AWI e-briefs - 07/25/2019 (Plain Text Version)
New Standard Master Subcontract by ConsensusDocs Facilitates Best Practice Subcontracting Practices
On July 16, ConsensusDocs published the new “Standard Master Subcontract Agreement Between Constructor and Subcontractor” and the “Standard Project Work Order.” The new standard master agreement (ConsensusDocs 755) allows parties to negotiate the standard terms and conditions of their working relationship once, and then issue multiple project work orders (ConsensusDocs 756) without having to negotiate specific legal terms. General terms and conditions addressing such terms as indemnification, notice requirements, and dispute resolution only have to be negotiated once. Project specific terms, which are often negotiated by project field employees as well as insurance and bonding requirements are addressed in the project work order.
Joe McAllister, General Counsel for Hughes General Contractors in Salt Lake, Utah chaired the ConsensusDocs master subcontract working group commented, “For many reasons, including the expanded use of alternative project delivery methods and subcontractor prequalification procedures, the use of master subcontract agreements has become the prevalent practice in our market, so these new ConsensusDocs master subcontract documents will be very useful to us, and we plan to use them often.”
ConsensusDocs standard construction contracts are the only contracts written and supported by a coalition of leading design and construction industry organizations. With a catalog of 100+ contract documents addressing all project delivery methods, ConsensusDocs contracts incorporate fair risk allocation and best practices to represent a project’s best interests. The Coalition’s organizations, which include AWI, collectively represent hundreds of thousands of design professionals, owners, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties. For more information, please visit www.consensusdocs.org, call 866-925-DOCS (3627) or email email@example.com.