Primary Function: Manage capital projects from programming through project close-out and commissioning, with primary focus on major renovations and new construction. Act as the owner’s representative in ensuring compliance with programmatic requirements, applicable codes, industry standards, best practices, specifications and incorporation of Sewanee building standards into every project. Liaison with university user groups affected by projects, providing clear communications, explaining design plans, and managing expectations. Coordinate small to medium deferred maintenance and capital renewal projects, while minimizing disruption to normal operations, and supporting the academic mission. In support of the Sustainability Master Plan, coordinate with the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (OESS) all issues surrounding sustainable design and construction, including building to LEED standards.
Typical Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Working as part of the project team, with architects, engineers, construction management firms, and other consultants, act as the owner’s rep for new construction, deferred maintenance, and renovation projects. 2. Manage planning, budgeting, design, consultant and contractor selection, pre-construction, bidding, value engineering, agency approvals, construction management, quality assurance/inspections, and closeout. Conduct feasibility analyses and cost estimating for requested projects. 3. As needed, prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes, and additions to contractual agreements with consultants, suppliers, and subcontractors.
4. Inspect and review projects to ensure compliance with building and safety codes, industry standards, best practices, specifications and incorporation of Sewanee building standards into every project.
5. Coordinate project activities with University departments such as Public Safety, Information Technology, Events, University administrators, and project stakeholders, to ensure that all parties are well-informed and that work proceeds on schedule with minimal impact to University operations. Research, prepare, and present reports and presentations as requested.
6. For smaller projects, where the University acts as the general contractor, schedule the project in logical steps and budget time required to meet deadlines, prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with consultants, suppliers, and subcontractors.
7. Obtain all necessary permits and licenses
8. Working with the Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability (OESS), the PPS Trades Managers, and the PPS Grounds Manager, develop and maintain a Sewanee Building Standards document, which provides standards for building materials and best practices for construction project management, which will be utilized by all consultants and contractors who do work at Sewanee.
9. Serve on facility design committees for new capital projects and other related University committees as needed.
10. Exercise foresight and good judgment in order to recognize when problems are developing in projects, and then initiate appropriate corrective actions to manage budget, schedule, quality, and client expectations
11. Perform other duties as assigned
12. Uphold University mission through work performed.
13. Manage commissioning and project close-out for all capital projects.
14. Serve as the construction manager throughout the construction process.
15. Work closely and communicate effectively with the Director of Campus Planning, Design and Construction regarding project status updates, addressing issues, concerns, and project needs in a responsive and timely manner.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, construction management, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: 5-10 years of experience in the development and delivery of capital projects in higher education, including building renovations, new construction, and infrastructure improvements, from programming through construction and project close-out. Knowledge of building codes and ADA requirements, and the ability to review design documents for compliance is required. Knowledge and experience in the renovation of buildings, including building systems, design processes, and multiple methods of project delivery. Knowledge, experience, and a successful track record in managing capital projects and project delivery in budget and on schedule. Knowledge and experience in the renovations and adaptive re-use of historic buildings is preferred.
Job Related Skills: Excellent communication and time management skills, ability to multi-task and function effectively in emotionally sensitive and high-pressure situations. Working knowledge of AutoCAD is preferred, and formal AutoCAD training is desirable. Proficiency in Excel, Word, and project management software. Knowledge of construction practices, principles of the AEC field, design and construction means and methods and industry standard project management processes.
Licenses/Certification:Architectural license preferred. LEED Green Associate or LEED AP preferred
Physical: Must be able to stand for extended periods of time, Must be able to walk for extended periods of time, Must be able to climb (many stairs, ladders), Must be able to crawl and or kneel, Must be able to push and/or pull objects, Must be able to navigate steep and rough terrain, Must be able to use feet for repetitive tasks, Must be able to use hands for repetitive tasks, Must be able to lift between 21-50 pounds (Medium work), Must be able to carry between 21-50 pounds (Medium work). Normal mobility and ability to move around constructions sites and to lift and carry 30 pounds, including up and down stairs.
Employment Prescreening: Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening
The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening.