RLB: Construction costs rise 1.2% in Q4; up 5.2% YOY

Working with the twelve markets that quantity surveyor and development consulting agency Rider Levett Bucknall tracked in its fourth quarter 2019 North The usa Quarterly Building Charge Report, U.S. development costs rose an common of 5.two% from Oct 2018 to Oct 2019. The common maximize in development costs between the 3rd and fourth quarters of 2019 was one.two%.

Marketplaces coming in higher than the 12 months-above-12 months common were:

  • San Francisco (7.eight%)
  • Chicago (6.three%)​
  • Honolulu (6.two%)
  • Seattle (6.two%)
  • Washington, D.C. (6.two%)
  • Portland (5.eight%)​

Metros areas coming in beneath the common were:

  • Phoenix (5%)
  • Las Vegas (4.eight%)
  • Denver (4.three%)
  • New York (4.three%)
  • Boston (4.two%)​
  • Los Angeles (one.one%)​

RLB also laid out the sq. footage selling prices for a assortment of job kinds in the twelve markets and involved lower and high price ranges for each individual. The most high priced sort of job was as high as $870 for each sq. foot for a medical center in Los Angeles and the least high priced was $45 for each sq. foot for a ground parking great deal in Phoenix.

In comparison, the high-end price of developing a medical center was $455 for each sq. foot in Las Vegas, and the price of developing a ground parking great deal in New York runs as high as $one hundred seventy five for each sq. foot. RLB observed that costs from market to market get into account variables like web-site disorders, climate, specification specifications and nearby financial disorders.

San Francisco experienced the maximum maximize in costs in this hottest RLB report, but RLB is just not the only 1 monitoring the metro. In Turner & Townsend’s “2019 Global Building Marketplace Survey,” the management and consulting agency identified San Francisco as the most high priced city in the world in which to construct, ahead of New York Town, London, Zurich and Hong Kong. The common for each-sq.-foot price to construct in the Bay Place was $416, an maximize of 5% from 2017. 

In its report, Turner & Townsend explained that the metro’s flourishing tech sector — and the resulting need for house — was partly to blame for San Francisco’s skyrocketing development costs. In 2018, for occasion, the price of developing a new business in the Bay Place ranged from $three hundred for each sq. foot for development in a business enterprise park to $625 for each sq. foot for a high-end business high-increase.

For startups or lesser tech providers that won’t be able to afford these types of high priced house, towns like Phoenix are actively courting the tech sector and are additional in their price tag variety. In 2018, the identical high-increase would have price $340 for each sq. foot, whilst the considerably less high priced selection in a business enterprise park would have operate $124 for each sq. foot to construct. 

In Oct, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors accepted legislation that will most likely drive San Francisco’s development costs even larger. In purchase to increase funds for affordable housing, the city’s Employment Housing Linkage will almost double, bringing in about $four hundred million for housing all through the future 20 decades. ​