Forensic Architect - Tallahassee, FL

Nelson Forensics, LLC - Tallahassee, FL 32301
Nelson Forensics, LLC - Tallahassee, FL 32301
Nelson Forensics, LLC - Tallahassee, FL 32301
Job Description
Nelson Forensics, LLC is a progressive, multi-disciplined consulting firm dedicated to providing world-class responsiveness and expert solutions to a complex array of forensic problems. Nelson has built a rock-solid reputation for providing detailed and fact-based investigations for property owners, for the insurance industry, and in the legal arena. Nelson's highly skilled team of professionals assess damage from perils such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, explosions, fires, windstorms, hail, structural failures, design defects, and construction defects. We also provide remedial solutions to remediate such damage. We continue to grow as a national firm and are looking to expand our testing laboratory. Nelson Forensics continues to grow as a national firm and is actively seeking exceptional talent to add to its team of experts.

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Nelson Forensics' Mission:

We provide exceptional responsiveness to our clients;
We provide trusted, ethical, qualified, and properly licensed professionals for each assignment;
We deliver fact-based, defensible answers to our clients' questions based upon thorough application of the scientific method;
We deliver credible, dependable, and defensible results in a timely manner.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer offering competitive pay and benefits and a flexible, yet professional, work environment. We value our employees, encourage teamwork and continuous professional development, and reward exceptional service.

Position Objective:

Nelson Forensics is seeking to add qualified, confident, personable, and communicative
Architects to its team of experts.

The qualified candidate will conduct forensic investigations in accordance with the scientific method, utilizing detailed field investigation techniques and command of core construction principles. The position affords the candidate experience with a wide breadth of project types, varying in size, duration, and complexity; while providing the opportunity to develop depth in personally desired areas of expertise.

Candidates must possess excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Position Responsibilities:

Conduct investigations to determine the cause and origin of failures, damages, and defects for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings due to a wide range of perils;
Prepare scopes for remediation and/or design documents for repair of existing structures;
Perform evaluations of existing buildings and review construction documents for new buildings to determine code conformance (IBC, IECC, handicap codes, etc.);
Review information to investigate the standards of care pertaining to various participants during the design and construction of building projects;
Prepare clear, concise, cohesive, accurate, and defensible reports;
Communicate regularly and directly with a variety of clients;
Manage concurrent projects with varying sizes, scopes, client types, and durations;
Provide deposition, mediation, arbitration and/or trial testimony.

Position Requirements:

Strong command of fundamental building envelope principles, such as role of the water resistant barrier, proper window/door flashing, proper roof/wall flashing, etc.;
Working knowledge of building codes and ability to conduct independent research of codes, standards, and other technical references;
Knowledge or experience with the creation of construction documents, contracts, ASI's, RFI's, Contractor Request for Payments, punch lists, Substantial Completion forms, etc.;
An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the various participants in the construction process; including the architect, the contractor, the consultants, the subcontractors, etc.;
Strong analytical skills and the desire and ability to tackle complex problems;
The ability to clearly communicate architectural issues, verbally and in writing, to audiences with varying technical proficiency;
Desire and ability to multi-task;
Prompt responsiveness to inquiries from peers and clients, sometimes outside of normal working hours;
Flexibility with respect to work schedule and travel. Travel is a requirement of the position, occasionally with little advance notice;
Desire to continually develop and refine technical knowledge through targeted continuing education.

Education & Experience:

Bachelor of Architecture degree required;
Master of Architecture a plus;
Five to ten years of architectural design experience preferred; candidates with less will be considered;
Active architectural license acquired by the ARE required;
NCARB accreditation desired.
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