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Distinguished Alumni

Congratulations to our 2015 distinguished alumni!


Laura Pirie

Laura Pirie, who for over 25 years has engaged in a quiet but determined revolution to engage the spirit of her client’s
aspirations to shape their environments, is the principal of Pirie Associates Architects, a Lecturer in Architecture at Yale University and co-founder of One Community Programs. Laura and her team’s award-winning work includes residential, commercial, institutional, municipal, landscape, and urban design projects, all of which are driven by a commitment to create transformational environments to take their client’s work to the next level. The places that result from this approach become collaborators in life encouraging inhabitants to live more fully, work more authentically and play more freely. Thanks to her strong tectonic roots, due in part to her undergraduate studies at UF and in part to her love of making things, Laura’s work focuses on well-designed, well-detailed, well-built, environments merged with the driving spirit of each client, balanced by the project’s greater context and responsibility.

Construction Management

Dale Hedrick

Dale R. Hedrick is the Founder & President of Hedrick Brothers Construction, a privately-owned company headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. A fourth generation general contractor active in Palm Beach County since 1979, Dale has been instrumental in building and maintaining the company’s reputation for providing quality craftsmanship, professional project management, and conducting business with integrity. Hedrick Brothers Construction provides general contracting, construction management,
design-build and pre-construction services for Commercial, Luxury Residential, Equestrian, Industrial, Municipal, Country Clubs, Education, Worship, Historic Restoration and Sustainable/LEED construction projects in Florida and Georgia. Recent company awards include AIA Florida Builder of the Year 2014, AIA Palm Beach Builder of the Year 2013, and Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Business of the Year 2014.

Dale’s dedication to leadership is demonstrated by serving as President, Board of Directors, Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce; Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches; Member, Economic Council of Palm Beach County; Member, Board of Trustees, BIZPAC; Member, Palm Beach Advisory Council, World Leaders Group; Member, Palm Beach County Regional Council for the University of Florida Tomorrow Campaign; Executive Committee Member, University of Florida Rinker School of Construction Management EXCOM Council; Member, Past Board Member, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County; and Past Board Member and President of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Florida East Coast Chapter, and Past President of the State Council of the AGC. He has been honored with the 2015 World Leaders Group Servant Leader of the Year Award; 2010 South Florida Business Journal Palm Beach Ultimate CEO Award, 2008 Sun Sentinel Excalibur Award for Small Business Person of the Year and 2001 Palm Beach Atlantic University American Free Enterprise Companion Medal.

Dale R. Hedrick was born and raised in West Palm Beach. He graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Building and Construction from the M. E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction. Dale has been married to Cathleen Burk for 27 years. They reside in West Palm Beach and are members of Family Church, Downtown. They have three sons: Burk graduated from UF BCN in 2013 and UF MSRE in 2014, Parker is graduating from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2015 with a Bachelors in Business Management, and Cheney has been accepted to UF BCN via Santa Fe College in the fall of 2015.

Landscape Architecture

Walter W. Meyer

Walter W. Meyer III, BLA 2000, founded LocalOffice Landscape & Urban Design, LLC, WMBE in 2006 along with Harvard Graduate School classmate, Jennifer Bolstad, RLA. Operating between infrastructure, urbanism and ecology, the firm’s primary focus is coastallandscapes at all scales. From residential gardens on the dunes to coastal parks that employ sustainable and resilient technologies at the scale of the city, LocalOffice seeks to ameiorate the impact of cities on the sea, while protecting cities from sea surges. The firm has garnered accolades from across the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, public policy, science and art.

The firm’s recent built work includes the Parque del Litoral, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, the largest urban park ever constructed on the island. The 2.5 km long beach front park served as the site of the 2010 Central American Games. LocalOffice’s innovative approach to the site design won the project a Distinguished Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects in Puerto Rico. The project restored a decaying coral reef by restructuring the
post-industrial shore into a dune forest that protects the city from sea surges, while phytoremediation wet lands protect the sea from the city’s pollution. The design was endorsed by the Caribbean Tsunami Institute for coastal resiliency, and the project won an honor award from the AJA Puerto Rico, as well as a Cimex award for sustainable infrastructure.

In April 2013, The White House recognized the firm’s partners’ initiatives for rebuilding a more resilient Rockaway Beach with the Hurricane Change” award. In September 2010, they were recognized for their leadership and innovation in the green economy’s by the Congressior Washington, D.C. The New York State Council of the Arts awarded a 2009 Individual Projects in Architecture research grant to LocalOffic a modular, mobile and immediately deployable solution to New York Harbor’s Combined Sewer Overflow pollution.

Urban and Regional Planning

Terrell Arline

Terrell K. Arline obtained a law degree and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from UF in 1980. Thereafter he had a solo practice in Palm Beach County. In 1992, he moved to Tallahassee where he served an Assistant General Counsel at the Department of Community Affairs and later was the Legal Director of 1000 Friends of Florida. In 2000, Terrell went back into private practice focusing on land use, administrative, and environmental law. In 2006, he was hired as Bay County’s first
in-house County Attorney. Terrell is the recipient of URP’s 2015 Distinguished Alum of the Year Award.