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Staff Architect and Project Manager

Position Title
Staff Architect and Project Manager
The Opportunity
The Staff Architect/Project Manager responsibilities include management of design and planning services for the Office of Design and Construction, project management of capital construction and controlled maintenance projects including in-house projects. In-house projects include but are not limited to the Mines Capital Request, projects derived from research grants, and maintenance projects requiring professional services. Responsibilities include architectural design for in-house projects.

Project Management Services (capital construction, controlled maintenance in-house projects)

· Develop project scope, schedule and budgets based on meeting with various faculty and staff.

· Hiring and directing the work of outside Professionals or developing design depending on the individual project.

· Apply appropriate architectural practices, codes and standards to solve particular circumstances, negotiate contracts with design professionals, reviewing design documents, estimating project costs.

· Oversee bid process and contracting general contractors.

· Make field observations and/or directing other staff in making observations and inspections to assure projects are completed according to specifications and applicable codes.

· Facilitate construction progress meetings, reviewing change orders and shop drawings, managing project scope, schedule and budget, and overseeing project close-out.

· Meet with campus faculty, staff and administration to exchange information regarding a particular request for a building modification and use this information to develop a scope of work.

· Provide design consultants direction via verbal and written correspondence to identify the scope, budget and schedule for construction projects. Communicate design review comments in writing to the consulting team.

· Communicate with the work unit regarding projects and studies including the status and individual tasks associated with each.

· Qualify and select individuals and firms for professional services using Colorado State Buildings procedures based on State of Colorado Statutes.

· Make decisions regarding building modifications based on best architectural practices and knowledge of current building codes and standards including required fire rated construction, means of egress, allowable occupant loading and hazardous material usage.

· Make construction management decisions which impact the project scope, schedule and budget such as: approval of change order proposals; identification of deficiencies of work in the field, and extensions of time of completion for projects of up to 70 million dollars in value.

· Recommend to the Director of the Office of Design and Construction future space needs based on an assessment of space inventory data including the available square footage of office, classroom and laboratory spaces.

· Evaluate and approve or deny contractor change order pricing by comparing the proposed costs to an estimate of cost arrived at using RS Means or other cost estimating data.

· Evaluate and approve or deny contractor pay applications based on an assessment of partial work in place by inspecting the work in the field and using judgment to determine the percentage of work complete versus the work shown on the contract documents.

· Negotiate design fees with professional consultants based on the proposed scope of work and an evaluation of the proposed level of effort and fee schedule.

· Lead the project team in design and construction document development.

· Manage project budgets and schedule to insure project delivery is on time and on budget.

· Represent the Agency’s position on issues related to campus design and construction standards, building design parameters, materials of construction.

· Review the design work of outside professionals for compliance with International Building Codes.

Provide General Design Support

· Conduct assessment and scope development, code review, and sketches or drawings for improvements to campus facilities.

· Certify that drawings and specifications for in-house design efforts meet Professional Architectural standards.

· Involves developing the process by which drawings are developed, reviewed and certified.

· Apply design principles, codes, calculations, design standards and standards of constructability for particular circumstances.

Assist the Work Unit (planning and architectural studies)

· Collecting and analyzing building inventory data in order to make recommendations for changes to existing space and capital requests for future space in order to meet campus needs for classrooms, laboratories, offices and other space uses, as required.

Physical Requirements:

The position requires investigating field conditions including work that requires climbing ladders to access work above ceilings or on roofs, stooping and bending to investigate work in tunnels. The position is required to make field observations on construction sites that will include walking on uneven surfaces, over and around obstacles, mud, snow, etc.

Potential Environmental Conditions/Hazards:

The position is required to conduct fieldwork that will require access to construction sites with typical construction hazards, and occupied laboratories that may contain hazardous materials. Mines Environmental, Safety and Health Department will provide awareness training regarding these conditions which are typical of higher education campuses that conduct research.

Minimum Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree or higher in architecture from an accredited college or university AND Five (5) years of professional experience with construction cost estimating and/or project cost accounting, project management and construction administration.

· Demonstrated negotiation skills

· Demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

· More than 5 years experience in architectural design and construction administration

· State of Colorado Licensed Architect preferred

· Working knowledge of AutoCad and/or Revit.

This position is required to develop knowledge of Colorado Revised Statutes, the State Fiscal Rules and State Buildings Programs within 3 months of hire.

About Mines & Golden, CO

When the world looks for answers, the world looks to Mines.

Colorado School of Mines is a top-ranked public university solving the grand challenges facing our society, particularly those related to the Earth, energy and the environment. Founded in 1874 with specialties in mining and metallurgy, Mines’ scope and mission have continually expanded to meet the needs of industry and society. Today, we are the No. 38 public university in the nation, recognized for our innovation and undergraduate teaching in science, technology engineering and math (U.S. News and World Report, 2023).

Mines graduates are change makers, boundary breakers and problem solvers. Since our earliest days, a Mines education has been and continues to be a transformational opportunity, with one of the strongest returns on investment out there for talented STEM students of all backgrounds.

At the same time, Mines faculty members are pushing their fields in new directions, whether that’s manufacturing, space resources, quantum engineering, carbon capture or more. Mines was recently classified as a R1 “Very High Activity” research institution by Carnegie, a notable feat for any university but particularly one of our size.

That size – roughly 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students – also translates to a close-knit campus community, where employees have opportunities to get involved in multiple ways, continued professional learning is valued and everyone can make an impact.

Community Alliance groups bring together employees for professional development, networking, cultural awareness and community involvement, and all Mines employees also have access to the wealth of activities happening every day on campus – nationally-renowned speakers, special events and Mines traditions like Engineering Days, just to name a few.

And don’t get us started on our hometown. We are located in the heart of Golden, Colorado --with its charming historic downtown and nearby hiking trails – and in close proximity to all that Denver and the Rocky Mountains have to offer. That includes the sunny, high-altitude climate and outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities that make the Denver area an ideal place to live, work and play.

Are you looking for an inspiring, mission-driven workplace where you can contribute to solving the world’s problems and educating the next generation of change makers? Are you an individual who values a diverse and inclusive community, where our different perspectives, experiences and cultures enrich the educational and work experience?

Look to Mines.

Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range

$80,000 - $115,000

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards

Colorado School of Mines offers a robust portfolio of benefits for all employees. For this role, that includes:

- Fully paid health and dental premiums
- Generous sick/vacation time
- 13 paid holidays per year – including a week-long winter break for entire campus
- Fully vested retirement plan on first day of employment (certain plans only), with generous employer contribution
- Tuition benefits (6 credits per year for employees, 50 percent discount for dependents)

All Mines employees also have access to discount programs through the State of Colorado and free tickets for Mines Athletics home games, as well as access to the on-campus Recreation Center (fitness classes and training, swimming pool and more), equipment rentals through the Outdoor Rec Center, the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (CSEAP), programming at Arthur Lakes Library, and backup child and elder care. Coming soon is an on-campus daycare center. For more information about benefits at Mines, go to

How to Apply
Application review will begin 2/20/23. For full consideration, please apply by 2/19/23. Applications received after that date may not be reviewed. Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.
Background Investigation Required

Advertised: Jan 27, 2023 Mountain Standard Time
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