ArtSci’s Senior Lighting Designers


Diane Borys

Brian Hahnlen

As a Senior Lighting Designer and Project Manager, Brian Hahnlen, LC, EIT, has over 15 years of award-winning lighting design and leadership experience. He’s taught lighting at the graduate level and is skilled in educating and collaborating with architectural teams and owners. Brian’s experience developing aesthetically appropriate, energy-efficient illumination systems span a variety of project types ranging from commercial, cultural, entertainment, theatrical, retail, academic, sport venue, and healthcare to luminare manufacturing and controls integration. He is an expert at daylight design as a tool for manipulating light to complement the architectural vision for any space. Brian has won several IIDA Awards, IES Awards and holds a patent for his work with lighting controls. Contact Brian for the architectural lighting design of your next project in the Orange County and Los Angeles areas.  

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High-rise Highlights: What’s UP at MWE?

Michael Wall Engineering has been busy working on some notable high-rise projects throughout Southern California.

820 Olive Street – Los Angeles
496,596SF, 48-story mixed-use residential building, with 509 units, seven levels of parking (514 spaces) and 4,500SF of retail space

Developer: Onni Group
Architect: Chris Dikeakos Architects
General Contractor: Onni Group 

Alexan San Diego – San Diego
301,460SF, 19-story, 320-unit $79 million design-build apartment building, 135,405SF, 377 spaces of below-grade parking, and roof/pool deck

Developer: Trammell Crow Residential
Architect: Joseph Wong Design Associates
General Contractor: Swinerton Builders
Electric Contractor: Baker Electric

Ballpark Village – San Diego

1,473,254SF site area, with design-build bridging documents for a $250 million, 37-story apartment building with 378 units and three 6-story buildings (342 total units), parking structure for 1,220 vehicles and over 50,000SF of retail space

Developer: JMI/Greystar
Architect: Carrier Johnson
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company

Marriott Lane Field Hotel – San Diego

450,000SF, 18-story $130 million design-build hotel with 400 guest rooms, 400-space garage, and 27,000SF of retail space and hotel offices

Developer: Lankford Phelps Portman Lane Field
Architect: John Portman & Associates
General Contractor: Hensel Phelps
Electric Contractor: HMT Electric, Inc.

3033 Wilshire Boulevard – Los Angeles

371,717SF, 18-story, $107 million design-build apartment building with 190 units, 124,332SF (300 stalls) of above-grade parking, 5,500SF of retail space, and a roof-level kitchen, lounge and fitness room

Developer: UDR
Architect: Steinberg Architects
General Contractor: Swinerton Builders
Electric Contractor: Baker Electric

Sempra Energy Headquarters – San Diego

323,000SF, 16-story $120 million built-to-suit design-build office tower with three stories of below-grade parking and three stories of above-grade parking

Developer: Cisterra Development
Architect: Carrier Johnson
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Electric Contractor: Morrow Meadows Corporation

Gaslamp Courtyard Marriott – San Diego

12-story $20 million design-build downtown hotel with 90 guest rooms, fitness area, entry lobby bar and lounge and rooftop bar

Developer: J Street Hospitality
Architect: Awbrey Cook Rogers McGill
General Contractor: Swinerton Builders
Electric Contractor: Bergelectric

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Back to School with MWE


Michael Wall Engineering has completed notable projects at 8 of 10 University of California campuses, including, most recently, the following:

UC Irvine – Mesa Court Student Housing
  • 255,000SF (3) six-story towers, 500 beds
  • Design-build with Hensel Phelps & Mithūn

UCLA – Saxon Suites
  • Renovation of 384-bed student housing
  • Addition of a new commons building
  • Design-bid-build with Studio E Architects
UC San Francisco – Neurosciences Center
  • 124,000SF academic/research laboratory
  • Laboratory electrical work for RFD
UC Santa Barbara – Henley Hall
  • 15,612SF academic lab and lab support
  • Laboratory electrical work for RFD
UCSD – The Village at Torrey Pines
  • 240,000SF, 807 apartment style beds
  • 13-story Tower, (4) 4-story low-rise
  • Design-build with Clark & Carrier Johnson

Contact MWE for your next project!

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MWE Completes 1,100,000SF County Project


Michael Wall Engineering is proud to have partnered with RJC Architects and Lowe Enterprises during the 7-year design phase of the 1,110,000SF, $475 million San Diego County Operations Center project. 

What’s exciting?

  • SDG&E’S Energy Champion/”Best New Building”
  • California Center for Sustainable Energy’s “Outstanding Building of 2011”

  • Conference Center: LEED Platinum 
  • Office Buildings: LEED Gold
  • Hazard Way Complex: LEED Certified 
  • Lighting design achieved an average of 28% below Title 24 
  • Overall site is served by a 1200A 12kV SDG&E service 
  • 12kV loop sectionalized by four SF6 gas switches
  • 5MW of paralleled diesel generation sized to power the entire complex

Thanks to the leadership provided by the County of San Diego, RJC Architects, and Lowe Enterprises in delivering a successful project!

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Meet MWE’s Technology Expert

Michael Wall Engineering offers a variety of low voltage systems design services, including: 
  • Voice/Data
  • Fire Alarm
  • Security
  • Server Room
  • Audio Visual
  • Nurse Call 

Guy Carpino, P.E., RCDD, and Principal at Michael Wall Engineering, has over 17 years of electrical engineering experience and is an expert in Power Systems, voice/data (Information Transport Systems, ITS), and solar photovoltaic/ renewable energy systems design. Guy joined MWE 14 years ago and has been Principal Engineer for hundreds of projects since then, including the recent 1,100,000SF renovation of the San Diego County Operations Center. His many abilities include project management for large critical projects, BIM project management, and team management responsibilities. Contact Guy for your next project.


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