Career Direction for Students in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering

Team 3 – Week 6

In ACE Team 3 on 12.19.2014 at .

This week Team 3 focused on Sustainability and Site Planning.

The meeting started with a presentation on sustainable concepts and the LEED program, and included a case study of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA. This was followed by a brief introduction to Site Analysis, showing how to study local effects of pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns, solar orientation, and proximity to public transit.

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Two potential sites for this year’s project were presented. The team then split into two groups, completing a site analysis for each of the two proposed project sites. Working together with tracing paper, each group outlined the characteristics for their site and then presented their findings to the entire team, including one positive and one negative to each site.

Team 7 – Week 6 Site Visit

In ACE Team 7 on 12.18.2014 at .

This week’s meeting began at Power’s field office for the new Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago building in Streeterville. During dinner, we saw a quick presentation about the project background. We then donned our hard hats and safety glasses and headed a few blocks over to the construction site entrance.

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We took the elevator lift up to the future RIC sky lobby level, which is a two-story area that will eventually include an outdoor garden area with impressive views of the skyline. We discussed some of the key features of the building construction and learned about a number of things, including curtain walls, utility duct banks, and crane maneuvering and staging.

Happy holidays to everyone! We will see the team again on Wednesday, January 7th at AS+GG’s office. Happy 2015!!

Team 1 + Week 5

In ACE Team 1 on 12.17.2014 at .

Everybody get your ‘Helmuts’… um Hardhats

“Nature is not seen as an indifferent, inscrutable force…but rather a collection of material things whose reasons and relations architecture has the task of revealing… the origin of architecture is nature worked as a product of thought…Man put stone on the ground in order to recognize place in the midst of the unknown and thereby measure and modify it…

-Vittorio Gregotti


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Week 5 was quite an adventure! We visited a VOA active construction site for the Park Boulevard Multi-Family Residential Project in Chicago. VOA’s Ben Buehrle plays the Construction Administration role for the project. He gave us a very informative tour of the buildings under construction. We got to see all of the skeleton and guts of a building and then we saw similar units that were already almost complete. It’s scary how much we don’t see of what is inside our walls. Now we know! Everyone seemed so interested and had a ton of questions for the mentors. Mentors learned a lot too :) The scavenger hunt was a great way for everyone to engage in learning about different items one would find on a construction site. It was also cold and dark the whole time (except for the one random heater in the kitchen of our last stop on the site visit!)… the photos portray this dark and spooky aura.

Happy Holidays ACEers! Come tomorrow prepared to make your resume for college!


Important Files:


Scavenger hunt


Next Meeting:


225 W. Wacker, Suite 2160

5-7 PM


Questionnaire: (Reply an Answer to this Blog for a Candy at our next meeting!):

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  • Name the construction site item that is red in color and used for protection in smoke and or sound assemblies for joint systems and through penetration systems. It is the mooshy material that we saw.




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