Construction Outlook from FMI: Optimistic Growth

by Kacey Larsen

RALEIGH, N.C.—According to the Q1-2014 Construction Outlook from FMI, construction-put-in-place is predicted for an 8 percent increase for 2014, with continued growth over the next few years. The forecast continues to show optimistic growth.

Select market predictions include:

  • Residential: Although the market is forecasted to grow, the pace is slowing. Forecasts show an 18 percent growth in single-family construction. However, multifamily construction will show a 27 percent increase in 2014, a drop from the 44 percent increase in 2013.
  • Commercial: Investors are beginning to help lift commercial construction out of a slump by taking more risks. The industry is expected to grow another 7 percent in 2014 to $52.6 billion, which would be the highest mark since 2008.
  • Health Care: Construction will grow 2 percent in 2014; however, a jump to 6 percent is predicted in 2015 as the outcomes on new health care regulations become clearer.
  • Educational: Improving state and local budgets will help move educational construction back into the growth mode. 2014 is predicted to see a 3 percent level of growth, to $83 billion.
  • Power: Growth to $91.2 billion is forecast for 2014 with a slow climb from 5 percent to 9 percent over the next four years. The cost of new nuclear power will continue to hinder growth until regulatory concerns are considered.
  • Manufacturing: With signs of sustainable growth, predictions are for 5 percent in 2014 to $45.2 billion, and an upward wing with another 8 percent growth in 2015.
  • Lodging: The industry forecasts 591 hotels opening in 2014 compared with 500 in 2013. Growth at 13 percent is expected with this market reaching $16.1 billion.
  • Transportation: 2014 will see a 7 percent improvement to $4.4 billion. With the president’s 2015 budget proposal of $73.61 billion for surface transportation spending, there is a bright future in the coming years within this industry.

A full copy of FMI’s Q1-2014 Construction Outlook can be found here

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