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 this contract.

Instead, AGC does endorse ConsensusDocs 200, a contract document covering a very similar scope as the AIA document, but with some significant differences in how it treats the relationships, rights and responsibilities of the three main parties.

Since member GCs are very likely to encounter this new AIA contract (if they haven’t already), it is valuable to know the differences and which aspects may be problematic for contractors. Constructor talked to experts from AGC and ConsensusDocs to find out.

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GBCA members receive a 20% discount on all ConsensusDocs subscriptions. With a 10-year track record of successful projects being completed using ConsensusDocs contracts and the first to address emerging trends in IPD, BIM, green building, and LEAN construction, ConsensusDocs is becoming the industry’s default standard contract documents.