VAA was recently recognized for its support of military service members by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Staff Sergeant Dan Starr, a VAA technician and combat engineer with the Army Reserves, nominated Quin Vincent, Partner, and Doug Rohkohl, Associate Senior Designer, for the Patriot Award. In speaking about his reasons for the nominations, Dan said, “I do miss a fair amount of work for my service, and the company’s really good about understanding and accommodating that.” In tandem with flexibility concerning his schedule, Dan also noted his team members’ efforts to take on additional work during his absences.
The Patriot Award recognizes a variety of support resources from schedule flexibility to time off regarding care or deployment. Learn more about the award and ESGR efforts in your community.
The Works Museum recently hosted “Girl Time.” VAA was a sponsor and Paula Barker, Civil Engineer and Kyrstyn Haapala, Structural Engineer, volunteered to show elementary school girls how nifty, and useful, engineering could be. At the event, women engineers led hands-on activities such as building structures out of paper or toothpicks, creating a circuit to show how a light turns on and basic website design. Women also shared their education background and engineering experiences.
VAA was "Piling on the Food" at the 10th Annual Canstruction competition. Shaped like a front end loader, the structure depicts unloading food into a pile. A time-lapse video features the VAA build which won "Structural Ingenuity" and "Honorable Mention." Sponsor support helped the team donate over 5,600 pounds of food and $5,500 to Second Harvest Heartland – the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger relief food organization.