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A group gathers in Halloween costumes for a photo

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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A group of young volunteers gather in front of Haiti meal boxing statistics

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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A group of outdoor enthusiasts gather in front of a canoe at a park

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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Exterior view of a modern golf Clubhouse

Going Fore A Winning Design

June 20, 2019 / Comments Off on Going Fore A Winning Design

Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska is hosting the KMPG Women’s PGA Championship for the first time. With a long tradition of hosting major championships, Hazeltine was a natural choice for the tournament, which focuses on empowering women on and off the golf course. Almost 10 years ago, VAA provided civil and structural engineering services […]

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A group of volunteers in casual clothing pose for a photo inside a house rehabilitation project

Hammerin’ with Habitat

June 18, 2019 / Comments Off on Hammerin’ with Habitat

Ten employees recently volunteered with Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) to build a home in North Minneapolis. The group helped construct the house’s front porch roof, sanded and painted interior walls and trim, stained spindles and installed blinds throughout the home. By the end of the day, the house was nearly move-in ready for a family. […]

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A group of six men gather in front of the VAA logo, one of them holds an anniversary award

Gary Nagel Celebrates 35 Years

June 11, 2019 / Comments Off on Gary Nagel Celebrates 35 Years

Gary Nagel, PE, P.Eng, recently celebrated his 35th year at VAA. The Sr. Associate / Sr. Structural Engineer is the longest tenured employee currently working at the firm, and he’s well-known among co-workers and clients for his commitment to quality work and collaboration. Gary is an invaluable asset to the VAA team, bringing a wealth of […]

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A group of volunteers gather outdoors in casual clothing with their dogs

Taking a Walk on the Wild Side

June 4, 2019 / Comments Off on Taking a Walk on the Wild Side

For the third year in a row, VAA employees raised funds and participated with their canine companions in the Walk for Animals, the nation’s largest human / animal walk fundraising event. Thousands of people, pets and other four-legged friends took part in this Animal Humane Society fundraising event to help support animals in need in our […]

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High overhead exterior view of a ground pile in progress

Engineering an Exceptional Pile

May 29, 2019 / Comments Off on Engineering an Exceptional Pile

THREE CONSIDERATIONS FOR INSTALLING A GROUND PILE Increasing crop yields per acre, inconclusive trade talks and low commodity prices slow the movement of corn and grain, leaving elevator owners to consider how best to add storage capacity while minimizing costs and protecting their product. Installing a temporary storage system (commonly known as a ground pile) […]

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