Richard Phillips, P.E.

Senior Principal Engineer

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Location: Colorado Springs, Colorado



Richard Phillips is a senior principal engineer and consultant with 40 years of experience in expansive soils and abandoned coal mine subsidence evaluations.


Richard joined CTL | Thompson in 1982 and has held every engineering title within the firm, including branch manager for the Pueblo and Colorado Springs offices and Denver Engineering Division Manager. He is known throughout the state of Colorado and nationally for his commitment to the practice of geotechnical engineering and his expertise in geotechnical engineering studies for new structures, expansive soil and bedrock evaluations, abandoned coal mine subsidence evaluations and reclamation, and low-slump grouting techniques.

Richard currently serves as a consultant, adding expertise to CTL geotechnical engineering projects and advising on marketing, business development and client relations. He is known among his colleagues for mentoring staff and project engineers in engineering report preparation and written presentation of data/conclusions. He enjoys the challenge of taking the raw field and laboratory data generated during a geotechnical investigation and boiling it down into concise, technical document clients can read and understand. 



  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Colorado State University

  • M.S. Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering Specialty, University of Colorado

  • Registered Engineer: Colorado


Industry Associations:

  • Geoprofessional Business Association (formerly ASFE), Committee Chair and Peer Reviewer


Notable Projects/Accomplishments:

  • Geotechnical investigations for significant buildings along the Front Range during the last 30 years, notably:

    • DIA Landside Terminal Complex and parking garages

    • United States Air Force Academy Center for Character & Leadership Development

    • Ent Center for the Arts, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

    • Broadmoor World Arena