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About Us

Create a lasting positive impact.

Who We Are

In 1972, Virginia Tech graduates Joe Draper and Bill Aden formed Draper Aden Associates, a six-employee civil engineering firm in Blacksburg, Virginia. Today, it has grown into a full service consulting engineering firm with locations in Virginia and North Carolina and clients across the Mid-Atlantic region.

 

Making our mark

Draper Aden is focused on creating a lasting positive impact through our work. We strive to be a partner who helps municipalities, businesses, state agencies, and cultural institutions achieve their goals through expertise, collaboration and commitment.

 

Delivering real value

Our professionals and support staff provide a variety of services that range from site planning and engineering to surveying — both on the ground and in the air — to solid waste engineering consultation. And while we concentrate on engineering, surveying, and environmental services, we add value to just about any design or architectural project you are working on.

 

Growing with our clients

Draper Aden’s capabilities are growing every day to help meet your goals. Whether it involves the creation of a water distribution system for an under-served community or helping to weave the campus fabric of the institutions where the next generations will learn, we are always looking for better ways and the latest technologies to help our clients—and our communities—grow and thrive.

 

Our Values

Together, we will create a Lasting Positive Impact through our actions and relationships with our clients, employees, and community.

Responsiveness

We react in a timely and professional manner

Collaboration

Together we create greatness

Respect and Support

We interact with fairness and integrity; we are there for each other

Continuous Improvement

We better ourselves every day

Reliability

We are responsible and dependable

Leadership

  • All
  • Division Managers
  • Executive Team
  • Team Leaders
  • Marketing + BD
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Utilities Team Leader
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Underground Transmission and Distribution Survey Team Leader
Billy Digiacomo- Civil Engineering firm in Richmond, Blacksburg, Newport News, Charlottesville, Manassas, Virginia Beach
Raleigh Survey Team Leader
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Blacksburg Regional Site Development and Infrastructure Team Leader
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Vice President/Managing Principal/Site Development and Infrastructure Division Manager/Underground Transmission and Distribution Division Manager
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Charlottesville Survey Team Leader
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Vice President/Managing Principal/Structural Division Manager
David Ashley- Civil Engineering firm in Richmond, Blacksburg, Newport News, Charlottesville, Manassas, Virginia Beach
Richmond Survey Team Leader
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Richmond Regional Site Development and Infrastructure Team Leader
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Economic Development Program Manager/Business Development Manager
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Program/Business Development Manager
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Business Development Manager
James Joyner- Civil Engineering firm in Richmond, Blacksburg, Newport News, Charlottesville, Manassas, Virginia Beach
Raleigh Environmental Team Leader
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Educational and Institutional Sector Champion /Business Development Manager
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President/Chief Executive Officer
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Geotechnical Engineering and Construction Services Division Manager
John Krobath- Civil Engineering firm in Richmond, Blacksburg, Newport News, Charlottesville, Manassas, Virginia Beach
Manassas Survey Team Leader
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Advanced Locating and Mapping Division Manager
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Richmond Environmental Team Leader
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Vice President /COO/Managing Principal
Kevin Barnes- Civil Engineering firm in Richmond, Blacksburg, Newport News, Charlottesville, Manassas, Virginia Beach
Raleigh Regional Site Development and Infrastructure Team Leader
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Blacksburg Survey Team Leader
Lee White
Vice President/Managing Principal, Marketing and Business Development
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Structural Team Leader
Lindsay Weiford
Geotechnical Team Leader
Lutheria Smith
Director of Human Resources
Michael Lund
Underground Transmission and Distribution Manassas Team Leader
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Executive Vice President/Managing Principal/Environmental Division Manager
Rob Mann- Civil Engineering firm in Richmond, Blacksburg, Newport News, Charlottesville, Manassas, Virginia Beach
Survey Division Manager
Shawm Macintosh- Civil Engineering firm in Richmond, Blacksburg, Newport News, Charlottesville, Manassas, Virginia Beach
Underground Transmission and Distribution Richmond Team Leader
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Blacksburg Environmental Team Leader
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Marketing Director
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Chief Financial Officer
Tim Dean- Civil Engineering firm in Richmond, Blacksburg, Newport News, Charlottesville, Manassas, Virginia Beach
Vice President/Managing Principal, Utilities Division

A safe environment is a successful environment.

Draper Aden is committed to the safety and health of each our employees on the job site and in the office. This includes required safety training and appropriate safety equipment, allowing us to perform daily tasks with zero preventable accidents and incidents.

 

Every job. Every day.

Each of us is responsible for our safety and we have the ability to make changes in order to complete tasks safely and without incident. Whether that means wearing appropriate safety gear or simply following protocol, it’s about safety every day with every job.

In addition, our managed safety process is frequently reviewed and evaluated, and changes are implemented as we identify new ways to improve our performance.

Corporate Insurance Experience Modification Rate (EMR) = .74

In March 2018, Draper Aden was renewed by the Certification Committee to be “GOLD SHOVEL” Standard Certified for our Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) activities. The Gold Shovel Standard is a first-of-its kind excavation safety program designed to reduce dig-ins and protect the underground gas and electric system. With safety as its highest priority, the Gold Shovel Standard Certification process was developed to ensure that hired contractors are vetted annually and adhere to the safest excavation standards.

 

For more information, visit goldshovelstandard.com.

Community Commitment:
American Heart Association

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One of the most important ways we support our community is through philanthropic efforts. That’s why we are honored to partner with the American Heart Association (AHA). This commitment to serving as an engaged community partner highlights Draper Aden’s vision to create a lasting positive impact with our clients, employees, and the areas where we live and work.

 

The work that AHA has accomplished has improved and/or saved thousands of lives since 1924.  Their mission to “be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives” certainly creates a lasting positive impact.

 

Draper Aden has been a major sponsor of the Richmond and Hampton Roads Heart Balls for several years and we plan to expand our involvement with the AHA in Roanoke, Charlottesville, Raleigh and Manassas. Through this partnership, we will support the AHA’s work, such as educating people about heart disease, funding lifesaving research that impacts both children and adults, training people to perform CPR, and much more.