Mueller Associates has announced the retirement of Jeffrey Edwards, CPD, GPD, the firm’s Chief of Plumbing and Fire Protection Services. Jeff had been with the firm for more than 35 years and contributed to many of Mueller’s most notable projects.
Throughout a career that spanned more than 50 years, Jeff became known as one of the region’s preeminent specialists in plumbing engineering and fire protection design. He designed systems for many of the Mid-Atlantic area’s most acclaimed museums, libraries, and institutions of higher learning. His contributions include work on the award-winning Enoch Pratt Free Library; the John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore; the historic renovation of the National Academy of Sciences; the new University of Maryland Baltimore County Performing Arts Center; the renovation and expansion of the Towson University Center for the Arts; the new Capital One Hall; and the renovation of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Most impressively, Jeff oversaw plumbing and fire protection systems for close to 200 projects for the Northrop Grumman Corporation, ranging in complexity and sensitivity including system design for industrial process facilities; electronics testing and assembly spaces; laboratory retrofits; engineering for cleanrooms, anechoic chambers, plating facilities, and secure areas; office fit-outs; equipment utility upgrades; and comprehensive infrastructure upgrades.
One of his final projects—the modernization of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum—was the largest and most ambitious of his career. The project features cutting-edge sustainable systems, including a massive rainwater harvesting system that will collect and reuse more than 4 million gallons of rainwater a year. The renovation is now under construction.
Jeff is also well known for his leadership in the industry and for mentoring students and young engineers. He has served as president of the Baltimore Chapter of ASPE and is also a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
“Jeff Edwards has made an enormous contribution to the industry, not only through his design expertise but also through his willingness to mentor and train other engineers,” says Steven Gillis, PE, Vice President and Group Manager with Mueller. “Whether meeting with high school students or reviewing projects with our up-and-coming team members, Jeff has been committed to sharing his knowledge and insights and preparing the next generation of engineers. We have been privileged to work with him and wish him the best in retirement. We know Jeff will enjoy playing golf, watching the Washington sports teams, and most importantly, traveling and spending time with his family.”
Source: Mueller Associates