ACE Mentor Program: Investing in the Future

Some commitments have a ripple effect. Such is the case with the ACE Mentor Program, a not-for-profit organization where professionals mentor New York City high school students in preparation for careers in design and construction. HAKS has been a long-time supporter of the program, with individual employees volunteering as mentors. This year, we are proud to have formed our own mentoring team and are eager to share our industry knowledge with deserving students in the Greater New York City area. READ THE ENTIRE...

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NextGen: CIRT-ACE Mentor Finals Bode Well

What do an aging Philadelphia trolley maintenance facility, the Coney Island shoreline, and a new Jacksonville FL bridge all have in common? All were recently the subjects of innovative student design plans presented by high school teams from across the U.S. at the final round of this year’s 10th Anniversary CIRT-ACE Mentor National Design Competition, held April 28 at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington DC. “The energy, enthusiasm, and passion the nine teams brought to the 10th Anniversary program made it a very special and memorable event,” said CIRT President Mark Casso, Esq. READ THE ENTIRE...

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Students from Columbia Secondary School Join the Manhattanville ACE Mentorship Team

For the seventh time, Columbia’s Manhattanville Development Group and its professional team of engineers, architects and construction managers are providing real-world insight into building design and construction for local students as part of the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Mentorship program. This year marks the first time that students from Columbia Secondary School (CSS), a public math, science and engineering school covering 6th through 12th grades, are part of the Columbia Manhattanville team. The CSS participants are joining students from the Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics in East Harlem and Midwood High School in Brooklyn on this year’s Manhattanville ACE team. READ THE ENTIRE...

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ACE Mentor Program Hosts Fall Cocktail Reception at Cooper Hewitt, Raising Over $100,000

ACE Mentor Program is pleased to announce that it held its 2015 Fall Cocktail Reception on September 17, 2015 at The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Leaders in the Built Environment Gather to Support ACE Mentor Program’s Mission Leading architecture, construction and engineering professionals attended and were welcomed by the chairman of the board of directors, Milo E. Riverso, Ph.D., P.E., CCM, who spoke about the program’s growth and introduced members of the design and construction team, Caroline Baumann of the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Museum of Design, Richard Southwick, FAIA, LEED AP of Beyer Blinder Belle, Alastair Elliott of Robert Silman Associates, and Robert Zirkel of E.W. Howell, who spoke about the recent renovation of the museum. READ THE ENTIRE...

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ACEC NY member firms continue to support next generation of engineers

As part of an ongoing focus on nurturing and supporting the next generation of engineers, each year since 2011, ACEC New York has provided a high school student participating in the ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York with a $3,000 legacy scholarship to be used towards pursuing a degree in engineering. Winners in previous years have included Mohammad Zaryab in 2011; Emily Farella in 2012; Samantha Magnes in 2013; and Kemba Hall in 2014. This year, the scholarship was awarded to Wade Lewis, a senior at Our Saviour Lutheran School in the Bronx. Lewis is a member of the ACE Mentor Team 19, which is managed by member firm AECOM. He plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering in the coming year. “I thought carefully of my interests,” wrote Wade in his application essay. “The first was my love for mathematics; the second was my joy for creating new things. Those attributes led me to wanting to become an engineer.” READ THE ENTIRE...

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ACE Mentorship program

Skanska teams around the country participate in the ACE mentorship program designed to inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction. Learn how our New York team is working with ACE to develop the next generation  of industry talent. VIEW THE...

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ACE Mentor hosts 19th Annual Scholarship Luncheon

ACE Mentor Program hosted its 19th Annual Scholarship Luncheon on May 19, at the Mandarin Oriental, located in Columbus Circle. The sold-out event honored three construction industry leaders for their dedication to the ACE Mentor Program and mentoring youth for long-term careers in the construction and design industries. This year’s honorees were Stuart Koshner, managing partner of RCDolner LLC; Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of NY & NJ; and Victoria Cerami, CEO of Cerami & Associates, Inc. The luncheon served as an annual fundraising event for the ACE Mentor Scholarship program which aims to engage, excite and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction through mentoring. READ THE ENTIRE...

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ACE hosts scholarship luncheon

ACE Mentor Program hosted its 19th Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental, located in Columbus Circle in New York City. The sold-out event honored three prominent construction industry leaders for their dedication to the Program and mentoring youth for long-term careers in the construction and design industries. This year’s honorees were Stuart Koshner, Managing Partner of RCDolner LLC, Patrick J. Foye, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, and Victoria J. Cerami, Chief Executive Officer of Cerami & Associates, Inc. READ THE ENTIRE...

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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. READ THE ENTIRE...

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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. READ THE ENTIRE...

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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. READ THE ENTIRE...

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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. READ THE ENTIRE...

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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.” READ THE ENTIRE...

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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. READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE...

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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. READ THE ENTIRE...

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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. READ THE ENTIRE...

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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. READ THE ENTIRE...

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