Senior Architect Planner is responsible for understanding the current and forecasted space needs of UTMB’s Health System, Academic Enterprise and Institutional Support groups in order to inform facilities programming and space planning for capital projects of various scales. Responsible for assessing UTMB’s space needs and facilities programs in relation to national space planning benchmarks for academic medical centers. Responsible for strategic, front-end planning for both owned and leased facilities in order to ensure that projects align with the Campus Master Plan and Strategic Plan.
Ensures that move-in activities and substantial completion meets standards set forth by UTMB executive leadership. Leads projects during the Programming and Schematic Design phases and collaborates with Facilities Design and Construction project managers / construction managers during the Design Development, Construction Documentation and Activation phases of the projects.
Responsible for planning studies, space gap analysis and master planning activities. Ensures that all guidelines set forth in the Campus Master Plan (design, accessibility, landscape, way finding, art, space standards, etc.) are adhered to on all projects.
REQUIRED EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor Degree in architecture or related field and 8 years of related work experience in architecture and planning.
Specific Job Related Duties
Manage, track and provide planning solutions for internal Real Estate, Space and Capital requests to renovate, reconfigure or expand a department’s space portfolio within UTMB facilities
Develops strategic planning concepts to implement the UTMB Campus Master Plan and other strategic initiatives.
Responsible for programming and planning healthcare, workplace, higher education and research facilities. Position is responsible for ensuring adherence to applicable codes for healthcare facilities, specifically the FGI guidelines.
Responsible for leading projects during the Programming and Schematic Design phases. The Senior Architect - Planner will be a liaison between internal customers, stakeholders and external architectural/engineering consultants.
Supports project managers during Design Development, Construction Documentation and Activation phases of projects. Is responsible for ensuring that the project vision is realized, space is used as intended and assigned to the correct departments in Archibus.
Provides planning expertise for facility planning, products, services and industry benchmarks.
Communicates with and presents project updates at key milestones to departmental and executive leadership.
Develops space planning concepts and programs according to the UTMB Space Management Policy, Campus Master Plan, institutional space standards, furniture standards, architectural guidelines, life safety, accessibility, building code requirements, space adjacencies, equipment, IT needs and space utilization standards, concluding with the appropriate hand-off to the Facilities Design and Construction project team.
Prepares clear and concise presentations for existing or future facilities studies, special projects or other related tasks as required.
Prepares/administers professional agreements.
Evaluates general contractors and Architects/Engineers in relation to projects within the responsibility of this role.
Verifies that the preliminary budget and schedule are consistent with the initial project intent.
Assists with the capital planning and budgeting process, helps develop long-term facilities strategies and communicates with internal and external stakeholders, focusing on the continued success of the institution.
Assists in the preparation of the UTMB Capital Improvement Plan, the Campus Master Plan and any other special studies, reports, proposals or specialized data analysis regarding UTMB facilities.
Interacts with internal customers, project teams and external consultants.
Conducts space surveys in accordance with required standards and procedures, working with the appropriate faculty and staff to ascertain current utilization of the space assigned to their department as required.
Learns new computer software, as the position requires.
Adheres to internal controls and reporting structure.
Performs related duties and special projects as required.
Master of Architecture, Master of Business Administration with architectural background, or Master of Planning
Licensed to practice architecture in the State of Texas
Fluent in Microsoft Office, AutoCad, Archibus, EDMS and SketchUp.
Demonstrated problem solving abilities with experience working on multiple, concurrent projects of various scales.
Excellent communication skills, strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Preferred Work Experience
Experience with academic medical centers.
Internal Number: 67977
About UTMB Health
UTMB is Texas’s oldest academic health center and is committed to the core values of service, diversity, education, innovation, and community. UTMB includes six hospitals, a statewide network of almost 90 outpatient clinics, and advanced research facilities that will include the Galveston National Laboratory. The University is dedicated to addressing the health needs of the region and the medically underserved in Texas and also has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation.
The University of Texas, including a Medical Department located in Galveston, Texas, was founded in 1891. The first session of the Medical Department opened with 23 students and 13 faculty members, who were located in just two buildings. Now known as the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), the facility comprises 54 major buildings on its main campus of 85 acres. UTMB is a health sciences university committed to excellence in the generation, dissemination and application of knowledge to better the health of society. UTMB is also dedicated to caring for special populations, including women and their unborn or newly born children, the indigent, seniors and the incarcerated. The Universit...y continues to honor these commitments by remaining true to its core values of service, education, diversity, innovation and community. UTMB refers to itself as an “academic health center with a soul.”
UTMB currently employs more than 12,000 people, including 1,000 faculty. There are 2,600 students and residents actively pursuing their intellectual and professional development.
The institution’s annual budget is $1.3 billion. In recent years, UTMB has successfully navigated pressures on hospital margins from rising costs, shrinking reimbursement, and growing unsponsored care; reductions in state support for educational programs; and the need to make new investments in buildings and equipment and programs. UTMB has funded its capital needs, including significant new building, through its operating cash flow and capital gifts and has a relatively low debt burden