On April 27, 2018, Muller Engineering Company founder Larry Muller posthumously received the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC-CO) Orley O. Phillips Award. The award was presented at the ACEC-CO Annual Meeting and recognizes ACEC-CO members for their contributions to the organization, the engineering profession, and the community.
Larry served as a member of ACEC-CO and as President of Muller Engineering Company from 1980 to 1995. He served on numerous committees including ACEC-CO President and National Director as highlights. Larry was selected by his peers to the ACEC College of Fellows posthumously in 1996.
Larry’s service to the community is exemplified by his membership in the Red Rocks College Foundation, and by his service as Chairman of the Board of Red Rocks College. Larry also served the Jefferson County Economic Council, the Colorado Economic Development Commission, and the West Metro Chamber.
In addition to Larry’s community support, he was very active in the engineering community. He encouraged excellence and innovation in the work done by Muller employees. In 1990, Muller won the National ACEC Engineering Excellence Award, Water Resources Category, for the Aurora Shop Creek project. Muller’s tradition of excellence continues with leadership roles on award winning projects like the Peaks to Plains Trail in Clear Creek and Jefferson Counties, Westminster Station Park in Westminster, Linking Lookout 6th Avenue and 19th Street Interchange in Golden, and the 33rd Street Outfall Project in Denver.
One of Larry’s most significant contributions to Eengineering is the way he ran his company. Employees were all empowered to express their opinions even if they differed from his. He valued diverse opinions, even if he took a different direction. He said not to take it personally if he didn’t always agree, because he always considered employee input as he moved forward. He also gave Muller project managers plenty of latitude in running projects and dealing with clients with their own style. He supported his staff tremendously. When Larry passed away, firm leaders were well equipped to continue the client relationships and work ethics he instilled in the staff. Since Larry’s passing in 1995, Muller has grown from 16 employees to a staff of more than 110 engineers, planners, technicians, and support personnel.
The Orley O. Phillips Award was presented by former Muller President, Rob Carlson, to Larry Muller’s daughter Heidi and son Paul, with his brother Miles also in attendance.
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