Short Form of Contract for Construction of Building
Agreement made on the (date), between (Name of Owner) of (street address,
city, state, zip code), referred to herein as Owner, and (Name of Contractor), a
corporation organized and existing under the laws of the state of ______________, with
its principal office located at (street address, city, state, zip code), referred to herein as
For and in consideration of the mutual covenants contained in this agreement,
and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is
hereby acknowledged, the parties agree as follows:
1. Scope of Work
The Specifications contained in these general conditions provide for the
furnishing of all labor, material, equipment, utilities, etc., necessary for construction of
a (type of building) building as shown on the Plans and as described in the
2. Contract Documents
The contract documents consist of the contract to construct building, the Plans
and Specifications, (description of other instruments).
A. The Specifications, other than the general conditions, are of the
abbreviated and outline type. Omission of words and phrases such as
Contractor shall, shall be, according to the Plans, in conformance with, a, an, the,
and all, etc., are intentional and they are to be supplied by inference where
B. All materials and equipment shown or specified on the Plans or in the
Specifications, or required to complete the project for occupancy shall be
provided and securely installed in place by Contractor. Provision and installation
of materials and equipment shall include everything required for perfect
performance, regardless of omission of specific reference on Plans or on
Specifications. Standard building practice shall be used to achieve this result.
C. Materials and equipment in the project shall be new. Quality of work shall
D. The Plans and Specifications are basic and they are presumably correct
and complete. However, any ambiguity, error, or omission that may develop as a
result of the requirements of the particular project shall be corrected with the
approval of Architect shall determine the intent of the Plans and Specifications.
4. Contractor’s Responsibility
A. Contractor is to acquaint itself with the site and conditions under which
construction is to be carried on.
B. Contractor will be held responsible for damage to new or existing work or
property caused by improper execution of work or failure to take necessary
precautions to prevent such damage, and he or she shall repair or replace such
damage to the satisfaction of Architect.
C. Contractor shall obtain construction permits.
5. Cooperation and Coordination
Contractor shall cooperate with Owner, Architect and other contractors to insure
rapid and accurate completion of the work, and Contractor shall assist Architect in
6. Construction Facilities
Contractor shall provide for and bear the cost of utilities and other services;
maintain any office, storage building, or protection required by its operations, and
provide heat when necessary for materials, tools, and the like.
7. Construction Schedule
Contractor shall provide Architect with a proposed schedule of construction
showing such information as required by Architect to make proper inspections.
8. Substitution of Materials and Equipment
If materials or equipment cannot be furnished as specified, substitute materials or
equipment capable of equal performance may be used on written approval of Architect.
Contractor's request for substitution must contain substantiating data on materials and
equipment to be substituted and the reason or reasons for his inability to furnish
specified items. Where substitutions are made, the Construction Contract is to be
adjusted accordingly by a Contract Amendment. The difference in cost, if any, between
items furnished and items specified is to be included in the Contract Amendment.
Reference made to standard designation of the American Society for Testing
Materials (ASTM), American Institute of Steel Co