Construction Industry Professionals: Check Your AIA Contract Documents for Your Rights and Obligations in Response to COVID-19 Related Construction Delays
Alexandra A. Fahringer published a client alert, “Construction Industry Professionals: Check Your AIA Contract Documents for Your Rights and Obligations in Response to COVID-19 Related Construction Delays.”
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent state and local government shutdown orders, some construction projects have come to an abrupt halt while others face significant delays. Across the industry, project owners, general contractors, subcontractors, sub-subcontractors, and architects are reviewing their AIA Contract Documents looking for a standard force majeure clause to decide whether they will be entitled to an increase in Contract Time or Contract Sum, how to best respond to this kind of request, or whether they will have an option to terminate the contract altogether.
This article will address where to look for the key provisions in the AIA Contract Documents that could assist in assessing an owner’s, contractor’s, subcontractor’s, or architect’s response to project complications related to COVID-19. As parties confer in dealing with the impact of COVID-19, these various provisions may be important to clarify basic rights and obligations.