Metro DC offices support family affected by Harvey

The Rockville, Sterling and SEDC offices pulled together to support Henry and Tito Flores as they collected items and money to help family and friends in their hometown of Houston, stricken by the hurricane. Henry and Tito work for Schnabel through the TECs subcontractor construction phase services contract doing site foundation and concrete inspections in and around D.C., plus travel to Georgia and Alabama for dams jobs.

Employees Kristina Haggard, Angela Marchetti, Iridia Snowden, Joan Bentel, Gloria Munoz, Mary Anderson, Juan Uribe, and George Aristorenas all donated items, and Schnabel contributed gift cards for purchase of gas and water.

The Flores brothers and friends were able to raise support from a number of D.C. area food banks, grocery stores and resale shops to collect clothes, shoes, toiletries and food. They loaded up three Penske trucks and headed to Houston to coordinate with other ad hoc relief efforts and distribute items in communities that hadn’t yet received support.

Pictured are Henry Flores, Angela Marchetti and Tito Flores during a collection evening in Rockville, Maryland.

The School Supply Challenge

Schnabel’s corporate and Richmond offices competed in a “school supply challenge” to see which office could collect the most donations for a local school in need. Corporate narrowly edged out Richmond for the win on this one, but more importantly, our joint efforts were a success.

Chamberlayne Elementary School was excited to see so many donations and Principal Dwight VanRossum requested a picture they could share on their Facebook page. We were more than happy to oblige!  Pictured, l. to r. are Jen Wolfson, Heather Baskin, Victoria Landrum and Principal VanRossum

5K fundraiser supports new technology for elementary school

Our Richmond office was a sponsor for a 5K fundraiser at Laurel Meadow Elementary School in Hanover County, Virginia on May 13. We were well represented by Kevin Pocta and Ethan Bradshaw, who ran a good race. The event was held to raise money for new technology for the school, including SMART Board® and iPads.

National Military Appreciation Month: Spotlight on Ethan Bradshaw

Pictured on the left, Ethan Bradshaw–civil engineer and Black Hawk pilot–joined our Richmond office as a staff engineer last summer with both a Master of Civil Engineering degree and a six-year stint in the Army National Guard under his belt. He had always wanted to enlist in the military as a young man, driven by a sense of adventure, the opportunity to serve his country, and a practical means to support his college education. The dream became a reality as he jumped feet first into the Army National Guard and underwent basic training while earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Virginia (UVA).

In 2014, Ethan went a step further in pursuit of his passion for flying, attending flight school in Alabama where he progressed to piloting UH-60 Black Hawks. It was there, during his first solo flight, that he experienced one of the highlights of his flying career to date. Paired up with only one fellow flight student and with no instructor on board, he was en route to Troy Airport when the duo experienced “lost commo” on their UHF radio. Unable to contact the airport in order to enter the controlled airspace, Ethan had to navigate in a makeshift holding pattern as they troubleshot, monitoring their fuel numbers. Neither had been in that situation before but continued troubleshooting until they were able to contact Troy on another frequency and land safely, as the post-landing photo attests.

Back on the ground at UVA, that same knack for problem-solving spurred Ethan to earn a master’s degree. There he was able to explore his geotechnical interests, a focus sparked as an undergrad after discovering a penchant for soil. Ethan loves diving into interesting work in the Richmond office and satisfying his sense of adventure out in the field while continuing to set aside time to fly each week. Navigating the world of geotechnical engineering and flight have provided him with a challenge and the chance to push his boundaries both on the ground and in the air.

Schnabel is proud to serve as the foundation for Ethan’s career takeoff, and in keeping with May 2017 being National Military Appreciation Month, we thank him for his service.

Rebuilding Richmond Together

Kicking off National Volunteer Week, our corporate and Richmond offices teamed with Rebuilding Together Richmond last weekend for the 25th annual National Rebuilding Day. More than 20 Schnabel volunteers, including friends and family, spent the day repairing the home of an elderly Richmond resident. The group replaced storm doors, gutters, and window framing, repaired and painted fencing, installed stair handrails, re-grouted and caulked tub tile, repaired drywall, and made a number of other home improvements over the course of the day.

Rebuilding Together Richmond is a community outreach program established for volunteers to lend a hand to low-income homeowners by helping to repair their homes. The goal is to improve a home for fellow Richmonders who are physically and/or financially unable to do it themselves. Together, Schnabel’s corporate and Richmond offices donated $2,500 to Rebuilding Together Richmond in order to supply the materials needed for the home repairs. For more information about this program, click here.