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Insight into the AIA changes from an insider (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

After my series on the Top 10 Changes to the AIA 201, I heard from the Chair of the Task Group for the A201-2017, Arlen M. Solocheck. Arlen is also both an architect and in-house owner’s representative at Maricopa Community...more

Contract Change #2- Digital Data in the A201 (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Coming in at #2 on our Top A201 Contract Changes is Digital Data. (Yesterday’s post on Termination for Convenience changes...more

Contract Change #3- Termination for Convenience in A201 (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Today in the Top 10 Changes to the A201, we are discussing Termination for Convenience provisions. (Yesterday’s post discussing contract changes dealing with commencement & completion is here). The Termination for...more

Contract Change #5– Liquidated Damages (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Today, we are half-way through our series on the Top 10 Changes to the AIA A201. (Here is yesterday’s post discussing financial notifications, Change #6, Part B]...more

Change #6, Part B: Financial Notice Changes in the A201 (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Yesterday, we discussed Change #6, Notice Provisions, in the A201 Contract. As promised, here is one more Notice Provision that has changed– that relating to Financial Arrangements of the Owner....more

Change #7- Contractor’s Means & Methods (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Counting down the most important changes to the AIA A201 contract document today we will discuss the Contractor’s Means & Methods, which is #7 in the countdown....more

Contract Change #8: Direct Communications between Owners and Contractors (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Continuing our 10 part series on Changes to the General Conditions of the Contract (AIA 201) [for the previous post, click here], Change #8 has to do with direct communications between the Owner and the Contractor....more

Like Death and Taxes, AIA Contract Changes are a Sure Thing! (law note)

by Melissa Dewey Brumback on

Like death & taxes, you can count on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to regularly update their standard form construction contracts. Most such forms are updated every 10 years, and 2017 was no exception....more

Alabama Home Builders Challenge Requirement to Use Architects on Townhouses

by Baker Donelson on

The Alabama Homebuilders Association of Alabama, Inc. (the Homebuilders) has sued the Alabama State Board for Registration of Architects (the Board) seeking to invalidate a regulation that requires an architect for the design...more

Copyright in Architectural Works: An Update

by Field Law on

Who owns the copyright in a building? A few years ago, we looked at the issue of Copyright in House Plans, but let’s look at something bigger. Much bigger. In Lainco inc. c. Commission scolaire des Bois-Francs, 2017 CF...more

Do Architects and Engineers Owe a Legal Duty to Non-Contracting Parties?

by Clark Hill PLC on

Do architects and engineers owe a common law duty (i.e. non-contractual duty) to Contractors or Owners for alleged negligence, errors, or omissions when performing services? That answer may depend on what services are at...more

Understanding Limitations of Liability: Recent Alberta and Canadian Case Law

by Field Law on

Contractual liability limitations are a means of managing risk in construction contracts. Depending on the type of project, the type of possible damages, and the availability (or unavailability) of insurance, liability...more

Architects and Engineers Are Special and the New Tax Law Proves It

by Lane Powell PC on

Architects and engineers are special in several ways, including: 1. Unlike most professional service firms, they tend to accumulate earnings over time (often to fund redemptions at retirement) instead of maximizing current...more

Second Appellate District Rejects Challenge to EIR Alternatives Analysis for West Hollywood Redevelopment Project

by Downey Brand LLP on

On December 22, the Second Appellate District certified for publication its November 30 opinion in Los Angeles Conservancy v. City of West Hollywood, concerning a proposed mixed-use redevelopment of the “Melrose Triangle”...more

Construction E-Note - December 2017

by Burr & Forman on

In 1997, the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) started updating the A201 every ten years. The AIA has now introduced a 2017 version of the A201 and other contract documents, including the A100 series. In this alert,...more

A Brief Overview of the Recent Changes to the AIA A201

by Burr & Forman on

In 1997, the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) started updating the A201 every ten years. The AIA has now introduced a 2017 version of the A201 and other contract documents, including the A100 series. Please see...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2017

by King & Spalding on

Environmental Citizen Suits—A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration - In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the...more

Out-of-State Contractors and Design Professionals Beware: The Georgia Removal Statute Does Not Apply to You

Out-of-state contractors and design professionals working on projects in Georgia should consider including venue selection clauses in their contracts. Under O.C.G.A. § 14-2-510(b)(4), venue for tort actions lies “in the...more

Overview of the Revisions to AIA Owner-Contractor Construction Documents

by King & Jurgens, L.L.C. on

Just as it did in 2007, when it issued a new set of construction contract documents to replace the existing 1997 set, the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) recently issued its series of revised construction contracts....more

Client Alert: The New AIA (2017) Documents

The American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) revises its standard contract forms every ten (10) years and, in April 2017, released some of the revised documents for 2017. An additional 18 forms will be released later in...more

2017 Standard AIA forms: A Summary of the Important Changes

by Reed Smith on

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) contracts, the most commonly used set of construction contract forms on commercial projects in the United States, recently released the second part of its once-in-a-decade updates to...more

Understanding the Details: Suing Architects and Engineers Can Get Technical

Before suing an architect or engineer for professional negligence, a plaintiff must obtain a “certificate of merit” (“Certificate”) under Code of Civil Procedure section 411.35. Boiled down to the basics, the Certificate...more

Pennsylvania Superior Court Widens the Net for Negligent Misrepresentation Claims Against Professionals

by Wilson Elser on

A recent ruling by Pennsylvania’s intermediate appellate court has expanded the scope of liability for negligent misrepresentation to include a class of potential defendants far beyond those expressly exposed under a prior...more

Four Key Takeaways From Anchin's State Of The Construction Industry Event

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

The annual Anchin State of the Construction Industry event brought together major players in the construction community to discuss issues impacting the sector in New York City. Here, Construction partner Laurie Stanziale...more

2017 AIA Contract Documents Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Roughly every 10 years, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) updates its construction contract documents, which are among the most widely used and accepted forms in the construction industry, to reflect legal and...more

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