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AIA Celebrates 100 Years of Contract Documents

Previews next-generation documents service and new guide for sustainable projects.

NEW ORLEANS (AIA) – With a New Orleans jazz band playing in the background, the American Institute of Architects today celebrated 100 years of contract documents by demonstrating a next-generation service for the design and construction industry.

The institute also released a new guide for sustainable projects. It was developed to assist users of AIA Contract Documents in understanding contractual considerations unique to sustainable design and construction projects. The Guide is available as a free download here.

The next-generation contract documents service, which will be available in early 2012, provides innovations in several key areas that make it more:

    • Accessible: Users will have access to the AIA Contract Document library and all drafts and final documents anytime from anywhere with an internet connection from either a PC or Mac.

    • Secure: To ensure the security and privacy of users’ documents, the service will utilize multiple layers of protection, including enhanced log-in security, encrypted upload and download of information and storage of documents at a world-class host facility with state of the art backup systems.

    • Flexible : The service allows parties to work online or offline so that users can download a draft to a personal computer and continuing working offline, if desired. It also grants the freedom to share and edit documents online among multiple parties from multiple locations without ever having to email documents.

    • Affordable: New purchase options offer users greater value and affordability. This includes flexible licenses such as unlimited use of a select bundle of fully editable electronic documents most frequently used by profession, such as a contractor or an architect bundle as well as a one-time purchase option of single, fully editable documents as needed, allowing users to pay as they go, instead of purchasing an annual subscription. With these options, users get what they need, when they need it, and they can choose the right size package for the way they work.

    • And Easy to Use: Every step of the way, this new service is revolutionizing the way AIA Contract Documents users select, draft, share and finalize their documents.

“This new AIA service reflects input from thousands of Contractors, Architects, Owners and Attorneys,’’ said Molly Lindblom, Managing Director AIA Contract Documents. ‘’Based on this feedback, the AIA is setting a new Industry Standard for the design and construction market.’’

These two new contract documents offerings are great examples of the AIA leading the way with knowledge, standards, and contracts to enable architects to practice with confidence.

Demonstrations and additional information about the new web platform will be available at the AIA Contract Documents booth #445 at the convention. You can also find more information online by clicking here.


A New Orleans jazz band helps celebrate 100 years of AIA contract documents.

AIA Contract Documents celebrates at the National Convention in the Big Easy.

The celebration was held at the Contract Documents show floor booth.


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