About & Careers

JOB OPENINGS:

1.   ARCHITECT  (Details below)

2.  FACILITY ASSESSOR (Details below)

3.  DATA VISUALIZATION SPECIALIST (Details below)

 

 TO APPLY

 Send cover letter and resume to:     careers@cr-bps.com

Email subject line to read:                 Position – applicant’s last name

 

1.  ARCHITECT

POSITION SUMMARY

CR-BPS is seeking a registered architect (licensed in MN and WI) with building science expertise to join our growing team as both an Architect and Lead Account Manager. This individual will be responsible for maintaining and expanding CR-BPS’s Facility + Energy Asset Management and High Performance Design core services. This position offers tremendous growth opportunity

This Architect will be responsible for performing project tasks associated with predesign and conceptual design planning for multiple building types, primarily owned and managed by local government units. Additionally, this person will assist teams with predesign analysis tasks, such as conducting energy audits, conducting facility condition assessments, evaluating building systems, identifying building deficiencies and opportunities (energy conservation opportunities included), creating designs that capitalize on those opportunities, and monitoring/verifying anticipated outcomes. 

In addition to predesign and conceptual design development, this architect will develop construction documents and be charged with construction administration for both existing and new high performance buildings  (e.g., achieve NET Zero, Living Building Challenge, LEED, Passive House or Energy Star Certifications).   

This Architect will be responsible for fostering relationships with existing Asset + Energy Management Clients, consulting with them on an on-going basis to monitor and address their evolving needs.  This individual will also be responsible for securing new Asset + Energy Management Clients.

CR-BPS seeks a candidate who is passionate about high performance design, is energetic, driven to succeed, individually motivated, and most importantly, stimulated and curious about building science techniques and innovations.  This is a great opportunity for an individual who has the talent and skills to improve both existing and new building stock and can act proactively as an integral part of the CR-BPS entrepreneurial team.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ANTICIPATED TASKS

  • Serve as Project Manager, monitoring associated tasks, such as scheduling, budgeting and coordination.
  • Actively support a data driven, integrated design, whole-systems-thinking approach.
  • Work collaboratively in a mentoring/team environment with colleagues who operate out of satellite offices across Minnesota and Wisconsin.
  • Perform Architectural tasks and produce associated deliverables in all project phases:
    • Assessment/Audit
    • Planning (emphasis)
    • Conceptual/Schematic design (emphasis)
    • Design Development
    • Construction Administration
    • Occupancy and Post Occupancy
    • Testing, Monitoring and Verification
    • Certifications (e.g., LEED, Living Building Challenge, etc.).
  • Design and manage projects for extremely high performance buildings (all project phases).
  • Generate sustainability documentation, as required for LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge, Energy Star/Portfolio Manager, Net Positive/Net Zero verification, Minnesota B-3, Green Step Cities, Green Communities Criteria, Climate Change Resiliency metrics,
  • Project manage and foster relationships with asset + energy management clients with multi-building portfolio, and act as their on-going advisor for all facility and energy management needs.
  • Collect all facility and energy building systems data, recognize deficiencies and opportunities, conceptualize solutions to remedy those deficiencies and capitalize on opportunities, and make professional recommendations regarding next steps.
  • Perform extensive predesign and conceptual planning services.
  • Produce long term capital plans and budgets for multi-facility portfolios.
  • Maintain on-going, positive interaction with CR-BPS clients’ facilities management staff.
  • Meet with Clients on a monthly basis.
  • Create data driven reports/presentations that effectively communicate to Clients and their constituents the current realties of Client’s existing facilities, and recommended next steps in capital improvement project planning and budgeting.
  • Perform ASHRAE Level I, II and III Energy Audits.
  • Perform Life Cycle Assessments.
  • Identify Energy Conservation Opportunities (ECO’s) and design how to achieve/accomplish.
  • Communicate and establish Facility Condition Index (FCI), Energy Usage Intensity (EUI), replacement value (RV), return on investment (ROI), Water Usage Intensity, simple and incremental paybacks, etc.
  • UniFormat II Classification of systems.
  • RS Means Cost Estimating.
  • Renewable energy system design, verification, monitoring and testing.
  • On-going research of advancements in sustainable building practices.

EDUCATION

  • Masters of Architecture from an accredited higher education institution
  • Licensed Architect (preferably in MN and WI)
  • Additional Certifications, preferred but not mandatory:
    • LEED Accredited Professional
    • Passive House Consultant certification
    • Energy Manager/Auditor Accreditation from a recognized organization/institution

EXPERIENCE

  • Minimum 10 years of experience working in the building science, architecture or engineering industry   
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with/for local, state and/or federal governments
  • Demonstrated successful experience working with Clients who are Facility Managers, Energy Managers, Public Works Directors, etc.
  • Demonstrated successful experience performing the following services:  
    • Project Management
    • High Performance building design
    • Identifying Energy Conservation Opportunities
    • Delivering standard architectural services
    • Facility Condition Assessments

SOFTWARE EXPECTATIONS

Experience using the following Software/Technology systems is required:

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • AutoCAD
  • Adobe Suite
  • Means Cost Estimating Platforms
  • Google email/ calendar

 Knowledge of the following Software/ Technology systems is preferred:

  • Revit
  • VFA
  • Archibus
    • Portfolio Manager
    • MN B3 Benchmarking

OFFICE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must work from, manage, and operate personal satellite office in the metropolitan area of Twin Cities or Duluth, Minnesota, or western Wisconsin and work collaboratively with team members who also operate from satellite offices.
  • Must be comfortable working virtually with the ability to communicate effectively via phone/web/email/teleconference for meetings, brainstorm sessions, project collaboration, project deliverables, mentorship, etc.
  • Must have access from personal office to:
    • A reliable motor vehicle
    • A PC computer that is a laptop/portable and is a 2014 or later model with large hard drive storage
    • Cell phone with high quality reception (all manufactures acceptable)
    • High speed internet
    • Printer/Scanner/Copier
    • WIFI hot-spot capability is desired but not required 

TRAVEL EXPECTATIONS

A maximum of 30% travel (primarily within Minnesota and surrounding states).

 

2.  FACILITY ASSESSOR

POSITION SUMMARY

The CR-BPS Facility Assessor will perform a variety of standard facility evaluations by applying architectural and/or engineering standards, practices, and techniques. Additionally, the Assessor is responsible for visually evaluating the architectural/MEP building systems and noting any deficient conditions. This individual will collaborate with the CR-BPS team, providing sound facility assessments data to support the evaluation and analysis of new and existing building systems; identifying building deficiencies and energy conservation opportunities; and developing capital plans, budgets, and high performance designs.

The qualified candidate must be a high-performing, energetic individual who is personally motivated to achieve excellence and has a proven track record of success working independently with little supervision.  

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ANTICIPATED TASKS

  • Perform physical inspections of facilities and all related building systems by applying architectural and/or engineering standards, practices, and techniques
  • Demonstrate proficiency in locating, evaluating, and reporting on the current conditions of major building systems and their individual components
  • Perform accessibility, safety, regulatory and other related services in life cycle of facilities
  • Recognize issues relating to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), life safety code, and relevant building and energy codes
  • Provide, if needed, independent, professional recommendations for remaining service life and recommend repair or replacement actions for deficient conditions
  • Recommend, if needed, corrective actions for associated deficient conditions in sufficient detail to support cost estimates
  • Prepare written narrative descriptions about the general condition of systems
  • Enter, organize, and manage facility, energy and related building systems data using an on-line, asset management and capital planning tool
  • Use UNIFORMAT II Classification of Systems standards
  • Review and interpret drawings
  • Perform basic building calculations: quantities of building system components, building dimensions, and take-offs, etc.
  • Communicate with management team on schedule and project status
  • Develop cost estimates
  • Identify Energy Conservation Opportunities (ECO’s) and provide independent, professional recommendations
  • Perform other responsibilities associated with this position, as appropriate

EDUCATION

Associate or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university/school in Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Facility Assessment, Facility Management, Construction Management, or similar curriculum.

Additional association or accreditation (preferred but not mandatory):

  • Building Performance Institute (BPI)
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Association with USGBC, BOMA, ASHREA, LBC
  • Energy Manager/Auditor Accreditation from a recognized organization/institution

EXPERIENCE

A minimum of three years experience conducting facility assessments and reporting facility assessment data for municipal, educational, commercial, or similar types of buildings. 

SOFTWARE EXPECTATIONS

Experience using the following Software/Technology systems is required:

  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • AutoCAD
  • Adobe Suite
  • Means Cost Estimating Platforms
  • Google email/ calendar

Knowledge of the following Software/ Technology systems is preferred:

  • Revit
  • VFA
  • Archibus
    • Portfolio Manager
    • MN B3 Benchmarking

OFFICE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must work from, manage, and operate personal satellite office in the metropolitan area of Twin Cities or Duluth, Minnesota, or western Wisconsin and work collaboratively with team members who also operate from satellite offices.
  • Must be comfortable working virtually with the ability to communicate effectively via phone/web/email/teleconference for meetings, brainstorm sessions, project collaboration, project deliverables, mentorship, etc.
  • Must have access from personal office to:
    • A reliable motor vehicle
    • A PC computer that is a laptop/portable and is a 2014 or later model with large hard drive storage
    • Cell phone with high quality reception (all manufactures acceptable)
    • High speed internet
    • Printer/Scanner/Copier
    • WIFI hot-spot capability is desired but not required 

TRAVEL EXPECTATIONS

A maximum of 40% travel (primarily within Minnesota and surrounding states).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Field work and at client sites requires the ability to lift objects up to 40 pounds and to regularly climb ladders and stairs in order to assess various building systems (including roofing systems).  The Facility Assessor must be able to work outside in all weather conditions.

 

3.  DATA VISUALIZATION SPECIALIST

POSITION SUMMARY

CR-BPS is looking for an independent contractor, sub contractor, or part-time employee to act as a Data Visualization Specialist for our growing team.  The CR-BPS Data Visualization Specialist will be responsible for organizing and interpreting mid-large sets of building, energy and financial data; and, will be responsible for creatively and innovatively communicating this data in the form of clear, concise and impactful graphics/ visuals that best communicate one/multiple building’s story.  A passion for data and visual storytelling is key.

We anticipate the building, energy and financial data sets to exist in Xcel spreadsheet format, and shall be translated into graphs, charts and other graphics/ visuals that best tell the story of a facility and its current condition/ energy performance, as well as cost implications long term.  The visuals are to be presented internally to the CR-BPS team, as well as externally to clients and prospective clients (mainly Facility Managers, Public Works Directors, Facility Owners, Government Officials, and other individuals who are in charge of making critical decisions in regards to facility and energy management for existing facilities).  The goal of these graphics/ visuals is to take a complex data set (facility, energy and financial data) and communicate it in a visual format that is easy to understand by end users.

The qualified candidate must be a high-performing, energetic individual who is personally motivated to achieve excellence and has a proven track record of success working independently with little supervision.  

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ANTICIPATED TASKS

  • Data analysis of facility, energy and financial information
  • Conceptual interpretation of numerical data
  • Creating graphic and visual representations (emphasis on storytelling)
  • Basic understanding of facility, energy and financial information
  • Perform other responsibilities associated with this position, as appropriate
  • Effectively communicate graphics and visuals to CR-BPS team and Clients
  • Presentation assembly and assistance
  • Proven ability to work independently, multitask, and meet deadlines

EDUCATION

Associates Degree or Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited program, college or university in related field.

EXPERIENCE

A minimum of two-year’s experience with data analysis, statistics, data modeling and visual/ graphic representations.

SOFTWARE EXPECTATIONS

Experience using the following Software/Technology systems is preferred

  • Microsoft Office Suite (Excel and PowerPoint a must)
  • Facility Asset + Energy Management Tools (VFA, ArchiBus, MN B3 Benchmarking, etc.)
  • Tableau or equivalent data visualization/BI software
  • Adobe Suite
  • Google email/ calendar

OFFICE REQUIREMENTS

  • Must work from, manage, and operate a personal satellite office in the metropolitan area of Twin Cities or Duluth, Minnesota, or western Wisconsin and work collaboratively with team members who also operate from satellite offices.
  • Must be comfortable working virtually with the ability to communicate effectively via phone/ web/ email/ teleconference for meetings, brainstorm sessions, project collaboration, project deliverables, mentorship, etc.
  • Must have access from personal office to:
    • A reliable motor vehicle
    • A PC computer that is a laptop/portable and is a 2014 or later model
    • Cell phone with high quality reception (all manufactures acceptable)
    • High speed internet
    • Printer/Scanner/Copier
    • WIFI hot-spot capability is desired but not required 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

PERSONALITY/WORK ETHIC/PASSION:  

  • A passion for data and visual storytelling is key
    • Demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit – and comfortable working within an entrepreneurial environment
    • Manages time effectively–deadline driven
    • Communicates effectively and clearly in written, graphic and verbal formats
    • Provides efficient, timely, reliable, and courteous service to clients and team members

 

 

 

 

Philosophy

Imagine that every building achieved sustainable, ecological balance.

Then, imagine all of humanity motivated to take action, to make this dream a reality.

An immensely complicated goal? Maybe. But if we put our fears of failure at the back of the bus, we will maximize the possibility of success.

Nature has provided us with many examples of “buildings” that achieve an ecological balance. If we follow her example, it is indeed realistic to believe we can prevail.