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The History of MRB Group

Nearly 100 Years of Excellence

As one of the longest-established professional engineering, architecture, and municipal services firms, MRB Group has earned an outstanding reputation for excellence.

We are a trusted partner to the communities and clients we serve.

1927 – Meloy Smith, P.E., L.S., establishes consulting, engineering, and surveying firm in the City of Rochester.
1930-1960 – The firm grows and develops specialized expertise in civil, water and wastewater engineering.

1960-1970 – Kenneth Hershey, PE, renames the firm Smith Denluck Hershey.

Anthony Malone, P.E. and Richard Norton, P.E. become partners, forming Smith Hershey Malone and Norton.  The firm relocates to Penfield, NY.

1970s – After the passing of Meloy Smith, the firm is renamed Hershey, Malone & Associates; architectural services are expanded.
1980s – Following the retirement of Ken Hershey, the firm acquires Harnish & Lookup of Newark, increasing the number of employees to 50.  MRB Group Engineering, Architecture, and Surveying, P.C. is formed.

1990s – MRB Group’s client base expands across the state of New York.

Anthony Malone retires, naming Gregory Barbour, P.E., President and CEO.

2000s – Following Gregory Barbour’s passing, Thomas Pavone, P.E., is named acting President and CEO of MRB Group.

In 2007, James Gresens, P.E., becomes CEO and President, expanding MRB Group’s service area to PA, GA, NC, FL, and TX.

2010 – Gresens directs the firm’s relocation back to the City of Rochester, forming a new Corporate Headquarters within an adaptive reuse of the historic Culver Road Armory.
2011 – Ryan Colvin, P.E., is named President & CEO of MRB Group; James Oberst, P.E., is named Executive Vice President & COO.

2012 to 2019 –  Firm expands water, wastewater divisions with licensed operators.

SmarterLocalGov, the municipal services division of MRB Group, is formed to provide strategic planning services to strengthen local governments.

Additional MRB Group offices open in Syracuse, NY, and in Temple, TX.

MRB Group acquires Architectural Edge and Chatfield Engineers expanding teams and professional services.

SmarterLocalGov is expanded to include economic development services and strategic plan implementation.

MRB Group opens a Finger Lakes Office in Geneva, and a Capitol District Office in Saratoga Springs, NY.

In 2019, MRB Group acquires BSP Engineers, adding several team members, broadening the services available to clients, and establishing a new office in Waco, TX.


2020 – MRB Group combines two Temple, TX, offices into one newly renovated, expanded location in downtown Temple.
2021 – MRB Group opens office in Charleston, SC.

2022 – HBT Architects joins MRB Group, adding several team members, broadening the architecture services available to clients, as well as establishing a new office in Ann Arbor, MI, and a second Rochester office in the historic Neighborhood of the Arts.


Our Services Include:


Structural & Civil Engineering to Strengthen Communities


Master Planning, Facility Design, Construction Administration

Local Government Services

Municipal, Economic Development and Strategic Planning Services

Grant Services

Finding, Securing, and Managing Critical Funding Opportunities