AIA Document A151–2019 is a stand-alone agreement intended where a Vendor will provide a large amount, or perhaps even all, the furnishings, furniture, and equipment (FF&E) for a Project. A151 is an agreement for the sale of goods and is governed by the law of the place where the Project is located, including the jurisdiction’s Uniform Commercial Code as adopted. A151-2019 replaces AIA Documents A151™-2007 and A251™-2007.
In A151, the Vendor not only sells and delivers FF&E, it also is responsible for incidental onsite Work such as placing, assembling, and installing the FF&E. A151 includes Vendor insurance requirements and requires the Vendor to coordinate its Work with the work of others on the Project. The Owner is required to provide the Vendor with access to the Project, storage space, and areas to perform the Work. In situations where the Vendor will not perform onsite Work, the parties should consider using AIA Document A152™–2019, Purchase Order.
A151-2019 has been coordinated for use with the following documents in the AIA’s Interiors Family of documents:
B152™–2019, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for Interior Design and Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment (FF&E) Design Services.
B252™-2019, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Interior Design and Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment (FF&E) Design
B253™-2019, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment (FF&E) Design
B254™-2019, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Purchasing Agent Services for Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment (FF&E)
Changes from the previous edition.
A151-2019 replaces AIA Documents A151-2007 and A251-2007. A151-2019 is now a stand-alone document that contains all the Vendor’s responsibilities for the Project. A151 contains updated definitions in Article 1 as well as modernized methods to calculate the Vendor’s Contract Sum in Article 2. A151 also contains updated time provisions in Article 3 that are largely based on the time provisions in AIA Document A104™-2017, Standard Abbreviated Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor.
Article 6 – Title and Risk of Loss
These provisions have been updated such that the title, and risk of loss, for all FF&E transfers to the Owner upon acceptance in accordance with Article 8.
Article 8 – Acceptance
The acceptance provisions have been updated and include a two-step process – an initial inspection when the FF&E are delivered to the site and an acceptance inspection that occurs once installation of the FF&E is complete.
Dispute Resolution—Mediation and Arbitration.
This document contains provisions for mediation and arbitration of claims and disputes. Mediation is a non-binding process but is mandatory under the terms of this agreement. Arbitration may be mandatory under the terms of this agreement. Arbitration is binding in most states and under the Federal Arbitration Act. In a minority of states, arbitration provisions relating to future disputes are not enforceable but the parties may agree to arbitrate after the dispute arises. Even in those states, under certain circumstances (for example, in a transaction involving interstate commerce), arbitration provisions may be enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act.
The AIA does not administer dispute resolution processes. To submit disputes to mediation or arbitration or to obtain copies of the applicable mediation or arbitration rules, contact the American Arbitration Association at (800) 778-7879 or visit the website at adr.org.