February Starts Fall 1%

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February Starts Fall 1%

New construction starts in February dropped 1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $767.5 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Nonresidential building gained 7% in the month of February to $285.9 billion on the back of several large projects getting underway in the office and healthcare sectors. February’s commercial construction starts rose 7%, while institutional starts moved 13% higher. Manufacturing starts by contrast fell 27% in response to several large projects that broke ground in January.

The largest nonresidential building project to break ground in February was the $1.3 billion Two Manhattan West Office Building in New York NY. Also breaking ground during the month was the $800 million New Valley Hospital in Paramus NJ and the $760 million Disney/ABC Headquarters complex in New York NY.

On a twelve-month basis, nonresidential building starts were 3% higher in the most recent twelve months than during the twelve months ending in February 2019. Commercial starts were up 7% in the past twelve months, while institutional starts were less than one percent lower. Manufacturing starts were down 2%.