2017 AIA Contract Documents now available

For immediate release:

Washington, D.C. – April 27, 2017The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced, at A’17 Conference on Architecture ,the release of the 2017 edition of the A201 family of documents. This release includes updated versions of the AIA’s flagship documents, developed for the design-bid-build delivery model. Working with architects, contractors, subcontractors and owners, the AIA Documents Committee updates this core set of documents every 10 years. This helps ensure that the AIA legal form and agreements reflect changes and trends in the industry, and that the AIA Contract Documents remain the Industry Standard.  

“It is critically important that industry professionals learn about the 2017 revisions,” says Kenneth Cobleigh, Esq., Managing Director and Counsel of AIA Contract Documents. “The changes impact the roles and responsibilities of each of the parties directly, and understanding the changes will help everyone to promptly review and finalize project contracts. We hope that all industry participants take advantage of the significant written resources and education programming opportunities available to learn about, and understand, the 2017 revisions and the full portfolio of AIA Contract Documents.”

Some of the major owner/architect changes include:

·         Single Sustainable Projects Exhibit that can be used on any project and added to most AIA contracts to address the risks and responsibilities associated with sustainable design and construction services.

·         Agreements contain a fill point to prompt the parties to discuss and insert an appropriate “Termination Fee” for terminations for the owner’s convenience.

·         Architect is no longer required to re-design for no additional compensation if he or she could not have reasonably anticipated the market conditions that caused the bids or proposals to exceed the owner’s budget.

·         Services beyond Basic Services and identified at the time of agreement are now categorized as Supplemental Services, to avoid confusing them with Additional Services that arise during the course of the project.

·         Agreements clarify how the Architect’s progress payments will be calculated if compensation is based on a percentage of the owner’s budget for the Work.

Some of the major owner/contractor changes include:

·         New exhibit with comprehensive insurance and bonds provisions that can be attached to many of the AIA owner/contractor agreements.

·         New provisions relating to direct communications between the owner and contractor.

·         Revised provisions pertaining to the owner’s obligation to provide proof that it has made financial arrangements to pay for the project.

·         Simplified provisions for the contractor to apply for, and receive, payments.

·         Sustainable Projects Exhibit, as noted above under the owner/architect changes

The documents included in this April release are:

  • A101™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is a Stipulated Sum
  • A102™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee with a Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • A103™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is     the Cost of the Work Plus a Fee without a Guaranteed Maximum Price
  • A104™–2017(formerly A107-2007), Standard Abbreviated Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
  • A105™–2017, Standard Short Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
  • A201™–2017, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction
  • A401™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor
  • B101™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
  • B102™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect without a Predefined Scope of Architect’s Services
  • B103™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Complex Project
  • B104™–2017, Standard Abbreviated Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
  • B105™–2017, Standard Short Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
  • C401™–2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant
  • E204™–2017, Sustainable Projects Exhibit

The new 2017 documents are currently available through an unlimited license or as a single customizable document on ACD5, the online platform.  The documents are also available as single, non-editable documents on AIA Documents on Demand and as paper version through some AIA Chapters. Visit www.aiacontracts.org/purchase for more information. Comparative versions showing the differences between the 2017 and 2007 editions are also available at www.aiacontracts.org/learn.

About AIA Contract Documents

AIA Contract Documents are the nearly 200 forms and contracts that define the relationships and terms involved in design and construction projects.  Prepared by the AIA with the consensus of owners, contractors, attorneys, architects, engineers, and others, the documents have been finely tuned during their 120-year history.   As a result, these comprehensive contracts and forms are now widely recognized as the industry standard.   Used by all industry professionals, including architects, contractors, owners, consultants, and attorneys, AIA Contract Documents are organized into two categories: By families, based on types of projects or particular project delivery methods, and by series, based on the parties to the agreement or the use of the form. Visit www.aiacontracts.org.

About AIA Documents Committee

Since its inception in 1887, the AIA Documents Committee has been an AIA committee dedicated to creating and revising AIA Contract Documents. Qualified applicants for the AIA Documents Committee are licensed architects and members of the AIA actively engaged in the design and construction industry through employment in architectural firms or construction companies, or for building owners or developers. New members are appointed to maintain a balance of viewpoints based on diversity, including geography, firm size, practice type, and area of expertise.

About The American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

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