December 2007

Contract Documents: Do We Have a Consensus? Yes! It’s ConsensusDOCS
What if owners, contractors, subcontractors, designers and sureties could all agree that a standard contract was fair to all parties? For the first time in the industry, 20 construction industry associations got together to publish a consensus set of contract documents called ConsensusDOCS. Released Sept. 28, 2007, the Associated General Contractors of America and the Construction Owners Association of America are essentially folding their contract documents program into this consensus process. ConsensusDOCS (Designers, Owners, Contractors, Surety) will create new opportunities for increased project efficiency and profit.

The 2007 ConsensusDOCS are now on sale at Because AWCI has endorsed the documents, AWCI’s logo will be displayed on the ConsensusDOCS Web site, and AWCI members will be eligible to buy the documents at a discount.

ConsensusDOCS is the new family of model contract documents based on best practices and proper risk allocation for the benefit of all members of the construction industry—and designed to increase efficiency in contract negotiations and project execution.

Aiding subcontractors in their pursuit of more equitable contract terms is "Maximum Value: Getting the Most From the New ConsensusDOCS Contractor-Subcontractor Agreement,” the latest multimedia CD-ROM from the Foundation of the American Subcontractors Association’s Contractors’ Knowledge Depot.

Produced as the second of eight webinars in the American Subcontractors Association’s 2007-08 "Subcontractor Bidding and Negotiating Advantage Series,” the webinar recorded on this CD-ROM covers the provisions subcontractors need to be familiar with in the ConsensusDOCS 750: Contractor/Subcontractor Agreement, including payment timing and final payment, retainage, indemnification, insurance options/requirements, delays, and claims for extra work.

Led by ASA General Counsel Donald Gregory, Esq., of Columbus, Ohio-based Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, the webinar presentation contained on this CD-ROM analyzes how this groundbreaking new document provides specialty trade contractors with smaller windows for progress payments, better terms regarding indemnification, and a reduced level of overall risk. During the program, subcontractors will also gain insight into how this model document will influence the proprietary subcontract agreements typically offered by general contractors and construction managers, and how references to the 750 document in their clients’ documents can establish important rights.

The CD-ROM contains an audio-visual recording, a media player to install on your computer, and installation instructions. The cost is $65 for ASA members and $95 for nonmembers. You can order this resource from FASA’s Contractors’ Knowledge Depot at or call toll-free (888) 374.3133.

Speakers at Academy 2008 Are Pros
AWCI’s mission is to provide services and undertake activities that enhance the members’ ability to operate a successful business, and Academy 2008 is one of the many ways AWCI achieves that mission.

Academy 2008, Feb. 1–2 in Denver, brings top-notch speakers to Academy attendees, who are sure to have a competitive edge when they leave.

Academy’s management track, a double session with Developing Productivity for the Job Site and Management Skills on the Job Site, will be conducted by Norb Slowikowski. Many of you know Slowikowski as the writer of AWCI’s SuperVision newsletter and the column of the same name in this magazine. But did you also know that, since 1982, he has trained more than 8,000 foremen, superintendents and project managers in management and leadership skills? More than 150 construction companies—including AWCI member companies—have benefited from Slowikowski’s seminars ... and so will your crews, if they attend Academy 2008.

The technical track, Blueprint Reading, will be taught in Spanish by Robert A. Aird. Aird is also someone known by many AWCI members because Aird is one of AWCI’s instructors for the EIFS—Doing It Right seminars. Aird is a Certified EIFS Professional and plasterer who began as a laborer about 30 years ago. In those 30 years he worked his way up the corporate ladder and is now president of his own company, Robert A. Aird, Inc. in Frederick, Md. His company is an EIFSmart company that has worked on some high profile projects in the Washington, D.C., area.

AWCI’s Academy, a two-day, in-depth educational program, is designed for estimators, safety specialists, senior management, field superintendents, project managers, architects, specifiers and emerging construction executives—anyone else who is critical to the operation of your business.

For more information, contact Jennifer Munger, AWCI’s manager of meetings and the trade show, at (703) 538.1610 or

Convention Sponsorships Are Available
AWCI is looking for companies that want to get more bang for their buck.

Sponsors are needed for the AWCI Annual Convention and Intex Expo 2008. Sponsorships, which provide even more visibility for your company, are available for various popular events, from registration to the large receptions.

New sponsorships for 2008 are the trade show aisle signs, notepads and luggage tags. In addition, up to 15 sponsors can sponsor the Passport. Exhibit attendees will have no choice but to visit your booth and have you stamp their trade show "passport” card. Attendees with stamps on all 15 slots on their passport will be eligible for a drawing on the last day of the trade show for a state-of-the-art television.Old favorites include advertisements in the program guide, a massage station, the cyber cafe and lunch in the exhibit hall.

AWCI’s Annual Convention & Intex Expo will be held March 23–27, 2008, at Paris/Bally’s Las Vegas in Nevada. The annual convention of the Ceilings & Interior Systems Construction Association will be held at the same time.

Contact Karen Bilak at