AIA Document G734–2019 serves the same purpose as AIA Document G704®–2017, except that this document expands responsibility for certification of substantial completion to include both the architect and the construction manager. G734 is also tailored to the project where there is more than one prime contractor.
AIA Document G734, Certificate of Substantial Completion, Construction Manager-Adviser Edition, was developed to include the Construction Manager in the process of establishing the date of Substantial Completion, which is established for the purpose of commencement of applicable warranties and to allow the Owner to occupy or utilize the Work or designated portion thereof.
This document should be used under the terms of AIA Document A232™–2019, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, Construction Manager as Adviser Edition.
Changes from the previous edition (G704 CMa-1992).
G734-2019 includes a revised information block to identify the Project, Contract, Owner, Architect, Construction Manager, Contractors, and information relevant to the Certificate of Substantial Completion. G704CMa-1992 was reorganized so the Architect and Construction Manager can sign the form and include the date of Substantial Completion of the Project, immediately after the description of the Work of all of the Contractors that the Architect and Construction Manager are certifying. The paragraph regarding warranties was updated to clarify that warranties commence on the date of Substantial Completion unless the parties indicate otherwise in this form.
Dispute Resolution—Mediation and Arbitration.
This document contains provisions for mediation and arbitration of claims and disputes. Mediation is a non-binding process but is mandatory under the terms of this agreement. Arbitration may be mandatory under the terms of this agreement. Arbitration is binding in most states and under the Federal Arbitration Act. In a minority of states, arbitration provisions relating to future disputes are not enforceable but the parties may agree to arbitrate after the dispute arises. Even in those states, under certain circumstances (for example, in a transaction involving interstate commerce), arbitration provisions may be enforceable under the Federal Arbitration Act.
The AIA does not administer dispute resolution processes. To submit disputes to mediation or arbitration or to obtain copies of the applicable mediation or arbitration rules, contact the American Arbitration Association at (800) 778-7879 or visit the website at adr.org.