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Summary of the National Construction Starts

by Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murray

National Construction Starts by Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murray

The February statistics produced a reading of 150 for the Dodge Index (2000=100), compared to 154 for January.  “The 152 average for the Dodge Index during the first two months of 2018 is the same as the 152 average reported for the fourth quarter of 2017, as the pace of construction starts viewed over several months seems to have leveled off,” stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics.  “What’s important to keep in mind is that the moderately subdued amount for total construction starts during the first two months of 2018 reflects diminished activity by public works and electric utilities, which given their inherent volatility are likely to bounce back over the next month or two.  Compared to last year’s fourth quarter, the first two months of 2018 have seen further increases for nonresidential building, helped by its institutional building segment, and residential building, helped by multifamily housing.  This suggests that the construction expansion, while slowing, is still in progress.”

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The Woolworth Tower Residences completes window retrofit

The iconic Woolworth Tower Residences’ top 30 floors are nearing completion after extensive renovations. Promising sweeping views of the city, each residence showcases new, historically inspired, high-performance windows and terrace doors from Wausau Window and Wall Systems.

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LMN Architects explore interactive building systems with ION2

“We have been exploring a range of network and interaction systems in the form of large prototypes as a way to understand the potential for intelligent responsive systems as part of buildings,” says Plamena Milusheva of LMN Tech Studio. “ION2 allows us to think through the possibilities of what it might mean to develop responsive building systems, such as facades, mechanical, or structural systems. Building a prototype at this scale challenges us to work through a number of potential constraints as well as engage with some of the latest technology.”

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BHQ 8th Floor Trading Floor Time Lapse Video

Exelon executives and Maryland leaders joined on Friday in celebrating the opening of the company’s new building at Harbor Point, one of the more than 200 economic, community and environmental commitments Exelon made as part of its 2012 merger with Constellation. Exelon’s interior build-out was designed to meet LEED Platinum standards, the highest ranking in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Once LEED certification is received in early 2017, the building will be the largest LEED Platinum project in the mid-Atlantic and Maryland.

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