Complimentary webcast from CMD.
November 19, 2015 from Noon-1:30 p.m. EST
  This presentation will begin on November 19, 2015 12:00 PM EST. Audience members may arrive 15 minutes in advance of this time.


Economic Outlook Webcast
Construction 2016: How Sustainable is the Economic Recovery?

The construction economy in the U.S. seems to be on solid ground, with the major building categories seeing steady volume increases and all forward-looking indicators appearing positive. Should smart construction professionals concentrate on growth in 2016 – or is there reason to remain cautious? With an election on the horizon and fluctuating stock markets, which markets will fare best? How will lower oil and natural gas prices affect materials costs? Where are the biggest opportunities and what are the biggest risks?

Discover the answers when chief economists from the AIA, the AGC and CMD come together for this year’s fall webcast:

Construction 2016: How Sustainable is the Economic Recovery?

On Thursday, November 19, join chief economists who know the construction industry, Kermit Baker of the AIA, Ken Simonson of the AGC and Alex Carrick of CMD/iSqFt, for insight into the outlook for 2016 construction:

  ■   What trends are driving construction growth?
  ■   Which markets are surging ahead of predictions?
  ■   How tight is the competition for skilled labor?
  ■   Has housing reached its full potential?
  ■   Which regions are showing signs of slowing?
  ■   Where is construction on-site and planning activity speeding up?
  ■   What are the wild cards that can affect the upcoming season?

Join the economists for a live broadcast on November 19, 12:00-1:30 p.m. EST. The complimentary webcast is open to everyone, and all who register can download the economists’ presentation slides or view the archived presentation after the live broadcast. AIA members who attend the live webcast are eligible to receive 1.5 AIA CEU credits.

Sign up today for an informed look into the 2016 construction outlook. The three economists will take questions from the audience in the last half hour.


Meet the Experts

Ken Simonson Ken Simonson
Chief Economist, The AGC of America

Ken Simonson has been the chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, a leading construction industry trade association, since 2001. Ken has 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. His weekly Data DIGest goes to 47,000 subscribers. Ken is a Fellow and past president of NABE, and he serves as an appointed member of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Data Users Advisory Committee. Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.

Kermit Baker
Chief Economist, AIA

Kermit Baker is the chief economist for the American Institute of Architects. In this capacity, he analyzes business and construction trends in the U.S. economy and examines their impact on AIA members and the architectural profession. Kermit originated the AIA Architecture Billings Index, as well as the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel. He received his Master's degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the same field. In 2002, Kermit was named honorary member of the AIA.

Alex Carrick
Chief Economist, CMD

Alex Carrick is the North American Chief Economist for CMD and CanaData. Alex has been analyzing U.S. and Canadian construction activity for more than 40 years. An award-winning author of thousands of economic articles, Alex loves social media and posts his articles daily. He is regularly quoted and interviewed by major news outlets, and his columns are a popular feature of the Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce. Alex has a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MA from the University of Toronto.


Laura Marlow
Laura Marlow is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at CMD. She manages relationships with AIA, AGC, USGBC and many AEC industry partners. Laura also leads CMD’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts. She graduated from the University of South Carolina and is a LEED AP.

AIA Learning Units

AIA members are eligible to receive 1.5 learning units for attending the live webcast. Members must include their AIA member number during registration. Non-member architects can request a certificate of completion.

Provider number: K054

Program number: 14CFW111915

Program Name: Construction 2016: How Sustainable is the Economic Recovery?

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