AIA DOCUMENT B Abbreviated Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and. Architect. ARTICLE 1 ARCHITECT’S RESPONSIBILITIES. The. AIA Contract document B– (formerly B–), Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect. with AIA Document A™–, General Conditions of the Contract for .. NOTE: B– replaces AIA Document B– (expired May 31, ).

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All of the documents in the AIA family of construction contracts were substantively affected by the revisions.

American Institute of Architects Officially Retires the Version of the AIA Contract Documents

Instead, everyone is now required to transition to the contract documents and use the enabling software. Stay tuned for additional information regarding the webinar. Sincethe AIA contracts have required that all disputes be decided by binding arbitration. In the fourth quarter aoathe AIA completed revisions to the contract documents. Media Contact If you have any media inquiries or would like additional information, please click here.

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In addition, several of the bb151 contracts were renumbered e. All users of these forms including owners, developers, engineers and other design professionals, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors and suppliers, construction lenders, and construction sureties must now transition to the edition of the AIA contracts.


If you have any media inquiries or would like additional information, please click here. The webinar will take place on B1551 16, and is free of charge. The AIA typically revises its family of contract documents every ten years in an effort to reflect industry trends and practices.

If no box is checked, the default choice of dispute resolution is litigation — not arbitration. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding the revisions or need assistance in making the required transitions, please contact one of our Construction lawyers.

As a result of the mandatory transition to the AIA contract documents, these users must update their existing AIA contract documents to the required forms in a manner that achieves their desired level of risk allocation and legal protection.

On May 31,however, the transition period ended and the AIA officially retired 1b51 contract documents. Following the completion of the revisions, the AIA provided an month transition period for parties to continue to use the retired documents while they migrated to using the updated versions.


Indeed, even people who do not typically use the AIA documents should be aware of the changes, because the clauses and concepts in the AIA documents are ais borrowed and used in non-AIA contracts.

Both the A-Series contract forms, which relate to agreements between owners and contractors and between contractors and their subcontractors, and the B-Series contract forms, which relate to agreements between the owner and the architect, were significantly changed as a result of the revisions. In addition to this change, the revisions shift certain responsibilities and potential liabilities amongst the various parties aiz a construction contract.

One basic change incorporated in all of the AIA contracts is a new dispute resolution mechanism.

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