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Using AIA scope documents for non-traditional design services

Businessman signing contract at tableShortly after releasing the 2017 versions of the traditional owner-architect agreements, the AIA Contract Documents Committee published detailed scope of services agreements that assign professional duties to supplement or replace traditional services. These AIA specialty services documents can be added to any base owner/architect agreement to form a contract.

B201-2017, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Design and Construction Contract Administration

B201 is a stand-alone document that defines the architect’s scope of services for design and construction contract administration that the owner and architect can modify to suit the needs of the project. The services set forth in B201 parallel those in B101-2017: basic, supplemental, and additional services, with five phases of basic services. B201 can be incorporated into an owner/architect agreement (either B101 or a different owner-architect agreement) as the architect’s sole scope of services, or attached to G802–2017, Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement, to modify an existing owner/architect agreement.

B203-2017, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Site Evaluation and Project Feasibility

An owner can use the services provided by the architect in B203 to decide whether a site is suitable for a project, or to determine the development potential of a site. B203 includes a menu of services an architect can provide, such as conducting a site evaluation, identifying environmental requirements, evaluating existing buildings, and providing conceptual drawings for potential development. B203 is a scope of services document only and may not be used as a stand-alone owner/architect agreement.

B205-2017, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Historic Preservation

B205 establishes duties and responsibilities where the architect provides services for projects that are historically sensitive. The services in B205 are arranged into four main categories: (1) Historic Assessment, (2) Existing Buildings Assessment, (3) Preservation Planning, and (4) Specific State and Federal Services. The Existing Buildings Assessment services were revised so the architect can provide a preliminary evaluation of the site’s historic buildings and then provide more detailed services as necessary. B205 also clarifies the architect’s responsibility regarding hazardous materials on a project with historically significant buildings or features.

The range of services the architect provides under this scope can span the life of the project and may require the architect to be responsible for preliminary surveys, applications for tax incentives, nominations for landmark status, analysis of historic finishes, and other services specific to historic preservation projects.