RLB Global Construction Cost Q4 Cost Report

International property and construction consultancy firm Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has released its new Quarterly Cost Report (QCR) for North America. With data current to mid-Q4 and featuring construction cost information for 14 US and Canadian markets, the QCR provides a statistical view of the state of the construction industry, detailing indicative construction costs for eight building sectors.

“The average increase in construction costs from 2020 through 2021 was 7.42%. It can be argued that some of the increase in 2021 may simply be catching up on the low rate of increase in 2020, but it is more likely a reaction to the combination of the labor shortages and supply chain issues that the industry has encountered,” said Julian Anderson, FRICS, President of Rider Levett Bucknall North America. “In my opinion, while 2022 should be less frenetic than 2020 and 2021, it is unlikely that we will see any relief from the current high rate of cost increases until some of the heat goes out of the economy.”

Market highlights

  • RLB reports that from July 1, 2021 to October 1, 2021, the U.S. national average increase in construction costs was approximately 1.50% (7.42% annualized)
  • Boston (2.66%), Chicago (2.28%), New York (1.92%), San Francisco (1.99%), and Seattle (5.00%) are the markets with cost increases above the national average during the fourth quarter
  • Markets seeing an increase in construction costs below the national average during the fourth quarter include Denver (1.34%}, Honolulu (0.94%), Las Vegas (1.35%), Los Angeles (1.39%), Phoenix (1.21%), Portland (1.33%), and Washington DC (0.37%).

Key fiscal barometers

  • The U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) shows a year-over-year increase of 5.38%
  • The U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 2.1% in Q3, following a rate of 6.7% in the second quarter
  • In October, the Architectural Billings Index (ABI) dipped to 54.3 from the previous month’s 56.6

Read the complete Rider Levett Bucknall QCR report here. 

About Rider Levett Bucknall

Rider Levett Bucknall is an award-winning international firm known for providing project management, construction cost consulting, and related property and construction advisory services—at all stages of the design and construction process. Rider Levett Bucknall’s North American practice has offices in 21 cities across the North America, including Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Denver, Hilo, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Maui, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Toronto, Tucson, Waikoloa, and Washington, D.C. With more than 4,000 employees worldwide, Rider Levett Bucknall brings unparalleled value and service to its prestigious group of clients, through its robust experience and high-level expertise. The firm enjoys a professional heritage that spans over 235 years, and it continues to be a global leader in the construction industry throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.

For more information, visit www.rlb.com, and for the latest company news and construction cost trends, follow the firm on LinkedIn and Twitter @rlbamericas.


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