The American Institute of Architects' Official Guide to the 2007 AIA Contract Documents / Edition 1

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No other contracts are more widely used in the constructionindustry than the American Institute of Architects’ standardforms. The American Institute of Architects Official Guide tothe 2007 AIA Contract Documents offers unparalleled insightinto the AIA’s extensive portfolio of contract documents,helping the reader understand the forms and how to implement them.

This guide is divided into two parts:Part One, The AIAStandard Documents, examines the role of AIA ContractDocuments, their history, and how the documents are written andupdated. It also reviews the educational and supporting resourcesthat are part of the AIA's contract documents program; Part Two,The AIA Documents Companion, describes agreements in detail,including the purpose and rationale for provisions. Separatechapters cover the owner-contractor, contractor-subcontractor,owner-architect, and architect-consultant agreements. The guideconcludes with a chapter describing pivotal legal cases that havehelped shape and interpret AIA contracts.

Samples of the most commonly used contracts are in print in theappendix, and an accompanying CD-ROM has samples of all AIAContract Documents (in PDF format for Mac and PC computers) thatreleased in 2007, as well as the Integrated Project Delivery Familyof documents that released in 2008. This book is invaluable forconstruction project owners, attorneys, contractors,subcontractors, design professionals, and others involved in theprocurement, management, and delivery of building projects. It isalso recommended for students and young professionals seeking adegree, certification, or licensure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470251669
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/23/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 500,043
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 4.70 (d)

Table of Contents





1. Introduction: Standardization of ConstructionContracts.

1.1 Freedom of contract: the concept of “privatelaw-making”.

1.2 Construction contract documentation.

1.3 The AIA Documents as a management tool.

1.4 The AIA Documents as a model.

1.5 The AIA Documents as an industry standard.

1.6 The AIA Documents as a legal standard.

2. History of the AIA Documents.

2.1 1860-1910: the precursors.

2.2 1910-1950: the turbulent years—prosperity, depression, andwar.

2.3 1950-1990: drivers of the AIA Documents in the modernbusiness age.

2.4 1990 to the present: the post-industrial age and the worldeconomy.

3. The 2007 AIA Documents Development Process.

3.1 Governing factors.

3.2 Drafting principles.

3.3 The participants.

3.4 The drafting process.

4. The Documents Families Described.

4.1 The numbering system and the concept of documentfamilies.

4.2 The conventional (A201) family—AIA’s coredocuments.

4.3 Additional and supporting documents and guides.

4.4 Administrative forms (G-series documents).

4.5 The interiors family.

4.6 The construction management families.

4.7 The design-build family.

4.8 Small project documents.

4.9 International documents.

4.10 Digital practice documents.

4.11 The integrated project delivery family.

5. Educational and Supporting Resources.

5.1 Instructions.

5.2 Articles and publications.

5.3 The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice.

5.4 Comparisons and commentaries.

5.5 Educational programs at the national and componentlevel.

5.6 Staff assistance.

5.7 For lawyers: the AIA Legal Citator.

5.8 Third party resources: articles, conferences, and texts.


6. Basic Principles and Provisions.

6.1 Common terminology.

6.2 Dispute resolution.

6.3 Risk allocation.

7. Owner-Contractor Agreement Forms.

7.1 The AIA Document “Families” and the 2007editions of the Owner-Contractor Agreement Forms.

7.2 Provisions of the Owner-Contractor agreement forms.

8. The General Conditions of the Contract forConstruction.

8.1 Introduction: the 2007 editions of the GeneralConditions.

8.2 Provisions of the General Conditions.

9. Guide forms.

9.1 Guides for supplementary conditions and documentamendments.

9.2 Owner’s instruction forms.

10. The Subcontract Forms.

10.1 The AIA subcontract forms.

10.2 Provisions of the subcontract forms.

11. Procurement, Construction Administration and OtherStandard Forms.

11.1 Preconstruction and procurement forms.

11.2 Construction administration forms.

11.3 Contract completion and closeout forms.

11.4 Architect’s office administration forms.

12. Owner-Architect Agreement Forms.

12.1. The AIA Document “Families” and the 2007editions of the Owner-Architect Agreement Forms.

12.2 Provisions of the standard Owner-Architect agreementforms.

13. Architect-consultant agreement forms.

13.1 The standard Architect-Consultant agreement form: AIADocument C401?-2007.

13.2 Provisions of the Architect-Consultant form.

14. Leading Cases Shaping and Interpreting the AIA ContractDocuments.

14.1 The early legal landscape.

14.2 Cases construing the Uniform Contract.

14.3 The middle years—1915 to 1955.

14.4 Liability cases that influenced the documents in the1960’s and 1970’s.

14.5 Topical cases.

14.6 Special risk allocation cases.


A. List of Illustrative Cases Interpreting the AIA ContractDocuments.

B. AIA Document Synopsis by Family.

C. AIA Contact Documents.







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