The Design Project Manager is responsible for managing the predesign and design of moderate to complex Capital Improvement Projects ranging up to $275,000,000 across the University system (building and infrastructure construction). Responsibilities revolve around three primary functions 1) team leadership, 2) project execution – maintaining project scope (program and University-wide), schedule, and budget, while mitigating risk, and 3) communication. Under the direction of the Design Manager, this position engages with appropriate University clients and stakeholders to determine project requirements and then charts a course for project completion with an emphasis on project program, facilitation of predesign, design documents, and design execution. Partnering with CPM Delivery Project Managers and PSRE Planners regarding program, schedule and budget, this position is responsible for managing the day to day design activities necessary to drive the successful completion of each Capital Improvement project, as well as general oversight and guidance for teamed projects.
This position will lead a project team through the design process, or co-lead when teamed, for Capital Improvement Projects ranging up to $275,000,000. The Design Project Manager is the initial point of client/user contact, providing guidance for all team members involved in each project. The project team includes: University Clients, University Internal Partners, other CPM Delivery Project Managers (when teamed), Design Professionals, Contractors, and Vendors.
Responsibilities for team leadership include:
Building relationships with and engaging clients and stakeholders
Monitoring program alignment and design quality
Design adherence to scope, schedule and budget
Providing consistent project delivery throughout CPM project management
Teaming with Delivery Project Managers and Project Coordinators, as well as Planners, to provide oversight and guidance
Keeping CPM leadership informed as to project status or issues
This position represents the University's interests during all phases of the design and construction process, with an emphasis on project initiation, scoping, feasibility, budgeting, predesign, schematic design and design development. The Design Project Manager will also provide design continuity for the project during construction documents, bidding, construction, occupancy and project closeout phases.
Responsibilities for project execution include:
Project Initiation, Procurement,
Team Management, and Evaluation of the Work. Highlighted examples include:
Initiation (including but not limited to):
Partnering with Construction Project Manager to develop overall planning schedule to achieve project goals
Design Schedule development
Assembling the project team and recommending appropriate project delivery method
Working with clients to develop project program requirements
Implementing internal partners/stakeholder requirements as appropriate
Obtaining required approvals from CPM leadership and providing support to the Project Executive Committee, Capital Oversight Group (COG), and Board of Regents
Partnering with Construction Project Manager to review budget and funding authorization
Procurement and Contract Management (including but not limited to):
Developing appropriate scope of services and pursuing proposals for design services
Participating in negotiation of fee and business terms & conditions of the contract(s)
Directing the work of consultants and maintaining a clear understanding of the consultant’s scope of services
Ensuring adherence to consultant contract terms & conditions
Aggressively resolving issues relative to design performance
Review/evaluate cost quotations, invoices, payment applications, and proposed change orders
Evaluation of the Work, Budget and Schedule Management (including but not limited to):
Understanding University-wide established processes, policies and guidelines necessary to complete a project
Determining and balancing University needs, client program requirements, and project budget
Reviewing/guiding individual design choices and decisions
Recommending and managing appropriate project contingencies
Responding to key schedule milestones
Ensuring University-wide interests are represented, rather than a singular project program; including: Master Plan, Design Guidelines, B3 Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) Energy Standard, Operations/Maintenance, and Construction Standards.
This position manages the flow of information between parties and requires constant and accurate communication in order to successfully plan, execute, and complete each Capital Improvement Project. There are many facets and variables to each construction project along with a team of internal and external participants; effective communication is essential to maintain continuity throughout the project’s duration and achieve the desired end result.
Responsibilities for communication include:
Leading design progress meetings
Timely and concise explanation of issues and decisions
Leading Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings through Design Development to review design alignment with scope, schedule and budget
Engaging internal partners for input and document review
Ensuring accurate and timely Project Executive Committee meetings, COG meetings, and Regent submittals
Informing CPM leadership of significant developments on a timely basis
Office environments, typically, with periodic visits to construction sites.
Professional degree in Architecture, Interior Design, or related discipline, plus eight years of progressively more responsible experience in institutional/commercial/industrial construction
Licensed Architect, Certified Interior Designer, or equivalent design professional license/certification
Demonstrated success managing to scope, schedule and budget for mid- to large complex construction projects. Direct work experience must include design and project management experience
Personal computer experience with strong computer skills in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and graphics presentation for Windows (MS Office Suite, InDesign, SketchUp)
Experience working with confidential and sensitive information
Project management/design emphasis on clinical and research laboratory projects
Public sector project management experience
Bluebeam, AutoCAD and/or BIM software skills
Experience with software database systems for project management, such as Tririga
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of architectural design principles and their application to built form.
Customer service and well-developed oral and written communication skills with a diverse population.
Ability to lead, manage and motivate project team to achieve the project’s goals.
Conflict management, negotiation and problem resolution skills.
Organizational and time management skills.
Facilities planning and construction management processes and procedures.
Knowledge of estimating, budgeting and scheduling practices.
Knowledge of current status of costs of new construction, escalation factors and market trends.
Knowledge of building codes and standards of practice.
Knowledge of construction materials and methods.
Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently, multi-task, and establish priorities.
Ability to work as a part of CPM’s team of Architects, Project Managers and Project Coordinators on large significant complex projects
Internal Number: 331635
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