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Mt. Morris Library

Mount Morris Library has stood at its size and condition for more than 60 years. The midcentury structure has generally held up well, but falls well short in providing adequate space for their current collections and program spaces. MRB Group provided programming and conceptual design studies to illustrate how the library could be reconfigured.
The proposed building addition is in the form of a new centralized main entrance, a children’s library room and a group study room. 
Exteriorly, the addition features a new modern building front as well as a new children’s library and program space. New doors and windows will provide an abundance of views, natural light and thermal comfort.
Other interior reconfiguration benefits were also afforded including a new circulation desk, work area, browsing area, and an ADA compliant restroom.

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Gorham Free Library https://mrbgroup.com/gorham-free-library/ Thu, 08 Apr 2021 20:55:22 +0000 https://mrbgroup.com/?p=4057 The post Gorham Free Library appeared first on MRB Group.

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Gorham Free Library

After many years of providing Library services with limited space and flexibility, the Gorham Free Library elected to study various options of how to better utilize their current space and define their future needs. MRB Group began collaborating with the Library in 2019 by documenting area shortages and identifying under-utilized spaces. The conclusion reached was that a building addition would best solve their current and future space needs.
The proposed building addition will add 1,760 square feet, and is positioned at the rear of the building in order to retain the architectural and historical qualities of the existing mid-eighteenth century structure. The two story addition will accommodate a main new Children’s Library and program room on the main level, Historical Society storage at the
lower level, and a new stairwell. 
The addition features a masonry base and composite board and batten siding to complement the existing historical structure. A large central window bay will provide natural light in the Children’s Library and provide an opportunity to reflect on the surrounding countryside.

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Jeremy Gworek Joins MRB Group In Rochester https://mrbgroup.com/jeremy-gworek-joins-mrb-group-in-rochester/ Fri, 26 Mar 2021 15:26:58 +0000 https://mrbgroup.com/?p=4038 The post Jeremy Gworek Joins MRB Group In Rochester appeared first on MRB Group.

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MRB Group President Ryan Colvin, PE, announced that Jeremy Gworek, PE, has joined the MRB Group team in Rochester, continuing the rapid expansion of the firm’s civil engineering team serving municipal clients. 

 “Jeremy’s expertise in structural engineering is a welcome addition to our team,” said Colvin.  “He has several years of direct experience in structural analysis and design, and his leadership skills will support client needs in the field,” he continued.

 Licensed in New York, Maryland and Texas, Gworek graduated from the State University of New York, University at Buffalo with a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering, Structural and Earthquake Engineering.  He is a member of the American Institute of Steel Construction and the American Society of Civil Engineers. 

 “Jeremy’s project management experience will be appreciated by our clients, who can benefit from his specialized expertise, as well as his experience with bringing projects to completion on time and within budget,” added Colvin.

 “We are pleased and fortunate that Jeremy chose to work at MRB Group, and look forward to supporting his continued professional growth,” Colvin said.

 MRB Group is an engineering and architecture firm that specializes in municipal services, working with communities since 1927.  Providing a full range of engineering, architecture, and municipal services, the firm currently supports more than 150 cities, towns, villages, and counties assisting with civil engineering needs.  MRB Group routinely assists with a variety of public works functions, provides architecture for rehabilitation of public facilities, and works closely with municipal leaders and staff to preserve and maintain critical community infrastructure, like water and wastewater systems.  MRB Group also provides long term strategic planning, and development reviews and planning board support, as well as economic development services, in an effort to strengthen and support local governments. 

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MRB Group Team’s Rapid Growth Taps RIT Graduates https://mrbgroup.com/mrb-group-teams-rapid-growth-taps-rit-graduates/ Mon, 22 Mar 2021 20:22:07 +0000 https://mrbgroup.com/?p=4028 The post MRB Group Team’s Rapid Growth Taps RIT Graduates appeared first on MRB Group.

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Named to Rochester’s 2020 Top 100 List of businesses in the region, MRB Group’s rapid growth pattern continues with two new additions to the firm’s staff in Rochester.   President Ryan T. Colvin, PE, announced that Sherman Gittens and Jacob Calabrese, both graduates of Rochester Institute of Technology, have joined the MRB Group team.

 “Once again, RIT proves to be a reliable resource for highly qualified candidates,” said Colvin.  “We are continually impressed with the high-caliber, skilled and talented personnel we have acquired as a result of RIT’s Civil Engineering program. 

“Sherman and Jacob will support our multi-disciplined teams and help us meet our clients’ needs as MRB Group continues to grow,” Colvin stated.

Gittens and Calabrese have been assigned the rank of Civil Engineer I.  Colvin is confident that each possesses a personal drive to achieve professional growth that is right in step with the firm’s progressive expansion. 

Gittens received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology in 2020.  His coursework included water and wastewater design, structural analysis, hydraulics, and transportation engineering, in addition to the wide range of engineering and technical training he received.  His educational program also included serving the Town of Brighton as a Civil Engineer Co-op, where he performed a variety of duties and gained hands-on experience in day-to-day local government operations.

Calabrese graduated in 2015, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering Technology.  He completed his cooperative service in the Town of Pittsford, where he performed inspections of stormwater facilities.  He has been working in airport design and construction, focusing on projects involving runways, taxiways and aprons, and gaining site supervision and construction observation skills for the past five years.  He anticipates achieving his licensure as a Professional Engineer later in 2021.

“We look forward to seeing what both of these outstanding RIT graduates can achieve, as part of the growing MRB Group team,” Colvin said.  “We are getting stronger – and that’s good news to our clients,” he stated. 

“As we add new skill sets and expertise to the team, the communities we serve will be able to take advantage of additional services they can access on-demand.  This often dramatically lowers the cost of those services, and generates a level of efficiency in service delivery for our clients,” he explained.

“We do what it takes to support our community leaders and help them serve their residents to the best of their abilities,” Colvin stated.  “Sherman and Jacob are excellent additions to the MRB Group team,” he concluded.

An engineering and architecture firm that specializes in municipal services, MRB Group has worked with communities since 1927.  The firm’s team has grown steadily, expanding to more than 125 in 2021.  MRB Group provides a full range of engineering, architecture, and municipal services to support and strengthen local governments.  The firm currently serves 150 cities, towns, villages, and counties assisting with long term strategic planning, development reviews and planning board support, and economic development services.  MRB Group routinely assists with a variety of public works functions, provides architecture for rehabilitation of public facilities, and works closely with municipal leaders and staff to preserve and maintain critical community infrastructure, like water and wastewater systems.

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Heather Simmons Jones to Lead MRB Group Launch into SC https://mrbgroup.com/heather-simmons-jones-to-lead-mrb-group-launch-into-sc/ Wed, 17 Mar 2021 15:15:39 +0000 https://mrbgroup.com/?p=4021 The post Heather Simmons Jones to Lead MRB Group Launch into SC appeared first on MRB Group.

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Firm to Offer Integrated Local Government Services

MRB Group President Ryan Colvin recently announced that Heather Simmons Jones has joined MRB Group to support its launch of much needed local government services in South Carolina.

With headquarters in Rochester, NY, MRB Group is a municipal support firm providing engineering, architecture, planning, and economic development services that strengthen local governments.  Its expansion into South Carolina adds a third state to the firm’s geography, with the goal of serving communities that need to achieve more with limited resources.  According to Colvin, it was the availability of Jones, combined with a strong need for the firm’s “wrap around” municipal services, that prompted MRB Group’s investment in the greater Charleston area.

“Heather is a well-known and respected economic developer and local government expert,” said Colvin.  “She has decades of practical experience in local government – and a personal track record for getting things accomplished.  Both are a hallmark of MRB Group’s approach,” he continued.

“Opportunities to build a stellar team are rare,” Colvin continued.  “We are extremely fortunate that Heather chose us, and that she will help us further expand our team to serve local government leaders and their communities in the Palmetto State,” he stated.

With roots that date back to 1927, MRB Group is one of the oldest engineering and architecture firms in the northeast.  In addition to providing traditional civil engineering and architecture, MRB Group developed its SmarterLocalGov team in 2011, adding a wide array of critical services that directly support what Colvin calls “next-generation engineering and architecture.”

“Our design philosophy is both information-based, and long-term focused,” Colvin stated, adding that his multi-disciplined teams apply cutting edge technology, data analysis, and strategic planning to design services that help communities preserve and maintain infrastructure with greater efficiency.  He believes the firm’s approach also improves and better supports community preparedness for economic development.

Jones says she chose MRB Group because of its innovative and holistic approach to solving problems.

“MRB Group is unlike any other engineering and architecture firm I’ve ever worked with,” said Jones.  “Their team’s solutions are aimed well beyond short-term municipal projects.  They help communities plan for their own sustainability and success.  They ask all the right questions. They care about operations, municipal budgets and efficiency, and long-term goals.  MRB Group’s approach is to design by design,” she stated.

Jones says that her background and experience led her to MRB Group, driven by a deeper understanding of the key relationship between economic development and infrastructure.  According to Jones, when local governments struggle to maintain what they have, there is little ability to support future needs.  She believes regional growth requires the strength of sustainable local governments.

“South Carolina’s ability to develop and prosper requires several tiers of planning, implementation and success.  At the foundation of it all is infrastructure.  Local governments need the right support,” Simmons Jones continued.

“MRB Group gets it,” she stated.  “I want to be part of a team that is making a critical difference.  I think SmarterLocalGov is going to transform the way communities prepare for the future – one that fosters economic development.” Jones said.

“If my work with MRB Group can help strengthen our local governments, then I am confident South Carolina will thrive,” she concluded.

Jones has reason to believe in that vision.  She joins MRB Group after over twenty years of economic development and local government experience as a chief executive officer, director, and local government administrator.  She has served in public, private, and non-profit leadership roles.

Her work securing investment includes an extremely successful, seven-year collaborative effort to recruit a $600 Million manufacturing firm, bringing hundreds of jobs to the Greenwood area.  Jones, while serving as CEO of the Greenwood Partnership Alliance, helped convince the leadership of a Japan-based global manufacturing firm to invest in South Carolina.  The chemical company manufactures carbon fiber, and supplies the material to the aeronautics and automotive industries.  Once the investment was secured, Jones then continued to play a pivotal role in coordination of funding sources, matching resources and uses, and working with the state to secure a grant from the Economic Development Administration for critical infrastructure.  Jones also aided the company in creating a community engagement initiative to provide timely updates to local schools, residents, and government leaders.

Jones has completed some 30 major projects in the last six years, totaling more than $1B in capital investment in Greenwood County.  However, she says it was her additional role as a Project Manager for installation of the manufacturing facility, which included coordination of utility improvements, placement of power lines and Installation of traffic controls, that gave her a deeper respect for the professionals who design and coordinate critical infrastructure.  She says that experience continues to motivate her to fight for community infrastructure improvements, “before their unanswered need deters investment.”

A native of South Carolina, Jones grew up in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.  She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Clemson University, and is a certified economic developer in South Carolina.  She has focused on matching private investment to a community’s vision and growth objectives, and currently serves as a Governor’s appointee to the South Carolina Research Authority.

In addition to her academic and career pursuits, Jones’ economic development leadership in South Carolina includes serving as a former President of the South Carolina Economic Developers’ Association.

“We are excited to support communities in South Carolina, and Heather is the right person to help us build stronger local governments – and foster economic development throughout the region,” said Colvin.

An engineering and architecture firm that specializes in municipal services, MRB Group has supported communities throughout the United States since 1927.  The firm’s team of nearly 125 engineers, architects, planners, and technical staff currently works with more than 150 local governments, supporting operations and assisting with long term strategic plans, planning and zoning board support, and economic development services.  MRB Group assists with a variety of public works functions, provides architecture for rehabilitation of public facilities, and works closely with municipal leaders and staff to preserve and maintain critical community infrastructure, like water and wastewater systems. 

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Jordan Everhart Joins MRB Group https://mrbgroup.com/jordan-everhart-joins-mrb-group/ Fri, 12 Feb 2021 15:05:39 +0000 https://mrbgroup.com/?p=3993 The post Jordan Everhart Joins MRB Group appeared first on MRB Group.

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MRB Group President Ryan Colvin, PE, recently announced that Jordan Everhart has joined the firm’s SmarterLocalGov team. A certified professional planner, Everhart will be assisting MRB Group clients in the Central Texas region.

“We seek out individuals who are leaders in their field of expertise, and are fortunate that Jordan chose to join MRB Group,” said Colvin.

“As an engineering, architecture and planning firm serving local governments, we take a different approach,” Colvin continued. “We integrate planning expertise into our engineering and architecture, which is why more communities appoint us annually to work with their teams. Jordan’s background clearly shows a strong focus on serving community needs, especially surrounding growth and development, and he’s a perfect fit with the mission of the SmarterLocalGov team,” Colvin said.

Everhart holds certifications with the American Institute of Certified Planners and as a Project Management Professional. He also is pre-certified in a number of transportation- and land-planning practices by the Texas Department of Transportation. His formal educational centered on Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning, giving him a unique perspective on critical planning in the municipal arena and how it affects operations. With 17 years of hands-on experience, his projects have transformed communities and increased their attractiveness for growth and investment.

“I chose MRB Group because I was really intrigued by the concept of directly supporting local governments as an extension of their staff,” said Everhart. “Most municipal leaders have few financial or personnel resources. SmarterLocalGov is about bringing both good information and innovation to the equation in an affordable manner. The tools that MRB Group can give community leaders can amplify their ability to target positive growth and achieve more,” he added. “I want to be a part of that.”

Whether micro-planning for day-to-day activities, looking at economic development opportunities, or creating sweeping master plans, Jordan says his access to specialized data, team resources and experience is available on an on-call basis, and can give municipal managers an advantage in tackling challenges.

“It would be extremely rewarding to guide communities as they create realistic, foundational plans for growth and stability, and then to help them put those plans into action,” he stated.

“Jordan’s capabilities are broad – and include strategic planning practices that help directors and leaders sort out the toughest problems,” added Colvin. “He can also foster strong community engagement, a critical but often overlooked component in the success of plan implementation,” he said.

“At MRB Group, our planning is not about lofty theories or dust-collecting documentation, it’s about helping leaders get things accomplished. We look forward to introducing Jordan to our clients and making his talent and experience available to their communities,” Colvin continued. “He will be a tremendous resource,” he concluded.

MRB Group has served communities throughout Central Texas as well as in other states for more than 90 years, providing engineering, architecture, and municipal services to support and strengthen local governments and public utility services. The firm currently works with more than 150 cities, towns, villages, counties and municipal utility districts, providing long term strategic planning and economic development services, as well as assisting with management of critical resources and day-to-day operations like water and wastewater treatment. MRB Group supports a variety of public works functions, provides architecture for maintenance and rehabilitation of public facilities, and advises municipal staff and planning boards to support strategic community and economic development.

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PODCAST: The Spectrum of Housing Affordability https://mrbgroup.com/podcast-the-spectrum-of-housing-affordability/ Tue, 26 Jan 2021 16:17:31 +0000 https://mrbgroup.com/?p=3972 The post PODCAST: The Spectrum of Housing Affordability appeared first on MRB Group.

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The Spectrum of Housing Affordability

In this episode of Building Stronger Communities, SmarterLocalGov team members Jane Nicholson and Matt Horn discuss some surprising facts about affordable housing, and its unseen influence in a community.  Misconceptions often drive discussions about affordable housing.  Jane and Matt consider the importance of offering a range of housing types, how business growth can be affected by a lack of appropriate housing, and some of the barriers that challenge communities today.

 

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PODCAST: LIVE YOUR CORE VALUES: EFFECTIVE PLANNING MAKES A DIFFERENCE https://mrbgroup.com/podcast-living-your-core-values-in-the-planning-process/ Tue, 26 Jan 2021 16:07:58 +0000 https://mrbgroup.com/?p=3968 The post PODCAST: LIVE YOUR CORE VALUES: EFFECTIVE PLANNING MAKES A DIFFERENCE appeared first on MRB Group.

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LIVE YOUR CORE VALUES: EFFECTIVE PLANNING MAKES A DIFFERENCE

In this episode of Building Stronger Communities, SmarterLocalGov team members Jane Nicholson and Matt Horn discuss municipal planning and its role in a community’s success.  How does a community define its core values?  How can those values be implemented?  What tools exist for communities to utilze?  Listen in to learn more about preserving the character and beauty of your community.

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PODCAST: What is Shaping Business Recruitment in your Community? https://mrbgroup.com/podcast-what-is-shaping-business-recruitment-in-your-community-2/ Tue, 26 Jan 2021 15:57:44 +0000 https://mrbgroup.com/?p=3965 The post PODCAST: What is Shaping Business Recruitment in your Community? appeared first on MRB Group.

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What is Shaping Business Recruitment in your Community?

In this episode of Building Stronger Communities, SmarterLocalGov team members Michael N’dolo and Matt Horn discuss the factors that shape business recruitment in a community.  Do you ever wonder why Target hasn’t come to the neighborhood yet?   What would it take to attract a “big-box” store?  This episode considers what drives business investment and growth, as well as how you can play a role in economic development in your own community. 

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PODCAST: How the Pandemic is Shaping Our Communities and Processes https://mrbgroup.com/podcast-what-is-shaping-business-recruitment-in-your-community/ Tue, 26 Jan 2021 14:55:54 +0000 https://mrbgroup.com/?p=3958 The post PODCAST: How the Pandemic is Shaping Our Communities and Processes appeared first on MRB Group.

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How the Pandemic is Shaping our Communities and Processes

In this episode of Building Stronger Communities, SmarterLocalGov team members Jane Nicholson and Matt Horn discuss how the pandemic is playing a role in planning processes. How has the perception of personal space and social distancing changed the landscape of our public spaces? Is this just a problem in cities, or is it affecting rural communities too? Will the community’s vision be affected by the pandemic in the long-term? Join us to learn more…

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