Design and construction contracts and subcontracts are detailed, technical and complex. Both owners and contractors benefit from contracts tailored to the specific circumstances of each project. It takes an experienced attorney familiar both with these specialized contracts and the construction process to prepare contracts that truly reflect the intentions of the parties.
Over the past 25 years, FCL's attorneys have negotiated and drafted more than 450 construction contracts, subcontracts and agreements with architects and engineers. They are familiar with the standard forms used in commercial construction, including those developed by the federal government, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), and ConsensusDOCsTM.
We have drafted custom contracts from scratch and reviewed and negotiated the terms of dozens of proprietary contracts used by owners with specific requirements. The firm's lawyers are deeply familiar with the terms of the contracts used by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the Vermont Buildings and General Services Department (BGS). Two of FCL's attorneys are certified as Construction Document Technicians by the Construction Specifications Institute.
Our intimate knowledge of the process and risks of construction and our years of experience allow us to provide precisely-tuned contracts for owners and contractors quickly and cost-effectively. Our work on project after project for all the different industry players, as well as our dispute resolution practice, allow us to assist our clients in avoiding both common pitfalls and unintended consequences through careful contract wording.
We also offer expedited, fixed fee review of contracts on request.