Turner Construction Company announced that the Q3 2020 Turner Building Cost Index—which measures costs in the nonresidential building construction market in the United States—has decreased to a value of 1171. This represents a 0.51% reduction from the Q2 2020.
Attilio Rivetti, the Turner vice president responsible for compiling the Cost Index, said, “The vast majority of construction projects were deemed essential business operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the projects that were paused or slowed earlier this year have ramped up and are back on track. We are witnessing minor increases for fabricated commercial building materials, which is being offset as we continue to see subcontractor competitiveness increasing in efforts to secure backlog for their business.”
Turner has prepared the construction cost forecast for more than 80 years. The building costs and price trends tracked by the Turner Building Cost Index may or may not reflect regional conditions in any given quarter. The Cost Index is determined by several factors considered on a nationwide basis, including labor rates and productivity, material prices and the competitive condition of the marketplace. This index does not necessarily conform to other published indices because others do not generally take all of these factors into account.