In Fall 2008 the Building Construction Program started the Professor of the Day Series. Through this initiative, local construction professionals are invited to be guest lecturers and share their expertise with students. Not only do students get timely, real-world advice from people who make their living in the construction industry, but they also have an opportunity to make contacts that can lead to jobs or internships.
The following members of the construction community have participated as a Professor of the Day:
Dale Purvis with Thompson Engineering visited the Estimating course to show students how the take-off process for roofing is done. He brought sample roofing products and gave students estimated costs for each so that they could utilize those current costs for their estimating project. Dale also explained some of the roofing procedures so that students understood the process for installation and how to estimate labor costs.
Building Construction Program students were given an introduction to construction scheduling and risk aversion by Derek Knauss, General Manager with Flintco, LLC of Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Knauss provided an overview of the basics of construction scheduling such as activity relationships, logic, durations, milestones and float concepts.
A general outline of scheduling rules of thumb were discussed as well including the rules of proper schedule updating. The discussion then turned to schedule impacts including such topics as weather, design issues, owner changes, and interference.
Mr. Knauss shared several real world examples of construction delay and impact claims and experiences. concepts a nationally ranked general contracting on November 2, 2010. The presentation was offered more as a discussion as Mr. Knauss encouraged student participation by seeking their thoughts and opinions and promoting questions.
Mr. Knauss has been a resident of Pensacola for 15 years and opened the Flintco, LLC office downtown in 2009. Flintco is a Native American owned and nationally ranked CM/GC company, in business since 1908. Mr. Knauss has been in the construction industry for 28 years and is a Florida Registered Professional Engineer, who holds General Contractor licenses in Florida, Georgia, and Virginia. He is also a board member with AGC and also participates on the UWF Building Construction Program's advisory council.
Ron Smith with Coast Software visits the Estimating course to provide details of utilizing the Timberline software.
Keith White with Bullock Tice Associates (BTA) spoke to the students in the Project Conceptualization Course during the summer 2011 semester. Mr. White is an associate partner in BTA and is strengthening of the firm's Building Information Modeling (BIM) capabilities. He leads the firm in computer technology and Building Information Modeling (BIM) and is an Autodesk Revit (one of the leading BIM software platforms) Certified Professional in Revit Architecture 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Keith also provided the design for the sheds that the HS Camp attendees are building this summer.