IndustryOutlook  
ABI Falls Slightly,  
But Still Positive  
he Architecture Billings Index (ABI) fell just  
below the positive mark,following six out of seven  
months of increasing levels of demand for design  
services. As a leading economic indicator of construc-  
tion activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to  
2-month lead time between architecture billings and  
construction spending.  
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TheAmerican Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the  
August ABI score was 49.7, down from the mark of 51.5  
in the previous month. This score reflects a decrease in  
design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase  
in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 61.8, up  
sharply from a reading of 57.5 the previous month.  
ABI Regional Averages  
West  
Northeast  
4
9.0  
4
4.9  
Midwest  
52.8  
Aug 2015  
ABI Score  
9.1 49.7  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
1.8 61.8  
Aug 2016  
South  
55.2  
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Dodge Momentum Index  
Continues to Tick Up  
The Dodge Momentum Index increased 1.3 percent  
in August to 134.9 from its revised July reading of  
133.2, according to Dodge Data & Analytics.  
August’s increase was the result of a 1.7-percent rise  
from July for institutional planning as well as a 1-percent  
gain for commercial planning. August is the fifth consec-  
utive month that the index has increased. It’s currently  
16 percent above the same month a year ago. n  
Dodge Momentum Index  
(Year 2000=100)  
July  
August  
%
2016 Change 2015  
August August  
2016  
2016  
Dodge  
1
33.2 134.9  
1.3%  
1.0%  
1.7%  
128.3 134.9  
143.3 143.5  
109.7 124.2  
Momentum index  
Commercial  
building  
142.1 143.5  
Institutional  
building  
122.2 124.2  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
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