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 Western New York.
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 headquarters to the City of Rochester, 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 Present  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 Temple, TX.

MRB Group acquires Architectural EdgeChatfield Engineering and BSP 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, and Waco, TX.


Our team is proud to have been recognized by industry peers and professional organizations:

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 Sdie 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

Our Services Include:


Structural & Civil Engineering to Strengthen Communities


Master Planning, Facility Design, Construction Administration


Municipal, Economic Development and Strategic Planning Services

Grant Services

Finding, Securing, and Managing Critical Funding Opportunities