The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee recently released a new contract document for use by engineering firms in subcontracting nonprofessional services.
The new contract, EJCDC E-562, Agreement Between Engineer and Engineer's Subcontractor, addresses the key issues in subcontracting, including payment, insurance, schedule, warranty, safety, flow-down of prime agreement terms, and termination. It is intended to be used by engineering firms to subcontract a broad spectrum of general services such as laboratory work, data management, site support, drafting/CAD technical services, incidental fabrication and construction, cost reviews, and record keeping. Engineers may also use EJCDC E-562 as a stand-alone contract for retaining assistance in situations where the scope of work is not associated with a specific prime agreement.
The new E-562 document complements the existing EJCDC subagreements that engineers should continue using to delegate professional services: EJCDC E-570 (Agreement Between Engineer and Consultant for Professional Services), and its companion subagreements E-560 (EngineerLand Surveyor), E-564 (EngineerGeotechnical Engineer), and E-568 (EngineerArchitect). Although suitable for incidental construction (for example, construction of access stairs and ramps in connection with providing a job trailer for the engineer's staff at the site), EJCDC recommends that standard construction or design-build contract documents be used for more substantial construction projects.
Since 1975, EJCDC has developed and updated fair and objective standard documents that represent the latest and best thinking in contractual relations between all parties involved in engineering design and construction projects. EJCDC documents are the highest quality standard documents specifically written for infrastructure projects in the United States. Formatted in easy to use Microsoft Word, the documents can be customized to suit each project's unique goals and regulatory requirements.
The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee is a joint venture of four major organizations of professional engineers and contractors. Each of EJCDC's sponsoring organizations—NSPE, ASCE, ACEC, and AGC—offer EJCDC documents on their online stores at a discount to organization members. NSPE members enjoy a significant discount on the cost for the documents, which can be immediately purchased and downloaded at www.nspe.org/ejcdc/index.html.
The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 40,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and just over 400 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.