Draper Aden Associates Expands Utilities Team in Hampton Roads – New Employees Enhance Firm’s Experience and Growth Plans
October 9th, 2019

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – October 9, 2019 – Draper Aden Associates (“DAA”), a Mid-Atlantic engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm, recently added two new team members to its Utilities division in Hampton Roads. Based in the firm’s Newport News office, Adrianna Dimperio, P.E and Amanda Lothes, P.E., PMP will be integral to serving clients and expanding the firm’s utilities work throughout the state.

“We’re pleased to welcome Adrianna and Amanda to the Draper Aden team,” said Jeff Lighthiser, P.E., DAA’s CEO and President. “They have significant experience in both the public and private sector and will be key players in enhancing our utilities work in Hampton Roads and throughout Virginia. Their wealth of expertise will benefit our clients and firm.”

Dimperio joined the firm as a Utilities Team Leader. She has over 18 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry and most recently served as Chief Engineer for Newport News Waterworks, a regional water utility serving over 400,000 customers in Hampton Roads. In this role, Dimperio oversaw planning, design and construction activities for all above ground assets, including dams, pump stations, treatment facilities and storage tanks. She also has extensive experience in Utility Management. Dimperio has significant expertise on Asset Management Program development and was responsible for creating the Asset Management Program at Newport News Waterworks, which is a model for utilities across the country.

At DAA, Dimperio will lead projects and teams and identify new opportunities for the firm. She also will serve as an advisor for current and future clients on a wide array of utilities matters, including the development, implementation and supervision of utility management programs.

“Amanda and I are excited to join Draper Aden,” said Dimperio. “The firm’s impressive reputation and commitment to leaving a lasting, positive impact set it apart. We look forward to supporting Draper Aden’s continued growth and providing exceptional solutions, especially as we explore new opportunities in asset management and other services.”

Dimperio holds leadership positions in utility associations, such as serving as a trustee of the Virginia Section of the American Water Works Association and having served as co-chair of the WaterJAM 2019 Conference. She also is a recognized and frequent speaker at national and state conferences on the water and wastewater industry.

Lothes joined DAA as a Project Manager. An experienced engineer and project manager with over eight years of experience, she most recently was a Facilities Engineer for Newport News Waterworks. Among Lothes’ notable projects, she served in a project management role for the Lee Hall Reservoir Dam Rehabilitation Project in Newport News, including the replacement of an over 100-year-old principal spillway, auxiliary spillway construction and total dam rehabilitation. She also has led asset management initiatives to develop criteria for risk assessment and a dam safety program to ensure regulatory compliance.

At DAA, she will lead projects related to water resources and water utilities.

Dimperio received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. Lothes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Kentucky

DAA provides engineering, surveying, and environmental services to clients through its eight offices in Virginia and North Carolina. For over 45 years, DAA has created enduring partnerships with public and private clients to leave a lasting, positive impact in communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

For additional information on the firm, visit www.daa.com.

About Draper Aden Associates

Draper Aden Associates is an engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm based in the Mid-Atlantic. The firm provides innovative services and technologies and exceptional client care for sectors that include energy, industry, private, public and educational and institutional. Whether it involves the creation of a water distribution system for an under-served community, restoration and reclamation of an environmentally degraded site, designing safe and reliable power distribution systems, adaptive reuse of rundown buildings, or helping to enhance the campuses of institutions where the next generations will learn, what we do today can be looked back upon with pride tomorrow. For more information, visit www.daa.com.