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David Porter’s Volunteer Work 

 

Organization: 



Service 

dates: 

Position and Duties: 

City of Palm Beach Gardens Art 



In Public Places Committee 

1989 


through 

2004; 


2008 to 

present; 

Chair 

2011- 


Member; chair for 1998-2004; vice-chair 2009 to present.  The 

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 

County (SDPBC):   



CORC (Construction Oversight 

and Review Committee) 

Aug. 

2002 to 


present 

 

Chair of 



CORC 

January 


2008 to 

present 


Architect member of 14-member, citizen-committee (10 members 

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: 

1.

 

Monthly review of all construction related information 



associated with $250 - $350 million annual school development 

budget (review of 300 to 1300 pages of monthly 

documentation). 

2.

 



CORC subcommittees formed as needed to focus improvement 

efforts in select areas (i.e. contractor retainage, architect and 

contractor selection process, minority involvement, etc.). 

SDPBC Construction Purchasing- 



Architect and Contractor 

Selection Committees 

Aug. 


2002 to 

present 


As a part of CORC, serve as a member on many shortlist and final 

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 

each project. 

SDPBC Building Department 

Design Standards Committee 

2007 to 


present 

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. 



Independent Sales Tax 

Oversight Committee (ISSOC) 

2005 to 


present 

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 



Construction Career Academy 

Architect – Atlantic High School 

“Eagle Nest” project, Delray 

Beach, FL 

2004 to 


2009 

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 

construction projects. 

1.

 

Architect-member of jury to pick winning submission of a 



house design prepared by 3 student teams. 

2.

 



Assist winning design team with house design refinements to 

make it a marketable house. 

3.

 

Prepare the construction drawings to be used for obtaining a 



building permit and by the students for building the house. 

4.

 



Provide ongoing e-mail and phone assistance to the class 

teacher and advisors during construction of the house. 

5.

 

Make some site inspections of the student’s work to make sure 



it is correct and to help them understand the inspection process. 


 

SDPBC Construction Career 

Academy Choice Programs 

assistance 

2005 to 


present 

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 

CCA programs. 

Construction Career Academy 

Architect – Seminole Ridge High 

School, Loxahatchee, FL 

2005 to 

2010 


Serve as the architect advisor to this school’s construction 

academy. 

1.

 

Teach 3 to 4, two-hour classes per year.  Help the students 



understand construction, development, architecture, what 

architect’s do, what it takes to become an architect, drawings, 

& CAD systems. 

2.

 



Help the students define the project they want to take on as 

their design and construction project.  Teach students how to 

research project needs, spaces, sizes, construction, etc. 

3.

 



Work with SDPBC planning and construction staff to obtain 

design restrictions, as-built site information 

4.

 

Prepare design drawings, 3D presentation, and construction 



drawings for student construction projects (2005-2007: Ticket 

& Athletic Storage Building; 2007-2009: School Entrance 

security building).  

 

2010 to 


present 

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 

progress updates. 



 

 

 



Florida chapter of American 

Institute of Architects – Building 

Codes Advisory Committee 

2011-

present 


1.  Advise the Florida AIA Board on matters affecting the Florida 

Building Code. 

2.  Advise on code matters that should be brought before the 

Legislature for action, changes, and improvements to Codes. 



 

 

 



International Codes Council – 

Interpretations Committee 

2012- 

2014 


1.  Serve on a national committee of codes officials, architects, 

engineers, and contractors to review and make Code decisions 

based on interpretations and consensus agreement of the 

committee. 



 

 

 



Habitat for Humanity (Palm 

Beach County) – Construction 

Advisory Committee 

2012- 


Serve on the committee to provide the affiliate and staff with 

direction and advice on construction techniques, energy efficiency, 

low maintenance, etc.; Vice-chair Oct. 2013-present 



 

ATLANTIC HIGH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY “Eagle Nest” House 

Atlantic High School student-designed floor plan; const. dwg. by 

David Porter 

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 

 



 

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY “Ticket Booth” Project 

 

Rendering of the proposed Seminole Ridge HS Ticket Building 



and Athletic Storage Building to be built on the school campus 

(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 




 

SEMINOLE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION ACADEMY “Habitat House” Project

 

www.seminoleridgehabitathouse.com 



 

 

Exploded View of the 4-part modular house and roof segments (all to be student-fabricated in the Academy’s shop 

 

Visit 


www.seminoleridgehabitathouse.com

 for information & progress updates 



 


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