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July 28, 2016 Comments Off on AIA Forecasts Slower Construction Activity Into 2017 Views: 415 National News, Northeast

AIA Forecasts Slower Construction Activity Into 2017

So-called “national and international vulnerabilities” will exert pressure on the construction industry and spending, according to the American Institute of Architects’ Consensus Forecast Panel. Though 2016 has gotten off to a solid start, the AIA is predicting activity to moderate.

In 2015, commercial and industrial construction sectors grew by 20% or more. In comparison, the AIA is forecasting a 6% construction increase in 2016 and 2017. Commercial construction sectors are projected to be the strongest performers this year, with institutional categories backing off.

The AIA attributes the slowdown to economic issues, such as a weak manufacturing sector and global issues, including Brexit, and economic slowdowns in Russia, China and Brazil. The upcoming presidential election is also creating uncertainty.

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