Suppose the architect`s design provides enough space for all FF&E so that people in wheelchairs have sufficient passage lanes, turning radius, etc. Suppose the FF&E design is complemented by others, including quotes and shop drawings. From the designer`s perspective, there are at least two reasons why these B152 issues should be important. The reasons why architecture and interior design offices should take care of it. This is explained, among other things, by the new FF&E focus of the B152-2019. This is partly due to the acceptance of the new B152 that the owner will use the A151-2019 contract form to engage the FF&E supplier – and that the architect “will take over contract management for FF&E”, as stipulated in the new A151. And that`s partly due to other B152 changes outside the scope of this contribution. But like all standard contract forms, the B152-2019 is just a starting point. All contractual forms, regardless of their type, can be adapted to the needs of certain projects and their participants. The B152-2019 Standard Form of Agreement Between the Owner and Architect for Interior Design and Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment (FF&E) represents in many ways an improvement over the B152-2007. Like its predecessor, I predict that the B152-2019 will be the “go-to” contractual form of architectural architectural services over the next decade. Ideally, at the beginning of the project, when negotiating the B152-2019 with the owner, the architect will determine the forms of contract that he will eventually use to hire the contractor and the FF&E supplier. In this way, the architect can adapt the B152 so that it complies with all non-AIA contract forms.
This may mean, for example, the removal, for the architect, of any management obligation from the agreements concluded by the owner with the contractor and ff&E, if any. The other reason is legal: to avoid the potentially unnecessary liability risks associated with contracts that do not correspond exactly to the level of services. AIA contract documents are the nearly 200 forms and contracts that define the relationships and conditions involved in planning and construction projects. Documents developed by AIA by consensus by owners, contractors, lawyers, architects, engineers and others have been well coordinated over their 131-year history. As a result, these contracts and complete forms are now widely recognized as an industry standard….