We’re Open for Business in Seattle!

“Go West, young man” holds new meaning for Alex Rutledge, PE, PG, and Robert Indri, PE, who just opened our first office on the West Coast. The dam engineers, who have been with Schnabel’s Greensboro, N.C., office for over ten years, were already used to long-distance travel to job sites. Thanks to ongoing projects with utility clients in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest–Seattle in particular–being there physically made good sense.  When presented with the opportunity to open our 20th location, which is focused on work associated with dams, Alex and Rob embraced the challenge despite daunting logistics.  In addition to pulling up stakes, moving their families cross-country and house-hunting, they have hung the Schnabel Engineering shingle up and are now officially open for business in West Seattle. Both are quick to credit Greensboro-based Robert Cannon, PG, and Tom Fitzgerald, PE, with “laying the groundwork that created not only a realistic proposition for Schnabel’s expansion, but also for the two of us to be catalysts for success in this new and exciting venture.”

You can reach Alex and Rob by phone at 206-573-5190 or via e-mail by clicking on their names. Their address is 4700 42nd Avenue SW, Suite 570, Seattle, WA 98116. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!

NJSWA Launches Round Valley Reservoir Website

Our client, the New Jersey Water Supply Authority, has launched a new website dedicated to informing the public about the latest progress on the Round Valley Reservoir structures refurbishment and resource preservation project and allow them to easily communicate questions and comments to project representatives. Improvements to the reservoir’s aging structures using modern design and construction techniques will extend their durability, resilience and operating life. NJWSA operates and maintains the reservoir, which is located in Clinton, New Jersey. It is the largest drinking water supply by volume in the state.

As Engineer of Record for the project, Schnabel is responsible for its design and quality assurance. Design began this year, and we will be working closely with NJSWA and Gannett Fleming (Owner’s Engineer) over the next several years as work progresses.

James E. Parkes joins Schnabel as Technical Tunneling Director

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.

Dam Safety 2017: We’re speaking, sponsoring and exhibiting!

Schnabel’s involvement with ASDSO’s Dam Safety 2017 conference is a win-win!  Through our support as a Platinum sponsor and exhibitor, and participation as presenters and moderators for 12 different programs, we have a terrific opportunity to both learn and share our knowledge with the best and brightest practitioners in the world of dam design and construction.



You can find us at Booth #1006 and at the following sessions. For session details, click hereContinue reading