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August 5, 2009
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Significant Downturn in Nonresidential Construction Activity Projected through 2010

Greatest drop in commercial and industrial sectors

Washington, D.C. – July 13, 2009 – Feeling the effects of the struggling overall U.S. economy, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by 16 percent in 2009 and drop by another almost 12 percent in 2010 in inflation adjusted terms. Commercial projects will see the most significant decrease in activity. In contrast, most institutional building categories are expected to see much more modest declines over this period. These are highlights from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters.

“While there are some indications that the overall economy is beginning to recover, nonresidential construction activity typically lags behind the rest of the economy,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “Commercial facilities such as hotels, retail establishments and offices will feel the decline most dramatically. The institutional market will fare much better as stimulus funding becomes available for education, healthcare and government facilities.”

Market Segment Consensus Growth Forecasts

Commercial / industrial
2009
2010
o Retail
-28.0%
-12.6%
o Hotels
-25.8%
-16.8%
o Office buildings
-21.5%
-17.3%
o Industrial facilities
-0.8%
-28.4%
     
Institutional    
o Amusement / recreation
-20.8%
-8.1%
o Religious
-10.7%
-6.9%
o Education
-8.2%
-0.7%
o Health care facilities
-1.5%
-0.8%
o Public safety
1.7%
-0.7%

“This nonresidential downturn is shaping up to be the deepest decline in nonresidential activity in over a generation.” Baker added. “However, we’re beginning to see some moderation in the trends in design billings at architecture firms, so we hopefully are nearing the bottom of this cycle.”

Source: The American Institute of Architects, July 13, 2009

 


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CFSEI TECH NOTES - 2009
During the first half of 2009, CFSEI published the following new Technical Notes and Design Guides:
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Vertical Lateral Force Resisting Systems: Boundary Elements (TN L300-09)
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Header Design Guide (TN W200-09)
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Design of Clip Angle Bearing Stiffeners (TN F100-09)
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Roof Framing Anchorage Forces: MWFRS or C&C (TN L200-09)
Three additional notes are undergoing review and are scheduled for release in August:
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Concrete Bearing Strength for Cold-Formed Steel Stud Walls
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Top Track Load Distribution Members
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Designing Cold-Formed Steel Using the Direct Strength Method.
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