High Performance Building Designer

Stantec - Seattle, WA (30+ days ago)3.7


The buildings that make up the landscape of our daily lives seem like permanent fixtures, fastened to a time and place. But what if that didn’t have to be true? What if our built environment — where we live, learn, play, and conduct business — carried us forward instead?

Our Buildings practice keeps people at its heart, recognizing that our shared journey forward is shaped by the meaningful and responsive places we design. From iconic designs to monumental groundbreakings, join us to bring transformational building solutions to life. Every day we apply our expertise, creativity, and passion to propel communities into the future—join us!

Your Opportunity

The High Performance Building Designer, Mechanical draws on strong buildings engineering skills, performance base design approach, and industry experience to consistently produce project deliverables that meet project requirements and project manager and client expectations. Work consists of advanced mechanical high-performance design for the built environment including but not limited to HVAC, piping and plumbing, and developing sustainable design strategies.

Your Key Responsibilities

Project Involvement - approximately 95% of time

With limited direction from a project manager and/or Professional Engineer, designs mechanical systems for the built environment.

Develops Sustainable Design Strategies from Concept phase through to Post Occupancy on a wide range of projects.

Applies strong mechanical engineering skills and knowledge to produce accurate and timely deliverables.

Supports larger multi-disciplinary project teams with skills such as Building Physics, Energy Modeling, and Performance analysis.

Drives project outcomes using the full range of building physics including daylight, microclimate, façade performance and thermal comfort analysis.

Develops and prepares design documentation in written and computer-aided design formats to meet project and client requirements.

Prepares required calculations to meet project requirements.

Prepares or assists in the preparation of opinions of probable costs.

Shares knowledge with more junior designers by serving as a trainer and resource.

Collaborates with project managers, engineers and other team members as part of a coordinated design team.

Effectively delegates work to production support staff.

Develops efficient and accurate solutions to design problems.

Researches, prepares, and presents coordinated design options.

Prepares key project deliverables for clients identifying the value and impact of sustainable design outcomes and strategically advising on appropriate design direction. This will include thinking critically about the platform (physical or digital) and form (written, graphical, or digital) of each of these deliverables and having the opportunity to develop the right communication strategy for the client or the project.

Reviews drawings and researches code issues to comply with national, city, state, and county regulations.

Often interacts with clients and project stakeholders.

Communicates with manufacturers and contractors to address challenges and develop practical designs.

Provides input on the creation and editing of technical specifications.

Provides contract documents that meet required codes and quality assurance standards.

Resolves design conflicts and questions and provides recommendations to address issues and add value.

Understands and works within project budgets and schedules to help project manager meet project financial and schedule goals.

Provides construction administration support such as reviewing contractor RFI’s, issuing field directives, performs construction observation and punch lists, reviews contractor change requests.

Learning/Maintaining & Expanding Technical Skills - approximately 5% of time

Expands knowledge of technologies, trends and the markets in which we work as they apply to the applicable project types, and continually strengthens skills.

Proactively pursues additional knowledge in related disciplines by attending available in house and external training.

Identifies opportunities for change or improvement within the team and having the opportunity to help develop tools and processes that support the achievement of these changes or improvements.

Meetings, initiatives, and projects - approximately 1% of time

Attends in-house project meetings.

Actively participates in meetings, initiatives, and projects that support Business Center and company goals.

Your Capabilities and Credentials

Strong mechanical design knowledge for the built environment including but not limited to HVAC, piping, plumbing and device layouts.

Ability to prepare and review detailed mechanical drawings with minimal supervision.

Ability to perform parametric analysis models for optimization of energy performance and or daylighting at early stages of design.

Ability to perform annual energy models for compliance paths either green rating systems or energy code requirements.

Ability to integrate design elements with architectural, civil, structural, ICT, electrical and other disciplines to deliver a coordinated, constructible design.

Strong knowledge of applicable codes and standards, including IMC, UMC, IPC, NFPA, IBC, and ASHRAE, as well as LEED and green building requirements.

Knowledge of specialty engineering applications.

Ability to apply logic, reasoning, and organizational skills to structure concepts and ideas into deliverables.

Ability to demonstrate a credible and trustworthy presence through professionalism and demeanor.

Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to prepare and present accurate, professionally written reports and recommendations.

Familiarity with CAD and Building Information Modeling (BIM) software; in particular, AutoCAD MEP and Revit MEP.

Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop).

Rhino, Grasshopper, Radiance

Energy modeling software (EnergyPlus, Design Builder, or IES)

Education and Experience

Master’s degree or above in Architectural Engineering or related field. Minimum of 0-5 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. EIT preferred.

Auxiliary Qualifications (these qualifications, while not necessarily a requirement for this position, provide additional depth and value to the role): Familiarity with and ability to apply sustainable design principles within projects. LEED AP, WELL AP.

Typical office environment working with computers and remaining sedentary for long periods of time. Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other's talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Job: Mechanical Designer

Primary Location: United States-Washington-Seattle

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: No

Schedule: Full-time

Job Posting: Aug 16, 2018, 10:25:29 AM

Req ID: 180001GB