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May 27, 2010

Yaggy Colby Associates' reorganization

Here's some from my piece on the changes underway at Yaggy Colby Associates. The full article is here:

Responding to changes in the market, a large Rochester engineering and architectural firm is re-organizing into two specialized teams.

ShowPhoto-1 Yaggy Colby Associates' architecture and interior design department, led by architects Chris Colby, Jose Rivas and Jason Woodhouse, is spinning off as a separate business called CRW Architectural + Design Group.

However, the new operation is not moving far. The plan is to keep the 11-person CRW team based at 717 Third Ave. S.E. along with the other 55 Yaggy Colby employees in Rochester.

Details are still be worked out, but the new operation is expected to launch next week.

Colby, who merged his architectural firm with one owned by Ron Yaggy in 1987, describes the changes as "friendly."

"We (the architects) have a slightly different business model and marketing concept, so we're going to pursue that and still be friends," he said.

An announcement of the move says CRW's mission "…will be centered on the delivery of architecture and design services with a focus on sustainability and the promotion of green building practices…" for existing clients and new ones.

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