Arbitration clauses in construction contracts can be a powerful tool in winning a case without going to court. Instead of being heard by a judge and jury who may not understand construction, you can present your case to contractors and engineers who know the business and can rule accordingly. In New York, for example, many contractors use the American Institute of Architects (AIA) construction contracts and general conditions. By accepting the contract's arbitration clause, the parties must settle their disputes through arbitration administered by the American Arbitration Association (AAA), which has offices in 32 U.S. cities. If an irreconcilable dispute occurs after the contract has been signed, either party can invoke the arbitration clause to place resolution with the arbitrators. For construction disputes, a good arbitration panel has an attorney, a contractor, and an engineer or architect.