Construction Outlook report: 2009 will be bleak.[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]
Despite a spiraling economy, construction spending Construction Spending
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a new McGraw-Hill Construction report.
If it were not for a handful of big-ticket projects, the situation would have been a lot different.
"With the economy eroding in 2008, an imminent decline in construction might have been expected," the Outlook '09 report read. "However, several unusually large projects (each with a construction value of more than a billion dollars) broke ground in 2008 and have buoyed activity."
The report was referring to the trio of World Trade Center Site projects ($3.93 billion); water and sewer projects such as the Catskill Delaware Ultraviolet Disinfection Ultraviolet disinfection is a form of wastewater treatment. It is commonly used in garden pond filtration systems to kill algae.
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These projects together added $7.8 billion to the value of construction starts in the New York metro For the region, see .
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"Without these projects, the total value of construction starts would have declined by 22% to $25 billion," the report noted.
The year 2009 doesn't look pretty, according to McGraw-Hill, thanks to the expected and continued deterioration de·te·ri·o·ra·tion
The process or condition of becoming worse. of the economy, coupled with the greater restrictions on credit. The report estimates that 2009 will see total construction starts declining a hefty 19%, down to $26.7 billion. Specifically, nonresidential construction will fall 21% to $11.6 billion, thanks to projected 32% and 6% drops in commercial/industrial and institutional, respectively. Furthermore, nonbuilding starts will dip 28% to $6.9 billion as the already beaten down housing construction market falls only an additional 4% to $8.1 billion, according to the report.
The bleak construction outlook would seem to mirror the local economy as a whole because of what has been happening on Wall Street.
"If there's one metropolitan area in the nation that will be negatively affected by the drubbing the financial sector has taken in recent months," the report read, "it's New York.