Denver Construction Cost Increase Below National Average

Comparitive Cost Index, courtesy of RLB.

International property and construction consultancy firm Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has released its latest Quarterly Cost Report, providing an eye-opening perspective on the North American construction industry in 14 key markets.

The latest RLB quarterly cost report, with data current to mid-Q2 2024, shows that the national average increase in construction costs was 1.12 percent over the previous quarter. Boston, Chicago, Denver, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, and Washington DC experienced increases over the national average this quarter. Denver, Las Vegas, New York, Phoenix, and Seattle experienced gains that were less than the national average. 

“The construction industry continues to experience strong demand, but uncertainty is being fueled by high interest rates and increasing labor costs for the rest of 2024. The approaching presidential election and potential policy adjustments are also contributing to this uncertainty,” says Paul Brussow, president of RLB North America. “Nevertheless, overall growth in the construction sector is expected to remain positive this year.”

Quarterly Cost Report notes

  • During Q2 2024, the U.S. national average increase in construction cost is approximately 1.12 percent; compared to 1.31 percent in the first quarter.
  • During Q2 2024, the Denver increase in construction cost is 0.77 percent; compared to 1.22 percent in the first quarter.
  • Year-over-year, the U.S. national average increase in construction costs is approximately 5.41 percent; compared to 5.85 percent YOY in the first quarter. 
  • In Denver, construction costs increased 4.03 percent between April 2023 and April 2024.
  • The national construction unemployment rate is down slightly to 5.4 percent; down from 5.6 percent in the same period last year
  • The Architectural Billings Index (ABI) is 42.4; a decrease of nearly 6 points over the previous month.

Read the complete QCR report here 

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