New Construction Contract Documents
At the AIA conference this year a new set of contract documents was presented that promoted "fully integrated project delivery". The documents bring the architect, owner and construction manager together into a project team. The goal is to move all construction projects to a design-build model. One of the most controversial components of the contract documents is the parties waive the right to make claims against others.
To give you an idea of how well this was received at the end of the presentation of the documents by an AIA committee member he asked if there were any questions. The result was laughter. Not the response he was expecting. It will be really difficult to get this implemented, but this is definitely a trend to watch. Many construction projects in Europe are done this way and for the most part it has been successful.