education and advance his career. Growing up with love and admiration for the Florida Gators, he fulfilled his dream of becoming one himself via UF Online—the #1 online program for his degree. Set to graduate this May, Brian recently accepted the position of Assistant Fire Chief at the City of Bradenton, Florida.

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Blinn, Desai and Plunkett Named University of Florida Outstanding Young Alumni

University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning alumni Nathan Blinn (MSCM ’15, Ph.D. ‘18), Ekta Desai (BDES ’08) and Nicole Plunkett (BLAE ‘10) were three of a select group of UF graduates selected to this year’s prominent “40 Gators Under 40.” The three recipients tie for the most DCP has ever had.

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Safety Yard Officially Opens at UF TREEO Center

Designed to benefit students at the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management and reduce the 150,000 annual injuries on construction job sites, the brand-new Safety Yard at the University of Florida TREEO Center officially opened this past Friday, April 1. Collaborating with the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning were the Kiewit Corporation, Santa Fe College, Charles Perry Partners, Inc. and the UF Office of Professional and Workforce Development.

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A Dream Unfolds: The Story of Tahir Edwards

Edwards graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with his bachelor’s degree in architecture, before getting his master’s degree in both architecture (2007) and building construction (2009). Three degrees from the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning alone do not achieve greatness. It is possible they help though. And, at the very least, a UF degree gives a graduate a great town to come back to.

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Rinker School Hosts Second Annual Residential Building Summit

University of Florida graduates and students from the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management gathered inside the Florida Room of the Stephen C. O’Connell Center March 2, 2022, for the second annual Residential Building Summit. Surrounded by more than a dozen residential building companies, Rinker students networked with industry professionals while learning more about the residential construction industry.

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Lionel Breaks Cycle of Poverty Via DCP Degree

University of Florida College of Design, Construction and Planning graduate Sylvester Lionel (BSBC ’10) grew up in a tough socioeconomic condition that consisted of poverty and struggle. As the son of a construction manager and homemaker, Lionel used his father as inspiration and soon realized he wanted a career in construction as well. With big career dreams such as this, he knew early in life he wanted to break the cycle of living in a rough socioeconomic situation.

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Pugh Honored with UF Distinguished Alumni Award

M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management graduate Jim Pugh (BSCM ’63) was honored Dec. 18 at the University of Florida fall commencement ceremony inside the Stephen C. O’Connell Center as the recipient of the 2021 UF Distinguished Alumni Award. The honor, which is one of UF’s most prestigious awards through the President’s Office, is presented to an alumnus of the university who has excelled in their chosen field and has performed outstanding service for the university.

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