ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
53.8  
Northeast  
51.2  
ABI Hits  
Midwest  
9.9  
4
South  
3.7  
a High Mark  
5
he May Architecture Billings Institute of Architects.  
Index (ABI) accelerated to  
The May ABI score was 53.1, up  
its highest score in nearly a from 50.6 in April. This score reflects  
year. This was led by a still active an increase in design services (any  
multi-family housing market and score above 50 indicates an increase  
sustained by solid levels of demand in billings). The new projects inquiry  
for new commercial and retail prop- index was 60.1, up from 56.9 the pre-  
erties, according to the American vious month.  
May 2015  
May 2016  
T
ABI Score  
51.9  
53.1  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
8.8 60.1  
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The Dodge MomentumDIndoexdrgosee Mto oDomdgeeDantat&uAmnalytIicsn. TdheeinxcreMaseovecetssenUterping planning in the commer-  
2
.4 percent in May to 119.4, according was due to a 6.5-percent gain for proj- cial sector, which offset a 3.4-percent  
decline in the institutional segment.  
The commercial portion of the  
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
index rose in May for the second  
consecutive month and is at its high-  
est level since September 2015.  
Institutional planning is 1.3-per-  
cent lower than it was in May 2015,  
settling back from the heightened  
activity reported in late 2015 and  
early 2016.  
April  
May  
2016  
May  
2015  
May  
2016  
%
Change  
2016  
Dodge Momentum index  
116.6  
119.4  
132.2  
103.6  
2.4%  
6.5%  
-3.4%  
122.3  
130.3  
112.3  
119.4  
132.2  
103.6  
Commercial building  
124.1  
107.3  
Institutional building  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
At a seasonally adjusted aCnnouanl rsatteruction Starts Rise 5 Percent  
of $636.7 billion, new construction  
starts in May increased 5 percent from  
April, according to Dodge Data & Ana-  
lytics. While residential building edged  
up slightly, nonresidential building re-  
treated, sliding for the second month  
in a row after the elevated activity re-  
ported in March. During the first five  
months of 2016, total construction  
starts on an unadjusted basis were  
Monthly Construction Starts  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
% Change  
April 2016  
$182,382  
$269,730  
$155,497  
$607,609  
May 2016  
$171,248  
$272,509  
$192,977  
$636,734  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
Nonbuilding construction  
Total construction  
-6  
+1  
+24  
+5  
YeaUnr-atdoju-sdteadtteotaclos,ninsmtriluliocntsioofndoslltaarsrts  
$
the same period a year ago.  
256.7 billion, down 12 percent from  
5
Mos. 2015 5 Mos. 2016  
% Change  
The May statistics raised the Dodge  
Index to 135 (2000=100), up from  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
$93,093  
$106,336  
$92,194  
$74,003  
$112,336  
$69,900  
$246,215  
-21  
+6  
-24  
-0  
129 in April.  
Nonbuilding construction  
Nonresidential building in May de-  
creased 6 percent to $171.2 billion  
Total construction*  
Excluding manufacturing buildings, electric utilities and gas plants  
$245,593  
*
(
annual rate). Commercial building  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
categories as a group experienced a 9  
percent shortfall in May.  
building down 12 percent, and man- year-to-date growth, climbing 6 percent  
Nonresidential building fell 21 per- ufacturing building down 70 per- with single family housing up 9 percent  
cent year-to-date, with commercial cent. Residential building continues to and multifamily housing holding steady  
building down 7 percent, institutional be the one major sector that’s showing with the prior year. s  
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