McGough is a respected partner that brings six generations of experience to high profile, unique and complex construction projects.  We take great pride in our people and their extraordinary expertise in planning, development, construction and facility management.  McGough employee tenure reflects the commitment and pride we share in our work.  Ask anyone who knows us - the caliber of our people sets us apart.


The primary role of the Preconstruction Manager is to provide comprehensive preconstruction services, in partnership with McGough project management team, for clients and design teams on a wide variety of project types and sizes for construction and development projects. This role serves as a “bridge” between the multiple parties (owners/developers, architects, engineers, government entities, internal McGough staff – project management and field staff, and sub-contractors) typically involved with our projects.  It includes managing the interface between these multiple parties in a collaborative, timely and professional manner.



  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture, Engineering or Construction Management
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience with large, complex projects, including ground-up ones
  • Broad professional skill set or “band width” to effectively relate to and understand owner/client, design consultant and contractor issues
  • Understanding of building systems, system coordination and regulatory issues (structure, MEP, landscape, FLS, code, ADA, etc.)
  • Strong verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Organized and proactive style, displays resourcefulness, self-starting work habits
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Good listener
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly build rapport and relationships
  • Creative, diplomatic and calm problem solver


  • Registered Architect, or PE, and LEED Accredited Professional preferred
  • Range of building-types preferred (corporate office, commercial, higher education, cultural, healthcare, government, developer, etc.)
  • Experience with the general construction and various delivery methods preferred (negotiated, CM at Risk, design-build, etc.)
  • Experience with the project development process is preferred (particularly preliminary development project estimating, land acquisition, entitlements, finance, proformas, consultant team management, etc.)

Office and Travel:

Office: Various jobsites and/or corporate/regional office.

Travel: Travel may be required

Responsibilities and Tasks:

Pursuit and Business Development:

  • Support business development in identifying new work opportunities and aiding to build client and A/E relationships
  • Active presence in design and building community (professional credentials, organization membership and participation, etc.)
  • Actively participate in proposal and presentation preparation and project interviews


  • Assist in leading multiple projects simultaneously through preconstruction phase from project conception/award through the end of Design Development and/or establishment of a GMP
  • Assisting project management in project set-up and communication protocols
  • Provide input into the project’s programming and conceptual design activities to ensure early scope and budget alignment
  • Deliverable definition with A/E partners for each design phase
  • Proactively identify and solve problems as they emerge to minimize risk for the project team
  • Assist in constructability reviews with architect, owner and McGough QA/QC
  • Coordinate with internal McGough preconstruction resources (estimating, scheduling, MEP, sustainability, Virtual Planning, Development Services, etc.), and
  • Coordinate the integrated use of BIM/VDC technology
  • Identify opportunities and encourage utilization of McGough’s Lean Design and Delivery tools in the design management process

Development Support:

  • Assist in early project definition and scope development
  • Preliminary site review and evaluation
    • Lead early planning efforts including: site layout and test fits, massing studies, preliminary concept design alternatives with consultant teams
  • Facilitate the solicitation, selection and contracting of designers for design-build projects
  • Design team management

Project Budgeting:

  • Assist in managing costs throughout the design phase including initial project budgeting, benchmarking, cost models, soft cost definition, contingency definition,  internal estimate reviews, value engineering, etc.
  • Monitor design scope and cost trends


  • Assist in developing detailed project design and construction phase schedules with A/E partners and McGough field staff
  • Meeting facilitation and task coordination
  • Phasing and construction sequence planning with project management and field staff      

Leadership and Management:

  • Team leadership skills at senior level (previous experience as senior project manager, design director, principal-in-charge, etc.)
  • Work collaboratively with external clients, owners, design teams and consultants - ability to put aside ego and pride of authorship to work collaboratively with broad and dynamic owner, consultant and contractor teams
  • Work collaboratively with internal project teams including business development, marketing, project management and field staff

Physical Requirements:

The physical requirements listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position involves sitting for extended periods of time at employee’s work station and during meetings as well as while traveling, either by plane or car. Employee needs to be able to lift up to 20 pounds as frequently as needed to move objects; dexterity to write and manipulate computer keyboard and mouse; ability to hear and speak clearly; and ability to distinguish between colors on graphs and charts.

Occasionally, employee will be required to visit construction jobsites which may expose the employee to dirt, dust, uneven surfaces, outdoor weather conditions and extreme temperatures.

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Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

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