Carlos Dougnac is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Architecture and is a Florida registered architect and state certified general contractor. He was in private practice for 25 years offering design-build services on a variety of building types before joining the staff at Miami Dade College in 2007, where he directed the implementation of their capital improvement plan and college-wide design as AVP of Design and Construction and College Architect. He joined the staff of the University of Delaware in 2013, where he directed major and special projects before being named Assistant Vice President in charge of Planning, Design and Construction at the University of Florida in 2015. Mr. Dougnac is a LEED Accredited Professional and commenced graduate studies at the University of Delaware Lerner School of Business. Carlos and his wife Raquel, also an architect, have a daughter who is a practicing attorney and a son who is a musician and Fine Arts major.
Gene Herring is a graduate of Florida A & M University, and has been employed at the University of Florida for the past 37 years. During this period, Gene has served in various capacities within Planning, Design, and Construction and UF Physical Plant Division. He is a state of Florida Licensed General Contractor with an educational background in Architectural Engineering. Gene’s primary role at UF is Director of Capital Construction Programs and Finance and has also spearheaded the UF BIM (Building Information Modeling) implementation effort during the past ten (10) years.
Gene and his wife Yvonne have three adult children, two grandchildren and he is also an avid salt and fresh water fisherman launching out on his Carolina Skiff given every opportunity.
Mercedes Bongiovanni has joined Planning Design and Construction (PDC) in March 2016, bringing with her over 30 years of purchasing experience both in the private and public sector. As a contract administrator, her daily duties include review and approval of pay requests and processing of requisitions for correctness. Her knowledge of Florida Statutes, UF regulations and her ability to quickly spot anomalies has made her an immediate asset to PDC.
Mercedes accolades during her 17 years at UF Procurement Services, include being a proud recipient of the Davis Productivity Award in 1999 for her assistance in the implementation of the successful UF P-Card program, the 2011 Sustainable Solution Award in Waste Reduction and the 2015 Supplier Diversity Award.
In her spare time, Mercedes enjoys cooking, relaxing at her farm, taking care of her 2 rescue cats, and bragging about her super children.
Marsha Brewton was formerly the Office Manager in Planning, Design and Construction and was later rehired as an OPS Executive Assistant. She is responsible for departmental budgeting, purchasing, monthly reconciliation of accounts and assists with other financial special reports as necessary.
In her spare time, Marsha enjoys singing/playing keyboard and is very active in her church and community. Furthermore, she loves her family and especially loves spending time with her seven beautiful grandchildren.
As a true A.C.R., Brian returned home to Gainesville after 10 years following college (Presbyterian College) and a career in finance and contracts that led him to UF in 2007 as a Contract Administrator in Planning, Design, & Construction. While at UF, Brian has served on several committees and panels and enjoys representing UF at a variety of functions. After 9 years of service at UF, he entered the private sector briefly into Project Management for a local contractor. However, he returned to UF shortly thereafter to continue as a Contract Administrator and help grow the division at UF.
His passions in life are his love for his family and the beautiful game of soccer. A fierce “Gooner” at heart (a supporter of the professional soccer club Arsenal FC in London, England), Brian enjoys giving back to the sport that has provided so much for him. He is the Director of Player Development and Academies as well as a head coach at Gainesville Soccer Alliance where he enjoys not only coaching his own children, but gets to grow and teach the greatest sport ever to over 1,200 local children.
Melissa joined the UF staff in 1991 as an Assistant, for the Accident Prevention officer for EH&S. Since, working for EH&S she has moved to several departments over the years to help further her skills and knowledge of the University. She came to Physical Plant Division in 2010 and started working for the Architecture / Engineering (A/E) Department and received the Sr. Fiscal Assistant position in 2011. In 2013 the A/E Department merged with Facilities Planning & Construction which became the UF Planning, Design & Construction Division and in 2015 was reclassified to an Administrative Assistant I.
Dan's responsibilities as a contract administrtor include procurement activity and invoice processing for the projects administered by PDC. He started working with the university in August of 1989.
Dan graduated from the University of Florida. Shortly after graduation, he passed the exam from the Board of Accountancy of the State of Florida. Dan has worked approximately six years in public accounting and twenty-five years at University of Florida.
Dan enjoys many outdoor activities and is (of course) a big UF basketball and football fan.
Linda Dixon began her career in transportation planning and came to UF in 2001 to lead campus master planning and intergovernmental coordination. Her role expanded in 2010 to include managing the University’s historic preservation programs in St. Augustine. Two projects Linda led have won awards including the Innovation Square Framework Plan and the St. Augustine Historic Area Strategic Plan. Prior to UF, she worked for the City of Gainesville, Florida, Delaware Department of Transportation, and the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration. Linda earned her Master of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida, and was recognized with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning's Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award. She is also an alumna of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Gainesville program, Class of 2000. In 2016, she completed the University of Florida’s Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals program. Throughout her career, Linda has been active in her professional organizations holding statewide office in the Florida and Delaware Chapters of the American Planning Association, and serving as a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Bicycling for the National Academy of Sciences. She has held accreditation from the American Institute of Certified Planners since 1996.
When not at work, Linda enjoys relaxing with her family and being outdoors to garden, swim, and ride horses. She gets her greatest enjoyment from her two grandsons who happen to be the smartest, cutest people in the whole world.
Erik is an environmental planner with prior experience as a planner and GIS analyst in water management and natural resource conservation. His role at UF (since 2004) involves working on and implementing the Campus Master Plan, as well as coordinating the University’s joint committees.
Erik enjoys spending his free time with his family and three doodles.
Billy Triay joined UF in 2011 managing the State historic properties in St. Augustine. Billy was previously with the City of St Augustine for 10 years when the city was the caretaker of the same historic preservation program. Duties include maintaining over forty structures representing the 18th and 19th centuries; leasing of commercial and residential units; event rental and planning; managing museum operations and visitor information services.
He mostly enjoys being outdoors and spending time with his wife Katy and two boys, Gabriel and Michael.
Miles has been employed in the University of Florida’s office of Planning, Design & Construction for almost 30 years following 10 years of experience as a General Contractor in private industry. Miles has managed the planning, design, and construction processes for hundreds of minor projects campus-wide as well as all of the State Division of Historic Resources-funded projects in St. Augustine at the UF properties there. Miles assisted in establishing the successful UF Mentor-Protégé Initiative, a program that pairs established, well-developed businesses with emerging and small businesses to assist them in developing technical and business capabilities and to foster business relationships between these Small Business and the University of Florida. For these efforts, he received the inaugural Supplier Diversity Award from UF’s Office of the Vice-President for Business Affairs and a Distinguished Service Award from the UF Board of Trustees.
Miles is a charter member, Director for 18 years, and President for 3 years of the Construction Owners Association of America. He currently serves on COAA’s Facilities Peer Review Team and the conference committee.
Miles is a Florida Certified General Contractor with a Bachelor of Building Construction degree (with Honors) from the UF College of Architecture and Fine Arts. Through the Construction Owners’ Association of America and other educational opportunities, Miles has continued to expand his abilities to represent the University’s interests in the ever-evolving facilities’ planning, design, and construction processes.
Harold B. Barrand received his Bachelor of Design from The University of Florida and his Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Miami. He worked as an architect in various firms over his 12-year tenure in Miami. In 1990 he moved to Tallahassee to work for the State Department of Management Services, Division of Building Construction as a Project Manager, eventually becoming a Director. While there he served as the Fixed Capital Outlays Projects Manager, managing a multi-million dollar statewide program.
Barrand joined the University of Florida in 2001, quickly moving into the Assistant and ultimately the Associate Director role with the Physical Plant Division where he managed the Architecture and Engineering Department. He is currently the Director of Minor projects/University Architect with the Planning, Design, and Construction team. He provides leadership to a talented team of Project Managers, Architects, and Interior Designers managing a diverse array of Minor projects, which encompass the Campus and Health Science Center. His motto is “We manage small projects that have huge impacts to the quality of life for students, faculty, and staff.”
Barrand is a registered architect in the State of Florida and is passionate about Historic Preservation. He has received honors and awards from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation based on the Outstanding Preservation Project in the Adaptive Use of a Historic Structure. He served on the Board of Architects, the Dade Heritage Trust board, as well as the Historical Association of South Florida, to name a few. Currently he serves on several Campus review committees.
Howie Ferguson is the Assistant Director in charge of PM training, contracts, selection processes, documents, and standards. Howie is a registered P.E. in FL; member of the COAA Board of Directors; and a trustee on the City of Gainesville Art In Public Places Trust.
He is the father of two daughters who attend UF and Auburn. He is also an avid jogger and swimmer and two-time UF alumnus.
"Courage is the main quality of leadership, in my opinion, no matter where is it exercised".- Walt Disney
Joe has worked for the University as an architect, project manager, and in building forensics. He is a registered architect actively involved with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) locally and especially at the state level by severing on The Board of Directors, Political Action Committee, and as Vice President for Professional Development.
Favorite movie/quote: the 1973 original Day of the Jackal: “Colonel St. Clair: How did you know which minister’s phone to tap? Deputy Police Commissioner Lebel: I tapped them all!"
As his role of project manager Robert has managed both major and minor projects of varying types. He has a Bachelor-Architectural Design 93’ and a Master of Building Construction 95’ both from UF. Robert started working for the University of Florida in 2014.
His hobbies include guitar, golf, and collecting comic books. His favorite movie is Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.
Mark Humbert has over 10 years of architectural, construction, and real estate development experience prior to joining the Division of Planning, Design, and Construction in August of 2015.
Mark enjoys reading and spending time with this family.
Frank Javaheri is graduate of University of Florida with degrees in aerospace and mechanical Engineering. He was a business owner for several years and has been with UF for over 26 years in Energy/Utilities, Systems Engineering, Operations Engineering and since 1999 at the Planning Design and Construction Division. Frank is currently a sr. project manager and has managed major renovation and new construction projects totaling over 1,000,000 GSF on various UF campuses in Florida primarily on research, academic, clinical and housing type buildings. Mr. Javaheri is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Frank and His wife Brigitte, a Registered Nurse, have two sons, Joshua is the lead artist at Trendy Entertainment in Gainesville and Stephan is a practicing DMD currently with the United States Air Force.
Catherine joined the Planning, Design, and Construction team in 2016. Prior to that, she worked as a superintendent, business owner, and inspector over the past 25 years.
When she is not in the office, she enjoys gardening and gator football.
Cydney received her Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University and is a licensed architect in both Colorado and Florida. She worked as an architectural intern in Denver for five years and as an architect in Boston for three years. During her time working in architecture firms she worked on a variety of projects ranging from the Denver Bronco’s Stadium, airports, museums, convention centers and university buildings.
In 2003 Cydney joined the University of Florida and became a project manager. She began her career at UF by managing minor projects and after a few years started managing major projects. Many of her projects are focused on student life and the arts. Among her projects are the Steinbrenner Band Building, Harn Museum Asian Art Wing, Fackler Foyers at the Phillips Center for Performing Arts, the Reitz Union Expansion and Renovation and the Herbert Wertheim Laboratory for Engineering Excellence.
Francisco is responsible for managing both major and minor projects. He mentors and provides orientation of policies and procedures to new project managers. Francicso started working for the University of Florida in September 2005. He has a Bachelor's in Science of Mechanical Engineering with experience in Commissioning Engineering.
He enjoys spending his free time as a sports trainer and sport photographer. His favorite quote is "It is about time to STOP trying and to START doing it!"
Greg joined the Planning, Design and Construction team in 2014 as a Project Manager. Greg is involved in various projects throughout the University from quick response to minor projects. He has over 30 years of experience in residential and commercial construction. He has worked as a Senior Estimator and Project Manager for several companies throughout the state of Florida. He specializes in working in a fast paced environment and manages multiple projects at any given time.
He enjoys the outdoors, gardening and spending time with his wife Cheryl and daughter Serena.
Fred Rowe graduated from the University of Florida in 1993 with a B.S. in Building Construction and then earned a Master of Business Administration (concentration in Corporate Finance) from Northeastern University 1996, Boston, MA.
Fred later worked for several corporations in Boston including the Bechtel Group, John Hancock Real Estate Investment Group, W.R. Grace, and Stone and Webster. Later, Fred accepted a position with the University of Florida as a Project Manager where he has worked for the past 10 years.
Michael Rubin is a graduate of the University of Florida’s Rinker School of Construction Management, where he received both his Bachelors and Masters in building construction. Before returning to work at UF in 2017 he spent five years working in Shanghai, China for one of the largest private EPC contractors in China doing project controls work for EPC projects around the globe. While in China, Michael also organized and conducted a cultural exchange program as well as other professional training programs within the office.
Michael is constantly seeking new ways to leverage technology to improve life in and outside of work. As an avid traveler he’s always planning his next trip, and enjoys cooking (and eating), as well as cycling, and photography.
Dustin graduated with a double major in Architectural Engineering and Construction Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering. In 2010 he went back to school to obtain his masters in construction management with a sustainability focus. He has gained a wide range of experience in engineering, construction management, as well as maintenance and operations on projects including corporate office headquarters, hospitals, military detention facilities, high-end residential homes, as well as university buildings. In 2015, he transferred from the Physical Plant Division’s Energy Department over to Planning, Design and Construction with the responsibility of assisting all project teams to ensure that projects are designed and constructed in a manner that meets the current University standard of obtaining LEED Gold certification. Dustin obtains credentials as a LEED Accredited Professional, a Green Globes Professional, as well as an Energy Manager in Training.
Outside the office he enjoys building upon his experiences through traveling and hosting couchsurfers. He is interested in learning about various cultures and exploring what shapes human behavior. He plays disc golf and enjoys camping throughout all of the Florida seasons.
"If you think we can’t change the world, it just means you are not one of those that will"" – Jacque Fresco
David Wood is a graduate of the University of Florida with the Degree Master of Arts in Architecture. He is a licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida and a LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to joining Planning Design and Construction in 2014 he spent 30 years in the private sector in both the design and construction industry. David’s project experience includes multiple deliveries for the State University System at the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and the University of North Florida.
David has two grown children, William who is a medical software consultant with Accenture and Benjamin who recently received his Masters Degree from the University of Florida and works as an Athletic Trainor for IMG Sports.
Marie is a graduate of Colorado State University and is a licensed interior designer. She was in private practice for eight years before coming to UF in 2006. She is currently a project manager for minor projects and selects furnishings for major projects.
Marie enjoys ceramics and painting and spending time with her three daughters.
Lori received her Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida. She has worked in Tampa, Florida / Boulder, Colorado / Portland, Oregon and Ann Arbor, Michigan in the Architecture and Design industry before returning to Gainesville. She joined the Planning, Design and Construction team in 2014 and enjoys managing and providing interior design expertise on Campus and Health Science Center projects.
Outside of work she is an avid sports fan, enjoys spending countless hours at the soccer field and expanding her knowledge and passion for photography.
Frank began his career at the University of Florida in 1988 as a student while attending the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences where he received a bachelor’s degree in Food and Resource Economics. While working in the Physical Plant at the Health Science Center Frank completed the development and installation of the first computerized maintenance management system used at the university. Following graduation he accepted a fulltime position in the Vice President of Health Affairs Information Technology group where he continued to specialize in developing and supporting facility related software.
From 2000-2017 Frank worked as Associate Director in Planning, Design and Construction where he oversaw the Space Management and Analysis team and the divisions’ software development and IT needs.
In October 2017 the Business Affairs Technical Services (BATS) team was created and Frank was named the director. This unit provides support to all Business Affairs divisions. Services provided include website design and development, data-based web application development, and enterprise application support as well as software acquisition consulting. In addition, BATS provides space management and analysis functions for the university and offers an enterprise GIS that can be utilized by the university community.
For more information about BATS and to see a list of staff, please visit bats.facilities.ufl.edu