AIA releases new architect commissioning document

It will be used with the standard form for owner/consultant contracts.

November 06, 2017 |
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The American Institute of Architects has released AIA Document C203 – 2017 Standard Form of Consultant’s Services: Commissioning.

C203-2017 replaces B211-2007, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Commissioning. The form is intended to be used as a supplement to AIA Document C103–2015, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Consultant without a Predefined Scope of Consultant’s Services as a guide for drawing up a contract for commissioning services.

C203 is no longer written as an architect’s scope of services. Instead, it can also be used to hire professionals with other backgrounds to perform commissioning services.

Notable changes in the new form include:

  • Provisions describing the consultant’s role to assist in preparing the owner’s project
  • A more detailed description of the consultant’s commissioning plan
  • Updated provisions related to commissioning-related design reviews
  • Updated provisions related to the consultant’s role in commissioning during the construction phase of the project
  • An expanded initial information section
  • Updated provisions for supplemental services

The new document is intended to allow for modifications to fit individual projects so that modifications are easily distinguished from the original, printed language. For more information, visit:

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