Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee Releases the 2018 edition of the EJCDC® Construction Family Documents

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Stacey A. Ober
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Friday, September 28, 2018

The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC®) today released the 2018 edition of the EJCDC® Construction Family of Documents.  These new documents are intended for use on engineered construction projects in which the owner retains an engineering firm to prepare drawings and specifications, then separately engages a construction contractor to perform the work. The C-Series assumes the design Engineer is involved during construction.

The updated edition released today comprises 25 integrated documents that coordinate with other EJCDC families of documents. EJCDC documents are the first choice among standard documents for infrastructure and public works construction in the U.S. The 2018 Construction Series includes:

  • Fundamental contract documents such as the Standard General Conditions, the Small Project agreement, and Supplementary Conditions;
  • Forms for gathering information needed to draft bidding documents;
  • Instructions to bidders and a standard bid form;
  • Bonds including bid, performance, warranty (new for 2018) and payment bonds; and
  • Administrative forms, such as change order and a certificate of substantial completion.

EJCDC C-700 Standard General Conditions of the Construction Contract, which is the keystone of the new Construction Series family of documents, received the most updates for this year including new definitions for Electronic Documents. Updates were made to all 25 documents released today to reflect current business practices, including:

  • Expansion and updating of “Notes to Users” on the 2018 documents provide specific instructions for selecting specific paragraphs from alternates, and information to include in the specified paragraph.  Bracketed information provides guidance for editing the document
  • “Guidelines for Use” have been added to provide additional guidance for specific topics and paragraphs.
  • All the documents have been reformatted to present a more uniform look.
  • All signature blocks have been standardized.
  • The need for notary and corporate seals has been eliminated.

Other updates to the documents are detailed in the Summary of Changes.

Since 1975, EJCDC has developed and updated fair and objective standard documents that represent the latest and best thinking in contractual relations for engineering design and construction projects.  EJCDC documents are prepared by a committee of project stakeholders that include owners, contractors, funding entities, attorneys, professional liability insurers, and sureties.  EJCDC documents represent and distribute risk fairly and equitably among all parties to engineer-led construction projects.

EJCDC documents are specifically written for public and private infrastructure and engineered facilities projects in the U.S. The documents can readily be customized to suit each project’s unique goals and regulatory requirements.  Downloaded in Microsoft Word format, EJCDC documents are easily modified to conform to the unique goals and regulatory requirements of each project.

The Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC®) is a joint venture of major organizations of professional engineers:

  • the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE);
  • the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); and
  • the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

EJCDC documents may be purchased online at NSPE members receive a 50 percent discount on the cost of documents as part of their membership.

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The National Society of Professional Engineers is a member-centric, nimble, future-focused, and responsive organization, serving as the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers. Through education, licensure advocacy, leadership training, multidisciplinary networking, and outreach, NSPE enhances the image of its members and their ability to ethically and professionally practice engineering. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 31,000 members and the public through 52 state and territorial societies and over 400 chapters. For more information, please visit