A Review of Current Contract Documents

by A. Patrick Leighton, Partner; Moore, Costello & Hart, St. Paul, MN, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Construction Management: A State-of-the-Art Update


Three separate industry groups have published contract documents to be used with the construction management project delivery system. The documents parallel each other in certain respects, yet they are divergent in others. Each have strong points and weak points (from different user perspectives) due to the fact that they represent the unique individual interests of the publishing organizations. In the construction management system the owner plays a more visible role in the contracting process that is prescribed by the contract documents. This paper surfaces some of the key owner issues contained in the AIA, AGC and the Joint Committee documents, and points out the fact that none of the current standard documents should be used without review toward revision.

Subject Headings: Contract documentation | Reviews | Construction management | Systems management | Contracts and subcontracts | Owners | Building codes | Project management

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