ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
49.9  
Northeast  
49.5  
ABI Sees Modest  
Midwest  
9.3  
4
South  
51.1  
Expansion  
hile theArchitecture Billings ABI score was 50.3,up slightly from 49.6  
Index (ABI) dipped into in the previous month. This score re-  
negative terrain for the first flects a minor increase in design serv-  
time in five months in January,it inched ices (any score above 50 indicates an  
back up in February with a small in- increase in billings). The new projects  
crease in demand. The American Insti- inquiry index was 59.5,up from 55.3 the  
tute of Architects reported the February previous month.  
February 2015  
February 2016  
W
ABI Score  
5
0.4  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
56.6 59.5  
50.3  
The Dodge Momentum Index in-  
creased 0.5 percent in February to  
Momentum Index up in February  
1
26.1 from its revised January read-  
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
ing of 125.5. February’s increase  
was the third straight month-to-  
month gain, as a 1-percent increase  
in commercial planning overcame a  
slight 0.1-percent dip in institutional  
work. Commercial planning has  
made a moderate recovery following  
the decline of late-2015, while insti-  
tutional continues the upward trend  
it registered over the course of 2015,  
according to the report.  
Jan.  
Feb.  
2016  
Feb.  
2015  
Feb.  
2016  
%
Change  
2
016  
Dodge Momentum index  
Commercial building  
125.5  
126.1  
124.5  
128.0  
0.5%  
1.0%  
-0.1%  
123.3  
138.0  
111.9  
126.1  
124.5  
128.0  
123.3  
128.1  
Institutional building  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
February New Construction Starts Climb 10 Percent  
At a seasonally adjusted annual rate  
Monthly Construction Starts  
of $667.6 billion, new construction  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
starts in February advanced 10 per-  
cent compared to the previous month,  
according to Dodge Data & Analyt-  
ics. Nonresidential building helped the  
Jan. 2016  
$178,302  
294,706  
134,748  
Feb. 2016  
$185,492  
281,269  
% Change  
Nonresidential building  
+4  
increase with a moderate gain, re- Residential building  
-5  
suming its hesitant upward track after  
the lackluster activity reported at the  
Nonbuilding construction  
200,851  
+49  
outset of 2016. Residential building Total construction  
settled back in February following its  
$607,756  
$667,612  
+10  
improved January performance. For  
YeaUnr-atdoju-sdteadtteotaclos,ninsmtriluliocntsioofndoslltaarsrts  
the first two months of 2016, total  
construction starts on an unadjusted  
basis were $87.1 billion, down 16 per-  
cent from the same period a year ago.  
The February statistics produced a  
reading of 141 for the Dodge Index  
2
Mos. 2015 2 Mos. 2016  
% Change  
-21  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
$31,163  
34,785  
$24,637  
37,913  
+9  
(
2000=100), compared to 129 for Nonbuilding construction  
37,220  
24,519  
-34  
January. For 2015 as a whole, the  
Dodge Index averaged 138. Nonresi-  
dential building, at $185.5 billion (an-  
nual rate), rose 4 percent in February.  
Total construction  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
$103,168  
$87,069  
-16  
a
group increased 15 percent, row after particularly weak activity was  
The commercial building categories as strengthening for the third month in a reported back in November. s  
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