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Dean Petersen

Division President, LEED AP

Hughes Marino

2 Park Plaza
Suite 750
Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: (949) 333-3111



Dean Petersen is president of Hughes Marino’s Project Management Division. He leads a team of six LEED accredited project managers that integrate programming, design development, and construction due diligence and controls into the commercial 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 clients, 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 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 Hughes Marino in 2006, Dean served as a senior project manager for 10 years with Johnson & Jennings, one of the leading general contracting firms in Southern California. Before that, Dean was a project manager with Swinerton & Walberg and director of tenant improvements and project manager at Koll Construction.

Over Dean’s career, he has been responsible for the management of more than six million square feet of design and construction valued in excess of $600 million. Dean’s notable tenant improvement projects include: WD-40’s Corporate Headquarters (42,000 SF two-story building reimaging and interior improvements); GenMark Diagnostics (33,000 SF of medical device manufacturing with clean and dry rooms); FFF (20,000 SF of office, 80,000 SF of climate controlled warehouse with 15,000 SF of high bay refrigerated/freezer storage rooms); Procopio (105,000 SF, LEED Gold, six 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, now acquired by FTD Companies, (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); Cooley Godward (135,000 SF); 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); and Bumble Bee Seafoods (30,000 SF, LEED Silver, historic building renovation).

In addition, Dean’s ground up construction and building renovation examples include: Viejas Casino and Resort (159 room, five-story hotel, 25,000 SF of casino remodel and expansion, three restaurants); a medical office ground up project for Family Health Centers of San Diego, 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 ground up 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, and together they love boating, fishing, traveling, and most of all visiting their children and grandsons.

  • 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 — Board of Directors