Introduction – Many construction projects are documented using an “AIA” form drafted by the American Institute of Architects. AIA forms are widely recognized as the industry standard. AIA documents, however, primarily protect and focus on issues that concern contractors and architects. It is critical that an owner using an AIA contract thoroughly review and negotiate the construction contract to ensure its expectations are met and that any issues and disputes are resolved fairly. As we did previously, we refer to the party that hires the contractor as the “Owner” though they could be a tenant.
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