After a very informal but informative presentation by Jud Adams (President of Power Management) the students were rotated through electrical, plumbing and mechanical engineering exercises where the sized air duct, researched code on required number of plumbing fixtures and designed electrical circuits for an actual office building.
ACE Team 2 is doing well! At our first “icebreaker” meeting of the year, we played Laser Tag at A-Game in Franklin. At this meeting, we also discussed our ACE goals for the year, and started brainstorming our project under the theme of “shelter”. We briefly overviewed each of the common professions associated with building construction, and got a feel for the interests and passions of individual students on our team.
During October, we met with Wasco to practice some bricklaying skills and learned about the roles of contractors and subcontractors, and the skills needed to effectively work in a construction trade. Later, we met with Civil Constructors and learned about site and grading work, and the technologies used by civil contractors to perform their work. The students also learned a little about surveying tools and broke into groups to compete in an outdoor activity to see which group could survey the footprint of a small building the fastest!
In November our team had the opportunity to tour the construction site of the Gulch Crossing building in Nashville. As colder weather set in, we met at the office of HMK Architects, and at the office of Robins & Morton, to work on the students’ “shelter” project, doing various exercises in Programming, Schematic Design, and Design Development. We are looking forward to getting back together in the new year!
Students from MBA and Father Ryan High Schools showcased their PARK(ing) Day structure in downtown Nashville on Friday, September 19, 2014
As part of the 2013-2014 ACE project theme of “community”, ACE Team 5’s project transformed a metered parking spot into a temporary public park in participation of the world-wide PARK(ing) Day event. Project features include: two mobile structures providing both shade and storage, stackable benches and chairs made from recycled pallets, a potted plant wall feature, and modifiable roof slats that can be adjusted based on the position of the sun.
ACE Team 5 mentors and students kicked off the 2014-2015 ACE year with a bang! Well, actually it was a pizza. We will get to that in a minute.
Team mentors from Gresham, Smith & Partners and Skanska were happy to see each other again and welcome both new and returning students from Father Ryan, MBA, and St. Cecilia after the summer break. To get things started, the students were tasked with a fun project that would quickly demonstrate the roles that owners, architects, engineers, and contractors play in the industry. Roles were assigned and students went to work to design, engineer, and build their project assignment…a pizza!
Engineering for the pizza box was underway while the architect designed the crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings to meet the owner requirements. The contractors presented a schedule and budget to the owner with a VE option for white instead of whole wheat crust, then went to work rolling dough once it was approved. 5 RFIs were submitted to the architect and approved during the process.
The superintendent and project manager coordinated with the various subcontractors on site.
The pizza was delivered on time and under budget! We are looking forward to a great year!