About Us

Client Tour of Lake Townsend Dam, Greensboro, NCSchnabel is a trusted partner in building the foundation for project success. We provide specialized expertise and design for geotechnical, tunnel, and dam engineering projects across the U.S. and worldwide. As an entrepreneurial, employee-owned company of over 300 diverse professionals, we have a passion for client service and tough technical challenges. An ENR Top 250 engineering firm, Schnabel serves both public and private sector clients.

The firm was started in 1956 by Jim Schnabel, who established one of the first firms in the Mid-Atlantic region to offer services in “soil mechanics engineering.” We are still first in the minds of our clients who turn to us for help with their most challenging subsurface conditions. With a track record for delivering successful project outcomes, Schnabel has saved our clients millions of dollars through risk management, creative design, and construction solutions.

Ragged Mountain Dam Site VisitAt the heart of our project successes is a talented and dedicated staff that embraces a culture of collaboration and shared rewards. Our supportive workplace environment has earned recognition by CE News as one of the Best Engineering Firms to Work For.