By Sue Brink, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast civilians were proud to hear May 1 that local students from Orange Park High School competed in the Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) National Design Competition in Washington, D.C.
Most of the students are in the ACE Academy - Architecture, Construction and Engineering.
With help from NAVFAC southeast, along with other local mentors, the ACE Northeast Florida Orange Park High School team traveled to Washington, D.C. to compete against 46 other teams from around the country.
After months of hard work and dedication they finished in third place overall and first place in their category for their "Harmony Springs Health Clinic" idea.
NAVFAC Southeast has been a part of the ACE program for the last four years.
"This is my third year," said Lynn Ladd, NAVFAC Southeast Region Sustainment and Facility Management Program director. "The kids are amazing with all the skills they already have, all we do is help point them in the right direction during our mentoring sessions."
Ladd explained that the students develop costs estimates, LEED templates, floor plans, interior design and more for their project.
"This gives them a taste of what life may be like as an engineer," said Ladd. "We work with them a couple hours a week from January to May.
The ACE program helps to mentor high school students and inspires them to pursue careers in design and construction. It's now the construction industry's fastest-growing high school mentoring program, reaching more than 8,000 students annually.
The command's ACE mentors Eric Denfeld, Lynn Ladd, Renee Dudgeon, Bub Lenoir, Adrienne Wilson, Lee Merrill, Karen Campbell and recently retired Doug Mercer, continue to embrace the opportunity to be role models, trusted friends and career advisors to these future engineering leaders.