I have worked with this company for years on many projects throughout Los Angeles. Even on the complicated hillside projects my reports always get approved by the city. Not only are they good at what they do, I have not found anyone that is better priced. Sometimes I do need to remind them of my schedule as they do get busy but they always deliver when I need the report. I strongly recommend Richard Rybak and his staff.
600 E Green StPasadena, CA 91101
What Rybak wants is to give you a defective Soils report so you run into complications with the City and they will give you the run-around to correct their mistakes, as a result, a soils report that was supposed to cost you about $5000 and would be ready within a few weeks will end up costing you $15000 and will take 8 to 9 months leaving you stressed and frustrated. I wish someone would have warned us about this dishonest company ran by Richard Rybak and managed by Mark Weeks. If you ever need a Soils report or geotechnical survey of your property, stay away from Rybak.A) They will give you a cookie-cutter Soils report that will be rejected by the City.B) They will try to charge you 2 to 3 times the amount the quoted you just to correct the defective Soils report they gave you.C) They are super slow and for something that should take 1 or 2 weeks, they will take 8 or 9 months causing major delays in your project. They really don't care about you and your project.D) They don't know what the City's Grading department want, what are their current requirements for an acceptable Soils report and they are not willing to go to the City to find out. They need to do that before giving you the report, they will simply lie and say they did their due diligence when they actually didn't and never will.
Richard Rybak knows soils. For my projects, he took the time to meet with me personally at the site, and develop a strategy for building the foundations. He is very personable, and very dedicated to his profession. Both of my projects' soil reports were approved on the first round by the City of Los Angeles. I often recommend him to other architects without reservation.