Construction Costs Increase as Markets Remain Active

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According to Turner Construction Company’s quarterly Building Cost Index, construction activity during the Fourth Quarter 2018, has remained at a high level across the United States.

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Turner Construction Company announced that the Fourth Quarter 2018 Turner Building Cost Index—which measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States—has increased to a value of 1120. This represents a 1.36% quarterly increase and 5.86% yearly increase from the Third Quarter 2018 and Fourth Quarter 2017, respectively.

“For the Fourth Quarter, the escalation on raw and fabricated materials continue,” said Attilio Rivetti, the Turner vice president responsible for compiling the Cost Index. “While aluminum and steel product pricing has not increased significantly since August, gypsum products continue to rise on a monthly basis. Above average level of work in numerous cities across the United States is increasing the need to understand and manage the availability of skilled labor in those markets."

Turner has prepared the construction cost forecast for more than 80 years. 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, including 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.

About Turner Construction Company
Turner is an international construction services company. Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services. With an annual construction volume of US$12 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. For more information please visit http://www.turnerconstruction.com.

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