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[Construction Manager] Design/Pre-Construction Manager

Posted by: U.S. Engineering <> on March 10, 2018 at 00:04:01. Click here to reply to this post via Email.Click here for help with email link

Contract / Temp to Direct / Direct Hire: Direct Hire
City: Kansas City
State: Missouri
Country: United States
Zip or Postal Code: 64111

Every member of the U.S. Engineering family is expected to understand and consistently demonstrate the following Core Values:

Exhibit integrity in everything we do.
Listen, identify and respond to customer needs.
Provide quality, on schedule, at a competitive price.
Respect, challenge and recognize each employee.
Ensure a safe working environment.

Primary Purpose:

Serves as an integral part of the project development group for the Kansas City/Midwest region. Under the supervision of Director of Preconstruction Services, manages project designs and budgets, from inception through the preconstruction phase, and continues to serve as a resource throughout the construction phase of the project.

Principal Duties and Accountabilities:

Design / Assist Engineering:

Conceptually finish the design on incomplete decision documents, ensuring competitive and complete proposals.

Generate and/or review engineering calculations by the design engineer.

Assist in the generation of value engineering and design options for projects, including consultation with Owners, General Contractors, Architects, and Engineers.

May assist the Energy Solutions team in performing life cycle cost analysis of systems and options to generate desirable outcomes for potential clients.

Generate schematic drawings of systems for consultation.

Assist with the electrical and general coordination on design-assist and design-build projects.

Serve as a resource for Project Managers and Field personnel on design issues throughout the duration of the construction phase, as needed.

Provide solutions to engineering applications both internally and externally.

Estimating: (Will train if you do not have this experience)

Generate budget estimates along with scope definition from incomplete design information

May assist in the development and maintenance of a preliminary estimating method, format and process, that meets our preliminary estimating goals.

Update preliminary estimates until final design is complete.

Identify and track scope changes as part of estimate updates.

Generate and maintain database of estimating information from past projects, as coordinated with estimating staff.

Critical Path Schedule Items:

Partner with the Project Controls team and Project Managers to review general contractor’s project schedule to identify potential issues.
In coordination with Project Controls and Operations teams, develop preliminary mechanical project schedules, soliciting input from the Project Manager and Superintendent as necessary, to identify major work tasks, preconstruction efforts, equipment delivery, phasing issues and design milestones.

Assist the Project Manager for updates to the project schedule until preconstruction ends.


Develop and foster effective relationships with clients.
Take support role in marketing of design-assist and design-build projects as coordinated with regional leadership.
In partnership with regional and corporate marketing professionals, may participate in the development of marketing materials that will aid in business development.


Assist project development team and other regional leaders with the review of contracts on design-assist and design-build projects to ensure acceptable language and contractual obligations.

Conduct regulatory and code investigations for compliance.
Aid in project pursuits through assisting with the preparation of proposals, from RFP through interview preparation and participation.
Attend weekly Project Managers meetings as needed, and weekly

Estimating/Preconstruction staff meetings.

Serves as a resource to Project Manager on the management of scope and budget items.

Coordinates with Project Manager to perform constructability reviews.

Maintains direct involvement in the project – from inception to closeout.

Partners with Project Manager during project closeout to ensure the proper efficiency and performance of the mechanical systems.

Job Scope:
The Preconstruction Manager will assist or manage project designs and budgets through preconstruction phase, for projects ranging up to or beyond $20 million in mechanical value, in designated region.

Management Responsibility: Individual Contributor – no subordinates.


Engineering degree and P.E. (Professional Engineer) registration strongly preferred.


Minimum of 4 years of experience in design of HVAC and plumbing systems is strongly preferred. Previous experience in a preconstruction services role will be considered in lieu of design experience.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of HVAC and plumbing engineering
Basic level of engineering design expertise
Ability to manage to a budget, which requires basic financial acumen
Proficient in MS Excel
Time management / organizational skills
Strategic thinking and ability to utilize foresight and planning.
Ability to develop and foster effective professional relationships in order to gain credibility
Ability to use analytical, methodical approach
Effective communication skills – ability to articulate message, to be persuasive, and explain position to various target audiences who may possess varying levels of technical knowledge.
Display a keen sense of urgency to deliver results.

Physical and/or travel demands:

Occasional travel may be required
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and job specifications required of employees so classified. U.S. Engineering reserves the right to revise as needed. The job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.


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