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Reading the News - cropWhat’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!

Sunflowers for Sustainability

In St. Louis, one of the winners of the Sustainable Land Lab competition has been planting over 10,000 sunflowers in vacant lots to aid in soil remediation. The goal of the project is to enrich the soil and turn the abandoned lots into urban farms. During the summer, sunflowers add a splash of color to the cityscape, while winter wheat and prayer flags dot the fields in winter. To learn more about the project and to watch a video of the design team’s environmental goals, visit the The Architect’s Newspaper Blog.

Engineering’s Signature

In October, Virginia Tech College of Engineering dedicated its Signature Engineering Building, Goodwin Hall—a large project that Draper Aden was proud to be a part of. One of the “cool” items on display in the new building is the 9’ diameter Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 jet engine which was donated by Rolls-Royce to “help inspire the next generation of high-tech engineers.” The hulking engine is quite impressive in the building’s foyer and we recommend you check it out if you’re on campus! For more information about the partnership between Virginia Tech and Rolls-Royce, read this article on Manufacturing News.

Reinventing Historic Richmond

Draper Aden teamed with Commonwealth Architects to renovate the century old Richmond Terminal Depot. Now home to VCU School of the Arts, it holds classrooms, dance studios, and a gallery space to highlight the school’s multi-disciplinary vision. Taking top honors in the 2014 Vision Awards The Innovative Deal of the Year and Best Public-Private Partnership Project from the Richmond Urban Land Institute, we’re proud to be a part of Richmond’s revitalization. To learn more, visit Commonwealth Architects.

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