NEW JERSEY – June 5, 2020 – The Dodge Momentum Index moved a scant 0.1% lower in May to 129.2 (2000=100) from the revised April reading of 129.4. The Momentum Index, issued by Dodge Data & Analytics, 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 commercial component of the Momentum Index rose 1.0% during the month, while the institutional component dropped 1.9%.
The resilience of the Momentum Index over the last two months has been remarkable in the face of the COVID-19 crisis and resulting economic recession. With May’s reading, the Momentum Index is down 17% from its most recent peak in July 2018. During the Great Recession, by contrast, the peak-to-trough decline was 62%. While the Momentum Index may move lower in the future, its present level continues to suggest that there are enough projects entering planning to allow construction to begin a modest recovery in the third quarter.
In May, eleven projects each with a value of $100 million or more entered planning. The leading commercial projects were a $213 million warehouse in Riverside CA and a $195 million warehouse in Perris CA. The leading institutional projects were the $213 million Kaiser Permanente hospital in San Marcos CA and the $100 million Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis IN.
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