STEEL FRAMING ALLIANCE | FRAMEWORK ONLINE
May 7, 2008

FROM THE FIELD

By Ernie Casados, Market Development Representative – Gulf States
ecasados@steelframing.org

Economic Conditions for Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana
While uneven across several industries, economic indicators for the Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana are showing some improvement. Industries such as construction and durable goods manufacturing are producing more than pre-Katrina and Rita, while others continue to produce at levels significantly below their output before the hurricanes hit.

Officials and developers in all three states are citing a slowdown in the overall economy as well as the difficulty in securing funds due to the banking industry’s sub-prime mortgage problems and banking problems overall. Still, the national decline that is affecting these three Gulf States doesn’t seem to be slowing progress with the number of condominium and hotels being planned.

MID-RISE ACTIVITIES
In the Gulf States, the Steel Framing Alliance has qualified and is currently researching those projects that are in the planning stages and fit our value proposition criteria of five- to 10-story buildings, including: apartments, condominiums, hotels, military housing, and assisted living facilities. The following is a break-down of activity of the 27 target projects we have qualified:

 
ALA
LA
MISS
Apartments and Condominiums
8
3
6
Hotels
3
2
3
Assisted Living
0
0
1
Other Commercial
1
0
0
TOTAL
12
5
10

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION
While residential construction in these Gulf States continues to experience barriers with financing, insurance, and flood-plain elevation issues, there is still an increase in the number of homes being framed with steel. To date, the SFA’s efforts have resulted in six residential builders converting to using cold-formed steel for their framing material, and other builders also showing a serious interest in switching to steel for their residential and commercial construction projects.

Meanwhile, both Madisonville and Mandeville, La., made “Relocate America’s” list of 2007 top 100 places to live in the United States based on categories that include education, employment, economy, crime, parks, recreation, and housing.

         
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May 11-13, 2008
Go Green: NAHB National Green Building Conference
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May 13-17, 2008
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention
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May 29, 2008
CFSEI Florida Chapter Dinner Meeting and Presentation on “Code of Standard Practice”
Orlando, FL More
 
 
June 3-5, 2008
2008 Commercial Construction Show
Boston, MASS More
 
 
June 19, 2008
CFSEI Atlanta/Southeast Chapter Meeting and Presentation on “It’s All Green. Are You?”
Atlanta, GA More
 
 
June 23-27, 2008
SkillsUSA National Competition
Kansas City, MO More
 
 


 
 


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