Adrian is the Principal of Blanco Architecture Inc. He has provided consulting services on a wide range of project types for architects, contractors, owners and developers. Adrian has an Architectural Technology background, has worked in construction, and is adept at developing practical executable details. He has designed and constructed custom spray racks for differential pressure fenestration testing and has performed dozens of ASTM E-1105 tests on windows and doors, for both new and existing construction. Adrian has provided construction litigation support for attorneys, including trial testimony, and has led forensic investigations.
Ruth is a construction project management professional with more than 10 years of industry experience. Her background in project management spans the spectrum of development to general contracting for commercial, mixed-use and residential projects. She is adept in managing multiple projects simultaneously and skilled in price and subcontractor negotiations, compliance reporting, scope development, value engineering, client management and project scheduling. Ruth has also worked as a superintendent and understands field needs and especially the need for good communication channels between the field and office. In addition to her PM experience, Ruth is seasoned in serving as the primary contact to clients throughout all project phases. She has the ability to execute pre construction needs, prepare and deliver presentations, proposals, and cost estimates, as well as the experience of working with architects, engineers and city officials.
At BAI Ruth applies her high energy, organizational, and management skills to help coordinate with staff and clients to schedule and organize work. Ruth works to improve and ensure good communication with clients and project team members. She analyzes, strategizes and improves internal organizational processes. Ruth is currently building from her foundation in construction to learn about building envelope design and applying it as an assistant project manager. Ruth also functions as Adrian's executive assistant and directly assists Adrian with internal and external correspondence, coordination, scheduling and other high level tasks.
Sara is a finance professional with extensive work experience, augmented with an MBA. She has over sixteen years of experience in finance with small architecture firms, including extensive knowledge of finance, payables, receivables, budgeting, analysis, planning, and project management. She also has extensive finance, administrative, human resources and marketing experience in other small business, banking, non-profit, and Fortune 50 companies. Currently she volunteers for two migraine organizations whose goals are to increase funding for migraine research, Headache on the Hill and Miles for Migraine. Sara is also a Patient Board member at Miles for Migraine.
Erik is an attorney and an architect. His formal education was completed in Minnesota where there is a strong tradition of building enclosure design and research. He has extensive experience with both residential and commercial building designs. Erik has worked on a variety of construction systems and building types, from single family wood and metal stud framed residences to steel framed retail and hospitality projects, and developed envelope designs to meet client needs in the Midwest, Northeast, Caribbean, and the Southwest U.S.
Erik's responsibilities include project management, leading forensic investigations, fenestration testing, diagnosing and analyzing building components for defective construction, implementing and administering remedial construction, and litigation support.
Erik is also a chair of the Albany, CA Planning and Zoning Commission.
Jason has worked on a wide range of projects in Canada and the United States from commercial to institutional to high-end residential structures. He is a senior project manager and the production manager at Blanco Architecture Inc. He is responsible for project management, building envelope design for both new structures and remedial work, coordination of drawings and specifications and contract administration services. He conducts investigations for failed building assemblies and is experienced with building condition evaluations and fenestration testing. Jason has taught college level courses in Canada and is an accomplished and talented artist.
Richard is a Project Senior Manager at BAI. He has a wide range of experience in managing multi-family and civic facade restoration and roofing projects in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area. Richard has conducted building facade condition evaluations, prepared drawing and specification packages and provided contract administration services. Richard is currently working on completing the architect registration exam. He is also an accomplished artist who regularly produces beautiful paintings from his Sonoma County studio.
Felix is an architect with over 26 years experience, much of it centered around the multi-family housing industry, including both new design and renovation/rehabilitation projects. He previously served as one of the principals of a local forensic architecture and building envelope specialist firm for 9 years. It was there that he honed his skills in forensic investigations into building envelope failures, and developed a solid working knowledge of building envelope design, detailing, materials and systems.
Felix joined BAI after taking time off to complete the last phase of an extensive renovation on his own home he started nearly 15 years ago. He is an avid scuba diver, cyclist, and woodworker with a strong passion for durable and sensible technical design. His philosophy? “Build it right the first time.”
Little’s career began with a short internship with the Milo Foundation. She learned a lot about treats and begging from her foster siblings and other interns. Finally she landed her dream job at Blanco Architecture Inc. Her primary duties include inspecting her parents’ and sister’s meals for poisonous and other foreign materials. Sometimes others simply get too much food, and she takes care of the overages. She carefully studies how many treats are dispensed and gives Adrian hourly reports. Little sets an example for the balance between work, play and sleep. She has been working on two problem areas lately - taking hikes by herself to downtown San Rafael and sleeping in too late. She is currently running a test of a GPS dog tracking system to see if it helps with her independent nature. Little always brings high energy to her work, inspiring all of her coworkers to the same.
Bella’s career also began with a short internship with the Milo Foundation. After a too brief maternity leave, Milo found her in Lake County and offered her a temporary position that led to her permanent placement with Blanco Architecture Inc. In a more supportive environment, Bella was able to enthusiastically throw herself into all areas of play. After extensive study, she found that she excels in running, jumping and barking, especially in the area of fence-gaming. She recently took on an internship with her Aunt Sandra and cousin Spencer, who have introduced her to the challenging world of hiking off-leash. Once again, she has excelled at this new adventure, never venturing too far away, like her independent sister. She brings joy to every task she sets her mind to, and sets a very happy tone in the office.