Construction Activity Remains Strong Across the United States

April 24, 2019

Large project starts contribute to continued strength in construction markets during the First Quarter of 2019

Turner Construction Company announced that the First Quarter 2019 Turner Building Cost Index—which measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States—has increased to a value of 1135. This represents a 1.34% quarterly increase and 5.98% annual increase from the fourth quarter 2018 and the first quarter of 2018, respectively.

“Raw material prices in the first quarter of 2019 have seen some de-escalation since the end of 2018,” said Attilio Rivetti, the Turner vice president responsible for compiling the Cost Index. Attilio continued, “Resources such as natural gas continue to have dramatic fluctuations month to month. Fabricated material prices stayed stable in the first quarter of 2019.”

Turner has prepared the construction cost forecast for more than 80 years. The building costs and price trends tracked by the Turner Building Cost Index may or may not reflect regional conditions in any given quarter. The Cost Index is determined by several factors considered on a nationwide basis, including labor rates and productivity, material prices and the competitive condition of the marketplace. This index does not necessarily conform to other published indices because others do not generally take all of these factors into account.

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