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.
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.
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.
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.
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 team is proud to have been recognized by industry peers and professional organizations:
2022 — Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce – 2022 Top 100 Companies
2021 — Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce – 2021 Top 100 Companies
2020 — NY ACEC 2021 Engineering Excellence Award – Silver – Brighton Volunteer Ambulance Building Addition
2020 — Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce – 2020 Top 100 Companies
2019 — Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce – 2019 Top 100 Companies
2019 — Genesee Valley Chapter, APWA, Harry S. Swearingen Chapter Service Award – Paul Chatfield, PE
2019 — Genesee Valley Chapter, APWA, Public Works Project of the Year, Environmental – Monroe County DES East Side Trunk Sewer Improvement Project
2019 — NY ACEC Engineering Excellence Award – Silver – Four Town Economic Development / Water Project
2019 — NY ACEC Engineering Excellence Award – Gold – Monroe County Trunk Sewer Project
2018 — NYACEC Engineering Excellence Award – Silver – Town of Canandaigua Highway Facility
2017 — APWA Small Cities/Rural Community – Structures – Farmington Town Hall Improvement Project
2017 — NYACEC Engineering Excellence Awards (Recipient of 2 Awards):
Silver – Trumansburg Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements
Silver – Trumansburg Well and Water System Improvements
2016 — NYACEC Engineering Excellence Awards – Gold – Newark Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements
2016 — Small Cities / Rural Communities Project of the Year Award (With Hogan Structural Systems Inc, and the Village of Dansville)
2015 — NYACEC Engineering Excellence Awards (Recipient of 2 Awards):
Platinum – Dansville Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project
Silver – Town of Farmington Justice Court Building
2015 — APWA Small Cities / Rural Communities Project of the Year for Environmental Projects – Dansville Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvement Project
2014 — NYACEC Engineering Excellence Awards (Recipient of 2 Awards):
Platinum – Scottsville Regional Pump Station/Forcemain
Silver – Village of Lyons Dissolution Plan & Analysis
2013 — NYACEC Engineering Excellence Awards (Recipient of 3 Awards):
Gold – Belmont Wastewater Treatment Plant
Gold – Strategic Municipal Initiatives – an MRB Group Project
Silver – Farmington Highway Garage
2012 — Rochester Engineering Society, Kate Gleason Young Engineer of the Year Award – Recipient Clement Chung, P.E.
2011 — Genesee Valley Chapter and New York State Chapter, APWA Distinguished Service to Public Works Award – Recipient Tony Malone, P.E.
2011 — Genesee Valley Chapter and New York State Chapter, APWA Douglas C. Stone Excellence in Education Award – Recipient David Lukas
2010 — NYACEC Engineering Excellence Award – Caneadea Water Treatment Facility