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CCDC 14+15: Managing the Uniqueness of Design Build


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 session will discuss the unique contractual conditions on a design-build project and essential insights for improving your chances of success in this project delivery method.. We will focus on the crucial clauses in the CCDC 14 and 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 partner’s perspective, make this course the “sharp arrow you need in your quiver”.



  • Gain an understanding of the design build process
  • Recognize when to use design-build as a project delivery method
  • Learn how to improve your chances of project success with design-build
  • Understand the project owner's initial action items
  • Determine how to procure and evaluate design-build services
  • Learn the roles and responsibilities of each partner for team success
  • Become familiar with best practices to optimize design-build performance
  • Understand the key clauses in CCDC 14 and 15
  • Learn the key elements to focus on for project success
  • Acquire critical insights into the challenges and opportunities with the design-build delivery method
  • Learn the key drivers to developing a design-build organization

Intended Audience

Understanding the keys to success for design-build is important for all industry partners. This course is most applicable to mid-to-upper management personnel who will actively be working on design-build projects, including:

  • General and trade contractors: construction company owners/managers, project managers, estimators, business development managers
  • Project owners – both public and private (including procurement personnel)
  • Third-party project managers (for the project owner)
  • Architects and engineers
  • Bonding and insurance specialists


 A team of multi-discipline experts will provide you with exceptional feedback, great insight and actionable strategies.  We look forward to sharing this expertise with you.

  • Debbie Hicks - DHS Consulting
  • Mark Scharf
  • Elisa Brandts
  • Walter Strachan
  • Roy Timms
  • Dean Slater

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Course Requirements (Technology & Participation)

This course requires full face-to-face interaction and participation from both the instructor and students. In order to attend, you’ll must make sure you have the following:

  • Computer or laptop with webcam (webcams are mandatory): This course will involve 100% on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content like slides or videos, and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, you must have a webcam and use a full computer/laptop, and we do not permit students to attend using a tablet or cell phone.
  • A quiet space with minimal distractions: Please plan to be fully engaged in the class, and clear your work schedule just as you would for attendance in an in-class program

Course Format

Live, Online, Instructor-led training, with a multi-discipline training team and a maximum class size of 25 students.

  • This is a highly interactive course facilitated by the instructor on the Zoom platform.
  • You will be expected to have your webcam on during the whole class and participate in break-out rooms, small-group discussions, and other activities with your instructor and classmates during the course.
  • Zoom access information will be provided to you in advance of the training by your instructor
  • Full attendance and participation in all four sessions is mandatory for course completion. If a student misses a class session, we are unable to transfer registration or provide a partial refund of the registration fees.

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

Orientation Session

A short orientation session (30 min) with your course instructor will be held via Zoom before the course (usually scheduled in the week before). During the orientation, your instructor will go over course information and familiarize you with the Zoom tools you’ll be using. 


WCA Cancellation Policy

WCA will provide a full refund or education credit equal to the amount paid for the course if registration is cancelled five (5) full business days prior to the course start date. Payment is non-refundable for cancellations made within five (5) full business days of the course start date and there will be no transfers to future course dates.

Complimentary substitution of another member of your company/team is welcome right up until the course start time for no additional fee. Please email us at if you require a substitution.

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