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Take a Virtual Tour of the SR 520 Project

November 17, 2015

Take a virtual tour of the SR 520 bridge replacement project over Lake Washington. For the past 9 years, the Shannon & Wilson team in Seattle has worked extensively on this mega-project for WSDOT that includes a new floating bridge and approaches. As part of the GEC team and as geotechnical engineer of record for some portions, Shannon & Wilson performed advanced probabilistic seismic studies, dynamic soil-structure interaction analyses, contaminated materials characterization, groundwater analyses, and support for DB and DBB procurement.

Virtual tour of the SR 520 floating bridge:

Virtual tour of the SR 520 West Approach Bridge North:


New Director of Operations for Underground Services

September 14, 2015

Shannon & Wilson recently hired Dr. Axel Nitschke, PhD, PE, as Vice President and Director of Operations for Underground Services. Dr. Nitschke will operate out of Shannon & Wilson’s new Washington D.C. Metro office, located in Tysons Corner, VA.

Dr. Nitschke’s hire is a strategic move as Shannon & Wilson widens its national underground services portfolio. Shannon & Wilson is highly recognized for its geotechnical consulting and engineering services for underground projects, including but not limited to geotechnical exploration, testing, and instrumentation, and monitoring services. The company has long provided underground services for the full range of underground construction, including small, midsize and large diameter pipeline tunnel projects as well as geotechnical and structural inspection services for existing tunnels and on-site support for rehabilitation of underground infrastructure projects. By hiring Dr. Nitschke, Shannon & Wilson has taken steps to become a full-service underground services provider, adding and emphasizing structural design, cost estimating, scheduling, and construction management to its portfolio of underground services.

As Director of Operations for Underground Services, Dr. Nitschke will jointly lead Shannon & Wilson’s Underground Services department with Red Robinson. In addition, he will be in charge of Shannon & Wilson’s upcoming pursuits of underground projects nationwide, and he will actively increase Shannon & Wilson’s presence in the Northeast Corridor.

A 20-year veteran of the underground services industry, Dr. Nitschke has experience in wide-ranging aspects of tunneling, including design, management, QA/QC, safety, and construction. He has worked on road, rail and utility tunnel projects for civil infrastructure as well as mining clients in both highly congested urban areas and remote conditions with clients including Sound Transit, New Jersey Transit, CALTRANS, DC Water, and agencies throughout Europe, as well as a multitude of construction companies. His practical experience builds on a solid scientific knowledge of tunneling, which he has gained during his graduate and post-graduate studies as a research assistant at Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB) in Germany.


Shannon & Wilson Opens New Washington, D.C. Metro Office

September 14, 2015

Shannon & Wilson recently opened a Washington, D.C. Metro office. The new location, located at 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300, Tysons Corner, VA, 22102, is Shannon & Wilson’s 12th office, and allows the company to better serve clients throughout the Northeastern U.S. in addition to its already established offices in St. Louis, MO and Jacksonville, FL.

The new Washington, D.C. Metro office, which will be overseen by Dr. Axel Nitschke, Vice President and Director of Operations for Underground Services, is a part of a strategic move to widen Shannon & Wilson’s national underground services portfolio. From this new location, Shannon & Wilson will offer a full spectrum of geotechnical and underground services, and Dr. Nitschke will take an active role in strengthening Shannon & Wilson’s presence in the Northeastern Corridor.


Shannon & Wilson's Martin Page Attains National Design-Build Certification

October 25, 2012

Martin Page, PE, LEG, DBIA, of Shannon & Wilson has successfully completed the requirements for the nationally recognized Designated Design-build Professional™ certification.  The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awarded designated status to Page upon his successful completion of coursework and formal examination in all aspects of design-build project delivery.  By completing these requirements, candidates earn the right to display "DBIA" after their names, identifying them to design-build end-users and the industry at large as professionals experienced in this form of project delivery.

"I am excited about the DBIA certification because it conveys to my clients the message that I am capable and enthusiastic about providing innovative and creative solutions to our design-build teams and project owners," said Page.

DBIA certification demonstrates commitment to design-build done right.  These design and construction professionals have mastered the best practices associated with the entire design-build process - from project procurement through post-award.  Both A/E/C firms and public agencies train personnel from a variety of disciplines and departments in the best practices developed by DBIA.

Three years substantial design-build work experience is an additional prerequisite for Designated Design-Build Professional certification.  Maintaining the credential requires a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education credit every two years.



Shannon & Wilson Rocks on LA's "Levitated Mass" Art Project

July 3, 2012

You may have heard about Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass sculpture now open at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  The exhibit’s centerpiece, a 340-ton, two-story-tall granitic rock, is supported above a subterranean ramp at the La Brea Tar Pits.  The rock’s tortuous transport route (105 miles) through LA from a Riverside quarry made national news some months ago, and there have been heated debates about both the artistic meaning and financing of the sculpture.  For Shannon & Wilson, “Levitated Mass” was a four-year project with interesting and ever-present geotechnical challenges.  We worked closely with the structural engineering firm (Buro Happold), the contractor and LACMA on rock mass characterization, recommendations for transport and setting of the rock, and geotechnical design and construction services for the ramp.


Levitated Mass was the last phase of LACMA’s 10-year Transformation project, which included new buildings and a subterranean parking structure.  The ribbon cutting included remarks by the mayor of Los Angeles.  We are proud to have been of service to LACMA for its Transformation…and, in some small way, to have expressed ourselves artistically.

View a time-lapse video of the project here

See photos of the ribbon cutting here


And the Award Goes to…!  Geotechnical Engineer at Shannon & Wilson Receives SAME Saint Louis Post Outstanding Young Engineer Award

June 26, 2012

On Thursday, June 21, 2012, the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Saint Louis Post awarded the 2011 Outstanding Young Engineer Award to Jacob Bilello, PE, Senior Geotechnical Engineer with Shannon & Wilson.  During his four years with Shannon & Wilson, Bilello has made significant contributions in the way of geotechnical investigations and geotechnical design projects.  His involvement includes field reconnaissance, subsurface exploration, laboratory testing and design recommendations for infrastructure, residential, commercial and industrial sites.

More information can be found at:


Shannon & Wilson Endows Engineering Scholarship at UAF

March 19, 2012

Graduate students in the College of Engineering and Mines (CEM) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) will now be able to apply for research grants for advanced studies in Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering with the endowment of a scholarship fund from Shannon & Wilson, Inc.,...

More information about the scholarship endowment can be found at:!/notes/shannon-wilson-inc/news-release-consulting-firm-endows-engineering-scholarship-at-uaf/344255715610128 


Shannon & Wilson Engineer Pens Popular Article

April 4, 2015

Jason Funk's article on Settlement of the Kansai International Airport Islands, co-written by Professor Gholamreza Mesri of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, was one of the most downloaded articles from the ASCE Library in February 2015.  The article appeared in the Journal of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Vol. 141, No.2.  Jason joined Shannon & Wilson in 2013 after completing the doctoral program at the University of Illinois under the direction of Dr. Mesri.