National Programs

CIRT National Design and Construction Competition

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”
– Babe Ruth, Legendary baseball player

The CIRT National Design and Construction Competition celebrates 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. The Competition is maintained, coordinated, and judged by Construction Industry Round Table is intended for ACE Mentor Affiliate team entries.

2024 Competition Results:

  • 1st Place and a prize of $5,000 went to: ACE Mentor Program of N.E. Florida, Creekside ACE National Team 1, for their Highway Interchange entry “North Star Interchange”
  • 2nd Place and a prize of $3,000 went to: ACE Mentor Program of Greater New York, NYC DDC/SCA Team 8, for their Olympic Stadium/Iconic Structure entry “Le Stade Eiffel – The Eiffel Stadium” and
  • 3rd Place and a prize of $2,000 went to: ACE Mentor Program of New Jersey, Hawkitects Team, for their Shoreline Design entry “Duo.”

CMIC/Allen Berg Memorial Scholarship

The generosity of the Allen Berg Family has allowed ACE to award $2.1 million dollars to 134 ACE students over the past five years. This substantial commitment to deserving students significantly impacts their ability to find their pathway into the industry.

Allen Berg’s Legacy

The family of the late Allen Berg created The CMiC-Allen Berg Initiative in 2018 to preserve and extend Mr. Berg’s rich legacy as he passed away prematurely from cancer in 2015. 

Mr. Berg earned scholarships to study Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, followed by an advanced degree in Aerospace Engineering and work towards a Ph.D. in Mathematics. In 1974, at age 26, he founded CMiC—which grew to become the leading innovator of software solutions for the construction industry.

Mr. Berg’s devotion to education, community service and Jewish causes was rooted in his connection to his past – he was born in a refugee camp to Holocaust survivors who continued to suffer emotionally from the traumas they experienced during the war. He grew up in a modest home and the hardships the family experienced were magnified when Mr. Berg was 13 years old and lost his father. Mr. Berg realized that the way to help his family and create a good life for himself and those around him was through education.

Today, Mr. Berg is fondly remembered for his support of numerous community initiatives and for serving on the boards of several religious, government and technology organizations. He is also remembered by all those he mentored personally and all the individuals and families he touched on a personal level.  

Watch the 2023 winners be awarded their scholarships!

Outstanding Mentors and
Exemplary School Champions

Our volunteers are the very lifeblood of the ACE Mentor Program. They serve as team leaders and board members, develop lesson plans and facilitate site visits, and of course, are the mentors and champions for the next generation of construction professional.

Every year our ACE volunteers demonstrate impressive ingenuity, passion for community and commitment to our program mission. We recognize them all for their dedication and contributions.

Summer Experience

ACE offers several types of summer experiences, including internships/externships, summer camps, and virtual learning opportunities, which can build upon the students’ foundation of knowledge acquired in the regular ACE program.

STUDENTS & MENTORS: To find out which ACE summer experiences are available in your affiliate, reach out to your team leader or affiliate leader.

ACE Summer Camp at CU Denver

ACE students from around the country gather in Denver for a week-long overnight summer camp on the University of Colorado Denver campus. Faculty from CU Denver’s architecture, engineering, and construction management programs will lead an investigation in design, digital fabrication, and sustainable design. Campers will experience the “Dorm Life” and discover what campus living is all about.

Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a design build project and will collaborate for final presentations. The week is packed with additional activities exploring all that Denver and the Rocky Mountains have to offer. Check out these photos from last year’s camp!