John Passanante leads Syska Hennessy Group’s fast-growing Western region, encompassing more than 115 professionals across three offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
John ensures the highest level of technical excellence, project delivery, client focus, efficient operations and collaboration among project teams and across offices. He oversees all Western region projects in operations for all of our practice areas, including built environments, critical facilities, information and communications technology (ICT) and commissioning.
John began his career with Syska New York in 1997, and relocated to the West Coast in 2014. During his tenure in New York, he led the firm’s ICT and commissioning and facilities management global practice areas. Under John’s leadership, each practice experienced year-over-year growth and increased market share, driven by technical excellence, exceptional client service and operational efficiency. He developed technical benchmarks and project management approaches that have been adopted throughout the Syska organization and that have helped position the firm as a recognized industry standard setter.
John’s most recent collaborations with the West Coast team include projects for ViaSat Inc., Rose Bowl Stadium, Long Beach Courthouse and the world’s first LEED Platinum airport terminal, Terminal 2 West at San Diego International Airport.
John holds a BE in mechanical engineering from The State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is a licensed professional engineer and a registered communications distribution designer (RCDD). He is also a member of the Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), 7×24 Exchange International, Lean Construction Institute (LCI), Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Downtown San Diego Partnership, Project Management Institute (PMI), and American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).