The American Arbitration Association updated its rules for resolving construction disputes. Effective July 1, 2015, the rules require mediation of claims exceeding $100,000.
Rule 10, however, is relatively toothless. Unless the parties’ initial agreement requires mediation, any party may opt out.
Under the rule, mediation and arbitration take place concurrently so as not to delay the arbitration proceedings. Here’s the link to the new rules.