ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
49.5  
Northeast  
4
4.0  
ABI Hits Rare  
Midwest  
0.1  
5
South  
3.4  
Two-Month Downturn  
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or the first time in four years, score was 48.4, down from the mark  
the Architecture Billings Index of 49.7 in the previous month. This  
(ABI) posted consecutive reflects a decrease in design services,  
Sept. 2015  
Sept. 2016  
ABI Score  
F
months of a decline in demand for as any score above 50 indicates an in-  
design services. crease in billings. The new projects  
53.7  
48.4  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
The American Institute of Archi- inquiry index was 59.4, down from a  
tects reported the September ABI reading of 61.8 the previous month.  
61.0 59.4  
Dodge Momentum Index Stumbles  
The Dodge Momentum Index fell September was the result of a 5.3 per- performance in August which bene-  
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.3 percent in September to 129.0 cent drop in institutional planning and fited from an influx of large projects  
from its revised August reading of a 3.6 percent decrease in commercial ($100 million +) into planning. Sep-  
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34.8 (2000=100). The decline in planning, retreating from the strong tember’s decline follows five consecu-  
tive months of gains, and resumes for  
now the saw-tooth pattern that’s often  
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
August  
016  
Sept.  
2016  
Sept.  
2015  
Sept.  
2016  
been present in the data since 2014.  
Even with the recent volatility on a  
month-to-month basis, the index con-  
tinues to trend higher, signaling that  
developers have moved plans forward  
despite economic and political uncer-  
tainty. With the September release,  
the Momentum Index is 5.1 percent  
higher than one year ago.  
%
Change  
2
Dodge Momentum index  
Commercial building  
Institutional building  
134.8  
140.6  
127.7  
129.0  
135.5  
120.9  
-4.3%  
-3.6%  
-5.3%  
133.5  
142.0  
122.9  
129.0  
135.5  
120.9  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
The value of new constCrucotionnstruction Starts Ease Back  
Monthly Construction Starts  
starts in September decreased 2 per-  
cent to a seasonally adjusted annual  
rate of $703.7 billion, according to  
Dodge Data & Analytics. This follows  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
% Change  
Aug. 2016  
$268,470  
$295,185  
$152,668  
$716,323  
Sept. 2016  
$282,270  
$271,120  
$150,339  
$703,729  
Nonresidential building  
+5  
-8  
the 22-percent jump for total starts in Residential building  
August, which is the highest monthly Nonbuilding construction  
-2  
pace so far in 2016.  
Nonresidential building showed fur-  
Total construction  
-2  
ther strength for the month, exceeding  
its elevated August amount. Through  
the first nine months of 2016, total  
construction starts on an unadjusted  
basis were $506.7 billion, trailing the  
same period a year ago by 3 percent.  
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Mos. 2015 9 Mos. 2016  
% Change  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
$168,068  
$205,729  
$147,088  
$164,530  
$215,319  
$126,858  
-2  
+5  
-14  
The September data produced a Nonbuilding construction  
reading of 149 for the Dodge Index, Total construction*  
$470,138  
$470,846  
-0-  
(
*excluding electric utilities/gas plants)  
down from an upwardly revised 152  
for August. September was still fairly  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
high by recent standards, coming in previous eight months.  
ber increased 5 percent to $282.3  
6
percent above the average of the  
Nonresidential building in Septem- billion (annual rate). n  
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