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January 2017 | Issue 18
ACE Salutes Its Mentors
Former ACE student and now mentor Darpan Patel and recently graduated ACE student Jesus Davaloz are interviewed by Ju Ju Chang.
In celebration of National Mentoring Month this January, ACE honors its 2,900 mentors who generously dedicate their time and talents to nurturing the design and construction industry’s future workforce. On average, our mentors spend 33 hours each year working with students. The annual value of their service is $10 million, and the value of their impact is priceless. Mentors’ enthusiasm and dedication make ACE great.
National Design and Construction Competition Digital Platform Now LIVE

The impressive new digital platform for the 2017 CIRT National Design and Construction Competition is up and running. Check it out. Created in collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), the platform contains all the information ACE teams need to enter the competition: design option descriptions, registration application, detailed instructions, and a portal for teams to submit their final entries online. Online submissions will eliminate the cost and hassle of producing and shipping boards.

Teams have an option of collaboratively working on their projects online and documenting their process by working through the CAF’s DiscoverDesign platform. The Competition website explains how to do this.

March 4 is the submission deadline. The final competition among the top 3 teams takes place in Washington, DC on April 24.

Webinar on ACE, Community Colleges, and Skilled Trades
On Thursday, January 26, (2 pm EST; 11 am PST), ACE and the BEST Center at Laney College in Oakland, CA will present an hour-long webinar focusing on how ACE and community colleges can collaborate to promote workforce development in the design and construction industry, particularly the skilled trades.

ACE affiliate leaders and mentors will learn more about ways to partner with community colleges and how ACE students can connect with an affordable educational resource in their community.

Architect Larry Chang, who is manager of the BEST (Building Efficiency for a Sustainable Tomorrow) Center and an ACE mentor in Oakland, will moderate the webinar. Among other presenters are Joe Greathouse, professor of construction management at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City, IA and an early supporter of ACE’s Eastern Iowa affiliate; and Ken Hale, executive director, Early College and Outreach Program, Cuyahoga Community College, and secretary of the Cleveland affiliate Board.

Register at http://tinyurl.com/BESTACEWebinar.
ACE Mentors Grab More Honors
Hats off to seven ACE mentors whom Engineering News-Record has recognized as Top Young Professionals in 2017. They were competitively selected for their professional achievements as well as their community engagement, notably ACE
Jason Adams (Layton Construction) has mentored several years with the Nashville affiliate.

Jamison Edwards (Atkins) mentors students in the Central Florida affiliate in Orlando.

Erin O’Keefe (Sargent & Lundy) has mentored for seven years with the Chicago affiliate. Her team won the 2015 CIRT-ACE National Design Competition.

Marisa Palomo (The PENTA Building Group) serves as a mentor and board member with the recently established Southern Nevada affiliate in Las Vegas.

Melissa Pomales (Arcadis U.S.) is a member of the Puerto Rico affiliate’s board and until this year was an active mentor.

Jason Pugh (Gensler), one of the Chicago affiliate’s longest-standing mentors (since 2008), serves on the affiliate’s Associate Board. In addition, he has been a key player in the affiliate’s Design Build summer workshop for the past five years.

Antonya Williams (McCarthy Building Companies) currently is vice chair of the Phoenix affiliate board. She also chairs its fundraising committee. Previously she mentored for three years with the San Francisco Bay Area affiliate, including two years as a lead mentor.

Roundup of Affiliate News
Former ACE student and now mentor Darpan Patel and recently graduated ACE student Jesus Davaloz are interviewed by Ju Ju Chang.
In December, the Houston affiliate organized the Fifth Annual Build It Forward fundraising event. A record 130 mentors, students, and parents, organized by the leadership team of the local AGC chapter, built benches donated to 20 local charities. The all-day event raised $50K for the affiliate.

The Washington, DC affiliate is the beneficiary of a fundraiser with an unusual twist. The local chapter of Women in Construction has created a 2017 calendar featuring local Men in Construction. Proceeds from calendar sales go to ACE.

The Austin, TX affiliate and the Construction Leadership Council of the Austin AGC chapter co-hosted a networking event in November introducing each other’s programs to their respective memberships. Participants generated many ideas for collaboration.
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