Turner Construction Company recently announced that construction costs in the third quarter of 2006 are projected to increase (compared to the second quarter of 2006). According to the Turner Building Cost Index, the third quarter 2006 index will rise to 801, showing a 1.78% increase over the second quarter 2006 index of 787 and a 10.33% increase over the third quarter 2005 index of 726.
According to Karl F. Almstead, the Turner vice president responsible for the Building Cost Index, “The frenzied market activity of the past several quarters appears to be stabilizing. Although the strain on skilled labor remains, a lower level of volatility in commodities has served as a stabilizing influence on construction costs. This is reducing the unpredictability of costs in the market.” He continues, “While there is a reduced level of activity in the residential markets, the commercial market remains active and is supported by sustained market strength in health care, education, science, and technology.”
Used widely by the construction industry and federal and state governments, the building costs and price trends tracked by the Turner Building Cost Index may or may not reflect regional conditions in any given quarter. The Cost Index is determined by several factors considered on a nationwide basis—labor rates and productivity, material prices, and the competitive condition of the marketplace. This index does not necessarily conform to other published indices, because others do not generally take all of these factors into account.