AIA Helps Architects Navigate Mixed-Use, Multifamily and Condo Projects

Within the last decade, mixed-use and multifamily residential projects have been on the risearound the world. Substantial movements toward urbanism and new solutions to housing supply shortages in cities like Los Angeles have spurred the need for denser, bigger housing. But while these projects have had a positive impact on the industry as a whole after the Great Recession, coordination for these large-scale projects, such as issues of defining clients and owners, open architects up to new liabilities and tricky legal situations that they don’t often face in single-family residential work. Stepping in on the architects’ behalf, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has developed a contract that helps architects avoid the potential problems with these increasing prevalent projects. To help us understand these issues and their solutions better, Kenneth Cobleigh, Esq., Managing Director and Counsel for AIA Contract Documents, walked us through the B109™, the AIA’s Standard Agreement Between Owner and Architect for Multifamily or Mixed-Use Residential Projects. Originally drafted in 2010, the B109 contains a lot of the language and conditions familiar to anyone who uses a standard AIA contract document but with specific key terms to address the concerns of large-scale projects. “Multifamily residential and mixed-use projects ...
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