Construction

Frank Javaheri

Frank Javaheri

Director of Construction
Email
352.273.4027

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.

Francisco Oquendo

Francisco Oquendo

Assistant Director of Construction
Email
352.273.4012

Francisco is responsible for managing both major and minor projects. He mentors and provides orientation of policies and procedures to new project managers. Francisco 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!”

Tamera Baughman

Project Manager
Email
352.273.0769

Tamera Baughman is a graduate of Florida International University with a master’s degree in Construction Management. She managed university construction projects for over a decade before joining the UF Planning, Design and Construction team in 2019.

Tamera enjoys music, boating, and spending time with family and friends.

Gordon Burnham

Gordon Burnham

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4009

Gordon Burnham is a true A.C.R and bleeds orange and blue! He was in private practice for 25 years where he directed and managed a variety of special projects in construction. He joined a leading Commercial Construction company in 2014 as a Senior Construction Manager where he managed multiple projects at the University of Florida. In 2017 Gordon joined Arthur Rutenberg Luxury Custom Design Home Builder as a Construction/Project manager and during his time of employment advanced to VP of Construction.

Gordon and his wife, also an employee of UF, have a daughter and a son that graduated from P.K. Yonge High School and are now experiencing their college years. As a family they all love to be on the water fishing, scalloping or just enjoying the view. Sports have always been a big part of the family’s foundation also. Their children participated in softball, baseball, football, and volleyball. Gordon volunteered as a youth baseball coach for 8 years during that time.

Stephen Caron

Stephen Caron

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4018

Stephen Caron has over 27 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Projects include, but are not limited to: emergency first responder facilities, educational facilities, restaurants, hospital & diagnostic centers, health centers, laboratories, banks, infrastructure renovations, utilities, roadways and parking lots.

Stephen is a graduate of Vermont Technical College with a degree in Architectural Engineering. He enjoys spending time with family, fishing, traveling, sports, playing cards and volunteering time as part of various fraternal organizations and clubs.

Stuart Cullen

Stuart Cullen

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4030

Stuart Cullen is a Florida native, born in Miami and moved to Gainesville in the mid-1960’s. Growing up in Gainesville, just 2 miles from UF campus, he spent a great deal of time on UF by selling drinks at Gator games to playing racquetball on the Schnell Field courts. As a Santa Fe Community College student, he dually-enrolled to participate in the Gator Band, where he met his wife. After working for a few years, he returned to UF to earn his BS in Environmental Engineering. Upon graduation, he was employed with local private Civil and Environmental Engineering practices where he obtained the Professional Engineer certification and served for over 15 years as an owner. Throughout this career he has been an integral part of the design and construction of many UF facilities making the appointment as a UF PDC Project Manager a logical transition.

Tom Feather

Tom Feather

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4681

A native of West Virginia, Tom grew up in Gainesville and is a UF graduate with BS in Building Construction and MBA degrees. He is a State of Florida Certified General Contractor and Licensed Real Estate Broker. After establishing and then selling Feather’s Blueprint Shop (now Advanced Reprographics) in Gainesville, Tom worked in the private sector for Central Florida area commercial contractors and has experience as a Project Manager, Business Manager, Scheduler, Estimator, Superintendent and Owner’s Representative.

Along with his wife Teresa, Tom’s “free time” is spent managing a hobby farm in Belleview with cattle, goats, a horse, chickens, cats and dogs. In addition to managing the herds, time is also spent working the land growing fruits and vegetables and other plantings including many varieties of bamboo.

Robbie Grassano

Robbie Grassano

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4682

Robbie started at PDC in 2019. Prior to that, he worked for IFAS. Robbie has over 18 years of experience in the construction industry.

Robert Hatker

Robert Hatker

Project Manager
Email
352.294.3572

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.

Melanie Heflin

Melanie Heflin

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4017

Melanie has joined us with a combination of over 30 years of construction and finance experience. She has been with University of Florida for over 16 years and has joined the UF Planning, Design and Construction Team in the Winter of 2019. This is following a long-vested career at the University of Florida P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School serving a Superintendent and Facility Operations Manager. Prior to her career at the University of Florida, she and her husband owned and operated a HVAC Company in the North Central Florida area for over 18 years.

Outside UF, Melanie’s world revolves around her family – her husband, children and grandchildren. They all enjoy time together on their airboat, fishing and family dinners.

Tori Hughes

Tori Hughes

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4019

Tori Hughes is a graduate of Flagler College. Prior to joining the Planning, Design and Construction team in January 2020, she was employed with the University of North Florida, where she worked in Facilities as an energy manager as well as maintaining campus-wide projects.

Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and her bulldog, Stella.

Mark Humbert

Mark Humbert

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4014

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.

Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4026

Keith Humphreys is a graduate of University of Florida with a degree in Building Construction Management. He has worked in property development and construction for 20 years. Keith’s experiences range from large new construction multi-storied mixed-use buildings to small high-tech renovations. He served 10 years in the US Navy where he was an Operations Specialist.

Keith and his wife Karen have 3 children. They enjoy traveling, sports, and all beach related activities.

John May

John May

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4020

Background in construction related to MEP. Started with pushing brooms at an early age. Host a 25 year experience level in mainly the mechanical field also encompassing every discipline from underground site work to final building completion. Married with a single child. Enjoy the outdoors including fishing, hunting, shooting, boating and any fun in the sun with family and friends. Excited to be a part of a supportive and progressively thinking group of coworkers and management.

Mac McKinney

Mac McKinney

Project Manager
Email
352.294.9048

Mac is a Project Manager I. He has a Construction Management Degree and many years’ experience in the construction field with many fields. He is a family man and enjoys video games and do it yourself projects and agrees that “dogs are a man’s best friend!” He has been at UF for over 6 years now and is very excited to be part of the PD&C family.

Andrew Meeker

Andrew Meeker

Project Manager
Email
352.273.9049

Andrew is a Department of Landscape Architecture graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning with two decades of both private and public sector project management experience.  Throughout his career, Andrew has pursued a collaborative multi-disciplinary process based approach to projects that includes striving for creativity and context sensitivity.  Andrew is licensed landscape architect and is honored to represent and support PDC’s mission to deliver excellent facilities to the University of Florida.Andrew and his wife are proud parents of 2 children and enjoy spending time together in the woods and water with family and friends.

Greg Roberts

Greg Roberts

Project Manager
Email
352.274.3574

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.

Stephen Roberts

Stephen Roberts

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4031

Stephen Roberts joined the Division of Planning, Design, and Construction in 2019 as a Project Manager II, where he manages new construction and renovation projects.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Prior to joining PDC, Stephen worked as a Mechanical Design Engineer for an international heavy equipment manufacturer.

Both lifelong Florida residents, Stephen and his wife moved to Gainesville in 2005. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing video and board games with his wife and friends, reading, and running.

Jim Vignola

Jim Vignola

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4029

Jim is from a Navy family and landed in Florida while in junior high. Jim was always an avid model-maker or building or fixing things. While volunteering at church during construction of the Church’s Fellowship Hall, he was hired at age 15 as an apprentice electrician which he held until entering the University of Florida. Jim is a graduate with both a Bachelor of Design and a Master of Architecture. He has worked in the industry since 1987. Jim interned in the Jacksonville area, but has spent most of his professional career in Gainesville. In mid-2017, Jim sought a career change and began work for a construction company as an Estimator and assisting with many Pre-Construction efforts. Jim is grateful for that experience having rounded his expertise. Starting at PD&C in late 2019, Jim is now excited to be on the owner’s side of the industry. Jim maintains his FL Architectural License (since 1994) and is a LEED AP (since 2008) and BD+C (since 2011).

Jim and his wife, Cindy enjoy travel and photography, and Jim is an admitted “foodie.” Jim is a hobby woodworker and generally likes constructing or re-purposing. Jim is an Eagle Scout, an active graduate of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta, a graduate of Leadership Gainesville (Class XXIV), and an active member of the AIA.

David Wood

David Wood

Project Manager and Preconstruction Manager
Email
352.273.4440

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 Trainer for IMG Sports.

Milo Zapata

Project Manager
Email
352.273.4004

Milo Zapata is a native Floridian with a University of Florida degree in Building Construction Management. Milo maintains both his General Contractors license (since 2006) and LEED AP BD+C certification (since 2009), he has served on the Plan Board and Historical Preservation Board for the City of High Springs (6 years). He has worked in the profession for almost 40 years in the private sector, serving in various capacities as a Sr. Project Manager, Chief Estimator, Director of Pre-Construction and Owner’s Representative. Milo and his daughter Emily, have resided in Alachua county since 1994, he and his wife Kimberly, both enjoy immersing themselves outdoors and biking as much as possible, Kim is a home grown Alachua County resident, licensed medical esthetician as well as an accomplished Artist.

Go Gators!