ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
50.8  
Northeast  
51.5  
ABI Continues to  
Midwest  
0.8  
5
Show Modest Growth  
South  
2.2  
5
fter starting 2016 with a de- score was 50.6,down from the mark of  
cline, the Architecture Billings 51.9 in the previous month.This score  
Index has posted three con- still reflects an increase in design serv-  
secutive months of increasing demand ices (any score above 50 indicates an  
for design activity at architecture increase in billings). The new projects  
firms. The American Institute of Ar- inquiry index was 56.9, down from a  
chitects (AIA) reported the April ABI reading of 58.1 the previous month.  
April 2015  
April 2016  
A
ABI Score  
50.6  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
48.8  
60.1  
56.9  
Dodge Momentum Index Ticks Up in April  
The Dodge Momentum Index rose  
.6 percent in April to 116.5 from its  
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
March April April  
2016  
0
April  
%
Change  
revised March reading of 115.8, ac-  
cording to Dodge Data & Analytics.  
April’s gain was due to increased plan-  
ning activity for both commercial and  
institutional building, with commercial  
moving 0.8 percent higher and institu-  
tional rising 0.4 percent.  
2016  
2015  
2016  
Dodge Momentum index  
Commercial building  
115.8  
122.4  
107.6  
116.5  
123.4  
108.1  
0.6%  
0.8%  
0.4%  
122.6  
134.0  
108.5  
116.5  
123.4  
108.1  
Institutional building  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
The value of new conNstreucwtionCstoartns struction Starts Slide 8 Percent  
Monthly Construction Starts  
in April fell 8 percent from the previous  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
% Change  
month to a seasonally adjusted annual  
March 2016  
$299,459  
$292,344  
$140,119  
$661,922  
April 2016  
$185,089  
$269,107  
$154,146  
$608,342  
rate of $608.3 billion, according to  
Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential Nonresidential building  
-19  
-8  
building pulled back following its March  
increase; residential building also de-  
clined due to a slower pace for multi-  
family housing. Through the first four  
months of 2016, total construction  
starts on an unadjusted basis were re-  
ported at $198.4 billion, down 12 per-  
cent from the same month a year ago.  
April’s data lowered the Dodge  
Residential building  
Nonbuilding construction  
Total construction  
+10  
-8  
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4
Mos. 2015 4 Mos. 2016  
% Change  
-21  
Nonresidential building  
Index to 129 (2000=100), compared Residential building  
Nonbuilding construction  
$73,482  
$81,988  
$69,766  
$58,165  
$88,139  
$52,048  
+8  
-25  
to 140 for March. The Dodge Index  
has improved during February and  
March, averaging 141. April’s decline  
returned the pace of construction  
starts to what was reported during the  
Total construction  
*Excluding manufacturing buildings,  
electric utilities and gas plants  
$182,362  
$174,330  
-4  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
July 2015-January 2016 period, when in April decreased 10 percent after in-  
the Dodge Index averaged 129. creasing 57 percent in March, while as a group fell 18 percent in April,  
Nonresidential building in April the public buildings category retreated following percent gain in  
dropped 19 percent to $185.1 billion 16 percent after its 48 percent March March. Hotel construction dropped 49  
annual rate). The institutional side of rise. Educational facilities, the largest percent after its 47 percent March  
the nonresidential building market fell institutional category, had a relatively jump. Store construction in decreased  
4 percent in April after surging 50 small 3 percent drop in April after 17 percent, reversing its 17 percent  
percent in March. Healthcare facilities climbing 21 percent in March. March gain. s  
The commercial building categories  
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