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Dodge Momentum Index Dips in December

Jan. 7, 2022
Commercial and institutional construction planning slipped, but overall, full-year measures still climbed a whopping 23% in 2021.


HAMILTON, NJ, January 7, 2022 — The Dodge Momentum Index fell 3% in December to 166.4 (2000=100), down from the revised November reading of 170.7. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Construction Network, is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. In December, commercial planning fell 4%, and institutional planning slipped 1%.

Despite these declines, 2021 was a banner year for the Dodge Momentum Index — despite the lingering risks of COVID-19 and low demand for some types of nonresidential buildings. Throughout the year, the overall Momentum Index increased 23%, the strongest annual gain since 2005. Both the commercial and institutional components of the Momentum Index saw similar gains — with their levels of activity reaching 13- and 14-year highs, respectively.

A total of 21 projects with a value of $100 million or more entered planning in December. The leading commercial projects were the $300-million OKANA Resort in Oklahoma City, OK, and the $200-million Project Tarpon Amazon distribution center in Daytona Beach, FL. The leading institutional projects were the $250-million University of Michigan, Detroit Center, for Innovation in Detroit, MI, and a $150-million laboratory in Lexington, MA.

The signals provided by the Dodge Momentum Index continue to suggest that construction activity will improve in 2022 — and, more importantly, that this growth will be more balanced than what was seen in 2021. However, the ever-present risks of the pandemic and tight labor force will work to counter these trends, leading to moderate growth over the new year.


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