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CMD Announces Spring Economic Webcast: Will Construction Pick Up the Pace or the Pieces?

April 13, 2015


CMD, AIA and AGC Economic experts to discuss the status of the construction industry in complimentary webcast on April 30


ATLANTA, GA - CMD, one of the leading providers of construction information in North America, today announced its spring economic webcast, “Will Construction Pick Up the Pace or the Pieces?” The complimentary webcast will feature industry-leading chief economists Kermit Baker of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Ken Simonson of The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Alex Carrick of CMD and will take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT on April 30. 

With construction activity increasing moderately, but unevenly, the webcast will reveal what economists in the construction industry expect in the months ahead. All three economists will take questions in the last half hour of the session.

“U.S. employment is surging, energy prices are plummeting and the high-tech sector is spreading its influence everywhere,” said Alex Carrick, U.S. chief economist for CMD. “Cyclical improvement in the economy will stimulate on-site work, but owners contemplating investments are facing a new dilemma — whether to build square footage or conduct business over the internet. Expert help is needed to clear a path through the dramatic change underway in America’s construction landscape.”

The webcast will cover numerous topics important to the construction industry including:

• Areas expected to see the largest gains
• Cities with the largest housing increases; areas still distressed
• Multifamily versus single family spending
• Construction employment gains and losses
• Labor and materials prices
• Categories accounting for the greatest spending

To take part in the webcast, register here.. AIA members who attend the live broadcast will receive AIA CEU credit, and all registered participants can download the presentation slides and view the webcast archive.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit the AIA website at aia.org.

About The Associated General Contractors of America
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a national trade association, dedicated to furthering the ever-changing agenda of commercial construction contractors, improving job site safety, expanding the use of cutting-edge technologies and techniques, and strengthening the dialogue between contractors and owners. Founded in 1918, the AGC today represents more than 33,500 member firms, including 7,500 of America’s leading general contractors and over 13,000 specialty-contracting firms. Visit the AGC website at agc.org.

About CMD
CMD, the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. CMD’s diverse portfolio of innovative products and services includes national, regional and local project leads, marketing solutions and market intelligence to provide insight to construction industry professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit the CMD website at cmdgroup.com.