CAREER DIRECTIONS IN ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION + ENGINEERING

The global pandemic has changed the way we live and work and the ACE Mentor Program has adapted to offer our students engagement through ACE Ventures!, our virtual field trip series. Through participation, students are provided with advanced career exposure and an insight into the latest technology helping to revolutionize construction.

Our virtual field trip series will enable students to learn directly from industry professionals who will demonstrate their skills, share their story, and inspire students to pursue a career in the design and construction industry!

ACE Ventures is a supplemental program in addition to your local ACE affiliate programming.

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RECORDED LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH, 2021

Join Phoenix Raceway and ACE partner, Procore, to see what goes into renovating and managing a professional raceway!

Managing large construction projects can be a complex process. We will look at how the Phoenix Raceway completed a major renovation with Okland Construction and Procore’s construction management software.

Phoenix Raceway President, Julie Giese, and Business Development Director for the West, Mark Bailey, will describe the history of the Phoenix Raceway, The Championship Weekend, and how they use the facility throughout the year. They will also describe the steps that went into the renovation project and provide a virtual tour of the facility.

CLICK THIS LINK FOR VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE TRACK

PRESENTERS

JULIE GIESE

President, Phoenix Raceway

 

MARK BAILEY

Director of Business Development Western Region, Nascar

 

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RECORDED LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11TH, 2021

Rodgers Builders a construction company out of Charlotte, NC and ACE Supporter hosted this ACE Venture Below:

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) continues to change the way we deliver buildings and communicate among various stakeholders.  We will look at today’s current technologies related to VDC and how it improves project communication.  Topics will include preconstruction, logistics planning, BIM Execution Plans, clash detection, laser scanning,  augmented reality and prefabrication. We will also take an in depth look at some of the latest cloud communication platforms including Autodesk BIM 360© and Touch Plan©.

We will highlight several projects including the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Atrium Health Pineville Bed Tower.  Students should have a strong understanding on how technology is improving the delivery process of design and construction.

 

PRESENTERS

BRIAN KING, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Integrated Construction Manager, Rodgers Builders

 

VIRGINIA SUTTON, PE, LEED AP BD+C

VDC Manager, Rodgers Builders

 

Walter Jenkins

VDC Coordinator, Rodgers Builders

 

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RECORDED LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 2021

Mortenson is a leader in renewable energy construction in wind and solar that span from coast to coast. This roundtable discussion will focus on how Mortenson is pioneering new methods of building on the job site using robots from Built Robotics. We will explain how excavators are upgraded with AI Guidance Systems to become fully autonomous robots and show the software that powers them. Participants can see how robotic technology is advancing the future of construction by looking at past projects on wind farms. Mortenson and Built will share how robotics is shaping new careers, job skills, and opportunities for both people within and new to the industry.

PRESENTERS

ERIC SELLMAN

Vice President and GM, Mortenson

 

GAURAV KIKANI

Vice President of Strategy, Operations, Finance, Built Robotics

 

DEREK SMITH

Lean Innovation Manager, Mortenson

 

JIMMY KIM

Business Operations Lead, Built Robotics

 

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RECORDED LIVE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH, 2021

In this ACEVenture, experience what it takes to develop, design, and build a state-of-the-art NFL Stadium in the heart of Las Vegas. Learn about a day in the life of the team that took the Raiders vision and made it a reality and gain insight as to what it means to be a part of a high profile construction project.  Dive into a few of the unique features of Allegiant Stadium.  Join us for an exclusive inside look at the road to GameDay.

To find out more on how the stadium was created please visit this link to watch the documentary series: From the Ground Up

PRESENTERS

CHARLIE THORNTON

Co CEO, CAA ICON

 

SARAH NARJES

Project Executive, Mortenson Sports + Entertainment Group

 

LANSON NICHOLS

Director of Professional Sports Architecture, HNTB

 

SHANNON MILLER

Senior Associate, Project Coordinator, CAA ICON

 

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RECORDED LIVE ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2021

Clark Construction just completed the 1.6 million-square-foot North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTPLLN) at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), now the largest undergraduate community in the University of California system. Get a personal guided tour of this cutting-edge new neighborhood where students can learn, live, and play. You’ll also meet Clark’s very own maverick drone pilots and find out how they leveraged technology to help build the project.

 

PRESENTERS

KEVIN LEGGE

Vice President, Clark Construction

 

ALI KASHANI, PHD

Sr Manager, Virtual Design and Construction

 

DOMINIC ROMEO

Engineer, Clark Construction

ROSSETTE DAWSON

Corporate Communications, Clark Construction

 

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RECORDED LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2021

Stantec is a top global design and engineering firm with active projects all over the world.  We’re designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe. As part of that process, we’re always trying to push the boundaries with how technology can help make our work better.

In this ACE Venture, we’ll explore developments in both real time visualization production and virtual reality.  We’ll also look at how our relationship with Epic Games (creators of FortNite, Rocket League, and other AAA video games) has helped shape how we design.  Whether we’re building a driving simulator to help explain a new highway interchange, or creating an app to help crowd source design for a better skate park, these tools impact how we design and visualize real world projects.  Come along and we’ll show you what we’re up to!

 

PRESENTERS

CHUCK LOUNSBERRY

Technology Lead, Stantec

 

ANTHONY LABELLA

Creative Director, Design Visualization Services, Stantec

 

AUDREY CROPP

Senior Design Visualization Specialist, Stantec

 

 

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RECORDED LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021

Gilbane Building Company has a long-established national relationship with the ACE Mentor Program. Since 2000, Gilbane has mentored over 400 students from 18 states and 43 cities across the U.S. Gilbane has 112 active mentors, each mentor spends between 30 and 75 hours per year working with ACE students. To date, Gilbane has donated over $1.5 million to the ACE Mentor program.

Gilbane’s Chairman and CEO, Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr., conducts a yearly review of all business units’ participation in ACE and each summer grants Gilbane’s annual ACE Mentoring Award to one or more employees during a companywide town hall meeting. Winners receive $1,000 to donate to their local ACE chapter.

PRESENTERS

EDWARD M. AUGUSTUS, JR.

City Manager, Worcester, MA

JANET MARIE SMITH

Executive VP Planning and Development, LA Dodgers

STEVE DUVEL

Senior VP, New England Division, Gilbane Building Company

NEIL BENNER

Senior Project Executive, Gilbane Building Company

LAURA ONESSIMO

Marketing Director, Gilbane Building Company

 

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RECORDED LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2020

PCL Construction is involved with multiple student housing projects across the UCLA Campus. In this ACEVenture we will focus on the $303M Southwest Student Housing Project. The project consists of three residential cast-in-place concrete buildings, two at eight (8) stories and one nine (9) story building. The project will provide 358 apartment-style units consisting of 2,281 undergraduate beds. This ACEVenture will show the high level of coordination and daily challenges that goes into getting a project like this from start to where it is today at 50% complete. We will take detailed looks into the technology we use, placing a concrete deck, and removing a Tower Crane!

PRESENTERS

MARK SCHNEIDER, Construction Manager

 

 

KRISTOF BEWER, Senior Superintendent

 

 

ALLY FORSTER, Field Engineer

 

 

FAWN RADMANICH, CPSM Marketing and Communications 

 

 

JESUS BUENROSTRO, Project Engineer

 

 

 

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RECORDED LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2020

The increase in population density in urban locations and land scarcity has caused a significant escalation in the rise of vertical school projects.  Vertical schools are characterized as multi-level buildings blending teaching pedagogies and age cohorts across science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) disciplines.

A notable increase in significant high-rise school projects has occurred within the past few years in Australia. Globally, vertical schools are a relatively new concept.

Join #ACEVentures in Australia to learn about this new concept of innovative education delivery within a vertical environment.

PRESENTERS

SIMON KEARNEY, Director

 

DANIEL BUTTERICK, Associate Director

 

LISA WOODRUFF, Vice President

 

 

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RECORDED LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020

In his role, J. Brett Blanton is responsible for facilities maintenance and operation of the historic U.S. Capitol Building, the care and improvement of more than 570 acres of grounds and the operation and maintenance of 18.4 million square feet of buildings. Learn more about The Cannon House Office Building’s renewal and their commitment to preserving our nation’s history.

The Honorable J. Brett Blanton
Architect of the Capitol

The Honorable J. Brett Blanton was sworn in as the 12th Architect of the Capitol in January 2020 after being nominated by President Donald J. Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Blanton served as a U.S. Naval Officer for more than 20 years, lending his progressive leadership and engineering experience to some of the Navy’s largest and most complex planning, design and construction projects. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for heroism in Baghdad, Iraq.

Prior to joining the Architect of the Capitol, Blanton served as Deputy Vice President at the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he led a $1.5 billion Capital Planning, Design and Construction program.

He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering and a Certified Energy Manager.

Full bio at: https://www.aoc.gov/about-us/history/architects-of-the-capitol/j-brett-blanton

RECORDED LIVE ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2020

Oracle is a leading technology company that is taking innovation and putting it into action. Join us to learn how we are using robots, building models, and a virtual command center to build our next generation Industries Innovation Lab.

  • Welcome and Introduction
  •  Meet Spot the Robot Dog
  • Building Model
  • Take Control: Command Center
  • Q&A 

PRESENTERS

BURCIN KAPLANOGLU

Executive Director, Innovation Officer, Oracle Global Business Units

EILISH NOLEN

Industries Innovation Lab Project Manager, Oracle Global Business Units

HILARY EMMETT

Strategic Program Manager, Oracle Construction and Engineering

 

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