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CBRE Data Center Construction Project Manager - Moves, Adds, Retrofits, Changes and Utility Systems in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Data Center Construction Project Manager - Moves, Adds, Retrofits, Changes and Utility Systems

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Council Bluffs - Iowa - United States of America, Omaha - Nebraska - United States of America

CBRE is looking for a Data Center Construction Project Manager to manage data center construction projects for a large technology client in Council Bluffs, IA.

This is not a remote role. The Data Center Construction Project Manager will need to be on site regularly.


The “ Data Center MARCUS ( Moves, Adds, Retrofits, Changes & Utility Systems )

On-Site Construction Project Manager'' manages local on-site implementation of

client’s MARCUS PROGRAM involving upgrade/retrofit projects and helps administer

this site-based role managing Moves, Adds, Retrofits, Changes & Utility Systems ” and

miscellaneous MEP Infrastructure works for the entire site. Additional responsibility will

be as the overall MARCUS Program Manager of all Data Center Retrofit Projects

within existing data center facilities from design stage through to construction stages

and ultimate closeout /handover. All works are performed in the context of being an

Owner's Representative; i.e. – you are an acting appendage or extension of the



Data Center Infrastructure Upgrade/Retrofit Program Management

A. Pre-construction / Design / Planning

  • Work with Contractor(s) / A&E design team to create and establish the Master

  • Project Schedule, based on the Critical Path and key milestones

  • Create and establish the Master Project Budget, including soft costs and hard

  • costs

  • Support Contractor pre-qualification, bid solicitation, bid analysis and

  • recommendations

  • Support Contract negotiation, typically in concert with the Client’s PM and legal

  • counsel, including establishment of all GC “business terms” including mark-ups,

  • fees, insurance, labor rates, escalation, etc.

  • Coordinate Design Team activities

  • Ensure A&E is completing the complete list of City and/or other Authority

  • approvals process, permitting, etc

  • Coordinate Constructability review of the project documents

  • Provide / gather cost estimates working with subs and other vendors for scope

  • gaps/changes

  • Coordinate Value Engineering effort

  • Produce Cash flow projections on a monthly or quarterly basis as required

B. Construction

  • Manage General Contractor and other directly contracted vendors by working

  • through onsite Construction Management team

  • Manage Cost / Change Control, including change order review, negotiation, &

  • recommendations, delay analysis - At program level

  • Coordinate Value Engineering

  • Ensure Budget Management and Tracking

  • Schedule monitoring, tracking and analysis

  • Ensure document control (track and coordinate addenda, bulletins, new drawing

  • sets, clarifications, etc) process is in place

  • Ensure QA/QC is being followed and report any issues/gaps

  • Ensure tracking of all key project documents, including submittals, RFI’s, change

  • orders, invoices and payments, lien releases, etc is being enforced

  • Coordination and management of all Owner-direct vendors working with supply

  • chain and consultants

  • Periodic ensurance of safe construction practices by GC and vendors

C. Project Close Out / Fit-Up

  • Initiate close out process prior to project completion, typically two to three

  • months in advance with Document Control team, setting timelines and

  • responsibilities

  • Establish close out documentation requirements. Ensure receipt of all close out

  • documents until completion, including warranties, as-builts, O&M manuals, etc.

  • Ensure punch list, substantial completion and final completion process through

  • onsite Construction management team

  • Negotiate, resolve and close out any outstanding change orders, quality issues

  • or disputes

  • Process and track any final invoices, payment applications, retention payments,

  • etc

  • Prepare and submit final project accounting and budget

  • Assist client in scheduling, coordination and management of all Owner-direct

  • vendors, consultants.


No formal supervisory responsibilities in this position. May provides informal assistance such as technical guidance, and/or training to coworkers. May lead project teams and/or plan, and supervise assignments of lower level employees.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree in Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, or related field. Minimum four or more years' construction administration, architecture, engineering or similar experience.

Preferred skills :

Formal Project Management methods / best practices

Cross functional team participation in a high-tech, dynamic environment

Excellent problem-solving, critical thinking and analytical skills.

Proven track record in delivering high-quality programs

Passionate about solving complex challenges within aggressive timelines

Detail oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to

multi-task in a fast-paced and quickly-changing environment.

Preferred Education :

Bachelor of Science in one of the following:

Business Administration

Construction Management

Construction Project Management

Mechanical or Electrical Engineering


Recommended experience:

Technical Project Management or Coordination

Mission critical or Industrial facilities upgrades and retrofits project management

Standard business applications and tools

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive, Drawings, Hangouts, etc.

○icrosoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Scheduling application: Primavera P6, P3 is an advantage


Licensure as either a Professional Engineer or Registered Architect is desired.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills. Ability to provide efficient, timely, reliable and courteous service to customers. Ability to effectively present information.


Requires advanced knowledge of financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate intermediate figures such as percentages, discounts, and commissions. Conducts advanced financial analysis.


Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to solve problems involving several options in situations. Requires advanced analytical and quantitative skills.


Intermediate skills with Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to read and understand architectural drawings. Knowledge in MS Project, leases, contracts, and construction practices.

Knowledge of the entitlement/permitting process and construction delivery methods and agreements. Familiarity with construction best practices, general building codes, and various building types and systems. Passion for being detail oriented and highly organized.


Decisions made with thorough understanding of procedures, company policies, and business practices to achieve general results and deadlines. Responsible for setting work unit and/or project deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause short-term impact to department.

CBRE, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer (Women/Minorities/Persons with Disabilities/US Veterans)