Our history with the ACE Mentor Program goes way back. Our Director of Strategic Partnerships, Cody Lowry, was lured by the smell of pizza to a group of high school students learning about design and construction at his old job at Urban Engineers. Turns out that his colleague, Kevin Brown, was mentoring a group of local students through the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania.
We’ve been following the organization’s progress, and watching as they expose students to potential careers in architecture, engineering and construction. ACE Mentor Program matches experienced professionals from leading building industry firms with students to work in teams to discuss projects, tour building sites, and address real life situation and issues. Students are encouraged to apply their talents to futures as architects, construction managers, engineers and more. The ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania focuses its efforts in underserved communities and seeks to bring diversity to these fields.
The organization asked us to create a brochure for students, to be distributed at job fairs, through guidance counselors and principals, and given directly to parents. The brochure was designed within the guidelines of the national brand in terms of color and logo usage. We chose Helvetica type because it’s straightforward and clear. We designed a barrel-fold five-panel layout to communicate all of their information and photos in one piece. This was our designer Nick Massarelli’s first time on press, and he worked closely with Mike Prestigord at Old York Printing to get the colors exactly right. Side note: Old York Road printing specializes in ice cream containers so their print shop is like a clean room (alas, we weren’t allowed to take photos).
In addition, we created a digital campaign that could be used to tell the stories of past and current students. We gave ACE a template system that is flexible across all platforms, using pull quotes and color washes so they could create their own pieces as they got more student testimonials.
We’re looking forward to seeing this program grow and continue to build a group of students ready to enter college as future architects, construction managers, and engineers. If you’d like to get involved, contact them at