AIA Document A701-2018 is used when competitive bids are to be solicited for construction of the project. Coordinated with AIA Document A201®, General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, and its related documents, AIA Document A701-2018 provides instructions on procedures, including bonding requirements, for Bidders to follow when preparing and submitting their bids. The type and amount of bonding shall be established on AIA Document A312™, Payment Bond and Performance Bond. Additionally, Information from AIA Document G612™-2017, Owner’s Instructions to the Architect, Part B: Bidding Procedures should be used to complete A701. For all document details and a record of changes, see the summary »
Project. The Project should be described in sufficient detail to identify (1) the official name or title of the facility; (2) the location of the site; and (3) a description of the Project, including the proposed building usage, size, and capacity or scope.
Owner. The Owner should be identified using its full address and legal name, as well as a designation of its legal status (sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, unincorporated association, limited partnership or corporation [general, limited liability, close or professional], etc.). Other information may be added, such as telephone numbers and electronic addresses.
Architect. The Architect should be identified using its full address and legal name, as well as a designation of its legal status (sole proprietorship, partnership, joint venture, unincorporated association, limited partnership or corporation [general, limited liability, close or professional], etc.). Other information may be added, such as telephone numbers and electronic addresses.
Article 3 – Bidding Documents
§ 3.1.1 Revised language acknowledges that Bidding Documents may be issued in electronic form or paper copy. Specify the form in which the Bidding Documents are available.
§ 3.2.2 Specify the form in which Bidders are to submit requests for clarification and interpretation.
§ 3.4.1 Specify the form in which Addenda will be transmitted to Bidders.
Article 4 – Bidding Procedures
§ 4.2.1 Provide the type of bid security, such as a surety bond, unconditional bank guarantee, irrevocable letter of credit, or certified check, and the amount of security.
§ 4.2.3 A company issuing surety bonds must be lawfully authorized in the jurisdiction where the Project is located.
§ 4.2.4 Insert the number of days after the opening of Bids whereby a Bidder may withdraw its Bid and request return of its bid security.
§ 4.3.1 Specify the form in which a Bidder shall submit its Bid.
§ 4.3.3 This provision has been changed from recognizing only paper submission of Bids to general submission to account for electronic and paper Bids. Rather than returning unopened Bids received after the designated time and date for receipt of Bids, they will not be accepted at all, whether by electronic or paper form. This applies to Bids submitted at an incorrect place.
§ 4.4.3 State what happens to the bid security when a Bid is withdrawn pursuant to the Architect’s reasonable satisfaction that the Bidder made a clerical error in its Bid. For example, bid security may be returned when the affected Bidder was not the lowest responsive and responsible Bidder.
Article 7 – Performance Bond and Payment Bond
§ 7.1.4 Indicate the dollar amount or percentage of the Contract Sum of each bond if it is an amount other than 100% of the Contract Sum.
Article 8 – Enumeration of the Proposed Contract Documents
A detailed enumeration of all Proposed Contract Documents must be made in this article. Where optional documents that will be incorporated as Proposed Contract Documents are listed, check the appropriate box and insert an appropriate description of the document. List additional documents in Section 8.1.9 that will form part of the Proposed Contract Documents.
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