JOB SUMMARY:

The Building Science Technologist is primarily responsible for providing building enclosure condition assessment field surveys, design review, field testing of building enclosure assessments, field review and reporting, and research services to senior technical staff and project managers.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • An associate’s or bachelor’s degree, preferably in Engineering Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, or equivalent practical experience (1 to 2 years)
  • Two or more years of relevant experience with building science or construction, or structural design
  • Previous experience with construction or related roofing, waterproofing, glazing installation, lab or field testing or inspection will be considered as equivalent practical experience.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Field Review of Building Enclosure (New Construction or Rehabilitation)

Site Visits

  • Attend regular site meeting with owner(s), architects, contractors, developers, product manufactures, and any other relevant parties to discuss progress of the work.
  • Review mock-ups of various details and assemblies within the scope of work (e.g. window installation, metal flashing transitions, stucco application procedure, etc.).
  • Review site visit reports, documenting observations and field-testing results. Make recommendations for all deficiency items, including field sketches.
  • Review manufacture’s shop drawings for conformance with the project intent, performance with respect to the various building science principles, and for any scheduling of work issues.
  • Work with senior technical staff, create Site Instructions and/or Proposed Change Orders for items not included in the original contract.
  • Research alternative/new building materials as requested by contractors or materials considered for specific, non-typical conditions.

Building Enclosure Condition Assessment

Office Duties

  • Work with senior technical staff to create, distribute, collect, summarize, and analyze building surveys completed by building tenants/owners.
  • Review architectural, structural and mechanical drawings to determine original construction detailing and identify area of risk for water penetration, air leakage, and/or condensation.
  • Review any other documentation, including maintenance records, targeted repair documents, and previous reports by other consultant/professionals.
  • Prepare a written report, fully documenting the current condition, evaluating the future risk and providing recommendations for renewals, rehabilitation, and/or maintenance.
  • Work with senior staff to prepare a presentation of the assessment for Owners.

Field Duties

  • Conduct a visual review of the building exterior and interior components, re-evaluating existing conditions and high-risk areas. Exterior review is typically conducted from ladders, swing stages, boom lifts, or (for those interested in being trained) boatswain’s chair.
  • Conduct building envelope assessments and prepare reports on the same.
  • Create exploratory openings within the building enclosure to allow for visual review of the underlying components for evidence of decay/deterioration and to evaluate moisture contents levels of the wood or gypsum materials.
  • Complete field testing of various building enclosure assemblies, including windows, walls, skylights, etc.

Litigation Support Duties

  • Document original site conditions, which typically includes field-testing of various building enclosure assemblies (e.g. windows).
  • Collect and store evidence (sequential demolition photos, physical specimens) for expert opinion reports.
  • Determine water leakage path as supported by physical evidence.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • Some technical knowledge of building enclosure design and construction principles
  • Intermediate Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organization skills
  • Strong communication skills: written, verbal, and sketching
  • Good ability to communicate with clients, trades, employees, project managers, and management
  • Good ability to shift focus between changing priorities

ABOUT US:

RDH is an employee-owned consulting firm with 200+ employees in nine offices across North America. Our core area of business is the integration of building science engineering, architecture, and construction management to optimize the performance of the building enclosure (walls, windows and roofs). Since our beginnings in 1997, we have become industry leaders in North America and continue to grow as we focus on technical excellence and delivering high-quality projects.

We offer a positive, team-oriented workplace with opportunities for professional growth, development and ownership. As well as your background, we seek alignment with RDH’s core values: 1) commit to excellence, 2) act with integrity, 3) work as a team 4) do what it takes, and 5) always learn.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please apply using the form below and ensure that your cover letter and resume are included as one PDF.

Alternatively, you can submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF to hr@rdh.com with the job title and location in the subject line.

No phone calls please. While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please note that only those already entitled to work in the USA legally and permanently need apply.

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