August 10, 2007
  AIA Contract Docs Hosts 2007 Owner/Contractor Agreements Webinar on September 18
AIA Contract Documents will host a Web seminar, “Choose the Appropriate Owner/Contractor Agreement: One Size Does Not Fit All,” on September 18 from 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET. This program is timely because in late 2007 the AIA will introduce a completely revamped A201 family of documents, including fully revised owner/contractor agreements and conditions of the contract for construction. Because construction projects vary widely in size, complexity, and payment method, the 2007 revisions provide construction contracts tailored to those requirements. Not every project should use the A201.

The Economy • Small Business • Energy

The Economy: Worrisome trends but still no recession.
Small Business: It is rocket science—NASA offers free support to smalls.
Energy: Watts up with water, wind, and waves

Letters to the Editor

This week, readers sound off about the possibility of appointing a non-architect to serve as Architect of the Capitol. Other readers have comments, mostly very favorable, about Contributing Editor Steve Kliment’s article, “Discovering African Identity in African-American Architecture: Part I,” one of his monthly series on diversity.

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This is the place for our monthly Work-on-the-Boards survey report, quarterly Housing Trends survey report, and biannual Consensus Forecast, all by AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. You’ll also find tips for managing the business side of your practice, as well as the weekly Kiplinger Connection.