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The School of Building Construction had its beginning through the architecture program in 1935 and became a department in 1957. In 1976, the school was established and was later named the M.E. Rinker Sr. School of Building Construction in 1989. It is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education.

The Rinker School has an enrollment of 250 undergraduates. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction or a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services and begin work immediately as assistant project managers, field engineers, project schedulers, cost analysts, assistant superintendents, quality controllers and project estimators and fire and emergency service unit leaders.


The mission of the Rinker School is to be the center for excellence for the construction sciences. The school will pursue this by:

(1) Promoting professional ethics in education and practice,

(2) Educating individuals with comprehensive knowledge and skills in preparation for an outstanding professional career,

(3) Creating new knowledge through research, and

(4) Providing service to the University of Florida, the industry and the community.

Research Centers

Throughout the history of the Rinker School, faculty and students have forged a solid foundation for research and service. Each year, the University of Florida receives more than $200 million in research grants from government and industry. As a result, the Rinker School has been able to develop research facilities in five critical areas of building construction. The four research centers are:

  • The Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing
  • The Powell Center for Construction and the Environment
  • The Fluor Program for Construction Safety
  • The Center for Collective Protection in the Built Environment

Job Placement and Internships

The Rinker School’s job placement office is located in Rinker Hall. The Rinker School also maintains a job placement Web site: www.bcn.ufl.edu (then click on Job Placement). This office assists seniors and graduate students in obtaining employment upon graduation. Traditionally, the majority of graduating BCN students acquires employment before they graduate and the job placement office is largely responsible for this outstanding achievement. This office also provides summer employment listings and opportunities, including the Building Construction Career Fair. Students are encouraged to participate in internships while at the University of Florida, and the job placement office assists students with eight-month internships.

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