ACE Mentor Program: Investing in the Future

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Bronx Design and Construction Academy Students

Some commitments have a ripple effect. Such is the case with the ACE Mentor Program, a not-for-profit organization where professionals mentor New York City high school students in preparation for careers in design and construction. HAKS has been a long-time supporter of the program, with individual employees volunteering as mentors. This year, we are proud to have formed our own mentoring team and are eager to share our industry knowledge with deserving students in the Greater New York City area. Continue Reading…

For HAKS’ Summer Interns — The Future Is Now

Intern-1From mid-May through the end of August, HAKS holds its annual Internship Program in which we provide deserving youth with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in an office environment.

This year, we have a heavy intern presence, comprising of both high school and college students. In addition to hiring interns directly from colleges since 2005, HAKS has been partnering with the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) Summer Internship Program (SIP) to assist in the recruitment of high school students. We have continued our commitment and volunteered as hosts every year since then. The SCA offers paid six-week internships through SIP, which matches interns to available positions based on their career interests and skills. HAKS is one of the firms chosen to serve as intern host for the 2015 program season. The majority of interns go on to pursue careers in architecture, engineering, business, and information technology. These students participate in staff meetings and on-the-job training and are assigned program supervisors who monitor their performance through bi-weekly meetings between the interns and their supervisors. Interns who successfully complete the six-week program receive high school credit. Continue Reading…

HAKS Celebrates National Engineers Week

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Ken Mangam Oversees West Point Bridge Activity

National Engineers Week was created in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers to increase an understanding of and interest in engineering and technological careers.

HAKS kicked off the 2014 National Engineers Week (February 16-22) by visiting P.S. 101Q in Queens to take part in the annual PENCIL Partnership Engineering Fair, which helps to bring engineering principles and challenges into the classroom. Continue Reading…

BCAS: Making New York City’s Schools Safe and Sound

PS184-Exterior3 copy for ad copyThe New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving approximately 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools.  As the responsible agency for the DOE’s capital program, the mission of the NYC School Construction Authority (SCA) is to design and construct safe, attractive and environmentally sound public schools.  To achieve this tall order, the SCA requires an annual baseline Building Condition Assessment Survey (BCAS) of all public schools and associated facilities to ensure that they meet state-mandated requirements. Inspection teams use hand-held tablets with SCA-tailored software to record observations and rate building components. This uniform evaluation system with objective rating criteria has become an invaluable capital planning tool for New York City’s school system. Continue Reading…