Seed Bombing to Green Parks

It may not evoke Saint Patrick’s Day green, but our Richmond and Glen Allen offices were all about another kind of green with seed bomb-making for Richmond, Virginia’s James River Park System. Seed bombing is a way to distribute seeds by forming and distributing little nuggets of clay, compost and appropriately-selected seeds that can be used to help green wasteland and otherwise neglected areas flourish into beautiful spaces.

The James River Park System, a unique part of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, includes over 550 acres of shoreline and islands in the capital of Virginia, extending in 14 sections from the Huguenot Bridge in the west to a half mile beyond the I-95 Bridge in the east. It includes most of the fall line of the James River. Rocks, rapids, meadows, and forests make for an area of unspoiled natural beauty — a little bit of wilderness in the heart of the city.


Math Counts!

Scarlett Kitts, PE, and Laura Shearin-Feimster, PE, of the Greensboro office volunteered at their local MATHCOUNTS competition held at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University on February 11. They accomplished grading the tests and got all of the competitors and volunteers fed.

In operation for more than 30 years, the MATHCOUNTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides engaging math programs to U.S. middle school students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving.  The MATHCOUNTS Competition Series brings together students from all 50 states in a series of in-person contests – the only competition program of its kind.

For more information about the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, click here.

Polar Plunge for Special Olympics

Taking the Polar Plunge on February 18 in Radford, Virginia, warmed our hearts by fund-raising for the Special Olympics. The 50-degree weather was an extra bonus for our hearty community-minded participants, who were able to dry off afterward without shivering. Shown before and after are Sue Buchanan (Greensboro) in the blue and white shoes and dark shorts; Robin Reed (Blacksburg) in the black pants and shades; and Kenny Megginson (Richmond) and friend Jaime Smith in pink shorts.  Thanks to all who supported our team with your donations: between the community’s and Schnabel’s efforts, $43,000 was raised for the Special Olympics.

Valentines for Veterans

As a token of our heartfelt thanks to all veterans for their service, Schnabel’s Glen Allen/Richmond office participates in an annual “Valentines for Veterans” drive, which this year netted two full boxes of useful personal items. Distribution was on 2/15 at a well-attended “Bingo Night” held at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Hospital in Richmond. Hooah!

CCWF sponsors Engineering Better Readers at Briceville School

Our Knoxville, Tennessee office made the news on January 18 for their good work through the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) at Briceville Elementary School. One such outreach program, Engineering Better Readers, hosted several dignitaries including Lt. Gov. Randy McNally at its third-year launch. Read all about it here and here.

CCWF was founded 17 years ago by Knoxville’s Branch Leader, Barry Thacker, PE. With Geo/Environmental Associates (GA) at the time, Barry saw this as a way for engineers to engage with and give back to the communities they serve. GA was acquired by Schnabel in 2013 and the work continues to be proudly funded by Knoxville’s staff.