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
Professional Engineer in OR


Southwestern University
Bachelor of Science, Physics, 2011

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