ConsensusDocs Review

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ConsensusDocs is about much more than just producing model documents — it’s about changing the way that the construction industry thinks about contracts and contract negotiation. The question is: Where should negotiations start? The ConsensusDocs documents are a good answer for contractors and subcontractors. Early on, ConsensusDocs made a decision that its process for developing contract language for the industry would be transparent and inclusive and their collaborative approach may also inspire others to re-think the old, stereotyped ‘push risk to the weakest party’ approach to negotiating contracts.

E. Colette Nelson, Chief Advocacy Officer, American Subcontractors Association Inc. (ASA), Alexandria, VA
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SMACNA is pleased to have been a partner in the development of the ConsensusDocs. We are particularly satisfied with the more favorable payment, indemnity and consequential damages clauses agreed to in the subcontract form, ConsensusDocs 750.

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Of all the industry forms available, ConsensusDocs is by far the most balanced substantively, and is powered by the easiest software to use for accurately tracking multiple revisions.

Kimberly A. Hurtado, Esq., Managing Shareholder, Hurtado Zimmerman SC, Wauwatosa, WI
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BIM is transforming the construction process and the ConsensusDocs BIM Addendum provides a balanced approach for all parties, including design professionals, to implement and facilitate the adoption of BIM.

Davis Chauviere, AIA, Principal and Chief Information Officer,  HKS, Inc., Dallas, TX
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We are pleased to have supported and endorsed this valiant industry effort. For once the industry has come together in a truly collaborative way to create value for all the stakeholders.

Greg Sizemore, Executive Vice President, Construction Users Roundtable (CURT), Cincinnati, OH
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One of the biggest concerns contractors and others have about using building information modeling is the fear that the legal framework is too unsettled. Thanks to ConsensusDocs, that concern can now be put to rest.

Richard H. Lowe, Esq., Partner, Duane Morris LLP, Philadelphia, PA
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I recommend ConsensusDocs to my clients – Owners, General Contractors, and Subcontractors, alike – as a better alternative to other standard industry forms and far more fair and balanced than most custom forms. ConsensusDocs truly do advance the best interests of the project, rather than the best interests of a single participant.

Philip E. Beck, Esq., Partner, Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP, Atlanta, GA
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The primary and very practical benefit of ConsensusDocs is that these model documents greatly facilitate the negotiation process between prime and specialty contractors. Given the breadth of participants involved, representing the owner and construction trade association communities, the legitimate concerns of all stakeholders have been addressed with an acknowledged goal of equitably sharing the risks of an inherently risky endeavor.

Carole L. Bionda, Vice President, NOVA Group, Napa, CA
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When the federal government made a grant under the stimulus package for a much needed community health center, time was of the essence. A design-build methodology was selected and the project team elected to utilize ConsensusDocs at all levels of the project to ensure fair and uniform contract documents in the best interests of this fast moving job.

Donald W. Gregory, Esq., Director, Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, LPA, Columbus, OH
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This idea is a complete breath of fresh air. Frequently we see contracts written by both engineers and other professionals, inexperienced in our specific industry. These types of contracts make bidding a challenging prospect for drillers and consultants alike, as it happens to both of us. The inevitable outcome, all too often, is that owners pay more for less. I’d like to think the contracts we draft have improved over the years, in no small measure due to constructive criticism from our friends in the drilling industry. Kudos to NGWA and ConsensusDocs for taking on this important issue. Thanks!

Mark Eisner, P.G., Advanced Land and Water, Inc., Sykesville, MD