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Project Manager (Lite-Commercial & Residential Restoration)

Department: Construction
Location: Chicago , IL


 Responsible for ensuring quality construction in accordance with plans and specifications for home construction on the Residential Sound Insulation Program.  

Supervises, directs, and coordinates design and project management including direct liaison with the homeowner, designers, and contractors regarding cost, schedule, quality, and contract administration.  Construction liaison with homeowners, insure contractors adhere to the scope and specifications of the contract, as well as, meeting all the requirements of the General Conditions.  


Acts independently to determine methods and procedures on new or special assignments. Supervises others. 
JOB DUTIES: Performs the below duties and all other duties as assigned.

Schedule Management

  • Reviews and approves contractor schedules.
  • Distributes schedules and folders to Project Inspectors. 
  • Meets daily with superintendent on day’s progress and next day’s schedule.
  • Conducts weekly construction progress meetings with contractor.
  • Reviews and signs off on weekly schedule updates. 
  • Monitors schedule and notify contractor of possible liquidated damages.

Cost Management

  • Reviews progress payments and sign off on quantities billed.

Quality Management

  • Conducts pre-construction meeting. 
  • Reviews all contractor submittals (approximately 110-140 per contract).
  • Attends field measurements appointments documenting changes. 
  • Conducts weekly meetings regarding product deliveries and submittals (not a weekly project status meeting).
  • Reviews all reports filled out by Project Inspectors.
  • Reviews and signs off on all field orders.
  • Conducts punch-list inspection with contractor and homeowner.
  • Reviews QA/QC checklist filled out by Project Inspectors. 
  • Issues substantial completion letters for each home.
  • Issues substantial completion letter for contract.

Homeowner Liaison

  • Meets with homeowners explaining products and what to expect during construction.    
  • Meets with mechanical subcontractor and homeowners receiving HVAC to review plans and get homeowner sign off.  
  • Visits homes on first day of construction and as needed to review work to be done, determine if contractor needs to move furniture or assist homeowner, and answer questions or address any concerns homeowners may have. 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, or related field.
  • Typically requires 8 years related experience, including residential home construction management experience and experience working with public entities. 
  • 1 year experience managing other PMs desired.
  • Ability to use a computer, the Internet, and word processing, spreadsheet, and email software. 
Flexibility and Adaptability 
  • Recovers from disappointments and setbacks.
  • Works effectively with unstructured teams, situations, or environments.
  • Helps others adapt to changing environments and accept new situations.
Learning Oriented 
  • Works to create a climate that values learning as a lifelong professional requirement.
  • Leads in establishing a climate that views errors and failures as learning opportunities.
  • Seeks opportunities to help others learn as teacher, coach, and mentor.
Oral Communications 
  • Facilitates effective communication with senior technical and business associates. 
  • Interacts with a wide variety of technical and business audiences.
  • Analyzes, determines, and presents the right message, verifying it is received as intended. 
  • Effectively presents to clients, delivering key messages clearly and succinctly.
  • Promotes focus on team accomplishments, sharing credit. 
  • Monitors individual and team morale; intervenes appropriately. 
  • Evaluates individual and team effectiveness; recommends or makes improvements.
Problem Solving 
  • Identifies and documents specific problems and resolution alternatives.
  • Helps to analyze risks and benefits of alternative approaches and obtain decision on resolution.
  • Facilitates reconciliation rather than divisiveness among individuals.
Written Communication 
  • Produces written materials in business- and industry-specific technical language.
  • Adapts writing -- language, form, style, tone -- to different audiences.
  • Reviews the written materials of others and provides feedback and coaching. 
 Job duties in an office setting require the following:
  • Ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to move throughout the office
  • The ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects
  • Good hand-eye coordination; the ability to reach with hands and arms; and arm, hand, and finger dexterity, including the ability to grasp
  • Close visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate office equipment, prepare and review data and figures, and view a computer monitor;
  • The ability to talk and hear
  • The ability to work in an upper level of a high-rise office building (Cotter Chicago office and some client offices); 
  • The ability to handle temperature changes consistent with inside environmental conditions;
  • Mental abilities including remembering, reasoning, concentrating to remain on task, reading, problem solving, managing concurrent tasks, and the ability to understand and follow directions. 


Job duties that require visiting a construction work site require the following: 
  • Normal color vision; 
  • The ability to ascend and descend ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, etc., using feet and legs and/or hands and arms;
  • The ability to move across uneven surfaces and the ability to maintain body equilibrium to prevent falling on uneven or slippery surfaces; 
  • The ability to stoop, kneel, or crouch; 
  • The ability to stand for sustained periods of time;
  • The ability to work in confined spaces and narrow passageways; 
  • The ability to work in high places;
  • The ability to handle outside environmental conditions including extreme heat, extreme cold, loud noise levels, fumes, odors, dusts, gases, and oils.

Milhouse Engineering and Construction is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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