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Draper Aden Announces Promotions and New Principals

As one of the fastest-growing full-service engineering firms in the Mid-Atlantic, Draper Aden’s growth is a testament to our incredible team members. Our firm boasts dedicated and innovative professionals who are leaders in their fields. That’s why we’re proud to share recent promotions at the firm.   Draper Aden’s Board of Directors recently elected two new Principals, two Senior Associates, and five Associates across six of the firm’s offices.   Tyrus Clayton, PE was elected Principal and is based in the firm’s Raleigh, NC office. He is a Senior Project Manager in the Site Development and Infrastructure Division and the firm’s go-to person in Raleigh. He also was recently named the Regional Growth Manager for the Central North Carolina area. He joined the firm in 2011 and has over 20 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, solid waste designs, and utility engineering.   Sri Nathella, PE was elected Principal as well and is based...

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In the Spotlight: Karen Weber

At DAA, we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. You can also check back next month to see who is featured in the employee spotlight! This week we are featuring Karen Weber, Senior Project Geologist in the Environmental Division. How long have you been with the firm? 15 Years   What inspired you most about joining Draper Aden Associates? When I started at DAA, I was in the field 100% of the time. It was great.  I still love field days.   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out/was your favorite/was challenging? Why? I’ve had numerous projects that were enjoyable because they were challenging. All of my best stories involve a unique experience in the field.  I told someone the other day that I was looking forward to some field work because the site is going to be very challenging and I...

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Draper Aden Names New Senior Associates

Since 1972, Draper Aden Associates’ success has been thanks in large part to our experienced, dedicated, and hardworking team members who leave a lasting, positive impact on our local communities. Recognizing those who truly live our values, we are pleased to announce our newly elected Senior Associates:   Tim Cretney, Chief Financial Officer Joined DAA in 2016 Tim has more than 10 years of experience in financial and operational leadership. At Draper Aden, he supports all business strategies and initiatives for growth of the firm, in addition to maintaining the stewardship of the firm’s finances. He has quickly turned our Finance and Accounting Division into a cohesive, flexible, and productive department that contributes to our success every day. His financial expertise has helped the firm to grow and prosper.         Tyrus Clayton, PE, Senior Project Manager Joined DAA in 2000 Site Development and Infrastructure Division Tyrus has more than 18 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, environmental engineering, solid waste designs,...

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Draper Aden Pays Tribute to Black History Month

Each year since 1976, February marks the month-long celebration, known as Black History Month, where tributes are paid to generations of African Americans who have struggled with adversity in their lifetime to achieve full citizenship in American society. The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the rest of society, join in to celebrate and promote Black History Month while also highlighting some of America’s African American heroes.   Because Draper Aden Associates is a values-oriented firm with a mission to create a lasting positive impact in the lives of those we serve, we would like to honor some of the African American heroes who have made it their legacy to do the same, having engineered the pathway for many other African Americans.   Each week on our social channels (Facebook, LinkedIn and...

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DAA Environmental Team Launches Enviro Wiki II

Extensive research over the past 30 years has greatly improved our understanding of various environmental topics. While the results of this work are readily accessible to industry experts and academics, much of this information has not percolated down to the people that actually manage, regulate, and implement projects. This has significantly reduced the benefits of this research and increased the costs of managing environmental liabilities. New approaches are needed to communicate this information to users in a timely and easily-accessible manner.With support from DoD research program ESTCP, Draper Aden’s Environmental team is currently developing  the Environmental (Enviro) Wiki , to communicate more readily accessible, current information on environmental restoration and other important environmental topics including contaminated sediments, natural resources, water and wastewater, air and climate change impacts to a variety of users in a timely and easily accessible fashion. The overall format is similar to Wikipedia with short ‘encyclopedia’ type...

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Happy New Year from DAA!

Happy New Year from DAA! We can’t believe that 2018 has come and gone. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun! 2018 was filled with so many amazing memories and accomplishments, and we thought it would be fun to highlight some of our favorite moments of 2018 on our blog. So without further ado, check out our top moments of 2018:   Richmond Office Move: Our Richmond team moved its headquarters this year due to our continued growth and expansion in the Richmond region! Our new office further reinforces our commitment to leaving a lasting, positive impact in the communities we serve. Come visit us at 1030 Wilmer Avenue in Henrico County!   American Heart Association Partnership: We announced earlier this year that the American Heart Association is our firm’s official main philanthropic partner! We are so excited to continue supporting all of the amazing work that the American Heart Association does, such as educating...

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EJ TODAA: A Deeper Look Beneath the Surface

Before coming to DAA, if you were to ask me what I thought the first step in building a structure was, I would have said it was having a solid foundation on which the building will stand. But how do we determine whether the soil beneath the surface is suitable enough to build on? The answer to this question is Geotechnical Engineering.   Geotechnical engineering consists of engineering the behavior of the earth's material above and beneath the earth's surface, which is the foundation on which all constructed facilities bear. Our geotechnical team evaluates the unique conditions and potential challenges of subsoil conditions at a given site and provides foundation recommendations to fit the specific needs of our clients. Our team estimates the magnitude and location of the loads to be supported, plans and executes subsurface explorations, determines the soil parameters by conducting field and lab tests, and designs foundations as safely...

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Utilities Team Builds on History of Innovation

Creating a Lasting Positive Impact is more than a mission for us, it’s at the very core of what we do at Draper Aden Associates. It’s always fulfilling to know that our talented team members leave enduring effects in our local communities. One example of Draper Aden serving communities is through our Utilities Engineering Services.   Our Utilities Engineering Division has completed hundreds of projects in the areas of wastewater treatment and collection, water source development, pumping, treatment, transmission, storage, and distribution. Led by our new Utilities Division Team Leader Aziz Ahmed, P.E., ENV-SP, our team of experts offer extensive insight into what is buildable and realistic, as well as what can be done to improve facility design and operation.   Let’s take a look at three Utilities Engineering signature projects that are great examples of accomplishing our mission in the communities in which we live, work and play:   City of Staunton Sewer Assessment: The...

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Draper Aden Gives Thanks

Draper Aden Gives Thanks! We would like to wish our clients, partners, team members, and the communities in which we serve a Happy Thanksgiving! We want to express our best wishes this holiday season and share a special message of thanks to all.   Thank you to our clients and partners who enable us to do what we love every day. We are thankful for your continued business, support, and friendship. We are appreciative of the strong relationships we’ve built over the many years of collaboration and hard work. We are proud to partner with various public and private entities through the Mid-Atlantic to help foster business, revitalize communities, and stimulate growth.   The holiday season is also a perfect time to reflect on our core values. We strive to leave our mark on the world by creating a lasting positive impact in the communities we serve. Thank you to our team members who are...

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EJ TODAA: Engineering the Experience of Excellence through Field Design

  Throughout my athletic career, I am grateful to have played football on every level, from high school to the NFL. I have seen a lot of different playing surfaces and have experienced the atmosphere of several different stadiums. When it was fourth and goal in the last minute of a game that decided our bowl eligibility, I was not thinking about the design and planning efforts it took for me to stand on the field safely. I was thinking about my teammates, the fans who cheered us on, and the coaches who had prepared us for that exact moment. Everyone in attendance during a game is on the edge of their seats, entirely focused on the one potentially season-changing play, not on the design of the field. This is where Draper Aden Athletics comes in. Draper Aden Athletics creates athletic facilities that provide these edge-of-your-seat experiences and memories that are...

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