AIA Releases Four New Contract Documents
Posted on May. 19, 2015

The American Institute of Architects recently released four new contract documents: a residential design-build agreement, a teaming agreement, and two commercial design-build payment forms.

Residential design-build is reportedly a growing market sector for architects and contractors. AIA Document A145–2015, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder for a One or Two Family Residential Project, is a streamlined homeowner-friendly contract for residential design-build services. It is a much simpler document than the AIA’s commercial design-build documents, which reflects the nature of residential projects. The document is intended for a single entity performing design and construction rather than a design-builder hiring a separate architect or contractor.

AIA Document C102–2015, Standard Form of Teaming Agreement between Team Manager and Team Member for the Purpose of Responding to a Solicitation and Pursuing a Project, is the AIA’s first teaming agreement. The document establishes the parties’ responsibilities in pursuing a project and requires them to negotiate project agreements up front. If the team is awarded a project, the team manager will contract directly with the owner and the team members’ project agreements with the team manager will automatically become effective. The document can be used for responses to requests for proposals, design competitions, design-build competitions, and public/private partnerships.

In addition to the A145–2015 and C102–2015, the AIA released two payment forms for use on commercial design-build projects. AIA Document G742–2015, Application and Certificate for Payment for a Design-Build Project, and AIA Document G743–2015, Continuation Sheet for a Design-Build Project, are forms on which the design-builder can apply for payment and the owner can certify the amount due. These forms are design-build versions of AIA Document G702–1992, Application and Certificate for Payment, and AIA Document G703–1992, Continuation Sheet.

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