The ConsensusDocs 200 document is a standard prime construction contract between the Owner of the construction project and the Constructor (aka builder, general contractor, design-bid-builder, construction manager) that conveniently integrates the general terms and conditions and the construction agreement terms into one document.
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This standard prime construction contract between the Owner of the construction project and the Constructor (aka builder, general contractor, design-bid-builder, construction manager) conveniently integrates the general terms and conditions and the construction agreement terms into one document. Appropriate for design-bid-build projects that has a lump sum price, this contract document works well for construction projects that are competitive bid as well as negotiated lump sum contract. Design-bid-build projects are where an Owner of the construction project has a relationship with a Design Professional (architect or engineer) to provide design services (Basic and possibly Additional Services) separate from the relationship with the Constructor.
The general conditions include the responsibilities allocated to each party and address critical construction law contract issues. The contract issues include: the parties relationship and responsibilities to each other, definitions of key terms, scope of work and execution obligations, design delegation, worksite conditions, differing site conditions, contract price, contract documents, contracts review, submittals, subcontracts, permits and taxes, time, changes, schedule changes, payment, payment schedule, final completion and final payment, indemnification (defend and hold harmless against all losses), insurance and bond, termination for convenience, termination for cause, claims and notice, waiver of consequential damages, dispute resolution and mitigation, construction defects, choice of law, venue, and much more. The included construction law contract issues are fair for Owners of the project as well as Constructors. Parties can modify the terms of the agreement for their individual project needs and state law requirements.
This document presumes that the Owner will be hiring a Design Professional to provide design services. The ConsensusDocs 240 (long) or 245 (short) agreement covers that Designer-Owner relationship. The Owner is included in project communications and maintains decision making unless the Owner delegates responsibilities to the Design Professional.
Client Success Stories Using This Contract
We use ConsensusDocs documents whenever and wherever possible. We’ve found them to be clear, fair to all parties, and well-accepted by our clients. The content of the documents addresses all of the issues which are typically required for a good working relationship, without adding unnecessary complexity. Whether documenting the agreement between an Owner and Contractor, an Owner and Construction Manager, an Owner and Design-Builder or a Design-Builder and Design Professional, the ConsensusDocs work very well. We also use their performance and payment bond forms for all of our subcontractor bonds. Throughout our experience in using these documents, and we’ve used them for a number of years now, we have yet to encounter a situation where the documents failed to provide proper documentation of the contractual relationship. We recommend their use to all of our clients.