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      American Institute of Architects (AIA) Contract Documents Offers Sneak Peek at Next Generation Service


      New service will revolutionize the way users access and share AIA forms and agreements

      Contact: Nicole Bott
      212-931-6168
      nbott@peppercom.com

      For immediate release:
      New Orleans– May 12, 2011 –
      The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today unveiled a demonstration of its new, next generation AIA Contract Documents service, which will represent a significant innovation in accessibility, security, flexibility, affordability and ease of use for the design and construction industry.

      Accessible
      AIA Contract Documents 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 new AIA 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 new 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.

      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.

      • Selecting the Right Document – Full text search options allow users to search the library for documents that include key words or use the “Help me find an AIA template” tool to locate the right document for their project. Users can also use the new Agreement Comparison Tool to compare key features of up to three documents, and the new service offers users the ability to preview the documents prior to starting a new draft.
      • Drafting Your Document – The Online Editor works like a standard word processing interface, allowing users to do things like track changes and change fonts. In addition, the Clause Library allows users to re-use language, such as project name, throughout a document or across multiple documents, saving significant time.
      • Sharing Your Document – This end-to-end solution allows users to share documents with multiple parties with a simple click. Parties can review and track changes online whether or not they have an AIA Contract Documents license. All along the way, the system tracks the review status from all parties with whom the document was shared.
      • Finalizing Your Document – Users can save and print PDF finals of all documents from the online system, as well as provide digital signatures for quick sign-off.

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

      Demonstrations and additional information about the new web platform will be available at the AIA Contract Documents booth #445 at AIA Convention 2011, being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on May 12-14.

      About The American Institute of Architects
      For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit www.aia.org.

 

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