Sr Lab Planner


Sterling, VA Posted 12/2/2023 Full Time

We are currently seeking a Sr Lab Planner tojoin our team. As a Sr Lab Planner,you are responsible for leading the laboratory project planning effort toward the successful completion of complex technology facilities; provides overall programming, master planning, lab design planning; communicates with clients/user groups to understand project requirements.


  • Oversees and advanced technical knowledge in the laboratory planning and programming of various-sized pharmaceutical, academic research, biotech, or other emerging technical facilities.
  • Oversees technical planning expertise and leadership for laboratory facilities in the areas of programming, design, fit-out planning, equipment planning, MEP systems integration planning casework specification and construction administration
  • Develops a comprehensive understanding of clients’ program requirements and standards and policies for completion.
  • Leads in the design development, modification and/or review of laboratory planning concepts and solutions.
  • Leads in developing project scope, plan, and services and during the contract process. Translates planning concepts into comprehensible terms for clients, designers and project team members.
  • Develops and oversees architectural drawings and specifications to communicate planning concepts for project documentation and construction.
  • Oversees and supervises the development of architectural documents, elevations, sections, details, etc.
  • Anticipates and develops solutions to technical and design problems following established standards.
  • Oversees the construction administration of the laboratory spaces and associated systems.
  • Applies proper QA/QC methods throughout project. Will lead this effort.
  • Develops and maintains excellent relationships with existing and potential clients. Participates in selected marketing and business development opportunities.
  • Actively seeks new knowledge in the design and planning of laboratories within technical facilities.
  • Oversees the development of standard materials that describe the portfolio, systems, processes and people of the Science + Technology Group.
  • Incorporates Integrated Sustainable Design solutions into projects.
  • Mentors and directs the work of less experienced staff, may participate in professional development reviews and “Lessons Learned” sessions.
  • Assures HOK document standards are met and archives documents appropriately.
  • Actively participates in industry associations to ensure visibility.
  • Takes personal responsibility for fostering a green workplace through sustainable work practices.
  • Fosters a commitment to external and internal client service.

Client Interface

  • Leads the client (heads of departments, specialists, etc.) in programming sessions defining the facility needs (SOP and regulatory requirements).
  • Leads periodic project meetings and presentations; ensures client is adequately briefed on project progress.


  • Provides guidance to project managers, architects, and project engineers to establish overall project budgets and milestone schedules.
  • Communicates planning concepts to project teams, both verbally and through graphic and written reports.
  • Assists Science + Technology business unit leadership to develop yearly strategic business plans and budget; focusing on appropriate market sectors and strategies for winning and doing work successfully.
  • Participates actively in the firm-wide Science + Technology practice within HOK.
  • Sets up project team software parameters and manages standards.
  • May oversee preparation of 2D and 3D presentation/design drawings and builds models for client/project team review.
Sterling, VA 22170

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