We’re a little late in covering this, but this year Epstein was a proud supporter and dedicated counselor for the ACE Mentor Program Chicago. From this past October through the final student presentation on April 6th, a devoted team of Epstein’s architects, engineers and construction professionals, along with volunteers from Lendlease and GSA, met weekly with a group of ACE High School students and supported, directed and nurtured these future designers and engineers in their development of a program for a proposed Culinary Incubator Campus.
ACE team branded their food industry-based program as the ‘Culinary Corner’ and
this 34,500 square foot facility was to be located west of Halsted on Fulton
Street, in the heart of the Fulton Market District. The purpose of the Culinary
Corner was to serve as facility that helps new and start-up companies to grow
by providing food industry-specific management training, office space and
business resources. The ACE students Culinary Corner development featured a
community garden, office space, demonstration kitchens, auditoriums for
lectures and training, a multi-media library, café and green/garden roof.
addition to preparing a program and design for the Culinary Corner, the ACE
students also put together MEP/FP and structural system selections as well as
determining structural load calculations. Our ACE students didn’t just stop
with architecture and engineering services but they also established
construction site logistics and developed a detailed 8-month construction
final component of our ACE team’s projects was the aforementioned student
presentation which took place at IIT’S Hermann Hall on April 6th and
gave our students a sense of what a professional world client presentation
you can see from the incredible work highlighted here our ACE students did an
incredible job during this six month mentoring program and we could not have
been more pleased to have played a role in helping these very talented students
realize their vision.
part of the final student presentation, internships and scholarships were
awarded by ACE Chicago and firms like Epstein. Over the past 16 years ACE
Chicago has granted over $1.3M in scholarships, including $184,000 this year
and also this year, Epstein granted a summer internship in architecture to
Victoria Piekarz. In addition, our employee-run charity, The Epstein Community
Foundation, presented two $500 scholarships to Edilson Uribe and Carlos
Villanueva, as well as three $2000 scholarships to Jose Rodriguez, Esther
Durosinmi and Matias Gros.
the dedicated group of Epstein mentors that donated hundreds of hours of their
personal time to this effort were:
Team Leaders - Mark Rustin and Sean Miller
Architects – Jenn Pisano, Cassiday Love, Jeffrey McQuiston, John Kolb, Laura Rebbe and Ramona Valeanu.
Engineers – Martin Barenbaum, Rick Schlude, Jon Scales, Jake Effinger & Carla Espinoza
Construction – Anna Gannon & Jeremy Wright
team on a serving as grand examples of AEC professionals for a future
generation of architects, engineers and contractors!