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2017 AIA Documents – They Are A-Changin’: What You Need to Know About the AIA’s Revisions to the A201 “General Conditions of the...

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) published its first contract document in 1888 when it published its Uniform Contract between Owner and Contractor. Since then, the AIA has significantly updated and expanded its...more

AIA Releases 2017 Construction and Design Agreements

by Dickinson Wright on

At the end of last month, the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) released several revised documents including the primary agreements between the owner and contractor and the owner and architect. Many of the revisions...more

Highlights of the 2017 Revisions to the AIA-A201

For almost 130 years, the American Association of Architects (AIA) has published form construction documents. The AIA family of documents is among the most popular and commonly used form construction documents in the...more

In New Contract Documents, AIA Bolsters Insurance Requirements: An In-Depth Look

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Most contract documents published by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) are on a ten-year drafting cycle. The principal owner-architect agreements, owner-contractor agreements, as well as the general conditions...more

American Institute of Architects Releases 2017 Contract Documents

by Lane Powell PC on

Lane Powell strives to help our clients stay ahead of the curve on all matters concerning construction law. This is a quick note to let you know that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its 2017 Construction...more

Real Estate & Construction Law Update

by Barley Snyder on

Death and Residential Leases: What Landlords Need to Know - A new state law has created a much-needed shift in the state’s landlord/tenant law for residential leases that real estate professionals need to be familiar...more

The Risky Business of Warranties

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Owners and contractors beware! The warranty you get may not be what you bargained for. Many construction contracts, including widely used industry form contracts, contain two distinct warranties, a general warranty and a...more

Standard is Not Always Fair - Six Questions Owners Should Answer Before Entering a Construction Contract

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Construction documents, whether for a new building project or for a build out of tenant improvements, can be quite involved and perhaps a little daunting to an owner presented with “standard” American Institute of Architects...more

Massport Unveils Building Information Modeling Guidelines for Vertical and Horizontal Construction

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) recently issued a series of documents for the purpose of integrating Building Information Modeling (BIM) into new construction, substantial renovation, and major maintenance and...more

Contractor’s Lawsuit Against Architect for Tortious Interference Allowed to Proceed

by PretiFlaherty on

A U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts has allowed a lawsuit to proceed brought by a contractor against an architect, alleging the architect falsely certified grounds for termination to the project...more

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Finds Public Owner Waived Written Change Order Requirement By Conduct

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Coast Paving & Sealcoating, Inc. v. N. Allegheny Sch. Dist., 111 A.3d 220 (Pa. Commw. Mar. 6, 2015). - North Allegheny School District (“Owner”) hired East Coast Paving & Sealcoating, Inc. (“Contractor”) to pave...more

Schools And Municipalities–Don’t Make These Construction Contract Mistakes

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

School districts and municipalities often accept form agreements provided by their design professional or consultants, or use a standardized set of construction contract documents (such as the American Institute of Architects...more

Design & Construction Practice: 2012 Year in Review

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

It was another memorable year for the construction industry in Massachusetts. As the economic recovery continued to take hold, commercial construction market activity continued to stabilize and public projects remained a...more

Although Unlikely to be Immediately Adopted Elsewhere, A Recent Tennessee Decision Regarding an Owner’s Liquidated Damage Claim...

A Tennessee Court of Appeals recently held that liquidated damages under an AIA Contract (A201 -1997 Gen. Conditions) are neither automatic nor self-executing. RCR Building Corp. v Pinnacle Hospitality Partners, 2012 WL...more

Criteria For Choosing Between ConsensusDOCS And AIA Bond Forms

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Since first being introduced in 2007, ConsensusDOCS forms have become increasingly popular and along with the AIA forms are becoming industry standard. The organizations that endorsed the ConsensusDOCS devoted untold hours to...more

New General Conditions for Sustainable Projects: What Contractors Need to Know

In May 2012, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released five new documents for use on sustainable projects...more

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