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.

Earth Day volunteers for clean streams

Team Schnabel, family and friends were out in force on a drizzly Earth Day for the 20th Annual Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association streams cleanup. But no one cared about a little rain as they sloshed around in local creeks gathering trash. The most monumental find was a several hundred pound water main. Our innovative engineering team removed it with the help of another piece of debris–a tire–combined with straps and lots of elbow grease. Special thanks go to Mia Painter for promoting the event and enlisting the participation of others from the West Chester office. A good time was had by all and local streams are now cleaner because of their efforts.  Check out CRC Watersheds Association here.

Volunteering for girls to GETT STEM

Johanna Simon and Kirsten Wilde volunteered on Saturday, March 25 with Delaware Valley Geo-Institute for GETT 2017 at West Chester High School. Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology is an annual day-long event in the spring for girls in grades 5-10 and their parents to learn about career opportunities in a broad scope of STEM related industries.

Now in its sixteenth year, GETT is an initiative of the Innovative Technology Action Group (ITAG), a program under the Chester County Economic Development Council. It is driven by the volunteer efforts of numerous public, private and educational organizations, along with public and private investments. More info here.