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ACE Students Visited New Broward County Courthouse

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA - December 8, 2013 - ACE Mentor students visited the construction site of Broward County's new Courthouse in Ft. Lauderdale on December 7, 2013. Select ACE students from J.P. Taravella High School, Coral Springs High School, Pine Crest School and the Home School Network joined together to discover how innovative technologies in construction are being used in this exciting new project.

After a safety orientation and project introduction, students were led on an on-site tour before lunch. Some of the highest skilled staff and Subcontractors in the industry served as tour leaders, teaching students through innovative construction presentations about the design of the new courthouse and how BIM (Building Information Modeling) was used through the VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) Process - technologies integral to capture, process and route information for project planning and delivery. The project team discussed the schedule and procurement of materials as they work toward project's completion.

The new Broward County Courthouse Building will consist of a 21-story, 741,000 sq. ft. Civil and Family Courthouse featuring 45 full-size courtrooms, 12 smaller courtrooms, 18 hearing rooms with additional staff and support spaces. The project will include construction of connecting pedestrian bridges, improvements to the existing east wing and a new parking garage. The new building is intended to be LEED Gold and projected for completion Summer 2015 with final project completion scheduled for 2017.

Primary host companies for the field trip were James A Cummings, Inc., who leads as the General Contractor on the project and Baker Concrete Construction, Inc., as the concrete/shell subcontractor with support from J.A.M. Shell Builders, Central Broward Construction, Naglebush Mechanical, Bramble Plumbing and Fisk Electric. Both have been active in ACE over the past years. Additional mentor firms included Stiles Construction, Hensel Phelps Construction and Current Builders.

The Ace Mentor Program of Broward County is a 50(c)3 non-for-profit organization whose missions is to engage, excite and enlighten high school students in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Martin Counties to pursue careers in the integrated construction industry through scholarships and grants. The program helps high school students discover the wide range of career options available to them in architecture, construction and engineering. Current Builders has led efforts since 2008 as a founding board member.

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