JAMS Global Construction Solutions Newsletter, Winter 2017
It was the best of provisions; it was the worst of provisions, crafted by the wise and well-meaning alike. For years, construction documentation has been primarily sourced from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA provided guidance through the publication of contractual provisions involving many aspects of the construction process, including alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It has been observed that the documentation provided by the AIA generally favored both owners and architects, whose forms, as used by contractors, typically required amendment and modification. So much so that in 2007 (updated in 2017), a group of owners, contractors, subcontractors, designers and sureties came together and published their own set of construction contract documents called ConsensusDocs.
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