Lead Architect

at Metra in Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.
This department oversees the design and construction of Metra capital projects and oversees the work of contractors implementing these projects. Capital projects overseen by this group include stations and parking as well as structural, electrical, and mechanical design.
Reporting to the Director of Stations and Parking, the Lead Architect performs expert level professional architectural duties in connection with the design, construction, and renovation of station and parking facility projects and manages the most complex projects leading design efforts, ensuring leading design efforts, ensuring projects are delivered on time, within budget, and in compliance with Metra's guidelines and quality standards; mentoring less experienced staff; and acting as a lead or supervisor on designated projects.
The primary duties include: Provide leadership, coaching, and mentoring to less experienced staff; conduct quality reviews of all station project designs, providing feedback to staff and documenting lessons learned to ensure consistency and accuracy of work performed. Function as subject-matter-expert leading project teams in the review of architectural plans and designs prepared by in-house staff or consultants for compliance with Station Design Guidelines, zoning and code compliance, efficiencies, cost effectiveness, and constructability; and recommending changes to ensure compliance with scope, budget, and schedules. Monitor project progress, identify and manage project risks; recommend solutions to keep projects within budget, scope, and schedule; and ensure compliance with contract specifications, design guidelines, best practices, and quality and safety standards. Lead the contract administration process including reviewing bids and proposals, negotiating consultant level-of-effort and contracts; negotiating and processing contract changes; authorizing contract payments upon work completion; and evaluating vendor performance and recommending appropriate action when performance does not meet contract specifications. Develop and maintain strong stakeholder relationships both within and outside the organization to facilitate project coordination, foster communications project coordination, foster communications, and accomplish the department's work. Promote safe work practices and maintain and foster a safe work environment. Perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.
Final salary will be determined in part by the qualifications of the selected candidate
Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.

Bachelor's Degree in Architecture or Civil Engineering.
In addition to #1, must have seven years of Architectural or Civil design experience that includes project management.
Considerable knowledge of the principles and best practices of planning, Architectural/Engineering design, procurement, and construction projects.
Considerable knowledge of project management, project controls, and contract administration principles and best practices.
Considerable knowledge of building codes, zoning ordinances, accessibility codes is required.
Good knowledge of local, state, and federal requirements for capital projects at all phases.
Knowledge of NEPA/Section 106/707 requirements and AREMA Manuals is preferred.
Strong organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Proficient in Microsoft 365. Skill with design software/workflows for Power BI, Adobe Creative Suite, CAD and/or BIM software, 3D modeling software, and GIS is preferred.
Considerable skill conceptualizing complex architectural designs.
Strong project management skills.
Strong conflict resolution skills.
Skill preparing complex architectural schematics, drawings, specifications, and cost estimates.
Skill in comprehending, understanding, and continuously improving architectural/engineering contract documents and... For full info follow application link.

Metra is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.        

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Job Posting: 10940480

Posted On: May 18, 2023

Updated On: Jun 02, 2023

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