Recent economic forecasts show that it has taken five years of recovery in the nation’s economy to bring the commercial development and construction sector to a place where it is now experiencing profits on a year to year basis. Construction spending in 2014 was 21.8 percent greater than construction spending in 2011 according to a recent report by the NAIOP Research Foundation.

Commercial development and construction was one of the hardest hit sectors of the economy during the Great Recession that began in 2007 and lasted through 2009. The US Census and the latest report by NAIOP Research Foundation show that during this time period, the total amount of construction declined by 33.3 percent since its peak in 2006. This amounted to a decrease from $1.67 trillion to $778 billion of construction put in place during this business cycle ending around 2011.

Recent forecasts show a continuing upward trend for the construction industry, although different building types will experience varying degrees of growth. Nonresidential building construction will have an uneven growth trend as a result of some weakness in manufacturing and energy-related construction in 2015-2016. Commercial development and construction spending for retail, office and health care and warehouse buildings is projected to be strong in 2015, and peak in 2016 through 2017. Overall, there should be a healthy growth through at least 2020.

The NAIOP report shows that direct expenditures of $138.4 billion from the existing number of commercial buildings,( totaling 44.2 billion square feet in 2014) has contributed $382.3 billion to GDP.

The positive trends in construction spending supported the increase in the industry’s employment. The direct expenditures have generated $120.4 billion in personal earnings (wages and salaries) and supported 3.3 million jobs.

If you combine the economic contributions of new development with the operation of existing buildings in 2014, the economic picture is even more positive. The total number of direct expenditures increases to $312.7 billion and results in the following economic contribution to the US economy:

  • contribution of $910.4 billion to US GDP;
  • increase of $288.8 billion in personal earnings; and
  • creation of a total of 7 million jobs.

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Source: “Economic Impacts of Commercial Real Estate, NAIOP Research Foundation, 2015 Edition.