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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 www.daa.com. 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 https://unitedwayshr.org/vabeach/. 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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Draper Aden Moves to New North Carolina Office

That adage that there’s no place like home certainly resonates with our team members in Raleigh. The Draper Aden Associates team was excited to officially move into their new office in North Carolina space last month!   It already feels like home.   Located at 114 Edinburgh South Drive in Cary, the new office combines our two previous office spaces into a more collaborative environment that will foster additional growth. What was especially exciting is that some of our team members helped design the space to meet our specific needs.   The new office includes 13,600 square feet of workspace, including four dynamic and collaborative spaces as well as two conference rooms. The office supports integrated teamwork through these collaborative areas, open concept floorplan with an abundance of natural light, and large blackboards.   This new space boasts many high-tech features too, such as noise reduction technology deployed throughout the office and state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment.   The expanded Draper...

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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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