Moorestown Construction Contracts Attorneys
The drafting and negotiation of contracts allows construction companies and contractors to specify the obligations and responsibilities of each party, any financial remuneration involved, as well as legal recourse in the event a dispute or breach occurs. When undertaking a construction project, it’s essential that you work closely with a construction contracts attorney throughout the drafting, bidding, and negotiation process. At LaVan Law, our lawyers have assisted numerous clients in using standard contract forms as revised and reissued by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).
Standard Construction Contract Forms
The AIA, EJCDC, and AGC, in cooperation with numerous construction associations, created ConsensusDOCS in an attempt to standardize contract forms. Each program has its own unique features, which are described below:
The American Institute of Architects Documents Program
The AIA documents program began in 1857 and is the oldest construction contracts document program in the country. Currently, there are over 40 contract forms available through the AIA program. AIA is popular in part for offering combination documents based on The General Conditions of the Contract for Construction – that is, the A201 keystone form.
The AIA also offers a commonly used form which specifically addresses how an owner will pay an architect – the A101 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor, a form related to the Stipulated Sum and B101 – Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect. An advantage of using AIA forms is the extent to which they reflect current best practices since AIA reviews its forms every ten years.
The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee
Formed in 1975, the EJCDC is now a joint venture involving the National Society of Professional Engineers / Professional Engineers in Private Practice (NSPE/PEPP), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The EJCDC seeks to provide the best administrative documents necessary for construction projects that include professional engineering services. EJCDC documents are often used in utilities and horizontal construction projects.
ConsensusDOCS Documents Program
The ConsensusDOCS program is the product of a joint undertaking on the part of nearly 40 construction associations. Their efforts have resulted in over 70 construction contract forms. In many cases, ConsensusDOCS are based on AGC standard forms and the Construction Owners Association of America (COAA). However, ConsensusDOCS modifies these forms and grouped them into specific categories related to general contracting, construction management, design, program management, and subcontracting. A three-way agreement form – the ConsensusDOCS 300 – Standard Form of Tri-Party Agreement for Collaborative Project Delivery – is also available through ConsensusDOCS.
Undertaking a Construction Project? Contact LaVan Law
Construction contracts can be quite complicated and involved. Each of the three groupings of construction contracts described above offer certain advantages and disadvantages. Working with an experienced construction contracts attorney can help you sort through what will work best for you.
To learn how we can help you, contact Moorestown construction contracts attorneys at LaVan Law today.