City of Palm Beach Gardens Art
committee reviews all developer’s art installations required by the
city’s Art in Public Places ordinance (AIPP). The committee also
commissions and installs art for the city from AIPP fees paid into
an Art Fund by developers when they choose not to install AIPP
required art at their projects.
School District of Palm Beach
and Review Committee)
are required to have a construction and development related
background) appointed by the School Board to oversee the
construction and physical plant operations of the SDPBC:
Monthly review of all construction related information
budget (review of 300 to 1300 pages of monthly
efforts in select areas (i.e. contractor retainage, architect and
contractor selection process, minority involvement, etc.).
SDPBC Construction Purchasing-
selection committees to choose architects and contractors to build
SDPBC projects; review 3 to 22 detailed qualifications proposals
per committee, attend a 2 to 3-hour shortlist discussion and
selection meeting, and then attend a 4 hour final presentations
meeting of the shortlisted firms to select the most qualified firm for
SDPBC Building Department
Design Standards Committee
Serve as the CORC representative on a select committee of school
district building, planning, program management, and maintenance
staff to fine tune the district’s standard specifications and to review
and rule on requested variances to the district’s design standards,
construction standards, and to the Building Code.
Serve as the CORC representative on a 15-member oversight
committee established by the SDPBC to manage a $1.5 billion
construction budget to be partially paid for by a $500 million
special, 5-year local sales tax approved by voter referendum for
construction of a specific list of schools; vice-chair 2009-present
“Eagle Nest” project, Delray
Serve as the architect advisor to this school’s construction academy
(students being trained to go into the construction trades after high
school). For the “Eagle Nest” project, the class will design and
build a house on a vacant lot in Delray Beach, FL. The city will
provide the financing. The house will be sold to a public service
worker. Profit from the house sale will help fund future Academy
Architect-member of jury to pick winning submission of a
make it a marketable house.
Prepare the construction drawings to be used for obtaining a
teacher and advisors during construction of the house.
Make some site inspections of the student’s work to make sure
Work with the SDPBC Choice Programs staff to help better define
the construction career academy programs (CCA), working with
local architects and contractors, state law restrictions and write
legislature to get laws modified for ease of student-built projects on
school grounds; recruit local contractors to become mentors to the 4
Construction Career Academy
Architect – Seminole Ridge High
School, Loxahatchee, FL
Teach 3 to 4, two-hour classes per year. Help the students
architect’s do, what it takes to become an architect, drawings,
& CAD systems.
their design and construction project. Teach students how to
research project needs, spaces, sizes, construction, etc.
design restrictions, as-built site information
Prepare design drawings, 3D presentation, and construction
& Athletic Storage Building; 2007-2009: School Entrance
1. Help prepare ACE Mentoring curriculum (Architecture-
Construction-Engineering) for Construction Academy program.
2. Help negotiate program and write contract for the Construction
Academy to work with Habitat for Humanity to design and have
the students build a pre-fabricated modular house to be placed
on a Habitat property.
3. Work with the students on the house design and construction
methods. Serve as the volunteer architect to prepare the design
and construction drawings for Habitat.
4. Work with local crane and rigging company to work out getting
the house from the school shop to the Habitat property.
5. Assist students and teacher with the ongoing construction work
on the Habitat house.
6. Create website for the Habitat house to provide information and
Codes Advisory Committee
2. Advise on code matters that should be brought before the
Legislature for action, changes, and improvements to Codes.
engineers, and contractors to review and make Code decisions
based on interpretations and consensus agreement of the
direction and advice on construction techniques, energy efficiency,
low maintenance, etc.; Vice-chair Oct. 2013-present
Atlantic High School student-designed floor plan; const. dwg. by
Atlantic High School “Eagle Nest” students “holding up”
their work at the tie beam forming stage 4-2007
Atlantic HS “Eagle Nest” house ribbon cutting April 28, 2009
Rendering of the proposed Seminole Ridge HS Ticket Building
(drawing by David Porter)
Seminole Ridge students showing the work they have done
on the Ticket Building up to the tie beam elevation 12-2007
Bronze plaque on building, containing all “student contractor” names who worked on the project (designed by David Porter)
Completed project April 2010
Exploded View of the 4-part modular house and roof segments (all to be student-fabricated in the Academy’s shop
for information & progress updates