Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
The University of Florida Student Chapter of the Associate Builders and Contractors was established in November of 1983. The student chapter is sponsored by the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the national organization.
The purpose of the student chapter is to increase student knowledge of the construction industry, promote fellowship and professionalism, and provide service to the School of Construction Management, the University of Florida, and the community. ABC has been recognized as the best student chapter in the nation in both 1990 and 1992.
Associated Builders and Contractor’s chief purpose is the creation of a work climate where independent and union firms can work together in harmony. An important goal of the chapter is to promote the ‘Merit Shop’ philosophy and the right to choose between independent and union work environments.
Important functions of the student chapter include sponsoring guest speakers at each meeting, sending representatives to both state and national ABC conventions, and to sponsor the annual ‘ABC Student-Contractor Social.’ The socials are an excellent opportunity for students and contractors to meet in an informal atmosphere. This allows contractors to conduct informal interviews for potential summer and permanent employment, as well as giving professional guidance to students.
Other chapter activities include attending monthly Gulf Coast Chapter meetings, fund raisers, assisting in Homecoming activities, and organizing social gatherings. Robert Cox is the faculty advisor.
Gator Safety Professionals
Gator Safety Professionals (GSP) is the University of Florida affiliated chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). ASSP is the oldest and largest safety organization and represents more than 30,000 SH&E practitioners committed to protecting people, property and the environment and are at the forefront of safety engineering, design, standards development, management and education in virtually every industry, governmental agency, labor and education. ASSP and its members continue to work towards increasing workplace safety and health and raising awareness globally. The faculty advisor is Andrew Wehle.
National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
The National Association of Women in Construction is an international association of women employed in all areas of construction from the skilled trades to business ownership. The UF student chapter was founded in 2000 and includes students from all the majors in the College of Design, Construction, and Planning. Raymond Issa is the faculty advisor.
Sigma Lambda Chi
Sigma Lambda Chi is the national honorary society of Construction Management. The purpose of SLX is to recognize outstanding students in the School of Construction Management for their scholastic achievements, leadership abilities, and extracurricular activities.
Eligibility for membership in SLX is based on students’ scholastic achievements, leadership abilities, and extracurricular activities. Each semester, SLX extends invitations to join the organization to students in the Junior 2, Senior 1, Senior 2, and Graduate classes. Students must have completed at least 12 hours of course work accepted as upper-division or graduate credit toward the BCN degree and be ranked in the top 20% of their class.
SLX serves students and the School while promoting good public relations with the construction industry. The Society performs volunteer work for the Gainesville community and is a source of required blueprints for BCN class work. To assist students in their quest for employment, SLX has organized and maintains a computerized Job Search File which contains the brochures of over one hundred construction firms.
Each semester SLX hosts its initiation banquet and ceremony for new initiates, members, and professors. Russell Walters is the faculty advisor.
NOTE: If you are an officer for a student club, you must maintain a 2.50 GPA and 12 credit hours each semester. For additional requirements:
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