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Draper Aden Associates Continues Over Four Decades of Growth in Blacksburg Office

Since the firm’s founding in 1972 by two Virginia Tech alumni, Draper Aden Associates’ office in Blacksburg has seen consistent growth. That expansion continues to this day. In 2017 alone, the firm has hired seven new employees in the Blacksburg office. One of DAA’s newest hires in Blacksburg is Caitlin Arrington, a Human Resources Consultant. She is responsible for a number of functions, including recruitment for the firm’s Blacksburg, Charlottesville, and Northern Virginia offices. Caitlin’s move to the firm was recently included in the Roanoke Times “Names and Changes” column. [caption id="attachment_6764" align="alignright" width="240"] Lutheria Smith, SHRM-SCP, Director of Human Resources[/caption] Growth isn't just limited to new employees either. Lutheria Smith, SHRM-SCP, Director of Human Resources, was recently promoted to Vice President as well. She also serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. Based in the firm’s Blacksburg office, Lutheria manages the firm’s human resources functions. She primarily focuses on workforce planning, ensuring...

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Employee Spotlight: Lutheria Smith

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who's in the spotlight! Lutheria Harrison Smith Title: Director of Human Resources Division: Human Resources Alma Mater: Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Abroad Program at Oxford and Reading Universities Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas Birthday: January 4 Connect with Lutheria on LinkedIn   Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am married to James, a native Roanoker, and we have an eighteen year old daughter, Bradley who is a freshman at Purdue, and a fifteen year old son, Jamie, who is a sophomore at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, VA. Can’t define myself without them!   What 3 words would you use to describe working at DAA? Challenging, Rewarding, Purposeful   Favorite thing about working at DAA? The great people and the true commitment to providing the best services to clients, the best work environment for employees and the best support to...

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Draper Aden Announces New Principal, Senior Associates, and Associates

  Since 1972, Draper Aden Associates’ success has been thanks in large part to our experienced and dedicated team members who leave a lasting positive impact on the communities we serve. Recognizing those that truly live our values, we are pleased to announce our newly elected principal, senior associates, and associates. These team member’s share our passion for solving complex engineering challenges; adopt our commitment to exceptional client service; and embody our vision for improving the world around us. New Principal David Spriggs, PE Division Manager Structural Division Hired at DAA in 2004 Dave has a broad background of experience in analysis and design of structural systems for industrial, commercial, and institutional buildings.  Much of his work has involved the alteration or addition to an existing building or facility, and consequently he is well versed in the complexities of integrating new structural elements into existing architectural and mechanical features. Most Influential Project: One of Dave's favorite projects was the Richmond International Airport Terminal Expansion. The...

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