School of Construction Management College Council
The Rinker School of Construction Management College Council represents BCN students and acts as a liaison between the students and the School’s faculty and administration, the University’s administration, Student Government, and the Gainesville Community.
The Council consists of twelve members: four student-elected officers, one Council-appointed officer, and seven student-elected representatives. The Council also includes one student-elected senator. The Council’s primary responsibility is to physically and financially support the student’s educational activities. The Council achieves this goal:
- by organizing and funding various BCN activities;
- by creating and providing a school-related display and slide presentation for student organizations to use at national conventions and trade shows;
- by supplying information to the student organizations for community and university service projects;
- by co-sponsoring the BCN Homecoming Float.
To create a cordial relationship between BCN students and students from other disciplines in the College, the BCN College Council holds joint meetings with the Architecture College Council and co-sponsor ARC-LARC.
Other responsibilities of the Council include organizing BCN Block Seating for stadium functions, and presenting awards of recognition such as the Outstanding Student Leadership, Outstanding Student Scholarship, Outstanding Student Organization, and Teacher of the Semester Awards. Bryan Franz is the faculty advisor.
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. Jim Sullivan is the faculty advisor.
Associated General Contractors (AGC)
The student chapter of Associated General Contractors is primarily a service organization, the members dedicated to using their construction knowledge and skills to serve the School of Construction Management, the University of Florida and the Gainesville community.
The advisor for the Associated General Contractors is Russell Walters.
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) 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. ASSE and its members continue to work towards increasing workplace safety and health and raising awareness globally. The faculty advisor is Andrew Wehle.
Christians in Construction (CIC)
Christians in Construction was founded in the School of Construction Management in 1993. The main activity of CIC is to host guest speakers who are Christian business people from the construction industry, including contractors, architects, engineers, and attorneys. Students are also able to meet and develop relationships with potential employers. In addition to hosting speakers, CIC engages in activities such as taking construction project field trips and participating in philanthropic events. Larry Muszynski is the faculty advisor.
Construction Management Association of America (CMAA)
The Construction Management Association of America is the only construction association devoted to promoting professional construction management. CMAA at the University of Florida is open to all students. The chapter sponsors guest speakers, social gatherings, presentation of papers at regional and national meetings. The advisor for the Construction Management Association of America is Michael Cook.
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
DBIA University of Florida Student Chapter is dedicated to promoting widespread and successful utilization of the design-build project delivery method in shaping the built environment.
This goal will be facilitated through active participation by Student Chapter members and:
- Local DBIA Regions, professionals and corporations
- Students and faculty in design and construction-related disciplines
- Local professional organizations representing architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, general contracting, law and government
- National DBIA programs and services
Our Student Chapter has developed a strong working partnership between students and industry professionals regarding the education and research objectives required for the continued growth and excellence of design-build.
The Faculty Advisor is Russell Walters.
Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA)
The Florida Transportation Builders Association Student Chapter at the University of Florida is a heavy civil construction club dedicated to representing the highly respected reputation of FTBA, Inc. Our focus is centered on establishing lifetime business connections and quality relationships with the industry’s leading heavy civil contractors. Every semester we will host guest lecturers, attend FTBA socials and meetings, and take field trips to various job sites.
Our mission as the FTBA Student Chapter is to:
- Connect Our Industry
- Promote Our Industry
- Support Our Industry
- Explore Our Industry
The faculty advisor for FTBA is R. Edward Minchin.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
The National Association of Home Builders is primarily a service organization, with members dedicated to using their construction knowledge and skills to serve the School of Building Construction, the University of Florida and the Gainesville community.
The advisors for the Associated General Contractors are Russell Walters.
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.
US Green Building Council (USGBC)
The student chapter of the USGBC was founded in 2000 and is the first student chapter of the USGBC in the U.S. The USGBC fosters the adoption of high performance building design and construction techniques, reduced construction waste, increased recycling, deconstruction of buildings, and healthy buildings. This student organization is open to campus-wide membership. James G. Sullivan is the faculty advisor.