Modular Building Institute

2012 Outstanding Achievement Recipient
Ralph Tavares

Ralph Tavares of R & S Tavares Associates, Inc. was born across the bay from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ralph earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Structural/Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Ralph brought his lovely architect wife Silvana and their two children to the U.S. in 1986 on what was expected to be a brief assignment to investigate the real estate market around the New York area. Ralph quickly noticed an oddity: Modular Construction, despite the recession (yes, there was one in the 1980s, too), was operating in full swing. Ralph and Silvana both accepted jobs with Westchester Modular Homes and decided to make the U.S. their permanent home.

After jobs with Space Master Manufacturing in Tavares, Florida and Butler Manufacturing in Kansas City, Ralph accepted an opportunity in California, where he and his family now live. In 2002, Ralph and Silvana set up their own consulting business to better cater to the Modular Industry and joined MBI at its inception.
Ralph has designed modular structures utilizing a variety of construction methods and has worked in modular structures up to four stories high, and with manufacturing plants nationwide. He has done work on the three largest public school districts in the country, New York City, Miami-Dade County, and Los Angeles Unified, and has overseen the delivery and set-up of modular and panelized structures in more than 30 states. Ralph and Silvana were very involved in the Gulf states of Louisiana and Mississippi, designing schools, commercial buildings and residences which aided in the replacement of buildings destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
Ralph is a registered professional engineer in 44 states. His company has won several MBI Awards of Distinction and has designed modular buildings for clients from coast to coast and internationally, with clients in South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa.
Ralph is an active Member of MBI and a Trustee of the MBI Educational Foundation, which honored him in 2003 as "Volunteer of the Year."
For information on MBI's Outstanding Achievement Awards, click here.






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