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Syska Hennessy Group San Diego announces new managing director

John Passanante

For those of us who live here, choosing the West Coast over East Coast is a no-brainer. For John Passanante, moving to San Diego earlier this year was a dream come true.

When the opportunity arose to lead the San Diego office of Syska Hennessy Group, relocating to America’s Finest City became a reality.

“What a great place to live,” Passanante said. “Especially when the northeast is experiencing another polar vortex!”

Although Passanante is new to the San Diego area, he has a long history with Syska Hennessy Group. In his 20 years of experience, Passanante has spent 17 with Syska Hennessy. He is a senior vice president with the firm and heads up three of its service lines: technology/low technology design services, facilities management, and building commissioning.

“Putting the right people in the right positions has made it easy to grow these services, and I look forward to achieving the same success in San Diego,” Passanante said.

He’s most excited about working with Syska Hennessy’s San Diego staff. The office employs 22 professionals with specializations in mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, architectural lighting design, technology and low voltage design, commissioning, and vertical transportation consulting.

“Coming from the New York office where I’ve been for a long time, to join the San Diego team has been easy,” according to Passanante. “The variety of projects we work on gives us the opportunity to provide our clients with a deep level of technical expertise and service for a variety of building types.” Projects include the San Diego Airport’s Terminal 2 West expansion, decades of work with UCSD, the original San Diego Convention Center and its expansion; and a major central plant expansion at Sharp Grossmont.

“What I really like about the projects this office has under its belt is the number of office buildings, tenant improvements, and hotels they’re doing,” Passanante said. “This is the type of work that keeps engineers and designers like us fresh and pushes us to find innovative ways to save energy, not only saving our building owners money, but making buildings healthier.”

Passanante is a registered professional engineer, a registered communications distribution designer, and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He, his wife and two children have made their home in Scripps Ranch.


Submitted by Syska Hennessy Group San Diego

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Syska Hennessy Group Executive(s):

Donald Kimper

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John Passanante

  • Senior Vice President

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