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In such instances, the prime contractor will frequently attempt to apportion the cleanup costs on a pro rata basis among the various subcontractors known to have been working in each area at the time that the trash and debris were left in the affected work area. The foregoing amendments to Sections 4.

A401 Standard Form of Agreement between Contractor Subcontractor

Subcontractors may want to consider replacing Section 4. This of course begs the question as to whether the inclusion of more terms will make a contract document more clear, or will the ever increasing length and number of terms instead lead to the likelihood of ambiguity and inconsistency of terms.

The Subcontractor shall not be held responsible for unclean conditions caused by other contractors or subcontractors and shall not be subject to any charge by the Contractor for trash removal or cleanup determined on a pro rata or similar basis.

For comparison sake, the initial A issued by the American Institute of Architects in was comprised of approximately 20 pages of general conditions. The sample provision above is one example.

Prior to the version of the A, the architect was authorized to order the contractor to perform minor changes in the Work. This article will highlight the most important changes to be found in the revised documents. No decision by the Initial Decision Maker is required for these claims. It should be noted however that section 1. The AIA A document contains the general conditions of the contract for construction.

If, on the other hand the contractor moves forward to perform the work set forth in the architect’s order for a minor change without prior notice to the architect that such change will affect the contract sum or contract time, the contractor waives any adjustment to the contract sum or extension of the contract time. If the owner has failed to respond with the requested proof of financing within 14 days, the contractor has the right to stop its work. Like the United States Census Bureau’s counting of the American people once every decennial, so too does the American Institute of Architects introduce new versions of its form contract documents.


This contract change is found at section 7. These documents have been evolving over this near year period to include and acknowledge changes in industry technology, construction practices and case law involving litigated construction issues.

If the length of the contract documents someday if not already todaywill result in the greater likelihood that these contracts will go unread by those subject to its terms simply due to their daunting length, should we be seeking to account for and address every new innovation, technology, trend, construction means, and precedential court case in our contract documents moving forward?

Tom has been assisting and advising clients in the construction industry for 25 years. Beginning with the A, specifically at Section The significant changes in the A include the following: Register now for your free, tailored, daily legal newsfeed service.

In the A, the architect is required to make its order for minor changes in writing.

If the aua fails to do so, the contractor is not required to commence work on the project. The A document provides at Section 1. Construction law – the history is ancient!

The A at new section 9. Whereas the required insurances and bonds were found at Article 11 in prior versions of the A this information is now set forth in this newly created document. aai

Before simply inserting such sample language into your contracts without further thought, however, it is advisable to consult with a seasoned construction lawyer. The AIA has been issuing new and revised versions of its form documents since It is notable that over the several versions of the general conditions document A from its debut in to the current version, it has become increasingly lengthy.

While this may simply be a question to ponder… there is an undeniable trend. Removing of Lien Claims: Beginning with the A version, the owner and contractor are free to communicate directly with one another and are no longer required to communicate through the architect.


There are many ways to amend standard form contract agreements to minimize your risk on a construction project and to help you avoid claims and contentious disputes from the outset. Follow Please login to follow content. To be sure new technologies, construction techniques, construction methods, and even case law have all contributed to the increased number of topics addressed in the A However, there are several important substantive changes and additions.

If the hallmark of formation and enforceability of contractual relationships is a meeting of the minds and a clear bargained for exchange it at least merits acknowledging that the length of contracts involving owners, contractors and architects, particularly the AIA documents, are becoming increasingly lengthy with each iteration. Share Facebook Twitter Linked In. This section now permits for delivery of various required Notices by e-mail or other electronic transmission if set forth in the Agreement.

This document is the keystone document of all AIA contract documents in that it provides the framework of and for the relationships of those involved in the particular project as well as the contextual support for the other contract documents. This exhibit addresses almost all of the insurance and bond requirements for the owner and contractor. However, this section makes it clear that this indemnification obligation is only triggered if the owner has fulfilled its payment obligations under the contract documents to the contractor.

Article > Recent Changes to the AIA Form Contract Documents

The Subcontractor shall not be held responsible for conditions caused by other contractors or subcontractors. In addition to the above changes in the A the American Institute of Architects has created additional exhibits including a separate multipage exhibit for insurance and bonds. Instead, contractors will only be entitled to payment for work properly executed along with costs incurred by reason of the termination including costs attributable to the termination of subcontracts and the termination fee, if any, set forth in the agreement.

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This new insurance and bonds exhibit is used as an exhibit to the A, A and A agreement documents.