A Brief History of the Encorus Group
RJR Engineering, P.C. was founded in 1996 as Robert J. Runge II Consulting Engineers. Formed around the capabilities of Robert J. Runge, P.E., the company primarily provided civil and structural engineering services to support local design and construction projects. In 1998, the company moved to its current office location in Springville, NY and in 2001, Dana Pezzimenti, P.E. joined the company as Vice President. Dana brought a mechanical engineering arm to the firm, as well as important industrial clients. Together, Bob and Dana also leveraged their expertise and experience with Department of Energy legacy nuclear waste and environmental remediation projects and began providing engineering services to support operations at the West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP) in West Valley, NY. In 2002, RJR Engineering, P.C. (RJR) was formed to provide a more robust foundation for future growth. To better support our clients at the WVDP, and to further build a foundation for providing quality engineering services, our ASME NQA-1 compliant quality assurance program was implemented in 2003. This enabled RJR to become involved in technically challenging and complex projects involving the environmental remediation of legacy and active Cold War sites across the country. Steady and sustained growth has allowed RJR’s original civil and mechanical engineering capabilities to be augmented over time by structural, electrical, and fire protection engineering, architecture, and other design expertise. These disciplines have created a true multidisciplinary company with a breadth of technical capabilities typically found only in larger firms.
In 2011, Joseph Lowry, P.E. was named President and the company became certified as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) – a designation which provides access to a variety of different Federal and State contract opportunities. To achieve further diversification, our engineers received forensic engineering training and the company began formally offering this service to its clients. In 2016, a new office location was established in Buffalo, NY to house our new Civil Material Testing and Inspection Services. And in December of 2016, we added Non-Destructive Testing services to our comprehensive list. The continued expansion of the firm, led the firm in 2017 to rename and rebrand from RJR Engineering to the Encorus Group. This change was made to better communicate our new service offerings and diversified team of engineering, testing and inspection service professionals.
Today, Encorus Group stands as a complete and capable multi-disciplinary team of experienced professionals. Our firm is proud of its ability to “punch above our weight” and successfully compete with much larger companies on a diverse portfolio of projects across the country. We recognize that our role as a consulting engineering firm is to help our clients achieve their goals, and we approach every project as an opportunity to provide “Better Solutions to the Toughest Problems”.