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Dean Petersen

Division President, LEED AP

Hughes Marino

Phone: 1-844-NO-CONFLICT



Dean Petersen is president of Hughes Marino, leading a team of six project managers to integrate design and construction due diligence and controls into the real estate process. Dean has over 35 years of construction and project management experience, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in construction engineering from Iowa State University.

Dean brings his strong leadership style and exceptional communication skills to deliver projects on time and on budget for Hughes Marino customers, all while fitting within the client’s aesthetic goals. Dean’s cutting-edge knowledge of project cost estimating, scheduling, quality control, contract administration and construction means and methods ensures that clients get what they want as the end result. These skills, combined with over three decades in the California construction market, offer clients a wealth of information in evaluating their options during leasing, design and construction. Hughes Marino takes pride in putting together project teams that work well together and fit with the client’s unique scope of work and personal style, to make every project a success for all involved.

Prior to joining the Hughes Marino team in 2006, Dean served as a senior project manager with Johnson & Jennings for 10 years, one of the top tenant improvement contractors in Southern California. There he was responsible for special clean room and lab projects, and high-end tenant improvements for some of the largest law firms and corporate headquarters in the region. Before that, Dean was a project manager with Swinerton & Walberg, and director of tenant improvements and a project manager at Koll Construction.

Over Dean’s career, he has been responsible for the management of more than five million square feet of construction valued in excess of $300 million. Dean’s notable tenant improvement projects include: GenMark DX (33,000 SF of medical device manufacturing with clean and dry rooms); Procopio (105,000 SF, LEED Gold, six floors and another project of 70,000 SF, nine floors); Entropic Communications (130,000 SF, two floors, data center, electronics lab and generator backup); aTyr Pharmaceutical (17,000 SF biology and chemistry labs with vivarium); Provide Commerce (135,000 SF, five floors, call center, data center, generator backup); ecoATM (54,000 SF, LEED Silver, call center, data center, generator backup); American Specialty Health (170,000 SF, 11 floors); Ophthonix (45,000 SF medical device manufacturing); Nicholas Applegate (63,000 SF, four floors); Competitor Group (57,000 SF); Cooley Godward (135,000 SF); DLA Piper (95,000 SF law offices and data center); Latham & Watkins (75,000 SF, LEED Gold, three floors and another project of 100,000 SF, four floors); JAMS (10 different projects around the country from 15,000 SF to 33,000 SF); Bumble Bee Foods (30,000 SF, LEED Silver, historic building renovation).

In addition, Dean’s ground-up construction and building renovation examples include: a medical office ground up project for Family Health HITEC (40,000 SF); ground-up and historical building remodel for Francis Parker Lower School (35,000 SF); ground-up renovations and tenant improvements for Maxwell Technologies (125,000 SF); site work and groundup building for Family Health Services ($9 million and 30,000 SF two story MOB); and site renovations and building remodel for the Lindbergh Field Commuter Terminal ($5.7 million, 60,000 SF).

In his free time Dean enjoys spending time with his wife Jane, including boating, fishing, travel, and most of all visiting his children and grandson.

  • Education
  • — Iowa State University, B.S. in construction engineering
  • Professional Activities
  • — U.S. Green Building Council
  • — LEED Accredited Professional
  • Civic and Charitable Activities
  • — East County Posse — Member