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The Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T stadium started with the industry standard

By AIA Contract Documents, April 29, 2019

AT&T Stadium provides a structure worthy of one of the most storied franchises in professional sports, while creating a true destination for fans

Before creating any drawings, deciding on how the retractable roof would function and before the cheering fans, HKS, Inc. ensured the design and construction of the iconic AT&T Stadium was protected with AIA Contract Documents.

While the contracts are not the most exciting part of building a high-profile sports complex, they are an essential piece of the process to give clear, concise descriptions of the scope of work to minimize disagreements and delays. “We use AIA documents because they capture the industry standards for reasonable and fair contract terms, process descriptions, and documentation of project events,” said Craig Williams, FAIA, Esq., Principal, Chief Legal Officer at HKS, Inc.

For the AT&T Stadium project, HKS used the following AIA agreements and forms: A201™-General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, B151™-Abbreviated Owner/Architect Agreement*, C401™-Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant, G702™-Application and Certificate for Payment and G704™-Certificate of Substantial Completion.

AT&T Stadium is a structure worthy of one of the most storied franchises in professional sports, while creating a true destination for fans. The venue strikes a balance between tradition and innovation by honoring the Cowboys’ legendary past and positioning the team for future success. Its technology, including some of the world’s largest high-definition screens incorporated throughout the project, creates an immersive experience for fans. It allows unmatched versatility, from its iconic operable “hole in the roof”, to its flexible seating bowl, to its outdoor plazas. AT&T Stadium houses the team in a monumental structure whose design will stand the test of time.

Linking fans to the game, building brand experiences, adapting to ever-shifting needs. These are the elements of truly great sports stadiums. When design comes together in the perfect mix of technology and tradition, the venue becomes an event in and of itself.

*The B151-Abbreviated Owner/Architect Agreement was replaced by the B101-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect.