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Scholarships Awarded to Dunwoody Students

February 28, 2020 / Comments Off on Scholarships Awarded to Dunwoody Students

Supporting industry education and giving back to our community are highly valued at VAA. The Haldorson and Jansen Scholarship program reinforces both goals and recognizes our enduring community ties to Dunwoody College of Technology (Dunwoody). Founded in 2014, the program includes two scholarships named for current VAA Principal and Dunwoody alum Bernie Jansen and former Partner / Dunwoody alum […]

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How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Company Goals

January 16, 2020 / Comments Off on How to Set S.M.A.R.T. Company Goals

A formal goal-setting program is an asset in any corporate environment, with benefits for both individuals and companies overall. S.M.A.R.T. goals – statements that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely – have become the standard for organizational goal setting. Use of this method provides guidance for employees when proposing goals and allows managers to […]

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Scott Stangeland Bids Us Au Revoir

December 30, 2019 / Comments Off on Scott Stangeland Bids Us Au Revoir

After 19 years, Scott retired from VAA at the end of 2016. He held many titles over the course of his professional tenure, serving as a Senior Structural Engineer, Partner, President and CEO. In his spare time, he became a pilot, a world traveler and well-versed in the French language. But as Scott bids us […]

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VAA Wins Wellness by Design Award

December 18, 2019 / Comments Off on VAA Wins Wellness by Design Award

VAA received a 2019 Wellness by Design award for excellence in worksite wellness at a ceremony hosted by Hennepin County Public Health in November. As a silver-level award recipient, VAA was recognized for making “employee health a priority through creative and effective wellness initiatives.” Wellness by Design awards are presented to Hennepin County employers that […]

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25 & Up Club: Terry Mahr

December 6, 2019 / Comments Off on 25 & Up Club: Terry Mahr

Terry Mahr is our first 2019 Club member. His memorable laugh and soft-spoken approach are valued by Terry’s teammates, his commercial / retail clients and the new technicians and designers he welcomes to VAA. With a genuine interest to propel the firm forward, Terry is a steadfast resource for the firm’s recruiting efforts and a […]

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Trick or Chili

November 1, 2019 / Comments Off on Trick or Chili

Ghosts, ghouls and even a Greek goddess roamed the halls at VAA’s Plymouth office on Halloween. In addition to a costume contest, our Wellness and Outreach Committee hosted a Chili Cookoff and Dessert Bakeoff for employees to show off their culinary creations. With nearly 20 costume-clad participants in the running, it was a tight race […]

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Helping Hands for Haiti

September 26, 2019 / Comments Off on Helping Hands for Haiti

Our Wellness and Outreach Committee organized an opportunity for VAA to participate in a Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) event. A group of volunteers hand-packed 6,480 meals for children in Haiti. Meals of raw products, dried vegetables and minerals were sealed and prepped for shipping. Visit FMSC’s website to learn about volunteer opportunities for individuals […]

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Paddling with Purpose

September 19, 2019 / Comments Off on Paddling with Purpose

Volunteers and paddlers recently gathered at Hidden Falls Regional Park to participate in the 9th annual Great River Race (Race to Close the Achievement Gap). The race funds the Canoemobile Minnesota outdoor education program, addressing the achievement gap in local schools and reaching 15,000 kids annually. The program connects youths with outdoor experiences and learning activities that […]

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Engineering the Next Generation

September 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Engineering the Next Generation

VAA hosted several high school students at its Minneapolis office for a job shadow experience. The firm’s technical staff provided an in-depth look at a multidiscipline soybean processing plant and answered students’ questions about engineering career paths, college courses and more. The students learned about each discipline (civil, structural, mechanical and electrical) and saw the […]

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The Heart of Giving Back

August 6, 2019 / Comments Off on The Heart of Giving Back

The VAA Plymouth office hosted the Community Caring Campaign (CCC), a variety of events and volunteer opportunities for employees over the course of two weeks. Championed by VAA’s Wellness and Outreach Committee, the CCC surpassed its $50,000 goal along with providing supplies to those in need. In line with the firm’s commitment to community, the […]

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