Seattle, WA

For 20 years around Puget Sound, the ACE Mentor Program of Washington has been inspiring students to careers in architecture, engineering, and construction! The 2022-2023 program is well underway, and more than 300 students are participating on 12 teams in Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma. This year a record number of students applied and were placed in the program! Wow!

Anyone interested in joining our informational e-mail list for 2023-2024 program, should email us at the address to the left. Anyone interested is welcome to attend the Presentation Night events which will be held in late May.

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 $1,121,000 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.

Presentations in 2020 and 2021 were pre-recorded, live-streamed in a virtual webcast series, and are now available permanently for viewing on our YouTube channel:

While the 2022 Presentation Nights were in person, our all-virtual team presented during a hybrid event that is also available for viewing on our YouTube channel:

The 2023 events will be IN PERSON sometime in May 2023. This year’s student project is an aquatic center, and we are excited to see what the students have come up with. Check back for more details!

Student Scholarships

The ACE Mentor Program of Washington has a strong student scholarship program which has awarded a total of $1,121,000 since its inception in Washington state in 2001. Passing the $1 million mark is a magnificent milestone and one we are incredibly proud of!

Scholarship applicants are recognized at a reception in the spring. The 2020 and 2021 events were virtual events and are available on our YouTube page for viewing. The 2022event was held in-person in conjunction with our 20th Anniversary Celebration. Fourteen seniors were awarded $137,000 in scholarships!

To see the program from the ACE 20th Anniversary and Scholarship Event:
Download Event Program

Additionally, our informational looping slideshow is available for viewing on our YouTube page. It includes photos from our history, a timeline, quotes from supporters, recognition of our mentors and sponsors, and much more.

The 2023 scholarship application will be available for ACE seniors on March 1. Ask your team leader about the opportunity to apply today!

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 $250.00. Your support will insure 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

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