Construction Project Manager - Data Center Construction at CBRE

CBRE is looking for a Project Manager/ Owners Representative for Data Center Projects to oversee HyperScale Data Center projects for our client in the greater Charleston, SC market.


The Project Manager/ Owners Representative for Data Center Projectsmanages all aspects of “Hyperscale Data Center '' construction projects.
  • Work with assigned scheduler to create and establish the Master Project Schedule, based on the Critical Path and Key Project Milestones, then update and enforce team compliance during project life.
  • Create and establish the Master Project Budget, including soft costs and hard costs, bonds, insurance, contingencies, allowances, etc.
  • Contractor and subcontractor pre-qualification, bid solicitation, bid analysis and recommendations
  • Contract negotiation, typically in concert with the Client’s DCS RM and legal counsel, including establishment of design consultants and all GC “business terms” including mark-ups, fees, insurance, labor rates, escalation, etc.
  • Design Team coordination to Client’s pre-determined Design Guidelines and standards
  • Assist with City and/or other Authority approvals process, permitting, etc.
  • Constructability review of the project documents
  • Value Engineering - proactively identify ways to perform work more efficiently, effectively, and for less money
  • Project financial management including: Cash flow projections, pay application and change order review and approval.
  • Assist clients in identifying, scoping, buying-out and scheduling all Owner-direct vendors, equipment suppliers, consultants, including internal vendors (IT, security, etc.)

Construction & Project Administration

  • Manage General Contractor including compliance with construction contracts, contract budget, changes, payment terms, schedule management, and all other responsibilities within their construction contract.
  • Cost Management / Change Control, including invoice review, change order review, negotiations, recommendations, and delay analysis. Define project risk and track and share with clients in real time.
  • Budget Management, tracking, schedule monitoring and analysis
  • Document control (track and coordinate addenda, bulletins, new drawing sets, clarifications, etc.)
  • QA/QC assistance- supervise consultants as needed
  • Site Safety Monitoring & Reporting
  • Invoice / Payment Application processing, tracking and reporting
  • Tracking of all key project documents, submittals, RFI’s, change orders, invoices and payments, lien releases, etc.
  • Coordination and management of all Owner-direct vendors, consultants and internal Vendors
  • Regular updating of Master Project Budget, Schedule and Project Cash Flow through life of project
  • Commissioning: Oversee the Commissioning Plan and the Commissioning process to completion and final reporting and document closeout. Know the 5 levels of Data Center Commissioning, enforce compliance.

Close out / Fit Up

  • Initiate and oversee the entire close out process prior to project completion.
  • Establish close out documentation requirements. Support the DCC team in the collection and tracking receipt of all closeout documents until completion, including warranties, “as-builts”, O&M manuals, etc.
  • Manage punch list, substantial completion and final completion process
  • Negotiate, resolve and close out any outstanding change orders, quality issues or disputes
  • Process and track any final invoices, payment applications, retention payments, etc.
  • Prepare and submit final project accounting and budget

Other duties as assigned.
Provides formal supervision to individual employees within single functional or operational area. Approves subordinate's recommendations for staff recruitment, selection, promotion, advancement, corrective action and termination. Effectively recommends same for direct reports to next level management for review and approval. Plans and monitors appropriate staffing levels and utilization of labor, including overtime. Prepares and delivers performance appraisal for staff. Mentors and coaches team members to further develop competencies. Leads by example and models behaviors that are consistent with the company's values.
Manages 3rd party project delivery resources/team (typically larger more experienced team). Responsible for identifying training needs, tracking performance, coaching, and motivating team members.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or related field. Minimum four or more years' construction administration, architecture, engineering or similar experience.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Minimum 5 years of experience focused project management in the telecommunications, low-voltage and fiber-optics construction experience.
  • Previous data center experience strongly desired but can be substituted with experience in similar critical environments where work involves impact to core functionalities and is governed with formal change control process.
  • Experience managing vendor relationships and understanding of standard practices in the design and construction industry, including knowledge of fast track design build processes.
  • Demonstrated skills in requirements gathering, resource organization, task prioritization, scheduling and achieving objectives on schedule, and within budget.
  • RCDD, PMP, or similar industry certifications strongly desired.

Licensure as either a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect is desired.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills. Ability to provide efficient, timely, reliable and courteous service to customers. Ability to effectively present information.
Requires advanced knowledge of financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate intermediate figures such as percentages, discounts, and commissions. Conducts advanced financial analysis.
Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to solve problems involving several options in situations. Requires advanced analytical and quantitative skills.
Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to read and understand architectural drawings. Knowledge in MS Project, leases, contracts, and construction practices.
Knowledge of the entitlement/permitting process and construction delivery methods and agreements. Familiarity with construction best practices, general building codes, and various building types and systems. Passion for being detail oriented and highly organized.
Decisions made with thorough understanding of procedures, company policies, and business practices to achieve general results and deadlines. Responsible for setting work unit and/or project deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause short-term impact to department.
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