AIA Announces New ‘Integrated’ Standard to Mixed Reviews
The rollout of standard contract documents for fully integrated project delivery from the American Institute of Architects was met with much skepticism at the AIA Convention, held May 13-15 in Boston. Designers voiced concerns about liability and insurance implications of the delivery system, which joins the owner, architect and construction manager in a single entity. They also are worried about the manner of compensation, which pays costs but bases profit on the success of the entire project—a team sink-or-swim situation. The approach, which creates a single-purpose entity in the form of a limited liability corporation, also requires all parties to waive their right to make claims against each other and aligns their interests along project lines. Information on the documents is available at www.aiacontractdocuments.