The Airfield Design & Construction Project Manager will, under general supervision from the Engineering Manager, perform professional design and construction project management work associated with capital improvement projects by the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Authority (GFIAA) that are broadly airfield (typically civil) improvements and may have architectural and other technical elements. The work involves leading, supervising, and coordinating projects with teams comprised of 3rd party design architects and engineers, general contractors, and 3rd party vendors providing project controls or inspections services as well as GFIAA division staff from Public Safety & Operations, Maintenance and Asset Management, Finance, IT, and Commercial Development. An employee in this assignment is expected to resolve problems of a high professional and technical nature. This assignment is highly specialized and responsible for critical thinking requiring a high degree of professional competence.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Integrate GFIAA’s mission, vision, values and strategic goals into all areas of responsibility. • Provide project management for multiple airfield capital development projects at one time, including budget, scope, schedule and application of alternative delivery methods for assigned projects. • Manage the planning, design, construction and estimating for projects. • Manage and coordinate the preparation and review of contract drawings and documents.
• Coordinate closely with assigned Asset Owners from other GFIAA departments to achieve project success in a collaborative environment. • Manage the preparation and revision of the GFIAA standards into the development of project specifications as uniquely applied to each project. • Support the evaluation of design and cost proposals for airfield capital development projects and Statements of Qualifications submitted by consulting architects & engineers and/or general contractors. • Support the interview, selection, and negotiation of contracts with consulting engineers & architects and general contractors. • Coordinate the preparation of project contract documents. • Support, coordinate, and collaborate with GFIAA project controls functions including: o Support the establishment of design and construction budgets for each project and monitor expenditures for conformance to those budgets o Support the establishment of design and construction schedules and monitor progress of various projects and their conformance to design and construction schedules o Manage and coordinate the change management process for each project o Manage and coordinate the mitigation of risks as uniquely defined for each project o Manage and coordinate the payment process for each project o Actively participate in document management for each project • Actively participate in and/or lead the ORAT and closeout functions for each project. • Review designs and submittals from design engineers & architects for compliance with the contract. • Conduct technical reviews and provide recommendations regarding designs and reports prepared by consulting engineers & architects. • Maintain current, accurate records for each working project. • Coordinate stakeholder engagement and participation in assigned projects. • Conduct design and submittal reviews at key project milestones and coordinate/support the review and feedback from other GFIAA divisions and functions. • Support and collaborate in the writing of Request for Statement of Qualifications to solicit interest in work from consulting engineers & architects. • Write analytical reports. • Create presentations and hold project team meetings with stakeholders, GFIAA staff, airlines, airport tenants and consultants to review projects and keep them updated and informed as projects move through planning and development phases. • Collaborate with and manage architectural & engineering designers and general contractors to ensure project conformance with applicable municipal, county, state, and federal laws and regulations. • Understand and review updates to federal, state and regional rules and regulations pertaining to airport management, aviation planning principles and standards, and Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 139 certified airports.
• Demonstrate creativity, foresight and mature judgment in anticipating and solving unpredictable problems. • Remain current on trends in airport construction and the aviation industry. • Work more than forty hours in a workweek without additional compensation to perform assigned job duties, including weekends, evenings, early morning hours, and holidays, as required.
REQURIED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: A typical manner of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is graduation from a four-year college or university with a major in construction management, civil engineering, construction engineering, or other related fields; and at least five years of progressively responsible experience in design and construction project management including projects valued at least $3-$5 M; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Aviation experience will be considered but is not required. Aviation related duties will be supported by other Authority staff. Other requirements include demonstrated ability to: • Establish and maintain project scopes and budgets, managing tasks and workflows. • Apply engineering principles, methods, and techniques to theoretical and practical problems with versatility, judgment, and perception. • Adapt principles, methods, and techniques of related professional disciplines. • Organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific problems and provide practical, cost-effective solutions. • Work cooperatively with other GFIAA employees and internal/external stakeholders. • Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts using proper English sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar. • Communicate orally with other GFIAA employees, contractors, governmental groups, or the public in face-to-face one-on-one settings, using video conference platforms, or telephone. • Review or check the work products of others to ensure conformance to standards. • Utilize budget control and schedule software and have familiarity with common design and construction technology tools including Bluebeam, BIM, AutoCAD, and GIS, and possess an understanding of the appropriate level of graphic support needed to convey ideas, alternatives, and general information to colleagues and the public. • Read and interpret blueprints, engineering drawings, construction diagrams, topographical drawings, and related graphics and schematics. • Interact positively with coworkers, consultants, contractors, tenants, representatives of local units of government, and community members from widely diverse cultural backgrounds. • Maintain a valid state driver’s license.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS: • Working knowledge of airfield or civil construction industry practices. • Experience with capital funding and revenue streams. • Experience with sustainable building practices. • Experience managing staff and/or consultants. • Experience preparing, reviewing, and updating project schedules and construction estimates. • Knowledge of annual capital improvement programming.
Located just minutes away from bustling downtown Grand Rapids, the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the primary air transportation facility serving all of West Michigan. With passenger travel exceeding 95% of 2019 levels and continuing to trend upwards, we offer 140+ nonstop flights a day to over 30 popular destinations. Our award-winning airport was named one of the 2021 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, and proudly serves as the major travel artery for the city recently ranked by Forbes as the “#1 Place to Raise a Family”.