A Message from the Founder/Chairman/CEO:
For many years, architects, engineers, contractors and others have had
organizations to represent their interests in the construction process.
Conspicuously absent from established organizations has been a group that solely
represents owners and developers the true catalysts for all
construction projects. AOD has been formed to represent owners' and
developers' interests. Owners and developers now have a consolidated,
influential voice with respect to issues and policies that affect the
construction industry, and an organization to which they can turn for
AOD is a national association enrolling only private and public sector owners
and developers in its main membership. By unifying owners and developers
under a single association, AOD provides a unique opportunity for accomplishing
a number of important goals.
These goals are:
Providing effective communication between owners and developers and the many
other construction industry participants. AOD is the owners' mechanism for
dealing responsibly with organizations such as the American Institute of
Architects, the Engineers Joint Council Documents Committee, the Associated
Builders and Contractors, and the Associated General Contractors, among others.
In this way, AOD hopes to promote cooperation among all players in the
construction industry, so that there will be a greater likelihood that everyone
can work together to produce quality projects on time and within budget.
AOD has formed a Coalition/Council, comprised of representatives from other
construction industry associations, through which the interests and concerns of
AOD's members may be expressed to other construction industry disciplines.
Moreover, AOD will present positions consistent with owners' and developers'
interests when "form documents" are developed by other associations,
and when policy decisions affecting the construction industry are made in or out
Providing a forum for owners to raise and discuss design and construction issues
and concerns without the sponsorship or influence of the AIA, AGC, or other
interest groups. Because AOD has members from across the country and from
both private and public sectors, the interests of owners and developers in all
areas and types of ownership are represented. AOD provides a unique
opportunity to obtain all ownership perspectives on the issues of the day in the
industry. AOD will also discuss issues of interest to owners and
developers in an effort to keep AOD membership apprised of current construction
industry developments and issues.
Providing a means by which AOD members can receive information on issues that
specifically concern their situations, buildings, or developments. AOD is
accepting a limited number of Affiliated Members, drawn from the fields of
architecture, banking, construction management consulting, engineering, general
contracting, insurance, law, speciality contracting, surety bonding and others,
to serve on AOD's Research and Speakers' Bureaus. AOD accepts only
recognized experts in the construction field who will agree to provide current
and reliable information on issues of interest to AOD and its individual members
on a limited, free, and no-obligation basis. All AOD members need do is
contact the AOD Research speakers Bureau Hotline. AOD will thenput a local
Affiliated Member having the relevant expertise in contact with the member.
AOD provides its members with a unique opportunity to influence the construction
process and improve their own industry knowledge.
AOD plans to publish the Monitor on a quarterly basis and intends the
Monitor to be a brief summary of some of the current issues important to owners
and developers. For example, the Monitor will contain regular features
describing recent legal developments, insurance industry topics, financing
issues, environmental concerns, contracting ideas, and other similar subjects.
The Monitor will also have a Question and Answer Forum, in which AOD members can
pose questions and receive answers from other members, a member of the Research
and Speakers' Bureaus, or other persons whom AOD will contact to respond to the
The Monitor will keep members informed of upcoming AOD events and other events
of interest to AOD members.
Of course, we at AOD are interested in your suggestions and comments on issues
facing owners and developers, actions that AOD should take, and topics for
future issues of the Monitor. We are excited about the future of the
construction industry and the growing voice that owners and developers will have
Again, to our members welcome to the Monitor. To our readers who wish to
join AOD and take advantage of the owners' and developers' voice in the
construction industry please contact us at (703) 734-2397 (Fax (703)
734-2908) or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us hear from you!