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ABC Reports: Nonresidential Construction Spending Slips for Second Consecutive Month

CEU2“September’s drop in nonresidential construction spending is disappointing given the growing momentum in the broader economy and the generally positive signals being sent by industry-specific leading economic indicators.”—ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.

Construction Spending Nov 2014Nonresidential construction spending slipped 1 percent in September but has still managed to expand 4.2 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the Nov. 1 release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Spending for the month totaled $596.1 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis while the government slightly revised the August spending figure from $603.7 billion to $601.9 billion.

“September’s drop in nonresidential construction spending is disappointing given the growing momentum in the broader economy and the generally positive signals being sent by industry-specific leading economic indicators,” said Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Based on a combination of these leading indicators—including ABC’s own Construction Backlog Indicator and the Architecture Billings Index—and the anticipated performance of the U.S. economy, nonresidential construction spending should re-establish an upward trajectory on a seasonally adjusted basis going forward.

“With national job creation accelerating recently and interest rates remaining ultra low, one would expect private construction to perform well during the quarters ahead, while growth in publicly funded spending will be much softer,” said Basu. “The industry should be further buoyed by the economy’s two consecutive quarters of respectable economic growth, something the U.S. economy has rarely achieved during the current recovery.”

Only five of 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases in spending in September on a monthly basis.

  • Office-related construction spending grew 2.4 percent in September and is up 15.7 percent from the same time one year ago.
  • Lodging construction spending is up 4.7 percent on a monthly basis and is up 14.7 percent on a year-over-year basis.
  • Conservation and development-related construction spending grew 4.1 percent for the month and is up 31.7 percent on a yearly basis.
  • Commercial construction spending gained 1.3 percent for the month and has grown 12.3 percent on a year-over-year basis.
  • Spending in the water supply category expanded 1.1 percent on a monthly basis, but is down 1.6 percent for the year.

Spending in 11 nonresidential construction subsectors declined in September.

  • Amusement and recreation-related construction spending lost 0.8 percent in September, but is up 0.6 percent from the same time last year.
  • Manufacturing-related spending fell 1.3 percent on a monthly basis, but is up 16.4 percent on a year-over-year basis.
  • Communication construction spending declined 0.7 percent for the month and is down 12.8 percent from the same time last year.
  • Religious spending fell 3.1 percent for the month, but is up 2.6 percent from the same time last year.
  • Sewage and waste disposal-related construction spending declined 2.4 percent for the month, but has expanded 1.1 percent on a 12-month basis.
  • Health care-related construction spending fell 0.9 percent for the month and is down 7.5 percent on a yearly basis.
  • Education-related construction spending fell 0.1 percent for the month, but is up 7.1 percent on a year-over-year basis.
  • Construction spending in the transportation category fell 1.1 percent on a monthly basis, but has expanded by 1.2 percent on an annual basis.
  • Highway and street-related construction spending fell 3.6 percent in September and is down 1.7 percent compared to the same time last year.
  • Public safety-related construction spending lost 2.3 percent on a monthly basis and is down 11.1 percent on a year-over-year basis.
  • Power construction spending fell 3.1 percent for the month, but is 2 percent higher than at the same time one year ago.

To view the previous spending report, click here.

ABC Reports: Nonresidential Construction Spending Rebounds in July

CEU2 “Today’s encouraging report provides further evidence that a vigorous nonresidential construction recovery is finally at hand.”—ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu.

Construction Spending_9 2Nonresidential construction spending expanded strongly in July, growing 2.5 percent on a monthly basis and rising a robust 8.6 percent on a year-over-year basis according to a Sept. 2 release from the U.S. Census Bureau. Spending for the month totaled $617.8 billion on a seasonally adjusted, annualized basis. The government also revised upward a somewhat disappointing June nonresidential construction spending estimate from $589 billion to $603 billion and the estimate for May from $606 billion to $611 billion.

“Today’s encouraging report provides further evidence that a vigorous nonresidential construction recovery is finally at hand,” said Associated Builders and Contractors Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “Increased job growth, booming energy production, expanding industrial production and normalizing capital markets are all contributing to nonresidential construction’s renewed momentum and confidence among developers and other significant consumers of construction services is high, signaling ongoing recovery.

“The economy is recovering rapidly enough to improve real estate conditions in meaningful ways without triggering a shift in the Federal Reserve’s still accommodative policy making,” said Basu. “Both stock and bond markets have been rallying of late, which has helped to generate wealth and lower borrowing costs simultaneously, an ideal situation for construction. Progress has been particularly apparent in power and industrial segments, with year-over-year construction spending up 26 percent in the power category and 24 percent in manufacturing.”

Spending increased on a monthly basis in 11 of 16 nonresidential construction subsectors in July.

  • Office-related construction spending grew by 0.1 percent in July and is up 20 percent from the same time one year ago.
  • Health care-related construction spending grew 1.6 percent for the month, but is down 6.0 percent from the same time last year.
  • Manufacturing related spending grew 4.7 percent on a monthly basis and is up 23.9 percent on an annual basis.
  • Education-related construction spending grew 0.5 percent for the month but is down 1.2 percent on a year-over-year basis.
  • Lodging construction spending is up 2.7 percent on a monthly basis and is up 16.0 percent on a year-over-year basis.
  • Spending in the water supply category expanded 2 percent from June, but is 2.8 percent lower than at the same time last year.
  • Construction spending in the transportation category grew 0.4 percent on a monthly basis and has expanded by 2.2 percent on an annual basis.
  • Amusement and recreation-related construction spending grew 0.2 percent on a monthly basis and is up 12 percent from the same time last year.
  • Highway and street-related construction spending expanded 6.9 percent in July and is up 2.7 percent compared to the same time last year.
  • Public safety-related construction spending gained 3.3 percent on a monthly basis and is up 9.6 percent on a year-over-year basis.
  • Power construction spending gained 7.2 percent for the month and is 25.7 percent higher than at the same time one year ago.

Spending in five nonresidential construction subsectors declined in July.

  • Commercial construction spending fell 2.8 percent in July, but is up 6.9 percent on a year-over-year basis.
  • Communication construction spending fell 1.2 percent for the month and is down 11.3 percent on an annual basis.
  • Religious spending fell 5.1 percent for the month and is down 1.3 percent from the same time last year.
  • Sewage and waste disposal-related construction spending fell 1.4 percent for the month, but has grown 3.1 percent on a 12-month basis.
  • Conservation and development-related construction spending fell 7.1 percent for the month, but is up 24.8 percent on a yearly basis.

To view the previous spending report, click here.

Holt Cat® Invests In Dubiski High School’s Technical Skills Program

HOLT CAT and Caterpillar®, as part of the Dealer Excellence Fund, have made an investment of $8,800 to Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie to support its technical skills program and the career development of technical students. This morning, Dallas WFAA’s Daybreak program featured HOLT CAT Regional Service Manager Tony Spalding presenting the check to Grand Prarie Superintendent Dr. Susan Hull, and Jose Sanchez, a high school senior in the Diesel Technician Training Program at Dubiski High School. Sanchez plans to get training to re-build diesel engines after completing high school. A number of Grand Prarie Independent School District Representatives and Dubiski High School students were in attendance.

HOLT’s Tony Spalding presenting the donation check to a number of Dubiski High School Students

The Caterpillar Dealer Excellence Fund (Est. 1989) is a program to strengthen curriculum and faculty development in technical schools and increase the pool of qualified service technicians.

“The goal of the Dealer Excellence Fund Program is to help schools develop state-of-the-art technical training programs,” explains Shaun Manning, Technical Training Director, HOLT CAT Pro Tech! “When a Cat dealer supports a school’s technical skills program by making a donation, the foundation matches it.” Therefore, the Caterpillar Foundation matched HOLT’s original donation of $4,400 to produce a combined donation of $8,800.

Dubiski High School seniors and juniors in the Ag Power Systems Program with teacher Rick Elmore and HOLT’s Tony Spalding (left)

Rick Elmore, Automotive Program Facilitator and Instructor at Dubiski Career High School, detailed how the school plans to use this donation. “The funds will be used for a hydraulic training system for the diesel mechanic program, which will help prepare students for entry-level positions in the heavy-duty equipment repair field. Hydraulic systems are extremely important and an integral component of construction/agricultural equipment.”

In addition to the investment, HOLT CAT is currently interviewing Dubiski High School students for paid internship positions.  The programs begins in December and eligible student interns will receive top level industry training and could qualify for the National Safe Tractor Operator Certification, which will help these young people develop a competitive edge in the market place.

HOLT strongly supports the training and education of technical students and hopes to increase the pool of qualified technicians to meet industry needs for these specialized employees. The donated funds may be used for scholarships, faculty development, training aids and equipment. Dubiski Career High School was evaluated and selected based on the strength of their current infrastructure and program.

CSDA Announces Fall 2012-Winter 2013 Training Dates

The Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association (CSDA) is pleased to announce a range of dates and locations for its fall 2012-winter 2013 program.

Between October 2012 and February 2013, CSDA will hold six training classes in three locations across the United States. The association has hands-on, classroom and online courses for every discipline and skill level, allowing contractors to provide operators with superior training.

The 2012-2013 training schedule starts in Olathe, Kansas on October 11-12. The association will hold a Slab Sawing 101 class at the headquarters of Husqvarna Construction Products. This introductory, yet comprehensive class provides students with a strong foundation in slab sawing operations and industry fundamentals. The class is suitable for new or inexperienced operators, as well as other industry professionals looking to learn more about this cutting discipline.

In November, CSDA is offering a selection of Operator Certification courses for experienced operators who want to gain top-notch proficiency in any or all sawing and drilling disciplines. These classes include Slab Sawing & Drilling 201 on November 5-6, followed by Wall Sawing 201 on November 7-8 and Wire Sawing 201 on November 9-10. All classes will be held at CSDA’s training facility located at St Petersburg College in Clearwater, Florida.

In February 2013, the CSDA training program heads west to Las Vegas, Nevada and the annual World of Concrete trade show and exhibition. A Core Drilling 201 advanced certification class is scheduled for February 5-6, while a two-day CSDA Estimating class will be held February 6-7. Both classes will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the show. Content for the Core Drilling 201 class will be split between the classroom and the slab, with students spending time at the outdoor exhibit booths of CSDA member companies to perform practical exercises. The Estimating class will focus specifically on the practice of estimating sawing and drilling jobs and is taught by industry experts with real-world experience.

All classes have been scheduled to provide cutting contractors with choice and flexibility, allowing operators and employees to attend when companies can afford to send them. In addition, CSDA has an online training website consisting of 26 courses that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via www.csdatraining.com.

By using CSDA courses as a company training program, participants are assured of receiving top-notch instruction by industry experts, presenting the latest cutting practices, and assistance with career paths for employees. The courses also offer structured training to increase efficiency and productivity, and documentation to limit company risk and liability.

For more information about CSDA training courses, visit www.csda.org. A PDF of the 2012-2013 CSDA training brochure can be downloaded by clicking Here.

ASHRAE Announces Fall Online Courses

A full slate of online courses touching on a range of built environment topics is being offered by ASHRAE this fall.

The 11 ASHRAE Learning Institute courses provide professional development through in-depth information that is timely, practical and targeted to provide engineers in consulting practices, facility management or supplier support with instruction on applying ASRHAE standards and employing new technologies essential for advanced building performance. The online courses allow attendees to learn from anywhere with an Internet connection. Course participants earn continuing education credits and qualify for Professional Development Hours for each course completed.  Courses are instructor-led, drawing upon professional knowledge of leading practitioners.

The courses are:

•            District Cooling and Heating Systems: Central Plants, Sept. 10

•            The Commissioning Process and Guideline 0, The Commissioning Process (co-sponsored with the Building Commissioning Association, Illuminating Engineering Society and National Environmental Balancing Bureau), Sept. 24

•            Basics of Air-to-Air Energy Recovery, Sept. 26

•            Basics of High-Performance Building Design, Oct. 8

•            Advanced High-Performance Building Design,  Oct. 10

•            Complying with ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings: HVAC/Mechanical,  Oct. 15

•            Complying with Standard 90.1-2010: Envelope/Lighting, Oct. 17

•            Fundamental Requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality,  Oct. 22

•            Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings, Oct. 24

•            Energy Modeling Best Practices and Applications: HVAC/Thermal – Parts 1 and 2, Sept. 11 and 13

•            Implementing ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, Parts 1 and 2,  Sept. 17 and 19

For registration costs and to register, visit www.ashrae.org/onlinecourses. Site licenses are available to organizations that have five or more course participants. For more information, e-mail edu@ashrae.org or call 678-539-1146.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.