Instructions: B203™–2017, Standard Form of Architect’s Services for Site Evaluation and Project Feasibility



AIA Document B203–2017 replaces AIA Document B203-2007, Standard Form of Architect’s Services: Site Evaluation and Planning. An owner can use the services provided by the architect in B203 to decide whether a site, or sites, are suitable for a project, or to determine the development potential of a site. B203 includes a menu of services an architect can provide, such as conducting site evaluation, identifying environmental requirements, evaluating existing buildings, and providing conceptual drawings for potential development. B203 may be used in two ways: (1) incorporated into the owner/architect agreement as the architect’s sole scope of services or in conjunction with other scope of services documents, or (2) attached to AIA Document G802™–2017, Amendment to the Professional Services Agreement, to create a modification to an existing owner/architect agreement. 

B203 is a scope of services document only and may not be used as a stand-alone owner/architect agreement. For all document details and a record of changes, see the summary  »


Using B203–2017.

Cover Page.

Project. Describe the Project by including (1) the official name or title of the facility, and (2) the location or address, if known. 

Parties. State the names and addresses of the parties exactly as they are identified in the Owner-Architect agreement into which this scope of services document is incorporated, or to which it provides the scope of services for an amendment. 

Date. Provide the date of the existing owner-architect agreement. Providing that date will assist in identifying this scope of services document with the existing owner-architect agreement being modified. 

Article 1 – Initial Information.

Initial Information is an important aspect of this document. It requires the parties to commit expectations about the Site Evaluation and Project Feasibility Services to writing. The parties should complete the sections in this article as thoroughly as possible. In particular, the parties should (1) identify the site or sites to be evaluated in Section 1.1.1; (2) identify the Owner’s Development Objectives, if they are known, in Section 1.1.2; (3) list the Architect’s consultants in Section 1.1.3; and (4) list other relevant Initial Information in Section 1.1.4. 

§ 2.5 Site Evaluation and Project Feasibility Services. Before completing B203–2017, the Owner and Architect will need to agree upon the scope of Site Evaluation and Project Feasibility services required for the Project. The Architect can assist the Owner by reviewing with the Owner the services listed in this table. The list offers a broad, but not exhaustive, listing of possible Site Evaluation and Project Feasibility services and can serve as a valuable discussion guide in establishing the final scope of services. The Architect and Owner should complete the table by indicating whether the listed services will be provided and, if so, by whom. The Architect shall not perform any listed service unless specifically designated in the Responsibility column of the table. 

§ 3.2 Additional Services. Insert an agreed-upon number in each of the spaces provided.



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