About

With over 50 years of mechanical experience

Pribuss Engineering, Inc. is recognized as an industry leader in developing and implementing innovative construction and management techniques. Our construction and in-house engineering capabilities in plumbing, heating, air conditioning, industrial piping, and fire sprinkler systems range from single-unit residential to high-rise commercial and complex industrial mechanical systems. We believe that quality work is done right the first time, is actually the most cost-effective.

OUr Story

In 1968, Rudy Pribuss, a Stanford University Engineering graduate with 30 years experience started Pribuss Engineering, Inc. An emphasis on residential plumbing and heating in the early years expanded to the fire sprinkler and mechanical divisions over the 1970’s. Pribuss experienced additional growth 1980’s with a larger presence in the construction and design fields.

Commitment to quality

Our commitment to quality begins with our people—from the office staff to accounting, engineering, estimating, and ultimately to our field personnel—there exists a common understanding that the only real product we offer is service. We consider ourselves fortunate that our people display and promote this commitment as a personal value. Unlike other organizations, we have continued to maintain direct communications between our customers and our staff. We feel this affords us the ability to respond to the needs of the customer in the shortest possible time.

Historical Events

Servicing the Bay Area since 1968

Since our 1968 inception as a Plumbing, Heating, Boiler and Fire Sprinkler service company, we evolved to expand in the construction, alteration, renovation, and modernization areas of our respective disciplines.

Our capabilities allow us to provide engineering, design, and BIM services along with all aspects of construction – ground up, tenant improvement, renovations, and alterations.

At every level of our organization – staff, management, and field, we present professionals who are trained and have experience in their respective duties to provide optimum results.

With our history as reference to continual improvements, attention to current challenges, and an eagerness to embrace forthcoming technologies, products and services; Pribuss Engineering Inc. is – and will be positioned, to provide the best product for our Clients. Mindful of our customer service roots – quality, value and timeliness are paramount to our ability to provide benefit to our Industry, Company, Clients, and End Users.

Thank you for your on-going trust and support, and we look forward to future opportunities!

Bayardo Chamorro
CEO

Licenses held

Pribuss Engineering, Inc. holds the following California License Classes:​​​​​

C-16 FIRE PROTECTION LICENSE

A fire protection contractor lays out, fabricates and installs all types of the fire protection systems; including all the equipment associated with these systems, excluding electrical alarm systems.

C-36 PLUMBING LICENSE

A plumbing contractor provides a means for a supply of safe water, ample in volume and of suitable temperature for the purpose intended and the proper disposal of fluid waster from the premises in all structures and fixed works.

C-4 BOILER LICENSE

A boiler, hot-water heating and steam fitting contractor installs, services and repairs power boiler installations, hot-water heating systems and steam fitting, including fire-tube and water-tube steel power boilers and hot-water heating low pressure boilers, steam fitting and piping, fittings, valves, gauges, pumps, radiators, convectors, fuel oil tanks, fuel oil lines, chimneys, flues. Heat insulation and all other equipment, including solar heating equipment, associated with these systems.

C-20 HVAC LICENSE

A warm-air heating, ventilating and air-conditioning contractor fabricates, installs, maintains, services and repairs warm-air heating systems and water heating heat pumps, complete with warm-air appliances; ventilating systems complete with blowers and plenum chambers; air-conditioning systems complete with air-conditioning unit; and the ducts, registers, flues, humidity and thermostatic controls and air filters in connection with any of these systems. This classification shall include warm-air heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems which utilize solar energy.

B General Building Contractor

Except as provided in this section, a general building contractor is a contractor whose principal business is in connection with any structure built, being built, or to be built for the support, shelter, and enclosure of persons, animals, chattels, or movable property of any kind, requiring in its construction the use of at least two unrelated building trades or crafts, or to do or superintend the whole or any part thereof.

Bayardo Chamorro

CEO

When did you first start working in the industry?
(30+) years

Tell us why you chose to work in your industry.
Initially to work in a Trade, afterwards a desire to expand my scope of knowledge and build on my work environment.

What’s a typical work day like for you?
God lets me see the light … again. Review, plan, consult, help decide, help implement the objectives of our Team for the betterment of our Firm. Each day brings the same and new challenges which require attention and accountability.

What do you enjoy most about your position?
I’m in a position to lend support and be helpful to prosecute the challenges and bring alternatives.

Why?
In my career I have experienced lack of support in difficult situations.

What are the best skills you bring to your company?
Temperance  and experience.

What are some accomplishments you have achieved in your career?
Helped raise the level of our capabilities.

What are you most happiest doing, when you’re not working?
When one works hard, they can enjoy respite in anyway presented.

Augustin Chamorro

President

When did you first start working in the industry? Tell us why you chose to work in your industry.

I started at Pribuss in 2006. My father introduced me to this business in 1994 and worked in the company growing up. I loved it back then and still do.

What’s a typical workday like for you?

Working with all departments in our firm to engage our employees and manage overall workflow. Every day brings a new challenge that requires attention… too many to mention! Focusing on constant improvement and implementation of new resources for the betterment of our employees and clients.

What do you enjoy most about your position? Why?

Getting employees, trade partners, and customers excited about what we do and the history of our firm. Often, people have preconceived notions about what we do, but getting a chance to explain the importance and intricacies of work is very satisfying. What we do involves so many business sectors that you always can pick up a discussion with someone. Also, the people connection. I find it amazing all the people you meet in this business, both employees and clients. Every job has a challenge, a great story (or stories), and camaraderie. It sounds cliché, but “everyone knows everyone” in the Bay Area construction market.

What are the best skills you bring to your company?

Leveraging skills and lessons learned from past projects to assist and mentor our employees. Some of my most challenging projects as a project manager provided the best education. I try to pass these on to our team to avoid some hard lessons that I have learned first-hand.

What are some accomplishments you have achieved in your career?

Following my father and his partner into the business and being able to help transition the company to the next generation of leadership. This business and industry have given much to me and it is an honor to keep our business going strong.

What are you happiest doing, when you’re not working?

Spending time with my wife, son, and pup. Firing up the smoker for a great meal on the weekend and watching baseball. On-going commitment to improving my golf and bowling hobby. Good scotch and cigars are always a must.

Ronald Sanchez

Vice President Preconstruction

When did you first start working in the industry?
October 2004

What’s a typical work day like for you?
Preparing and overseeing proposals and estimates for projects at all stages, drive deadlines, work with clients and general contractors during all stages of preconstruction , develop and train staff.

What do you enjoy most about your position? Why?
Helping in the development of new project from concept design thru Construction documents

What are you most happiest doing, when you’re not working?
Spending time with my kids

Anderson Sanchez

VP Division Manager (Mechanical/Plumbing)

When did you first start working in the industry?
I joined the Pribuss family in 2008.  My passion for construction was triggered in college when I was introduced to architectural studies. 

What’s a typical work day like for you?
Project planning,  setting goals, establishing protocols and guidelines, supporting our staff and monitoring the progress of operations and engineering.

What do you enjoy most about your position? Why?
Our industry is ever changing. Every project brings a new set of challenges.  I get to collaborate with experts in their fields to solve potential issues as we move forward in design and construction.  This keeps me engaged and motivated to complete each project successfully for all parties involved.

What are the best skills you bring to your company?
Passion for what we do, Honesty, Dedication, Teamwork.  Eagerness to keep learning.

What are some accomplishments you have achieved in your career?
Helped develop our design department and continue to introduce/improve our technology capabilities

What are you most happiest doing, when you’re not working?
I love sports, I continuously play soccer and golf, but there is no better day than the one I get to spend with my wife and daughters.

A.J. Chamorro

Project Executive

Tell us why you chose to work in your industry.
My first exposure was organizing fittings in the Pribuss shop! But my passion for the industry came from my education in Construction Management at Cal Poly. Learning construction and working alongside like-minded people showed me that this is my calling.

What’s a typical work day like for you?
In a typical day, I work on all things related to project success. I work with our management and field personnel to operate effectively, and I maintain open communication with our clients. I also assist with project acquisition and keep workflows running efficiently companywide.

What do you enjoy most about your position?
I enjoy that no two days are the same, and no two projects are the same. In my position, everything is a unique challenge that needs to be tackled in its own way.

Why?
Having worked in preconstruction, design, VDC, and project management, I’ve been fortunate to have a range of experience that allows me to better understand and work with people in all different roles.

What are some accomplishments you have achieved in your career?
I am proud of the variety of projects I’ve had part in delivering, from demanding lab and life science facilities to challenging sites and complex existing conditions. Operationally, I led our integration of Procore, which has been a game changer for our company.

What are you most happiest doing, when you’re not working?
I love playing basketball, following our Bay Area sports teams, and spending time with my family and friends.

Andrew Navarro

VP Division Manager (Fire Protection)

When did you first start working in the industry?
I started working for Pribuss my Junior year in college (June 2009) as a summer Intern. I got the position thanks to a referral from my high-school basketball coach. It was my only option at the time due to my lack of work experience.

What’s a typical work day like for you?
Project managing; designing and coordinating fire sprinkler systems; overseeing and managing design deliverables and schedules; providing design and engineering support to team members; assisting with day-to-day department operations.

What do you enjoy most about your position? Why?
Working on and designing a building’s sprinkler system and being able to see your work come to fruition. Also sharing and teaching my knowledge of the fire sprinkler industry to my colleagues and our customers.

What are the best skills you bring to your company?
Well-organized; positive energy; ability to multi-task; determined to get the job done. 

What are you most happiest doing, when you’re not working?
Working out, running, playing sports with my kids.