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H2M completes another successful year of the ACE Mentor Program

H2M completes another successful year of the ACE Mentor Program

H2M architects + engineers recently wrapped up another successful year of the ACE Mentor Program. The ACE program, which was founded 20 years ago, helps to mentor high school students and encourages them to pursue careers in architecture, construction and engineering.

During the last six months, H2M mentored a group of Long Island high school students. H2M’s was one of 35 student teams in New York State and the only team in Suffolk County. Meeting every other week, the team designed a modular housing development with a focus on sustainability.

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The ACE Mentor Program and U.S. Green Building Council inspire future designers to go green

Over the past 5 years the ACE Mentor Program (ACE) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have collaborated to stimulate aspiring design and construction industry professionals to pursue careers in the industry and to go green.

ACE (www.acementor.org) is a national after-school program taught by volunteer architects, engineers, and construction professionals.  Each year approximately 8,000 high school students participate in the 15-session program, lasting about 40 hours, and 2,500 mentors stimulate them to pursue careers in the industry by engaging them in hands-on activities, many of which involve sustainability. Two-thirds of the ACE alumni enter college with declared majors in architecture, engineering, and construction management.

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Youth Mentoring Programs in Westchester

Youth Mentoring Programs in Westchester

Looking for the next generation of execs, or just a way to give back? Try mentoring a County kid.

When ACE Mentor Program (acementor.org) was founded in 1995, its mission was a simple—and noble—one: to introduce diversity into the fields of architecture (A), construction management (C), and Engineering (E) by engaging and guiding students early, at the high-school level. As the years went by, however, it became apparent that ACE would have to expand its mission to account for a rather troubling trend: massive attrition due, at least in part, to the retirement of baby boomers across the industry. According to Milo Riverso, president and CEO of Manhattan-based design and construction firm STV and chairman of the board for ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, for every professional entering one of these industries, four leave, creating serious shortages in an industry that employs more than 7 million people nationwide. So, ACE changed gears along the way, focusing on general recruitment at the high school level and establishing affiliates not only in cities, but rural areas, where the question of diversity was, well, really not a question at all.

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Construction industry celebrates paying it forward

Construction industry celebrates paying it forward

The ACE Mentor Program hosted its Fall Cocktail Reception at John Jay College of Criminal Justice this month.

More than 200 ACE mentors and guests attended to learn about the 2011 expansion of the college and to celebrate the program’s community of mentors throughout the Greater New York Region.

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Pier 54 Redesigned by Architecture and Design Proteges

Pier 54 Redesigned by Architecture and Design Proteges

If one group of NYC teenagers had its way, Manhattan’s Pier 54 would be a city hot spot, decked with an underwater museum, rooftop restaurant, carnival and aquarium.

“The pier was closed after Hurricane Sandy, so we worked together to figure out how we would rebuild it to make it a fun place to go,” said Fahim Uddin, a sophomore from Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy.”

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American Bar Association (ABA) Introduces Construction Law Module to ACE Mentor Curriculum

American Bar Association (ABA) Introduces Construction Law Module to ACE Mentor Curriculum

The ACE Mentor Program and the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on the Construction Industry have teamed to integrate a contract, claims and dispute resolution activity into the ACE after-school program.

The ABA construction law module is a three-part activity, designed to introduce the students to contracts, contract administration/interpretation, construction claims, dispute resolution, negotiation and settlement over the course of two hours.

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NY Staff Mentor Students to Final Round of ACE Competition

NY Staff Mentor Students to Final Round of ACE Competition

ACE Team 8 is National Finalist

Lending their professional construction expertise, Structure Tone’s Dennis Murray, Dan Finnegan, Harold Maierle and Peter Walshe participated in the ACE (Architects, Constructors, Engineers) Mentor Program of Greater New York and mentored a team of 20 high school students to the final round of presentations. ACE Team 8’s project, Aquilla Villa, was presented to a distinguished panel of Construction Industry Roundtable (CIRT) members in Washington, DC.

ACE Team 8 was one of three national finalists, with a record 37 entries (representing 21 Affiliates/Chapters) from across the country, competing for top honors. Beginning in fall 2010, the group met weekly to collaboratively develop the design of Aquilla Villa.

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ACE Mentor Program Raises Over $256,000 for 2010 Scholarships

ACE Mentor Program Raises Over $256,000 for 2010 Scholarships

The ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York raised $140,000 towards 67 scholarship awards for graduates of the 2009-2010 program at its 15th annual luncheon. An additional $63,000 came from other sources including the Manhattan College-Dr. Charles H. Thornton Award in the amount of $56,000 and the Contractors Association of Greater New York-John A. Cavanagh Award in the amount of $6,000 which requires a separate application but is still designated exclusively to ACE students.

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Scholarships and Awards Highlight First Year of Columbia/ACE Student Mentorship Program

Scholarships and Awards Highlight First Year of Columbia/ACE Student Mentorship Program

On May 7, 2009, students from the Columbia University’s Manhattanville ACE Mentor Program pilot team joined their fellow New York City chapter teams at the Chase Metrotech Center in Brooklyn to present their final project. The project, in which the team members picked a site in the Manhattanville project area and created a mock design from the ground up,  incorporated the team building, communication, and design and construction skills learned throughout the program cycle.

The ACE Mentor Program, a not-for-profit organization, helps prepare high school students for careers in the fields of design and construction. This year’s Manhattanville team met regularly from October 2008 through May 2009 to plan and design innovative projects mirroring “real-world” conditions, while mentors helped them develop solutions using basic problem-solving techniques and state-of-the-art design tools. Mentees also benefitted from the unique emphasis on clean construction practices, a growing field for future employment opportunities and a hallmark of Columbia’s long-term plan in Manhattanville.

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