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Small Projects Family

Use of the Small Projects family of AIA Contract Documents may be appropriate when a project is straightforward in design; of short duration (less than one year from start of design to completion of construction); without delivery complications, such as competitive bidding; and when project team members already have working relationships. AIA documents in the Small Projects family are suitable for residential projects, small commercial projects, or other projects of relatively low cost and brief duration.

See the list of AIA Contract Documents by Family for information about document availability in AIA Contract Documents® software, in paper (see local distributors), and from AIA Documents on Demand®. Users should exercise independent judgment and may require the advice of legal counsel on deciding which documents are appropriate for a particular project.

A105–2007 (formerly A105–1993 and A205–1993), Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor for a Residential or Small Commercial Project
AIA Document A105™–2007 is a stand-alone agreement with its own general conditions; it replaces AIA Documents A105™–1993 and A205™–1993. AIA Document A105–2007 is for use on a project that is modest in size and brief in duration, and where payment to the contractor is based on a stipulated sum (fixed price). For larger and more complex projects, other AIA agreements are more suitable, such as AIA Document A107™–2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor for a Project of Limited Scope. AIA Documents A105–2007 and B105™–2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Residential or Small Commercial Project, comprise the Small Projects family of documents. Although A105 and B105 share some similarities with other agreements, the Small Projects family should NOT be used in tandem with agreements in other document families without careful side-by-side comparison of contents. NOTE: A105–1993 and A205–1993 expired in 2009.

B105–2007 (formerly B155–1993), Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Residential or Small Commercial Project
AIA Document B105™–2007 is a standard form of agreement between owner and architect intended for use on a residential or small commercial project that is modest in size and brief in duration. AIA Documents B105–2007 and A105™–2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor for a Residential or Small Commercial Project, comprise the Small Projects family of documents. B105–2007 is intended for use with A105–2007, which it incorporates by reference. B105 is extremely abbreviated and is formatted more informally than other AIA agreements. Although AIA Documents A105 and B105 share some similarities with other AIA agreements, the Small Projects family should NOT be used with other AIA document families without careful side-by-side comparison of contents. NOTE: B155–1993 expired in 2009.

For questions about the content of specific documents, which document to use, or how to complete a document, call (202) 626-7526 or contact docinfo@aia.org. Also visit the AIA Contract Documents Knowledge Base, which answers some 500 questions about purchasing documents, using AIA Contract Documents® software, and selecting and understanding AIA documents and forms.

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