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04/28/2013

Meetings begin on OFCC contract documents

Discussions got underway last week between representatives of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and the A/E community regarding problematic provisions  in the new agency's contracts for design services.

The first meeting focused primarily on the agency's standard terms and conditions for A/E services, and specifically on language pertaining to indemnification, insurance requirements and limits, electronic documents and other language that was added in recent months to documents originally developed by the now-defunct Office of the State Architect.

ACEC Ohio was represented at the meeting by Executive Director Don Mader, while architect-attorney Henry Reder represented AIA Ohio.  Paula Selvaggio and Robert Gavin, of the Oswald Companies, a professional liability insurance broker and affiliate member of ACEC Ohio, also participated in the meeting.

During last week's meeting, dozens of issues were discussed.  Some were resolved while others were set aside for further investigation and discussion at a second meeting, which will occur this summer.

While this initial meeting focused primarily on the OFCC standard terms and conditions for A/E services, problematic language in some of the agency's other documents relating to design/build and construction manager at-risk, also will be reviewed.

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