Royal Architectural Institute of Canada


Thu, 2017-08-31 11:53 -- susanpoohkay
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27549 & 27550
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BUSINESS TITLE: Facilities Planner

EMPLOYMENT GROUP: Management&Professional (AAPS)

JOB FAMILY: Facilities Management

JOB CODE: 186304 - Facilities Management, Level D

VP/FACULTY: VP Finance and Operations

DEPARTMENT: Facilities Planning




The Facilities Planner works in collaboration with Senior Facilities Planners and is responsible for performing space programming and planning activities, including documentation, analysis, and recommendation, for the University's academic and support facilities. Works with space allocation standards to plan and/or work on layouts and functional programs.


Reports to the Director, Facilities Planning. Works collaboratively with Senior Facilities Planners. Liaises with campus departments and users.


Participates in the development of conceptual and schematic plans for various faculties, departments and administrative groups in response to requests from the departments, and as assigned by the Director.
Works with Senior Facilities Planners to develop master plans, master programmes, functional programmes and schematic layouts (including function, equipment and fittings) for planning purposes.
Assists Senior Facilities Planners in planning department and faculty expansions. as well as new facilities, in accordance with master plan commitments campus wide. Makes recommendations to clients regarding space utilization.

Interviews representatives of UBC departments, identifies requirements, summarizes information into functional and programmatic information; writes planning reports on same. Presents options with recommendations to departments; manages process of identifying best solution for client within University parameters and guidelines.

Applies space allocation standards, using institutional planning experience and knowledge of building codes and construction practices, in order to test planning assumptions for relocation or new projects for various groups on campus.

Formulates and recommends move options for campus constituents affected by major renovations or new construction.

Audits departmental space, inventories equipment, furnishings and functions carried out within, through ongoing site visits.

Performs other related duties as required.


Error in judgment and planning can cause delay to the planning/construction process, missed target dates for new occupants and result in faculty unable to teach/carry out research as required. Error in application of programming standards can result in misuse of space, departments being unnecessarily inconvenienced or under/over supplied, undermining of the University space planning process.


This position performs responsibilities under the general direction of the Director, Facilities Planning.


May help manage consultants involved in planning or programming a capital project.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline. Undergraduate degree in architecture, interior design, or planning. Minimum of five years experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in layout and design of interior space. Experience interpreting building codes. Experience using software planning programs. Construction experience or in-depth knowledge of construction practices preferred. Experience using planning programs Span Archibus. Experience in functional programming for supporting units providing service to the University preferred. Experience gathering and assessing needs, applying creative planning skills and resolving space issues. Experience working with clients, gathering and organizing information and assessing needs. Experience speaking and presenting to groups. High degree of skill in planning, organizing, and managing in a team environment. Technical skills including drafting and graphics. Proficiency in AutoCAD. Intermediate level with MicroSoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.. Good computer skills, Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills. Strong listening and negotiating skills. Ability to summarize needs, determine priorities and necessities. Ability to develop creative solutions and to apply space utilization standards to unique user requirements. Effective organizational, decision-making, and multi-tasking skills. Ability to exercise judgment.

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Source URL: Job Posting ID # 27549 and 27550
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Vancouver, Canada
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