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    • Nonconsensus

      July 24th, 2018

      Recently, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released the latest version of their set of standard contract documents, covering a wide range of agreements necessary to construction. It includes the General Conditions of the Contract for Construction (AIA A201), which governs the relationship between owner and contractor, and is incorporated into its architect agreement. AGC did not endorse...Read More

    • The Cost of Allocating Design Risk to Contractors

      Doug Tabeling, Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP
      DCD Magazine
      July/August 2018

      Design flaws are a constant risk in construction, but the contractual allocation of that risk can sway considerably from project to project. Contract terms can vary from...Read More.

    • 10 Reasons Why Subcontractors Should Love ConsensusDocs

      American Subcontractors Association
      June 7th, 2018 

      Where should contract negotiations start? According to ASA and 39 other leading construction associations, the answer is “ConsensusDocs.” 

    • Design-Build Contract Tools

      Kevin F. Peartree, Ernstrom & Dreste, LLP
      DCD Magazine
      May/June 2018

      Design-build is particularly adept at controlling the growth of costs and schedule extensions over the life of a project. There are many factors that make this possible. Critical among them are...Read More.

    • Standardized Contracts: Streamlining Projects in Today's Fast-Paced Construction Market

      Construction Drive
      April 2018

      Using fair contracts to get better project results with fewer claims makes sense for today's construction industry, but how do you create an unbiased contract that balances risks and rewards appropriately among all parties? The answer... Download Here

    • Owners: Set the Foundation with a Better Design Agreement

      Tim Gibbons, Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. 
      DCD Magazine
      March/April 2018

      Should an owner expect construction documents produced by the design professional to be sufficient to bid and build the work? You might be surprised to discover that...Read More.

    • The Key to More Efficient Construction Projects is Collaborative Contracts

      Brian Perlberg 
      Mediaplanet's Construction in America Campaign in USA Today
      December 2017

      The AEC industry is fragmented and slow moving. The legal industry, which drives the structural relationships in construction contracts, is even slower to change. The combination has us stuck in the morass of contractual silos that create confrontation. Some wear this as a badge of honor. They follow a similar pathway that has been around for over a hundred years and have a mountain of case law dissecting the corpses of dead projects gone wrong interpreting this approach...Read More 

    • New IPD Agreement Offers Significant Improvements

      Joel W. Darrington, DPR Construction
      DCD Magazine
      November/December 2017

      Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) greatly improves project outcomes by realigning the contractual relationships of project team members to serve the best interests of the project rather than any one team member...Read More.

    • Stay Ahead of the Contractual Curve

      Brian Perlberg
      Construction Executive 

      October 2017

      Construction is a risky business and so is predicting the future. Looking forward, two types of general contractors will exist: those that embrace change and plan accordingly, and those that stay the course and sink. Industry standard contracts establish the foundation for risk in construction, and they are changing too. 

      ConsensusDocs, a coalition effort that produces best practice standard construction contracts, has recently updated its most used prime and subcontract agreements as part of a five-year revision cycle...Read More

    • ConsensusDocs 10-Year Milestone Marks a Brighter Outlook for AEC

      Constructor Magazine 
      September/October 2017 

      The key was getting away from the traditional perspective of a particular segment of the industry writing the contract to getting all the players perspectives to better align all parties to reach project completion successfully...Read More