New ConsensusDocs CM Agency Contract Clarifies Fees & Costs to Help Avoid Disputes

March 20, 2014
The ConsensusDocs Coalition has published a new Construction Management Agency standard agreement. The ConsensusDocs 831 Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager (CM Does Not Provide General Conditions) provides an alternative to the recently released ConsensusDocs 830 Agreement, in which the CM provides General Conditions. The new agreement was created to provide greater clarity in defining costs, fees and profit to avoid potential claims. Current standard contracts vary greatly in defining fees, profit and overhead on general conditions items. This agreement was structured to minimize those disputes. “The new agreement provides needed clarity in determining fees, costs and profit to assist Owners and CMs.  Current standard CM Agency contracts, other than the recently-released ConsensusDocs 830, do a poor job of delineating fees, costs and profit, which inevitably leads to payment issues,” comments Melissa Beutler, Vice-Chair of the ConsensusDocs Drafting Council. For more information and to order your subscription today, visit
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