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Originally published in Interiors & Sources

08/06/2012

Construction Outlook Improving?

 
The outlook for all things design and construction looks to be improving as we head into 2013.

The design and construction industry looks like it may have reasons to be modestly optimistic regarding the months ahead and 2013.

A spike in demand for industrial facilities so far this year, along with sustained demand for hotels and retail projects factors into what projects to be a 4.4% rise in spending this year for nonresidential construction projects – up from a projection of a 2.1% increase in the January Consensus Forecast. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters, also projects a 6.2% increase of spending in 2013.

“With companies looking to bring back manufacturing jobs from overseas, there has been a sharp rise in demand for industrial facilities, which is leading to an upward revision in projections for future construction spending,” says AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Continued budget shortfalls at the state and local level, along with a depressed municipal bond market are holding the institutional market back from seeing similar upticks in spending.”

Market Segment Consensus Growth Forecasts

2012

2013

 

 

 

Overall nonresidential

4.4%

6.2%

 

 

 

Commercial / industrial

5.7%

10.2%

    • Industrial

12.9%

8.1%

    • Hotels

9.5%

18.2%

    • Retail

6.2%

9.0%

    • Office buildings

4.7%

8.7%

 

 

 

Institutional

0.7%

3.0%

    • Healthcare facilities

4.0%

7.5%

    • Education

0.3%

1.1%

    • Amusement / recreation

0.1%

2.3%

    • Public safety

0.0%

0.1%

    • Religious

-5.0%

3.0%

Remarking on what risks exist that could undermine these projections, Baker added, “Federal tax and spending changes – the so-called fiscal cliff – that may come into play in early 2013 could upset the economic applecart and prove detrimental to recovery possibilities. We will likely have a better sense after the presidential election what will happen with regards to the Bush-era tax cuts, Social Security payroll tax, extended unemployment, and deficit reduction plans that will have a ripple effect that will extend to the construction industry.”

 

 

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