Team from New Haven submitted design for green-energy homes
Washington, DC – April 29, 2010 – (RealEstateRama) — Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-3) welcomed students from New Haven and Branford to her office to celebrate their success in a national design competition organized by the Construction Industry Round Table and the ACE Mentor Program of America.
Founded in 1994, the ACE Mentor Program is active in 36 states and pairs professionals from 72 different affiliates in the architecture, construction, and engineering fields with high school students to introduce them to the various aspects of each profession. The mission of the program is to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students, encouraging them to pursue careers in the integrated design industry, and supporting them along the way through mentoring and scholarships. The students gain practical knowledge as they work alongside their mentors during 15 afterschool sessions, and apply what they have learned in the national design competition addressing real-world projects. The ACE program has operated in Connecticut for the past ten years and has involved more than 1,200 students.
Two teams from Connecticut were among the three finalists chosen to participate in the national competition in Washington, D.C. this year. The team from New Haven presented the second place-winning design, a sustainable design row house complex proposed for East Haven, CT. The proposal included three prototypes, each designed to transform the largely abandoned site into a thriving community for working professionals and families. Of the ten-member student team, four will be graduating this year and pursuing college degrees in architecture and engineering.
“I am so proud to see students from Connecticut competing and winning competitions at the national level,” said Congresswoman DeLauro. “Their second place finish is an amazing feat, and the students and mentors should be very proud of their accomplishments. The hard work and dedication of both the mentors and students resulted in an innovative design for a sustainable housing complex in part of East Haven in need of revitalization, and I commend their innovative vision for our communities.”
The photo attached is of the New Haven design team with Congresswoman DeLauro, from left to right: Jennifer Boyle, a mentor for the ACE New Haven Team, employed at Edward Stanley Engineers, Elizabeth Amado, ACE student and senior at Hamden High School, Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro, Seth Kirschner, ACE student and senior at Branford High School, Charles Aungst, a mentor for the ACE New Haven team, employed at Trane Co., and Maria Loitz, President of the Connecticut affiliate of the ACE Mentor Program of America, and employed at BVH Integrated Services.