ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
48.8  
Northeast  
53.0  
Architectural Billings  
Midwest  
2.4  
5
Slip Entering 2017  
South  
4.2  
5
he Architecture Billings Index indicates an increase in billings). The  
(
ABI) dipped in January after new projects inquiry index was 60.0,  
a strong showing in December. up from a reading of 57.6 the previous  
The American Institute of Architects month.  
AIA) reported the January ABI score As a leading economic indicator of  
was 49.5,down from 55.6 the previous construction activity, the ABI reflects  
month. the approximate nine- to 12-month  
T
Jan. 2016  
Jan. 2017  
ABI Score  
(
49.6  
49.5  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
This score reflects a minor decrease lead time between architecture bill-  
in design services (any score above 50 ings and construction spending.  
5
8.7 60.0  
The DodgDe MoodmegnetumMInodemx roesent(uorminitiIaln) rdepeorxt fMor noonvreessideHntiailgheThre imnoveJhaignheur inaJranyuary was due  
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.9 percent in January to 142.6 building projects in planning, which to a 12.1-percent increase in institu-  
(
2000=100) from its revised Decem- have been shown to lead construction tional planning outweighing a 1.0-per-  
ber reading of 137.3. The Momentum spending for nonresidential buildings cent decline in commercial planning  
Index is a monthly measure of the first by a full year.  
intentions according to the report. De-  
spite the decline, that portion of the  
Momentum Index remains near its eight-  
year high, and suggests that commercial  
building will see renewed strength in  
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
Dec.  
Jan.  
2017  
Jan.  
2016  
Jan.  
2017  
%
Change  
2016  
2
017. Institutional planning meanwhile  
Dodge Momentum index  
Commercial building  
137.3  
142.6  
153.6  
129.1  
+3.9%  
-1.0%  
126.4  
123.8  
129.7  
142.6  
153.6  
129.1  
has been subject to volatility over the  
past two years, as the presence or ab-  
sence of large projects in healthcare,  
recreation and transportation terminals  
have swayed that portion of the index.  
155.1  
115.2  
Institutional building  
+12.1%  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
Construction Starts Jump in January  
The value of new construction starts  
in January increased 12 percent to a  
seasonally adjusted annual rate of  
Monthly Construction Starts  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
Dec. 2016  
Jan. 2017  
% Change  
$
690.2 billion, according to Dodge  
Data & Analytics.  
Nonresidential building  
On an unadjusted basis, total con- Residential building  
$225,933  
$304,757  
$84,215  
$261,465  
$307,619  
$121,112  
$690,196  
+16  
+1  
struction starts were $48.5 billion,  
down 3 percent from the same month  
a year ago, which included strong  
Nonbuilding construction  
+44  
+12  
Total construction  
$614,905  
amounts for the volatile manufactur-  
YeaUnr-atdoju-sdteadtteotaclos,ninsmtriluliocntsioofndoslltaarsrts  
ing plant and electric utility/gas plant  
categories. Excluding those catego-  
ries, total construction starts would  
be up 10 percent from last year.  
Nonresidential building in January  
climbed 16 percent to $261.5 billion Nonbuilding construction  
1
Mo. 2016  
1 Mo. 2017  
% Change  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
$14,891  
$20,043  
$14,838  
$18,927  
$20,235  
$9,299  
+27  
+1  
-37  
(
tivity in December.  
annual rate), following lackluster ac-  
Total construction  
$42,288  
$46,649  
+10  
*excluding electric utilities/gas plants  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
The commercial side of the non-  
residential building market grew 12 tion starts climbed 26 percent, and percent. Store construction declined  
percent in January. Office construc- hotel construction in January rose 5 1 percent. n  
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