Despite the lingering effects of an over-built housing market, the continued difficulty to obtain financing for real estate projects, budget shortfalls at state and municipal governments and the anxiety surrounding the prolonged European debt crisis, there are signs that the U.S. design and construction industry will be improving.
Corporate profits have returned to pre-recession levels and businesses have subsequently been increasing their capital spending, borrowing costs are at record low levels and pent up demand for commercial and retail projects factors into what projects to be a 2.1% rise in spending this year for nonresidential construction projects.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation's leading construction forecasters, also projects a 6.4% increase of spending in 2013.
"Spending on hotels, industrial plants and commercial properties are going to set the pace for the construction industry over the next two years," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA.
"The institutional market won't experience the same growth, but healthcare facilities and places of worship are poised for a positive economic outlook in that sector."