Special Thanks to Our Outstanding Mentors

Special thanks to our mentors who continue to dedicate there time, knowledge and wisdom to help students engage in their chosen career path.  Students benefit greatly from their interaction with these career professionals.

Charles Kohler
Retired – Civil Engineer
Read Bio.
Brooke Robbins; Principal Architect; Outstanding ACE Mentor
Brooke Robbins, AIA, LEED AP
Principal Architect & Interior Designer

Robbins Design Studio, P.A.

Read Bio.

Doug Mercer
Retired – Aerospace Engineer and Facilities Management
Read Bio.
Tom Hanley
Elkins Construction LLC – Project Estimator
Read Bio.

About A.C.E.

Founded during the 2006-2007 school year with significant support from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), the ACE Mentor Program of Northeast Florida, helps high school students explore potential careers in architecture, construction and engineering.

Through the program, mentors from local industry professional firms meet with students for two hours once a week for 16 weeks. During these sessions, students work in teams to create practical solutions for “real-world” projects. It’s an effective way for students to experience the reality of what architects, contractors and engineers do during a typical working day.

Now starting our tenth year of the program, we have teams from Orange Park High School, Lee High School, Middleburg High School and a Homeschool Group.


Spring 2017 Middleburg High School (Tuesdays 2pm-4pm)

Room: 361 Drafting

Contact: chise.apiata@myoneclay.net

  • 16 week program beginning in January
  • Field trip in March
  • End of Year event

Project Presentations (examples of presentation boards)

Scholarship luncheon


Participate in ACE!

If you’d like to experience ACE’s challenges, opportunities and rewards for yourself, just contact one of the ACE leaders listed in the upper right-hand corner of this page. We are looking for mentors for all schools.

Click here to visit ACE national students page.



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To motivate students toward architecture, construction,   engineering, and related careers

To provide mentoring and scholarship opportunities for future   designers  and constructors


NE Florida Affiliate

  • Non Profit, Established in 2006
  • Duval County , Clay County , St. Johns County:
  • Program has expanded to 5 sites
  • Since 2006, provided over $130,000 in scholarships
Mentors Experience

Students Experience


General Information or Sponsorship:

Brooke A. Robbins, AIA, LEED AP

(p) 904.361.5120

Lee High School:
Brian Warfield, P.E., S.E.
(p) 904.357.4932

Home School Students:
Wayne Petrone, P.E.
(p) 904.647.2327

Middleburg High School:
Tom Hanley
(p) 904.353.5500

Orange Park High School:
Tom Grogan, P.E., S.E.
(p) 904.635.2699

National Team Leader at OPHS:
Joe DeMarco
(p) 904-579-2602




Parent Consent Form

Construction Site Tour Worksheet

Field Trip Permission Form

Program Evaluation Form

Registering and Background Screening

Proposed Sessions 2014-2015

ACETinyTriangle.gifMentors and Sponsors

Thanks to our many mentors and sponsors who have helped us this past year in making our affiliate such a success.
View our list of sponsors.
View our list of mentors.

ACETinyTriangle.gifBoard of Directors

Our board is comprised of local industry leaders who make a significant contribution to our affiliate. We are grateful for their continuing support.
View our board members.


Student Registration

Students must complete the following steps to participate in ACE for the upcoming school year;acement1

  1. Follow link to Site for registration. Click Here
  2. New Students:  click on new Student registration and fill out the information required.
  3. Returning Students: click on the returning students tab, log-in, update any information that has changed
  4. Fill out the Parent consent form – return to your teacher.