1954: Jim Larsh, Engineering Service
1969: Engineering Service Company of Colorado, Inc
Jim Larsh’s (1909-2000) early work as a civil engineer and surveyor began when the War Department decided that a US Army facility was needed to train 15,000 soldiers of what would become the 10th Mountain Division in mountain climbing, Alpine and Nordic skiing, and cold-weather survival skills. A location between Red Cliff and Leadville, along the Eagle River Valley in Colorado, was selected to become the home of Camp Hale and Mr. Larsh was contracted to provide the necessary surveying and engineering design. He completed the project ahead of schedule, and for his efforts and accomplishments, Mr. Larsh was awarded an Honoree Status of Civilian on the Home Front and his name was placed on the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Soon thereafter, Mr. Larsh founded Engineering Service on Montview Boulevard in Aurora, Colorado. He engineered what is now Northglenn, Colorado for Perlmak-Perlmutter and numerous other projects in Aurora and throughout Colorado.
Edward L. Newman (1930-2007) and Hayward “Red” Miller, Jr. (1931-1994) joined Mr. Larsh, and in 1969 Engineering Service Company of Colorado, Inc. (ESC) was incorporated in the State of Colorado. Mr. Newman graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in Civil Engineering. Mr. Newman began his career working for the United States Geological Survey traveling the country helping to create some of the first maps of remote areas that are still in use today. Before joining Mr. Larsh, he was the City Engineer in the City of Aurora for several years and served two terms in the Colorado House of Representatives.
Mr. Miller graduated from Colorado A&M College (now Colorado State University) in 1953 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He served as an Officer in the United States Air Force in the late 1950’s and then, after leaving the military, moved his young family back to Colorado in the early 1960’s. Before joining Mr. Larsh, he was the Director of Public Works for the City of Aurora and was instrumental in the design and completion of Homestake Reservoir, located in southern Eagle County in the Colorado River Basin, which was completed in 1967 and still in use today. While with ESC, Mr. Miller served on the Aurora City Council.
When Mr. Newman left the firm, Mr. Larsh and Mr. Miller continued to operate as ESC. Mr. Miller’s son, Brett, began working at the firm soon thereafter as a rear chainman/rod-man on a survey crew. Today, the President of the firm is Mr. Miller’s son, Brett Miller, PLS.
In keeping with the experience and expertise of the Company, the services performed are in the field of land development civil engineering, land surveying, and construction surveying. The practice of the Company adjusts with the demands of the market and the capabilities of the staff. With that in mind, the firm added Entitlement and Program Management services in 2017.