Industry News

October Construction Starts Fall 11 Percent

Nov 18th, 2019

New construction starts declined 11% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $696.3 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. This is the third consecutive monthly drop in construction starts activity. By major sector, nonresidential building starts fell 20% from September to October and nonbuilding starts dropped 14%, while residential starts moved 2% […]

Dodge Momentum Index Moves Higher in October

Nov 7th, 2019

The Dodge Momentum Index increased 6.9% in October to 152.6 (the year 2000 = 100) from the revised September reading of 142.7. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending […]

Guitar-Shaped, Glass-Clad Hotel & Casino is Ready to Rock

Nov 7th, 2019

After months of anticipation, the guitar-shaped Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has finally opened in Hollywood, Fla. The glass-clad building, which stands 35 stories above ground, is curved to create the realistic look of a guitar standing up, complete with guitar strings. Designed by Klai Juba Wald (KJW) Architecture + Interiors, the hotel and […]

Architecture Billings Index Continues Downturn at Slower Pace

Oct 23rd, 2019

While architecture billings moderated in September, design activity shows signs of remaining sluggish at U.S. architecture firms, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score in September is 49.7, which improved from the August score of 47.2. However, any score below 50 indicates a decrease […]

Walker Glass Releases EPD for Patterned Acid-Etched Glass and All Bird-Friendly Glass Solutions

Sep 24th, 2019

Walker Glass has earned Type III environmental product declaration (EPD) verification and registration in conformance with certification requirements of ISO standard 14025. This EPD includes the Nuance product line patterns, Traction anti-slip glass and all three of its AviProtek bird-friendly glass solutions. Under the LEED v4 program the EPD helps building owners earn points under […]

August Construction Starts Decrease 6 Percent

Sep 24th, 2019

New construction starts dropped 6% over the month in August to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $807.1 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. August’s decline breaks a string of three consecutive month-to-month gains. By major sector, nonbuilding construction fell 15% in August, reversing the large increases made in the previous month when several […]

August Sees Decline in Architecture Billings

Sep 20th, 2019

Demand for design services in August took a markedly downward swing compared to July’s already soft score, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 47.2 in August showed a significant drop in architecture firm billings compared to the July score of 50.1. Any […]

Glass and Glazing Material Prices Up in July and Year-Over-Year

Aug 23rd, 2019

Many of the prices for materials used in glass and glazing manufacturing in July 2019 were up on both a monthly and year-over-year basis according to the latest Producer Price Index (PPI) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In July, the monthly PPI for flat glass in the commodity category grew 0.4% from […]

July Construction Starts Increase 2 Percent

Aug 23rd, 2019

At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $849.6 billion, new construction starts in July advanced 2% from the previous month, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. This marked the third consecutive monthly increase for total construction starts, following gains of 10% in May and 9% in June. By major sector, nonbuilding construction led the way […]

Architecture Billings Index Continues Its Streak of Soft Readings

Aug 21st, 2019

Demand for design services in July remained essentially flat in comparison to the previous month, according to a new report released today from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). AIA’s Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score of 50.1 in July showed a small increase in design services since June, which had a score of 49.1. Any […]

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