Ms. Murphy has substantial experience in drafting and reviewing AIA (The American Institute of Architects) form agreements for both the owner-architect relationship and owner-contractor relationship. The benefit of using the AIA forms is that the standard forms were drafted in a way that address the interests of all parties to the project. Of course the slant is in favor of the architect which is why owners and builders need an attorney to review the agreements. For owners, the AIA agreements require modifications in some areas, such as increasing licensing rights to the plans and specifications, modifying budgets and payment schedules, increasing insurance requirements and more. For contractors, the AIA forms need modification with respect to deadlines on responses to requests for information, decision making and change orders, lien waiver requirements and more. With her extensive experience in this area, Ms. Murphy is well qualified to represent her clients who choose to use these forms.
Not every construction project involves an AIA form agreement. Ms. Murphy has drafted, negotiated and developed agreements for every phase of the construction project, including pre-construction due diligence obligations, joint venture agreements, financing agreements, sub-contractor agreements, design-build agreements and construction contracts. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area and provides superior representation to her clients planning to build or improve their property or accepting engagement as the General Contractor or Sub-contractor on a project. She provides them with the protection they need for the entire project.
In construction contracts, it is critical to clearly define the project design and budgetary goals, and manage scheduling expectations. Her agreements provide controls for the efficient distribution of money and deadline responsibilities, penalties and incentives. The goal is to document the reasonable expectations and commitments of the parties in a clear and unambiguous document that is used during the lengthy construction process as the source for dispute resolution.