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Facilities Planner (Science Spaces)

  • Industry: Facilities Management
  • Location: Providence, Rhode Island
  • Client: Institution - Higher Education
  • Search ID: 17-0801-09

Brown University has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a Facilities Planner for its Science Spaces. This role provides both long- and short-term campus development studies, project feasibility studies, space programming, utilization analyses, and facility assessments. Responsible for the development of scopes of work, budget estimates, and project schedules for proposed university building projects, with an emphasis on laboratory and scientific research spaces and infrastructure.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manages, organizes, and develops programming, planning, and feasibility studies.
  • Works with end users, Provost’s office, external consultants, and other members of the Facilities Management staff to establish the goals and objectives of the intended facilities projects.  
  • Plans complex laboratory environments (including building infrastructure).
  • Translates clients’ needs into functional and achievable research spaces.
  • Independently collects data, analyzes, and directs the establishment of project goals and objectives.
  • Organizes and communicates with others involved in the design and construction process.
  • Evaluates specific customer requests and makes recommendations regarding specialized casework, equipment, and systems for individual laboratory environments.
  • Develops and documents scopes of work, preliminary layouts, schedules, and project cost estimates for administrative approval.  
  • Effectively transitions approved projects to assigned project management staff.
  • Provides evaluations and recommendations on space development alternatives.
  • Organizes and maintains plans for focused programs for continually improving the university’s facilities.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Engineering, Project Management or a related field.  
  • Minimum five (5) years’ experience in facilities planning/architectural profession with significant experience in science facilities; additional experience in project management preferred.  
  • Experience in a university setting or a similarly large and diverse organization is preferred.  
  • Must possess an understanding of laboratory design protocols and regulations (i.e. regulations and guidelines from the NIH, AAALAC, etc.)  
  • Significant experience developing project programs and cost estimates.  
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities.  
  • Working knowledge of technical building systems, (e.g. envelope, structural, mechanical) and codes.  
  • Proven experience with MS Office.
  • Experience with AutoCAD and other graphic software is preferred.  
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills and experience with diverse range and all levels of staff.
  • Demonstrated commitment and responsiveness to internal customer needs.
  • Proven ability to handle and resolve issues with insight and diplomacy.

Search Consultant: Jim Lord

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