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Newfield Mentors for the ACE Program

The Bloomfield High School renovation team of Newfield Construction, Inc., Diggs Construction and Tai Soo Kim Partners mentored eighteen students from the Bloomfield area on a design and construction challenge. The student's challenge was to design a new library addition and landscaped courtyard for Bloomfield High. Students and mentors met with the students for fifteen sessions, assisting them in preparing plans, renderings and models. Working through the same steps that a professional design and construction team would undertake, each week the students learned about a different aspect of the process. Guest speakers such as mechanical and electrical engineers, lighting designers, and civil and structural engineers talked to the students about their specific roles and responsibilities in the project's development process. Field trips to construction sites and the offices of Tai Soo Kim were also included in the real-life training exercise.

A formal presentation to the ACE judging committee capped off the project. The students of this team did exceptionally well, winning multiple awards from the ACE Hartford Chapter. Bloomfield High School senior Alexia Channer was awarded a $1,200 ACE Scholarship to be used for her civil engineering studies next year. Bloomfield Senior Chris Locke, who last summer worked as an intern with Tai Soo Kim Partners, won a $4000 ACE Scholarship. Several other students received laptop computers as part of their continuing education in the building industry.

The ACE Mentoring Program of America, Inc. partners with industry professionals to mentor students and provide hands on, real-world experience at local schools. To learn more about the ACE Mentor program, visit acementor.org.

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