Dispute Avoidance and Mediation Sample Clauses


Dispute Avoidance and Mediation. The Parties are fully committed to working with each other throughout the Project and agree to communicate regularly with each other at all times so as to avoid or minimize disputes or disagreements. If disputes or disagreements do arise, Design-Builder and Owner each commit to resolving such disputes or disagreements in an amicable, professional and expeditious manner so as to avoid unnecessary losses, delays and disruptions to the Work. Design-Builder and Owner will first attempt to resolve disputes or disagreements at the field level through discussions between Design-Builder’s Representative and Owner’s Representative. If a dispute or disagreement cannot be resolved through Design-Builder’s Representative and Owner’s Representative, Design-Builder’s Senior Representative and Owner’s Senior Representative, upon the request of either Party, shall meet as soon as conveniently possible, but in no case later than thirty (30) Days after such a request is made, to attempt to resolve such dispute or disagreement. Prior to any meetings between the Senior Representatives, the Parties will exchange relevant information that will assist the Parties in resolving their dispute or disagreement. If, after meeting, the Senior Representatives determine that the dispute or disagreement cannot be resolved on terms satisfactory to both Parties, the Parties shall submit the dispute or disagreement to non-binding mediation. The mediation shall be conducted in Minneapolis, Minnesota by a mutually agreeable impartial mediator or, if the Parties cannot so agree, a mediator designated by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) pursuant to its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures. The mediation will be governed by and conducted pursuant to a mediation agreement negotiated by the Parties or, if the Parties cannot so agree, by procedures established by the mediator.