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Dodge Momentum Index Makes Small Gain in August

NEW YORK –September 8, 2014 – The Dodge Momentum Index made a small gain in August, increasing to 118.8 (2000=100) for the month, up 0.2% from the July reading. The improvement in August is on the heels of a 5.7% decline in July, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The Momentum Index is a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects in planning, which have been shown to lead construction spending for nonresidential buildings by a full year. The Momentum Index is now 13.9% higher than one year ago, and continues to point to recovery in the sector.

The August rise in the Momentum Index was supported by a 5.0% increase in institutional building plans, while a 3.0% drop in commercial plans restrained further growth.  Despite the drop in commercial building plans in August, five notable commercial projects valued at $100 million or more entered planning in the month. These include the $200 million DaniaLive Marketplace in Dania Beach FL, a $184 million office complex in New York NY, the $175 million North First Office complex in San Jose CA, the $110 million Champions Petfood warehouse in Auburn KY, and a $100 million mixed use development in College Station TX.

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McGraw Hill Construction, +1 212-904-3322,

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