James E. Parkes, PE, has joined Schnabel Engineering as a senior associate in the new position of Technical Tunneling Director. Based in Baltimore, he will be responsible for positioning and growing the company’s national tunnel and underground engineering services practice.
Most recently with WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff, James’ 18 years of experience enhances this key role, to which he brings a combination of technical leadership, operations and personnel management, strategic planning and business development skills. Specific to project design and management, James has a diverse portfolio of high-profile tunnel, shaft, dam, water resources, light rail and transportation infrastructure projects located throughout the United States.
A graduate of Virginia Tech with bachelor’s (summa cum laude) and master’s degrees in civil engineering, James is a licensed professional engineer in Maryland, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia. He is a member of the Underground Construction Association of SME; the American Society of Civil Engineering; the Association of Dam Safety Officials, and the United States Society on Dams.
Schnabel’s tunneling and underground engineering services group was established in 2006 by a merger with Lachel & Associates. The group, which operates out of four offices (Baltimore, Maryland; Dallas, Texas; Sterling, Virginia; and Morristown, New Jersey) specializes in design and construction management services for tunnels and other heavy civil construction projects in the areas of transportation, water/wastewater infrastructure, and hydroelectric power.