They’re Here: AIA Rolls Out 2017 Updates to Contract Documents

The American Institute of Architect’s (“AIA”) Contract Documents are among the most widely used form agreements in construction.  For purposes of keeping up with critical court decisions and industry trends, the AIA reviews and amends its core documents every ten years.  2017 marked a decade since the last updates, and like clockwork the AIA has released revised versions of its documents over the course of this year.    Several months ago, the AIA released new versions of 14 documents, including its flagship agreements for the design-bid-build delivery model.  And just recently, the AIA has released 20 additional new documents relating primarily to the scope of architects’ services. read more

November 2016 Public Bid Awards

bid-resultsThis post is the first installment of new a monthly series highlighting notable awarded bids and contracts for Arizona public construction projects.  I know that it is helpful for my practice to keep track of new projects around the state.  So, without any further adieu, here is a list of some of the public projects awarded in or about November, 2016:

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Drone On: FAA Adopts New Regulations Governing the Use of Drones in Construction

img_0510Unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), which are commonly referred to as drones, are becoming increasingly less expensive and easier to operate.  As a result, these aircraft are being used more frequently for both recreational and business purposes.  The construction industry is at the forefront of commercial drone use.  In fact, just last week, Fortune published an article entitled, “The Construction Industry is in Love with Drones.”

Drones are being used by contractors for a variety of purposes, which mostly center around improving efficiency.  These uses include: (1) monitoring progress; (2) surveying sites; (3) inspecting structures; and (4) providing aerial overviews of completed projects.  The speed, frequency, and economical manner in which drones can furnish contractors with an accurate understanding of job site progress is, by itself, enough to ensure that drones are only going to become more prevalent on construction projects. read more

Arizona’s Transaction Privilege Tax Simplification Legislation Isn’t So Simple

photoI will preface this post by saying that I am neither an accountant nor a tax attorney.  If you have specific questions or concerns about Arizona’s new transaction privilege tax laws, please talk to your accountant.

Having said that, I hope everyone in the construction industry is aware that, effective January 1, 2015, Arizona’s transaction privilege tax (“TPT”) laws changed substantially for contractors. These changes are the result of a “TPT Simplification Bill,” signed by Governor Brewer in 2013 and amended in 2014. read more

Changes To Arizona’s Anti-Deficiency Statutes That Affect Developers And Spec Home Builders

DSC_1975Arizona Revised Statutes §§ 33-729 and 33-814 are commonly referred to as Arizona’s “anti-deficiency statutes.”  In certain circumstances they prevent a lender from pursuing a borrower for a deficiency when, through a foreclosure or trustee’s sale, a  property is sold for less than the amount owed to the lender. Specifically, borrowers have been exempt from deficiency judgments so long as the following criteria are met:

1)  the property in question is 2.5 acres or less; read more