Greenville, SC - Architects Helen Byce, AIA, LEED AP BD+C and Mel Middleton, AIA, NCARB of LS3P, and Allison Anderson, LEED AP BD+C of Turner Construction have initiated a new chapter of the ACE Mentor program for students in the Upstate. Founded by leaders in the architecture and construction industries in 1994, ACE has a mission to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, and construction.
The new local chapter led by Anderson, Byce and Middleton will establish itself as an “Affiliate Organization” with the support of the national organization. The chapter will be known as “The ACE Mentor Program of the Upstate” and will serve students in the surrounding area. The first year of operation will begin with an eleven week program located at NEXT High School in Greenville beginning in March. Other Board Members include Jonathan Godwin of Godwin and Associates, CPA and Hall Provence of Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP.
Byce, a founding Board Member, is excited about the group’s potential impact. “ACE has a long tradition of uplifting and promoting the architecture, engineering, and construction industries,” she explains. “Engaging youth in these industries encourages a long-term investment in their personal and professional development. This program also allows LS3P and Turner Construction to continue our firms’ mutual goal of active community involvement.”
Next High School, a state charter school, prioritizes impact-based learning, student empowerment, and entrepreneurship skills. The NEXT curriculum pairs well with ACE’s real-world, hands-on projects which are led by mentors during the school week. For more information about how to support the chapter through mentorship or donations, please visit www.acementor.org/upstate-sc .
About LS3P: Founded in 1963, LS3P was named Southeast Design Firm of the Year for 2014 by Engineering News Record (ENR). A design firm with regional roots and a national reach, LS3P operates from its 7 offices in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach, SC and Charlotte, Raleigh and Wilmington, NC, providing architecture, interior architecture, and planning services. LS3P is deeply committed to the communities in which it serves, with over 470 design awards in diverse practice areas. For more information on LS3P, visit www.ls3p.com.
About Turner Construction: Turner is a construction services company and is a leading builder in diverse and numerous market segments, with offices around the country. Founded in 1902, in 2015 Engineering News Record (ENR) recognized Turner Construction as the largest general contractor in the country and a leader in 24 additional categories, including #1 Green Builder in the country. Turner’s is committed to the communities in which we work and support a variety of programs focusing on youth education, health and welfare, military service members and improving the viability of local businesses. For more information on Turner Construction, visit www.turnerconstruction.com .
About the ACE Mentor Program: ACE currently has 67 affiliates in 36 states, who organize 2,200 mentors to deliver content and lead hands-on educational projects for almost 8,000 students. ACE’s sponsors include many of America’s leading companies in the design and construction industry. For more information, visit www.acementor.org.