The Intermediate Building Science Project Manager role requires technical knowledge in building science, building envelope design, and building enclosure construction principles. The role will primarily involve:
- Design and field review for new building projects
- Investigation, design, construction document preparation and field review for a range of projects related to existing buildings
The role will vary from providing support to senior staff, to being the day-to-day client contact for new construction projects. Your role will include assisting with the development and review of design and construction documentation from the early (schematic) design phase to tendering and submittal review, as well as being responsible for reviewing construction in a quality assurance role. This work will focus on assessing and determining solutions to assist our clients in ensuring excellent building enclosure performance on a variety of building types, including low carbon, mass timber and Passive House projects. The focus will be on institutional and residential new construction projects but may include existing building rehabilitation, and projects that include both new and existing construction.
As a project lead, this role will include review of construction site field review and documentation prepared by junior staff. Mentoring and training of junior staff, particularly on field review, testing and documentation tasks will be part of your role.
- Participation as part of the RDH team from concept design to the implementation stages of new and existing building projects
Building Enclosure Consulting (New Construction or Rehabilitation)
- Along with senior staff, participate in design meetings with owners, developers, architects, and other consultants. Provide design recommendations and design review of building enclosure assemblies and details. Conduct drawing, detail and specification reviews.
- 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. Use independent judgement on site and make recommendations for modifications to design.
- Prepare site visit reports documenting observations and field-testing results. Provide recommendations for all deficiency items, including field sketches, where required.
- Review contractor’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.
- Review and comment on Requests for Information, Site Instructions and/or Proposed Change Orders associated with building enclosure elements
- Research building materials when considering alternative/new materials requested by contractors or materials considered for specific, non-typical conditions. Use independent judgement in the evaluation of materials, and make recommendations to senior staff for contractor alternate submittals.
- Use independent judgement in assisting senior staff in development of recommendations to clients, both in new construction, and in existing build consultation. Work independently and in group settings.
- Act as a liaison with clients in order to foster strong client relationships.
Existing Building Enclosure Investigation and Rehabilitation:
- 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.
- Coordinate and undertake on site investigation of existing problems. Conduct 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, etc.
- Provide order of magnitude budget costs which require quantity take-offs and unit rate development.
- Prepare written reports, fully documenting the current condition, evaluating the future risk and providing recommendations for renewals, rehabilitation, and/or maintenance.
- Direct preparation of construction document packages for a range of renewals and rehabilitation projects.
- Coordinate building and development permit applications.
- Manage renewals and rehabilitation projects.
- Coordinate and undertake field review and/or contract administration activities.
- Write reports; prepare and deliver presentations
- Manage client relationships
- Assist to ensure delivery of services and products to meet RDH quality standards including following RDH internal Playbooks and technical standards/checklists
- Assist with the development and delivery of in-house and eventually client education and training programs
- Supervise staff on projects; provide mentorship to junior staff and support their career development plans.
- Bachelor of Engineering, Applied Science or Architecture required
- 5 to 10 years of experience in building science consulting
- Field experience addressing site conditions and working with construction process
- Experience with Zero Carbon, Passive House, Mass Timber, and High Performance construction is an asset
- P.Eng. or PE preferred; registered Provincial association (eg. Professional Engineers Ontario) commensurate with local experience and requirements
- BSS, CPHD or similar certification an asset
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES:
- Intermediate technical knowledge of building enclosure design and construction principles
- Ability to build collaborative relationships with clients, staff, and consultants
- Ability to gather and diagnose information, interpret data and drawings and assess conditions of multiple components
- Demonstrated experience with AutoCAD, Revit, Sketchup or similar drawing programs is an asset
- Demonstrated experience with THERM, Flixo, HEAT3, WUFI, WUFI Passive or similar analysis software is an asset
- Experience with BIM 360, Procore and similar systems is an asset
- Analytical problem-solving skills and strong investigative aptitude, including ability to troubleshoot and diagnose building performance issues
- Proven team player who fosters teamwork and cooperation
- Excellent ability to communicate technical information to clients, trades, employees, and project managers while instilling confidence
- Excellent ability to shift focus between changing priorities
- Very good project management skills and the ability to work with others to achieve excellence
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong work ethic, eager to assume responsibility and do what it takes to have successful project outcomes for RDH and our clients
- Excellent attention to detail
- Excellent organizational skills
- Strong desire to learn
RDH is an employee-owned consulting firm with 250+ 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.
Additional information on our expertise, projects, and culture can be found at www.rdh.com
HOW TO APPLY:
Please submit your resume and cover letter in one PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Canada legally and permanently need apply.