ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
0.8  
Northeast  
5
5
0.4  
ABI Shows Slight  
Midwest  
8.9  
4
South  
50.3  
Contraction in JanuaryJanuary 2015  
he Architecture Billings Index (ABI) began 2016 with a  
modest decline. The American Institute of Architects re-  
ported that its January ABI score was 49.6, down slightly  
from December’s mark of 51.3. This score reflects a decrease in  
design services, as any score above 50 indicates an increase in  
billings. The new projects inquiry index was 55.3, down from a  
reading of 60.5 the previous month.  
January 2016  
ABI Score  
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49.9  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
8.7 55.3  
49.6  
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Dodge Momentum Index Moves Higher  
The Dodge Momentum Index rose ing of 123.4. The increase in January cent increase in commercial projects,  
.4 percent in January to 126.4 was the result of a 3.3-percent increase according to the latest Dodge Data &  
2000=100) from its December read- in institutional projects, and a 1.6-per- Analytics report. On a year-over-year  
basis, the overall Index is 1.7 percent  
2
(
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
higher even though the commercial  
portion is down 6.8 percent.  
Dec.  
Jan.  
%
Jan.  
Jan.  
According to the report, commercial  
planning intentions started 2015 on  
an aggressive note before settling  
back by mid-year. Over the most recent  
few months commercial planning has  
been following a saw tooth pattern, but  
the overall trend has been positive as  
most commercial real estate funda-  
mentals are improving.  
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015  
2016  
Change  
2015  
2016  
Dodge Momentum index  
Commercial building  
Institutional building  
123.4  
126.4  
123.8  
129.7  
2.4%  
1.6%  
3.3%  
121.1  
134.3  
104.8  
126.4  
123.8  
129.7  
121.8  
129.7  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
Construction Starts Rise 2 Percent in January  
New construction starts in January  
Monthly Construction Starts  
grew 2 percent to a seasonally ad-  
justed annual rate of $607.9 billion,  
according to Dodge Data & Analytics.  
While housing saw moderate growth  
for the month, nonresidential building  
retreated slightly, as increases for  
commercial building and manufactur-  
ing plant construction were offset by  
diminished activity for institutional  
building.  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
Dec. 2015  
$181,878  
279,993  
Jan. 2015  
$180,295  
293,953  
134,975  
% Change  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
Nonbuilding construction  
Total construction  
-1  
+5  
-2  
136,855  
$598,726  
$607,941  
+2  
Nonresidential building, at $180.3  
billion (annual rate), slipped 1 percent  
in January. The institutional cate-  
gories as a group fell 10 percent,  
pulling back from the improved vol-  
ume reported in December. Health-  
care facilities dropped 20 percent, as  
occasional gains such as the 11-per-  
cent hike reported in December for  
this project type continue to be fol-  
lowed by retreat. s  
YeaUnr-atdoju-sdteadtteotaclos,ninsmtriluliocntsioofndoslltaarsrts  
1 Mos. 2015 1 Mos. 2016  
% Change  
-5  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
$12,899  
16,233  
18,135  
$47,257  
$12,280  
18,331  
9,947  
+13  
Nonbuilding construction  
-45  
Total construction  
$40,558  
-14  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
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