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June 2016 | Issue 12

New York City Team Takes Top Prize at National Design Competition

On April 25 nine finalists chosen from a record 55 entries travelled to Washington to compete in the Tenth Annual CIRT—ACE National Design Competition.  Team 30 from Greater New York City earned top honors and a $5,000 prize passed along to its affiliate for its project titled “RESILIEN-City.”  Students redesigned a more resilient shoreline near Coney Island that Hurricane Sandy devastated a few years ago.

An Eastern Pennsylvania team’s design, “The Last Stop,” repurposed a Philadelphia trolley maintenance shop that will go out of service in a few years.  In this second-place project, students converted the buildings and grounds into a museum, theater, and market for an economically challenged neighborhood.  For the first time, an ACE alumnus, Darpan Patel, was the lead mentor for a National Design Competition team.

Northeast Florida’s project “Unity Bridge” won third place.  Students designed an iconic, multi-modal bridge across the St. John’s River.

ACE Board member Paul Bonnington’s informative article in the e-publication BuiltWorlds describes the competition.  

National Board Meeting Highlights Financial Stability, Growth and New Opportunities

ACE Chairman Tom Gilbane presided over a successful national board meeting on April 25 preceding the National Design Competition.  The Board voted on new members and thanked outgoing Executive Committee members Rich Allen (Stantec) and Murray Savage (PSI). 

ACE CEO Jack Kalavritinos reported on ACE’s financial, programmatic and communication strengths and discussed the organization’s commitment to the new strategic plan calling for steady nationwide growth. The Board heard from the newest affiliate, ACE of Upstate South Carolina. CIRT President Mark Casso previewed plans to switch next year's National Design Competition to a web-based platform as a result of a new collaboration with the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s Discover Design program.

Louisville Affiliate Scores Second Grant for Amphitheater Project

The ACE Iroquois High School team has received $25K from SkillsUSA to continue building the second phase of a student-designed and built amphitheater at the school.  A stage, walking path, roof, sign and enhanced landscaping will be added to the existing seating area constructed with a previous grant.  With support from Lowe’s, SkillsUSA funded 14 other similar projects around the country.   


Washington State Governor Showcases Seattle ACE Students

At a recent press conference announcing a $2.2 million increase in funding for his pet YouthWorks program, Gov. Jay Inslee selected two ACE students and their mentors as exemplars of this program.  It pairs at-risk students with mentors during a paid 90-hour internship.   A TV news broadcast of the press conference featured the ACE students and mentors.  

Scholarship and Fundraising Successes

At yearend scholarship and fundraising events, affiliates achieved noteworthy milestones.  

  • Portland, Oregon, netted a record $70K for its 10th anniversary event, which headlined ACE founder Charlie Thornton.
  • On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, Indianapolis awarded a record $56K in scholarships, pushing the cumulative total scholarships over the $500K mark.
  • Atlanta distributed a new high of $14K in scholarships to seven students.
  • Western Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh) more than doubled revenues from its fundraiser ($50K versus $24K in 2015).
  • Los Angeles awarded $50K in scholarships to 50 students.
  • The Birmingham affiliate’s scholarship pot reached a new high of $22,500.
  • Northeast Florida (Jacksonville) has distributed more than $19K in scholarships, setting a new record.
  • Nashville gave out $54K in scholarships ($40K to active students, and $14K to alumni), the most ever.
  • The Washington, DC, affiliate’s fundraiser took in $70K, more than in the past six years.  Fourteen students received $56K in scholarships.
  • San Antonio increased its scholarship awards to $19K, up from last year’s $17K.
Fundraising Surprises in Cleveland  

Many ACE alumni across the country are paying back by mentoring, but never has an alumnus donated a scholarship.  Cleveland 2012 alum Kendale King, now working in an accounting firm, recently established a $1K scholarship with his own funds.

In celebration of its centennial, the Construction Employers Association pledged $100K in scholarships for Cleveland students.   The funds will be paid out over 10 years.

With this new support, Cleveland awarded a record-setting $133K in scholarships, including matching scholarships from two Ohio colleges.

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