New State Designer Agreement Roadshow


PLEASE NOTE: The January 2007 contract may be used on contracts executed prior to July 1, 2016. The May 2016 contract is to be used for all FY 16/17 projects (16/17 disclosed projects or 16/17 line items) and all contracts executed after July 1, 2016.

To date, a complexity multiplier has not been adopted into policy. 

If you have any specific questions regarding the new designer contract, please contact the Office of the State Architect.


Background on New State Contract 

AIA Tennessee and ACEC of Tennessee hosted a series of meetings across the state (see information below) with State Architect Peter Heimbach in June 2016. He presented the new State Designer Agreement, which was approved by the State Building Commission at their May meeting. The January 2007 contract may be used on contracts executed prior to July 1, 2016. The May 2016 contract is to be used for all FY 16/17 projects (16/17 disclosed projects or 16/17 line items) and all contracts executed after July 1, 2016. Visit the OSA website for more information.

Click HERE to view the State Architect’s informational handouts prepared for these meetings.

Download AIA TN / ACEC of Tennessee Joint Letter to the State Building Commission regarding the organizations’ position on the new contract. The organizations advocated for a complexity multiplier as well as an official list for additional services to be adopted as OSA policy. Currently, the attachment C and attachment D have not been adopted.

  • AIA/ACEC Joint Letter of Support
  • Attachment A – Revised SBC-6
  • Attachment B – Revised SBC-6(a)
  • Attachment C – Complex Projects and Complexity Multipliers
  • Attachment D – Clarified List of Additional Services

Questions? Please contact Ashley Cates at ashley@aiatn.org or call 615.255.3860.


Please make plans to attend the OSA Roadshow in your area. (Attendance at these events is free of charge.) Sessions have been approved for 2 AIA LUs.

OSA Roadshow – Designer Agreement Dates & Registration

AIA Northeast TN Chapter – June 3
2 – 4pm/EDT
Cain Rash West Architects, 130 Regional Park Drive, Kingsport

AIA East TN – June 17
1 – 3pm/EDT
NEW LOCATION! Harris Room of the Regas Building located at 318 N. Gay Street Knoxville TN 37917
Registration is closed. Walk-ups are welcome.

AIA Memphis – June 21
8 – 10am/CDT
ENSAFE, 5724 Summer Trees Drive, Memphis
Sign Up Now

AIA Chattanooga – June 29
1-3pm/EDT
Chattanooga Resource Development Center, 1250 Market Street, Chattanooga
Sign Up Now

AIA Middle Tennessee – NEW DATE & TIME/RESCHEDULE TO JULY 7!
9 – 11am/CDT
Williams Snodgrass TN Tower, Room 1, 3rd Floor, Rosa Parks Blvd
Sign Up Now