B108™–2009 Owner-Architect Agreement




How is B108™–2009 customized for use in federally funded or federally insured projects?




AIA Document B108™–2009 (formerly B181™–1994), Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Federally Funded or Federally Insured Project, contains many of the same provisions as B101™–2007, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect. However, B108–2009 is tailored specifically for use on federally funded or federally insured projects. B108–2009 was developed with the assistance of several federal agencies and contains terms and conditions that are unique to federally funded or federally insured projects.


As in B101–2007, the Architect’s Basic Services in B108–2009 are based on five traditional phases: Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Bidding or Negotiation, and Construction. However, B108–2009 provides for Optional Services as well as  Additional Services. Optional Services are services that are in addition to Basic Services, are agreed upon when B108–2009 is executed, and for which compensation is included in the Architect’s fee along with compensation for Basic Services. Additional Services are services that arise after execution of the Agreement and for which the Owner assumes responsibility. Federal funding or federal insurance may not be available for the Architect’s Additional Services.


B108–2009 is structured so that either the Owner or the Architect may be the entity providing cost estimates. B108–2009 provides a check-box format in the Initial Information for the parties to specify whether the Owner or the Architect will provide cost estimates. The duties associated with providing cost-estimating services are set forth in Article 6.





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