Senior Project Manager, CPD

Jun 16, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: General Summary: Reporting to a member of the Capital Project Delivery leadership team, the Senior Facilities Project Manager is responsible for providing professional project management and leadership on important projects related to the University of Chicago's Research Laboratories and other scientific buildings. These projects include new laboratory installations; modification to existing laboratories plus the installation and modification of all ancillary utility, HVAC and other support systems. The position will also work closely with the university's research divisions and facilities services organization. Functions of this position include, but are not limited to: - Manage the planning, design and execution of major capital projects by providing project leadership, communication, coordination & conflict resolution to ensure project goals are met. - Manage a project portfolio that could range from a single large complex project to a group of projects. - Support the department in pre-project planning activities, including Capital Improvement Plan preparation, submittals & approval processes. - Manage projects from initiation through final project completion and closeout. - Manage and be responsible for project budget, schedule, and procurement of design and construction services. - Provide leadership and drive progress of consultants to achieve expected functionality, architectural design outcomes and recommend alternatives if needed to keep the project on schedule and within budget. - Facilitate timely decisions with campus representatives to report progress and issues impacting the project goals to stakeholders. - Take responsibility for timely and comprehensive communications with all project stakeholders and the larger University community. - Ensure design and construction documents comply with project requirements including established FS processes and standards. - Facilitate timely review of contract documents throughout all phases of the project. Assure that comments are responded to and resolutions of the comments are incorporated into the projects. - Facilitate timely reviews of accessibility, building, fire code, and historic preservation (where applicable) compliance to avoid delays to the project. - Advocate with integrity for the University in contract negotiations. - Review and approve design and construction contracts, changes, technical service contracts, GMP submittals, bid documents, pay applications, in accordance with University policy and FS processes. - Facilitate Departmental and University approvals as required. - Apply departmental project control processes for consistency, to mitigate risks, and to assure compliance with policies, rules and regulations as well as all applicable authorities having jurisdiction. - Primary project liaison with campus stakeholders, facility user groups, operations and University administration throughout the project to ensure timely input, manage expectations, resolve conflicts and facilitate decisions, deliver project on time and within budget and meet or exceed the programmatic and client goals and architectural vision for the project. Senior Project Managers are considered working managers, in that they will be expected to provide technical support to other Project Managers in addition to managing their own projects.

Unit Job Summary: General: Continually communicate between the Capital Project Delivery management team, the staff of Operations and Maintenance and all other University and departmental stakeholders to ensure a common understanding of objectives, resources, and priorities. Ensure client satisfaction by quality work and communication. Ensure that the project's program objectives are met by: Encouraging strong user group involvement Testing of consistency and compatibility of design to end-user needs Developing prioritization of scope and design elements Documenting and defining clear goals for the Project Team Ensuring communication through all stakeholders using feedback and direction Ensures that the project's design objectives and its integration with University standards are met by reviewing design documents for clarity, completeness, coordination of discipline and constructability for use by internal and external parties Assist and/or prepare RFP's for professional consultants, including the A/E, test agencies, commissioning, site surveying, vendors and contractors. Assist and/or prepare & negotiate contracts. Ensures project delivery by performing Pre-Construction and Construction Services: Preconstruction Define the roles and responsibilities of the project team. Develop the master project schedule. Responsible for managing and maintaining project budget: Design Review Specification Review Soliciting or preparing construction cost estimates Value engineering Reconciling construction costs estimates Review of contractors bids Review and negotiate all additional services requests Review and approve A/E and consultant pay applications Review programming process with emphasis on building infrastructure requirements, utilities, mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems. Facilitate and perform value engineering during design and construction phases. Review plans and qualifications prepared by the Architect and Engineers for completeness, constructability, coordination of discipline, adherence to all University guidelines, quality and regulatory agency requirements. Develop logistics and supporting plans (e.g. traffic, staging areas, parking). Responsible for management of permit process. Ensure the maintainability and low life-cycle cost of projects by including operations and maintenance staff in the project team, and developing a commissioning and turnover plan. Construction Responsible for management of the construction process, including: Weekly owner's meetings Establishing and reviewing of project documentation Oversee and/or prepare monthly progress reports Review and approve contractor pay applications Review, negotiate, and approve change orders Maintain quality assurance program Review and approve contractor pay applications Prepare and review itemized breakdowns of additional project costs. Review and recommend contractors schedule of values. Ensure the maintainability and low life-cycle cost of projects by including operations and maintenance staff in the project team, and managing the implementation of the commissioning and turnover plan. Responsible for project close-out including: Managing the punch list Submittal of warranties / guarantees Substantial completion Systems training Certificate of occupancy Record documents Contractor final pay application Manage University move-in process.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree or related degree in architecture, engineering or a construction related field or equivalent job related experience required. Master's degree. Professional License preferred.

Unit Experience: Minimum ten years' experience managing capital projects in a rigorous scientific laboratory environment with a university, biotech, pharmaceutical, process or microelectronics firm or a design and construction firm that supports these industries is required Five years' experience in hospital, state of the art research or educational laboratories, or related commercial or industrial facilities involving specialized processes, procedure rooms, and systems required.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Familiarity with building processes and codes in a variety of settings, and the ability to apply this knowledge to the development of innovative solutions to problems in the design and construction process required. Detailed understanding of building systems, construction practices, contracting procedures, building design methodologies and code requirements required. Demonstrated ability to manage successfully, from the Owner's perspective, the design and construction process for large, complex, building programs within demanding time and cost constraints required. Demonstrated negotiation skills in a management role for high-profile projects with active senior management involvement required. Demonstrated ability to manage project budget in design and construction required. Demonstrated ability to manage preconstruction and construction project schedules required. Comprehensive understanding of project delivery gained through documented education and/or experience required. Strong supervision and management skills required. Strong leadership skills and the ability to drive project teams towards required outcomes required. Ability to work independently with general guidance and direction from Director required. Strong budget and financial management required. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills appropriate to managing the flow of information in support of decision making at the highest management levels of a complex institutional organization required. Demonstrated ability to work with consultants to integrate the detailed functional requirements of departmental user groups with the broader scope project goals of a complex institutional organization preferred. Demonstrated ability to manage large teams in preconstruction, construction and closeout, responsible for coordination, and lead preconstruction thru construction required.

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