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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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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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DAA Survey Division Welcomes New Leadership

DAA is pleased to welcome new leadership. Robert Mann, LS, and David Ashley, LS to lead our Survey Division team. We couldn’t be more excited about the knowledge, experience, and passion for the industry that they bring to the firm!   Robert Mann joined DAA in October and is the new Survey Division Manager. In his new role, he leads the firm’s Survey division in services related to scanning, surveying, mapping, and subsurface utility engineering. He specializes in land surveying, including topographic, boundary, construction stakeout, and right-of-way surveys. He is a licensed land surveyor in Virginia and North Carolina and is an active member of the Virginia Association of Surveyors and the Hampton Roads Utility and Heavy Contractors Association. Robert’s expertise has encompassed nearly every aspect of civil engineering and land surveying over the past 34 years, and we’re so excited to welcome him as the leader of the Survey Division team!   DAA...

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