ABI Ends Quarter on the Rise
April 20, 2016
The Architectural Billings Index ended the first quarter on an upswing, increasing to 51.9 from 50.3 in March.
Compiled by the American Institute of Architects, the ABI is a leading economic indicator for construction: It takes approximately nine months to a year between architecture billings and construction spending. (Any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings.)
“The first quarter was somewhat disappointing in terms of the growth of design activity, but fortunately expanded a bit entering the traditionally busy spring season. The Midwest is lagging behind the other regions, but otherwise business conditions are generally healthy across the country,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker. “As the institutional market has cooled somewhat after a surge in design activity a year ago, the multi-family sector is reaccelerating at a healthy pace.”
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