The Traditional Method
The Design-Bid-Build model is one of the more traditional delivery models with few advantages and provides the highest risk profile to owners. One advantage to Design-Bid-Build contracts is that they offer design freedom, as owners hire and work with their desired architects. In addition, they get to hold a multi-bidder competitive selection process that is based on lowest cost. However, since the design phase does not involve contractors, it eliminates the opportunity for constructibility input, continual budget updates, value-engineering, and the vetting of design documents. This increases the chance of change orders, cost overruns, and blown schedules.
Our advantage is experience and local knowledge. We’ve completed thousands of projects under this delivery model and our success can be attributed, in part, to a decentralized management style; that has area offices distributed across Canada, and globally. Each area office has local builders and estimators who have accurate and competitive knowledge of the local labour force, material suppliers, subcontractors and other factors which affect their market conditions. This allows us to bid competitively and build successfully.