AIA Releases New Contract Forms

AIA Releases New Contract Forms WASHINGTON, DC - The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced the release of the new C191™-2009, Standard Form Multi-Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), which provides for a collaborative working relationship among parties involved in a design and construction project and utilizing the IPD delivery model. With this new agreement the parties execute one coordinated and integrated agreement that clearly sets forth the parties' roles and responsibilities in delivering a project consistent with the principles of IPD. Unlike the C195™-2008, the parties do not form an LLC under the C191-2009 framework.

In addition, the AIA released B108™-2009, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Federally Funded or Federally Insured Project, and a new document, B202™-2009, Standard Form of Architect's Services: Programming. Collectively called the "4.2 Release," these three documents expand the extensive library of AIA Contract Documents and build on more than 100 years of experience in defining the contractual relationships in the design and construction industry.

"The design and construction industries are evolving, and AIA Contract Documents continue to guide the way by creating documents and resources that are necessary to lead the industry in new practices and project delivery approaches," said Michael B. Bomba, Esq., Associate Counsel, AIA Contract Documents. "The AIA's new Multi-Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery reflects the shift away from working in silos and supports new collaborative methods being employed among architects, owners and contractors."

With the new C191-2009 Standard Form Multi-Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery individual success of each party is directly tied to a project's overall success. The architect and the contractor, as well as any other non-owner parties, earn profit through the achievement of the owner's specified goals. This method of compensation promotes "good for the project" behavior and encourages all parties to work through disputes as they arise rather than assigning blame. In addition, the agreement establishes a collaborative management structure that involves all of the primary project stakeholders and is designed to minimize disputes while increasing project efficiency and quality.

The AIA Contract Documents team worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to develop an owner-architect agreement that more effectively addresses the needs of these agencies. The result is B108-2009, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Federally Funded or Federally Insured Project. This document is an update to AIA Document B181™-1994, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for Housing Services, which has been used for years by participants on many federally funded or insured projects.

B108-2009 includes specific provisions related to cost estimating, compensation and other issues, tailored to these types of projects. B108-2009 is a document that will be useful to owners and architects working on federally funded and federally insured construction projects, including those funded by the recent stimulus package.

In addition, AIA Contract Documents has developed the new B202-2009, Standard Form of Architect's Services: Programming, which is an architect's scope of services document for programming services in a standard form that the owner and architect can modify to suit the needs of the project. B202 is not a stand-alone document, and to become effective it must be incorporated into an owner-architect agreement. This is a new scope of services document and not an update of an existing document.

"As federal stimulus funds are being distributed for design and construction projects, standard contracts such as the B108-2009 and other AIA documents can be used to help agencies and other project participants move the project along more easily and efficiently," said Kenneth Cobleigh, Managing Director and Counsel, AIA Contract Documents. "AIA Contract Documents will continue to be most stakeholders' first choice for standard contract documents because they are the most widely accepted across the industry, have been written to be fair and balanced and provide an ease-of-use that is unparalleled by other standard form documents."

The new AIA IPD Multi-Party Agreement, as well as B108-2009 and B202-2009, will be available beginning November 3, 2009. Existing AIA Contract Documents software customers will obtain these new documents at no additional cost when they download the latest software update at www.aia.org/contractdocs.

More information about AIA Contract Documents can be found at www.aia.org/contractdocs. AIA Contract Documents software can be purchased at www.aia.org/contractdocs/purchase. Documents in paper form are available through the AIA's full service distributors. For a listing of full service distributors and pricing information, please visit www.aia.org/docs_purchase.

For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. By using sustainable design practices, materials and techniques, AIA architects are uniquely poised to provide the leadership and guidance needed to provide solutions to address climate change. AIA architects walk the walk on sustainable design.
Source: American Institute of Architects

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