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Office Buildings Lead 2017 Construction Spending

New construction starts in 2016 for Office Buildings is setting up a very strong spending growth pattern for the next 2 years.


The five largest metropolitan areas comprise more than one third of total national new starts in commercial-multifamily construction. Total commercial-multifamily starts are up 7%. Commercial starts alone are up 11%. New starts for office projects increased more than 30% in 2016. The following percentages are growth in starts for new Office Buildings. Reference Dodge Data & Analytics New Commercial and Multifamily Construction Starts.

  • New York City-Northern NJ-Long Island -2%, but from 2015 that was up 138%
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana +67%
  • Chicago-Naperville-Jolliet  +22%
  • Washington DC-Arlington-Alexandria  +87%
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington +31%

Office construction starting backlog for 2017 (projects under contract as of Jan 1, 2017) is the highest in at least 8 years, more than double at the start of 2014 when the current growth cycle of office construction spending began. Also, the share of spending in 2017 from starting backlog is increasing.

Office spending since 2013 has increased every year by an average of more than 20%/year and is expected to continue or exceed that rate of growth in 2017.

Office construction spending reached a new all-time high in September 2016. Growth in office buildings will lead all 2017 commercial construction spending. Spending will be near +30% year over year growth for 2017 with total expected to come in at $91 billion.

Regardless what market fundamentals change for 2017, this work is already under contract and will be the driving force for 2017 nonresidential buildings spending.

See Also these related articles

Nonresidential Bldgs 2017 Forecasts Vary
Nonresidential Bldgs Construction Spending 2017
Behind The Headlines – Construction Backlog

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