Last week, Principal Mindy Cooper, PLA participated as a juror for the ACE Mentor Program of Austin MEGA final project presentations. The panel comprised of a hand-picked group of industry experts were chosen to listen to, evaluate, and provide feedback on the student presentations. The final projects are the culmination of ACE’s 15-week curriculum, during which students and mentors from the Architecture, Construction and Engineering industry work together to design and plan the construction of a building.
The ACE Mentor Program of America is a national non-profit that educates, engages, and excites high school students about career options in the fields of Architecture Construction and Engineering. ACE exposes students to the many facets of our industry in an active, creative environment. The sessions consist of a combination of short lectures, working sessions, and field trips.
This year’s project, MEGA: A Tall Building for the 21st Century, challenged students to address the issues of a rapidly growing global population, urban densification and housing shortages by envisioning a neighborhood in the sky.
As the juror in charge of awarding the Green Giant Award for sustainability, Mindy selected the Blue Wrench team whose innovative skyscraper in Beijing, China, incorporated gravity-fed exterior roof terraces whose parapet walls were clad in a smog vacuum. All eight project teams put together impressive proposals that included graphics and details describing the project site, building design, construction logistics and overall project cost.
Congratulations to all of the teams on their successful completion of the 2017 session, and to those teams and individuals who were the recipients of awards and scholarships!
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