Campus Planning and Open Spaces Coordinator

Posted May 3, 2018 - Closes May 21, 2018
Edmonton, AB

Campus Planning and Open Spaces Coordinator 

This position has an expected end date of six months from the date of hire, with the possibility of extension up to one year.

Founded in 1908, the University of Alberta (the University) is comprised of approximately 50,000 undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students along with faculty, academic and non-academic support staff across our 5 campuses, Botanic Garden and research lands, totally over 900 acres of property.  To assist in the initiation and delivery of planning, design and construction projects across the portfolio in our dynamic and ever-changing environment, the University is seeking an experienced and enthusiastic Campus Planning and Open Spaces Coordinator (the Coordinator) to join our Planning & Project Delivery team on our North Campus in Edmonton.

Reporting to the Manager, Campus Planning & Development, the Coordinator will work closely with internal University departments/units, along with external stakeholders, consultants and contractors, in the pursuit of a safe, healthy and high quality public realm for our campus community, neighbours and visitors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support in the creation, development and amendment of campus planning documents, drawings and graphics in accordance with the vision, goals and strategies outlined in the Institutional Strategic Plan, such as:
    • Long Range Development Plans (LRDP) and Sector Plans
    • Campus Open Space and Landscape Plans
    • Active Transportation and Transportation Demand Management
    • Stakeholder and Community Engagement
    • Planning and Design Guidelines
  • Signage, Wayfinding and Campus Art
  • Develop and maintain close working relationships with those departments within Facilities & Operations and the broader University community as needed to facilitate the planning and delivery of various substantial development projects, for example:
    • Project Management Office
    • Design and Technical Services
    • Utilities (incl. Energy Management and Sustainable Operations)
    • Operations and Maintenance (e.g. Buildings & Grounds Services)
    • Community Relations
  • As Office of the University Architect (OUA) representative, support and contribute to the design and implementation of substantial development projects from a campus planning, urban design and landscape architectural perspective. This includes the review of consultant drawings and associated coordination, attendance at meetings, site visits, construction review, and other tasks related to:
    • Site planning, layout, access and circulation
    • Landscape elements (planting, soils, irrigation, etc.)
    • Hardscape elements (sidewalks, plazas, stairs, ramps, retaining walls, etc.)
    • Site grading and drainage
    • Site furnishings (benches, waste receptacles, planters, etc.)
    • Pedestrian-oriented lighting (poles, bollards)
    • Tree protection
    • Active transportation plans and related infrastructure/facilities
    • Universal accessibility
    • Pedestrian safety (e.g. crosswalks, CPTED principles, etc.)
    • Streetscapes, parking lots, drop-offs
    • Outdoor sports and recreation facilities
  • Initiate and/or lead campus open space design and construction projects (internally or with a consultant) in support of faculty or department initiatives, including site analysis, program development, concept plans/sketches, presentation drawings, technical design drawings, cost estimating, tender evaluation/award, contract/construction administration, etc.
  • Together with Supply Management Services, support the consultant procurement process through the writing of Requests for Proposals, answering of bidder questions, proposal evaluation and award recommendation, etc.

Skills, Qualifications + Experience:

  • Diploma or University Degree in Landscape Architecture, Environmental Design, Urban Planning, Urban Design or related educational background (equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered)
  • 5+ years of progressively responsible experience managing, coordinating and/or collaborating on projects within multi-disciplinary design/construction teams including the following professional disciplines:
    • Landscape architecture / urban design
    • Urban planning / campus planning
    • Engineering (civil, electrical, mechanical, structural, geotechnical, etc.)
    • Architecture
    • Transportation Planning (incl. active transportation)
  • Demonstrated experience delivering projects from start to finish (of the project lifecycle):
    • Business cases and project feasibility
    • Vision establishment, program development and concept design
    • Preliminary/detailed design and coordination, including order of magnitude cost estimates
    • Tender assistance and evaluation
    • Construction management and contract administration
  • Strong visual communication skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, Google Sketchup, etc.; Hand drawing/sketching skills will be considered an asset
  • Clear and effective written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to lead meetings, write reports and give presentations
  • Excellent organizational skills, with the ability to balance multiple project simultaneously
  • Adaptable and accountable team player with a strong work ethic, creative problem-solving skills and a client-oriented approach
  • Professional accreditation with the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) or related discipline will be considered an asset
  • Experience working with/for educational, institutional and/or municipal sectors will be considered an asset
  • Experience with and/or certification in sustainable design and green building, including working knowledge of Smart Growth principles will be considered an asset
  • Qualifications and/or experience with landscape restoration/naturalization and biodiversity will be considered an asset
  • Working knowledge of ArcGIS (geographic information system software) will be considered an asset

How to apply:

Please apply online with your resume and cover letter on the "Careers @ the University of Alberta" page:

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