Dallas building sector rebounding from pandemic – The Dallas Morning News

18June 2020


North Texas building and construction activity is rebounding after a sharp decline during the pandemic.

Dallas is one of only two major metro locations where construction activity has rebound to pre pandemic levels, according to a brand-new survey by the Associated General Contractors of America.

The building and construction market trade group took a look at significant markets around the country to gauge building activity at the end of Might.

Among the eight biggest markets, Dallas had the most significant rebound in building– up 15% as of Might 31, according to information collected by Procore Technologies, a construction project management.

“Building and construction activity has actually returned to pre-coronavirus levels in 34 states, based upon information on workers’ hours examined by Procore,” the trade group’s report states. “And construction has gone back to pre-coronavirus levels in Dallas and Miami, according to Procore’s data on 8 large metro locations.”

Building starts ground to a halt in numerous locations of the country as the COVID-19 outbreak took hold.

Starting in mid March, construction employee hours were down by more than 10% in Texas.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth location, business building activity stopped by about 40% in Might from a year earlier.

More than 60% of construction companies interviewed for the new market study stated had at least one job stopped or canceled because of the pandemic.

And 25% of construction companies said they had actually experienced structure products shortages that are triggering delays on current projects.

“A lot of the immediate economic effects of the coronavirus have actually passed and, as a result, activity and hiring are up, a bit,” Ken Simonson, the general professionals association’s primary economic expert, said in the brand-new report. “But while the instant crisis appears to have passed, we are just now starting to appreciate a few of the longer-term impacts of the pandemic on the market.”

More than 20% of construction firms stated they report including employees in June, compared with one-in-four business letting employees go between March and Might.

“But it is very important to bear in mind that building and construction activity typically increases a fair bit between March 1 and completion of Might as the weather condition enhances and more work gets underway,” Simonson stated. “Getting to March 1 levels suggests progress, but it doesn’t suggest things are back to normal.”

More than 40% of building firms stated they do not expect demand will recover to regular levels for a minimum of 4 months– most saying it will take longer than six months.

The survey is based upon reactions from more than 630 building and construction firms gathered in between June 9 and 17.

Only Dallas and Miami had an increase in construction in the latest survey.

Just Dallas and Miami had a boost in building and construction in the current study. (Procore) Source: dallasnews.com

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