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 experience

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.

Get in touch

Bill Michoulas
VP, Global Business Development

Phone: (905) 896-8900

Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts


The project involved the construction of a 127,500 sq. ft. learning facility for the performing arts at Queen’s Unive...

More about this project

Pan/Am Games Athletes Village


The Toronto 2015 Pan American Athletes’ Village took place on an 80-acre (32 hectare)site next to the Don River in To...

More about this project

BC Housing Penticton


In collaboration with BC Housing, EllisDon purchased the land and was responsible for managing the development, design, construction, and financing...

More about this project