For the past decade, the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT), in partnership with the ACE Mentor Program of America, has sponsored an annual National Design Competition, which is open to all ACE affiliates. CIRT created the competition and coordinates it. Jurors are drawn from among CIRT’s CEO members.
The competition’s overarching theme is: “Celebrating the innovations and contributions the design/construction community makes to the quality of American life, while understanding the issues and challenges the industry faces to deliver on this legacy.” Each year student teams can respond to one of three different design challenges. Teams submit two presentation boards plus a brief narrative description of their project.
Here is a sampling of the winners since 2012:
|2015 Winners from ACE Chicago (Team 1)|
Winner: ACE Chicago (Team 1) for their “Park City” entry.
The Park City redevelopment project is an impressive five-zone master plan for a deteriorated downtown area along the Chicago River.
The clever concept included designs for a recreation center, landscaped amphitheater, skate park, food truck area, and dog park, plus a carefully defined budget, a sustainability study, and construction schedule.
Second Place: ACE of Fredrick, Maryland for their “BRT: Efficient Solutions for Road Transportation Systems” entry
Third Place: ACE of Northeast Florida (Orange Park H.S. Team Mark-0) for their “Harmony Springs Health Clinic” entry.
|2014 Winners from ACE of Frederick. MD|
Winner: ACE of Frederick, Maryland for their “Universal Design Home Challenge/Aging in Place” entry.he winning team redesigned the house belonging to a team member’s grandparentsso they could safely remain in their home as they aged.
Second Place: ACE San Francisco Bay Area (Peninsula One Team) for their “Library Relevance Challenge/Varsity Library” entry
Third Place: ACE Mentor Program of Miami/Dade County (Coral Park H.S. Team) for their “Defined by Architecture Challenge/Marine Stadium “entry
|Member of the ACE of Central Iowa 2013 Winning Team.
Winner: ACE of Central Iowa (Des Moines East H.S. Team) for their “Modular Reset” entry.
The winners of the 2013 competition developed an idea for factory-built modules that can be quickly fabricated and shipped to schools as needed.
The modules, set on helical pier foundation systems, create better learning environments for low-income school districts and even provide temporary structures to aid disaster-relief efforts.
Second Place: ACE of Fredrick, Maryland (Catoctin H.S. Team) for their “Universal Design Home Retro-Fit” entry
Third Place: ACE of Northern Rhode Island (Providence) for their “Riverwalk Park” entry
|Member of ACE of South Florida 2012 Winning Team
Winner: ACE South Florida (Coral Park H.S. Team) for their “Mary Brickell Parking Garage” entry.
The winning design for the 2012 competition was for a parking garage that incorporated a variety of services on the first floor, including a gas station, convenience store, child-care center, salon, car wash, police substation, Miami Heat memorabilia store, and other retail spaces.
Above the eight stories of parking, the students featured an open-air Italian-themed movie theater/restaurant with a park/nature atmosphere.
Second Place: ACE Washington of DC (Washington-Lee H.S. Team) for their “The Anacostia-Capital Waterfront” entry
Third Place: ACE of Los Angeles/Orange County, CA (Century H.S. Team in Santa Ana) for their “California Air & Space Museum” entry