Architecture Billings Index Continues to Show Positive Growth in All Building Sectors

Billings at architecture firms across the country continue to increase.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the November Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score was 53.2, up from the mark of 52.8 in October.

This score reflects an increase in demand for design services - any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings. The new projects inquiry index was 59.6, up slightly from the 59.4 mark of the previous month.

As an economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending.

“These are the strongest business conditions we have seen since the end of 2007 before the construction market collapse,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “The real question now is if the federal budget situation gets cleared up which will likely lead to the green lighting of numerous projects currently on hold. If we do end up going off the ‘fiscal cliff’ then we can expect a significant setback for the entire design and construction industry.”

November ABI highlights:

Regional Averages:

Northeast -56.3
Midwest - 54.4
South - 51.1
West - 49.6

Sector Index Breakdown:

Multi-Family Residential - 55.9
Mixed Practice - 53.9
Commercial / Industrial - 52.0
Institutional - 50.5

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