Publication of Industry-First Federal Design-Build Agreement Makes it Easier for Design Professionals and Design-Builders to Contract on Federal Design-Build Projects

May 27, 2014

WASHINGTON ““ Today, ConsensusDocs is publishing the industry’s first standard design-build agreement for design professional services on federal projects. The comprehensive agreement provides the business and contractual terms and conditions for a design-builder to hire an architect or engineer on a design-build project in a manner consistent with federal contracting laws and practices. The new agreement includes language that addresses new regulations for affirmative action requirements for protected veterans and individuals with disabilities from the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) that recently took effect.

“ConsensusDocs design-build contracts are the most used and useful standard design-build documents that I see in my practice. The new design-build agreement for architect/engineering services provides a valuable off the shelf solution for federal design-build contracting, that will be extremely valuable to design-builders, design professionals, and construction attorneys who serve them,” states Tom Kelleher, Senior Partner with Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP and the Chair of the ConsensusDocs Working Group that produced this document.

ConsensusDocs are the only consensus standard contracts written and endorsed by a unique coalition of 40+ design and construction industry associations. ConsensusDocs remains committed to its project-first mission with contracts that are written in plain English, incorporate best practices and address emerging trends.

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