John E. Barnett, Jr. | P.E., ATD, EXW | President & Founder

Mr. Barnett is an electrical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech and he has been focused on critical facilities, telecommunications, and data centers for his entire career.
Repeat business from his clients reflects the respect he has gained over the years from other professionals, contractors, owners, and data center users. His projects include not only new 100,000 SF class Tier IV facilities, but also highly complex upgrades in live data centers.

He has developed a team of thoughtful, creative engineers at BCE who are dedicated to quality of design and meeting the needs of their clients.

He is an Uptime Accredited Tier Designer and ACEC Certified Expert Witness.

Contact information:  |  404.382.9551  | LinkedIn

Leah T. Benincasa | P.E., LEED™ AP BD+C, DCEP | Vice President

Ms. Benincasa has been at BCE for over 15 years. She is an engineering graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is a LEED Building Design + Construction Accredited Professional. She has been involved in many LEED™ registered projects, including the first LEED™ Platinum certified building in the Southeast.

Ms. Benincasa is a certified Data Center Energy Practitioner (DCEP) and she is a member of the core team for capacity planning for several large financial institution data centers. Her responsibilities include computer equipment plans, management of loads, and circuit assignments in over 200,000 SF of active data centers.

She has served as Project Manager for the firm on a variety of projects in the areas of higher education, Athletic Facilities, K-12, Housing and Commercial. Responsibilities included production of electrical systems design, BIM design, and construction administration.

Ms. Benincasa is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia and North Carolina.

Contact information:  |  404.382.9554 | LinkedIn

Mihai Sterescu | P.E., RCDD, ATD | Vice President

Mr. Sterescu graduated from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia, Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer (ATD) and Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD).

Since joining BCE in 1999, Mr. Sterescu has participated in the design of many mission-critical projects, including complex reliability analysis of power systems using Markov modeling.

Mr. Sterescus experience includes numerous difficult upgrades in existing mission critical facilities. He has demonstrated creative thinking in solving complex problems. On many projects, his innovative ideas reduced the risk to the facility while saving construction cost and time. On a recent data center upgrade project, in a building with limited vertical space for overhead feeders, his design, not only made the construction of the project possible, but saved millions of dollars, compared to other design options.

Contact information:  |  404.382.9556  |  LinkedIn

Wayne I. Patton | Project Manager | Electrical Design

Mr. Patton has been with Barnett Consulting Engineers, Inc. since inception of the Company.

His broad overall experience in various type facilities has given him a strong background in the design of high reliable systems of all types.

He has distinguished himself as lead designer/project engineer on many significant projects during his combined 30+ years of engineering and construction experience. In addition to project management duties, he continues to function as a key design engineer on numerous major renovations and power system upgrades for complex facilities.

Contact information:  |  404.382.9552 |  LinkedIn

Taylor F. Peeples | P.E. | Project Manager

Ms. Peeples graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Ms. Peeples has received extensive training in performing power studies using in SKM Power Tools for Windows software. She has completed power studies for several major financial institution data centers where she coordinated the overcurrent protective devices, performed arc flash risk assessment, and provided equipment labels for Arc Flash and Shock Hazard safety.

Ms. Peeples has worked as lead engineer on several renovation and new construction projects within the firm. These project responsibilities include production of BIM models and drawings, designing power, lighting, and fire alarm systems, and construction administration.

She is a registered Professional Engineer in Georgia.

Contact information:  |  404.382.9555 |  LinkedIn