Heitmann and Associates has already been busy at work in California, but the company is officially heralding its presence in the state with next week’s official opening of a new office in the Los Angeles suburb of Pasadena.

Phil DeSautell

The move not only gives the building enclosure consultant company a powerful presence in one of the nation’s biggest markets to go along with existing offices in St. Louis, New York and Phoenix, but also allows executive Phil DeSautell to return home as the company’s new west coast manager.

“I am really thrilled about this opportunity and to be back in California as well,” DeSautell says.

DeSautell, who previously served as Heitmann and Associates’ New York-based eastern regional manager since March 2011, and his wife are both Texas natives, but have spent 18 years living in California over the course of his career and now consider it home.

“It’s really a win-win for everybody,” says company president and CEO Glenn Heitmann. “It gives [DeSautell] and his wife a chance to go back home and, hopefully, gives us a great opportunity as well.”

Heitmann says he had previously considered such a move in years past, but pulled the trigger on the decision this time because the timing was right.

“It’s like asking the stars to align,” he says. “This seemed to be a good opportunity.”

Heitmann and Associates will hardly be strangers to California after the company’s extensive involvement in major projects at the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport, the Wilshire Grand Los Angeles Hotel and the Rincon Hill Phase II in San Francisco.

The newest LAX terminal and its 18 gates are set to open in September.

The new $1 billion project to replace the Wilshire Grand in downtown Los Angeles will be a 73-story tower that includes 900 rooms, according to the Wilshire Grand website. The roughly two million square-foot endeavor is scheduled to open in 2017.

The Rincon Hill Phase II project is a 52-story, 299-unit residential development in San Francisco’s South of Market District. Construction began on the companion to the existing 64-story Phase I tower last summer and is expected to be completed next fall.