CMiC Gives ACE $3 Million

The Toronto-based construction software company CMiC, an ACE national sponsor, and the family of CMiC’s late founder Allen Berg have donated $3 million to ACE spread over six years, starting in 2019. The bulk of the funds will underwrite the CMiC—Allen Berg Memorial Scholarship Awards which will be bestowed annually.

This gift - the largest single financial commitment ACE has ever received - will kick start ACE's silver anniversary celebration in 2019. The first scholarships will be awarded next spring

The generous, multi-year scholarships are targeted at talented, deserving ACE high school seniors planning to enter the design and construction industry. Details of the scholarship program will be announced this summer. Funds will be channeled through ACE affiliates.

ACE Earns Second National AIA Award
The American Institute of Architects recently named ACE a 2018 honoree of its Diversity Recognition Program. The award is bestowed on architects and organizations actively committed to making the architecture profession a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable profession.
ACE has a strong record of increasing diversity in the future architecture workforce. In 2017 44% of all ACE students enrolled in architecture schools were African American and Hispanic, compared to 17% nationwide.
ACE’s first national AIA award was the 2014 Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement.
Winners of National Design and Construction Competition

A record 60 entries from 26 affiliates were submitted to the 12th annual CIRT National Design and Construction Competition. Submissions reflected the creativity and perseverance of 481 students and their 297 mentors.

(L. to R.) Emily Boodhoo, Central Florida, 3rd place; Aaron Koopal, Central Iowa,1st place; Jean Kim, Seattle, 2nd place. (Photo, Commercial Image)
Aaron Koopal from the Central Iowa affiliate presents his team's first-place project "One Shell of a House," a flexible home. (Photo, Commercial Image)
Three finalist teams traveled to Washington, DC to present their projects before a live and on-line audience. For the first time, CIRT live-streamed the presentations. The video of the event has been viewed more than 1,900 times.

Because he competition jury of top industry CEO's ranked the competitors so close, it took two rounds of voting to determine the results below:

  • 1st Place ($5,000 prize): Central Iowa, "One Shell of a House" in the Flexible Home category
  • 2nd Place ($3,000 prize): Seattle, "Releasing the Dragon" in the Urban Block category
  • 3rd Place ($2,000 prize): Central Florida, "Delta Design" in the Ideal School category

ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentors
(L. to R.) Peter Davoren, Chair ACE Board; Randy Schmidt, Indianapolis; Tricia Elms Hanafin, New York; Casey Williams, Boston; Andrea Stalker, Los Angeles; Scott Seltz=2C ENR Publisher; and= Diana Eidenshink, President ACE Mentor.  (Photo=2C Commercial Image)
A jury composed of last year’s Outstanding Mentors poured over nominations from 22 affiliates and identified five 2018 winners. At the April 30 ACE Board meeting, they formally received the 2018 ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentor award. Each Outstanding Mentor’s affiliate receives a $2,500 scholarship to be named in her or his honor.
  • Casey Williams – Boston
  • Randy Schmidt – Indianapolis
  • Andrea Stalker – Los Angeles/Orange County
  • Tricia Elms – Greater New York
  • Casey Riske – Washington (Seattle)

New Construction Brochure

Earlier this spring, ACE published an attractive 4-page brochure statistically describing ACE's impact on the next generation construction workforce.  This brochure complements two similar brochures about engineering and architecture released early this year. The three brochures can be viewed and downloaded here.

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