The position is located within the DC Public Library (DCPL). Under the guidance of the Assistant Director of Capital Planning and Construction, the Project Manager (Capital) is responsible for the planning and execution of capital projects including new construction, raze and rebuilds, facility renovations/retrofits. The PMC is engaged in the design and construction of public libraries in the District of Columbia, manages all phases of the design and construction process from preliminary feasibility studies to commissioning and start-up of a new (or renovated) public library. The PMC will work in collaboration with internal and external teams including design & construction firms, construction managers, trade contractors, utility companies, furniture, fixtures and equipment suppliers, and other service providers.
The PMC will report directly to the Assistant Director of Capital Planning & Construction. This position is a 13-month term position subject to renewal based on the funding status of projects and performance. Assignments in the first three months will be more narrow in scope with extensive guidance from the supervisor and subsequent assignments will be broader in scope with reduced supervisory guidance.
The project manager is responsible for technical services, design and construction management activities for the DCPL’ capital projects. Participates with the Director of Capital Projects in defining the goals of the projects and in providing details for accomplishing such goals.
Reviews construction drawings and specifications; attends pre-bid and bid opening meetings to discuss principal construction features and requirements relating to means and methods; and informs contractors of requirements concerning easements, rights-of-way, and utility services.
Works with design professionals in establishing design drawings, building programs to assure that the library design guidelines are meet.
Informs contractors of requirements for construction scheduling, progress reporting, safety measures, wage and hour law observances, labor relations and payroll records. monitors prime and sub-contractor requirements, establishes and implements controls for change orders and other construction related documents.
Reviews and monitors data recording and reporting as well as reviews Submittals and Requests for information (RFI’s), Architectural/Engineering clarifications (AEC’s) and Preliminary and Final As-Built Drawings. The project manager records changes and modifications to contract drawings and specifications to ensure that any changes or modifications are incorporated into the Final As-Built Drawings.
Supervises inspection and inspection consultants of construction operations for compliance with design intent and specifications, interprets plans and specifications and confers with contractor representatives to resolve differences of opinions. Advises that contracting officer on the need for contract change orders, taking into consideration site conditions, field measurements, computations, and local prices.
In conjunction with the contractor, coordinates construction operations with any state, local and Federal agencies involved in the renovation and construction of library buildings.
The incumbent provides policy and technical recommendations to the Assistant Director of Capital Planning and Projects, supporting agencies, contractors and vendors relating to the construction, renovation and refurbishment of DCPL’s branch and central library structures.
Prepares and submits field logs, reports and other information that, at a minimum, details project cost, progress, and outstanding issues with recommended solutions.
Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, Engineering, Real Estate, or Construction Management or other related fields plus a minimum of 5 years in the AEC industry with a minimum of 1 year in an owner’s project delivery team. Direct experience in planning, design and construction of Mixed-use, Cultural, Retail, Civic or innovative workspace or learning environments. LEED accreditation, professional registration
Master’s degree in the built environment-related field or PMP Certification preferred. In addition, the following is required:
Demonstrated understanding of technical and administrative management techniques to plan, organize, coordinate, implement and control one or more design and/or construction projects.
Demonstrated understanding of economics, planning, design, construction and construction practices in order to serve as project manager for assigned projects from the planning stage through the design, construction, and equipment installation stages, to the move-in stage, or other project completion milestones.
.Thorough knowledge of all safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner and to initiate or take corrective action on unsafe conditions in managed projects.
Ability to develop written documents and presentations that integrate highly specialized and complex structural engineering viewpoints into coherent, and complete form. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to explain design and construction concepts to non-experts.
Ability to make independent decisions and recommendations on layout and scheduling of construction/renovation operations, site inspections, materials, and contract specifications and compliance requirements.
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