The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has just released three new contract documents that reflect the evolving roles and responsibilities of all parties working to bring design and construction projects to completion.

To help create a collaborative relationship among the parties involved in a design and construction project using the integrated project delivery (IPD) model, the AIA has developed C191-2009, Standard Form Multi-Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery. C191-2009 is designed to assist in the execution of one coordinated and integrated agreement that clearly identifies each party's role and responsibilities under the IPD model by providing a framework in which the parties are not required to form an LLC.

According to the AIA, C191-2009 was developed to support new collaborative project delivery methods that many architects, owners, and contractors are practicing. Under the multi-party agreement, each individual's success is tied directly to the project's success, establishing a collaborative management structure and encouraging parties to work in the best interests of the project and resolve issues and disputes as they arise.

AIA's new B108-2009, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Federally Funded or Federally Insured Project was developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to more effectively address these agencies' needs by including provisions for cost estimating, compensation, and other issues specific to these types of projects. B108-2009 is an update to AIA's B181-1994, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for Housing Services.

Also, the AIA has released B202-2009, Standard Form of Architect's Services: Programming, setting out an architect's scope of programming services. The document is a standard form that can be modified as necessary by the owner and architect; it is not a stand-alone document, however, and must be incorporated into an owner-architect agreement.

These new contract documents became available November 3 and will be included in the latest AIA Contract Documents software update to current AIA Contract Documents customers. Visit www.aia.org/contractdocs for details.