Revised Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures 
Effective July 1, 2015


Construction arbitrations have become more complex in recent years, and, through focus groups held across the country, users of the AAA® Construction Arbitration Rules have communicated their preference for a more streamlined, cost-effective and tightly managed process. 

Working with its National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee (NCDRC), composed of a diverse group of leading construction industry and related organizations, the AAA received input from all industry sectors. These revised Rules further align the AAA Construction Rules with most construction industry contract documents.

Significant focus was placed on the need for effective management of the arbitration process, and hence the revised Rules provide arbitrators with additional tools and authority to do so.

The revisions include:

  • A mediation step for all cases with claims of $100,000 or more (subject to the ability of any party to opt out).
  • Consolidation and joinder time frames and filing requirements to streamline these increasingly involved issues in construction arbitrations.
  • New preliminary hearing rules to provide more structure and organization to get the arbitration process on the right track from the beginning.
  • Information exchange measures to give arbitrators a greater degree of control to limit the exchange of information, including electronic documents.
  • Availability of emergency measures of protection in contracts that have been entered into on or after July 1, 2015.
  • Enforcement power of the arbitrator to issue orders to parties that refuse to comply with the Rules or the arbitrator’s orders.
  • Permissibility of dispositive motions to dispose of all or part of a claim or to narrow the issue in a claim.

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