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Design Group Associate/Senior Architectural Designer/Facilities Technologist

Department: Plant Operations, Design and Construction Services Effective Date: July, 2013
Grade:

USG 11-12

35 hr/wk

Reports to: Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect

General Accountability

This position is accountable to the Director  Design and Construction Services/University Architect  for the provision of estimates and cost effective designs meeting client requirements, current codes and regulations, architectural practices and University standards; for timely preparation of drawings and documents for purchases or bidding, awards and construction of alterations, renovations, replacement, upgrading to existing buildings, structures, graphics and landscaping and to assist the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect with his/her duties.

 

This position will provide advice and guidance to various designers to assist with resolving design issues and coordinate the design activity of various disciplines.

 

The incumbent is expected to work with little supervision, to substitute for the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect occasionally, and to assist in setting priorities and provide architectural guidance to the P.Engs., Senior Furnishings Co-ordinator/Designer, Architectural Technologists, Facilities Technologists and co-op students in training.

 

Nature and Scope

The Design and Construction section of Plant Operations consists of three disciplines; Architectural/Furnishings, Engineering and Construction Co-ordination/Inspection, each staffed with several personnel and led by the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect.

 

Projects are received by the Design Section as work requests from numerous academic, administrative, student and Plant Operations clients with whom the incumbent must communicate. In work with architectural content, the incumbent determines project requirements, inspects the affected area and furnishes proposed solutions or alternatives with target completion dates and an accurate construction estimate for the client’s budget. Co-ordination with other design groups is necessary. All work is to be conducted in a safe manner.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Where alterations to furniture layouts and the purchasing of new standard furniture for small projects  is relatively simple, the incumbent will prepare estimates, drawings and purchase requisitions with guidance from the Senior Architectural/Furnishings Co-ordinator/Designer.

 

This position prepares designs, sketches, layouts, final drawings, and specifies materials, capacities, tolerances, finishes, strengths, production and construction methods. Selects products from catalogues, technical literature and experience for suitability, availability and cost. Prepares tender documents, job instructions, requests for quotations and purchase requisitions with minor guidance.

 

Recommends capable bidders from a qualified contractor list which he/she helps maintain. Meets with contractors and suppliers on site during tender periods. Issues addendums, receives and reviews tenders under the guidance of the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect and obtains client and financial approvals before preparing documents for award or purchase.

 

Resolves problems during construction when assistance is requested by the Construction Co-ordinator/Inspectors. Prepares change notices and change orders, does reviews and inspections of projects as warranted and reviews shop drawings and proposals submitted by contractors and suppliers.

 

At the completion of a work request, updates relevant CAD master drawings before the file is complete.

 

Undertakes studies, reports, data recording and analysis.

 

Provides advice and guidance to the operating sections in solving maintenance and operating problems.

 

This position has a direct effect on the safety, morale and working environment of the University community by the design of efficient and pleasant working spaces and on occasion, the proper selection of furnishings. The cost of maintenance is affected by the selection of cost effective materials, finishes and furnishings.

 

Numerous projects are underway at any time, the incumbent must therefore be well organized and have strong communication skills to be successful.

 

 

Statistical Data

Approximately 400 work requests, with a total construction value of over five million dollars, are processed annually by the Design and Construction Services section. This does not include special projects i.e. additions to existing buildings or new buildings which are administered by Plant Operations and designed by outside consultants.

Specific Accountabilities

Provide advice and guidance to various designers at resolving design issues and coordinate the design activity of  various disciplines.

 

Maintain Master Specifications as well as CAD Drafting Standards.

 

With guidance from the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect  determine and meet client requirements for space utilization or repair/replacement of building components with cost effective design proposals and solutions that are functional and pleasing, yet complying with codes and standards.

 

Prepare accurate preliminary and final estimates and sketches for proposals to assist the clients in budgetary control.

 

Prepare in a timely manner clear architectural drawings, specifications and all necessary

 

documents for quotations, tenders, contract  awards and purchases for installations,  and construction.       

 

At the completion of a work request, works at updating relevant CAD master drawings before the file is closed.

 

Perform as Owners representative when periodically meeting Contractors during tender periods, when resolving problems and performing reviews and inspections of installations, construction and major alterations.

 

Maintain proficiency in the use of current versions of Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) software used in the department.

 

Substitute for the Director Design and Construction Services/University Architect occasionally.                                                  

 

Provide advice and guidance to the operating sections in solving operating problems as it relates to design work.


Input time in the electronic time reporting system on a daily basis and keep time sheets up to date.

 

Perform other duties as assigned.                                                                

Working Conditions