The mission of the AIA Small Firm Exchange (SFx) is to advance the mutual interests of architects practicing in small firms. The objectives of the AIA SFx are three-fold:1. Advocate for small firms within the AIA and in outside organizations and agencies.2. Promote leadership in Small Firm professional development and practice; and3. Facilitate and support the local component round tables and small firm networks.
"AIA recently changed the way contract documents are accessed and purchased. Currently you can either buy individual documents with no subscription or you can purchase an unlimited annual subscription for $ 950.00. If you had the old Annual Limited Use License, it cost around $300.00 per year and you got 150 units or about $10.00 for most documents other than contracts and general conditions. Under the new program, these documents are approximately three times that amount. My question is: How many of you are happy with the new programs, how many of you like the on-line feature and how many of you would rather go back to the old method where you purchased a license and you got x amount of units and they were good until you ran out and then you bought a new license? Are small firms being priced out of using AIA Contract Documents? AIA Contract Documents is one of the largest benefits of being a member of AIA. Pricing us out of the market is not representing the small firms.
Having these documents available electronically is great but the software is cumbersome and the cost is unreasonable. Our membership paid to develop the documents and the software, why should we have to pay for it all over again. Cost to members is excessive and should be reduced. I'm open to the suggestion of going back to the old method of purchasing documents but the unit prices should be reduced to members.
Neale L Bauman, AIA, CCS, LEED AP
The Design Forum Inc.
560 Fifth St NW, Suite 201
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
616.454.1398, x 114, office
Thank you, Michael for speaking out. I, too, am now limited and I, too, did the math. As a small firm/enterprise, you touched on it, and I am in agreement, that the small firms are paying the penalty on these documents. I am not happy with the new, and expensive system and miss "the old system". I feel that the small firms are being priced out of using the AIA Contract Documents, and agree with you that our efforts and love of the business as a small firm is not being represented by AIA.
Jeremy C Jeffers, AIA
J e r e m y C J e f f e r s, A r c h i t e c t, L L C
A r c h i t e c t u r a l C o n s u l t i n g
American Institute of Architects
Construction Specifications Institute
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