Please note this position will travel extensively throughout the Midwest and Western region. Position may be based in this region near a major airport.
Responsibilities include reviewing and approving project plans, design boards, life safety plans and other related project submittals for a broad range of complex of Property Improvement Plans and ND projects to ensure conformance with Hotel Brand Vision and Hotel Design Guidelines, Hotel Brand Standards, IHG Brand Safety Standards, ADA requirements, and other related design criteria requirements. Provide design guidance and assistance to IHG franchisees and their design consultants through all phases of the PIP or ND projects, ensuring timely and successful completion of projects while promoting Great Hotels Guests Love.
Conducts appropriate construction progress visits to ensure hotels are progressing per submittal documents, meeting all IHG standards, and are on schedule per Milestone Dates.
Meet with ownership representatives during construction phase to set project expectations, determine project readiness, resolve any field construction issues, and oversee conformance to IHG requirements, including conformance to PIP (conversion hotels) and Plan requirements and adherence to brand and life safety standards, building codes and ADA.
Proactively consult with Development Team and ownership prior to presenting to Franchise Approval Committee (FAC) to work through scope of work, design issues, and renovation timelines to better improve success rate for FAC approval and License execution for new build and PIP conversions.
Assist owners with appeal to franchisee / owner PIP waiver requests and timeline extension requests. Negotiate PIP issues and work out all PIP project details to set the PIP scope of work and its timeline for completion. Determine when to recommend to the PIP manager to place slow moving projects, or projects that are not otherwise in compliance with their PIP requirements, into PIP default. Work out viable plans and strategies, where possible, to get hotels through the PIP process in a timely manner.
Consult with franchisees, design professionals and hotel owners to assist in the development of construction schedules for Property Improvement Plan (PIP) and new development hotel projects.
Provide design solutions (with assistance of Plan Review Manager) to problems and be ready to recommend known design professionals to assist franchisee upon request or as Manager feels necessary.
Perform Design Review for all submittals received for all projects within your assigned territory provide appropriate written responses to owner. Review site plans to ensure compliance with applicable laws, IHG Brand Standards, and provide suggestions on required changes or improvements to such plans. Monitor milestone dates for ND and PIP renovation projects to ensure projects are progressing on schedule. Ensure that all documentation is maintained with project file.
Lead and conduct initial and periodic meetings with Principal Correspondents (Owners), architects, designers, and contractors to discuss renovation requirements, construction direction, and design plans for specific projects. Consult with/guide the project team members through the design process and into the construction/renovation phase to ensure consistency of product. Responsible for communicating any design or construction trend changes or improvements in order to keep the brand’s Architecture & Design requirements current and competitive.
Travel extensively for the role
Education: Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Architecture, Design, Construction Management, or an equivalent combination of education and work related experience. AIA or ASID certifications preferred.
Experience: 8+ years progressive work-related experience in design, architecture or construction management, with at least two years prior experience in hotel industry renovation or new build projects. Must have two years prior project management experience in order to coordinate renovation projects within a given territory.
Demonstrate project management experience in organizing, planning and executing complex, large-scale projects from conception through implementation.
Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication skills for the purpose of providing information to clients, Design teams, senior management and IHG Internal Partners. Demonstrated ability to communicate supportive program details (presentation, analysis) to present a persuasive argument or to effectively negotiate a position, and to clearly explain specific requirements for active projects.
Demonstrate computer skills. Experience with Bluebeam, Google Drive/Docs, Microsoft Word preferred
Demonstrate knowledge of brand standards and full understanding of the differences in the various brand standards. Must maintain a working knowledge of all requirements described in each brand standards manual.
Demonstrate ability to read blueprints including architectural, mechanical, plumbing, sprinkler systems and electrical drawings.
Demonstrate ability to interpret design boards and specifications and provide free-hand renderings, layouts or other drawings to clarify design issues or as the need arises.
Demonstrate ability to remain current with construction trends, code requirements and design through participating in annual continuing education classes.
Demonstrate ability to effectively prioritize project details and manage time usage to track active renovation, conversion and new development properties, and to determine if plans have been submitted in a timely manner and/or if PIP Managers have performed milestone visits in a timely manner. Must make immediate time available to return telephone calls and work with franchisees when problems arise regarding project development, Brand standards or vendor-related issues.
Demonstrate knowledge of national building codes and ADA requirements.
Ability to travel extensively
Additional Salary Information: Base salary plus annual bonus opportunity
Internal Number: R163242
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