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AIA Releases More Revised Documents

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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On Monday, (Oct. 24) the American Institute of Architects announced that it is releasing a total of 34 newly revised documents that include Architect Scope documents and frequently used forms.

This is the second part of the AIA’s updates that occur once every 10 years.

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On Monday, (Oct. 24) the American Institute of Architects announced that it is releasing a total of 34 newly revised documents that include Architect Scope documents and frequently used forms.

“We revised several of our most frequently used project forms, in part to coordinate them with other recently revised documents, but also to make them more efficient and user-friendly,” said Mike Koger, Manager & Counsel of AIA Contract Documents.

“With a pulse on the industry, we understand that architects are providing services beyond basic architectural services. To respond to this trend, we heavily revised several of the architect scope documents. We hope that all industry participants take advantage of the significant written resources and education programming opportunities available to learn about, and understand, both the 2017 core document revisions as well as the documents and forms updated as part of this release.”

Highlighted changes to Architect Scope documents include:

  • Site Evaluation and Project Feasibility Services: B203-2017 was updated to clarify the architect’s responsibility to prepare a site evaluation and feasibility report as a deliverable as part of its services, and includes a simplified list of services and an enhanced initial information section.
  • Historic Preservation Services: The Existing Buildings Assessment services were revised so the architect can provide a preliminary evaluation of the site’s historic buildings, then provide more detailed services as necessary. B205-2017 also clarifies the architect’s responsibility regarding hazardous materials on a project with historically significant buildings or features.
  • On-Site Project Representation Services: B207-2017 was revised to allow the owner and architect to establish the scope of the representative’s authority to act on behalf of the architect. B207-2017 also includes enhanced and clarified responsibilities for the on-site project representative to keep a daily log of site activities, prepare monthly written progress reports, perform certain off-site activities and observe on-site tests and inspections.
  • Facility Support Services: B210-2017 is set up as a menu of services with six main categories such as Facility Condition Assessment, Facility Performance Assessment, Operations Assessment, Space Management, Maintenance Management and Digital Facility Management System. The first three service categories were included in the 2007 version of B210, but have been expanded in the 2017 version. The later three service categories are new.
  • Commissioning Services: C203-207 is no longer written as an architect’s scope of services in the B-Series of documents. Instead, C203 is silent as to the professional background of the person or entity performing the commissioning services and is categorized as a consultant document in the C-Series of documents.

Highlighted form changes include:

  • Certificate of Substantial Completion: G704-2017 was reorganized so the architect can sign the form and include the date of substantial completion immediately after the description of the work the architect is certifying.
  • Notice of Additional Services: G801-2017 was updated to allow an architect to satisfy the additional services notice requirements included in B101-2017, B103-2017 and B104-2017.
  • Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement: G802-2017 was revised to simplify the process to amend owner/architect agreements when additional services are not contemplated as part of the amendment. For such amendments, the owner and architect need only to describe the amendment, indicate changes to the architect’s compensation and schedule and execute G802-2017 according to the underlying owner/architect agreement.

The AIA notes that the revised documents are available through an unlimited access license; as a single, customizable document on the online platform; as single, non-editable documents via Documents on Demand; and as paper versions through some chapters.

For more information and a complete list of document changes, visit


Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects (AIA); Architects; Documentation; Good Technical Practice; North America

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