Yesterday, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced a marketing partnership agreement that is designed to foster a greater understanding and exchange of ideas between architects and contractors in the construction industry.

According to the press release, the industry giants have great things to say about each other.

  • AIA President, Clark Manus: “We see this as the beginning of a larger, long-term partnership between the AIA and ABC. For more than 100 years, the AIA has been committed to promoting greater industry collaboration among architects, owners and contractors, and this partnership is a natural extension of this work. ABC’s decision to partner with the AIA speaks volumes about the fair and balanced nature of AIA documents and their universal acceptance in the industry.

  • ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman: “We believe this partnership will provide value to ABC members by giving them access to more resources to help them  win work and deliver that work safely and productively.  This partnership will allow for a healthy exchange of best practices and enhance relationships between architects and contractors, as well as bring more value to the industry.

As part of the partnership, AIA will provide a number of benefits to ABC members, including a discount on the purchase of any retail-priced AIA Contract Document software license and access to AIA Contract Documents education programs.

In my personal opinion, this will be an interesting partnership to watch.  You may already know about the growing acceptance of ConsensusDOCS, which includes 35 coalition partners including the Associated General Contractors, as well as ABC.  I look forward to seeing what comes out of the program discussions between AIA and ABC.

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