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Virginia Tech Indoor Athletic Training Facility

[metaslider id=4199]   Highlights Location Blacksburg, VA Project Manager(s) Charlie Kreye, PE Services Provided DA Athletics Site Development and Infrastructure Stormwater Management Surveying/Scanning Completion Date 2014 As a subconsultant to HKS Architects, Draper Aden Associates provided survey and site planning and engineering services including grading, erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, and utilities engineering for the new Indoor Practice Facility.  The completed Virginia Tech Indoor Athletic Training Facility provides a full-sized, indoor NCAA regulation football field for the university’s football program and is suitable for other athletic programs including soccer and lacrosse. Support spaces and features include storage, convenience restrooms, videography platforms and audio / video systems. The Virginia Tech ITAF is constructed as a “punt facility” which provides 88-feet clear space along the mid-field axis and 72-feet clear along the sidelines.  Additionally, Draper Aden provided construction phase service including subsurface utilities location, construction stake-out and site/civil site observation. [wpbgallery id=4206] ...

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East End Theater

[metaslider id=4524]   Highlights Location Richmond, VA Project Manager(s) Dave Spriggs, PE Services Provided DA Virtual Construction DA Economic Development Surveying/Scanning Structural Engineering Completion Date 2015 Draper Aden Associates helped to preserve a community landmark through work on the neglected East End Theater in Richmond’s historical Church Hill neighborhood. We handled the structural engineering needs for the renovation as well as the expansion. Since no documentation was available for the building, Draper Aden Associates utilized new technology to create an interactive building information model (BIM) for the structure. This scanning technology was critical to the project because it showed that, although the roof was gone, the roof framing could still be used, saving the developer $100,000 and making the renovation more feasible. The firm utilized self-supporting floors in order to create commercial space and two floors of apartments. Challenged by poor soil conditions and the need to maintain the existing shell of the theater, Draper Aden Associates solved a variety of issues using innovative solutions and...

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San-J International Inc.

[metaslider id=4445]   Highlights Location Henrico, VA Project Manager(s) Charlie Kreye, PE Services Provided Site Development and Infrastructure Surveying/Scanning Subsurface Utility Engineering Geotechnical Engineering Completion Date 2017 Draper Aden Associates performed a feasibility study, site plan evaluation, and programming assistance for the proposed expansion at the San-J facility on Sprouse Drive in Henrico County. When the project was approved in 2015, DAA continued to work on the 5.7 acre expansion and new building. The 43,000 SF expansion allows San-J to double its soy sauce production, while the new 15,000 SF building provides an intake space for raw materials. The entire project will include construction of the expansion and new building, parking lots, new roads, utilities, and all related site infrastructure.   [wpbgallery id=4443] ...

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Town of Pulaski Brownfields

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sffR1krcN8 Highlights Location Pulaski, VA Project Manager(s) Mike Lawless, PG Services Provided DA Economic Development Environmental Engineering Grant/Funding Assistance Completion Date Ongoing As a community service project, Draper Aden Associates worked with citizen members of the Town of Pulaski’s Economic Development Board for about a year to develop a grant proposal to fund the investigation of abandoned and deteriorating industrial sites, known as Brownfields, in the community. The grant proposal was successfully approved for expanded program funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, in the amount of $200,000. Subsequent to procurement, Draper Aden Associates was awarded a contract by the Town to begin the process of evaluating existing Brownfields sites for reuse as public facilities and/or for redevelopment as viable residential, commercial, industrial or mixed-use properties. The project concentrated on two target areas: (1) the Historic Downtown Commercial District located near the center of Town, and (2) the Pulaski South Historical Residential and Industrial District, also known as Southside....

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Short Pump Cabela’s Construction On Target

Set to open in March 2016, central Virginia's first Cabela's construction is on target.  Located in the West Broad Marketplace shopping center in Short Pump, the outfitter superstore will feature hunting, boating, fishing, camping, and other related outdoor gear to the Richmond metro area. Kevin Espiritu (DAA-Richmond), along with two survey crews, is currently providing survey layout for construction on the retailer.  Working withL.F. Jennings and Liesfeld Contracting on the site, Draper Aden Associates is surveying the building, column lines, curbs and gutters, and utilities--essentially everything that is needed to lay the groundmap for construction to go forward as planned.  All-in-all, the 61 acre development will be anchored by Cabela's and Wegmans, with 22-25 other retailers and restaurants signing leases on space within the shopping center.  With neighboring Broad Hill Centre's 166 condominium units and 78 town houses, this area of West Richmond is proving to be a powerhouse of mixed-use development and economic rejuvenation....

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3D Laser Scan: Virginia Tech’s Indoor Practice Facility

[metaslider id=3818] Last week, Bob Bonk (DAA-Richmond) performed a complete indoor and outdoor 3D scan of the brand new Virginia Tech Indoor Practice Facility. Using point butt technology, the 3D scan created a true-scale 3D record of the existing conditions of the new facility. This scan will allow Virginia Tech to access 100% accurate data regarding the facility--information that can be used in future planning, creating a 3D model for BIM purposes, and even determining how to move large equipment or materials in and out of the building. In less than 12 months, HKS Architects and WM Jordan, along with Draper Aden Associates, broke ground and completed the soaring, state-of-the-art practice facility. With over 92,000 square feet of turf, and a ceiling more than 100 feet tall, it's the largest practice facility of its kind and is one that will allow not just the Hokies football team to practice in all kinds...

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Pitt Field Renovation

In 1975, the University of Richmond Spiders baseball team walked onto Pitt Field for the first time. Since that opening pitch, the NCAA Division I team has realized four conference championships and produced eight Major League Baseball players who have played for teams like the Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, and Boston Red Sox. A stadium with capacity for 600 people, Pitt Field houses the team well, but forty years later, a few improvements were much needed. Due to the existing field’s poor drainage capabilities, practices and games were rained out, an issue which needed to be addressed in any updates. In winter 2015, Draper Aden Associates, spearheaded by Charlie Kreye, PE (DAA-Richmond) and Justin Cornwell, PG (DAA-Richmond), designed a brand new artificial turf system with accompanying drainage updates. Dubbed the “most drastic renovations since opening in March 1975,” DAA installed a drainage stone base under the new Diamond Series AstroTurf,...

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Draper Aden: A Leader in LEED Certification

In February 2014, the US Green Building Council released their list of the Top 10 States for LEED® and ranked Virginia #3 with 160 projects certified in 2013. Draper Aden Associates is proud to be a part of the LEED® tradition in Virginia and, over the past few years, we have contributed engineering, environmental services, site planning, survey, and landscape design services to over forty certified projects in the Commonwealth. This past month, two major projects have just been awarded, respectively, LEED® Gold and Silver certification—Virginia Commonwealth University’s Academic Learning Commons and Virginia State University’s Hunter McDaniel Hall. For the VCU Academic Learning Commons, Draper Aden teamed with BCWH Architects to provide site planning, environmental services, and engineering design including grading, drainage, utility design (for water, fire, and sewer), environmental impact reporting, and erosion and sediment control. As of July 1, it was awarded LEED® Gold certification and scored high in...

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Saints March in to the Greenbrier

On July 24, 2014, the New Orleans Saints will arrive at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, to kick off their summer training camp. Designing and building the three practice fields (two are natural turf and one is synthetic) and 55,000 square foot multi-purpose building (which houses locker, weight and meeting rooms along with physical therapy accommodations and a kitchen and dining facility) in advance of the late July deadline has been no small feat, but the construction phase is moving along right on schedule. Draper Aden Associates has been involved from the get-go with site planning and engineering design support in addition to surveying services. With broad experience in athletic facility and field design, Draper Aden Associates brings a local, knowledgeable eye to the multi-team project. The Saints will practice 20 times from July 24-August 13 with most sessions (one in the morning and one in the afternoon each...

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Powhatan State Park Development Phase 1A – Powhatan County, Virginia

Draper Aden Associates managed the development of the first phase of the newest state park in the Virginia State Park system, Powhatan State Park.  The 1,600 acre park is located on the James River, approximately 20 minutes west of Richmond. The first phase of development provides basic infrastructure to allow public access, including roads, buildings, river access, and water and sewer while carefully protecting existing environmental and historic features. Prior to design, Draper Aden Associates directed the archeological investigation and performed the topographic survey, wetlands delineation, stream assessments, Environmental Impact Report (EIR), geotechnical investigation, and environmental permitting for the site. During the design effort, Draper Aden Associates directed the work of the sub-consultants, including architects and engineers, and directly performed site design, structural engineering, and building and site permitting for the park entrance on a state road, approximately 2.5 miles of new road, contact station, park office, ranger residences, storage buildings, restroom...

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