ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
48.8  
Northeast  
5
4.0  
Midwest  
54.4  
Architecture Billings Index  
South  
53.8  
Finishes 2016 Strong  
he Architecture Billings Index from 50.6 in the previous month.  
This score reflects the largest in-  
(ABI) finished 2016 in positive  
terrain, with December capping crease in design services in 2016, as  
December 2015  
December 2016  
ABI Score  
T
off three straight months of growth in any score above 50 indicates an in-  
design billings.The American Institute crease in billings. The new projects  
of Architects (AIA) reported the De- inquiry index was 57.2, down from a  
cember ABI score was 55.9, up sharply reading of 59.5 the previous month.  
5
0.9  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
0,2 57.2  
55.9  
6
Momentum Index Finishes Year Strong  
The Dodge Momentum Index in- through 2016, the index is now at an measure of the initial report for non-  
creased 2.9 percent in December to eight-year high, but still more than 25 residential building projects in plan-  
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36.7 from its revised November read- percent below its previous peak at the ning, which have been shown to lead  
ing of 132.8, according to Dodge Data end of 2007.  
construction spending for nonresiden-  
Analytics. After trending upward  
The Momentum Index is a monthly tial buildings by a full year.  
&
December’s gain was due to a  
.7-percent increase in the commer-  
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
5
Nov  
Dec  
2016  
Dec  
2015  
Dec  
2016  
cial segment, which more than offset  
a 1.7-percent drop in institutional.  
After ending 2015 in a lull, commercial  
planning intentions climbed 38 per-  
cent over the year. Meanwhile, institu-  
tional planning settled back in 2016,  
losing 6 percent after a strong 2015.  
%
Change  
2016  
Dodge Momentum index  
132.8  
136.7  
157.5  
110.9  
2.9%  
5.7%  
-1.7%  
125.2  
123.1  
127.9  
136.7  
157.5  
110.9  
Commercial building  
149.0  
112.8  
Institutional building  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
Nonresidential Building Steady in December  
New construction starts in Decem-  
ber slipped 5 percent to a seasonally  
adjusted annual rate of $613.0 bil-  
lion, according to Dodge Data & An-  
Monthly Construction Starts  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
Nov. 2016  
Dec, 2016  
% Change  
alytics. The latest month’s decline for Nonresidential building  
total construction was due to sharply Residential building  
$224,577  
$280,625  
$137,992  
$643,194  
$224,040  
$306,905  
$82,047  
-0-  
+9  
-41  
-5  
reduced activity for the nonbuilding  
construction sector, as nonresiden-  
tial building in December held steady  
Nonbuilding construction  
Total construction  
$612,992  
with its November pace, and residen-  
tial building was able to register mod-  
erate growth.  
For all of 2016, total construc-  
tion starts advanced 1 percent to  
YeaUnr-atdoju-sdteadtteotaclos,ninsmtriluliocntsioofndoslltaarsrts  
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2 Mos. 2015 12 Mos. 2016 % Change  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
$219,658  
$270,646  
$161,803  
$227,675  
$287,019  
$181,930  
+4  
+6  
-11  
$
676.5 billion, a significantly smaller  
gain than the 11-percent increase Nonbuilding construction  
in 2015.  
The institutional building catego-  
ries as a group dropped 17 percent  
Total construction  
$591,182  
$615,949  
+4  
(
*excluding electric utilities/gas plants)  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
in December, and healthcare fa- the plus side, the educational facil- December,reachingitshighestamount  
cilities were down 12 percent. On ities category jumped 34 percent in in 2016. n  
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