ABI Regional Averages  
IndustryOutlook  
West  
50.9  
Northeast  
53.6  
Architecture Billings  
Increase in July  
Midwest  
3.8  
5
South  
3.8  
5
emand for design services con- was 51.9, down from a score of 54.2  
tinued to increase for the sixth in the previous month. However, this  
consecutive month accord- score reflects an increase in design  
ing to the latest Architecture Billings services, as any score above 50 indi-  
Index (ABI). The ABI reflects the ap- cates an increase in billings.  
D
July 2016  
July 2017  
ABI Score  
proximately 9- to 12-month lead time  
between architecture billings and con- was 59.5, an increase from 58.6 in the  
struction spending.  
previous month,while the new design  
The new projects inquiry index  
51.5  
51.9  
New Projects Inquiry Score  
7.5 59.5  
The American Institute of Archi- contracts index increased from 53.7  
tects (AIA) reported the July ABI score to 56.4.  
5
Dodge Momentum Index Dips in July  
The Dodge Momentum Index 135.0 from its revised June read- Data and Analytics. The decline was  
dropped 3.3 percent in July to ing of 139.6, according to Dodge due to a 6.6-percent decrease in  
the institutional component, while  
Dodge Momentum Index (Year 2000=100)  
the commercial component fell  
June  
2017  
July  
2017  
July  
2016  
July  
2017  
1.1 percent.  
%
Change  
The Momentum Index is a monthly  
measure of the first report for nonres-  
idential building projects in planning,  
which have been shown to lead con-  
struction spending for nonresidential  
buildings by a full year.  
Dodge Momentum index  
Commercial building  
139.6  
149.9  
127.0  
135.0  
148.2  
118.7  
-3.3%  
-1.1%  
-6.6%  
133.2  
142.1  
122.2  
135.0  
148.2  
118.7  
Institutional building  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
The value of new coNnsetrwuctiCononstruction Increases in July  
Monthly Construction Starts  
starts in July increased 6 percent  
from June to a seasonally adjusted  
Seasonally adjusted annual rates, in millions of U.S. dollars  
annual rate of $728.1 billion, accord-  
ing to Dodge Data & Analytics.  
June 2017  
$249,353  
$279,606  
$155,220  
$684,179  
July 2017  
$231,232  
$301,088  
$195,771  
$728,091  
% Change  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
Nonbuilding construction  
Total construction  
-
7
Nonresidential building slid 7 per-  
cent in July following a 14 percent hike  
in June. Both office building and hotel  
construction fell, outweighing a sharp  
increase for healthcare facilities.  
During the first seven months of  
+ 8  
+ 26  
+ 6  
2
017, total construction starts on an  
YeaUnr-atdoju-sdteadtteotaclos,ninsmtriluliocntsioofndoslltaarsrts  
unadjusted basis were $411.9 billion,  
down 1 percent from the same period  
a year ago.  
7
Mos. 2016 7 Mos. 2017  
% Change  
July’s data lifted the Dodge Index  
to 154, compared to an upwardly re-  
vised 145 for June. After this year’s  
strong first quarter, the Dodge Index  
had receded 11 percent in the sec-  
ond quarter. July’s total construction  
gain brings activity back to within 2  
percent of the first quarter’s pace. s  
Nonresidential building  
Residential building  
$131,823  
$131,823  
$110,644  
$142,049  
$175,522  
$ 94,286  
+
+
8
1
Nonbuilding construction  
+ 15  
Total construction  
$381,410  
$392,870  
+ 3  
(*excluding electric utilities/gas plants)  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics  
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