Barton Malow gift helps UNF students go green

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New software made possible by a gift from a Jacksonville construction firm is allowing UNF students to design and construct buildings using the latest green technology.

Thanks to a $10,000 gift from Barton Malow Co., the Department of Construction Management is offering Building Information Modeling (BIM) design software to more than 140 majors in the program.

BIM, provides a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building. The shared information system provides a reliable basis for all decisions regarding the design and construction of a building, said Dr. Mag Malek, chair of the department.

Malek said this software is especially helpful as students begin to undertake designs for buildings using LEED technology. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is intended to provide guidance on implementing green construction techniques in new buildings.

“I am very grateful to Barton Malow and all of our industrial partners who make our program relevant to the real world,” he said.

Barton Malow has been involved with the UNF’s Construction Management Program for a number of years. The company has supported the annual Hard-Hat Banquet, as well as various student competitions and club initiatives.

Barton Malow Director of Operations Will Schaet (B.S. ’94) said graduates from the UNF program are on par with graduates they see from other nationally ranked programs throughout the United States.

“UNF students have a solid foundation in the academic side, and most have some real work-related experience, which is a win-win combination,” he said.

Barton Malow Co. provides construction management, design-build and general contracting services throughout North America. The company became a presence in Jacksonville in 2008 when it acquired the L. C. Gaskins Construction Co. It employees about 25 workers at its Jacksonville offices, including several UNF graduates.