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California Region Escalation Report

Written By Richard Vermeulen On 14-Dec-2016

Richard Vermeulen, co-CEO, and leading Construction Economist at Vermeulens, commercial construction cost estimators outlines the economic issues that affect construction escalation for California.

Construction Escalation is Above the Construction Trendline of 3.1% for California

Structural Steel Pricing 2005 - 2016 ($/Ton)

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ENR Engineering News Record – The two primary construction indexes represented by ENR is the Building Cost Index (BCI) and the Construction Cost Index (CCI), which only have four components (INPUT) - Cement, Lumber, Steel and Labor.  They do not capture all of the factors influencing project costs particular to a region including labor cost productivity and margins based on demand.
Vermeulens index take all factors into account as an OUTPUT indexes and have larger fluctuations.  Vermeulens forecasts the market on all indexes and indicators, which reflect the true market trends and costs. 


The Vermeulens database includes over 3,000 projects, which form a library to access market conditions, trade prices, escalation, building type, client contracts, product information, and correspondence that can be extrapolated a wide range of analysis.

Escalation for the California region cities as projected by Q3 2016 - Vermeulens Market Outlook:

Escalation for the California region cities as projected by Q3 2016 - Vermeulens Market Outlook

Beyond Estimation  Market Outlook – Q3 2016

Vermeulens market reports are based on actual selling prices in the Institutional-Commercial-Industrial construction industry.  Forecasts are based on leading indicators, and historical  comparative analysis. 

A summary of the Report

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