|Significant Downturn in Nonresidential Construction Activity Projected through 2010|
|Monday, 13 July 2009 07:21|
Feeling the effects of the struggling overall U.S. economy, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by 16 percent in 2009 and drop by another almost 12 percent in 2010 in inflation adjusted terms. Commercial projects will see the most significant decrease in activity. In contrast, most institutional building categories are expected to see much more modest declines over this period. These are highlights from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nationâ€™s leading construction forecasters.
Market Segment Consensus Growth Forecasts
â€śThis nonresidential downturn is shaping up to be the deepest decline in nonresidential activity in over a generation.â€ť Baker added. â€śHowever, weâ€™re beginning to see some moderation in the trends in design billings at architecture firms, so we hopefully are nearing the bottom of this cycle.â€ť