Forest Preserves of Cook County

Associate Building Architect

Full-Time
Mid-Level
River Forest,
Hybrid

About the Job

Full-Time
Mid-Level
River Forest,
Hybrid
Under the general direction of the Chief Building Architect, assists in the design, evaluation, and development of architectural plans for building projects. Assists in monitoring projects and consultants to ensure compliance with budgets, schedules, contracts, and specifications. Inspects construction work in program standards, area bid specifications, reviews plans and drawings to conform with established codes and safety standards; provides technical advice and assistance to other managers and staff in connection with proposed and scheduled projects.

Applicant Requirements

Typical Duties

Manages plans, designs, and bid drawings, specifications, and cost estimates for various building projects including nature centers, picnic shelters, police stations, maintenance facilities, restroom facilities, and other Forest Preserve facilities.

Assists in implementing the day-to-day operations of the building architecture section by preparing work schedules, reports, correspondence, budgets, plans, and directives relative to proposed projects and/or works in progress.

Assists in developing and maintaining the District’s capital improvement plan that is used in strategic planning for all District capital improvements and other comprehensive plans and studies relating to the District’s buildings.

Provides technical guidance and assistance to engineers, staff, and other managers in connection with various projects.

Attends department review meetings to provide input and discuss goals and objectives.

Manages and directs outside consultants in connection with development projects for District buildings and facilities.

Inspects construction work in progress for compliance with established contract specifications and applicable codes and standards. Conducts detailed on-site assessment of existing buildings and facilities for building code compliance and need of restoration.

Confers with building and zoning officials, fire officials, and other District staff in accordance with various projects or other issues and concerns that may arise.

Maintains neat and accurate records, logs, and drawings for projects.

Reviews and approves pay applications to vendors.

Confers with, consults, and advises the Chief Building Architect and other District officials in all related matters, as necessary; recommends the safest and most effective use of buildings and facilities from an architectural perspective, based on the latest trends and developments in the field.

  Minimum Qualifications Must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in architecture from an accredited college or university and at least 5 years of full-time work experience as an architect, including at least 1 year of full-time work experience as a construction administrator or project manager on architectural construction projects. Must possess a valid driver’s license. Must be licensed as an architect in the State of Illinois.    

Date Posted:

10.05.23
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About the Company

The Forest Preserves of Cook County, with nearly 70,000 acres, is one of the oldest and largest forest preserve districts in the United States. It receives an estimated 62 million visits each year, providing an escape into a world teeming with wildlife and rich with outdoor recreation and environmental education opportunities. The Planning & Development Department plans, designs and constructs capital improvements to make the Forest Preserves more accessible and welcoming to visitors. In recent years, the Planning and Development Department has managed significant investments in campgrounds, trails and popular recreation sites, as well as major renovations of existing buildings and infrastructure to improve safety and accessibility.

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