Schnabel Engineering of Glen Allen, VA has announced the promotion of Joan Bentel, P.E., to associate. Joan started her career with Schnabel in the Gaithersburg, MD office (now Rockville, MD) over 10 years ago as a senior staff engineer after receiving her B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Bertel has experience with commercial, residential, and government projects as part of Schnabel’s Design Phase Service Facilities Group. Her design experience includes all foundation types, pavement, retaining walls, subdrainage, slope stability analysis, and lateral pile analysis. 
Bertel’s work focuses predominantly in the local DC region, where she has managed over 350 projects. These projects include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial; City Center development; Physical Sciences Complex at University of Maryland College Park; American University East Campus development; United States Institute of Peace; the Ballou and Dunbar High Schools in Washington, DC; Founders Square Development in Arlington; and the cogeneration improvements at the Capitol Power Plant. She has also managed projects for the National Park Service, Architect of the Capitol, and National Institute of Standards and Technology,  as well as at all of the local military installations, including Pentagon, Andrews Air Force Base, Fort Meade, Bolling Air Force Base, Fort Belvoir, Fort Detrick, Fort Myer, and Marine Corps Base Quantico.
An employee-owned company, Schnabel Engineering employs over 300 professionals in 19 nationwide locations. Schnabel specializes in geotechnical, geostructural, dam, and tunnel engineering as well as environmental, geosciences, construction monitoring, and resident engineering services. For more information, visit