The Specifications Writer for GGLO will act as a technical liaison to project teams, coordinating project specification deliverables and design guidelines throughout all phases of project design. They will define the quality of materials and workmanship, providing quality assurance and incorporating these into construction and project documents. This role requires a high level of collaboration, the ability to multi-task and work cross-functionally across all locations in the firm, and a desire to grow teams through education and mentorship. Success in this role means, delivering innovative education and training firm-wide, partnering with the quality assurance group to verify requirements are met within project specifications, and building and maintaining relationships with product manufacturers.
Develop GGLO’s specification processes and standards; develop and maintain custom specification masters and inserts.
Research and make available specification technical resource tools to project teams and individuals involved in the production of specifications
Convey a broad knowledge of building codes, structures, basic construction law and materials standards to others
Enhancing and maintaining office master specifications with the other project based specification writers
Assist with quality control and quality assurance processes
Validate compliance with applicable codes, regulations, and standards
Participates in weekly Design Team meetings and department staff meetings. Offers opportunities for process and standard improvement
Understand product design requirements and translates those requirements into specifications for materials, methods, equipment, procedures, installation, and certification testing necessary to install and erect building components
Participate in developing and improving GGLO document standards and best practice procedures and bridges the gap between design professionals, specifications, LEED, QA/QC and construction administration
Function as a technical leader and active member of GGLO’s technical group
Identify design and technical problems, and proposes solutions to recommend to the appropriate Design and Quality managers
Participate in fostering a green workplace through sustainable work practices and integrates sustainable design initiatives into specifications
Upkeep and organization of resource library
Meet with resource vendors to develop and refine new product selections
Assist Principals and Project Managers is developing fee proposals related to materials selection and specifications.
Consult with Project Managers to meet deadlines, and engage in quality management process
Prepare project specifications while advising project teams as they write Schematic Design narratives
Interview project teams and reviewing architectural plans to prepare specifications; assist teams in determining material and contract requirements for projects
Participate directly in meetings and communications with Pre-Construction services consultants and contractors, builders, sub-contractors and fabricators during all phases of design to understand project constraints and needs, and assist with developing solutions for the design team
Review documents and coordinates with design team to write and edit specifications for products
Prepare the product technical specifications package for project. Understand and administer the established process by including a checklist for each specification section and identifying principle decisions needed for each project; develop 3-part specifications from narrative as the project develops and defines requirements
Review drawings and specifications to coordinate nomenclature
Coordinate specifications with Building Information Modeling (BIM) strategies and specification writing software
Work to achieve equitable design decisions agreements without comprising important principles
Assist project teams in resolving problems related to the use and installation of building materials and products that arise during design and construction
5-10 years of experience in an Architectural/Engineering firm; or with a General Contractor
Architecture Degree from an accredited University in the United States
Knowledge of sustainable principles – LEED accreditation preferred
Experience with Microsoft Word and Masterspec, BSD SpecLink, Bluebeam, Revit, Sketch-Up, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Microsoft Office Suite, Link Manager
Strong project experience, proving a good understanding of building technology and practical knowledge of coordinating specifications with drawings
Working knowledge of professional practice issues and documents relating to specifications, including special requirements for front-end specifications
Ability to communicate with and understand the needs of project teams
Previous experience with medium and large-scale projects required
Knowledge of design, industry trends, construction methodology, and material application.
Demonstrated understanding of building codes, building systems, and construction material standards.
CSIs Certification such as CDT (Construction Documents Technology) or CCS (Certified Construction Specifier) or equivalent preferred
Authorization to work in the United States
Additional Salary Information: Along with competitive salaries, we offer a generous benefit package including fully paid medical, dental, vision and life insurance, a 401K with employer match program, annual profit-sharing contributions, as well as an annual discretionary bonus opportunity for all employees. Our employees enjoy activities including Thursday design reviews, our Emerging Professionals group, frequent happy hours, formal and informal mentorship programs, along with various staff events and parties throughout the year. Other perks include paid licensure and industry memberships, paid trainings, ORCA commuter passes, bike parking for cyclists, office bicycles for use, flexible schedules, casual dress code, relaxed atmosphere, pet policy, indoor gym, summer concert series in our outdoor space, and a collaborative, stable environment. Join our team—and love where you work.
Our office culture is friendly and informal. Our collaborative style is reflected in our integrated multi-disciplinary approach to design and our open office environment. Our leadership is active, involved, and approachable.Sustainability is one of our firm’s core values, and we have established an in-house Sustainable Design Group to help focus our knowledge and skills on sustainable approaches to our operations, as well as our projects. Our downtown Seattle office provides a healthy, comfortable working environment that is close to public transportation, community services, and entertainment. We value community involvement. Our principals and staff serve on boards for housing providers, community service organizations, and cultural groups. We encourage participation in neighborhood groups, volunteer organizations, and charitable events. We contribute to civic life in many diverse ways. With every project, we measure our success not simply by the function and beauty of the completed designs, but by our client’s satisfaction with each phase of the work. Because we believe a space should say something about its inhabitants, as well as the region it is a part of, we take factors like... client personality and community culture into consideration, designing for today’s needs and tomorrow’s possibilities.