ConsensusDocs released the new ConsensusDocs 746 Constructor & Geotechnical Consultant Agreement and the 747 Constructor & Consultant Agreement. These new contracts provide an industry standard contract for a constructor who wants to retain a consultant on a construction project. Similar to the ConsensusDocs 246 and 247 (Owner and Consultant agreements), these constructor and consultant agreements were crafted to provide a solid contractual base for a variety of consulting arrangements, including interior design, inspection, industrial hygiene, retrofits, procurement and many others.
“The new agreements between constructors and consultants fill the need for fair and balanced, industry-standard contracts that protect constructors and consultants alike, and help ensure that both parties understand their roles and responsibilities,” states, Phil E. Beck, Esq., Partner at Smith Currie & Hancock LLP.
As with all ConsensusDocs contract documents, the new agreements incorporate a plain English writing style that facilitates contract interpretation and administration. The contracts take a project-first approach and promote collaboration, communication and integration, which minimize contractual silos that impede efficiency. The contracts not only contain the standard ConsensusDocs provisions the industry has come to rely upon, but also provide the flexibility for the unique nature of services provided by consultants.
The agreements further the ConsensusDocs Coalition’s goals of writing fairer contracts to facilitate better project results with less litigation, while retaining a project-first philosophy.