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Construction in the US - Key Trends and Opportunities to 2023

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Construction in the US - Key Trends and Opportunities to 2023
Published: October 11, 2019 Content info: 54 Pages

Following weak growth in 2017, construction growth in the US accelerated in 2018, owed in part to corporate tax cuts and increased infrastructure investment by state and local governments. As a result, the country's construction industry grew by 2.2% in real terms in 2018, compared to 0.4% in 2017. However, growth is projected to decelerate this year to 0.5% in 2019, largely due to a decline in residential investment and heightened policy uncertainty from the recent escalation of the US trade war with China, which is weighing on business sentiment and holding back investment in major construction projects.

On 1st August, President Donald Trump announced that he would impose a new 10% tariff on a further US$300 billion of imported Chinese goods, ranging from clothes to smartphones, marking a sharp escalation of the ongoing trade war between the two countries. This new round of tariffs is in addition to the current tariffs of 25% on US$250 billion of Chinese imports. Already, construction companies across the country are shifting supply chains and delaying capital expenditure as a result of the previous US tariff increases on Chinese products and foreign metals. This latest announcement of tariffs on Chinese imports, together with the effects of previous tariffs, will further undermine business confidence, and likely lead to weaker construction growth.

Activity in the US residential construction market - which accounts for almost 42% of the industry's total value - softened significantly in 2018, and has since struggled to gain traction, with construction put in place contracting by an average of 8.2% (in seasonally adjusted annual rates) in the first six months of 2019, according to the US Census Bureau. Growth is expected to recover to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 1.1% over the remainder of the forecast period, supported by rising investments in infrastructure and energy and utilities projects.

The total construction project pipeline in the US including all mega projects with a value above US$25 million - stands at US$852.2 billion. The pipeline, which includes all projects from pre-planning to execution, is relatively skewed towards late stage projects, with 58.7% of the pipeline value being in projects in the pre-execution and execution stages as of October 2019.


This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the construction industry in the US. It provides -

  • Historical (2014-2018) and forecast (2019-2023) valuations of the construction industry in the US, featuring details of key growth drivers.
  • Segmentation by sector (commercial, industrial, infrastructure, energy and utilities, institutional and residential) and by sub-sector
  • Analysis of the mega-project pipeline, including breakdowns by development stage across all sectors, and projected spending on projects in the existing pipeline.
  • Listings of major projects, in addition to details of leading contractors and consultants

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  • Assess business risks, including cost, regulatory and competitive pressures.
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Table of Contents
Product Code: GDCN0499MR

Table of Contents

  • 4.1. Economic Performance
  • 4.2. Political Environment
  • 4.3. Demographics
  • 4.4. Risk Profile
  • 5.1. All Construction
    • 5.1.1. Outlook
    • 5.1.2. Project analytics
  • 5.2. Commercial Construction
    • 5.2.1. Outlook
    • 5.2.2. Project analytics
  • 5.3. Industrial Construction
    • 5.3.1. Outlook
    • 5.3.2. Project analytics
  • 5.4. Infrastructure Construction
    • 5.4.1. Outlook
    • 5.4.2. Project analytics
  • 5.5. Energy and Utilities Construction
    • 5.5.1. Outlook
    • 5.5.2. Project analytics
  • 5.6. Institutional Construction
    • 5.6.1. Outlook
    • 5.6.2. Project analytics
  • 5.7. Residential Construction
    • 5.7.1. Outlook
    • 5.7.2. Project analytics
  • 6.1. Contractors
  • 6.2. Consultants
  • 7.1. What is this Report About?
  • 7.2. Definitions
  • 8.1. GlobalData at a Glance
  • 8.2. GlobalData Construction
  • 8.3. Disclaimer
  • 8.4. Contact Us

List of Tables

  • Table 1: Construction Outlook
  • Table 2: The US, Key Economic Indicators
  • Table 3: The US, Construction Output Value (nominal, US$ Million)
  • Table 4: The US, Top Commercial Construction Projects by Value
  • Table 5: The US, Top Industrial Construction Projects by Value
  • Table 6: The US, Top Infrastructure Construction Projects by Value
  • Table 7: The US, Top Energy and Utilities Construction Projects by Value
  • Table 8: The US, Top Institutional Construction Projects by Value
  • Table 9: The US, Top Residential and Mixed-Use Construction Projects by Value
  • Table 10: The US, Key Contractors
  • Table 11: The US, Key Consultants
  • Table 12: GlobalData Construction Market Definitions
  • Table 13: Construction Risk Index Ratings and Scores

List of Figures

  • Figure 1: Key Markets, Construction Output Growth Matrix and Risk Matrix
  • Figure 2: The US, Construction Projects Pipeline by Sector (US$ Billion)
  • Figure 3: The US, Total New Housing Units Permit Authorized (Numbers)
  • Figure 4: The US, New H
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