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General Conditions of the Contract for Construction (A201) and Related Documents


A201 ensures all parties begin from the same starting point.

AIA Document A201-2017 is the General Conditions of the Contract for Construction. It is probably the most frequently used of the AIA documents.  It is adopted by reference into the agreements between the Owner and the Contractor and Contractor and Subcontractor.  AIA Document A201-2017 is used on both public construction contracts and private construction contracts.  The General Conditions spell out the and further define the obligations and duties running between the parties to the construction contract.  The purpose of the General Conditions is to ensure consistency between the numerous contracts on a construction project.  By incorporating a standard set of General Conditions into the various construction contracts, the parties guarantee that everyone is working from the same starting point.  This white paper reviews the important clauses of AIA Document A201 including owner and contractor responsibilities, indemnity and insurance requirements, and consequential damages.



David M. McGlone

David M. McGlone

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC

  • Partner at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of construction and commercial law and has been a first-chair litigator for over 27 years
  • Some of his trials have resulted in, among other things, the changing of the application of the civil jury trial right in the first circuit and a more comprehensive explanation of mechanic’s lien law in Massachusetts
  • Admitted in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and their corresponding federal jurisdictions
  • J.D. degree in New England Law/Boston; A.B. degree, Boston College
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]

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