Description of Position
U-Construction is the University’s in house design-build unit that manages mid-sized construction projects on the Twin Cities campus. The work volume is approximately $15m annually with individual projects generally ranging up to $500K. U-Construction is responsible for managing projects from initial request through construction and financial closeout.
The Construction Project Manager (CPM) is responsible for schedule, cost, quality and overall performance of projects. The major objectives of the Construction Project Manager include: the development and clarification of project scope, schedule, and budget; the oversight of project implementation ensuring compliance with all regulatory and environmental requirements; construction coordination including material procurement and delivery; and managing customer interactions and maintaining a positive customer relationship.
The general duties and responsibilities of the Construction Project Manager include but are not limited to
30% Project Management
Utilizes computer software, including management reporting systems and construction project management software in order to plan, monitor and report on construction projects.
Establishes initial project schedule including task definition and breakdown in accordance with standard procedures.
Responsible for securing the proper building permits, and hazardous materials surveys for construction work performed.
Responsible for project communication including distributing schedule changes as warranted by customer, facilitating project meetings and pre-construction meetings, and providing proper notification to FM district operations for shutdowns.
Ensures compliance with building codes, safety requirements, and partners with appropriate University departments to resolve safety, environmental, and workers compensation issues.
Plans for contract close-out, including occupancy, commissioning (if any), warranty, and maintenance manuals.
Manages the procurement process for all materials and services for the project. Solicits vendor and sub-contractor proposals and quotes, evaluates and makes awards per purchasing requirements. Completes all required purchasing documentation.
25% Customer Service
Serves as single point of contact for the project with customers, FM district coordinators, consultants, vendors and other university departments to ensure U Construction is meeting or exceeding their expectations.
Promotes customer-focused service in conjunction with other University Services departments.
Represents U-Construction to other Facilities Management and University Departments; builds positive customer relations with all members of the University community served by U-Construction, including staff in Facilities Management Department.
25% Finance and Budget
Work with estimator to prepare cost estimates of work required, including labor, and materials costs for projects.
Responsible for setting up initial project budget sheet, updating project funding for work scope changes and project phase.
Responsible for securing project funding from customer and any other funding sources and coordinating with finance to properly bill and manage budget.
Review and approve invoices from subcontractors and vendors in order to properly bill for work performed.
Responsible for planning, monitoring and reporting on project spending vs budget.
20% Field Coordination/Scheduling
Responsible for reviewing all field change orders, including assessing budget and schedule impact, and communication with all project stakeholders.
Create overall project schedule with milestones for construction activities based on material delivery and customer needs.
Works with the Superintendent in troubleshooting field problems that arise during construction.
Interface with customers to minimize impact of construction activities.
Coordinates final punch list walk-through with customer and other stakeholders.
Bachelor’s degree in construction management or related field
At least 5 years of related work experience
Proficiency with Microsoft office suite
Knowledge of construction principles and practices; project budgeting principles; project delivery principles and practices.
Ability to read and interpret construction drawings.
Knowledge of large scale building systems including electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.
Ability to work effectively with a diverse work force and a diverse customer base.
Knowledge of project management software and Microsoft office.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to lead, manage and direct the activities of other toward the accomplishment of goals and objectives.
This position will operate mostly out of an office setting but also in the field. This position may be exposed to extreme weather conditions, construction sites, confined spaces and potentially hazardous conditions where hearing, visual protection and other personal protective equipment may be required. It may be required to walk, climb and crawl in various weather conditions to physically access and view work sites.