BUILD DAY | 2023


On Saturday, June 3rd, the ACE Mentor Program of Greater Philadelphia will culminate the 2023 program year with a community build day at the Houseman Rec Center. This is the third year that ACE has guided high school students through the design and construction of a project to improve a public space. 
The Design & Build Project Team has spent months collaborating with many partners to create stunning and empowering lintel murals and door ‘stickers’ to decorate the exterior of the building, and plans to revitalize the entrance plaza pavement, install fence weaving signage, and paint trash enclosure. These efforts will come to a beautiful conclusion at the 2023 Build Day, attended by ACE mentors and students, colleagues from WRT, and Pennoni. Representative from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation will also be in attendance, along with volunteers from Walls for Justice. 

We are especially grateful to the many families from the surrounding neighborhood who visit the site and have participated in prior years’ activities. We look forward to seeing them again on June 3rd, and giving them an even more beautiful space to enjoy. We are once again calling for volunteers to assist with this year’s project. If interested, RSVP by emailing  

ACE is grateful to lead sponsor Michell’s, the many partners who collaborated on this project, and all of the volunteers who attend the Build Day on June 3rd. Our mentorship of students interested in the A-E-C industries and our service to Philadelphia neighborhoods is made possible by their support!

Images from 2022 Build Day

Melissa Raffel
Author: Melissa Raffel