Welcome to the San Diego Building Engineers Association

We provide a network for building engineers

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Coming Up: SDBEA Beach Cleanup

September 17th

Community Outreach Committee Volunteer Event
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TAILGATE & FOOTBALL GAME

November 6th

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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

Thor Emblem, President

Thor Emblem is the 2014/2015 President for SDBEA. He has held several leadership positions within the SDBEA he served as Vice President for 2 years, and most notably chairing the ...read more

Thor Emblem is the 2014/2015 President for SDBEA. He has held several leadership positions within the SDBEA he served as Vice President for 2 years, and most notably chairing the Annual Golf Tournament for 3 years which funds the SDBEA scholarship program. Thor also has served as the Awards Chair for the last 3 years. Thor is the Branch Manager of ABM Engineering.

Thor Emblem - President

Ray Trent, Vice President

Ray Trent is the current SDBEA President, has been a member since 2003 and has served on the board for 4 years. On the board, he has served as Education ...read more

ray-trentRay Trent is the current SDBEA President, has been a member since 2003 and has served on the board for 4 years. On the board, he has served as Education Chair as well as Vice President. A former engineer and winner of the prestigious 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 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 as an engineer 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 - Vice President

Wayne Harris, Past President/Events Chair

Wayne Harris has been an instrumental leader over the past several years in his involvement with the SDBEA, serving as Vice President for 2 years, then the President for 2...read more

Wayne Harris has been an instrumental leader over the past several years in his involvement with the SDBEA, serving as Vice President for 2 years, then the President for 2 years, and he was one of the SDBEA founding members. As Director, Engineer for The Irvine Company, Wayne oversees 53 buildings consisting of over 4.5 million square feet and has responsibility for the overall building operations of the La Jolla Office & Campus Office Portfolio. With a staff of 24 engineers, Wayne and his team excel at delivering an unparalleled customer experience, in addition to increasing the performance and value of the Irvine Company assets. With both BA and Masters degrees, along with his 25 years in the engineering industry, Wayne has extensive experience in facility operations, maintenance and management. He has held senior leadership positions on both the owner and contractor sides of operations with companies including Equity Office, Burnham Real Estate, CBRE, Koll and Trammel Crow.

Wayne Harris - Past President/Events Chair

Michael McNamara, Past President/Membership Chair

Michael McNamara works for the County of San Diego. With over 30 years of experience with Facilities/ Fleet operations, he has been a member of SDBEA for 11 years, 8...read more

Michael McNamara works for the County of San Diego. With over 30 years of experience with Facilities/ Fleet operations, he has been a member of SDBEA for 11 years, 8 of which he has served in various Board of Director positions. Mike has an AS degree in Electronics Technology, as well as Facilities Management & Energy Efficiency certificates from UCSD and an IMFA Facilities Management Professional Certification.

Michael McNamara - Past President/Membership Chair