As the U.S. economy continues to gain momentum, rising business confidence has led to a growth in demand for commercial buildings. However, not every state is experiencing commercial construction growth.
Overview of Commercial Construction in the U.S.
According to data released by McGraw Hill Construction, new construction starts in the U.S. rose 10 percent in September, 2014.
A rise in non-residential construction activity, which amounted to an annual rate of $228.5 billion, is the main factor contributing to the nationwide construction growth. The growth resulted in a significant increase in demand for construction workers.
As mentioned in an article entitled “29,000 Construction Jobs Added in February“, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the number of people working in the construction industry increased by 29,000 in February this year, which was the largest growth in February since before the recession.
States Experiencing a Commercial Construction Boom
Here is a look at five states that are undergoing a commercial construction boom:
Commercial construction activity in the cities of Dallas and Houston totaled $11.1 billion in 2014, according to Construction Global. In North Texas, more than 20 commercial buildings with a combined office space of nearly six million square feet are being built, and warehouse space totaling over 16.5 million square feet is in the pipeline. There has been a mini-boom in hotel construction in downtown Houston, but developers are beginning to feel pessimistic about the future of commercial construction in the city because of falling oil prices.
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Metropolitan Statistical Areas revealed that commercial construction activity in New York City exceeded $20 billion in 2014. Up to 13 new office buildings are expected to be built in the city from 2014 to 2016, including the World Trade Center and the Hudson Yards district.
Due to its booming economy, Utah is now home to one of the most robust construction markets in the country. Its construction boom is fueled mainly by a growth in demand for commercial and industrial space, especially along the Wasatch Front. Construction employment in the state is expected to increase by 5.2 percent in 2015.
Data from McGraw Hill Financial showed that construction contracts awarded in South Florida increased by 19 percent through the first three quarters of 2014. Commercial construction in Miami amounted to more than $6 billion in 2014, and the hotel construction sector in Orlando is experiencing a mini-boom.
New commercial space is projected to increase across most parts of California through 2017, according to an Allen Matkins/UCLA Anderson forecast survey. Some of the Californian cities that are seeing strong growth in commercial construction activity include Los Angeles, San Francisco and Bakersfield.
According to FMI, the U.S. construction industry is expected to grow about eight percent this year, while the commercial construction industry is projected to see a 15-percent growth.
As such, construction companies can look forward to more prosperous times ahead
About the Author: John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from running a small business to the construction industry.