Staff Spotlight: Chris Drake

September 22, 2015 by Will Schnier P.E.

At BIG RED DOG, we like to reflect on our team members that make our organization strong, creative, and supremely capable. Our team members put forth extraordinary efforts on behalf of our clients and they deserve to be recognized. This edition of our staff spotlight series introduces us to Chris Drake, the Lead Plumbing Designer in our Austin office. Learn more about Chris, his labordoodle Maxwell, and his favorite NFL Team (the Buffalo Bills) below!


Chris Drake ScreenWhere are you originally from? Upstate New York

Tell us something really interesting about you. When I was 10, I won a trip to Disney World and universal for the whole family after filling out a sweepstakes slip at the drug store!

Everyone at BIG RED DOG has a story about why they joined the team. What’s yours? After deciding to move to Austin from Atlanta, BRD kept popping up as one of the top design firms in Austin!

What drew you to the engineering field? A love of math and science in high school

What was your first job? I was a tour boat guide on Seneca Lake in New York.

Where’s your favorite place to eat in Austin? Torchy’s Tacos

What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy watching sports, being outdoors and traveling.

What’s your favorite news source? CNN

Do you have any pets? I have a labordoodle named Maxwell

Describe your ideal vacation. I generally enjoy relaxing vacations on the beach.

What would be impossible for you to give up? My iPhone

Who is your favorite sports team? Buffalo Bills

Best vacation ever? Australia..Specifically scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef

Last book I read? No Easy day.


BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting is always looking for exceptional candidates to join our team. You’ll join the BIG RED DOG team for two primary reasons – our Culture and our Entrepreneurial approach to running our company. Learn more on our Careers page.

Written by Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier P.E.

Will Schnier is the Chief Executive Officer of BIG RED DOG Engineering | Consulting. Will received his BSCE from Purdue University and co-founded BIG RED DOG Engineering and Consulting in 2009. Since starting the firm in 2009, BIG RED DOG has grown to over 100 team members with offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. BIG RED DOG has garnered awards for being one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Texas (Business Journal’s Fast 50 in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and an ENR top 100 Design Firm in Texas and Louisiana (2012, 2103, 2014, 2015). Mr. Schnier is very well versed in the project review and development permitting process having worked closely and very successfully with City and County review staff, neighborhood associations, environmental groups, and public boards and councils. He has been responsible for the project management, engineering design, and regulatory permitting of hundreds of single family subdivision projects, mixed use and multifamily residential developments, industrial facilities and oil and gas development projects throughout Texas. He is the author of two publications: “Land Subdivision – A Practical Guide for Central Texas” and “The Book on License Agreements in the City of Austin”. Will was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) in 2014 and served as Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s appointment to the City of Austin Zoning Board of Adjustment from 2011 to 2015.