FAQs: Design-Build Documents

What is Design-Build?

Design-Build is a process in which the Owner contracts directly with one entity (the “Design-Builder”) to provide both the design and construction of the project which is also similar to Engineer-Procure-Construct process.

By contrast, in the conventional Design/Bid/Build process, the Owner contracts separately with the Architect and with the Contractor.

In 2014, the AIA published the following documents tailored for Design-Build projects:

A141™–2014, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder;

A142™–2014, Standard Form of Agreement Between Design-Builder and Contractor;

A441™–2014, Standard Form of Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor for a Design-Build Project.

B143™–2014, Standard Form of Agreement Between Design-Builder and Architect;

C141™–2014, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Consultant for a Design-Build Project;

C441™–2014, Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant for a Design-Build Project;

G741™-2015, Change Order for a Design-Build Project;

G742™-2015, Application and Certificate for Payment for a Design-Build Project (versions are available for use by the Design-Builder, Contractor, and Subcontractors);

G743™-2015, Continuation Sheet for a Design-Build Project (versions are available for use by the Design-Builder, Contractor, and Subcontractors);

G744™–2014, Certificate of Substantial Completion for a Design-Build Project;

G745™-2015, Change Directive for a Design-Build Project

In addition to the documents listed above, the AIA publishes a Design-Build agreement specifically tailored to one or two-family residential projects, AIA Document A145™–2015, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder for a One or Two Family Residential Project

 

Do I need a General Conditions agreement when using an AIA Design-Build agreement?

AIA Document A141™–2014 and A142™–2014 contain Terms and Conditions within the form agreement itself. While AIA Document A441™–2014 incorporates the terms and conditions of AIA Document A142™–2014, Standard Form of Agreement Between Design-Builder and Contractor, Exhibit A, Terms and Conditions.

 

What Performance Bond and Payment Bond form may be used for a Design-Build project?

Yes, AIA Document A312™–2010, Performance Bond and Payment Bond. This document can be adapted to substitute the term “Design-Builder” for the term “Contractor.”

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