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Family Friday: Printable Activities about Water

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As many of our employees have picked up new roles of helping to homeschool their kids, our human resources department has been collecting and sharing kid-friendly civil engineering activities each week. It has been such a hit that we are starting a new blog series for kids!   Up first are a series of water-related activities created and shared originally by the EPA! In this Water Adventure Activity Booklet, kids can follow along with Thirstin for coloring pages, word games, and facts about drinking water.   If your kids love this activity, snap a photo of them with their work, and tag us on Instagram! We'll look out for some to share.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Bioremediation Offers Innovative Solutions for Pharmaceutical Contamination

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Modern medicine and pharmaceutical advances have been indispensable to improving quality of life for hundreds of millions in the United States. However, in recent years, pharmaceutical compounds have become a significant group of environmental pollutants. These compounds could pose risks to human health and have adverse environmental effects.     In fact, pharmaceuticals have been detected worldwide in wastewater, surface water, groundwater, and soil. These compounds enter the environment through many channels, including manufacturing waste, household and hospital solid wastes that end up in landfill leachates, and disposal of unused or expired medicine through sewage systems and landfills.     Recognizing the challenge posed by pharmaceutical compounds in the environment, identifying the best treatment options is crucial. Yet, the best treatment strategy also can prove complex. Treatment of pharmaceuticals presents challenges due to the large quantity, their complex and highly stable chemical structure, and their hazardous nature. Currently available physical and chemical remediation methods—including coagulation/flocculation, filtration,...

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The Impact of Supporting Industry Associations

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At Draper Aden, we’re proud to say that our team is involved in more than 65 trade and industry associations. As part of our mission to leave a lasting, positive impact, we believe that it’s important to share our insight and expertise with others.   For a sense of the variety of associations our employees belong to, here are a few examples: American Council of Engineering Companies Association of General Contractors Virginia Association of Counties American Water Works Association Solid Waste Association of America Virginia Economic Developers Association     Leading the Way   Our team is active in a wide array of industry sectors at every level. Aside from being active members, many of our employees volunteer their time by serving on committees for these associations and taking leadership positions to help guide industry members in Virginia and North Carolina and at the national level.     Shaping the future   As experts in our fields, and as engineers with analytical...

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Draper Aden Associates Celebrates Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Earth Day: an environmental phenomenon that began on April 22, 1970 and continues to this very day. An estimated 20 million Americans, approximately 10 percent of the country’s total population at the time, gathered in cities and towns on that late April day to demonstrate for a more sustainable environment. It has and continues to attract support from all corners of American society.   As we recognize the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the energy and support for environmental stewardship that blossomed during that first coordinated effort continues to propel action. Earth Day is now celebrated by more than a billion people around the world.   [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] [qodef_blockquote text="“Sustainability and environmental stewardship are among our top priorities,” noted Jeff Lighthiser, President and CEO of Draper Aden Associates." title_tag="h2" width=""]   [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] “We are committed to providing environmental services to enhance, protect, and preserve local environments,” he added. “We believe in helping communities achieve their visions for a safer,...

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Brownfields Grants Awarded to Greater Williamsburg Region

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] We’re excited to share that our firm has successfully helped secure more federal support and funding for brownfields redevelopment in Virginia. The EPA announced that it awarded the Greater Williamsburg Partnership (GWP) and a regional coalition of localities a $600,000 Community-Wide Brownfields Coalition Assessment Grant.   This brownfields project – which includes City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County – enables these localities to assess sites, particularly abandoned or run-down ones, for hazardous substances. Additional use of the federal funds includes conducting environmental site assessments and planning for site clean up and redevelopment actions. Sri Nathella, PE, Environmental Program Manager, will lead our firm’s partnership with GWP and our role in managing the grant’s implementation.   This story in the Virginia Gazette highlighted the grant and early stages of the brownfields redevelopment program.   Draper Aden’s History with Brownfield Success   Our firm has a long history of and substantial expertise in helping communities secure and...

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Two Decades of Serving VCU and VCU Health

Draper Aden Associates is committed to serving anchor institutions that are the foundation of our communities. During times of crisis, the significance of these institutions is often magnified. Today, there is no question that VCU and VCU Health are crucial anchors in the greater Richmond area.   VCU, Virginia’s premier urban, public research university, and VCU Health, a leading health care provider and clinical research institution, drive discovery, innovation, and hope for the Richmond region and beyond. Their presence has been transformative to the city, and we are proud to support their work.   Draper Aden was first selected to provide civil engineering and surveying services to VCU in 1996. That relationship evolved and flourished through the years, and our firm continues to provide geotechnical, environmental, civil, surveying, and geographic information system (GIS) services to VCU and VCU Health.   Throughout the years, Draper Aden has been awarded over 200 projects and been a part of...

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5 Tips for Working From Home

Here at Draper Aden, we’re fortunate that our office staff was able to seamlessly transition to working from home at the drop of the hat. Although our technological infrastructure was prepared for this sudden change, our team has worked diligently to adjust to the telecommute. Over the last couple of weeks, here are some tips that have helped us stay productive in our new home offices.   1. Knock out Small Tasks First For our checklist-loving staff, crossing off the small tasks on their list helps them find the rhythm of the workday. You can then dedicate the rest of the day to the longer, ongoing projects.   2. Control the Thermostat In almost any work environment, the temperature of the space is an everyday discussion, whether it’s too cold or not cool enough. At home, you have the option of setting that thermostat to a temperature that suits you.   3. Dress for Success If working in your...

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Virginia Beach Office Growth Continues with New Hires

When our Virginia Beach outpost first opened in July 2017, we had a team of five staff members. Now, less than two-and-a-half years later, our office has grown by 200% percent. This expansion was recently capped by the addition of two new team members in Virginia Beach: Caleb Hurst, PE, and Anthony Tomlin, PE.   Caleb joined the Site Development & Infrastructure group and has over 20 of experience in land development site plan design, managing projects, schedules, budgets, and staffing on a variety of government, commercial, municipal, and industrial projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University.   Anthony joined the Solid Waste team as a Program Engineer. With over 24 years of civil design and environmental project experience, he has conducted or managed numerous solid waste, environmental restoration (CERCLA/RCRA), and industrial site projects....

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Draper Aden Associates Enhances Utilities Capabilities

Draper Aden Associates, an engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm, has been serving clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for over four decades. With eight offices throughout Virginia and North Carolina, the firm has grown into a multifaceted and thriving organization, serving eight distinct markets and specializing in ten disciplines.   Due to an extensive demand for water and wastewater planning and design services, one of our most prominent areas of expertise, we are pleased to expand and enhance our Utilities program. As part of the firm’s continued growth, we have recently added two key members to our Utilities Division in Hampton Roads - Adrianna Dimperio, PE and Amanda Lothes, PE, PMP, who will play a vital role in serving our clients and expanding our utilities work across the Mid-Atlantic. Both women bring significant experience in both the public and private sectors and will support the firm’s continued growth by providing innovative solutions in...

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Segra Stadium and Entertainment Venue, Now in Full Swing

Prior to the grand opening of Segra Stadium, now home to Minor League Baseball team, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, the City of Fayetteville embarked on a project to bring the minor league baseball team to the City. Bringing the baseball stadium and entertainment venue to Fayetteville has been an economic home run. Exciting opportunities are being created, spawning more economic development in the area.       Draper Aden Associates was hired by Populous, an Architectural Firm headquartered in Kansas City, MO, to design site-related improvements including grading, storm drainage, water distribution, and sanitary sewer collection. Draper Aden also developed a drainage system to accommodate drainage from the baseball stadium and a proposed plaza development surrounding the stadium. With any significant project, challenges are expected to arise. Draper Aden experienced site-related complications during the design phase of the stadium. These challenges represented the placement of the stadium between two sets of railroad tracks, flooding issues,...

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