Ellisdale Construction is a firm specializing in pre-construction consulting, design-build and general contracting. We work tirelessly to help our clients limit their project liability exposure and construction costs, while at the same time realizing the benefits that enlightened construction can bring to a community. Decisions that are made in the early stages of any project are always critical to that project’s success, and our team has consistently proven that its expertise in this area is a wise investment.

Ellisdale brings together a diverse and talented group of architects and designers–leaders in a range of disciplines, each of whom delivers imaginative approaches to deliver highly-functional and cost-efficient projects. We are constantly refining our approach and adding to an extensive portfolio of construction projects in areas including commercial, mixed-use, renovation, interior, and multi-family construction.


  • Renovation
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Concrete
  • Wood and Concrete
  • Metal and Concrete
  • CMU
  • Masonry
  • Fit-out
  • Shell Only


Although the specifics of any two projects may vary widely, Ellisdale’s approach is consistent whether the project is 300 units or an office building. The ability to anticipate the needs of our clients and projects through expertise bred from experience is central to this approach and influences every decision that we make.

Expert Oversight from Concept to Completion

From the start of contract negotiations to the final construction of the project, the expertise driven by an unequaled commitment to quality and attention to detail is a hallmark of Ellisdale Construction. Throughout the entire process, we make our decisions based upon the best interests of client and project, using value engineering, monitoring spending, limiting change orders and mitigating risk for the duration of the project.

Superlative Pre-Construction Management

Our construction management and consulting services are crucial at the inception of a project, where we can expertly manage the design process towards a cost-effective and energy-efficient end product that is as well constructed as possible. At the outset, Ellisdale will assemble a design team, establish the scope of work for each team member, write and coordinate all contracts and warranties, and set useful and reliable timetables. In addition, we will act as a liaison between the design team and key members of construction teams during the design phase.

Coordinated Client Communication

Throughout all stages of the building process, we are committed to providing superior service to our clients through extensive communication and feedback. One key step in this process involves detailed customer orientations prior to the execution of finish work; this is a guided walk-through of the project, allowing the client to confirm first hand that all scope items have been chosen correctly and that all tasks are on schedule. It also allows our clients to see and appreciate the quality of the project up close and further ensure that they are satisfied with the services being provided.


Kevin Ash

Instinctively drawn to the challenges and opportunities of the construction business, Kevin Ash has acquired a wealth of experience and expertise in the industry, developing a passion for smart growth and seeing urban renewal as a vital force in the strengthening of inner-city communities. His career began as a Superintendent for Pulte Homes and he continued to gain invaluable experience and knowledge as he moved to Clark Realty Builders, Lincoln Property Company and then to the Holladay Corporation, managing development projects from Massachusetts to Virginia and completing a progression from superintendent to Vice President of a $70 million construction company in just 13 years.

Using knowledge gained from wide experience building projects ranging from single-family homes and multi-family residential housing, urban infill, rehabilitation and low and mid-rise construction, Kevin founded Ellisdale Construction in 2004, fusing a lifetime of knowledge with his passion and ideals.

According to Kevin, “Washington presents such an opportunity for a renaissance in urban living. We want to be on the leading edge of making that happen—by restoring the land and buildings, building with green technology, and revitalizing the District with a variety of high quality, affordable homes.”

Kevin currently lives in Leesburg, Virginia with his wife and two children. Kevin and his family enjoy the company of their faithful companion Labrador retriever. In addition, he is an avid outdoorsman and naturalist.

Richard Ward II
Managing Partner

“Born with a hammer in his hand,” Richard Ward II grew up watching his father build houses, and he always wanted to work in his family’s construction business. To be able to look back at a day’s worth of accomplishments appealed to him. Richard returned to Washington, D.C. after college and moved to the Adams Morgan neighborhood. As the owner of a successful construction and development firm, Richard is always focused on the bottom line.

In 2000, he created Ellisdale (formerly Ellis Denning) to increase focus on the urban infill construction work in the neighborhood he called home. In 2004 he teamed up with his sister and brother-in-law to start Piccard Companies, developing an impressive portfolio of office building projects and new single-family residential divisions spanning from the Northern Neck to the Greater Washington Metro area, and now Richard is poised to take advantage of a residential market rebound in the coming years. Richard Ward now splits time between these two excellent construction firms.

Danielle Black
Danielle Black
Chief Financial Officer

Danielle has over 20 years of experience with a focus on construction financial management and process efficiencies. At Ellisdale, Danielle oversees financial resources, risk management and business strategic planning. Danielle’s background helps her to see the larger picture while also refining processes and procedures to achieve results. Danielle also specifically oversees financial management and reporting, payroll, accounts payable and job
cost administration.

Tina Copeland
Tina Copeland
Client Relations

A process driven professional with 15+ years experience in the construction industry, Tina has experience in Client Relations, HR, Office Management, Operations Administration, Information Technology, and Federal Compliance.  Using knowledge and experience gained over the years in the industry Tina enjoys finding ways to streamline processes for any department and helping to improve overall company efficiencies, business processes, and team communication to best support and enhance project execution. These skills are unique to supporting the people and the plant in a company of our size where individuals take on multiple roles.