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Dodge Momentum Index Increases for Second Month in a Row

Written by Sandy Williams

The Dodge Momentum Index rose for the second month in a row, gaining 2.4 percent in January to register 126.4 from a revised December reading of 123.4. The Momentum Index, published by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning.

The January increase was the result of a 3.3 percent jump in institutional projects and a 1.6 percent increase in commercial projects. The overall index is 1.7 percent higher on a year over year basis.

Commercial planning activity has been up and down the past few months but has been on a generally upward trend, says Dodge. The institutional index recovered from its weak start in 2015 and is now 14.0 percent higher than a year ago.

Ten projects with values exceeding $100 million entered the planning stage in January. The lead commercial projects were a $270 million convention center hotel in San Diego and $140 million office and retail building in Atlanta, Ga. Leading projects for institutional planning were a USDA lab renovation and addition valued at $160 million in Athens, Ga., and a $150 million hospital expansion in Corpus Christi, TX.

The Dodge Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year.

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