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What’s new and noteworthy this week in the engineering and design world? At Draper Aden Associates, we’ve been following these stories and think you should too!

Innovating Our Future

The Steward School in Richmond, Virginia, was recognized as a maker school by SAIS (Serving and Accrediting Independent Schools) for adding the Bryan Innovation Lab in 2013. Draper Aden Associates was involved with the Bryan Innovation Lab by offering surveying and civil engineering services. The Lab’s flexible indoor and outdoor learning environments are garnering headlines across the country for its emphasis on hands-on STEM learning. To read more about the Lab and its programs, visit SAIS.

Water Utilities Vulnerability

The USEPA announced in late December that 20 communities facing a range of potential climate-change impacts will be participating in a utilities pilot program to identify and adapt to risks. From Nome, Alaska, to Newport, Virginia, threats include anything from permafrost melt to rising sea level—environmental changes that put utilities infrastructure at high risk. The program focuses on the Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT), which is available for free now to all water utilities. Read more about the cities involved as well as the program at the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Maroon & Orange

In 1972, 100 years after Virginia Tech opened its doors for the first time to just 30 students as Virginia’s first land-grant college (there are now over 31,000 students), Draper Aden Associates began its partnership with the college. Virginia Business is publishing a new series this year that will look at various Virginia universities as economic drivers in the Commonwealth, and this profile of Virginia Tech captured our imagination. If you’re curious about the history of Tech’s expansion, then this article is worth a read!