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The City of Fredericksburg will be using the following AIA (American Institute of Architects) forms for all construction contracts, unless otherwise stipulated. The standard A201-2007, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction has been tailored specifically for the City of Fredericksburg. Please note the specific changes by clicking on the link below. 

A201–2007 (formerly A201–1997), General Conditions of the Contract for Construction - The general conditions are an integral part of the contract for construction for a large project and they are incorporated by reference into the owner/contractor agreement. They set forth the rights, responsibilities, and relationships of the owner, contractor, and architect. Though not a party to the contract for construction between owner and contractor, the architect participates in the preparation of the contract documents and performs construction phase duties and responsibilities described in detail in the general conditions. AIA Document A201–2007 is adopted by reference in owner/architect, owner/contractor, and contractor/subcontractor agreements in the A201 family of documents; thus, it is often called the “keystone” document. NOTE: A201–1997 was retired in May 2009.

A101–2007 (formerly A101–1997), Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor where the basis of payment is a Stipulated Sum
AIA Document A101–2007 is a standard form of agreement between owner and contractor for use where the basis of payment is a stipulated sum (fixed price). A101 adopts by reference, and is designed for use with, AIA Document A201–2007, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction. A101 is suitable for large or complex projects.

A310™–1970, Bid Bond
This simple, one-page form establishes the maximum penal amount that may be due to the owner if the selected bidder fails to execute the contract or fails to provide any required performance and payment bonds.

A312™–1984, Performance Bond and Payment Bond
This form incorporates two bonds—one covering the contractor’s performance, and the other covering the contractor’s obligations to pay subcontractors and others for material and labor. In addition, AIA Document A312–1984 obligates the surety to act responsively to the owner’s requests for discussions aimed at anticipating or preventing a contractor’s default.

G701™–2001, Change Order
AIA Document G701–2001 is for implementing changes in the work agreed to by the owner, contractor, and architect. Execution of a completed G701–2001 indicates agreement upon all the terms of the change, including any changes in the contract sum (or guaranteed maximum price) and contract time. The form provides space for the signatures of the owner, architect and contractor, and for a complete description of the change.

G702™–1992, Application and Certificate for Payment
AIA Documents G702–1992, Application and Certificate for Payment, provide convenient and complete forms on which the contractor can apply for payment and the architect can certify that payment is due. The forms require the contractor to show the status of the contract sum to date, including the total dollar amount of the work completed and stored to date, the amount of retainage (if any), the total of previous payments, a summary of change orders, and the amount of current payment requested.

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