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MRB Group Expands Office, Welcomes New Staff

As South Carolina continues its economic recovery from the pandemic, MRB Group has been experiencing rapid growth.  The firm’s Charleston, South Carolina, office will mark its first anniversary in April of 2022.  However, its staff is already involved in many key community projects in the region.  In addition to leading several executive searches for municipal leaders, the MRB Group team is assisting local governments with ARPA funding, as well as grant research and funding support.  They are providing professional engineering to support the projected growth in the housing market along with project management for several industrial and institutional expansions.

Riccardo Giani joins the Charleston, South Carolina office as Senior Planning Associate.  He most recently served as the Director of Planning and Zoning for the City of Natchez, Mississippi.  Riccardo will be providing municipal management and planning services.  He earned his Bachelor of Urban Planning and minor in Sustainability from Arizona State University.

Also joining the local office is Katie McFarland.  Katie most recently worked in Facilities Management at the College of Charleston and will support the company’s growth by writing proposals, supporting municipal services, and offering administrative assistance.  She attained her Master’s in Communications from the College of Charleston.

 “We are delighted to add further support in our Charleston office with the additions of Riccardo and Katie.  They join our already established team of engineers, supporting clients in the Southeast,” said Director of Southeast Operations Heather Simmons Jones.  

“Our municipal services business line has seen exponential growth over the past six months, and having additional planners and municipal leadership on the team will allow us to provide exceptional client services to a broader reach of communities,” Jones added.

Not only is the Charleston office growing with new team members, but also through an expansion into 5,000 sq. ft. of space at their current 134 Meeting Street location.  The Charleston office is continuing to recruit new talent to grow with the company in engineering, architecture, and municipal services.

MRB Group is one of the oldest engineering, architecture, and planning firms in the northeast.  Its roots date back to 1927 in Rochester, NY, where the firm’s headquarters remains today.  In addition to the four offices in NY and the Southeast office in Charleston, the firm also serves the Southwest market via three Texas offices.

Specializing in municipal services, MRB Group supports communities throughout the United States.  The firm’s team of nearly 135 engineers, architects, planners, and technical staff currently works with more than 175 local governments, supporting operations and assisting with long-term strategic plans, planning and zoning board support, and economic development services. 

MRB Group also assists with a variety of public works functions, provides the architecture for the rehabilitation of public facilities, and works closely with municipal leaders and staff to preserve and maintain critical community infrastructure, like water and wastewater systems.  For more information, visit www.mrbgroup.com.