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AGC JOINTLY RELEASES NEW AND IMPROVED CONTRACT DOCUMENTS FOR HORIZONTAL CONSTRUCTION

August 16, 2007

Washington, D.C.—The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) today announced the joint release of the 2007 edition of the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) construction-related documents. EJCDC documents are the preeminent standard contracts for horizontal construction such as municipal and utilities construction.

“The importance of EJCDC contracts continues to grow for the construction industry,” said Chris Matthews, past Chair of EJCDC (Chris Matthews Construction, Birmingham Alabama).

The 2007 edition offers many significant improvements including: • Use of AGC 221 Qualifications Statement and AGC 200.1 Materials Price Escalation Clause; • Clarified actual knowledge requirement for Contractor’s liability for failure to report discrepancies and conflicts; and, • Clarified Owner’s obligations if Contractors encounter hazardous waste.

AGC, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) are the four sponsors of the EJCDC documents. While previously an active endorser, the 2007 edition of EJCDC documents marks the first time AGC authored the construction documents as full partners in the drafting process.

“The 2007 edition represents the latest and best thinking of practicing engineers, owners, attorneys, and risk management experts,” said EJCDC Construction Committee Chair Jim Brown, Malcolm Pirnie.

A complimentary Guide to the Preparation of Supplementary Conditions (2007) will be available at http://www.agc.org/ejcdccontracts. Members of the respective four EJCDC sponsors receive significant savings in purchasing these contracts, and AGC is offering an additional discount for the initial release of these documents.

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents more than 32,000 firms, including 7,000 of America’s leading general contractors, and over 11,000 specialty-contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at www.agc.org. AGC members are "Building Your Quality of Life.”

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