ACE Mentoring Program Success with CCS Team Members

Friday, 28 May 2021 / Published in CCS News, Industry News


Recently, I, Jim Nuckolls, was approached by an architect associate of mine in the Dallas-Ft Worth area, a member of the Architecture-Construction-Engineering (ACE) Mentoring Program.  He asked me to assist a high school student in a cost management project for her Senior Capstone STEM project.  With CCS being a Cost Management Company and having completed multiple projects with this architectural firm in the past, the relationship seemed natural.

After the first meeting with Natalia Houle, a student in the Plano ISD STEM program, I saw that this student could make significant contributions to the industry.  Her project was to research multiple sustainable housing types (standard brick, tiny houses, passive houses, prefabricated houses, Earthships, and rammed houses.)  For her to even know about that many different houses were remarkable.

With the help of my senior mechanical estimator (Jeff Harding) and my senior electrical estimator (Zac Horne), we were able to supply her with pricing on all of the different types of houses plus some alternatives to some of the styles as well.

Natalia then took all of our raw data and turned it into a well-organized and logical presentation to deliver her program.  To say that she crushed the presentation would be an understatement.

Natalia will be graduating in May 2021 and will be starting at the University of Texas at Arlington in the fall of 2021 to pursue a Civil Engineering degree.  First, though, she has enlisted in the Texas National Guard and will be going through Basic Training during the summer of 2021.

I was happy to have contributed a small part to this student’s final semester in high school, and I can only see a great future for her.