Collin Sowinski Joins MRB Group's Planning Team
Rochester Chamber member MRB Group President Ryan Colvin announced that Collin Sowinski recently joined the engineering and architecture firm to support its growing Planning and Municipal Support team in Rochester.
“Collin’s training and field work as a design engineer gives excellent perspective to municipal planning projects,” said Colvin. He added that this is very often the “missing link” when it comes to development, where the relationship between infrastructure and community growth is underestimated.
MRB Group currently provides engineering and architecture services to more than 120 client communities across New York State. According to Colvin, professional support for planning is needed because many local governments struggle with ways to promote development while protecting their community.
“Collin will be able to help Planning Board members and community leaders better evaluate proposed projects and whether they support the development that’s wanted and needed,” Colvin said. “He can help officials consider Smart Growth principles -- ways to encourage growth and new development where infrastructure already exists. This reduces municipal costs.”
Sowinski graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 2014, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Geotechnical studies. He also minored in Studio Art, providing background and skills that can contribute to stronger visualization in the planning process.
Sowinski is also deeply rooted in community service, having served as an EMT in Penfield and now serving as a firefighter and EMT in his hometown of West Henrietta.
“Collin’s efforts to give back to his community make him a perfect fit at MRB Group,” Colvin stated. “His public service matches the caliber and character of the personnel on our team – all individuals who are driven to improve lives, solve problems, and to make our world a better place,” he added.
With a principal focus on municipal services, MRB Group provides local governments with professional engineering support for day-to-day operations like water and wastewater treatment, public works services, and municipal planning. Its design team also helps local governments maintain or rehabilitate public assets like courts, municipal offices, and highway facilities. The firm has served the greater Rochester and Central New York areas for 90 years.