Sharon Krock elected as SAME regional vice president

Sharon Krock, a Professional Wetland Scientist and business developer in our West Chester office, has been elected to a two-year term as ​the new regional vice president of the Society of American Military Engineers’ (SAME) North Atlantic Region.  Sharon has been an active member of SAME since 2001, serving on various committees and as a former president of the Philadelphia Post. In 2013 her participation on the National Board of Direction (not a typo!) began, and in 2014 she was inducted into SAME’s College of Fellows.

In her newest role, Sharon is charged with being a leader, supporter and communicator for posts and members within her region. The North Atlantic Region consists of the following posts: Baltimore, Md.; Chesapeake, Md.; Delmarva, Del.; Fort Drum, N.Y.; Mid-Maryland, Md.; New Jersey; New York Capital District, Albany, N.Y.; New York City, N.Y.; and Philadelphia, Pa.

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Brian Crookston named Rising Star by Industry Magazine

Congratulations are in order for Brian Crookston, Ph.D., PE, of our West Chester office, who has been named a “Rising Star” by Civil + Structural Engineer, a monthly publication by the Zweig Group.  Brian is one of 12 civil engineers chosen for this honor. The Rising Stars in Civil Engineering and Rising Stars in Structural Engineering program recognizes 29 professionals, 40 years old or younger working in the United States, who have shown exceptional technical capability, leadership ability, effective teaching or research, or public service benefiting the civil and structural engineering profession, their employers, project owners, and society.  Click here for the article.

Paul Diggs featured in The Oyster Pointer

Paul Diggs, PE, branch leader of Schnabel’s Richmond, Newport News and Charlottesville offices, is featured in the May issue of the Oyster Pointer, a monthly publication focused on businesses in the Oyster Point, Virginia area. Click here for a copy of the one-page article.

Elizabeth River Tunnels Project Wins ACEC National Grand Award

Congratulations to the entire project team on the Elizabeth River Tunnels Project, which was presented with a Grand Award for Engineering Excellence at the ACEC National Conference on April 25.

Elizabeth River Crossings OpCo, LLC, is the private partner of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for the design, construction, finance, operations and maintenance of the ERT project. WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff led the design team and SKW Constructors, JV (a Skanska, Kiewit, Weeks Marine Joint Venture) is the design-build contractor.

The $1.5 billion transportation infrastructure project has four major components:  a new two-lane tunnel adjacent to the existing Midtown Tunnel under the Elizabeth River; maintenance and safety improvements to the Midtown and Downtown tunnels; extending the Martin Luther King Expressway from London Boulevard to Interstate 264; and interchange modifications at Brambleton Avenue and Hampton Boulevard.  Construction began in 2012 and is expected to conclude early next year.

Schnabel provided geotechnical engineering and construction consultation services on the MLK Expressway portion of the ERT project. Our work encompassed subsurface exploration, soil laboratory testing, and geotechnical engineering analysis. The exploration program included 206 test borings, 55 cone penetrometer soundings, and 48 dilatometer soundings.  Based on test results we also made recommendations for embankments constructed using using earth fill, lightweight fill and expanded polystyrene blocks; and for pile-supported embankments.  As part of our embankment evaluations, we performed 39 consolidation tests to characterize the stress history and estimate consolidation within the soft clays underlying the embankments.  We also provided recommendations for several types of driven and drilled piles and shafts for bridge and sign support.  The MLK Expressway features nine new or reconfigured ramps, and about a mile of the new roadway is elevated. Construction began in November 2013 and the MLK opened on November 30, 2016.
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Photo courtesy of SKW Constructors JV

And the 2016 Business Development Award goes to ….

Joann Petillo (Baltimore) and Chadd Yeatts (Blacksburg, on left, pictured with Branch Leader Steve Conner) were awarded Schnabel’s 2016 Business Development Award this week. They were surprised by their office managers bearing the awards during a conference call, as their fellow BD pursuit team members listened in. According to business development director Michael Roscoe (West Chester), the inscribed crystal globes are a tangible acknowledgement of their years of service to Schnabel – twenty-two for Joann and five for Chadd. Mike said, “Both of these individuals represent what can be accomplished by their energy, drive, dedication, strict adherence to a method and a plan, and most importantly, leveraging long-standing relations into profitable work.” Congratulations, Joann and Chadd!