Happy Holidays

Wishing you a Happy Holiday Season!

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2016 was a wonderful year for T.M. Rybak and Associates, P.C. and Boiling Springs Group, Inc.! Some of our highlights from the year include:

-Celebrated our 30th Year in Business and we the cover story in the Meadowlands USA magazine.
-Launched the new TMR website and we revamped our portfolio.
-We are finalists in a design competition for Luso American Portuguese Veteran Memorial in Newark, NJ and are awaiting the results. We also entered two other competitions and were featured online with them.
-Three team members celebrated their work anniversaries- Andrew 20-Years, Jason 10-Years, and Greg 5-Years! Jason Peist, AIA completed his exams and became a licensed architect
-We expanded our staff to include new team member Jack Hasaj
-We started our own millwork and fabrication shop at 17 West Erie Avenue. One of our projects included the Sterling Hill Mining Museum
-We are working across the nation on projects in Akron, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, Ocala, Florida, Marion, Indiana, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin and on many projects across New Jersey, New York City, Long Island and New York State.

We are excited for a busy and productive 2017!

Meadowlands USA Publication Cover Story

Magazine Article: https://meadowlandsusa.com/2016/11/16/t-m-rybak-associates-celebrates-30-years/

T.M. Rybak and Associates, P.C. (TMR) is an independent company and has been in the architecture industry since 1986. They have been headquartered in Rutherford since 1994 and have successfully operated out of the location since. Tom Rybak started the company and is celebrating their 30-year anniversary. TMR over the years, has solidified their position in the area by continuously providing one of the best of many architectural services.They not only possess experience in only architecture, but also with engineering, planning, interior design and design/build. Some of the projects and designs that the firm specializes in, ranges from commercial and corporate to multi-family and residential. This reaffirms that no job is too big or too small for TMR.

They are an award-winning firm that is licensed in seventeen states in the U.S. and carefully manage every step along the way that comes with the job, from preliminary outlines to energy efficiency. TMR makes sure that the whole project is unique, that is one of the reasons that sets them apart from everybody else. At TMR, they use environmental awareness, in-depth technical and design expertise to transform their idea or their client’s into reality.

TMR works with clients in the private and public sectors of the industry. They have extensive experience with international, federal, state and municipal clients. Their services are not limited by any means, as they are well-versed with experience in the industry. TMR not only handles minor renovations or alterations from code mandates, they also do program alternatives, and/or facilities maintenance to new and proposed facilities.

The staff is only six people, but they have been providing quality service for three decades. TMR has been putting their customers first since they opened their doors in 1986. Their long-time commitment to customer satisfaction has sustained relationships with former clients and upholds their stellar reputation.

Raising the architectural bar in customer service

T.M. Rybak and Associates, P.C. specializes in the private and public sectors of the industry. They have dealt with various experiences with international, federal, municipal and state projects. TMR’s skills shouldn’t be generalized as only an architecture company, they possess skills in multiple fields of construction and design.

The clients that go to TMR are treated just like family. Having the same small but efficient staff has its benefits, all the clients will remember you and the quality service you provide. TMR offers initial project programming through ribbon-cutting ceremonies, they could be involved the whole project depending on what you are looking for.

The current staff at TMR has select members that are fluent in either Polish, Portuguese or Spanish. Their versatile and bi-lingual staff members are one of the reasons why the company does so well with their clientele. Having staff that can speak to people that are fluent in another language, that isn’t English, is enormously beneficial. TMR has a reach in the market where certain customers may not be fluent in English, which allows them to capitalize on that opportunity. By being able to communicate with them when their competition is only fluent in only English.

The TMR members are not only experienced and diversified. They each bring a certain skill to the table and make sure that the client’s vision is carried out for a low-cost. Rybak alone has over 25-years of practice and is always trying to save his client’s money. He firmly believes in a hands-on, whole-project approach combined with in technical expertise & environmental awareness in all aspects of design and construction.

According to Design Intelligence’s Almanac of Architecture and Design in 2016, there are 608 architecture and 329 interior design firms in New Jersey. However, what separates TMR from the other competition, could be Rybak’s direct involvement in each project. He oversees it, to make sure it meets his standards and if there is any way to reduce the cost. Rybak doesn’t rush through any project just to meet a deadline, they make sure that it is pristine and is a fine visual representation of the company’s name.

Reflecting on some of TMR’s accomplishments

Rybak has been continuously involved with local projects in the New Jersey area. In 2012, Rybak told Rich Fritzky of Meadowlands USA, “We have been working on various medical facilities throughout New Jersey and on a number of renovations and upgrades locally in what is our Meadowlands regional backyard.”

Some of the local commercial and corporate jobs they have done are, the New Jersey Devil’s Prudential Center, Mignon Steakhouse and Grill, various AAA branch locations and the Meadowlands Racetrack. With a small but efficient staff, they are able to tackle any size project and turn the blueprints into the real deal. Their exceedingly well-known reputation and top-notch service has attracted clients from all over New Jersey and even other nearby states.

A few of the out of state jobs they have done are, the AAA Whitestone branch in Queens, New York, Five Points Mall in Marion, Indiana and the Friendship Center in Ocala, Florida. TMR’s undeniable success and quality services, also led to securing a blanket contract with UBS Paine Webber. PaineWebber is the fourth-largest United States brokerage firm and recently merged with UBS, A.G., a prevalent Swiss bank.

The blanket contract that they acquired from UBS PaineWebber guarantees that TMR will build all branch office’s work for the eastern and southern regions of the United States. They already built the main headquarters in New York City (377,700 square-feet) and have built in other various nearby locations. Additionally, the others projects were in Rochester NY, Hunt Valley MD, Rumson NJ, Iselin NJ (16,000 sf), Westfield NJ, Short Hills NJ, 200 Park Ave NYC (12,500 sf), Paramus NJ (8,240 sf), Weehawken NJ (751,700 sf), and the Weehawken Trading Floor (30,000 sf).

The future of TMR and their community involvement

Rybak has constantly been involved with the local community, whether it be for a role for an organization or undergoing a project. Rybak is a current member on the board of advisors for the Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce. TMR is also involved with Downtown New Jersey, an organization that helps provide resources for anything that involves the improvement if the downtown areas in New Jersey.

Rybak and the other TMR staff members will continue to push forward with the quality services they provide to their clients. The reputation and company that Rybak has built is proof of what he and his staff members can accomplish. Since 1986, TMR managed to expand from a local New Jersey office, to being able to conduct business in seventeen states in the United States. Not many architectural companies can say that, if any at all.

By Rich Fritzky, retired President & CEO of the Meadowlands Regional Chamber and founding editor of Meadowlands USA.

Sending thankful praise your way

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A special greeting of
Thanksgiving time to express
to you our sincere appreciation
for your confidence and loyalty.
We are deeply thankful and
extend to you our best wishes
for a happy and healthy
Thanksgiving Day

– T.M. Rybak and Associates, P.C.
and Boiling Springs Group, P.C.

Celebrating 30 Years

As we celebrate our 30th year in business, we would like to think that our continued success can be attributed to our core values: our service commitment to our clients and our commitment to our employees and their families. This milestone provides us an opportunity to both reflect on our past and to look forward to our future. As we celebrate, we say “Thank You” to all of our customers and our team, both past and present.

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In the last three decades, TMR has logged 1,500+ projects, employed 40+ staff members, and worked in two different buildings. As we move forward, we are working on projects across the nation and expanding our staff and talents. While we have come a long way, our work is not done! Building upon our legacy and expertise requires further dedication and commitment to our customers. The key: Learn and understand our customers’ business. It is this passion, and our relationships with you, our customers that will remain the foundation for our future.

The following slideshow highlights 30 projects over the last 30 years. Each project holds a significance to the growth of our company and celebrates our diverse portfolio.

Summer Fun at the Bergen County Zoo

Looking for something fun to do this summer with your kids or grandkids? Check out the Bergen County Zoo in Van Saun Park. in Paramus, NJ. On Thursdays, during the months of July and August, the Bergen County Zoo will have a delayed closing of 7pm.  The train and carousel will also participate: last ticket sold at 6:30pm and last ride at 6:45pm. While there, check out the two Golden Tamarin Exhibits we designed.

For this project, we studied the habitats of the monkeys and detailed how visitors would experience their environment. An important document created was the relationship between the animals and their human visitors. Due to the small size of the animal, we raised the finished floor of the exhibit and sloped the glazing towards the walkway. Doing so not only opened up the exhibit towards the canopies of the trees inside, but also eliminated glare on the glass. We suggested a Kalwall Skylight in order to increase natural lighting.

 

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ArchímonGO- Augmented Reality (AR)

pokemon copyJust a few short weeks ago, Niantic’s Real World Gaming Platform successfully created a new genre in the gaming world.  Entitled “real world adventure”, Pokémon Go hit the touchscreen mobile devices and encouraged players to visit real locations.  This Augmented Reality (AR) game uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it, a little more advance than dropping a pin and sharing your location.  One of the first commercial applications of AR technology was the yellow “first down” line that appeared on televised football games in 1998.  Since then, the technology is used in many industries including healthcare, public safety, tourism, and marketing.  However different, these industries have one major connector—ARCHITECTURE.

Augmented Reality in the architectural realm has done tremendously well. Similar to market and sales industry, (AR) programs have helped bridge the gap and speed up the approval cycle between designers and clients.  Architects can demonstrate their 3-dimensional displays and help the audience understand the building’s scale and place.  Many software developers created their products to help people visualize completed projects and again, bridge the gap of the designers’ suggestions with the client’s needs.

Architectural designers today use an intelligent 3D BIM (Building Information Modeling) to equip architecture, engineering, and construction professionals with insight and tools. This managing process requires usually a team of designers to digitally represent functional characteristics of a facility, similar to a rendering requiring some Photoshop tricks with cars and people.  With Augmented Reality, the BIM team has the ability to locate the digital 3d representation into a physical space through the use of a device.  The future of digital reality allows users to wear a headset and walk through a floor plan while the virtual model appears around them.

Today, TMR has equipped themselves with 3D digital reality tools such as Twinmotion Visualization & 3D immersion. This allows our clients to, almost literally, immerse themselves into our completed project.  So far, the reactions have been extremely positive while giving us the ability to visualize together with the client.

Benefits of Natural Lighting- TMR Skylight

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NEW SKYLIGHT

We recently installed a new skylight to our studio space to add more natural light and improve the quality of our work environment. We strongly believe that there is a direct correlation between daylight and its positive effect on human health, work production, and building performance. Our firm has specified Kalwall skylights and panels on several projects. Since computer stations are used in our studio area, glare was a major concern when selecting the product. After comparing several products, we decided to use a 10′ diameter pre-engineered eight-sided geodesic pyramid to span across our existing roof beams. One advantage to using this system is that rooftop equipment, such as our HVAC unit are hidden from view.

The new skylight makes our space feel like we are working in an atrium in Italy and we find the subtle changes in colors, shadows, and light very enjoyable without being distracting. We rarely turn on our overhead light fixtures. Additionally, one unexpected benefit to the skylight is we now know when it rains. It may sound bizarre, but before the skylight, we never heard the sound of rain and we often surprised when we left work to it raining. Being tied into the environment, the shifts of clouds, the sounds of rain, reduces the artificial work environment and makes coming to work everyday more enjoyable.

 

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Before and after the skylight installation

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SAMPLE TMR PROJECT (TAMARIN EXHIBIT) USING KALWALL

Andrew- 20 Year Work Anniversary

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Congratulations to our own Andrew Michalski on 20 years of service with the Boiling Springs Group and T.M. Rybak and Associates. On July 15, 1996 after graduating from Clarkson University with his BS in Accounting & Management, he started as an assistant estimator working for BSG. Over the years he has grown into our senior project manager for BSG and provides estimation for TMR. Andrew’s extensive knowledge & expertise helps make our clients’ projects worry free. We are very glad to have him on our team and we wish him a very Happy Anniversary.

 

Our New Website

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It’s with great excitement that we unveil our newly updated website to you. Aside from an updated look, the new website features a powerful new way to sift through our portfolio of projects, making it easier for you to better understand our wide range of services and capabilities. You’ll be able to sift by project category- commercial & corporate, public & municipal, healthcare/wellness & education, multi-family & single-family residential and finally design competitions that we have entered.  From there you can dig deeper into our services and qualifications (team/resumes, architectural services, design/build, millwork/fabrication, custom windows, sustainability, BIM/3d Animation, and our video walkthroughs).

In addition, we’ve added a news section in order to bring you better/fresher content, update you on new and exciting things happening with T.M. Rybak and Associates, P.C. as well as our sister-company Boiling Springs Group, P.C., and share with you fun things we’re up to as a firm. When you are ready, reach out to us through our contact page or social media (Facebook, Twitter, FlickrR, or Youtube). If you are interested in joining our skilled team, visit Join Our Team! page for more information.

 

New team member Jack!

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TMR is proud to announce our newest member, Jack Hasaj as our office manager and millwork specialist. He graduated with thorough experience in financial services as well as construction/carpentry. Having previously interned for a government facility in both the finance and engineering departments he gained knowledge of operational procedures through performing a variety of administrative support functions. Jack will be responsible for ensuring that the office runs efficiently and effectively through the guidance of the Controller and the President of the firm. Other responsibilities will include cost estimation, project management, accounting services, and construction consultation.