Director of Facilities Design & Construction

Industry: Facilities Management
Location: California - Sacramento
Sector: Healthcare
Search ID: 21-0504-08
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Lee Grandovic
Lee Grandovic
UC Davis Health has retained Helbling to conduct an executive search to secure a Director of Facilities Design & Construction.

Position & Capital Plan Overview

Title: Director of Facilities Design & Construction
Department Location: Facilities Planning 4800 2nd Avenue Sacramento, CA 95817
Supervisor: Executive Director of Design, Planning & Development

The Director for UC Davis Health Facilities Design & Construction provides essential leadership and expertise for the Capital Improvement Program of Facilities. This includes the authority and responsibility to manage acute care (OSHPD) and Non-OSHPD capital improvement project scoping, programming, design, regulatory approval, and construction for projects ranging from $1,000 to $3 Billion. This position has primary responsibility for implementing and achieving the department’s purpose. The role ensures assigned projects are delivered within scope, schedule, budget, and quality levels are consistent with partner/client expectations. This position has full responsibility for major elements of Project Management and Design programs for the department. This position leads, directs, and manages the overall Project Management operations and Design services, contracts unit, administration, and QA/QC. The role serves as the Campus Architect, UC Davis Health Designated Building Official, and Authority Having Jurisdiction and coordination with OSHPD and other regulatory parties. The Director is responsible for integrated coordination with financial and strategy leadership to develop capital project delivery in support of UC Davis Health. The position represents the department and acts on behalf of the Executive Director during the Executive Director’s absence.

2020-2026 UC Davis Health Capital Need
UC Davis Health’s capital priorities improve inpatient and outpatient space by: meeting California seismic mandates; modernizing aging technology, office space, and parking infrastructure to support continued growth; and expanding inpatient and outpatient services in the Sacramento region to facilitate better patient access with the goal of improving health outcomes for all. Challenges for the upcoming Capital Financial Plan term will not only need to directly address infrastructure needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but also consider healthcare delivery with the potential of future major viral outbreaks. As UC Davis Health attempts to deliver its robust capital program, it is doing so considering new issues such as: the impact of telework as it relates to space utilization and healthcare delivery; possible changes to building planning for screening (and its effect on layout and design); a renewed focus on the expansion of research for clinical trials and vaccine development with an emphasis on how research intersects and supports inpatient and outpatient care space; and the management and distribution of vaccines and expansion of testing equipment for viral screening. Major projects include an 800,000-square foot California Tower on the Sacramento campus, $300 million of renovations at Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, a $75 million Ambulatory Surgery Center, and more than $160 million to support the Regional Inpatient Strategy. UC Davis Health will also invest more than $125 million on projects between $1 and $10 million.

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Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience or training.
  • Extensive management experience in planning, design, construction and/or management of large projects and facilities.
  • Licensed Architect in California or ability to obtain a license within one year of hire.
  • Proven leadership skills that include work with complex organizations and large projects.
  • Clear communicator with a strong grasp of political and organizational dynamics.
  • A background in facilities capital projects.
  • Superior skills in the financial modeling, operations, and management of large-scale healthcare projects and facilities.
  • Financial skills to prepare, monitor, and manage complex detailed project budgets, evaluate independent cost estimates, and review and approve payment requests.
  • Leadership and managerial skills to direct several professional teams working on unique and technically difficult projects in a complex administrative environment.
  • Experience supervising personnel including recruitment, training, work assignment, setting expectations, evaluating performance and initiating reward or corrective action as required.
  • Extensive knowledge of current project and construction costs and experience with industry standard cost estimating systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of typical design and construction sequences and durations necessary to prepare, monitor, and manage detailed project schedules.
  • Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, scheduling, project management, and document management database programs. Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, Outlook, and Windows operating environment.
  • Advanced degree in a related area.
  • Certified Building Official.
  • Knowledge of inpatient and outpatient health care facilities operations.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of Lean Principles, Integrated Project Delivery, and Lean Construction Techniques.
  • Experience as a project manager of institutional major capital projects with leadership responsibility for budgets, schedules, and team coordination.
  • Experience working in an academic healthcare setting.
  • Experience with the risk/reward structure of various types of design and construction contracts and how a contract’s structure supports the project’s goals.
  • Working knowledge of regulatory requirements including CA Title 24, OSHPD, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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