NEW JERSEY (July 16, 2020)—Total construction starts increased 6% in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $641.4 billion. This marks the second consecutive monthly gain in construction starts following the COVID-19 induced declines in March and April. In June nonresidential building starts gained 6% and starts in the nonbuilding sector moved 27% higher. Residential starts, by contrast, fell 6% during the month.

WASHINGTON—Associated Builders and Contractors reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator rose to 8.1 months in June, an increase of 0.2 months from May’s reading. CBI is down approximately 8% from its June 2019 level. Every region except the Middle States experienced an increase in backlog in June compared to May, according to an ABC member survey conducted from June 20-July 1.

NEWTON, Massachusetts–Proposal activity for architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) firms sank to its lowest quarterly level in over a decade in the second quarter of 2020, as the coronavirus-related downturn trimmed backlog and reduced revenue for firms coast to coast. 

WASHINGTON (July 10, 2020)—Construction input prices rose 2.2% in June, according to an Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index data released today. Nonresidential construction input prices rose by 2.3% for the month.

WASHINGTONAssociated Builders and Contractors announced the cancellation of ABC Convention 2020, which was scheduled for August 17-19 in Nashville, Tennessee. The event, which includes the National Craft Championships, Construction Management Competition and National Excellence in Construction Awards, was previously postponed from March due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Construction spending declined for the third month in a row in May as a sharp slowdown in private projects more than offset a rise in public work, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of government data released. Association officials warned that the pickup in public projects is likely to reverse soon unless the federal government acts quickly to invest in needed infrastructure and shore up crumbling state and local budgets.

San Francisco Bay Area-based construction information manager BarkerBlue Inc., recently announced the promotion of Mike Carlson to director of sales of BarkerBlue Build.

Carlson first joined BarkerBlue in 2013, bringing past sales experience in technology and litigation document support sales.

He has been instrumental in growing digital-asset partnerships that have helped his clients build major projects on time and at budget. 

NATIONAL—President Trump and his administration are working on an infrastructure proposal worth almost $1 trillion aimed at giving the volatile United States economy a much-needed boost. 

The existing infrastructure plan—the FAST Act—which authorized $305 billion over a 5-year term, will expire at the end of September.

LOS ANGELES (June 15, 2020) AECOM announced the appointment of W. Troy Rudd to chief executive officer (CEO). Currently AECOM’s chief financial officer, Rudd will assume the role from Michael S. Burke, who previously announced his plans to retire.