About Us

Schnabel builds the foundation for project success
by providing specialized expertise and design for geotechnical, dam, and tunnel engineering projects across the United States and worldwide. More than 400 people in 22 offices from coast to coast have a passion for service and tough technical challenges. An ENR Top 500 Design Firm and Top 200 Environmental Firm, we serve both public and private sector clients.


When Jim Schnabel founded the company in 1956, it was one of the first in the Mid-Atlantic region to offer “soil mechanics engineering” services. Now, more than six decades later, we continue to provide solutions to some of the most challenging subsurface conditions owners encounter. The result of our thoughtful approach to risk-informed practices, creative design, and construction planning is conservation of owner resources and successful project outcomes.