Creating a BIM Execution Plan

Our last post focused on the first step in digital practice: creating a BIM Exhibit. Once the contracting parties attach that exhibit to the design and construction contract forms, they have to expand the agreement on model sharing and reliance issues through a project-specific BIM Execution Plan (“plan”). The AIA Contract Documents program created G203-2022,... Continue Reading →

Examining the new AIA BIM Exhibit agreements

The recently published AIA Digital Practice Documents involve three interrelated components that clearly define the procedures for sharing models, the permitted uses of the shared information, and the level of reliability on the model elements. The documents, therefore, provide the parties to the design and construction process with a straightforward methodology to share information without... Continue Reading →

AIA releases revised set of digital practice documents

On July 20, the AIA Contract Documents program released new documents in its series of Digital Practice Documents (or BIM documents). The first significant revisions since the 2013 edition include simplified documents and forms, as well as recognition that as the industry increasingly uses project-specific BIM execution plans, it would benefit from the creation of... Continue Reading →

EJCDC releases study and report agreement

The Engineers Joint Committee on Contract Documents (EJCDC) released E‑525, Agreement Between Owner and Engineer for Study and Report Professional Services, 2022 Edition. E-525 is for use when engaging a firm to prepare a study and report. The document addresses project feasibility studies, facility needs, or siting challenges without more detailed design services. The document... Continue Reading →

Define communication protocols in your agreements

Clients are increasingly using text messages to provide direction and relay important project information. This can be problematic for design firms that want to document such communications in their project files. Firms find that following up via email takes additional time, and the client may not respond to the email, which creates ambiguity. Firms that... Continue Reading →

AIA publishes updated residential projects contracts and condo guide

The contract documents program of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released updated residential contracts for both single-family residential and multi-family residential or mixed-use projects. It also published an updated version of their Condominium Project Guide, which is available for free without a documents subscription.Revised Residential Documents The revised residential documents are B107-2020, Standard... Continue Reading →

EJCDC publishes 2020 editions of E-500 and E-570

The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) recently published revised versions of E-500, Standard Form Agreement Between Owner and Engineer for Professional Services, and E-570, Agreement Between Engineer and Subconsultant for Professional Services.E-500 Main Agreement UpdatesE-500 is a comprehensive standard contract for engineering design services and related construction phase engineering and administrative services. The terms... Continue Reading →

AIA commissioning services agreement updated

Earlier this year, the AIA published C203-2017, Standard Form of Consultant’s Services: Commissioning. The document has been significantly updated to reflect changes in the industry that have taken place since the prior version. The changes include: provisions describing the consultant’s role to help prepare the owner’s project requirements; detailed description of the consultant’s commissioning plan;... Continue Reading →

Using AIA scope documents for non-traditional design services

Shortly after releasing the 2017 versions of the traditional owner-architect agreements, the AIA Contract Documents Committee published detailed scope of services agreements that assign professional duties to supplement or replace traditional services. These AIA specialty services documents can be added to any base owner/architect agreement to form a contract. B201-2017, Standard Form of Architect’s Services:... Continue Reading →

Check out these new AIA documents

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has released nine new standard contract documents, including a new owner/consultant agreement, the C103–2015, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Consultant without a Predefined Scope of Consultant’s Services, and two accompanying scope of service exhibits. The C103 establishes expectations between an owner and a consultant on a project.... Continue Reading →

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