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A Warm Welcome Into the Fold: Aziz Ahmed

For decades, Draper Aden has remained an industry leader in civil planning, engineering and design throughout the Mid-Atlantic, with offices in Virginia and North Carolina. There is no doubt that the talented and dedicated individuals we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming to our team, has helped make Draper Aden what it is today. We are a vision-oriented firm and we strive to carry out our values each day by empowering our team of professionals to go out into the world and make a difference. We recently welcomed Aziz Ahmed to our Utilities Team in our Site Development and Infrastructure Division. We couldn’t be more excited about the knowledge, experience, and passion for the industry that he brings to our firm. We believe he has a vibrant future here at Draper Aden and we want to catch up with him to see what his first couple of months have been like:   Tell us about...

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DAA Hits Home Run with Fayetteville Minor League Baseball Stadium

Situated on Hay Street in the center of downtown Fayetteville lies a new home for minor league baseball! The new state-of-the-art baseball stadium will soon host more than 4,700 baseball fans for the 2019 opening season. Fans can enjoy the new minor league team, which recently relocated to the area from California and is an affiliate of the Houston Astros. This marks the return of professional baseball to the Fayetteville community!   Draper Aden Associates is honored to have been the lead site engineer for this project and responsible for the design of site-related improvements to this new stadium. The ball bark debuted the name of its team and stadium this past Sunday at the Festival Park in downtown Fayetteville These improvements included grading, storm drainage, water distribution, and sanitary sewer collection. One of the major factors to the design of the field was the elevation in relation to the flood elevation...

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A Warm Welcome Into the Fold: Joe Bushey

For decades, Draper Aden has remained an industry leader in civil planning, engineering and design throughout the Mid-Atlantic, with offices in Virginia and North Carolina. There is no doubt that the talented, dedicated and hardworking individuals we’ve had the pleasure of welcoming to our team have helped make Draper Aden what it is today. We are a vision-oriented firm and we strive to carry out our values each day by empowering our team of professionals to go out into the world and make a difference. We recently welcomed Joe Bushey to our Site Development and Infrastructure team and couldn’t be more excited about the knowledge, experience and passion for the industry that he brings to our firm. We believe he has a vibrant future here at Draper Aden and we want to catch up with him to see what his first 4 months have been like: What inspired you most about...

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EJ TODAA: How DAA’s Services and Technologies Unify

Jeremy Dunn, Project Surveyor, and David Barton, Director of Aerial Services, both of whom work on our ALM (Advanced Locating and Mapping) team spent time with me recently to discuss some of the unique services DAA offers its clients. I was stoked to accompany them in the field as Jeremy and David tested out our newest piece of aerial equipment. The ALM team is equipped with innovative technologies that allow us to collect information about a site faster and more efficiently than ever before by using drones and laser scanning. Drones allow us to perform thermal imaging, assess the health and viability of vegetation, and create highly accurate point butts of sites and structures during aerial surveys. Drones can be used for precision agriculture by assessing weed encroachment and the stress of plants. Some tractors have GPS capability, so the drone would identify the vegetation that isn’t healthy, and the tractor would...

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Creating a Lasting, Positive Impact with Our Headquarters in RVA

As you know, Draper Aden recently relocated its headquarters to a larger facility in Henrico County. Our new office address is 1030 Wilmer Avenue, Richmond, VA. This is an exciting time for the firm, and we have been looking forward to showing off our new space to our clients, partners, and friends. More than 160 Draper Aden team members are based in our Henrico County office space. Our new location, just 2 miles south on Brook Road, provides us with much-needed expansion space, ample parking, and increases Draper Aden’s footprint by over 17,000 square feet. The workspace has many unique features, such as expanded breakrooms, various wellness rooms, materials testing facilities, and space to take a break outside. Additionally, each specialized division within the firm has its own conference room with state-of-the-art video equipment. For over 46 years, Draper Aden has worked to create a Lasting Positive Impact through our actions and relationships...

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American Heart Association Named Official Charity Partner

    This year has been a productive one for our firm and there are a great many opportunities ahead! We are particularly excited to announce a new partnership that highlights Draper Aden’s vision to create a lasting positive impact with our clients, employees, and community. A primary way in which we impact the communities where we live and serve is through philanthropic efforts. Our firm is committed to serving as an engaged community partner.   As a result, we would like to announce that the American Heart Association is the firm’s official main philanthropic partner! The work that the American Heart Association has accomplished has improved and saved thousands of lives since 1924. Their mission to “be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives” certainly creates a lasting positive impact!   Our firm has been a major sponsor of the Richmond and Hampton Roads Heart Balls for several years now. This year,...

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EJ TODAA: The Importance of First Impression

Business Development Manager, EJ Wilson, recently joined Draper Aden’s Business Development team. In this role, he will be empowered to live out the DAA mission by making a Lasting Positive Impact on those he will serve and to generate an awareness of DAA’s presence in the NC region. EJ is a UNC Tarheel graduate and is no stranger to the field. Throughout college, he was one of UNC’s best football players and was drafted into the NFL in 2010 by the Seattle Seahawks. He later played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With a professional background in Athletics, Sales and Business Development, we believe EJ has the qualities that will connect with leaders in market sectors we wish to grow. He has demonstrated throughout his athletic and professional career a commitment and responsibility to his teammates, clients, and leaders through genuine respect and dedication to his role. Likewise, these are qualities...

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In the Spotlight: EJ Wilson

At DAA, we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. You can also check back next month to see who is featured in the employee spotlight!     Hometown: Emporia, VA Alma Mater: The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Birthday: October 28   Tell us a little about your background. Our viewers may not be aware that you are the EJ Wilson. So, talk to us a little bit about your experience in the NFL. I was a 4th round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2010 NFL Draft after lettering in 4 seasons playing for the Tar Heels. I also spent years playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before an Achilles injury derailed my career. Although it meant the premature ending of my playing career, my injury taught me a lot about myself and helped me to develop the resiliency that has helped me more in my life than playing...

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Bringing Revitalization and Infrastructure Improvements to Portsmouth

  Located along the Elizabeth River, the City of Portsmouth in Hampton Roads is full of history. Individuals can see the history right before their eyes with beautiful 200-year-old trees, cobblestone driveways, and historic concrete curbs that line the streetscapes. Portsmouth is known for its history and culture, but with an old city, a need for infrastructure improvements inevitably happens over time. In 2013, Portsmouth officials conducted an area-wide study for potential revitalization and growth of the city. They discovered that addressing the aging water and sewer infrastructure would play a significant role in the redevelopment vision. Draper Aden Associates provided the overall design and acted as program managers for the infrastructure improvements. Yet, due to the numerous businesses and residents that call the City of Portsmouth home, and due to the historic significance of the area, there were a couple of challenges that the Draper Aden team had to face. We couldn’t...

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Innovation and Infrastructure Improvements at NC State

(Raleigh, NC: Main Entrance Sign on November 24, 2017 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina Photo Credit: Getty Images .) Now that students across the country are a month into their fall semesters at their colleges and universities, they’re now even more focused on their courses or extracurricular activities and are moving seamlessly in and out of buildings. They walk along pathways, sidewalks, and through parks on campus. Yet, most students – most people on a campus, for that matter – don’t give much thought to the underlying infrastructure beneath their feet. And that’s exactly how many engineers want it to be.   Although it plays a crucial role, infrastructure – such as water lines, telecom cables, and other underground utilities – remain hidden. Unseen, they support the day-to-day operations of a school quietly and in the background.   In fact, many colleges and universities schedule infrastructure improvements during the brief summer...

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