EJCDC stands for Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee. It is a coalition of stakeholders in the project delivery process who develop and endorse quality contract documents and encourage their use through education and promotion.
The three organizations that comprise EJCDC are:
- The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC),
- The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE),
- The American Society of Civil Engineers – Construction Institute (ASCE-CI), and
- And, in order to include other interested groups, EJCDC allows observers such as ABA; APWA; CMAA; CSI; NUCA; USDA/RUS; FIDIC; DBIA; AIA; WWEMA; American Congress of Surveying & Mapping; American Arbitration Association; CNA/Schinnerer (VOSCO); XL Insurance, and others.
EJCDC has existed since 1975 to develop and update 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.
Driven by increased professional liability exposure of engineers, including lack of privity and the absence of a contractual relationship not a bar to a third-party claims, such as injured worker claims and contractor economic loss claims, EJCDC came together to develop objective standard documents that represent both parties in engineer-designed construction projects in the United States. EJCDC documents are intended to be objective, clear, thorough and consistent with current practice and laws, as well as responsive to user needs.
EJCDC publishes five families of documents as follows:
- Engineering (Owner-Engineer, Engineer-Subconsultant)
These documents are updated on an ongoing basis and are dated from 2014-2017. They include: Owner-Engineer Agreements (full and short-form), structured as basic terms plus contract-specific exhibits with detailed scope of services. This family includes Agreements between owners and consultants such as geotechnical and design engineer, and engineers and subconsultants, such as architects. The Engineering family of documents also includes a Joint Venture Agreement, Peer Review Agreement, and Program Management Agreement.
- Construction (Owner-Contractor)
The current edition was published in 2013. It includes an integrated series of 24 documents coordinated with Engineering Agreements and assumes the design Engineer is involved during construction. These documents are intended for engineered construction. Document number C-700, General Conditions, is the keystone of C-series and other EJCDC document families. The document include provisions for payment alternatives such as Lump Sum and Cost-Plus, and consider risk allocation consistent with industry norms. They are CSI and NUCA endorsed.
The current edition was written in 2016. This family includes 18 documents addressing agreements (lump sum and cost-plus), general conditions, performance bond, payment bondOwner-DB, DB-Engineer, DB-Subcontractor.
- Environmental RemediationThe current edition was written in 2005. It is comprised of seven documents that consider agreements (lump sum & cost-plus) and general conditions; Environmental Remediator -SubSingle-Point Responsibility to the Owner; Possible subcontracting by the Environmental Remediator.
- Procurement (Buyer-Seller)The current edition was updated in 2010. These documents are specific for engineer-designed or -specified equipment, usually procured with a long lead time. These eight documents include ITB, bid form, agreement, performance bond, payment bond, GCs, SCs, narrative guide Documents use UCC terminology
EJCDC documents conform to recognized organizational format (CSI MasterFormat). They have been tested over decades of use and interpreted in courts of various jurisdictions.
EJCDC documents reduce the potential for errors, omissions, redundancies, or conflicts in construction docs. All documents are fully coordinated and integrated. The documents provide for industry-accepted distribution of risk among project participants. Familiarity with these documents by both the Bidder/Contractor may result in improved prices bid to Owner.
The documents are updated approximately every five years to reflect industry trends, court decisions, and changes in applicable laws and regulations.
They are suitable for public works and private sector.
Finally, EJCDC documents are less expensive than alternate standard documents and are created in user friendly MS Word format. In short, EJCDC documents are the most-thorough and best-organized standard documents available.