AIA Contract Changes in 2017

AIA Contract Changes in 2017

On this episode, Alex is joined by Ken Cobleigh, Managing Director & Counsel for AIA Contract Documents. Alex & Ken talk about the changes to the latest contract forms from the AIA. Interesting conversation by two construction law experts. Ken provided some great insight on what to expect with these recent modifications and some best practices when using an AIA contract.

Alexander Barthet is a board certified construction attorney in Florida and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He manages The Barthet Firm, a ten lawyer construction law firm in Miami, and maintains a construction law blog at He can be reached at 305-347-5295 or

About the AIA:

As the construction industry standard, AIA Contract Documents continues to be used by a large number of construction professionals. Updates are made to the core set of documents every 10 years to ensure design and construction projects are protected.  Some of the major changes for 2017 include a single Sustainable Exhibit that can be added to any AIA document, new agreements containing a fill point to prompt the parties to discuss and insert an appropriate “Termination Fee” for terminations for convenience, and an added evaluation provision by the architect if the contractor proposes alternative means and methods.  Download samples of the newly revised 2017 AIA documents at

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