Leo A Daly & Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam, Inc.

Job Locations US-MN-Minneapolis
Job Title
Lab Planner
Req No.
RFT:Regular Full-Time


LEO A DALY is a leader in the design of the built environment dedicated to transforming the human experience through the power of design. For more than 100 years, we’ve created places that inspire wonder, connect communities and enable great things. Our creative teams combine planning, architecture, engineering, interiors and program management to deliver truly integrated design.


We are a diverse collection of inventive problem solvers united by a passion for great design.


We own the impact of our work, socially, economically and environmentally. In collaboration with our clients and each other, we create innovative, thoughtful and sustainable solutions to the urgent challenges that face our world.


Click WHO WE ARE to learn more about us! 


  • Researches and identifies project-appropriate architectural requirements
  • Performs BIM modeling and detailing
  • Participates in cross-discipline discussions and coordination with multidisciplinary teammates
  • Assists to conduct site investigations and observations
  • Assists to prepare narratives, architectural graphics, design presentations, drawing and specification documents in accordance with a high degree of quality, yet with regard to project schedule and budget constraints
  • Travel for project related activities relative to existing building assessments/investigations, client meetings, or construction jobsite observations may be required
  • Attends client meetings and communicates with clients, consultants, contractors, and others during various states of project development
  • Participate in the design, selection, coordination and detailing of architectural solutions
  • Translate conceptual ideas into architectural graphics and prepare design presentations to communicate ideas to clients
  • Analyze design concept of buildings and space in 2D/3D and create design presentations using freehand sketches, 2D/3D modeling and rendering software
  • Assist in preparation of proposals, reports and findings
  • Assist in the production of technical drawings
  • Assist in the design development, modification and/or review of laboratory planning concepts and solutions.
  • Assist in developing project scope, plan, and services and during the contract process. Translate planning concepts into comprehensible terms for clients, designers, and project team members.
  • Assist in establishing overall project budgets and milestone schedules in coordination with project managers, architects, and project engineers.
  • Communicate planning concepts to project teams, both verbally and through graphic and written reports.
  • Develop planning concepts for project documentation and construction.
  • Anticipate and develop solutions to technical and design problems following established standards.
  • Develop and maintain strong and collaborative relationships with existing and potential clients.
  • Speak or participate in professional conferences or other events related to area of laboratory programming, planning and design.


Leadership and Management 

  • Provide 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
  • Develop and maintain relationships with existing and potential clients. Participate in selected marketing and business development opportunities.
  • Actively seek new knowledge in the design and planning of scientific spaces for research and laboratories within technical facilities.
  • Actively participate in industry associations.
  • Take personal responsibility for fostering a green workplace through sustainable work practices.
  • Foster a culture of external and internal client service.


Business Development & Client Relations

  • Assist with proposal development and RFP responses in pursuit of new business.
  • Establish project scope with the client, attend client meetings and communicate with clients, consultants, contractors, and others during various stages of project development
  • Foster long-standing and mutual relationships with clients in pursuit of Trusted Advisor status and opportunities for repeat work.
  • Participate in project interviews when required.


  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Architecture from an accredited college or university
  • Graduate of a 4-year accredited architecture or engineering program
  • 8-10 years of experience within AEC industry
  • Knowledge of technical and regulatory requirements for laboratory design.
  • Knowledge of laboratory programming delivery and how design impacts those systems –including space, operational, and equipment programming, as well as MEP systems and casework.
  • Knowledge of laboratory planning, design, construction documents, construction administration and project construction cost control for lab facilities.
  • Knowledge of sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines.
  • Possess strong hand and electronic drafting skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
  • Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing; ability to convey laboratory planning needs to designers and other team members.
  • Ability to work in team environment.
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines


Preferred Qualifications 

  • 5+ years of Lab Planning experience is preferred
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, and InDesign graphic software preferred.
  • Proficiency in Newforma preferred.
  • Proficiency in Revit or another BIM platform preferred.


General Characteristics

  • Maintains knowledge of current industry trends on space, function, materials, etc.
  • Proficiency with computer software including Revit Architecture required
  • Working knowledge of Sketch-Up and Adobe Creative Suite/ Bluebeam preferred
  • Time management and organization skills with the ability to become involved in and remain current on issues relating to a number of one-two projects in various stages
  • Demonstrated ability to develop awareness and begin to lead team coordination of contract documents
  • Strong graphic, verbal, and written communication skills required
  • Positive attitude and commitment to being an active participant working as part of a multi-discipline team


Why Join LEO A DALY?

At LEO A DALY, you will become part of a collaborative design culture and do work that matters. As an integrated design practice, we believe that a diversity of perspectives generates better solutions. We trust and support each other, ask hard questions and solve complex problems.  Guided by a spirit of inquiry, we design for people at every scale, creating spaces that elevate individuals, their communities, and the institutions that serve them. Join LEO A DALY - help us transform the world.

EEO Information

LEO A DALY Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. LEO A DALY Company, is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities, including providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability. Applicants with a physical or mental disability who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process may contact the Human Resources Department by phone at 402-391-8111 or by email at Recruiting@LEOADALY.com . For more information about your rights under the law, see EEO is the law.


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