Industry economists see a “path to normalcy” emerging, despite continued challenges fighting the spread of COVID-19, as well as supply chain disruptions and labor shortages. A spectacular second half of 2021? That’s in the forecast too.
Optimism In The Air?
Crystal ball? Data? A little of both? What wins do you predict lie ahead for your construction business? According to Construction Dive, some insiders are very optimistic as they look ahead:
“I find it remarkable that so much normalcy has returned to the construction industry,” said Anirban Basu, chief economist for Associated Builders and Contractors….Basu expects high raw material prices to last for a bit longer, prices would eventually come down. Overall, Basu had a sunny outlook for the construction industry. He predicted that the second half of 2021 would be “spectacular” for economic growth in the country and that demand for construction would get a boost from stimulus spending by the federal government. “The economy is set to bounce back handsomely,” Basu said.
Still craning your neck for talent? You are not alone. Expect the demand and competition for labor to continue, according to Basu, who also predicts: Construction companies will soon be busier than ever as evidenced by the Architecture Billings Index, which tracks how busy architecture firms are.
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Material Costs+Economics 101=?
Building materials, have hit historically high levels this past year. Though some prices, like softwood lumber have started to drop, inflation is liking to keep materials costs high. However, according to Basu, the market should eventually even out, since “the cure for high process is high prices.” What’s that mean? At least in theory, high prices and demand for materials will result in suppliers increasing productivity and capacity—creating more materials—and driving down costs. Here’s hoping, right?
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