Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers opens Philadelphia office and promotes Jesse Richins to senior associate


By Martha Huguet

Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers PLLC (MRCE) has provided geotechnical and structural foundation design and inspection services to Philadelphia area clients from our New York City headquarters for 100 years. Our new Philadelphia office brings our technical experience to projects in Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Located in Center City West, the MRCE Philadelphia office is within walking distance of the 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford and Broad Street subways, and the PATCO Speedline.
A foundation engineering firm founded in New York City in 1910, MRCE specializes in geotechnical engineering and structural foundation design. MRCE provides geotechnical studies and numerical modeling, constructible designs for excavations and underground structures, contract drawings, construction support, an AASHTO accredited soil mechanics laboratory, and high-tech instrumentation services.
Jesse Richins is a geotechnical engineer with 17 years of experience specializing in geotechnical seismic engineering, construction dewatering evaluation, and finite element and finite difference analyses. He manages projects including bridges, dams, buildings, and water and wastewater facilities. His general foundation engineering experience includes evaluating and designing a range of foundations solutions including ground improvement as well as deep and shallow foundations. His geotechnical seismic engineering experience involves site specific response analyses, liquefaction analysis and remediation, response spectrum matched time history evaluations, dynamic soil response and soil-structure interaction analysis.
Richins has extensive experience in the design of new structures, evaluation of existing structures, and peer review services. In construction dewatering, he has extensive experience in supporting construction dewatering system design, permitting, troubleshooting, and forensics/expert opinion development. His experience includes designing and evaluating a range of dewatering systems including deep wells, well points, ejector wells, and cutoff wall systems, designing and evaluating pumping tests, and developing complex 3-D groundwater models to evaluate the impact of dewatering on distant sensitive structures in complex geology and urban settings.
•   The University of California, Los Angeles, MS – Civil Engineering, 2005
•   The University of California, Los Angeles, BS – Civil Engineering, 2004
Notable Projects:
•   Columbia University Manhattanville Campus Expansion, New York, NY
•   DC Water Blue Plains Treatment Plant Expansion, Washington, DC
•   Crane Valley Dam Seismic Retrofit, Madera County, CA
•   TBTA RFK Bridge Seismic/Wind Study, New York, NY
•   South Texas Nuclear Power Plant, Bay City, TX
•  10 Provost Square, Jersey City, NJ
•   Grand Island Bridge Complex Seismic Evaluation, Erie County, NY
•   Oakridge Center Redevelopment Groundwater Modeling, Vancouver, BC
•   Edgewater Commons Site upgrades and Repairs, Edgewater, NJ
•   New Post Creek Hydroelectric Development Project, Abitibi Canyon, ON
•   Torre Reforma 432 Elisabetta Seismic Evaluation, Mexico City, Mexico
•   Henry Hudson Bridge Approach Seismic Assessment, New York, NY
•   Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Project Cutoff Wall, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
•   Throggs Neck Bridge Approach Viaduct Replacement Scoping Study, New York, NY