Catina Helps Contractors Better Utilize Document A101 – 2017

By Lynn Pearcey, MBA, Copywriter, AIA Contract Documents

April 18, 2024

Contractors utilizing Document A101 – 2017 will now find it easier to navigate due to AIA Contract Documents next-generation software, Catina. Document A101- 2017 is a standard form of agreement between the owner and contractor where the basis of payment is a stipulated sum or fixed cost. Designed to be used in conjunction with Document A201-2017, this document is suitable for large and complex construction projects of all types including residential communities, complexes, and office spaces.

User Enhancements

 Projects involving Document A101-2017 are typically busy, requiring extreme amounts of focus and attention to detail by all participants. These elements are essential to completing the project on time and within the previously agreed upon budgetary constraints. But while they’re essential, the nature of a construction project makes adhering to them challenging. Team members will notice several distinct differences with Catina that make using Document A101-2017 and others, decidedly easier, including the following:

  • Variable entry pages: With Catina, the entry page doesn’t have to be the first page of a document. This new, next-generation software allows users to use any page as their point of entry, entering critical project information as needed while saving valuable time and preserving optimal levels of project efficiency.
  • Configurable signature workflows: Securing signatures on a document is necessary and must happen before work commences. In some cases, parties waste valuable time chasing signatures while at the same time, halting progress. With Catina, the signature challenge becomes non-factors, as users can now realize the ease of use that comes with the configurable signature workflow feature.
  • Document preview: Every project manager, contractor, or team member has experienced a document challenge that could’ve been avoided if a preview feature were available. With Catina, users can preview documents prior to executing them, saving time, money, and costly mistakes that hamper productivity.
  • Robust editing functionality: The ability to edit a document during a project is a must, and with Catina, users of Document A101-2017 and others can now seamlessly manage that function. Aside from editing, users can also track changes and leverage the powerful version control feature to ensure all parties remain on the same page.


 For more than 135 years, AIA Contract Documents has set the construction industry standard when it comes to legal documents, and Document A101-2017 has been a staple. Users rely on it due to the durable and comprehensive nature of the document and how it frees them to do their best work without the concerns of legal interference. Adding Catina to the mix makes using this and other documents, including Document A104-2017, used for projects with a limited scope, and Document A105-2017, used for modest, short-term projects, simple. As the industry continues evolving, AIA Contract Documents is committed to remaining on the leading edge of technology, constantly introducing products, services, and solutions that meet the emerging needs of contractors, owners, architects, and engineers.

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 AIA Contract Documents has provided this article for general informational purposes only. The information provided is not legal opinion or legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship of any kind. This article is also not intended to provide guidance as to how project parties should interpret their specific contracts or resolve contract disputes, as those decisions will need to be made in consultation with legal counsel, insurance counsel, and other professionals, and based upon a multitude of factors.