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News Release - City Welcomes MRB Group to Culver Road Armory

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City of Rochester

News Release

(Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011) — Mayor Thomas S. Richards, City Council Vice President Elaine Spaull and Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner R. Carlos Carballada joined NYS Senator Joseph Robach and NYS Assemblyman Harry Bronson to welcome MRB Group to their new home in the Culver Road Armory. MRB Group Vice Presidents Jim Oberst and Ryan Colvin met with the leaders today for an official grand opening ceremony in the Culver Road Armory, 145 Culver Road.

MRB Group Engineering, Architecture & Surveying, P.C., is an engineering and architectural firm which provides services to businesses and municipalities across New York State. MRB Group's roots in the local area go back more than 80 years, having originated in Rochester in 1927. The relocation of MRB Group's headquarters from Penfield to the city of Rochester was based on their interest in historic preservation and commitment to promoting principles of sustainability.

“We were fortunate to find the opportunity to participate in the rehabilitation and development of an historic icon into space that better supports our mission of serving clients in a collaborative work environment,” said MRB Group Vice President Oberst. “The expansive and open architecture of the new space capitalizes on ‘green’ design principles, including re-use of existing materials, daylighting and incorporating several energy efficiency measures.”

“Having tenants move into the Culver Road Armory is a big win for Rochester,” said Mayor Thomas S. Richards. “One by one, Rochester’s historic buildings are being renovated to serve innovative companies within the city. We are fortunate MRB Group saw great potential in the building and has led the way for other companies to move to the site.” 

MRB Group provides engineering consulting to more than 80 communities, assisting in the delivery of critical services and management of infrastructure such as water, wastewater and storm-water systems. Specializing in helping clients realize efficiencies and achieve high standards without high costs, MRB Group provides a full spectrum of services including GIS, Site Development, Project Management and Construction Phase Services.

During the event, MRB Group dedicated a flag to honor all military personnel who served at the Armory. Pete Ingalsbe, Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Farmington, a long-time client of the firm, spoke on behalf of those who were stationed there. Ingalsbe served as Commander of the 134th Maintenance Company, which was located at the Culver Road Armory.

The Culver Road Armory is in the historic Upper Monroe Neighborhood area, with a rich history that contributes to the community surrounding the structure. Facing Cobbs Hill Park, the Armory is adjacent to Route 490, easily accessible and highly visible to clients and visitors.

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News Media: For more information, contact MRB Group Business Development Coordinator Laurel Schulze at 585-381-9250.


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