ACE students, mentors and family members from the Providence and Northern Rhode Island groups gathered at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence to celebrate the accomplishments of the student over the past six months. After recognizing the students with the most outstanding attendance records, the evening was turned over to the students to present their projects.
The group of returning students from Northern Rhode Island section started things off, presenting their shoreline redevelopment project that will be entered into the national design competition. The students selected and identified a portion of beach in Barrington, RI and studied the location’s historical evolution before developing a plan to re-build and protect the shoreline. (See the NRI Student's Poster)
Providence returning students then took the stage to present their project that will also be entered in the national design competition. Like the NRI group, the Providence students chose to complete the Shoreline Design Challenge. For their Pawtuxet River Revial project, the students chose to design an elevated structure with a nature education center and restaurant connecting to the surrounding land via a bridge. The restaurant was designed to offer expansive views of their site and was elevated substantially to protect it from rising sea levels and from flooding. (See the Providence Student's Poster)
After hearing a sampling of what they have to look forward to in their next year with ACE, the first year students from NRI and Providence took a turn to present the projects they spent the second half of the year working on. In both sections, students spend the first half of the year learning about many of the facets of careers in the fields of Architecture, Construction and Engineering as well as completing hands-on projects related to the topic they learned about.
For the second half of the year, the three NRI groups each designed on part of a three-story, three-house row house at a site located in Pawtucket. (See the NRI First Year Student's Posters) In Providence, the five groups each took put their own spin on a three-story building on S. Main St. in Providence. (See the Providence First Year Student's Posters) For all groups the three-story building comprised a first floor retail space with the second and third floors intended as a single family dwelling. Some groups also chose to take advantage of the basements or roof-tops of their buildings to expand their retail spaces. Working in groups the students selected a business for their retail space and designed floor plans for all three levels. Working in their choice of pencil and paper, Google SketchUp and physical models the students communicated the design of their floor plan and layouts as well as exterior elevations.
While the Providence and Northern Rhode Island students were giving their presentations in Providence, the West Bay group also had their final presentations at New England Institute of Technology.
Wednesday night’s presentations marked the end of another successful year for the ACE Mentor Program of Rhode Island. We look forward to awarding scholarships to graduating seniors moving on to pursue a degree in one of the ACE fields as well as once more celebrating the accomplishments of the students at the annual gala to be held in late spring / early summer. We hope to see everyone back again next fall for another year of ACE.