ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
50.9  
Northeast  
50.7  
Architecture Billings  
Midwest  
3.3  
5
Increase in April  
South  
5.3  
5
fter beginning 2017 with a the previous month. This score still  
slight decline, the Architec- reflects an increase in design ser-  
ture Billings Index (ABI) vices, as any score above 50 indi-  
has shown three straight months of cates an increase in billings. The  
growth in design revenue at architec- new projects inquiry index was  
A
April 2016  
April 2017  
ABI Score  
ture firms.  
60.2, up from a reading of 59.8 the  
50.6  
50.9  
The American Institute of Archi- previous month, while the new de-  
tects (AIA) reported the April ABI sign contracts index increased from  
score was 50.9, down from 54.3 in 52.3 to 53.2.  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
6.9 60.2  
5
Dodge Momentum Index Slows in April  
The Dodge Momentum Index fell 5.1 per-  
cent in April to 133.8 (2000=100) from its  
revised March reading of 140.9. April’s de-  
cline was due to a 12-percent drop for the  
institutional segment, while the commercial  
component rose just 0.1 percent.  
Since early 2016, the Momentum Index  
has gained substantial ground, increasing  
by more than 20 percent through March this  
year. Despite April’s decline, the broad up-  
ward trend suggests construction activity has  
further room to grow in 2017.  
Dodge Momentum Index  
(Year 2000=100)  
March  
2017  
April  
2017  
%
Change  
April  
2016  
April  
2017  
Dodge Momentum index 140.9  
133.8  
145.6  
119.2  
-5.1%  
0.1%  
-12%  
116.5  
123.4  
108.1  
133.8  
145.6  
119.2  
Commercial building  
145.4  
135.4  
Institutional building  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
April Construction Starts Retreat 13 Percent  
The value of new construction  
Monthly Construction Starts  
starts in April dropped 13 percent  
from the previous month to a season-  
ally adjusted annual rate of $647.8  
billion, according to Dodge Data &  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
% Change  
March 2017  
$236,242  
$311,212  
$195,795  
$743,249  
April 2017  
$233,443  
$295,377  
$118,950  
$647,770  
Nonresidential building  
-1  
-5  
Analytics. The decline followed three Residential building  
straight months of gains, which saw  
total construction activity rising 20  
percent from what was reported back  
in December.  
April’s data lowered the Dodge  
Index to 137 (2000=100), compared  
to 157 for March and the 152 average  
for the first quarter of 2017, yet still Nonresidential building  
above December’s 131.  
Nonresidential building in April was  
233.4 billion (annual rate), down 1  
percent from March. The commercial  
building categories as a group were up  
Nonbuilding construction  
Total construction  
-39  
-13  
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4
Mos. 2016 4 Mos. 2017  
% Change  
$68,731  
$94,027  
$60,719  
$72,184  
$93,962  
$47,759  
+7  
-1  
Residential building  
Nonbuilding construction  
Total construction*  
-17  
$
$202,580  
$195,419  
+4  
(
*excluding electric utilities/gas plants)  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
6
percent in April, led by a 24 percent  
increase for office buildings. Nonres- year-to-date, with institutional building down 6 percent, and manufacturing  
idential building increased 5 percent up 23 percent, commercial building building down 30 percent. s  
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