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AIA Document A401

OnDemand Webinar (84 minutes)

Construction subcontract agreements are often given less strategic consideration than prime contract documents. Whereas the prime contract may be analyzed and negotiated for an extended period, the subcontract may be pulled from an older project and put in place with a simple name change and scope of work change. Failure to consider the subcontract strategically may prove disastrous. Subcontractor disputes are common, and without strategic planning during the contract formation stage, the parties may suffer later. This OnDemand Webinar analyzes a standard subcontract document which is readily used on construction projects, and identifies areas where the standard form may be improved. This program provides practical tips and provides suggestions for revisions to the standard AIA document. After the program you should be able to use the standard documents strategically to mitigate risks and costly disputes.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to review the A401 Subcontractor Agreement.
  • You will be able to explain strengths and weaknesses of the A401.
  • You will be able to identify the use of the A401 in the Private vs. Public Contracts.
  • You will be able to recognize advantages and disadvantages to subcontractor and prime contractor.


Joel E. Brown, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP


Review of the AIA A401 Subcontractor Agreement

• When to Use AIA A401

• Integration Into AIA Projects

• Integration Into Projects Not Using AIA Prime Contract Documents

Strengths and Weaknesses of the A401

• Suggested Revisions to Improve the Standard Agreement

• Practice Pointer - Use of Addenda for Revisions

• Clarifying Pricing Assumptions and Scope of Work

A401 and the ConsensusDOCS Subcontract Agreement

• Brief Review of a Competitor Subcontract - ConsensusDOCS

• Advantages and Disadvantages to Subcontractor

• Advantages and Disadvantages to Prime Contractor

Use of the A401 in the Private vs. Public Contracts

• Flow Down of Prime Contract Responsibilities and Risks

• Claims Handling

• Dispute Resolution