Construction spending and employment have grown strongly in recent months. But forward-looking indicators such as the Architecture Billings Index and CMD’s value of nonresidential starts are sending mixed signals about future activity. Where are specific market segments headed? Which regions are flourishing or faltering? Will materials costs or labor availability be an issue in the coming months?
Sign up today to hear the outlook from the design and construction sector’s leading economists and add your own questions in a live, fast-paced and interactive webcast:
Is Construction Gaining or Waning?
May 5, 2016
2:00 p.m. EDT
Join Ken Simonson of the AGC, Kermit Baker of the AIA and Alex Carrick of CMD iSqFt for insight into the 2016 outlook
■ What trends are driving construction growth?
■ Which markets are surging ahead of predictions?
■ How tight is the competition for skilled labor?
■ Has housing reached its full potential?
■ Which regions are showing the largest gains?
■ Where is construction on-site and planning activity speeding up?
■ Where are the biggest opportunities and what are the biggest risks?
The three economists team up for this complimentary webcast on Thursday, May 5 at 2:00 p.m., EDT. The complimentary webcast is open to everyone, and all who register can download the economists’ presentation slides or view the archived presentation after the live broadcast. AIA members who attend the live webcast are eligible to receive 1.5 AIA CEU credits.
Sign up today for an informed look into the 2016 construction outlook.
Meet the Experts
| Ken Simonson |
Chief Economist, The AGC of America
Ken Simonson has been the chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, a leading construction industry trade association, since 2001. Ken has 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. His weekly Data DIGest goes to 47,000 subscribers. Ken is a Fellow and past president of NABE, and he serves as an appointed member of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Data Users Advisory Committee. Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.
Chief Economist, AIA
Kermit Baker is the chief economist for the American Institute of Architects. In this capacity, he analyzes business and construction trends in the U.S. economy and examines their impact on AIA members and the architectural profession. Kermit originated the AIA Architecture Billings Index, as well as the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel. He received his Master's degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the same field. In 2002, Kermit was named honorary member of the AIA.
Chief Economist, CMD
Alex Carrick is the North American Chief Economist for CMD and CanaData. Alex has been analyzing U.S. and Canadian construction activity for more than 40 years. An award-winning author of thousands of economic articles, Alex loves social media and posts his articles daily. He is regularly quoted and interviewed by major news outlets, and his columns are a popular feature of the Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce. Alex has a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MA from the University of Toronto.
AIA Learning Units
AIA members can receive 1.5 learning units for attending the live webcast. Members must include their AIA member number during registration. Non-member architects can request a certificate of completion.
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