Schnabel Engineering’s commitment to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) continues, as three employees will serve in key leadership positions in the mid-Atlantic region. The DBIA Mid-Atlantic Region covers the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland, offering activities and events for those interested in learning more about design-build project delivery or advancing its use.
Recently elected as DBIA-MAR board president, Mary Anderson, F. SAME, serves as the primary liaison between the regional and chapter leadership and serves on the board of directors for the region. She represents the chapter at regional DBIA meetings and workshops, schedules and presides over meetings and events, and presents chapter issues in regional DBIA forums. Anderson, a 30-year industry veteran, senior associate, and senior vice president at Schnabel, leads business development efforts for the firm’s federal government market. Anderson has also served in numerous leadership roles with the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), including regional vice president for the Middle Atlantic Region and post president for the Northern Virginia Post.
Anderson comments, “This is an exciting time to fully engage with DBIA, as we are moving into the next era, following our 25th anniversary.  All of our construction industry market sectors are reporting growth, and all states in the Mid-Atlantic Region are touting major economic development announcements. Within the DBIA-MAR, we are fortunate to have a wealth of opportunities and examples of ‘Design-Build Done Right.’ I look forward to supporting DBIA-MAR and working with my design and construction colleagues.”
Sherry Miller, office manager to Schnabel Engineering’s Sterling, VA office since 2001, joins Mary as an executive member of the DBIA Mid-Atlantic Region’s board of directors, serving as secretary for the chapter. Miller maintains the chapter’s formal documentation, prepares and issues minutes, and maintains documentation of board and chapter meetings and other events, including approved decisions and actions. She is also responsible for coordination with the region on administrative matters affecting the chapter.
As chair of the DBIA Central Virginia Chapter Membership Committee, Muriel Rodriguez-Franqui, associate and vice president at Schnabel, works to recruit new members and retain existing members of the chapter. A key business development professional for Schnabel since 1988, Rodriguez-Franqui has held numerous leadership and committee positions with industry organizations and now brings that experience to DBIA Central Virginia. “I am very excited to help grow this multi-discipline, newly formed DBIA Central Virginia Chapter,” she says. “We are already off to a great start with programs and sponsorship opportunities for 2019.”
Newly established in 2018, DBIA’s Central Virginia Chapter provides programming, networking, and educational programs related to the fast growing design-build project delivery method and advancing its use in the Commonwealth. The Central Virginia Chapter joins the Hampton Roads and Maryland Chapters as part of the DBIA-MAR.
As an engineering and environmental firm, Schnabel Engineering provides specialized expertise for the planning, study, design, and construction of geotechnical, dam, and tunnel engineering projects in the United States and abroad. The employee-owned company has worked in more than 140 countries since its founding in 1956 and has pioneered the use of new technology, foundation systems, and sustainable infrastructure. Headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia, Schnabel’s workforce exceeds 350 people in 19 locations.