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Capital Projects Construction Manager

About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more! If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you!

The Job: The Capital Projects Construction Manager will assist the Director of Facilities with day-to-day general construction management, oversight of Capital Projects and historic preservation/ restoration, and serve as the Museum’s representative for these projects. This position will oversee all aspects of construction management, including but not limited to: project and construction management; bidding and awarding of work; scheduling reviews and Museum coordination tasks; invoice and payment application approval; observing the construction means and methods; regular and consistent site inspections; review of city code compliance, ADA compliance; informing the Museum of progress at all steps along the way, and timing of critical decisions to be made by the Museum; owner/contractor meeting minute distribution; pay application review; and approvals and project closeout.

This position oversees the architectural and engineering services of capital projects and document review from other departments and submittals to licensed design professionals.


  • Scheduling of projects within timelines and budget.
  • Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, vendors, suppliers, contractors and subcontractors.
  • Manage the production of concept plans/diagrams depicting spatial organization by function, orientations, unique building features, image, efficiencies and future growth options, taking into account comments from the Museum as to overall spatial arrangement.
  • Manage the preparation and develop space plans/drawings showing common areas and the location and area of each respective function identified by the Museum.
  • Manage and coordinate the Architect, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) Engineer, Fire Alarm and other consultants, review and update the preliminary master cost plan to reflect any adjustments made during the Design Phase.
  • Manage the preparation of co-coordinated working drawings, specifications and schedules for all areas to be occupied by the Museum based on the approved design development drawings. The documents shall be fully coordinated with the MEP Consultant’s drawings and indicate the location and construction of all items in sufficient detail to enable the contractors to provide prices and, except in the case of specialist contractors, construct the works without the need for further design development drawings. The documents shall include designs that have practical tolerances and are such that a competent contractor can reasonably be expected to achieve the necessary quality standards.
  • Inspect and review projects to monitor for compliance with building and safety codes, and other regulations.
  • Provide oversight during the contractor permitting process.
  • Develop and Monitor Quality Assurance and Quality Control programs.
  • Take actions to deal with the results of delays, bad weather, or emergencies at construction sites.
  • Confer with supervisory personnel, management team members from various departments throughout the Museum, contractors, and design professionals to discuss and resolve matters such as work procedures, complaints, and construction problems.
  • Investigate damage, accidents, or delays at construction sites, to ensure that proper procedures are being carried out.
  • Manage day-to-day construction matters including Contractor and sub-contractor safety compliance, cost, schedule, performance, material management, construction, and project team dynamics.
  • Interacts effectively with contractor and museum staff to establish priorities and safe work procedures.
  • Monitor costs and quality to ensure value and technical performance of projects. Identify and resolve key issues impacting project schedule, cost and quality.
  • Outline, review and manage potential project scope change decisions in accordance with established change management objectives.
  • Coordinate regular meetings to ensure that site progress is formally monitored, design coordination between all relevant parties is efficiently undertaken, quality issues are addressed, etc.
  • Responsible for sketches, discussions, exchanges of information or other actions as required to coordinate designs of all parties connected with the projects.
  • Coordinate with all relevant parties to ensure that the requirements for operation and maintenance (O&M) manuals, warranties and as-built drawings are identified and that these requirements are formally forwarded onto the Museum.
  • Assist in development of multi-year capital improvement plans.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or related field, plus two (2) to four (4) years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with historical buildings and/or preservation/restoration strongly preferred.
  • Must be comfortable working in an active construction site, including interior, exterior and roof locations.
  • Adept at reading, interpreting, and modifying complex architectural plans and specifications.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Autodesk Revit, and/or other 3D design/modeling software required.
  • Experience with project management software (Microsoft Project or other) required.
  • Strong communication (verbal and written), interpersonal and teambuilding skills required.
  • Working knowledge of city building, exiting and fire codes.
  • Working knowledge of construction means and methods.
  • Basic knowledge of building operating systems.
  • Some evening and weekend work is required, as well as being readily available for building problems and emergencies on a 24-hour basis.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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