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Dodge Momentum Index Moves Higher in July

Aug. 5, 2022

The Dodge Momentum Index (DMI) increased 2.9% in July to 178.7 from the revised June figure of 173.6 points. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Construction Network, is a monthly measure of the initial report for nonresidential building projects in planning. The index is shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. In July, the commercial component of the Momentum Index rose +5.5%, while the institutional component fell- 2%.

Commercial planning in July was led by an increase in data center, office and warehouse projects, while fewer education and healthcare projects drove the institutional component lower. Compared to July 2021, the Momentum Index was -8%. The commercial component was +15% higher, while the institutional component was -3% lower than a year ago in July 2021.

A total of 14 projects with a value of $100-million or more entered planning in July. The leading commercial projects were the $300-million Schnitzer Industrial Park in Sacramento, CA; the $275-million Parteere 42 mixed-use complex in Miami; and the $180-million Edgecore Data Center in Sterling, VA. The leading institutional projects were the $500-million Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN; a $157-million life sciences building in San Francisco; and the $150-million Cal Poly Humboldt Craftman’s student housing project in Arcata, CA.

“The Momentum Index has yet to show signs of stress as recession fears mount. This shows that developers and owners remain confident that nonresidential building projects will weather the storm of higher interest rates and a slowing economy,” said Richard Branch, chief economist for Dodge Construction Network, in the press release. “Whether this can be sustained over the medium term remains a key question that will ultimately dictate the pattern for construction starts in 2023.” 

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