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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

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....

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A Lasting, Positive Impact Through Economic Development

Creating a lasting, positive impact is more than a mission statement for us, it’s at the very core of what we do at Draper Aden Associates. It’s always fulfilling to know that our talented team members leave enduring effects in our local communities. A great example of Draper Aden assisting the community is in the economic development space. Economic development is so important because it helps identify sites that will bring new investment and jobs to a region or local community. Draper Aden’s comprehensive knowledge of local conditions, processes, and requirements allows us to provide localities, land owners, and regional service providers with an overall “big picture” on the success of their land preparation and development. Most recently, Draper Aden has assisted both the Bath County Economic Development Authority and the Fluvanna County Economic Development Authority. Carolyn Howard, PE, Site Development and Infrastructure Vice President and Regional Manager, and Deborah Flippo, Economic...

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DAA at Virginia Brownfields Conference

DAA will be at The Virginia Brownfields Conference this week sharing one of our favorite success stories! There will be a session in this year’s conference, held in Fredericksburg on March 15-16, that targets small communities who are just beginning their redevelopment journeys. Dr. John White, Town of Pulaski Economic Development Director and Lori Kroll, DAA Community Resources Specialist will present the Town’s experiences during the “Synergize- Brownfields Planning, Grant Layering and Leveraging” session on Thursday. Two EPA Community-Wide Brownfields Assessment Grants in 2009 and 2014 sparked the Town of Pulaski’s reinvention of itself. John and Lori’s session will explore the keys to successful community revitalization, including a group of dedicated champions who have cultivated multiple leveraging opportunities and partnerships, layered with community planning and a long-term vision of a new economic paradigm. Stimulated by its brownfields program, the Town is realizing a true renaissance and quickly becoming a regional destination, strengthened by new...

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2017 VA Economic Development Legislation

Keep up with all of 2017's Legislation Concerning Economic Development Issues from the Virginia General Assembly. The following is a representative list of the major pieces of legislation dealing with environmental concerns that were considered in the Virginia General Assembly during the regular 2017 session. This publication reflects the status of these bills as of the end of the regular session. Read the Economic Development Legislation here.   *This post was updated on March 1, 2017...

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Pulaski Brownfields: A Success Story

The Pulaski Brownfields project is one of our favorite examples of leaving a “Lasting Positive Impact”. Beginning in 2008, this project has brought about an exciting rejuvenation for the community. The Town envisioned developing economically challenged commercial areas into usable public, commercial, and/or residential space to encourage active sustainable reuse. With the help of DAA, a $200,000 EPA Assessment Grant was awarded and provided funds to inventory, characterize, and assess properties, and plan redevelopment of the brownfields sites. Recently, we sat down with some key players in the project to get the full story and what it all means to them. Take a look to see all the big things happening in Pulaski! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sffR1krcN8 Contributors: John White, Economic Development Director, Town of Pulaski Shawn Utt, Manager, Town of Pulaski Peggy White, Executive Director, Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce Lori Kroll, Community Resource Specialist, Draper Aden Associates...

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Alpha-to-Omega Service

“Draper Aden Associates has provided engineering and environmental services for industrial sites for many years, but now we’re crafting a strategy for a holistic, Alpha-to-Omega service for our clients trying to grow their local economy or their business,” said Deborah K. Flippo. “I am extremely excited at this opportunity to focus my efforts on serving local, regional, and state economic developers and those in the build industry.” This was in response to her newly appointed position as Economic Development Program Manager at DAA. Her enthusiasm, background of experience, and knowledge of the public sector scene has allowed her to hit the ground running in this new role. Deborah has been a part of the evolution of the engineering business development and marketing industry for 24 years and has contributed as Business Development and Marketing Manager with DAA for the past 12 years. As an active member since 2010, and now president of the...

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Ray M. Floors Community Park

[metaslider id=4703]   Highlights Location Princeton, NC Project Manager(s) Tyrus Clayton, PE Services Provided DA Economic Development Site Development and Infrastructure Utilities Engineering Grant/Funding Assistance Completion Date 2006 Draper Aden Associates assisted in the location and administration of LWCF, PARTF, and Johnston County grant funding for the complete design of a community park. The utility design for this project included the installation and extension of water service, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer. An asphalt parking lot, pedestrian walkway, azalea garden, children’s playground, toddler playground, various landscaped gardens, picnic shelter with restroom facilities, and an amphitheater were also included in the design. The park opened for residents in the summer of 2006. DAA teamed with Landscape Architect Terraeden for the design.   [wpbgallery id=4708] ...

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East End Theater

[metaslider id=4524]   Highlights Location Richmond, VA Project Manager(s) Dave Spriggs, PE Services Provided DA Virtual Construction DA Economic Development Surveying/Scanning Structural Engineering Completion Date 2015 Draper Aden Associates helped to preserve a community landmark through work on the neglected East End Theater in Richmond’s historical Church Hill neighborhood. We handled the structural engineering needs for the renovation as well as the expansion. Since no documentation was available for the building, Draper Aden Associates utilized new technology to create an interactive building information model (BIM) for the structure. This scanning technology was critical to the project because it showed that, although the roof was gone, the roof framing could still be used, saving the developer $100,000 and making the renovation more feasible. The firm utilized self-supporting floors in order to create commercial space and two floors of apartments. Challenged by poor soil conditions and the need to maintain the existing shell of the theater, Draper Aden Associates solved a variety of issues using innovative solutions and...

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Town of Pulaski Brownfields

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sffR1krcN8 Highlights Location Pulaski, VA Project Manager(s) Mike Lawless, PG Services Provided DA Economic Development Environmental Engineering Grant/Funding Assistance Completion Date Ongoing As a community service project, Draper Aden Associates worked with citizen members of the Town of Pulaski’s Economic Development Board for about a year to develop a grant proposal to fund the investigation of abandoned and deteriorating industrial sites, known as Brownfields, in the community. The grant proposal was successfully approved for expanded program funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, in the amount of $200,000. Subsequent to procurement, Draper Aden Associates was awarded a contract by the Town to begin the process of evaluating existing Brownfields sites for reuse as public facilities and/or for redevelopment as viable residential, commercial, industrial or mixed-use properties. The project concentrated on two target areas: (1) the Historic Downtown Commercial District located near the center of Town, and (2) the Pulaski South Historical Residential and Industrial District, also known as Southside....

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