Welcome to the San Diego Building Engineers Association

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our mission

  • To provide education
  • To provide a network for building engineers to share information.
  • To provide a forum for social interaction with minimum solicitation of products/services.
  • To support such public service, civic or humanitarian projects, which can be accomplished by utilizing the expertise, skills and other resources of the SDBEA.
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Membership Benefits

  • Receive exclusive online access.
  • Find the necessary information to facilitate future success.
  • Receive free trainings, which include information from leading professionals in their field of expertise.
  • SDBEA is a one-stop shop for important resources.
  • Members have an opportunity to tour some of the most interesting projects in town.

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Meet the board

Ray Trent, President

Current SDBEA President, has been a member since 2003 and has served on the board for more than 4 years. On the board, he has served as Education Chair as ...read more

ray-trentCurrent SDBEA President, has been a member since 2003 and has served on the board for more than 4 years. On the board, he has served as Education Chair as well as Vice President. A former Chief Engineer and winner of several awards including the Building Engineer of the Year Award, he is and has been an active contributor to the engineering community in San Diego for 16 years. He holds several facilities related certifications from BOMI, LEED, NWEEC, ESCO, etc….and has managed and maintained all varieties of facilities from high rise class “A” office to an entire region of Bio-tech facilities. His primary focus and much of his background is sustainability and critical environments. Ray has recently shifted his knowledge from the facilities maintenance and management industry and is now a Project Sales Consultant for Jackson & Blanc. He is passionate about the success of the local industry and an advocate for Engineers growth and education.

Ray Trent - President

Bob Jones, Vice President, Education Chair

Bob Jones – Sr. Chief Engineer for Irvine Company Bob Jones currently serving as Vice President & Education chair for SDBEA. Bob oversees 8 buildings consisting of over 1 million ...read more

bob-jones Bob Jones – Sr. Chief Engineer for Irvine Company

Bob Jones currently serving as Vice President & Education chair for SDBEA. Bob oversees 8 buildings consisting of over 1 million square feet and has responsibility for the overall building operations located in La Jolla, California. With a staff of 9 engineers, Bob and his team excel at delivering an unparalleled customer experience, in addition to increasing the performance and value of the Irvine Company assets. Bob has 20 years in the office engineering & 10 years in the hi-tech industrial in facility operations, maintenance, and management. Bob holds a state of California electrical contractor’s license, LEED Green Associate. Marine Corp veteran

Bob Jones - Vice President, Education Chair

Jack Bennings, Treasurer

Vice President of Operations with Paragon Services Engineering.  As the VP of Operations Jack is responsible for new business development, as well as professional, managerial, technical, and administrative functions of...read more

jack-benningsVice President of Operations with Paragon Services Engineering.  As the VP of Operations Jack is responsible for new business development, as well as professional, managerial, technical, and administrative functions of the engineering division of Paragon Services Engineering. The company employs over 250 skilled tradesmen who operate maintain and manage over 60 mm square feet of real estate comprised of high rise buildings, suburban campuses, industrial parks, shopping centers, data centers, and biotech facilities.  Jack has been a member of the SDBEA since he moved to San Diego in 2010. He has been an Executive Board Member serving as the Treasurer for the SDBEA since 2011. Jack’s background spans decades of experience in the facilities management and engineering field, Mr. Bennings has held numerous managerial positions with a number of leading Real Estate Management Firms.  His facilities and engineering background includes managing a Mission Critical Data Center for a Fortune 100 Company, Class “A” Office Buildings, Critical Hospital Environments, Medical Research Institutions, Universities, and Mass Transit Facilities. Responsibilities have included the administration of budgets, contract management, capital projects, and construction management.  Technical experience includes the coordination and oversight of the base build-out of 338,500 square feet of tenant office space.  He played an integral part in the upgrade of a Tier II Data Center to a Tier IV level, which included the construction of a 29,000 square foot energy plant, the installation of dual 15 KV, 7.5 MW diesel generator plants, integration of three 1.8 MW UPS systems, chiller plant upgrade to 3,250 tons, 100 new 30 ton CRAH units, and the piping distribution replacement under the raised data center floor, all without any disruption to the data center operations.  Mr. Bennings holds Engineering Licenses in multiple jurisdictions for low and high pressure steam plant operation, refrigeration, energy auditing, is BOMA certified and a LEED Green Associate.  He is active with various trade organizations including the SDBEA, BOMA, IFMA, US Green Building Council, 7X24, and AFCOM.

Jack Bennings - Treasurer

Michael McNamara, Secretary

Has over 30 years of widespread experience with Facilities and Marine operations has allowed him to work in a verity of related fields to strengthen his diversity in many areas....read more

Has over 30 years of widespread experience with Facilities and Marine operations has allowed him to work in a verity of related fields to strengthen his diversity in many areas. He further expanded his skills into Project and Real Estate management rounding out his skills. Michael managed over 2 million square feet of Judicial, Detention, Commercial and Historic properties for a local government agency. An active member of the SDBEA since 2002 serving as President, other elected officials and as a Director for most of his membership. He served as the Co-Chairs on the Membership and Education committees. Holds an AS degree in Electronics, Certifications in Facilities Management & Energy Efficiency from UCSD, Facilities Management Professional from IFMA and Building Operator Certification from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council. He is an avid woodworker involved in the outreach efforts of the San Diego Fine Woodworker Association in Design in Wood events at the San Diego Fair to construct children’s chair to donate to needy charities.

Michael McNamara - Secretary