POPULOUS is a global design practice that creates the places where people love to be together, like Yankee Stadium, the London Olympics and the Super Bowl. No matter the office around the globe, one thing remains true: creativity is the lifeblood of Populous, and we encourage every employee to uncover answers to the questions that continue to push us on our path to growth. We believe in creating unforgettable experiences in the big and small things we do every day. If you like to be a part of a specifications team focused on creating spaces and experiences that bring communities and people together, please consider our open position for a Specifications Writer in our Kansas City office.
This role provides a unique opportunity to work for a world leading design firm in Kansas City. Our firm is seeking a team-oriented individual to fill the Specifications Writer position. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years’ experience, and have an interest in pursuing a career specifically in Specifications.
Reviews drawings and other documents to write and edit specifications for projects and coordinates compliance with project requirements, institutional guidelines, Populous standards, technical conditions, acceptable standards, and existing laws, rules, regulations and codes.
Interprets the project design requirements and translates those requirements into materials, methods, equipment, procedures, installation, and certification testing necessary to provide the narrative descriptions which are used to procure, install and erect building components.
Participates in fostering a green workplace through sustainable work practices.
Integrates sustainable design initiatives into specifications.
Participates in QA/QC reviews and checks on project documents.
Coordinates specifications with Building Information Modeling (BIM) strategies and specification writing software.
Collaborates with project managers and architects with material and system constructability analysis.
Performs product research; assists project designers with material selection and system research.
Participates in quality management reviews and technical advice in design development through construction document phases.
Assists project architects with shop drawing and product substitution review.
Coordinates and reviews consultant technical specifications for conformance with Populous standards.
Acts as a risk management resource to other project leaders.
Develops and maintains relationships with vendors.
Develops new specification sections as needed.
Participates in developing and improving Populous document standards and best practice procedures and bridges the gap between design professionals, specifications, LEED, QA/QC and construction administration.
Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:
Ability to work on a team, as well as, independently. This role works very closely with architects, designers, consultants and other spec writers to complete projects.
Strong knowledge of architectural design, engineering coordination, design trends, products, construction methodology, building systems, material application, and manufacturer-supplier appropriateness.
Strong knowledge of construction procedures and schedules.
Strong knowledge of building envelope components, interior plans and material requirements of all building and facility types. Knowledge in sports, convention centers, aviation, healthcare, higher education or other large assembly type building specifications is preferred but not required.
Strong knowledge of building codes and ability to research and apply/incorporate into technical documents.
Proficiency in specifications software programs such as e-SPECS preferred.
Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
Proficiency in NewForma platform preferred.
Ability to produce a well-coordinated, detail-oriented, fully integrated specifications.
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously and produce results within deadline.
Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or equivalent in appropriate education and experience required.
Construction Specifications Institute certification preferred (CDT).
LEED Green Associate preferred (LEED GA).
Minimum 5 years in architectural practice with prior experience in specifications development.
The Specifications Writer reports to and works alongside the Director of Specifications to coordinates activities with other architectural development staff.
Office environment, some travel maybe required and overtime required.
Populous offers a competitive salary, bonus and benefit packages, including medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k, flexible spending accounts, paid time off and continuing education benefits. Populous is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law.
We are a group of innovators, ground breakers and visionaries. We are a global collective of architects, designers, technical experts and industry veterans. We are the people who create the places where millions unite.
Each project we undertake has a set of unique challenges it faces. Through listening, observing and collaborating closely with our clients we discover opportunities to amplify t...he character of a place or community. Our team’s international perspective brings together ideas from across cultures, activities, building types, events, and landscapes to realize a vision that connects fans with each other through their shared passions.
Over three decades and more than 1,000 projects, our team has built a business on building businesses. With our keen understanding of the industry, we harness that knowledge to create places and experiences that have a strong and lasting impact on communities. We unlock potential and generate durable revenue streams.
We design with futures in mind.