Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Standard Contract Language

Standard Contracts:  There are a variety of standard contracts used for public construction and architectural agreements.  Sometimes a public agency will use their own, specifically tailored set of documents.  Other times they will use a document or set of documents developed by an industry group, whether that is from the perspective of contractors, engineers, or architects.  

Here are some of the organizations with standard documents:
  • ConsensusDOCS is a coalition of 40 associations in the design and construction industry that collaboratively develops and promotes standard form construction contract documents.
Cautionary note:  Public agencies should be aware that documents developed by industry groups generally have a focus on protecting the constituency that developed the documents, and don't always protect the public agency's interests as strongly as might be desired.

AIA Contracts Training:  The following provides information on upcoming training on the AIA contract documents:
  • When:  Wednesday, July 31, 2013 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
  • Where:  Seattle, Washington (Washington State Convention Center)
  • Cost:  $359
  • Instructors: 
    • John P. Ahlers
    • Bruce A. Cohen
    • Paul R. Cressman, Jr.
    • Brett M. Hill
    • Scott R. Sleight
  • Class Outline: 
    • Overview of AIA Documents
    • Key Clauses in AIA General Conditions
    • Key Clauses in AIA Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
    • Analysis of AIA's Design-Build Documents
    • AIA Integrated Agreement Forms
    • Analysis of AIA Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
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