Our History

As a young man, Harry Schnabel, Jr. had a passion to create the best company in the foundation industry. Schnabel was created on April 6, 1959 to fulfill this passion.  From the very beginning, Harry stressed integrity, performance, innovation, and competitiveness – all combined with excellent engineering and superior craftsmanship.  He battled for the acceptance of more efficient design and construction methods, combined with important patents to produce further savings and quality.  Under Harry’s leadership, Schnabel became the recognized industry leader in earth retention systems and specialty foundations.

Harry also realized he could not create this company on his own, so he surrounded himself with a team of individuals with a similar passion for excellence. Over the years, Schnabel has grown from a single office in Washington, DC to include multiple offices from coast-to-coast. We now employ numerous professional engineers and quality craftsmen who design and manage the construction projects in those offices. The experienced staff in our regional and branch offices have grown to know the local engineering and contracting community, and more importantly have come to understand the local geology and working conditions.  Having designed and built in familiar soil conditions for decades has given us a confidence which is reflected in our consistent competitive pricing and safe, reliable performance.

Schnabel continues to grow and improve with each successful project that we complete, and build on our rich history to create a bright future.