Jeff Balvanz, Sonny Tran, Kit Chan, Steve Conn, and Byron Rifenburg
940 Remillard Ct.
San Jose, CA 95122
(408) 280-1020 Fax
Air Systems recently celebrated 41 successful years in business by building strong relationships with their customers. They provide comprehensive design/build mechanical, plumbing and electrical contracting, architectural sheet metal, high purity process piping, building automation systems, energy solutions and preventive maintenance services to Bay Area clients and partners. Air Systems was founded in 1974 by John Davis who had a vision of building a full-service design/build mechanical construction and service company with its primary focus on building relationships.
Through the years, the company has gone through several acquisitions, but always continued to be spearheaded by a dedicated management team. The current management team includes Art Williams, President, Marty Cull, Vice President and CFO, and Byron Rifenburg, Vice President. Air Systems currently has 126 office employees and approximately 300 craftspeople in the field.
Air Systems’ core business philosophy is, and always has been, based on building relationships. It is this foundation that has allowed Air Systems to maintain consistent repeat business and retain a core group of dedicated employees. In their constant search for ways to improve service, adjust to changes in the marketplace, and grow their technological capabilities, Air Systems is fully staffed with Professional Engineers, NEBB-Certified Professionals, 3-D CAD drafters/detailers and a host of complimentary infrastructure resources including automated shop fabrication equipment, a class 10,000 cleanroom, and an in-house auto/fleet maintenance shop.
Building relationships is directly tied to community involvement at Air Systems and the company philosophy and culture is based on giving back. Air Systems extends this guiding principle each year by supporting local charitable organizations, community outreach groups and a host of community youth programs. Each year, Air Systems and its employees lend their support to community programs and non-profit organizations throughout Silicon Valley. Through financial contributions, fundraising events, and countless volunteer hours, the Air Systems family is committed to helping community partners succeed in their missions.
Air Systems sponsors a Foundation Scholarship Program which has been helping local students since 2001 in their pursuit of higher education. Each year, the Foundation has awarded scholarships up to $2,500 to select high school seniors residing in Santa Clara County. The Academic Scholarship Program has awarded 98 students to date, for a total of approximately $268,000. In addition to supporting higher education of local students, Air Systems fulfills the holiday wishes of mothers and teens living in transitional housing. Air Systems partners with Cityteam’s House of Grace, Cityteam’s Heritage House and Bill Wilson Center’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter Program. Each year, they also select a local non-profit organization to receive a cash donation of up to $10,000. Past recipients have been South Bay Blue Star Moms, Second Harvest Food Bank, Loaves and Fishes, American Cancer Society and the Transitional Housing Placement Program.
Approximately 80% of Air Systems business is design/build, and as a NEBB certified firm, many of their clients are confident in them self-performing all TAB activities. The Air Systems TAB department started in 1984 when current Air Systems President, Art Williams became certified in Air & Hydronics. Air Systems currently has (3) NEBB certified professionals on staff: Byron Rifenburg, PE, Steve Conn, PE and Jeff Balvanz. They also employ (2) NEBB certified technicians: Sonny Tran and Kit Chan.
Byron Rifenburg is the Vice President of the MEP Division and has been with the company for 21 years. Byron graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and has experience in HVAC, clean-room, process exhaust, process piping and plumbing. His specialties are energy and building retrofit and complex projects in existing buildings. Byron received his Air & Hydronics certification in 1998 and became certified in Cleanroom Performance Testing in 2000.
Steve Conn is an Account Executive in the MEP Division and has been with Air Systems for 16 years commencing his last year of college. Steve graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Steve's experience includes HVAC, cleanroom, process exhaust, process piping and plumbing. He specializes in new building construction; complex projects in existing buildings, large scale design/build HVAC and chilled water central plant construction. Steve has been NEBB certified in Air & Hydronics since 2004.
Jeff Balvanz is a Project Manager for the BAS Department. He started in the field as a technician and has been with Air Systems for 27 years. Jeff manages key customer accounts and has 31 years of experience in the HVAC industry. Jeff has experience with cleanrooms, HVAC, data centers, energy management control systems, retrofit, new construction and project management. Jeff received his NEBB Air & Hydronics certification in 1998. Over the course of the last 31 years, Air Systems has completed hundreds of successful self-performed NEBB certified projects. Some of the noteworthy standout projects completed over the last couple years include: Google Nest Campus (4 buildings), SanDisk Milpitas Campus (5 buildings), VMware Phase 3 (4 buildings), Apple Bubb 7, Cisco 19 Rack Lab, Google 1201 Charleston, Google 1393 Shorebird, Google TC6, LinkedIn One Montgomery and Sutter Medical Foundation Castro Valley.
When asked what value Air Systems finds in their NEBB certification, all certified professionals endorsed the company philosophy that NEBB certification provides another level of quality and service for Air Systems to provide to their clients. NEBB certification separates Air Systems from other (uncertified) design/build companies and is a tangible marketing and sales tool for Air Systems as well. Guided by adherence to the NEBB standards, Air Systems offers quality assurance to their clients through and including the TAB process.