Milestones at Mueller: Our History
Established in 1966, Mueller Associates has a track record of strong leadership and award-winning projects. Throughout our history, we have had only four presidents—all experienced engineers with distinctive academic and professional credentials and a commitment to careful and selective firm growth. Our management places high value on a culture in which talented and dedicated engineers can learn, develop, and perform at the highest possible levels on behalf of our clients.
During our 40+ years in business, we have designed MEP projects for clients through the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. Our work has focused on five primary markets: museums, performance halls, and other cultural buildings; education buildings; healthcare facilities; laboratories; and corporate facilities. Highlights of our history include the following:
1966 – Mueller is established in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and is originally known as Engineering Services Company, or ENSERCO.
1968 – Richard Mueller, P.E., is named president. The company, which has eight employees, changes its name to Mueller. The firm begins one of its first major projects, the expansion of North Arundel Hospital. Gene Nerf, P.E., one of the firm’s first employees works closely on the hospital expansion with Richard Mueller.
1970s – Mueller embraces innovative concepts in energy conservation and new technologies, and begins major support of the EPA, ERDA, and the U.S. Department of Energy. The firm is among the first to implement innovations in solar technology, and designed the first solar projects in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Projects include a solar energy system for the White House. Mueller also begins to work on its first major cultural projects, including the Lyric Theatre and the Baltimore Museum of Art. By the late 1970s, the firm is working for the Smithsonian Institution.
1976 – The firm completes its first of over 550 projects for Northrop Grumman, formerly Westinghouse, our longest standing client.
1981 – Mueller moves into its own building on S. Edgewood Street near Caton Avenue, where its headquarters remain today.
1984 – Andrew Parker, P.E., is named president.
1991 – Gene Nerf is named president. Mueller begins working with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, a major healthcare client. The firm completes many projects for the hospital campus over the next two decades. Read Gene Nerf’s reflections upon the firm’s 40th anniversary.
1992 – Gary Johnson, P.E., joins the firm and provides leadership internally as well as through ASHRAE, ASPE, ACEC, and the Engineering Society of Baltimore.
1994 – Richard Mueller retires after a highly distinguished career as an engineer and company leader.
2003 – John Morris, P.E. and Ken Rock, P.E. are named officers of the firm.
2006 – Bob Marino is named president. Gene Nerf continues to serve as chairman of the board. Gary Johnson retires as executive vice president after a professional career of more than 50 years. John W. Morris, P.E., and Kenneth H. Rock, P.E., both vice presidents with Mueller, are named group managers. Mueller celebrates its 40th anniversary and expands its offices on S. Edgewood Street.
2007 – Todd Garing, P.E., is named an officer of the firm.
2010 – Mueller reaches 100% Revit® capacity.
2011 – Jessica Lavin Reid joins Mueller as director of marketing.
2012 – Bob Marino is named chairman of the board and Gene Nerf is named officer; Alex Petrlik retires after 22 years with the firm.