Seattle, WA

ACE 2023-2024

The 2023-2024 ACE program is well underway! We have eight Seattle teams, four Bellevue teams, two Tacoma teams, and one fully virtual team this year. Recruitment has returned to pre-pandemic levels and we are thrilled to report that we broke registration records this year! Wow! We accommodated as many students as we could on our 15 total teams.

At this point, anyone interested in ACE is encouraged to join our e-mail list to be informed when ACE will open in the fall for the 2024-2025 school year.

About Us

Since 2001, the ACE Mentor Program of Washington has helped 4,000+ students learn all about the architecture, engineering, and construction professions. Are you fascinated by the art of architecture? Are you interested in how buildings withstand earthquakes? Are you intrigued by sustainable “green” building design? Are you wondering how a building can start out as an idea and become reality? Join the ACE program! Our program is free to students, thanks to donations from local firms, mentors, parents, and other supporters. To date, we have also given $1,248,500 in scholarships to students who pursued A/E/C fields at the university level. During the ACE Mentor Program, teams visit major construction sites, complete projects, and meet bi-monthly at mentor firm offices. Qualifying high school seniors are awarded scholarships and many students remain in touch with industry professionals for continued mentoring with career choices, college and internship applications, and future employment opportunities.

Find us on social media! Our pages have exciting industry links, local ACE events, program information, and details on what our teams are up to! Find us at, follow us on Instagram @acementorseattle, and connect with us on LinkedIn at

Project Presentations

Each year the teams are assigned a project. Students and their mentors work diligently preparing for the Final Presentation Night where each team showcases their year-long effort. Over the years, team projects have included a new basketball arena for the Sonics, community centers in South Lake Union, a ski lodge on Steven’s Pass, a new Seattle Aquarium, high-rise towers on Lake Washington, and many more.

We are back to meeting in person for our presentation events, but student presentations from 2020, 2021, and 2022 are available for viewing on our YouTube page at

The program handouts for our 2023 presentation events can be downloaded on the Events tab on this page.

Student Scholarships

The ACE Mentor Program of Washington has a strong student scholarship program which has awarded a total of $1,248,500 since its inception in Washington state in 2001. Passing the $1 million mark is a magnificent milestone and one we are incredibly proud of!

Seniors in the 2023-2024 ACE program should look for the scholarship application to be released on March 1! Talk to your team leader about applying!

The 14 recipients of the 2023 ACE scholarships can be found on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

The 2020 and 2021 scholarship events were virtual and can be viewed on our YouTube page. Additionally, the ACE slideshow from our 20th Anniversary celebration in 2022 is also on YouTube and includes photos from our history, a timeline, quotes from supporters, recognition of our mentors and sponsors, and much more. Visit our YouTube site here: The program handouts for the 2022 and 2023 scholarships events can be downloaded on the Events tab on this page.

Seniors who have participated in ACE for at least one year and plan to pursue an ACE-related field in college are eligible to apply for an ACE scholarship.

Support the ACE Mentor Program

DONATE today and help ACE MENTOR OF WASHINGTON continue to offer this vibrant program FREE OF CHARGE, to all interested students. The average cost of the program per student, per year is $295. Your support will ensure program viability and enhance the future of the industry. It’s easy! Click on the DONATE button to the right of this page for a secure link via PAYPAL. Thank you for supporting the fastest growing mentoring programs in the building industry.


Angela Gottula

Executive Director
ACE Mentor Program of Washington
PO Box 6248
Edmonds, WA  98026

Pete Maslenikov
Skanska USA
221 Yale Avenue N #400
Seattle, WA 98109
(p) 206-726-8000

Sarah Holstedt
Vice President
1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 2400
Seattle, WA 98101
(p) 206-623-4646

Deb Hudacek
Vice President
Seneca Group
1191 2nd Avenue, Suite 1500
Seattle, WA 98101

Brad Strandquist
Vice President
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3200
Seattle, WA 98101
(p) 206-292-1200

Mentors and Sponsors

Thanks to our many mentoring firms that helped us this past year in making our affiliate such a success.
View our list of mentoring firms.

Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of local industry leaders who make a significant contribution to our chapter. We are grateful for their continuing support.
View our board members.

More Information

Articles of Incorporation
EIN: 20-2238314

Participate in ACE!

If you’d like to experience ACE’s challenges, opportunities and rewards for yourself, contact us today!