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2009 Construction Starts Estimated at $463.1 Billion, Down 15%, McGraw-Hill Construction Reports.

McGraw-Hill Construction Releases the 2009 Construction Outlook Spring Update

NEW YORK, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- McGraw-Hill Construction, part of The McGraw-Hill Companies , has released its 2009 Construction Outlook Spring Update, providing updated 2009 forecasts of construction starts for various project types.

The major findings of the forecast, authored by Robert Murray, vice president of economic affairs for McGraw-Hill Construction, include:
 -- New construction starts for 2009 are estimated at $463.1 billion, down
 15%, but cushioned by support provided by the recently enacted
 stimulus legislation, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of
 -- Public works will see the most immediate benefit from the stimulus
 act, with construction starts climbing 10%, including a 15% rise for
 highways and bridges. Without the stimulus funding, it is estimated
 that public works in 2009 would have fallen 10%, restrained by the
 deteriorating fiscal health of state and local governments.
 -- Institutional building in 2009 will retreat 6%, as the weak financial
 environment takes its toll on educational and healthcare facilities.
 The stimulus funding will provide a lift to military facilities and
 energy upgrades for federal buildings, which will moderate this year's
 overall institutional decline.
 -- Commercial building in 2009 will drop 27%, steeper than the 17% slide
 reported last year. The tight lending environment has made it
 extremely difficult to obtain project financing, leading to more
 projects being deferred or cancelled. All commercial project types
 will register declines in 2009, with the most severe retrenchment
 anticipated for hotel construction.

 -- Residential building in 2009 will drop an additional 31%, continuing
 the downward trend that's been underway since 2006. Similar declines
 are expected for single family housing (down 30%) and multifamily
 housing (down 31%). Steps taken in early 2009 to address the
 foreclosure problem should help to ease the rate of descent for
 housing as 2009 progresses.

"The construction industry is facing divergent forces in 2009," said Robert Murray, vice president of economic affairs, McGraw-Hill Construction. "The economy has weakened substantially, and despite all the efforts last fall directed at thawing frozen credit markets, there's yet to be any sign that lending conditions for construction have improved. On the plus side, the federal stimulus bill is now in place, which will provide quick support to public works this year."

The McGraw-Hill Construction Outlook is a mainstay of business planning for construction and manufacturing industry executives. Later this month, local Economic Stimulus and Recovery Watch Strategic Briefings will dig deeper into these statistics and issues to provide regionally relevant analysis and intelligence in San Diego (April 3), Houston (April 15), Chicago (April 22) and Atlanta (April 24).

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