The firm reported that building in Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties was down 44 percent compared with July of 2001. Nonresidential construction in July was $32 million this year, off 73 percent from the same month in 2001.
Residential construction wasn’t hurt nearly as badly, being just under $89 million this July, down eight percent from $96 million for the same month last year.
In cumulative terms, the picture is not so gloomy, with building for all of this year being at $1,050,202,000, off four percent from $1,098,587,000 for the same period in 2001.
In fact, residential construction for the entire year is up 8 percent — $617 million this year in contrast to $572 million in 2001 — but nonresidential construction showed an 18 percent deficit.
Through July of 2001, nonresidential construction in the SMA totaled $525.7 million as opposed to $432.7 for this year.
McGraw-Hill Construction is a widely recognized authority on the construction market. The firm publishes Dodge Reports and Sweet’s Catalog Files.
The firm defines residential construction as one- and two-family homes.