Out to 2021, residential will be the main driver of total construction starts, recording year-over-year increases of nearly +6.0% or more.
November 14, 2017
ConstructConnect, a leading provider of construction information and technology solutions in North America, announced today the release of its Q4 2017 Forecast Quarterly Report. The Winter 2017-18 starts forecast includes year-over-year estimates for 2017 that have become more upbeat than a quarter ago. Groundbreakings on several mega projects late this year have provided exceptional lift to the industrial and engineering type-of-structure categories.
“Out to 2021, residential will be the main driver of total construction starts, recording year-over-year increases of nearly +6.0% or more,” explained Chief Economist Alex Carrick. “Non-residential building will disappoint, with gains of only about +2.0% each year. Engineering will be strong in 2018 and 2019, as energy initiatives and infrastructure work are promoted by Washington, but will then moderate in 2020-21.”
The forecast which combines ConstructConnect’s proprietary data with macroeconomic factors and Oxford Economics econometric expertise, shows some of the more robust 2018 starts forecasts:
- Single-family residential, +8.8%
- Warehouses, +4.7%
- Nursing homes, +5.9%
- Educational facilities, +4.2%
- Roads, +5.9%
- Bridges, +10.2%
- Miscellaneous civil (power, oil and gas), +13.8%
2017 total starts are now expected to be +7.9% (versus an earlier calculated +4.5%). Residential has been upgraded to +10.1% and engineering/civil to +23.1%. Non-residential building has…