TriVersity Sponsors, Attends 11th annual ACE Mentor Program of Indiana Awards Banquet

TriVersity participates in the ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentoring Program both in Cincinnati and in Indianapolis. Last week Akilah Darden, project executive of the Indianapolis office, attended the annual awards banquet with the team she mentors from North Central High School. Four North Central students were awarded a total of $9,000 in scholarships and $1,000 was awarded to a North Central alumni. 

The event, which featured speaker Ruben Gonzalez, the only person ever to compete in four different Olympics, each in different decades, presented awards to high school teams for their work on a year-long project at 360 Market Square. 

360 Market Square is ACE Mentoring Program of Indiana’s largest and most unique project to date. The location downtown is the site formerly occupied by Market Square Arena, which was home to the Indiana Pacers. Now, 360 Market Square will be home to Indianapolis’ newest multipurpose high rise tower serving both the retail and residential markets. While the first two floors will be reserved for retail use, the remaining 26 will be purely residential.

This year’s program is unique as it will follow a project that is currently under construction. Each team was given the option to keep the building’s current name or create a unique name to fit their specific design. This year’s exceptional circumstances have allowed all ACE students to both envision and design their own concepts while seeing the job site continue to evolve during their team’s journey from initial concept to final design. While the students’ designs might not be implemented into the 360 Market Square project, they can to connect in a new way as both projects grow together.

Akilah Darden, who is also a board member of ACE Mentoring Program of Indiana, worked with North Central High School on their project entitled “INdySpire.” The project’s first two floors is in a hashtag shape (#) followed by the upper residential floors in a twisted octagon shape. In addition to mentoring on the project, TriVersity introduced the students to Will Marquez, of W/Purpose to assist with the completion of the 3D-printed, LED lit model.

Nationally, more than 30,000 students have enjoyed the exciting projects, informative field trips and other fun activities that make up the ACE experience. As the construction industry’s fastest-growing high school mentoring program, ACE is open to high school students interested in learning more about a career in the integrated construction industry which includes engineers, architects, landscape architects, contractors and its allied trades.

Architects, landscape architects, engineers, construction firms, tradesman, suppliers and equipment manufacturers are all key to the success of the ACE Mentor Program. Since 1995, ACE nationally has awarded over $14 million in scholarships to promising participants in over 60 nationwide affiliates. Locally, ACE Mentor Program of Indiana has awarded over $500,000 in scholarships.

Akilah Darden with speaker Ruben Gonzalez

Akilah Darden and students from North Central High School (Indianapolis, IN)

North Central students with their project titled “INdySpire”


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