Turner’s Fourth Quarter Building Cost Index Reflects Increasing Construction Activity

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The impact of tightening labor markets and increasing material lead times is offset by reduced fuel costs

We are seeing subcontractors and vendors being more selective in their pursuits, which has driven selective trade cost increases. We are also seeing continued increases in material delivery lead times in response to market demands and other factors.

Turner Construction Company announced that the Fourth Quarter 2015 Turner Building Cost Index – which measures costs in the non-residential building construction market in the United States – has increased to a value of 959. This reflects a 1.05% increase from the Third Quarter 2015 and a 4.58% yearly increase from the Fourth Quarter 2014.

Overall construction activity remained stable through the Fourth Quarter, with slight increases in the West, and greater increases in the South and Southeast. The reduced cost of fuel is offsetting most material cost increases and fluctuations.

“The high volume of work underway continues to put upward pressure on skilled labor,” said Attilio Rivetti, the Turner vice president responsible for preparing the Cost Index. “As a result, we are seeing subcontractors and vendors being more selective in their pursuits, which has driven selective trade cost increases. We are also seeing continued increases in material delivery lead times in response to market demands and limited availability of production and fabrication facilities. As market demands continue to grow, the lead time for material will also continue to grow.”

Approximately 90% of Turner’s business is performed under contract arrangements where Turner provides extensive preconstruction planning services before the contract price is fixed and before construction starts. By providing preconstruction services and utilizing enhanced procurement strategies, Turner effectively manages the market risks associated with cost-related issues.

Turner has prepared the construction cost forecast for more than 80 years. 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, 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 a North America-based, 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 $11 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.

HOCHTIEF is one of the most international construction groups worldwide. The company delivers complex infrastructure projects, in some cases on the basis of concession models. The Group operates in the transportation infrastructure, energy infrastructure and social/urban infrastructure segments as well as in the contract mining business. With about 53,000 employees and a sales volume of more than EUR 22 billion in FY 2014, HOCHTIEF is represented in all the world’s major markets. With its subsidiary CIMIC, the Group is market leader in Australia. In the USA, the biggest construction market in the world, HOCHTIEF is the No. 1 general builder via its subsidiary Turner and, with Group company Flatiron, ranks among the most important players in the field of transportation infrastructure construction. Because of its engagement for sustainability, HOCHTIEF has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2006. Further information is available at http://www.hochtief.com/hochtief_en/200.jhtml.

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