Garth N. Ornelas

Associate II


Garth Ornelas has experience in a wide variety of occupancies. His work includes building and fire code analysis, performance-based design, fire protection/detection system consulting, fire modeling, and wildland fire analysis.








Smoke Control System Design

  • Pechanga Hotel High-Rise - Temecula, CA: Smoke control system rational analysis report, smoke control plans, and tenability analysis*
  • 1669 North Reno High-Rise - Reno, NV: Smoke control system rational analysis report*
  • Manchester Pacific Gateway - San Diego, CA: Smoke control system rational analysis report and tenability analysis*


Fire Modeling/Alternate Design

  • 1420 Kettner - San Diego, CA:  Conversion of existing active smoke control system to passive system with enhanced detection*
  • Pechanga Glass Atrium Alternate - Temecula, CA: Alternative design analysis to omit automatic sprinklers in exchange for an enhanced detection system*


Wildland-Urban Interface Evaluation

  • 9625 Town Centre Drive - San Diego, CA: Wildland fire modeling to evaluate ignition of exposed cross-laminated timber*
  • Scripps-Mercy Jones House - San Diego, CA: Wildland fire modeling to evaluate exposure hazard from wildland area*
  • Watermark Del Mar - Del Mar, CA: Fire protection plan*


Fire Protection and Building Code Consulting

  • Town and Country Hotel - San Diego, CA: Fire Protection and egress code consulting*
  • U.S.S Missouri Battleship - Honolulu, HI: Performance-based egress analysis of existing battleship museum in Pearl Harbor*
  • Energy Storage System Installation - Various Locations: Code Consulting and lithium-ion battery risk assessment
  • High-Rise Building - San Diego, CA: Facade field investigation
  • Confidential Project - Oxnard, CA: Code consulting


HAZMAT Code Consulting

  • Maxwell Technologies - San Diego, CA: Hazardous material code consulting*
  • Piercan Industries - San Diego, CA: Hazardous material code consulting*

*Indicates with previous firm

Professional Affiliations

Society of Fire Protection Engineers - San Diego Chapter


Fire Protection Engineer in CA


Southwestern University
Bachelor of Science, Physics, 2011

California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Master of Science, Fire Protection Engineering, 2017