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9 Tips for Adapting to Life during a Crisis

It's hard for me to believe that the “issues” I was dealing with last week at this time seem insignificant today. I’m grateful to say that here at Draper Aden Associates, we’ve adapted nicely to our new reality. In the midst of this crisis, here are some tips a friend shared that I’ve found helpful.   1.   Find something to be grateful for every day. There are plenty of things to be thankful for still. 2.   Confront the brutal truth but never give up hope. 3.   Pray or meditate – when you pray or meditate on something, you might be surprised by the ideas or answers that appear to a calm mind. 4.   Try journaling – write down the things that you are carrying in your mind or on your heart. It eases the burden of that weight. 5.   Exercise – even a simple walk does wonders. 6.   Invest in your relationships, even if it is only virtually. 7.   When things feel like they are...

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5 Tips for Working From Home

Here at Draper Aden, we’re fortunate that our office staff was able to seamlessly transition to working from home at the drop of the hat. Although our technological infrastructure was prepared for this sudden change, our team has worked diligently to adjust to the telecommute. Over the last couple of weeks, here are some tips that have helped us stay productive in our new home offices.   1. Knock out Small Tasks First For our checklist-loving staff, crossing off the small tasks on their list helps them find the rhythm of the workday. You can then dedicate the rest of the day to the longer, ongoing projects.   2. Control the Thermostat In almost any work environment, the temperature of the space is an everyday discussion, whether it’s too cold or not cool enough. At home, you have the option of setting that thermostat to a temperature that suits you.   3. Dress for Success If working in your...

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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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DAA Hosts its 3rd Annual Cornhole Challenge and Gives Back to Charity

At DAA, we don't just have fun to have fun; we have fun for a cause. We strive to partner with our community and help others through responsiveness, collaboration, respect and support, continuous improvement, and reliability. These five pillars drive our business and speak to the generosity of our time, resources, and authenticity. To create a Lasting Positive Impact is not just our slogan; it is our mission.   Last Friday, we held our 3rd Annual Cornhole Tournament, where employees were invited to indulge in cornhole competitions, intermingle with other departments, win prizes, and more. After launching the first event two years ago, we realized it could be something bigger than just gathering team members for an evening of fun. This event was an opportunity to help us to raise money for our corporate charity, the American Heart Association. With continued interested and historic high turnouts, we decided to raffle a 43” TV to...

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Our Commitment to Build Something Remarkable

American Heart Association (AHA) recently launched its 4th Annual Hard Hats with Heart event in the Triangle and will also host again in Richmond, Virginia, on the evening of September 17th. As AHA continues to raise awareness of heart health, Draper Aden Associates continues living out its commitment to AHA’s mission. Our goal as a partner, and as a firm, is to create a Lasting Positive Impact and Build Something Remarkable with those in the communities we serve while drawing awareness to heart disease, which affects many Americans.   For the past two years, Draper Aden Associates has sponsored Hard Hats with Heart's Tools for Schools program, in the Triangle and in Richmond. Hard Hats with Heart benefits AHA's commitment to be a relentless force for a world of longer and healthier lives and focuses, specifically, on the construction industry's elevated risk. As the program’s sponsor, Draper Aden Associates donates the use...

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Employee Spotlight: Anthony Parker, Designer I

At DAA, we are proud to be a values-oriented firm. We are fortunate to employ exceptional professionals in the industry who make it their mission to live out our firm's values through their work, in their personal lives, and in the community. This month, we are pleased to highlight Anthony Parker who is a valued team player on our Underground Transmission & Distribution team. Let's learn more about him below: Name: Anthony Parker Title: Designer I Division: UT&D Hometown: Caroline County, Virginia Birthday: August 31   How long have you been with the firm and what inspired you most about joining Draper Aden Associates? I have been with Draper for almost two years. The opportunity to help different communities is what inspired me to join.   Please share with us a few details with us about your role at DAA. Being a Designer I am heavily involved in the drawings of underground and overhead routes for a confidential client. I am...

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Giving Back to Help Find a Cure for ALS

  Leaving a lasting, positive impact is more than our mission. It also applies to more than our projects and services. It represents the ethos of our firm and drives us to do more for those in the communities we serve. A tangible example of our firm’s commitment to this philosophy was evident at Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach on May 20, 2019.   On that day, Draper Aden Associates donated $10,000 to the Virginia Gentlemen Foundation at the group’s invitational golf tournament. This philanthropic support will help the Foundation in its mission to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.   The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation is a home-grown nonprofit that was founded in Virginia Beach in 2007. For over a decade, the organization has rallied the community and the region in many ways, quickly becoming a leading fundraiser for the National ALS Society...

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DAA is Pleased to Launch New Website

  DAA is pleased to announce the launch of our new website at While planning the design of our new site, we felt it was important to keep our valued clients and frequent site visitors top of mind. Our mission was to create a user-friendly, functional and responsive experience for the viewer. Please take a look at some of the updated features below or in the quick video above:   User-Friendly Find what you need in a pinch with our fast and responsive layout. Easily navigate to any section on the same or different page with enjoyable user experience on any device or screen size using our smooth page transitions feature.   Visual Appeal We’ve updated and improved our imagery to a contemporary look and feel, using professional high-end photography. With clean white space, our blog and project portfolio are now showcased in a grid-like format, giving the user a decluttered view of our work.   Targeted Content Find...

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Letter from Our CEO Regarding Last Week’s Tragedy in Virginia Beach

June 4, 2019   Dear Friends of Draper Aden Associates:   The events that occurred in Virginia Beach on Friday are horrific and incredibly disheartening.  The Engineers’ Creed states that we will place “the public welfare above all other considerations.”  As an individual who has spent all 44 years of his career trying to uphold this standard, I am at a loss that this type of tragedy has befallen the engineering community and the City of Virginia Beach.   Although it is difficult to know what to do at a time like this, there is no doubt that the victims leave behind families and loved ones who will suffer financial burdens in the future.  The United Way of Hampton Roads has set up a fund to receive money for the victims’ loved ones. Donations can be made at Additionally, the City of Virginia Beach has created a website detailing the upcoming Memorial Services and Volunteer...

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Employee Spotlight: Donna Cox, Designer I

At DAA, we are proud to be a values-oriented firm. We are fortunate to employ exceptional professionals in the industry who make it their mission to live out our firm's values through their work, in their personal lives, and in the community. This month, we are pleased to highlight Donna Cox who is a valued team player on our Underground Transmission & Distribution team. Let's catch up with her below:   Hometown: Colchester, Vermont   Alma Mater: Vermont Technical College   How long have you been with the firm? I've been with Draper Aden Associates since March 2015   What inspired you most about joining Draper Aden Associates? When I started at Draper Aden, I was able to re-connect with previous employees.   What 3 words would you use to describe working at DAA? Love my job!   In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out/was your favorite/was challenging? Why? Willow Oaks and Oxford phase 5 - extremely challenging, many properties   Favorite quote...

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