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Construction costs are up more than 7% year-over-year, according to both Turner Construction and Rider Levett Bucknall

U.S. Construction Costs Rise in High Single-Digits Y-O-Y 

U.S. construction costs registered significant increases in the first quarter on both a quarterly and annual basis, according to Turner Construction and Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB). Turner said its First Quarter 2022 Turner Building Cost Index had increased to the value of 1255. This represents a 2.03% quarterly increase from Q4 2021 and a 7.08% year-over-year increase. 

RLB measured a slightly lower quarterly increase for Q1, but an even bigger one Y-O-Y. The U.S. quarterly national average increase in construction cost is approximately 1.58%, compared to 8.04% Y-O-Y, according to RLB, 

“Overall supply chain stability and the ‘return-to-normal’ state have not yet been established,” said Attilio Rivetti, the Turner VP responsible for compiling the Cost Index. “Some key materials continue to be in short supply due to supply chain disruptions in manufacturing and computer chip shortages. Higher transportation costs are due to the rising price of gasoline and diesel fuels.” 

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