ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
48.8  
Northeast  
56.9  
Architecture Billings  
Midwest  
0.4  
5
Index Takes Slight Dip  
South  
5
4
fter seven months of steady score was 49.1, down from 53.7 in the  
growth, the Architecture Bill- previous month. This score reflects a  
ings Index (ABI) paused in Sep- slight decrease in design services pro-  
A
Sept 2016  
Sept 2017  
tember 2017.  
vided by U.S. firms, any score above 50  
ABI Score  
The ABI reflects the approximate indicates an increase in billings. The  
nine to 12 month lead time between new projects inquiry index was 59.0,  
architecture billings and construction down from 62.5 the previous month,  
48.4  
49.1  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
9.4 59  
spending.  
while the new design contracts index  
5
AIA reported the September ABI eased somewhat from 54.2 to 52.9.  
The DodgeDMoomdengtuem MIndoexmfellen1t1.u5 mpercIennt dfroemxAuDguset,cwlhiinle ethse ingrouSned pfortfeoumr cbonesercutive months,  
in September, moving 8.4 percent commercial building component fell this should not be seen as a predic-  
lower to 116.4 (2000=100) from the 6.1 percent.  
tor of a turn in building markets. Prior  
revised August reading of 127.1. The  
According to the report, while the to its previous peak in January 2008  
institutional building component fell overall Momentum Index has lost it had suffered similar significant  
declines, only to rebound and post  
strong gains in subsequent months  
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
August  
2017  
Sept  
2017  
Sept  
2016  
Sept  
2017  
in line with overall economic growth.  
Similarly, the Momentum Index posted  
healthy gains from late-2016 through  
early 2017. Economic growth remains  
solid, and building market fundamen-  
tals are supportive of further growth in  
construction activity.  
%
Change  
Dodge Momentum index  
Commercial building  
127.1  
130.2  
123.3  
116.4  
122.3  
109.1  
-8.4%  
-6.1%  
129  
116.4  
122.3  
109.1  
135.5  
120.9  
Institutional building  
-11.5%  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
The vNaluoe nofreneswidcoennstrtuictaioln Leads September Construction Surge  
Monthly Construction Starts  
starts in September jumped 14 per-  
cent from August to a seasonally ad-  
justed annual rate of $814.8 billion,  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
August 2017 Sept 2017  
% Change  
according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building  
Nonresidential building led the way Residential building  
$269,799  
$294,906  
$151,367  
$716,072  
$368,818  
$298,942  
$147,071  
$814,831  
+37  
+1  
with a 37-percent spike.  
Through the first nine months of  
Nonbuilding construction  
-3  
Total construction  
+14  
2
017, total construction starts on an  
unadjusted basis were $557.7 billion,  
nearly matching the corresponding  
amount from a year ago.  
The institutional building categories  
as a group climbed 25 percent. Educa-  
tional facilities, the largest nonresiden-  
YeaUnr-atdoju-sdteadtteotaclos,ninsmtriluliocntsioofndoslltaarsrts  
9
Mos. 2016 9 Mos. 2017  
% Change  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
$188,598  
$226,573  
$141,541  
$203,711  
$228,388  
$125,596  
+8  
+1  
-11  
tial building category by dollar amount, Nonbuilding construction  
increased 14 percent. Healthcare facil-  
ities retreated 2 percent.  
Total construction*  
$516,866  
$533,088  
+3  
(*excluding electric utilities/gas plants)  
The commercial building categories Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
as a group settled back 4 percent in gain in August. On the plus side, office and gains were reported in store con-  
September, following a 12-percent construction advanced 23 percent, struction, up 12 percent. s  
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