The New AIA Construction Documents
Probate and Property, November/December 1999, Volume 17, Number 6
by Lynn R. Axelroth
Lynn R. Axelroth is a partner with Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is Vice Chair of the Real Property Division's Committee on Construction Lending (I-4) and a member of its Design and Construction (G-2) and Workouts, Foreclosures and Bankruptcies (I-7) Committees. She is also Chair of the ABA's Owners and Lenders Division of the Forum on the Construction Industry.
Forms that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) publishes are among the most widely used in the construction industry. Because many construction professionals are familiar with these forms, they argue that use of the forms accelerates the contract negotiation process. Architects and contractors often raise the specter of project delays if the parties do not use AIA form documents. The result is that an unsophisticated or intimidated owner or lender consents to use these forms without understanding their implications.