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Who We Are.

DEC Engineers and Michael Wall Engineering have been leading engineering firms for over two decades. After exponential growth, the two companies united to form Akela Engineering.

Akela Engineering is dedicated to delivering innovative design and sophisticated solutions to complex challenges. Our culture emphasizes a collaborative wolf pack approach.

Carrying on the traditions built by the previous firms, our wolf pack will continue to evolve into a prominent engineering firm delivering results for our clients and communities.

Akela is a Michael Baker company, a leading engineering and consulting services firm with an 80-year legacy of excellence.

Who We Serve.


Life Science




Multi Family




What We Do.

Akela provides full-service mechanical and plumbing engineering for renovation/retrofit of existing facilities, and planning and designing new buildings. We offer a complete range of mechanical design, evaluation, and support services. Our engineering specialists have experience in virtually every facet of the discipline, from planning studies to detailed design of small and large mechanical systems, related controls, and auxiliaries.

We strive to provide superior quality and value through a higher level of professional engineering services. Our effective use of technology allows us to achieve high productivity while maintaining quality. In our commitment to client satisfaction, we optimize design with a focus on constructability and provide building systems that are both sustainable and cost effective.

Our project experience is based with a solid foundation of public section projects including school districts, municipalities, universities, city, state and military projects. This foundation in detailed “plan and spec” design has led to many successful projects both during the design and construction periods; but also in the lasting operation of the HVAC and plumbing systems.

  • Chilled Water Plants
  • Heating Plants
  • Piping Distribution
  • Ducts
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Clean Room
  • DDC Controls
  • Commercial Plumbing
  • Natural Gas
  • Compressed Air
  • Laboratories
  • Solar DHW Systems
  • Kitchen Plumbing

Since 1996, our professionally registered electrical engineers have consistently delivered cost-effective, constructible solutions to complex electrical design challenges. We provide consulting solutions, calculations, and construction documents. Our team is committed to providing quality services ensuring projects are on time and within budget.

  • Emergency Power Generation
  • Medium Voltage Distribution
  • Renewable Energy Systems
  • Uninterruptible Power Supply
  • Harmonics/Power Quality Analysis
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Power Conditioning
  • Specialty Grounding
  • Hazardous Occupancies
  • Short Circuit and Coordination Studies
  • Arc Flash Analysis
  • Overhead Pole Line Sag & Tension

Akela offers a dedicated team of professionals that focus exclusively on building commissioning. We partner with teams from design to construction and occupancy to offer full-service functional testing for Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Energy systems. Our team serves as a single point of expertise to unite owners, contractors, and building operators to achieve project goals, while reducing costly construction changes. Our team brings forward over 30 years of experience commissioning all types of buildings.

  • Chilled Water Plants
  • Heating Plants
  • Piping Distribution
  • Ducts
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Clean Room
  • DDC Controls
  • Commercial Plumbing
  • Natural Gas
  • Compressed Air
  • Laboratories
  • Solar DHW Systems
  • Kitchen Plumbing

Akela provides mechanical, plumbing, and electrical design and engineering that incorporates sustainability, resilience, and highly efficient elements and feature to reduce carbon footprint. Since inception, our team has been at the forefront of LEED, US Green Building Council, and Guiding Principles for Sustainable Buildings. We have achieved Silver, Gold, and Platinum certifications on innumerable facilities.

Akela has proven its capabilities as a leader in LEED and sustainable design covering commercial, office, retail, K-12 and higher education, governmental, and laboratory projects. Occupant and environmental health is an important aspect of the planning and designing of our facilities.

Our LEED Accredited Professionals add an extensive level of expertise in the sustainable sector to support and augment energy projects nationwide. We have an extensive portfolio in power and energy system design and consulting, representing over 900MW of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) delivered to our team.

  • Microgrid Power Systems
  • Microgrid SCADA Systems
  • Photovoltaic Systems (PV)
  • Energy Storage Systems (ESS)
  • Hybrid Renewables (PV+ESS)
  • Electrical Vehicle Charging (EV)
  • Vehicle to Grid (V2G)
  • Interconnection Analysis/Applications
  • Medium Voltage (Up to 69kV) Systems
  • DC Systems
  • Energy Analysis
  • Energy Audits
  • LEED energy analysis

Akela is dedicated to excellence in architectural lighting design to complement and extend the architect’s and interior designer’s visions. Our designs are focused and thorough to ensure complete integration with construction documentation.

We provide sophisticated and innovative lighting solutions that supplement the design concepts of the building or space. By providing multiple layers and hierarchy of light our lighting designs create atmosphere, influence mood, enhance function, and enable wayfinding.

Akela uses Photoshop to visualize lighting performance during the conceptual design phase. We use AGi32 photometric rendering software to accurately render the proposed illumination, compare alternate lighting products, and validate visual expectations. We employ project specific cost analysis to make sure our clients receive the appropriate value for the lighting materials we specify.

  • Architectural Lighting Design
  • Full-Service Design
  • Consulting Services
  • Integration with Architecture
  • Integration with Engineering
  • Title 24 Consulting
  • 3D Photometric Renderings
  • Daylighting Design & Analysis
  • Lighting Cost Analysis
  • LEED Platinum certifications
  • Title 24 Compliant Controls
  • Theatrical LED Lighting
  • Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Consumption
  • Building Façade Illumination

Akela offers technology systems designs to support our clients’ needs including fire alarm, voice/data, electronic security, and audio-visual systems. For voice/data designs, we offer in-house Registered Communication Distribution Designers (RCDD) in compliance with EIA/TIA standards to ensure BICSI-certified quality. Our technology designs support a wide range of project types including K-12 schools, universities, multifamily residences, military, and more.

Voice/Data Systems:

  • Local Area Networks (LAN)
  • Wide Area Networks (WAN)
  • Wireless Access Points (WAP)
  • Paging Systems
  • Nurse Call Systems

Fire Alarm Systems:

  • High Rise Life Safety Systems
  • California DSA Systems

Electronic Security Systems:

  • Video Surveillance
  • Access Control
  • Intrusion Alarm
  • Mass Notification

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(858) 812-9157

Michael Baker Company

Michael Baker Company

Corporate Office:
2550 Fifth Avenue
Suite 810
San Diego, CA 92103


San Diego:
10150 Meanley Drive
Suite 250
San Diego, CA 92131

Orange County / Los Angeles:
4770 Campus Drive
Suite 200
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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