Builders Without Borders is a registered Canadian charity that enables individuals with planning, design and project management experience to contribute time and expertise to construction projects worldwide in areas of need.
Our goal is to facilitate the transfer of Canadian project management and construction practices to areas of the world in which they can be of real value. We work directly with local community groups to learn the issues and challenges they face and to build local capacity to address these challenges in an appropriate way.
Builders Without Borders typically partners with local and international Non Governmental organizations in the rebuilding of homes, schools, medical and community facilities following a natural disaster.
We make our greatest contribution at the preliminary design stage of a project, by specifying design standards and building systems that are better able to withstand seismic or other cataclysmic events.
Builders Without Borders ensures that construction quality, financial controls, and audits adhere to the highest standards on all of its projects and that funds and resources are used wisely and cost-effectively.
We bring design and engineering skills and construction systems to the project that result in better and safer buildings. This provides opportunities for local contractors and trades to learn new construction skills and safer building systems, creating new employment opportunities in their communities. The result is improvements in local construction practices and increased knowledge and capacity in the local construction industry.
Builders Without Borders is usually approached by an International Non Government Organization requesting assistance for a construction project. We review the request and, if appropriate, BWB then enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with the organization to provide pre-construction advisory services.
These services are tailored to complement the local architecture, the site’s community planning and geotechnical considerations and the building skills and materials available. BWB assesses these and proposes building materials and construction systems that provide safer buildings, better able to withstand the next cataclysmic event.
Builders Without Borders may assist the organization to engage a Design Team of local professionals supplemented, where necessary, by specific Canadian expertise to undertake the building design, construction drawings, budget, schedule and construction contracts.
Builders Without Borders often advises on the Project Management process and assists the organization in to hiring a local Project Management company to coordinate construction.
Builders Without Borders Canada’s funding comes from two sources:
Administration fees: from our partners for recruiting and qualifying industry specialists for projects.
Donations: from the construction industry and related businesses, foundations and the general public.
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