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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!

Racing Towards Success in Pulaski
Big Blue_1_smallEarlier this week we covered the big-picture economic development initiatives in Pulaski, Virginia. Today, though, let’s focus on a smaller slice of pie: Peak Creek Grand Prix. If you’ve ever wanted to race a go-cart or mini-moto through swooping turns and fast straight-aways in the old “Big Blue” Pulaski Furniture Factory (which formerly produced mostly curio cabinets), now is your chance. Even better, the entreprenur behind the Grand Prix is a local Virginia Tech graduate!

Lead: More Than Just a Health Hazard
School TestContinuing with the brownfields theme, redevelopment of brownfields, including lead testing and removal, is a key component in ensuring safe spaces for future generations to learn and grow in.  According to NPR, a new study published in the Harvard Educational Review shows a correlation between decreased lead exposure in children and increased educational performance. Researchers used 1990 as a basemark since most lead-based paint, gasoline, and pipes had been phased out by the mid-1980s, and realized that, twenty years later, in the 2010s, in addition to higher test scores, rates of crime also decreased among students with less lead exposure–something deserving of much more research.

Breaking Ground

Photo Credit: Patrick Cashin

Photo Credit: Patrick Cashin

Finally, have you ever wondered what large-scale underground projects look like behind-the-scenes? Now is your chance to glimpse into the how the NYC MTA expands and develops new infrastructure with photographer Patrick J. Cashin’s exhibit “Breaking Ground.” For over 15 years, Cashin captured giant blasted caverns, rescued animals, and the myriad of engineers, construction workers, and everyone else who makes subway projects a success.  Scroll through the MTA’s Flickr page for a small glimpse into an often secretive and ‘other worldly’ design and construction process.

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