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Sr Lab Planner

HOK is a collective of future-forward thinkers and designers who are driven to face the critical challenges of our time. We are dedicated to improving people's lives, serving our clients and healing the planet. Together, we cultivate a culture of design excellence at the confluence of art and science, blending the power of creative expression with a clear sense of purpose.

We are currently seeking a Sr Lab Planner to join 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.


Required Skills

  • Demonstrated creativity, passion and interest in design and planning of laboratories within technical facilities.
  • Advanced knowledge of technical and regulatory requirements for laboratory design.
  • Advanced knowledge of laboratory programming delivery and how design impacts those systems –including space, operational, and equipment programming, as well as MEP systems and casework.
  • Advanced knowledge of laboratory planning, design, construction documents, construction administration and project construction cost control for lab facilities.
  • Advanced knowledge of sustainability, integrated design and LEED guidelines.   
  • Possess strong hand and advanced CAD drafting skills.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD/Architectural Desktop preferred.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Proficiency in 3D Modeling software such as 3D Studio Max and Viz 2006 preferred.
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, and InDesign graphic software preferred.
  • Proficiency in Revit or other BIM platform preferred.
  • Proficiency in NewForma preferred.
  • 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 and supervise others.
  • Ability to effectively meet deadlines.


  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture required with laboratory design as certificate or main area focus of study.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • 10 years’ experience focused on programming and planning of all phases of a variety of laboratory types such as:  vivarium, bio-containment, research, teaching (science), pharmaceutical, public health, clinical, process and manufacturing facilities, with 5 years of team leadership experience required.
  • Architecture license preferred.
  • LEED credential required within 6 months of employment. 

HOK is committed to providing our employees with a comprehensive benefits plan to meet their current and future needs. Benefits include medical, dental and vision coverage; 401(K) savings plans; disability, life and accident insurance; paid time off (PTO); and parental leave. In addition, HOK employees enjoy a flexible work schedule with the option to work remotely on Mondays and Fridays.


Compensation is based on experience, qualifications, education and location.  The reasonably expected salary range for this position is $110,000 to $145,000. Other compensation may include a discretionary bonus.


HOK is a drug-free workplace.  HOK is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a protected veteran or status as a qualified individual with a disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal, State or Local law. 




1218 Third Ave, Suite 500, Seattle, Washington

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