Recovery for Construction Industry Projected to Result in Solid Increases in Spending Levels in 2015, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nonresidential building market was hamstrung by weather-related delays during the first part of the 2014, but conditions improved dramatically throughout the rest of the year to finish with greater than anticipated spending levels. The commercial construction sector is now looking at double-digit increases in 2015, led by vigorous levels of demand for hotels and office buildings.

The American Institute of Architects’ semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters, is projecting that spending will see a 7.7 percent increase in 2015, with next year’s projection nudging up to 8.2 percent.

“This is the first time since the Great Recession that every major building category is projected to see increases in spending,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Ph.D., Hon. AIA. “But by far, the most significant driver that will fuel greater expansion in the marketplace is the revival in the institutional sector, especially with growing demand for new healthcare and education facilities, which alone traditionally account for a third of spending on new building construction.”

Market Segment Consensus Growth Forecasts2015     2016
Overall nonresidential building7.7%    8.2%
Commercial / industrial11.8%   10.4%
Office buildings12.9%11.5%
Industrial facilities10.5%10.1%
Institutional5.0%    5.4%
Amusement / recreation9.1%5.3%
Healthcare facilities4.7%6.2%
Public safety1.7%3.6%


Baker continued, “The overall construction industry appears to be on very solid ground for the next two years. That said, uncertainties in international economies, potential labor shortages, lower energy costs, rising interest rates and construction costs all are factors that we will be watching closely to see how they may adversely impact the marketplace.”

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Posted January 28, 2015

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