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demic are clearly overpowering short- term labor-market and economic concerns.
• Multi-family construction, how- ever, will pay the price for the single- family gain. The large overhang of high-end construction in large metro areas combined with declining rents will lead to a further pullback in 2021. Dollar value will drop 1%, while the number of units started falls 2% to 484,000.
• The dollar value of commercial- building starts will increase 5% in 2021. Warehouse construction will be the clear winner as e-commerce giants continue to build out their logistics infrastructure. Office starts will also increase due to rising demand for data centers (included in the office cat- egory), as well as renovations to exist- ing space. Retail and hotel activity will languish.
• In 2021, institutional construction starts will increase by a tepid 1% as growing state and local budget deficits impact public-building construction. Education construction is expected
to see further declines in 2021, while healthcare starts are predicted to rise as hospitals seek to improve in-patient bed counts.
• The dollar value of manufactur- ing plant construction will remain flat in 2021. Declining petrochemical
construction and weak domestic and global activity will dampen starts, while a small handful of expected project groundbreakings will level out the year.
• Public-works construction starts will see little improvement as 2021 begins due to continued uncertainty surrounding additional federal aid for
“ In 2021, institutional construction starts will increase by a tepid 1% as growing state and local budget deficits impact public-building construction.
state and local areas. Additionally, the unfinished appropriations process for fiscal year 2021, which began Oct. 1, raises doubt about the sector’s ability to post a strong gain in 2021. Public- works construction starts will be flat over the year.
• Electric utilities and gas plants
will gain 35% in 2021, led by expected groundbreakings for several large natu- ral-gas export facilities and an increas- ing number of wind farms. u
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