CUSTOM HOME BUILDER
45+ Years of building experience
Built, and/or helped to build, hundreds of houses, bridges, apartments, condos, high-rise buildings, schools, churches throughout Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Arizona, and Canada
Tony taught construction technology in high school for 3 years, Construction Management, Carpentry, and Green Building Technology in technical schools for 3 years, and for 14 years he was the director and a professor of Residential Building Technology at Yavapai College, in Prescott Arizona.
Tony's Residential Building Technology Program Achievements
2004-2010Green Building and Energey Efficiency
Tony's RBT program was awarded six Gold National Association of Home Builder’s Energy Value Housing Awards for Green Building and Energy Efficiency in both the custom and affordable house categories-moderate climate.
2008Excellence in Green Building
Received the 2008 USGBC Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Award for Community Colleges.
2010People's Choice and Builder of the Year
Received the Gold NAHB EVHA award for Affordable Housing, the ‘People’s Choice Award’, and the ‘Builder of the Year Award’. No schools had ever won these awards before. They had always gone to high performance volume or custom builders.
Tony is certified by the Energy and Environmental Building Association as a Master Builder. He has built houses that have received numerous national energy, IAQ, and/or green building certifications such as: Energy Star, Environments For Living, USDOE/Building America Builder’s Challenge-Net Zero Energy, USGBC/LEED for Homes-Platinum, NAHB-Green Model Home, American Lung Association-Health House and EPA-Indoor Air Quality Plus.
Passion and Teaching
Tony has an insatiable desire to learn, teach and build so he is constantly researching and reading, and attends select building conferences, workshops, seminars, and expositions as frequently as possible to stay current with cutting-edge building technologies. He constantly tells his students “never stop learning”, “always prepare yourself for opportunity”, and “what about the concept of making money and doing the right thing”.
Currently, he teaches Carpentry and Construction Building Technology at Pensacola State College. He teaches students to design, manage, and build crafted, healthy, safe, comfortable, durable, environmentally responsive houses using appropriate, climate-specific, materials, systems, and technologies. The program emphasizes applied building science principles, sustainable design strategies, and green building practices as they apply to mainstream construction practices.
Originally from Stratford, Ontario, Canada, his wife, and four children live in the Santa Rosa Beach/Freeport, Fl. area. He earned an AA degree in Liberal Arts from Brevard Community College, Melbourne, FL., a BA in English from Florida State University, and a Master’s in Education/Technological Studies from the University of Georgia. He and his wife enjoy teaching, traveling, camping, hiking, biking, outdoor adventure, national and state parks, botanical gardens, cool buildings/structures, water, beaches, music, healthy food and good drink, family, and friends – and living life!!!