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CCDC 14 + 15 - Managing the Uniqueness of Design Build - VILT

"Managing the Uniqueness of Design Build" with Multi-Disciplinary Trainers

From the Project Owner creating their Statement of Requirements, to the Consultants understanding their unique roles, to the Contractor developing and implementing practices to optimize Design Build performance, all partners need to grasp the nuances of Design-Build.

This three 4-hour sessions workshop will discuss the unique contractual conditions when a Project Owner employs this Project Delivery Method and essential insights for improving your chances of success with Design Build. We will focus on the crucial clauses in the CCDC 14 + 15 contracts and the fundamental elements of Design-Build for project success.  These technical skills, as well as critical insights into the challenges and opportunities from each partners’ perspective, make this Workshop the “sharp arrow you need in your quiver”.

“Innovation, Performance and Trust are the Cornerstones for Design-Build”

From a team of industry partners’ perspectives, you will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the Design Build process
  2. Recognize when to use Design Build as a Project Delivery Method
  3. Learn how to improve your chances of project success with Design Build
  4. Understand the Project Owner's Initial Action Items
  5. Determine how to procure and evaluate Design Build services
  6. Learn the roles and responsibilities of each partner for team success
  7. Become familiar with best practices to optimize Design Build performance
  8. Understand the key clauses in CCDC 14 & 15
  9. Learn the key elements to focus on for project success
  10. Acquire critical insights into the challenges and opportunities with the Design Build Delivery Method
  11. Learn the key drivers to developing a Design Build organization

Who Should Attend?

Understanding the keys to success for construction management is important for all industry partners! This course is most applicable to mid-management personnel who will actively be working on Construction Management projects and administering the contract.

  • General Contractors and Subcontractors
    • Construction Company Owners/Managers
    • Project Managers
    • Commercial Managers
    • Estimators
    • Business Development Managers
  • Project Owners - Public and Private
  • Third Party Project Managers (for the Project Owner)
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Bonding and Insurance Specialists

Workshop Format:

  • Live, Online, Instructor-led training, with a maximum class size of 30 students.
  • This is a highly interactive course facilitated via the Zoom platform.  Students are expected to be fully engaged in the class so please clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program.
  • Please make sure you secure a quiet space with minimal distractions 
  • Group attendance via one paid registration is NOT permitted. 
  • Full attendance and participation in all three sessions is mandatory for course completion.  

Orientation Session:

  • A short orientation session (30 min) with your workshop facilitator has been scheduled via Zoom on May 18, 2023 - 1:30 - 2:00 PM. During the orientation, the facilitator will go over course information and familiarize you with the Zoom tools you’ll be using. 

Course Requirements (Technology & Participation)

  • This workshop will involve 100% on-screen interaction with the instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses.
  • Login information will be provided to you in advance for both the orientation and workshop by your facilitator.
  • ​Computer/Laptop mandatory: Attendees are not permitted to attend via a tablet or cell phone.
  • ​Webcam, speakers and microphone are mandatory and are expected to be turned on during all course sessions.
  • ​​Virtual backgrounds are not permitted.

Course Dates:  

  1. May 24, 2023 - 7:30 - 11:30 AM
  2. May 25, 2023 - 7:30 - 11:30 AM
  3. May 26, 2023 - 7:30 - 11:30 AM

This course is delivered in partnership with local construction associations across western Canada. You will be participating with other industry peers from throughout these regions.

Course Credits:

  • 2 - CCA Gold Seal Credits 
  • 11 - BC Housing CPD Points

Course Credits Information
Gold Seal Credits:
Other Credits:
11 - BC Housing CPD Points
Course Certificates

Upon successful completion of this workshop, a digital copy of your certificate will be sent to your registered email.

Course Instructor Information

Facilitator:  Debbie Hicks, B.Sc. DSH Consulting


With a comprehensive and varied education background, learning has been at the core of her career.   As former President of the Southern Interior Construction Association in BC for 22 years, liaising with the buyers of construction services, architects, engineers and contractors in advocacy and education brings a solid base to her expertise.  In addition, her experience as the owner representative for the construction of the new Clubhouse for the Kelowna Yacht Club has provided additional perspective. She has been fortunate to work with the Alberta Construction Association to facilitate industry dialogue on “Optimizing the Flow of Money” and “Non-Standard Contract Clauses and their Costs”.  Through these experiences, with a lot of passion and enthusiasm, Debbie is able to bring both knowledge and insight into her work and presentations for the construction industry.



Mark Scharf, BA Hons, MHA


Mark recently retired from the University of Calgary where he was responsible for the delivery of capital projects across the organization. The annual workload entailed approximately 400 capital and renovation projects per year with an annual project spend of approximately $150M. During his 12- year tenure as Director, the Project Management Office delivered 9 new buildings including multiple teaching and applied research buildings, major infrastructure renewals, new residence halls and a new main library. Mark was actively engaged with procuring design and construction teams and negotiating and overseeing a wide variety of contracts including Design Build, Construction Management at Risk, Lump Sum and performance-based engagements.

Mark brings 30 plus years of public sector experience with both post-secondary and health organizations including the Calgary Health Region and Age Care Senior Communities. Mark takes pride in building strong teams, mentoring the next generation of project professionals and engaging diverse stakeholders in achieving outstanding results.


Walter Strachan, RSW, PQS (F), CSC (F)


With 40+ years’ experience in the consulting engineering industry, Walter has worked in multiple roles, serving as department manager, project manager, corporate quality manager (ISO 9001), corporate risk manager, principal, director, and Chair of the Board at a major Atlantic Canada based engineering and environmental services company. Upon retirement from CBCL Limited, Walter opened Act 3 Advisory Services to continue a life-long obsession with all things related to project delivery in the design and construction industry.

Walter’s design and construction interest center around standard practices, project delivery methods, cost planning and control, risk management, and dispute resolution. These interests resulted in tenures as Chair, Canadian Design Build Institute (CDBI); President, Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS); Chair, Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC); and Board Member, Canadian Construction Association (CCA). He has also served on several significant Task Teams including MasterFormat; CSC/CSI Uniform Drawing Systems; and the Integrated Delivery (IPD) Task Team.

Walter is the 2021 recipient of the Nova Scotia Consulting Engineers (CENS) Distinguished Service Award.


Elisa Brandts | AAA, OAA, NSAA, FRAIC Stantec, Managing Senior Principal


Elisa is a Senior Principal and the Business Centre Managing Leader for our buildings group in British Columbia. Her role combines active senior team leadership and financial and studio management with managing significant projects, particularly of large-scale alternate delivery scope, IPD and those integrating Lean process.

Elisa’s accomplishments include Eric Hamber Secondary School Replacement Project, Vancouver; Camosun College Alex and Jo Campbell School of Health Sciences, Victoria; Canalta Centre, (2015)*, Medicine Hat, Alberta; Sault Ste. Marie Event Centre, (2006)*,  Sault Ste Marie, Ontario; Youngstown Convocation Center, (2005)*, Youngstown, OH, USA; Rideau Carleton Raceway, (2000)*, Ottawa.

* Denotes projects completed with other firms


Bob Hildenbrandt, P.Eng., LEED AP, GSC




Roy Timms | P.Eng. (Retired), GSC


Roy’s career in design build construction started about 50 years ago as a student construction labourer and then a superintendent on a small design build renovation project.  Roy is a Professional Engineer who owned a design build company from 1974 to 2019, and a Professional Engineering company for over 30 years.

Roy has served on the Ontario Building Code Commission, is a Past President of the Ontario General Contractors Association, past Chairperson of the Canadian Design Build Institute, the Niagara Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Niagara Industrial Association, as well as other organizations.

Currently Roy acts as an owner’s agent and a strategic advisor to design build contractors.  Roy has experience in private sector industrial, commercial, and retail projects plus municipal work as an owner’s agent and a design builder.  These projects have ranged from small to $32,000,000.  Roy has received many honours, including a Life Membership from the Ontario General Contractors Association, and a Niagara Engineering Award of Merit.

Course Contact Information

Leanne Hendrickson
Director of Education

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