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New Office In Austin, TX

Schnabel Engineering opens an office in the northern suburbs of Austin, TX—it’s second in the Lone Star State. Located at 12301 Research Boulevard, Suite 150, Austin will join the Dallas office to better serve communities, clients, and business partners in and around Texas.

The Austin office is led by Jeremy Young, PE, a Principal Engineer, and is a vital component of Schnabel’s strategic plan to expand dam engineering services. Young will be supported by a team of technical professionals providing dam and levee, geotechnical, tunneling, and geo-structural engineering design services in the region. When asked about this exciting opportunity Young stated, “I am incredibly grateful for all of my co-workers who spent countless hours over the past few years connecting with clients, regulators, and other project stakeholders to develop a solid foundation of professional relationships in Texas. Without their tireless efforts, I would not have this exciting opportunity to open Schnabel’s Austin office.”

Young, holding undergraduate and graduate Civil Engineering degrees from Penn State and Villanova University, respectively, has 20 years of experience with the evaluation, design, and construction of dams. Throughout his 20 year career at Schnabel, he has supported the geotechnical, hydraulic, and structural design of new dams and repairs to existing dams for a variety of clients ranging from water suppliers, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Army Corps of Engineers, and private entities.

An Engineering News-Record Top 250 design and Top 15 in dams and reservoirs, Schnabel Engineering provides specialized expertise for the planning, study, design and construction of geotechnical, dam and tunnel engineering projects in the United States and abroad. The employee-owned company has worked in more than 140 countries since its founding in 1956 and has pioneered the use of new technology, foundation systems and sustainable infrastructure. Headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia, Schnabel’s workforce exceeds 400 people across the United States.

Multiple Promotions and New Hires

Schnabel Engineering announces multiple Associate and Senior Associate promotions and new hires to support their continued growth in geotechnical engineering, transportation, and dam engineering.


Joan Bentel, PE promoted to Senior Associate Engineer. With over 15 years’ experience, Bentel has served as Schnabel’s project manager for prominent DC Institutions including Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, the United States Institute of Peace, and other notable local projects including Howard County Circuit Courthouse, Virginia Tech Innovation Campus Academic Bldg. No. 1, several of The Yards parcels and the Pepco Waterfront Substation. She has extensive experience with government, educational and mixed-use development projects, and has been involved with national and international projects. Bentel will continue leading initiatives from Schnabel Engineering DC, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the firm.


Jeremy Brown, PE promoted to Associate Engineer. Brown joined Schnabel in 2014 and is located in the firm’s Chadds Ford, PA office. Since then he has successfully led Schnabel teams in the pursuit and execution of transportation, power/energy, water/wastewater, federal, and healthcare projects and clients. Brown is critical in maintaining and forming relationships with important clients, making Schnabel the go to firm when clients need sophisticated geotechnical investigations, complex designs, and construction documents/services for challenging geotechnical projects. He will continue to lead the firm’s geotechnical team within the Chadds Ford GeoDesign Group.


Kortney Brown, PE promoted to Associate Engineer. Since his start at Schnabel in 2007, Brown has helped solve challenges and successfully secure work from several major dams clients in Pennsylvania. As a Senior Engineer, he helped brand Schnabel in the industry by serving as a student mentor and teaching liaison with Villanova University. He is passionate about advancing innovation, and increasing efficiency and accuracy to reduce risk by implementing new tools for the entire company. Brown exhibited this passion by co-producing the firm’s BIM initiative and CADD workgroup to collaborate across offices, by creating a library of shared training videos, and resources for employees to view at any time. He will continue his initiatives from the Chadds Ford, PA office.


Jesse Wullenwaber, PE promoted to Associate Engineer. Wullenwaber began his career at Schnabel 12 years ago and has developed a unique skillset through his construction and design engineering experience on several projects in specialty dam construction techniques. He has become a well-respected grouting expert in the dam engineering community and has shared his knowledge by presenting case studies all across the country. Wullenwaber is also involved with implementing risk services for projects by participating in Schnabel’s Risk Apprentice Program. He will continue to maintain and grow relationships with several clients from the Chadds Ford, PA office,


Kami Deputy Gardella, PE hired as Senior Associate Engineer. Gardella has more than 15 years of experience with expertise in rock mechanics and geotechnical engineering explorations, analysis and design, and project management. She also has experience in engineering design for rock slope stability, developing and executing geotechnical site explorations for a variety of project sizes; QA and QC review; construction observation; and development and execution of a variety of instrumentation plans. Located in Schnabel’s new Longmont, CO office, Gardella will support Schnabel’s dams and levee business unit on projects nationwide.


Scott Newhouse, PE hired as Senior Associate Engineer. Newhouse brings over 30 years of geotechnical and civil engineering experience to the firm, most recently in the power and energy industry with Bechtel Corporation. He will showcase his industry experience from Schnabel’s Columbia, SC office where he will focus on power and energy, working with major national and international clients.

Alpharetta Fills the Pantry

Alpharetta staff joined forces to donate food in support of Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GMFB), a local food pantry in Forsyth County. Georgia Mountain Food Bank’s (GMFB) mission is to address hunger, health and quality of life by serving those in need throughout North Georgia.

Brian Irsch Joins Schnabel

Brian Irsch joins Schnabel Engineering as a Dams and Levee Engineering Business Unit Associate. Irsch has 22 years of experience in geotechnical investigations and construction management on civil engineering and environmental projects. He specializes in providing design and technical oversight of various grouting programs, using state-of-the-art techniques for new dam construction of the rehabilitation of existing dams, including foundation preparation in karst, highly fractured/jointed rock, and faulted geologic formations.

Irsch will be based in Schnabel’s Greensboro, NC, office, and will use his unique expertise and extensive experience to serve clients across the country by providing field management and engineering support services for a variety of dam investigation, rehabilitation design, and construction projects.

“I’ve never had such a warm welcome from everyone at a company,” said Irsch. “I’m excited to be working with the best and the brightest in the industry!”

Irsch earned his B.S. in Applied Geology from Illinois State University and is a licensed Professional Geologist. He is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists and the Florida Association of Professional Geologists.

Greensboro’s Drive to Feed the Community

The Greensboro office participated in a paper bag and food drive from a distance this May. The paper bags were donated to Food Assistance NC which provides groceries to low income and disabled senior citizens through their Groceries on Wheels program. The paper bags are used to transport the groceries. In addition, employees collected food for the Out of the Garden project, which provides food to children in low income houses.