The Standard Documents have received the approval of the National Association of Builders' Exchanges, the National Association of Master Plumbers, the National Association of Sheet Metal Contractors of the United States, the National Electrical Contractors' Association of the United States, the National Association of Marble Dealers, the Building Granite Quarries Association, the Building Trades Employers' Association of the City of New York, and the Heating and Piping Contractors National Association.

Third Edition, Copyright 1915 - 1918 By The American Institute Of Architects


Index To The Articles Of The General Conditions

1. Definitions.

2. Documents.

3. Details and Instructions.

4. Copies Furnished.

5. Shop Drawings.

6. Drawings on the Work.

7. Ownership of Drawings.

8. Samples.

9. The Architect's Status.

10. The Architect's Decisions.

11. Foremen, Supervision.

12. Materials, Appliances, Employees.

13. Inspection of Work.

14. Correction Before Final Payment.

15. Deductions for Uncorrected Work.

16. Correction After Final Payment.

17. Protection of Work and Property.

18. Emergencies.

19. Contractor's Liability Insurance.

20. Owner's Liability Insurance.

21. Fire Insurance.

22. Guaranty Bonds.

23. Cash Allowances.

24. Changes in the Work.

25. Claims for Extras.

26. Applications for Payments.

27. Certificates and Payments.

28. Payments Withheld.

29. Liens.

30. Permits and Regulations.

31. Royalties and Patents.

32. Use of Premises.

33. Cleaning up.

34. Cutting, Patching and Digging.

35. Delays.

36. Owner's Right to do Work.

37. Owner's Right to

Terminate Contract.

38. Contractor's Right to Stop Work or Terminate Contract.

39. Damages.

40. Mutual Responsibility of Contractors.

41. Separate Contracts.

42. Assignment.

43. Subcontracts.

44. Relations of Contractor and Subcontractor.

45. Arbitration.

Article 1. Principles And Definitions

(a) The Contract Documents consist of the Agreement, the

General Conditions of the Contract, the Drawings and Specifications, including all modifications thereof incorporated in the documents before their execution. These form the Contract.

(b) The Owner, the Contractor and the Architect are those named as such in the Agreement. They are treated throughout the Contract Documents as if each were of the singular number and masculine gender.

(c) The term Subcontractor, as employed herein, includes only those having a direct contract with the Contractor and it includes one who furnishes material worked to a special design according to the plans or specifications of this work, but does not include one who merely furnishes material not so worked.

(d) Written notice shall be deemed to have been duly served if delivered in person to the individual or to a member of the firm or to an officer of the corporation for whom it is intended, or if delivered at or sent by registered mail to the last business address known to him who gives the notice.

(e) The term "work" of the Contractor or Subcontractor includes labor or materials or both.

(f) All time limits stated in the Contract Documents are of the essence of the contract.

(g) The law of the place of building shall govern the construction of this contract.

Art. 2. Execution, Correlation And Intent Of Documents

The Contract Documents shall be signed in duplicate by the Owner and Contractor. In case of failure to sign the General Conditions, Drawings or Specifications the Architect shall identify them.

The Contract Documents are complementary, and what is called for by any one shall be as binding as if called for by all. The intention of the documents is to include all labor and materials reasonably necessary for the proper execution of the work. It is not intended, however, that materials or work not covered by or properly inferable from any heading, branch, class or trade of the specifications shall be supplied unless distinctly so noted on the drawings. Materials or work described in words which so applied have a well-known technical or trade meaning shall be held to refer to such recognized standards.

Art. 3. Detail Drawings And Instructions

The Architect shall furnish, with reasonable promptness, additional instructions, by means of drawings or otherwise, necessary for the proper execution of the work. All such drawings and instructions shall be consistent with the Contract Documents, true developments thereof, and reasonably inferable therefrom. The work shall be executed in conformity therewith and the Contractor shall do no work without proper drawings and instructions. In giving such additional instructions, the Architect shall have authority to make minor changes in the work, not involving extra cost, and not inconsistent with the purposes of the building.

The Contractor and the Architect, if either so requests, shall jointly prepare a schedule, subject to change from time to time in accordance with the progress of the work, fixing the dates at which the various detail drawings will be required, and the Architect shall furnish them in accordance with that schedule. Under like conditions, a schedule shall be prepared, fixing the dates for the submission of shop drawings, for the beginning of manufacture and installation of materials and for the completion of the various parts of the work.

Art. 4. Copies Furnished

Unless otherwise provided in the Contract Documents the Architect will furnish to the Contractor, free of charge, all copies of drawings and specifications reasonably necessary for the execution of the work.

Art 5. Shop Drawings

The Contractor shall submit, with such promptness as to cause no delay in his own work or in that of any other contractor, two copies of all shop or setting drawings and schedules required for the work of the various trades and the Architect shall pass upon them with reasonable promptness. The Contractor shall make any corrections required by the Architect, file with him two corrected copies and furnish such other copies as may be needed. The Architect's approval of such drawings or schedules shall not relieve the Contractor from responsibility for deviations from drawings or specifications, unless he has in writing called the Architect's attention to such deviations at the time of submission, nor shall it relieve him from responsibility for errors of any sort in shop drawings or schedules.