Total construction put in place (CPIP) for 2015 is predicted to grow 8%, according to FMI’s recently released Q1-2015 Construction Outlook. This supports that earlier FMI predictions that CPIP will top $1 trillion in 2015, which the market has not seen since 2008 and indicates that the economy is on track for a resilient recovery.
“The current growth cycle appears to be broad-based and sustainable,” says Randy Giggard, managing director of research services for FMI. “Most of the new construction activity is in the private sector. Projects dependent on government spending, especially those involving infrastructure, continue to be at the mercy of politics.”
Geographically, larger cities are experiencing strong construction growth due in part to increases in rents and declining inventory for housing and office space. The sectors expected to experience the highest growth rate are:
· Lodging construction – 16% growth
· Commercial construction – 15% growth
· Manufacturing construction – 11% growth
· Office construction – 11% growth
· Residential construction – 9% growth
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