ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
52.3  
Northeast  
46.5  
ABI Shows Strong  
Midwest  
0.4  
5
Momentum  
South  
6.1  
5
esign services at architecture  
firms continue to project a reported the May ABI score was 53.0,  
healthy disposition on the up from a mark of 50.9 in the previous  
TheAmerican Institute of Architects  
D
construction industry as the Architec- month. This score reflects an increase  
ture Billings Index (ABI) recorded the in design services, as any score above  
fourth consecutive month of growth. 50 indicates an increase in billings.The  
The ABI reflects the approximate new projects inquiry index was 62.4,  
nine- to 12-month lead time between up from a reading of 60.2 the previous  
architecture billings and construction month,while the new design contracts  
May 2016  
May 2017  
ABI Score  
53.1  
53.0  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
6
0.1 62.4  
spending.  
index increased from 53.2 to 54.8.  
Following a dip inDAporil,dthgeeDoMdgeomin Meany ttou13m9.1,Ianccdoredinxg tBo Daocdgke UpTheinindMex aisya monthly measure  
Momentum Index advanced 4 percent Data & Analytics.  
of the first report for nonresidential  
building projects in planning, which  
have been shown to lead construction  
spending for nonresidential buildings  
by a full year.  
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
April  
2017  
May  
2017  
May  
2016  
May  
2017  
%
Change  
In May, the commercial component  
increased 4.8 percent to an eight-and-  
a-half-year high. The institutional com-  
ponent of the index rose 2.9 in May,  
making a partial rebound after pulling  
back 12 percent in April.  
Dodge Momentum index  
Commercial building  
133.7  
145.9  
118.7  
139.1  
152.9  
122.1  
4.0%  
4.8%  
2.9%  
119.4  
132.2  
103.6  
139.1  
152.9  
122.1  
Institutional building  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
At a seasonally NadjeuswtedCanonnuasl truction Starts Edge Up in May  
Monthly Construction Starts  
rate of $651.2 billion, new construc-  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
tion starts in May increased a slight 1  
percent from April, according to Dodge  
April 2017  
$229,314  
$296,874  
$119,451  
$645,639  
May 2017  
$219,269  
$284,941  
$146,942  
$651,152  
% Change  
- 4%  
Data & Analytics. Through the first five Nonresidential building  
months of 2017, total construction Residential building  
- 4%  
starts on an unadjusted basis were  
Nonbuilding construction  
+23%  
$
274.3 billion, down 5 percent from  
Total construction  
+ 1%  
the same period a year ago.  
The May statistics produced a  
reading of 138 for the Dodge Index  
YeaUnr-atdoju-sdteadtteotaclos,ninsmtriluliocntsioofndoslltaarsrts  
(
1
2000=100), slightly higher than the  
37 reported for April. During this  
5
Mos. 2016 5 Mos. 2017  
% Change  
year’s first quarter, the index aver- Nonresidential building  
aged 152. Nonresidential building, at Residential building  
$ 88,014  
$ 92,468  
$120,873  
$ 61,007  
+ 5%  
0%  
$120,470  
$ 81,137  
$
219.3 billion (annual rate), slipped 4  
Nonbuilding construction  
Total construction  
- 25%  
percent in May. The commercial cate-  
gories as a group fell 10 percent, with  
office construction dropping 40 per-  
cent following gains of 41 percent in  
March and 23 percent in April.  
$255,033  
$258,978  
+ 2%  
(
*excluding electric utilities/gas plants)  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
volume, dropped 21 percent after reg- facilities climbed 38 percent and the  
Education facilities, the largest non- istering a 12-percent gain in April.  
public buildings category advanced  
residential building category by dollar  
On the positive side, healthcare 51 percent from April. n  
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