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National Geospatial Agency (NGA) Teams Announcement

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The Kansas City District U.S Army Corps of Engineers has announced the 3 firms selected to compete during Phase 2 for the Design and Construction of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s new facility in North St. Louis, known as Next NGA West.  This completes the Phase I period, reviewing teams’ qualifications of the selection process for contract award. These teams are: 


Clark-JE Dunn N2W, a Joint Venture
1001 Locust Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64106 


McCarthy HITT – Next NGA West JV
1341 North Rock Hill Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63124 


Mortenson-Alberici, a Joint Venture
700 Meadow Lane North
Minneapolis, MN 55422


The selected teams will receive a detailed Request for Proposal (RFP) in the coming months. Upon review of the proposals including design concepts and cost, the selection of the final construction firm is expected in the fall of 2018.

POC for additional questions:
Dave Walsh 816-389-3352 or Jay Denker 816-389-3934

Beyond Housing Kicks Off $5.6 Million Project to Transform Pasadena Avenue from Barack Obama to Begg Boulevard

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Project Creates Walkable Space, Roundabout, Rain Gardens and New North County Park

Beyond Housing<>, a community development organization focusing its revitalization efforts in St. Louis’ 24:1 Community, has begun construction on a $5.6 million project that will transform a half-mile stretch of Pasadena Avenue in Pine Lawn and Northwoods in North St. Louis County.  Through a Rainscaping Large Grant, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s MSD Project Clear<> initiative has committed up to $3.1 million to the project.  The 24:1 Community Land Trust<> has committed the remaining up to $2.5 million.

Known as the Heart of Pine Lawn/Northwoods Point, this storm water management and beautification project will create a walkable space with sidewalks and a median along Pasadena Avenue, with a new roundabout where Pasadena, Sylvan, Fairchild and Oxford Streets meet.  Previously, children walking to school along Pasadena Avenue to Barack Obama Elementary had to walk in the street.  After this project is completed the children will have a safer place to walk to school.

The MSD Project Clear Rainscaping Large Grant will pay for the construction of nine bioretention basins and several rain gardens.  The basins and rain gardens will replace hard impervious surfaces – such as cement and blacktop – that generate storm water runoff into area wastewater sewers.  During moderate to heavy rains, storm water runoff can overwhelm wastewater sewers and cause basement backups and sewer overflows into area creeks and streams.  Rainscaping – which is using any combination of plantings, water features, catch basins, permeable pavements, and other activities to manage storm water as close as possible to where it falls, rather than moving it someplace else – is a cost effective and multifaceted means of protecting wastewater sewers from excessive storm water runoff.  In turn, protecting sewers from excessive storm water runoff helps alleviate basement backups and sewer overflows.

“This is an exciting time to be a resident of Pine Lawn,” said Terry Epps, Mayor of Pine Lawn.  “First Beyond Housing turns the old Garfield school into their beautiful new headquarters, and now they are partnering with MSD to create a safe and appealing place for our children to walk to school, while alleviating storm water issues at the same time.  We are grateful to be partnering with Beyond Housing and MSD to make this project happen.”

“We here in Northwoods are excited to be included in this project,” said Rev. Everett Thomas, Mayor of Northwoods.  “Our residents are looking forward to strolling down a beautiful and safe Pasadena Boulevard.”

MSD Project Clear is a generational initiative to improve water quality and alleviate wastewater problems throughout the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County.  As part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, MSD Project Clear will invest $4.7 billion over 23 years to address sewer overflows and basement backups throughout MSD’s service area.  A component of this agreement – and part of the $4.7 billion investment – calls for $100 million in rainscaping projects.

“For Beyond Housing, this is about place-making,” said Chris Krehmeyer, CEO and President of Beyond Housing.  “We began with building a new assisted living center for our seniors at Vetter Place.  Now we’re bringing it full circle by creating a safe and beautiful space for the children of this area to walk to school at Barack Obama.”
“MSD Project Clear’s involvement in the Heart of Pine Lawn/Northwoods Point project is another example of how MSD strives to develop win-win solutions with community stakeholders,” said Brian Hoelscher, MSD’s Executive Director and CEO.

“The Rainscaping Large Scale Grant Program is an effective means of achieving positive outcomes in local communities, while simultaneously solving wastewater sewer issues.  In the case of the Heart of Pine Lawn/Northwoods Point project, Beyond Housing and MSD Project Clear will help provide area children with a safer and more pleasant walking route to school.  At the same time, the rainscaping will help shield wastewater sewers from excessive storm water runoff, which, in turn, will protect our community from sewer overflows and basement backups.”

Work began in July and is expected to be complete by Summer of 2018.

Beyond Housing is a nationally-recognized community development organization working in a defined geographic area – the 24 municipalities that make up the Normandy Schools Collaborative in North St. Louis County.

MSD Project Clear is Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s initiative to improve water quality and alleviate many wastewater concerns in the St. Louis region.  MSD Project Clear will invest billions of dollars over a generation in planning, designing, and building community rainscaping and system improvements, along with an ambitious program of maintenance and repair and the disconnection of some residential downspouts in parts of St. Louis County’s separate sewer area from the wastewater sewer line. This work is an agreement between MSD and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The St. Louis region’s success with MSD Project Clear will only be possible through strong partnerships and clear communication with the public.

To learn more about the MSD agreement with EPA, please visit<>. For more information on MSD Project Clear, visit ProjectClearSTL/org or follow us on Twitter @ProjectClearSTL.

Created in 1954, the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) works every day to protect the public’s health and the natural environment through effective wastewater and stormwater management strategies.

Milestone Design-Build Project Wins National Award of Merit

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Liberty Utilities and Wastewater Treatment Facilities has won a *National Award of Merit **in the Water/Wastewater* category from the Design-Build Institute of America.  In addition to being the *first* publicly financed wastewater treatment plant in Missouri using the Design-Build delivery, this new $75 million system diverts flow from aging, undersized neighboring facilities and allows the town of Liberty, Missouri, future growth and independence for decades to come.

Lisa Washington, DBIA’s Executive Director/CEO stated:

“Design-build projects like the groundbreaking Liberty Utilities project will not only improve the lives of millions of Americans nationwide, they also provide innovation, time and cost savings at the same time. DBIA is thrilled to honor the Liberty Utilities and Wastewater Treatment project and this impressive list of design-build winners while also recognizing the contributions these projects make to their communities.”…Lisa Washington, CAE, DBIA Executive Director/CEO”.

This project is automatically a nominee for the National Award of Excellence in its category. Winners will be announced during the Design-Build Conference & Expo on November 9th in Philadelphia.  To view project profile and additional Merit Award winners, view the DBIA’s 2017 Awards page:

Goodwin Brothers Construction is a three-generation family-owned business, celebrating 70 years of building this year. I would love to connect you with company leadership for an interview. I am also more than happy to provide any assets that might interest you, including renderings and high-resolution photos of the finished project.


OSHA Issues Proposed Rule to Extend Compliance Deadline for Crane Operator Certification Requirements

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [ ] to extend the employer’s responsibility to ensure crane operator competency and enforcement for crane operator certification to Nov. 10, 2018.

OSHA issued a final rule in September 2014, extending the deadline by three years for crane operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard. The final rule also extended by three years the employer’s responsibility to ensure that crane operators are competent to operate a crane safely.

The agency is now proposing an extension of the enforcement date to address stakeholder concerns over the operator certification requirements in the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

Comments may submitted electronically at [ ], the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice [ ] for submission details and additional information about this proposed rule. Comments must be submitted by Sept. 29, 2017.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees.OSHAs role is to ensure these conditions for Americas working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit [ ].

Many Craft Jobs Remain Hard To Fill, AGC Survey Finds; PPI Rises For Construction, Some Inputs

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Filling craft positions and some salaried positions remains as great a challenge for contractors as it was a year ago, according to participants in AGC’s 2017 Workforce Survey, released on Tuesday. (The site includes results by region and some states. Breakouts by firm size, union/nonunion, and project type will be added soon.) Of the 1,608 respondents, 70% stated they were having a hard time filling some hourly craft positions. In addition, 38% said they were having a hard time filling some salaried field positions; 35%, salaried office positions; and 16%, hourly office positions, while 9% reported no trouble filling any positions and 8% had no openings to fill. (These shares were all within two percentage points of the 2016 results.)

The hardest craft positions to fill were carpenters, reported by 58% of firms that currently employ them (vs. 60% in 2016); electricians, reported by 53% (also 53% in 2016); bricklayers, 53% (up from 45% in 2016); concrete workers, 51% (49% in 2016) and plumbers, 50% (also 50% in 2016). Respondents reported less difficulty in finding two types of craft workers: roofers (reported as difficult by 41% in 2017 vs. 50% in 2016) and installers–sheet metal (31% vs. 45%). As in 2016, the hardest salaried positions to fill were project managers/supervisors, 48% (50% in 2016); estimating personnel, 32% (31% in 2016); and engineers, 28% (also 28% in 2016). Half of respondents said their firms increased base pay rates for hourly craft workers (vs. 48% in 2016) and 43% did so for salaried workers (also 43% in 2016) because of difficulty filling positions.

More firms than in 2016 paid incentives/bonuses: 24% of respondents (vs. 20% in 2016) did so for hourly workers and 30% (vs. 27%) for salaried workers. Similar to 2016, about one-fifth of firms increased their portion of benefit contributions and/or improved employee benefits (hourly 20%; salaried, 21%). To add to their labor supply, firms turned to: overtime hours, 47% of respondents; in-house training, 46%; subcontractors, 41%; interns, 35%; engage with career-building programs, 27% (down from 37% in 2016, the only method with a substantial change in share); executive search firms, 23%; labor suppliers (craft), 22%; staffing firms and professional employer organizations (non-craft), 19%; and unions, 17%.

Some firms used these substitutes for labor: labor-saving equipment, tools or machinery, 22% of firms; lean construction, 15%; offsite prefabrication, 13%; virtual construction methods such as building information modeling, 7%. These shares also were close to 2016 levels.

The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in July, not seasonally adjusted, dipped 0.1% from June but increased 1.9% year-over-year (y/y) from July 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on August 10. AGC posted tables and an explanation focusing on construction prices and costs. Final demand includes goods, services and five types of nonresidential buildings that BLS says make up 34% of total construction. The PPI for final demand construction, not seasonally adjusted, rose 1.1% for the month and 3.2% y/y. The PPI for new nonresidential building construction–a measure of the price that contractors say they would charge to build a fixed set of five categories of buildings–climbed 3.1% y/y. Increases ranged from 2.4% y/y for office buildings to 2.4% for health care buildings, 3.8% for schools, 4.1% for warehouses and 4.5% for industrial buildings. PPI changes for new,
repair and maintenance work on nonresidential buildings ranged from 2.8% y/y for roofing contractors to 3.4% for electrical contractors, 3.5% for plumbing contractors and 3.7% for concrete contractors.

The PPI for inputs to construction–excluding capital investment, labor and imports–comprises a mix of goods (59%) and services (41%). This index increased 2.5% y/y. The PPI for all goods used in construction rose 3.0% y/y, as the sub-index for energy climbed 6.5%, while the PPI for goods less food and energy rose 2.6%. The index for services increased 2.1%. PPIs for inputs to seven types of new nonresidential structures had increases ranging from 2.3% for educational and vocational structures to 3.5% for power and communications structures. PPIs for inputs to new residential structures rose 2.7% y/y for single-family housing and 2.6% for multifamily. Materials important to construction that had notable one- or 12-month price changes include diesel fuel, 8.7% in July and 20% y/y; copper and brass mill shapes, 1.1% and 15%, respectively; steel mill products, 0.3% and 10%; gypsum products, 0.7% and 9.9%; aluminum mill shapes, -1.7% and 7.4%; and lumber and plywood, 0 and 5.2%.

Construction employment, not seasonally adjusted, rose from July 2016 to July 2017 in 259 (72%) of the 358 metro areas (including divisions of larger metros) for which BLS provides construction employment data, fell in 58 (16%) and was stagnant in 41, according to an AGC release on Wednesday. (BLS combines mining and logging with construction in most metros to avoid disclosing data about industries with few employers.) The largest gains again occurred in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. (15,800 construction jobs, 17%) and the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale division (11,200 construction jobs, 8%), followed by Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Ore.-Wash. (9,300 construction jobs, 15%) and Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise (9,200 construction jobs, 17%). The largest percentage gains occurred in Lake Charles, La. (21%, 4,300 construction jobs), followed by Lewiston, Idaho-Wash. (20%, 300 construction jobs); Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise and Madera, Calif. (17%, 300 combined jobs). The largest job losses again were in Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (-8,300 construction jobs, -4%) and the Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean, N.J. division (-3,100 combined jobs, -8%), followed by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. (-2,000 construction jobs, -4%). The largest percentage losses again occurred in Grand Forks, N.D.-Minn. (-22%, -1,100 combined jobs) and Danville, Ill. (-17%, -100 combined jobs). July employment was a record high for the month in 44 metros (dating back in most areas to July 1990); none set a new July low.


McGrath Completes Construction of Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Progress West Hospital in St. Charles County, Missouri

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McGrath & Associates has completed construction of a newborn intensive care unit (NICU) within the Childbirth Center at Progress West Hospital in O’Fallon, Missouri. The eight-bed NICU will allow the hospital to care for premature babies born as early as 32 weeks. The architect for the project was Fox Architects.

The new NICU features eight newborn intensive care beds throughout a special care nursery, procedure room, and baby nursery. Each bed includes state-of-the-art technology in a unique, family-centered layout with accommodations for an overnight guest. The space was completed with high-end finishes, with features such as brightly colored accent walls, glass-fronted maple supply cabinets, and frosted-glass and maple room dividers between the suites.
McGrath implemented strict isolation and infection prevention measures during construction to ensure a clean and safe environment for patients and staff.

McGrath & Associates is a 100 percent employee-owned general contractor and construction management firm specializing in commercial, health care, industrial, institutional and pharmaceutical construction projects since 1983.

David Weekley Homes and Boise Cascade Teamwork Net Boise Cascade 11th “A,A Partners of Choice” Award for 2017

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Boise Cascade Engineered Wood Products, a unit of Boise Cascade Company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has been selected as one of only 14 national 2017 winners of the prestigious “A,A Partners of Choice” award for supply chain management from David Weekley Homes, the largest for-profit, privately-owned U.S. home builder.  The coveted “A,A Partners of Choice” honor is awarded annually to trading partners receiving the highest marks through participation in Weekley’s world-class supplier evaluation platform.  This program challenges David Weekley Homes and its suppliers to achieve excellence through a rigorous continuous improvement process, the heart of which is the “National Trading Partners Survey.”

Only 7% of 200 suppliers doing business with David Weekley Homes received the highly sought-after “A,A Partners of Choice” award for both quality and service excellence for 2017, marking the 11th time Boise Cascade has received the coveted award.  What put Boise Cascade in a position to succeed so dramatically in that time frame?  By being in a position to take advantage of industry consolidation and rebirth in the past eight years because of the following factors which make up the Boise Cascade 4-point Value Proposition:

BETTER ENGINEERED WOOD PRODUCTS: Watching over the total length of the supply chain through all facets of production; coordinating product flow through constant changes in home styles, variety in floor plans and fluctuations in the homebuilding industry; maintaining quality control over the ultra-close tolerances of engineered wood products; warrantying the quality and performance of engineered lumber for the life of the home; and area managers maintaining excellent working relationships with David Weekley Homes purchasing managers to meet and fulfill product and channel needs in concert with the DWH supply chain.

It means getting products through NATIONWIDE DISTRIBUTORS for delivery to dealers across America. it also means area managers checking that deliveries are complete and on schedule; solving installation issues, with area managers and engineers available to assist with field issues; adapting to changes among building products retailers; and when David Weekley Homes enters a new market, Boise Cascade being willing to provide local supplier recommendations based on its distribution and dealer footprint.

It means SUPPLYING TOOLS such as BC FRAMER® to design homes more efficiently; BC CALC® to optimize loads; BC CONNECT®, the EWP dealer profit center; BC FloorValue® floor performance planning and evaluation; and other tools to assure correct design and installation.  BC FloorValue® calculates floor performance based on dynamic analysis with a “Heat Map” showing deflection and enabling comparison of framing options based on performance and price – all before framing begins.

Finally, David Weekley Homes and Boise Cascade people are EASY TO DO BUSINESS WITH, channels are aligned and projects flowing smoothly; area managers, engineers and software experts are available to solve problems; and good business relationships are enhanced.  David Weekley Homes and Boise Cascade people are all applying their customer focus, understanding what customers need, aligning that with the DWH vision and driving it through the channel, so David Weekley Homes people are delighted.

David Weekley Homes, founded in 1976, is headquartered in Houston and operates in 23 markets across the United States.  David Weekley Homes was the first builder in the United States to be awarded the Triple Crown of American Home Building, an honor which includes “America’s Best Builder,” “National Housing Quality Award” and “National Builder of the Year.” Weekley has also appeared 11 times on FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list. Since inception, David Weekley Homes has closed more than 80,000 homes. For more information about David Weekley Homes, visit the company’s website at [ ]

Boise Cascade Company, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, manufactures engineered wood products, plywood, lumber and particleboard and distributes a broad line of building materials including wood products manufactured by the Company. 

U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $2.35 Million to Bolster Manufacturing and Manufacturing-related Workforce Training in St. Louis

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.35 million grant to Ranken Technical College of St. Louis, Missouri, to establish an incubator facility that will support the region’s manufacturing sector by providing pre-apprentice and apprenticeship workforce training, and encouraging entrepreneurial start-ups. According to grantee estimates, when fully operational, 100 student workers will generate $4 million annually in products and services for local businesses as part of the integrated work-based learning model.

“Reviving our manufacturing sector and ensuring that our workers have the skills they need to compete globally are key focuses of the Trump Administration,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “I look forward to seeing how Ranken Technical College will help budding manufacturers establish their businesses and train the next generation of workers to support the local economy.”

The incubator, which will be located adjacent to Ranken’s main campus, will engage with local manufacturing partners to provide students with work experience, industrial training and certifications, college credits and/or a part-time salary. Through Ranken Microenterprises, students will be assigned to industry sponsored work cells to manufacture their products/services.

This project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and the St. Louis Development Corporation. EDA helped fund the completion of the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership and St. Louis Development Corporation Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy to bring together the public and private sectors to create an economic development roadmap to strengthen the regional economy, support private capital investment and create jobs.

About the U.S. Economic Development Administration (<>)
The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation’s regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy Celebrates Grand Opening of New Recreation and Student Center

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The $50 million, 193,000-square-foot building features a 220-bed residence hall, competition gymnasium, recreation and fitness center, student center and more.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy marked an important milestone in its history this afternoon as the College commemorated the grand opening of its new Recreation and Student Center. Students, faculty and staff celebrated with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the new building in the College’s Quad. The opening of the $50 million, 193,000-square-foot building marks the end of a two-phase construction project that has added more than 400,000 square feet of space to campus and transformed the face of the College.

The completion of the Recreation and Student Center follows the 2015 addition of the six-story, 213,000-square-foot Academic and Research Building, which offers state-of-the-art classroom and research space for students and faculty. Built to meet LEED standards, the new seven-story Recreation and Student Center is designed to serve as a hub of student activity on campus, providing students with one-stop access to study space, academic and personal support resources, dining options and fitness and recreation.

Highlights of the new building include a 10,000-square-foot recreation center, a 350-seat dining hall and a 220-bed residence hall for first- and second-year students. The additional residence hall will double the amount of living space on campus. The building will also house the College’s intercollegiate athletic programs, giving student athletes access to a 1,100-seat competition gymnasium and training facilities. The building also features a recreation gymnasium, a 200-meter track, meeting rooms and a student center with student support offices.

“The opening of our new Recreation and Student Center represents a very important milestone for the College,” said John A. Pieper, Pharm.D., FCCP, FAPhA, president of the College. “Through our campus master planning process, we were committed to building for the future and continuing to provide outstanding facilities designed to provide students, faculty, staff and alumni with unparalleled opportunities to learn and grow. Together, the Academic and Research Building and the Recreation and Student Center reflect this commitment, and we look forward to seeing how these buildings open our campus to the acclaimed biomedical community in which we are located.”

The design of the new building was created by St. Louis-based architecture firm, Forum Studio, while construction was managed by Paric Corporation.

“It’s exciting to unveil the Recreation and Student Center to the public,” said Amy Luchun, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, associate principal at Forum Studio. “Our team worked with the College to create a space that complements the look of the Academic and Research Building, but offers a more active environment. The use of open stairways connects the students’ activities between floors, and as they move through the building, there are countless areas to relax, study and gather along the way. It’s an incredible space, and we are proud to have partnered with Paric to bring our design to life.”

“The construction of the Academic and Research Building and the Recreation and Student Center have completely transformed our campus,” noted Pieper. “The buildings bring a long-held vision of campus to fruition, and they represent the start of a very bright future for the College.”

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St. Louis College of Pharmacy is one of the oldest and largest colleges of pharmacy in the nation. Founded in 1864, the College has a rich history as an independent institution that continues to lead pharmacy and health care education. 

Architecture Billings Index Growth Moderates

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Continued balanced growth results in gains in all regions and in all major sectors

For the sixth consecutive month, architecture firms reported increasing demand for design services as reflected in the July Architecture Billings Index (ABI). As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the July ABI score was 51.9, down from a score of 54.2 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 59.5, up from a reading of 58.6 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased from 53.7 to 56.4.

View this press release online here: [ ]( )

“The July figures show the continuation of healthy trends in the construction sector of our economy,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “In addition to the balanced increases in design billings across all major regions and construction sectors, the strong gains in new project work coming into architecture firms points to future growth in design and construction activity over coming quarters.”

Key July ABI highlights:

• Regional averages: South (53.8), Midwest (53.8), Northeast (53.6), West (50.9)
• Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.8), commercial / industrial (55.4), institutional (52.0), mixed practice (48.4)
• Project inquiries index: 59.5
• Design contracts index: 56.4

The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

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