Complimentary webcast from CMD.
April 30, 2015 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. EDT

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Construction activity has been increasing moderately but unevenly. Recent indications suggest 2015 could be a rewarding year overall. But along with the potential for success, there are also major risks — especially for contractors dependent on oil and gas investment, public outlays or export-related sectors. Find out what a trio of leading construction economists expect for specific regions and construction segments:
  • Areas expected to see the largest gains
  • Metros with the largest housing increases; areas still distressed
  • Multifamily versus Single Family spending
  • Categories accounting for greatest spending
  • Construction employment gains and losses
  • Positions difficult to fill
  • Best prospects
  • Labor and materials prices
Join the industry-leading experts for the live webcast on April 30 from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Will Construction Pick up the Pace or the Pieces?

The economists will take questions from the audience in the last half hour.

Meet the Experts


Alex Carrick
Chief Economist, CMD


Recently named CMD’s North American Chief Economist, Alex Carrick has served since 1985 as Chief Economist for CanaData and Reed. An awarded author of thousands of articles, Alex is regularly quoted by major news outlets and his online analyses are a popular feature of the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce. Alex has a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto.


Ken Simonson
Chief Economist, The Associated General Contractors of America


Ken Simonson has been the chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America since 2001. His weekly summary of economic news relevant to construction, The Data DIGest, goes to 47,000 subscribers. He was the 2012-2013 president of the National Association for Business Economics. Currently, he serves as an appointed member of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Data Users Advisory Committee. Ken has 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. He earned a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.


Kermit Baker
Chief Economist, The American Institute of Architects


Kermit Baker is the Chief Economist for the American Institute of Architects. Kermit originated the AIA’s “Work on the Boards” Survey, a monthly assessment of business conditions at architecture firms and the source of the Architecture Billings Index. He also coordinates the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel, and writes regular economics columns for AIArchitect. Kermit also is the Project Director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Kermit 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 made an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.

Laura Marlow
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development, CMD


Laura Marlow is the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Business Development at CMD. She manages relationships with AIA, AGC, USGBC and with 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: 40107831
Program Number: 14CFW043015
Program Name: Will Construction Pick up the Pace or the Pieces?


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