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.

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Earlier this week, I received an alert that "Five AIA Contract Documents are going green!" Developed using AIA’s flagship documents as a base, and incorporating concepts and model language from the AIA’s Guide for Sustainable Projects, the new documents address the unique roles, risks and opportunities encountered on sustainable design and construction projects.

 “The development

Last week, the Supreme Court of Tennessee heard oral arguments on a contract interpretation issue in a construction dispute between Ray Bell Construction and Tennessee Department of Transportation.  You can get the details here, but the real lesson is one about how to interpret contracts, whether you are talking about the scope of work, changes

As a construction lawyer involved in complex litigation, I am often asked to prepare a "litigation and discovery budget" for a client.  As a construction client, your stomach may turn when you receive one of these budgets from your lawyer.  Is there a way to control the costs of discovery in construction litigation? 

 

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