AIA/AGC Recommended Practices Manual

Associated General Contractors and American Institute of Architects Join Forces to Represent Industry

For more than 50 years, the AIA/AGC Joint Committee has provided a forum for the Design and Construction community to discuss pertinent issues related to the construction industry. The Committee’s goal is to promote cooperation among all the participants and to develop tools that support a collaborative process. One tool developed by this Committee is the Recommended Practices Manual, which is organized to reflect the typical project delivery flow from early planning stages, selection of construction delivery methods, cost estimating, construction cost proposals, through completion of construction and warranty.

The recommended Practices Manual was developed by and continues to be maintained by an AIA/AGC Joint Committee comprised of members of the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Houston Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC). The recommendations represent the expertise of industry representatives over the past 50+ years. The work of the committee today focuses  mainly on updating the document to reflect the many and rapid changes occurring in the industry. All recommended changes must be ratified by the governing bodies of each organizations.

The Recommended Practices document is designed to serve as a guide and reference for architects, contractors, owners and other industry partners in the planning, designing and construction process. It is not intended to serve as the sole source of information for the undertaking of any project. Design or construction of any project has potential legal consequence and the committee recommends consultation with an attorney, if appropriate.

Part 1: Documentation Preparation, Construction Delivery Methods
Part 2: Construction Costs
Part 3: Bidding Phase
Part 4: Contracts
Part 5: Construction Contract Administration

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