Monday, March 17, 2008

Competing Forms of Agreement

At Archi-Tech Magazine Robert Paul Dean and Susan McClendon compare and contrast the competing forms of construction agreements offered by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in conjunction with 19 other construction associations comprising a new organization called ConsensusDOCS. This article provides a helpful history of the documents offered by each organization, though it fails to fully appreciate the revolutionary nature of ConsensusDOCS 300 Series and other collaborative forms of agreement like the Form of Integrated Agreement (FOIA) used by Sutter Health on its Camino Project in California or even AIA's forthcoming Integrated Project Guide which describes the collaborative form of agreement adopted by AIA's California Council.

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