Del Shannon Featured in Hydro Leader Magazine

In this month’s issue of Hydro Leader, Principal Engineer, Del Shannon, PE discusses his work in dam
rehabilitation and the path that led him to becoming a Senior Vice President of the Dam and Levee
Engineering group at Schnabel.

In a four-page interview starting on page 14, Del explains today’s trends in dam construction and
rehabilitation, the importance of risk-based dam assessments, and the advantages of having a holistic
perspective with design-build that brings design and construction together.

Del has 30 years of experience working in the civil, geotechnical, and environmental engineering fields,
including extensive experience working on concrete and embankment dam safety and dam design.
Del regularly contributes his expertise to local, national and international committees, including serving on
the Roller Compacted Concrete Committees for the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD).
He is also an elected board and executive committee member of the US Society on Dams (USSD),
serves on the ASCE Committee on America’s Infrastructure (CAI) and is a committee member of the
Geotechnical Engineering and Design/Build Subcommittees for the USSD and the Association of State
Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO).

To hear what Del has to say, check out Hydro Leader magazine.

Schnabel Supports DBIA Hampton Roads Chapter with Bronze Level Sponsorship

We are proud to support the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Hampton Roads Chapter with a bronze level sponsorship to help develop local programs and events to enhance the community.

For over 35 years, Schnabel has served the Hampton Roads region with an office in Newport News, Virginia, providing geotechnical design and construction services for many of the region’s most challenging infrastructure and site development projects.

Our sponsorship will help DBIA-Hampton Roads develop first-class educational and networking experiences at local programs and events, assist in adding new programs, including community outreach and special events for members and sponsors, and provide materials for the chapter’s outreach programs.

The Design-Build Institute of America Mid-Atlantic Region covers the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland. This footprint includes the Hampton Roads chapter. One of the truly vibrant and active regions for design-build activity, the Mid-Atlantic Region offers many activities and events for those interested in learning more about design-build project delivery or advancing its use.

To learn more about the DBIA Mid-Atlantic Region and Hampton Roads Chapter please visit their website.

Schnabel Engineering Wins Grand Award at ACEC Virginia’s 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards

On Thursday, February 4 ACEC Virginia presented the winners of the 2021 Engineering Excellence Awards. The virtual ceremony recognized engineering firms for projects that demonstrate an exceptional degree of innovation, complexity, achievement, and value.

This year Schnabel Engineering’s Yeager Airport Runway 5 Safety Area took home a Grand Award. The Grand Award showcases engineering excellence through innovation, creativity and exceptional social, economic and environmental benefits. Project Manager, Allen Cadden accepted the award thanking Airport Director of Yeager Airport, Nick Keller, former Director Terry Sayer, and the rest of the Yeager Airport staff.

The design team for the project consisted of ADCI, S&S Engineering, Burns Engineering, and the contractor was Orders Construction.

Other winners of the night that Schnabel had the opportunity to provide geotechnical services to included: AMT for Huntington Avenue Bridge project, Draper Aden/CHA for Henrico County High Schools Athletic Improvements, Dewberry for Elmont Water Storage Tank and Booster Station project and JMT for Thomasson Barn Road project.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Muriel Rodriguez Elected President of WTS Central Virginia’s Board of Directors

Congratulations are in order to Associate Muriel Rodriguez who is now President of WTS Central Virginia’s Board of Directors.

Women’s Transportation Seminars (WTS) mission is to advance women in the transportation industry through networking, mentorship, and professional development. Muriel has been a member of the organization for several years and has made a great impact to the chapter’s growth and professional advancement. She was also awarded the WTS Central Virginia Member of the Year award in 2020.

As the chapters 2021 President, Muriel is excited to bring transportation professionals together during her term. “I am thrilled that WTS Central Virginia will be hosting the 2021 WTS International Annual Conference in Richmond, Virginia the week of May 10, 2021,” said Muriel. “This years’ theme is Our Future in Transportation, ActiVAate + EleVAte. Although the conference will be held virtually due to the current pandemic, this is still a great opportunity to bring together transportation professionals from across America to exchange ideas and learn about the latest developments in our industry. We are also very excited to connect and collaborate with peers through virtual networking events and to spotlight Richmond, Virginia through virtual tours.”

See who else was elected to WTS Central Virginia 2021 Board of Directors and learn more about the chapter.

Chadd W. Yeatts, PE Promoted to Senior Associate

Chadd W. Yeatts, PE of Blacksburg, VA was recently promoted to Senior Associate/Senior Vice President at Schnabel Engineering. Yeatts will continue leading Schnabel’s Power and Energy pursuit team, helping expand the firm’s presence within the industry.

Yeatts has over 23 years of industry experience but has worked with the Glen Allen-based firm for nearly 10 years. He exhibits his extensive experience in geotechnical engineering on various projects, including electric transmission towers, substations, industrial facilities, highways, bridges and slopes throughout the Mid-Atlantic, South, and Midwest.

“I’m excited and humbled to be named a Senior Associate at Schnabel. I’m grateful for the support and mentoring I’ve received from all levels within our great firm,” said Yeatts. “Being named a Senior Associate further emphasizes Schnabel’s commitment to the Power and Energy market and reflects the great strides our team has made. I’m looking forward to helping contribute to our growth and helping our valued clients manage their project risks.”

When asked about what he is hoping to accomplish in his new role he stated, “I’m excited to help continue to find opportunities for our fantastic engineers and scientists. I’m looking forward to expanding our geographic reach, expanding our services, and most importantly, ensuring we are serving our Power and Energy clients with client first focused service.”

When he is not working, Yeatts continues to represent Schnabel with a high-standing involvement in the community. In 2019 he was named to ACEC Virginia’s Board of Directors and became the organization’s Western Region Vice President. He also is the Founder and Director of the Eddie Yeatts Memorial Foundation, Inc., in honor of his late father, Eddie Yeatts. With his leadership, the foundation has raised over $250,000 for those in need in the Roanoke and New River Valleys.