Schluter TROBA-LEVEL Paver Support System Makes Exterior Installations Easier

Exterior tile installations have always held many challenges for installers.  Managing proper drainage and preventing damaged tiles are particularly difficult in harsh climates or areas with wide temperature swings or a lot of moisture.  The proliferation of 2 cm thick porcelain tiles has created an opportunity for exterior installations to be done much more easily and with greater success. Schluter-TROBA-LEVEL is a paver support system designed specifically for use with thick porcelain tiles rated for exterior use.

TROBA-LEVEL pedestal

Schluter’s TROBA-LEVEL paver support system, or pedestals, supports the tiles above the substrate with no bonding system required.

The TROBA-LEVEL paver support system, or pedestals, supports the tiles above the substrate with no bonding system required. This elevated system has a number of advantages over traditional bonded tile methods including simple installation, natural drainage, and ventilation.  The system is available with several accessories designed to manage sloped substrates and different thicknesses of tile so that a level terrace or patio can be installed over an uneven substrate. Through the use of different supports, shims, and spacers the installer can create a level patio with precise transitions and flush seams and corners.

Finished TROBA-LEVEL project

Schluter TROBA-LEVEL pedestals make installing 2 cm thick porcelain pavers easier.

Because tiles are not bonded in place, the system allows for quick and easy access to waterproofing, drainage systems, or utilities beneath the finished patio floor.  The installed paver support system needs to be properly contained and restrained around the full perimeter for a long-lasting durable installation.

For more information, visit www.schluter.com.

 

CERAMICS OF ITALY LAUNCHES FIRST EDITION OF CERSAIE YOUNG DISTRIBUTOR PROGRAM

(Bologna, IT – June 2019) Ceramics of Italy announces the inaugural edition of the Cersaie Young Distributor Program. Organized by Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and EdiCer SpA (the organizer of Cersaie), this new initiative aims to bring a new generation of North American importers and distributors to Cersaie – the world’s premier exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – taking place from September 23-27, 2019 in Bologna, Italy.

Journalists and architects at Cersaie

Selected participants in the Young Distributor Program will be invited to join a delegation of North American architecture and design trade and media at Cersaie to see the latest products and technical advancements in Italian ceramic tile.

Selected participants will be invited to join a delegation of North American architecture and design trade and media on a trip to Bologna, Italy to see the latest products and technical advancements in Italian ceramic tile. The Italian ceramics industry will pay for a three-night hotel stay and round-trip flight. Group activities will include a guided tour of the show, educational sessions on sustainability and installation, and the opportunity to visit a tile factory to see tile production first hand. Young distributors will also enjoy the chance to visit factories and exhibitor booths on their own time.

“With this program, we aim to acknowledge and empower rising industry professionals, educate them on the benefits of Italian ceramics, and equip them with the proper tools for building strong, long-lasting business partnerships,” says Emilio Mussini, Vice-Chairman of Confindustria Ceramica.

Applications are due on July 15, 2019. Up to three importers/distributors will be selected and notified on August 1. Interested applicants should fill out the submission form at bit.ly/Cersaie_YoungDistributors.

 

 

World’s Largest Ceramic Tile Show (CERSAIE) Returns to Bologna Sept 23-27 with New Identity

Cersaie logo

Cersaie logo

What: The 2019 edition of Cersaie – the world’s largest international exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings – will take place at the Bologna Exhibition Center in Bologna, Italy from September 23-27, 2019. It will include a robust program that includes lectures, CEU-accredited seminars for architects and designers, and training courses for tile industry professionals. The show features 800+ exhibitors from 40 countries and attracts over 112,000 attendees from around the world, including architects, interior designers, tile installers, distributors, and media. Now in its 37th year, Cersaie is organized by Edi.Cer SpA and promoted by Confindustria Ceramica in collaboration with Bologna Fiere.

Website/Social: www.cersaie.it / For more information, follow @CersaieOfficial on Twitter and @Cersaie on Facebook and Instagram.

Cersaie opening day

Cersaie will take place at the Bologna Exhibition Center in Bologna, Italy from September 23-27, 2019

When: September 23-27, 2019

Where: Bologna Exhibition Center – Bologna, Italy

Highlights:

  • Cersaie has adopted a new look for 2019 and beyond. The campaign, “Open Cersaie,” incorporates a new logo and updated visual identity, representing an inclusive space in which ideas and energy can flow freely. “Open Cersaie” focuses on the importance of building relationships and fostering diversity in the world of architecture and design, and aims to reach new target audiences with a strategic digital media plan.
Cersaie tile display

Visitors to Cersaie see the latest tile trends

  • Chilean architect Felipe Assadi will participate in the 11th edition of the “Building, Dwelling, Thinking” cultural program at Cersaie 2019. In 1999, Assadi received the Young Promotion Award from the Architects’ Association of Chile and has since taught at a number of universities around the world. During the show, he will speak at a conference held in the Architecture Gallery about his work throughout Latin America and the U.S.
  • Archincont(r)act – a new exhibition area designed to encourage networking among architects, exhibitors and suppliers in the contract design sector – will have 10 participating studios for this first edition. Located in Pavilion 29, the space will cover 700 sq. meters and feature a conference area and champagneria at the center.
  • Cersaie’s 6th annual themed exhibition space will take on the format of a conceptual art gallery called Famous Bathrooms in Hall 30. Curated by Angelo Dall’Aglio and Davide Vercelli, the exhibition will feature a series of elaborate bathroom vignettes inspired by iconic historical figures like Coco Chanel, Piet Mondrian, Sigmund Freud and the Beatles.
Cersaie Tiling Town 2018

Cersaie Tiling Town 2018

  • “Città della Posa” (Tiling Town) will return to Hall 31/A during Cersaie for the eighth year. Organized by Assoposa – the Italian tile installers association – the program will include various technical workshops and discussions between tile installers and designers to ensure cohesive relationships. Demonstrations will also focus on proper tile laying techniques, particularly with large format slabs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WarmlyYours celebrates 20th anniversary with electric floor heating sale

Lake Zurich, Ill., June 27, 2019 WarmlyYours is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as a company with a massive sale on its flagship electric floor heating product line.

The “WarmlyYours 20th Anniversary Sale”, which lasts from July 1 – July 31, will feature a 20% discount on select floor heating elements. The sale will focus on TempZone floor heating elements, which are used under some of the most commonly-heated flooring types including tile, marble and stone. The TempZone line includes Flex Rolls, Easy Mats, Floor Heating Cable, Shower Floor Mats, and Shower Bench Mats. This variety of different heating elements ensures that there will be an applicable TempZone product for nearly any application. The development of this expansive product line is just one of the many accomplishments that WarmlyYours has achieved in 20 years, said Julia Billen, owner and president of the company.

“We have always strived to improve ourselves as a company,” said Billen. “And the driving force behind that has always been our desire to put our customers first.”

In accordance with this customer-first approach, Billen said that WarmlyYours has made a concerted effort to distinguish themselves from the competition by providing a superior quality of customer service since the company was founded in 1999. This has led to an unrivaled 24/7 Technical Support team based out of Illinois and to educational resources like monthly webinars and daily “Ask the Expert” live Q&A sessions online.

“I have always firmly believed that the secret to earning long term customers is a combination of continuous education and always being there to help them when they need you most,” said Billen.

20th Anniversary WarmlyYours Sale Social Media Image

In order to accomplish these goals, Billen placed a premium on building up the internal IT team for WarmlyYours by gathering talented coders and developers. This cultivation of skilled team members led WarmlyYours to several industry “firsts” including being the first e-commerce site for radiant heating sales, an instant quoting and design tool, a heat loss calculator, and operating cost calculators for both floor heating and snow melting systems. According to Billen, there are even more improvements planned for WarmlyYours in the future.

“I really feel like our team has spent the last 20 years turning WarmlyYours into one of the strongest radiant heating companies in the world,” said Billen. “And I can’t wait to see what the next 20 years bring.”

DALTILE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF EXCITING PARTNERSHIP WITH CELEBRITY KRISTIN CAVALLARI

Dallas, TX – June 25, 2019 – Daltile is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new partnership with celebrity Kristin Cavallari.  Cavallari is a well-known actress, designer, mother, and entrepreneur with a strong social following. Cavallari will become the new face and spokesperson of the Daltile brand as well as a key component in the brand’s new overarching marketing campaign that spotlights the fashion-forward products under its portfolio.  By heightening the end-consumers’ awareness that Daltile offers on-trend, style-driven products, the brand will further set its partners up for increased success in selling more Daltile products.

Kristin Cavallari

Kristin Cavallari

“Daltile understands the importance of providing consumers with a vast array of selections to choose from — because every person has a unique way of verbalizing their individual style within their designs,” said Thorn-Brooks, vice president of marketing for Dal-Tile Corporation, parent company of the Daltile brand.  “Daltile offers a breadth and depth of product that is unmatched in the industry and includes all of the latest ‘fashion-based, on-trend products’ that today’s consumers are looking for. From tile and mosaics to extra-large slab, countertops, and roofing tile, Daltile has it all.”

“As the new face and spokesperson for Daltile, Cavallari is a perfect fit for the brand as she is the embodiment of style and fashion paired with a strong desire to have everything she designs represent her personal uniqueness,” added Thorn-Brooks.

“Everything that I do reflects who I am and my personal style,” said celebrity Kristin Cavallari.  “Whether I am designing my home, my retail space, or my office, it’s really important to me to create something that represents who I am.  Partnering with Daltile is a great match, because Daltile is all about self-expression and allowing you to be creative and bring your vision to life.  Plus, I am crazy about home décor. What better partner for that interest? With a massive assortment of design-driven products that combine function and fashion, Daltile offers me endless possibilities to innovate, showcase my creativity, and express my personal style in any project I take on.”

Nemo Tile + Stone Opens New Showroom In Philadelphia’s Old City District

NEW YORK, NY — June 2019 — Nemo Tile + Stone, a New York City-based provider of top-performing surface materials, is excited to announce the opening of their new, ground level, showroom in Philadelphia at 240 N. 2nd St. The showroom is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Old City District, joining industry compatriots such as Poggenpohl, in establishing a neighborhood dedicated to providing the best in high design to the region. The showroom’s thoughtful design underscores this initiative, and will be positioned as a center of design culture and networking, with events, panels, and seminars frequently being hosted in the space. In addition, all of the latest Nemo Tile + Stone offerings will be on display in the showroom, including the new spring collections that launched this May.

Nemo Tile + Stone Philadelphia Showroom

“We are thrilled about our new location in Philadelphia,” comments Matt Karlin, President of Nemo Tile + Stone. “This expansion has felt like a long time coming and we are hitting the ground running, relocating one of our long-standing employees to the area and hiring new team members based in Philadelphia, so that our presence in the city is stronger than ever. I am looking forward to seeing the success of the space and the district emerge as a destination for design.”

Nemo Tile + Stone Philadelphia showroom

Nemo Tile + Stone Philadelphia showroom

The newly-appointed team spearheading sales in Philadelphia will include Priscilla Bissi, a long-standing member of the Nemo Tile + Stone team who has relocated to the Philadelphia region, as well as Carol Meade, Emily Metro, and Rachel Salomon. For additional information on each of these integral team members, please see below.

 

About Priscilla Bissi: Priscilla Bissi brings over 12 years of experience to Nemo Tile + Stone’s dedicated Philadelphia team of sales professionals. Tasked with connecting the region’s architecture and design community with Nemo Tile + Stone’s vast portfolio of products, Priscilla informs clientele through an infusion of expertise in design. Well-informed across a number of sectors, from hospitality to residential, Priscilla demonstrates a tailored approach to every project.

 

About Carol Meade: In her position of A&D Account Manager, Carol is responsible for identifying, quoting, and generating tile and stone sales in the Philadelphia market. Based in the company’s new showroom, Carol readily maintains relationships with architecture and design firms aiming to specify tile and stone for projects of every classification from hospitality to commercial spaces. Product activations are led by Carol and her team through showroom events and area trade shows. In her ten-year tenure within the architecture and design industry, Carol has grasped and accomplished a deep understanding of the marketplace’s idiosyncrasies, yielding top sales in her position. Previously, Carol worked in the Information Technology industry.

 

About Emily Metro: In her position as A&D Account Assistant, Emily is responsible for fostering relationships with Philadelphia-based firms to generate tile and stone sales, ensuring that the specific needs of each firm are met with Nemo Tile + Stone offerings. Based in the company’s new showroom, Emily aims to maintain and cultivate architecture and design firm relationships within all realms of the surfacing industry. Equipped with a background in ceramics, Emily has a complete understanding of each step of the tile business, from design, to creation, to specification. With many years of experience behind her, Emily has built relationships that are invaluable to the growth of Nemo Tile + Stone and their presence in Philadelphia.

 

About Rachel Salomon: Equipped with nearly twenty years of experience in the design industry, Rachel leads a team of skilled professionals at Nemo Tile + Stone as the Showroom Manager for the Philadelphia location. Rachel’s extensive product knowledge is utilized to educate and better the customer’s experience. In her position, Rachel maintains the showroom’s strong visual appearance and generates sales through effectively executing merchandise strategies. Rachel keeps a keen eye on all daily operations of the Nemo Tile + Stone showroom managing inventory and the ordering of materials.

 

To learn more about Nemo Tile + Stone, visit www.nemotile.com. Keep up with the company’s latest collections and news by following them on Instagram @nemotile, Twitter @Nemo_Tile and Facebook @NemoTileCompany.

 

 

In Memory: Susan Vogel of Conestoga Tile

Susan Vogel

Susan Vogel

Jim and Steve Vogel of Conestoga Tile, sent out this joint message to the industry on June 26, 2019.
“It is with great sorrow that we inform you one of our founders, Susan Vogel, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the age of 80.
“Jack and Susan Vogel, along with Bob Banta, founded Conestoga Tile in October 1958. Although Susan wasn’t working for Conestoga Tile in the early years of the company, she helped provide support and outside guidance for the family business while she was involved in several other adventures.
“In 1981, Susan became actively involved in Conestoga Tile as the Director of Sales and Marketing and within years, was recognized as the Vice President of Conestoga Tile. Under Susan’s leadership, the architectural services program was developed, opening a new market for Conestoga Tile. Susan was well respected by the architectural community and had built many long term relationships. Susan also built many relationships with our vendors and the members of the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association and had many memorable business trips with them.
“After years of active membership in the local Construction Specification Institute (CSI), Susan was named the first female president of the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the CSI. Susan was never a passive member, she always jumped in with both feet to assist and be a part of a variety of programs throughout her membership.
“On July 3rd, we will be holding a memorial service for Susan Vogel at the Trinity Lutheran church in Lancaster, PA. Many of our employees will be attending the services and may be unavailable for most of the day.”
More of Susan’s life can be found in her obituary, below.

Susan S. Vogel, 80 of Lititz passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Brethren Village after a lengthy illness.  She was preceded in death by her father Charles Henry Sunderland and mother, Eleanor Quinn Sunderland.  She is survived by her loving husband, Jack R. Vogel, three sons Richard (wife Sarah) of Coronado, CA, James (wife Colleen) of Lancaster, PA and Stephen (wife Lesley) of Westminster, MD and eight grandchildren (Emily, Heather, Kate, Tyler, Dylan, John, Jaden and Zachary) and two nephews Jeff Banta, John Banta and a niece BB Webb (all of Bozeman, MT).

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 9, 1938, Susan was ready to shine, and to this day, not much had changed.  While growing up in Pittsburgh, Pa., Sue’s stunning combination of brains, beauty, and wit, along with her thirst for adventure was enough to command the attention of the entire tri-state area. By day, Sue was often found organizing parties and planning events for her friends, an activity she greatly enjoyed throughout her life. Above all, however, Sue’s kind-hearted soul and charismatic spirit were what really set her apart from her classmates, not to mention her amazing leadership skills and “go-getter” attitude,  which guaranteed her a spot to achieving anything she set her mind to, which included becoming the first female student body president at a high school in Pittsburgh. Unsurprisingly, Sue’s popularity and tenacity didn’t stop there.

When Sue left for college, she was sure to bring her self-confidence, compassion, and ambition with her. Sue graduated from Penn State University and continued to be an avid Nittany Lion fan throughout her life. Not just because Sue always looked fabulous in blue and white and loved football, but also because Penn State was where she met so many lifelong friends including her Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority sisters and soul mate, Jack Vogel. Sue was immediately attracted to Jack’s Frat-Star looks and the fact that he was much older. The two fell in love and got married soon after Sue’s college graduation.

Sue and Jack settled in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where Sue gave birth to three very handsome yet very wild and rambunctious boys who became successful. While other wives and mothers during this time were focused on homemaking and looking after the children- Sue knew that she was destined for more.

After pursuing a career as a teacher for four years, Sue landed her dream job working as the Public Relations Director for Gimbels, a high-end department store. During her time at Gimbels, Sue produced fashion shows, entertained visiting celebrities and brought new ideas to the marketplace- she was doing things in the corporate world before other women had even attempted to. After Gimbels she took her talents to Litton, Inc. where she introduced a new technology in cooking: microwave ovens.  Then she moved on to G.E. Richards and Savin office equipment where she was their first woman salesperson in the nation.  Sue ended her career working alongside her husband Jack at Conestoga Tile, as their Vice President, where she continued to make a name for herself as a powerful businesswoman.  In fact, Susan was the first female president of the local chapter of Construction Specification Institute (CSI) while at Conestoga Tile.  Because of this, Sue set the stage for generations to come, and especially for her grandchildren.

When not working, Susan enjoyed entertaining, gardening, socializing and being the proud grandmother of eight fantastic grandchildren. And, according to a very famous, very reliable source, who chooses to remain anonymous, Sue’s grandchildren are “The coolest, best-looking, most talented group of geniuses you will ever meet in the whole world.” The geniuses loved spending time with their Grandmother, who would often be found taking them on a wild adventure, buying them things their parents wouldn’t approve of, or just sitting around and visiting; everyone knew it’s always a fun time with Grandma Vogel.

There is no doubt that Sue has been the best role model, hero, daughter, friend, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and ultimately…The “Greatest Woman” of them All.  She will be dearly missed by all to whom she touched over the many wonderful years of her life.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 S. Duke St., Lancaster, PA on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.  Family will greet friends at the church on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

Private interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125

To donate online: www.hospiceandcommunitycare.org/ways-to-give    

or,

Aaron’s Acres, 1861 Charter Lane, Suite 114, Lancaster, PA 17601   To donate online: aaronsacres.org/donate

StonExpo México Premiers at Obra Blanca Expo 2019

(México City, MX)   —  Obra Blanca Expo (OB Expo), a new tradeshow of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), has joined with Informa, the world’s largest exhibition organization, to bring StonExpo to México. OB Expo with StonExpo Mexico will take place October 15 —  17, 2019, at Expo Santa Fe, México City.

Started in 1987, StonExpo is an international exhibition of marble, granite, and other natural stones, along with the latest trends in stone design and fabrication machinery. StonExpo has been featured at The International Surface Event in Las Vegas since 2004 and this December will also be held in China at The International Surface Event in Shanghai. OB Expo 2019 will be the first time StonExpo is being presented in México.
OB Expo specializes in interior and exterior finishes and materials used in the final stage of a new construction or remodel project, along with those unique items that allow an architect or designer to crown a project with final touches. OB Expo has been designed to provide a superior experience for the visitor. The exhibition is organized by thematic pavilions where three days of events will provide an international platform for architects, interior designers, contractors, distributors, investors, and real estate developers to come together to strengthen relationships, discover the latest trends and product innovations, and above all, to be inspired.
“This unique environment creates the perfect setting for StonExpo, one of the longest running and influential exhibitions in the world of marble and natural stone,” said Amie Gonzalez, Show Director of The International Surface Event.
About StonExpo
StonExpo is a B2B stone industry event under The International Surface Event (TISE) brand offering stone industry professionals a global discovery of specialty stone and machinery, stone tools, equipment, services and demonstrations from leading manufacturers and associations.
About TCNA —  México
Tile Council of North America—  México (TCNA —  México) was incorporated in 2005 to represent tile and tile-related companies with manufacturing in México, and to develop and expand Mexico’s ceramic tile industry, and advance the interests of Mexican stakeholders in national and international standards.
About Tile Council of North America (TCNA)
TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.
The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.

StonExpo México Premiers at Obra Blanca Expo 2019

Obra Blanca Expo (OB Expo), a new tradeshow of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), has joined with Informa, the world’s largest exhibition organization, to bring StonExpo to México. OB Expo with StonExpo Mexico will take place October 15–17, 2019, at Expo Santa Fe, México City.

Started in 1987, StonExpo is an international exhibition of marble, granite, and other natural stones, along with the latest trends in stone design and fabrication machinery. StonExpo has been featured at The International Surface Event in Las Vegas since 2004 and this December will also be held in China at The International Surface Event in Shanghai. OB Expo 2019 will be the first time StonExpo is being presented in México.

OB Expo specializes in interior and exterior finishes and materials used in the final stage of a new construction or remodel project, along with those unique items that allow an architect or designer to crown a project with final touches.

OB Expo has been designed to provide a superior experience for the visitor. The exhibition is organized by thematic pavilions where three days of events will provide an international platform for architects, interior designers, contractors, distributors, investors, and real estate developers to come together to strengthen relationships, discover the latest trends and product innovations, and above all, to be inspired.

“This unique environment creates the perfect setting for StonExpo, one of the longest running and influential exhibitions in the world of marble and natural stone,” said Amie Gonzalez, Show Director of The International Surface Event.

Industry manufacturers and business professionals interested in more information about StonExpo and the brand expansion into Mexico, should contact the event team at (972) 536-6431 or via email at [email protected] or visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com/en/mexico

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About StonExpo

StonExpo is a B2B stone industry event under The International Surface Event (TISE) brand offering stone industry professionals a global discovery of specialty stone and machinery, stone tools, equipment, services and demonstrations from leading manufacturers and associations. StonExpo’s flagship annual event occurs each January in Las Vegas in conjunction with SURFACES and TileExpo; these three mega events combine to become the largest North American floor covering, stone, and tile event featuring over 800 exhibitors and upwards of 450,000 square feet of exhibit space. Established in 1987, StonExpo is proud to now have brand extensions via pavilions, partner events, and branch-brand events in China, Canada, and Mexico. For more information about StonExpo, visit www.intlsurfaceevent.com

About TCNA—México
Tile Council of North America — México (TCNA—México) was incorporated in 2005 to represent tile and tile-related companies with manufacturing in México, and to develop and expand Mexico’s ceramic tile industry, and advance the interests of Mexican stakeholders in national and international standards.

About Tile Council of North America (TCNA)
TCNA is a trade association representing manufacturers of ceramic tile, tile installation materials, tile equipment, raw materials and other tile-related products. Established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA), it became the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) in 2003, reflecting its membership expansion to all of North America.

The Tile Council is recognized for its leadership role in facilitating the development of North American and international industry quality standards to benefit tile consumers. Additionally, TCNA regularly conducts independent research and product testing, works with regulatory, trade, and other government agencies, and publishes installation guidelines, tile standards, economic reports, and promotional literature.

 About Informa PLC
Informa PLC is a leading, international business to business information services Group, operating in over 30 countries. We create transaction-led exhibitions and content-based events, specialist data, intelligence and marketing services products, as well as scholarly research and specialist reference-led academic content. Our products and services help businesses and professionals connect, learn, do business and gain an edge over the competition. Informa is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100.

May Construction Starts Advance 10 Percent

NEW YORK – June 20, 2019 – At a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $757.0 billion, new construction starts in May climbed 10% from April, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The increase continues the double-digit swings that were reported during the previous two months, when a 16% hike for total construction starts in March was followed by a 15% decline in April. Each of the three main construction sectors contributed to May’s 10% gain. Nonbuilding construction rebounded 32% after depressed activity in April, lifted by an especially strong amount of new power plant starts and an $800 million light rail project in the Minneapolis MN area. Nonresidential building improved 7%, supported by groundbreaking for two very large manufacturing plant projects. Residential building edged up 2%, with modest gains for both single family housing and multifamily housing. Through the first five months of 2019, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were $295.0 billion, down 9% from the same period a year ago. On a twelve-month moving total basis, total construction starts for the twelve months ending May 2019 were 2% below the amount reported for the twelve months ending May 2018.

The May statistics raised the Dodge Index to 160 (2000=100), up from April’s 145. May’s reading was still less than the 172 reported in March, as well as the full year 2018 average for the Dodge Index at 171.

“The presence of very large projects frequently causes volatility in the month-to-month pattern of construction starts, and that’s certainly been the case during March, April, and now May,” stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics. “Amidst the volatility, the pace of construction starts has on balance been sluggish so far in 2019, as activity has been generally lower than the healthy volume witnessed during the first half of last year. For public works, there was some dampening in early 2019 arising from the partial government shutdown, although highway and bridge construction has shown improvement in recent months. For nonresidential building, the boost coming from very large projects so far this year has not been of the same magnitude as what took place last year. For residential building, multifamily housing has pulled back from last year’s strength, while single family housing has been essentially flat. At the same time, there are still positive factors in the current environment affecting construction. Federal appropriations for fiscal 2019 are in place, and funding support is coming from the state and local bond measures passed in recent years. Market fundamentals for commercial building and multifamily housing strengthened during 2018 and early 2019, while interest rates remain low. As 2019 proceeds, it’s expected that the shortfall between this year’s level of construction starts compared to last year will narrow.”

Nonbuilding construction in May was $194.4 billion (annual rate), a 32% increase that followed a 33% slide in April. The electric utility/gas plant category surged 552% in May, bouncing back from a very weak April to a volume more than twice the average monthly pace during 2018. This reflected the start of five power plant projects valued each at $200 million or more – a $550 million natural gas-fired power plant in Ohio, the $450 million Emmons-Logan Wind Energy Center in North Dakota, the $300 million Ida Grove Wind Farm in Iowa, the $200 million Southern Oak Solar Energy Center in Georgia, and a $200 million electric substation upgrade in Wyoming. The public works categories as a group slipped 1% in May, due to a mixed performance by the individual project types. The miscellaneous public works category, which includes such diverse segments as site work, rail transit, and pipelines, increased 20% as the $800 million Metro Green Line Southwest light rail transit in Minnetonka MN was included as a May start. Water supply construction rose 23% in May, helped by such projects as the $92 million Oak Ridge Outfall Treatment Facility in Oak Ridge TN and an $87 million water reclamation plant upgrade in Valencia CA. On the negative side, highway and bridge construction eased back 2% in May following 8% improvement over the previous two months. The top five states in terms of the dollar amount of highway and bridge construction starts in May were -– California, Texas, Illinois, New York, and Florida. The river/harbor development category dropped 22% in May, while sewer construction retreated 24% even with the start of a $118 million wastewater pumping station upgrade in Honolulu HI.

Nonresidential building in May was $266.6 billion (annual rate), up 7% following a 16% drop in April. The manufacturing plant category provided much of the lift, soaring 350% as two very large manufacturing plant projects were included as May construction starts – the $1.6 billion Shintech polyvinyl chloride manufacturing facility in Plaquemine LA and a $600 million steel mill expansion in Osceola AR. The commercial categories as a group receded 5% in May, the result of a slower pace for office construction, down 17%; and commercial garages, down 26%. Even with the decline, office construction in May did include the start of several noteworthy projects, such as the $263 million George H.W. Bush office building in Austin TX, a $258 million office tower in Nashville TN, and a $250 million office/research development building in South San Francisco CA. Two large data center projects also reached groundbreaking in May – a $150 million Microsoft data center in Goodyear AZ and the $135 million Raging Wire data center in Ashburn VA. On the plus side, warehouse construction in May jumped 39%, helped by groundbreaking for a $182 million distribution center in the Bronx NY and the $155 million TJX Home Goods distribution center in Lordstown OH. Hotel construction in May grew 9%, featuring the start of the $305 million hotel portion of the $700 million Philadelphia Live Casino and Hotel in Philadelphia PA. Store construction, while remaining at a subdued volume, grew 4% in May.

The institutional building categories as a group settled back 2% in May. Educational facilities, the largest nonresidential building category by dollar volume, slipped 1% in May, although the latest month did include groundbreaking for the $205 million Wellesley College science center renovation in Wellesley MA and a $150 million museum renovation at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor MI. The public buildings category (courthouses and detention facilities) dropped 3% in May, and transportation terminal work fell 63% from April that included the start of the $972 million terminal building portion of the $1.3 billion new airport terminal project at Kansas City International Airport. At the same time, healthcare facilities strengthened 27% in May, reflecting the start of the $500 million MetroHealth Hospital facility in Cleveland OH, the $331 million University of Texas Southwest Medical Center Brain and Cancer Center building in Dallas TX, and a $182 million hospital tower in Turnersville NJ. Amusement-related work jumped 54% in May, led by the $237 million casino portion of the Philadelphia Live Casino and Hotel project. The religious building category, while still remaining at a weak volume, increased 19% in May.

Residential building in May was $295.9 billion (annual rate), a 2% gain that marked the first increase after three straight months of decline. Single family housing improved 2%, showing some growth after the sluggish performance reported earlier in 2019. By geography, single family housing registered this pattern during May – the South Atlantic, up 4%; the Midwest, up 2%; the Northeast, up 1%; and the South Central and West, each unchanged from the previous month. The pace for single family housing in May was still 7% below the average monthly pace during 2018. Multifamily housing in May also grew 2%, edging up for the second month in a row after a 12% decline back in March. There were eight multifamily projects valued each at $100 million or more that reached groundbreaking in May, led by the $653 million multifamily portion of the $850 million One Chicago Square Apartment Towers in Chicago IL, the $266 million multifamily portion of the $360 million Four Seasons mixed-use hotel/condominium project in Nashville TN, and a $160 million multifamily high-rise in Jersey City NJ. The top five metropolitan areas in May, ranked by the dollar amount of multifamily starts that reached groundbreaking, were – New York NY, Chicago IL, Nashville TN, Washington DC, and San Francisco CA. The pace for multifamily housing in May was still 17% below the average monthly pace during 2018.

The 9% decline for total construction starts on an unadjusted basis during the first five months of 2018 was the result of decreased activity for each of the three main sectors. Nonresidential building settled back 3% year-to-date, with 8% declines for both institutional building and manufacturing building that were partially offset by a 3% gain for commercial building. Nonbuilding construction dropped 11% year-to-date, as a 24% plunge for public works was countered by a 128% jump by electric utilities/gas plants. The miscellaneous public works category plummeted 54% year-to-date given the comparison to a strong first five months of 2018 that included several large pipeline projects. If the miscellaneous public works category is excluded, public works during the first five months of 2019 would be down a more moderate 7%. Residential building year-to-date dropped 12%, with single family housing down 9% and multifamily housing down 19%. By geography, total construction starts during the January-May period of 2019 showed this behavior compared to last year – the South Central, down 1%; the Northeast, down 5%; the Midwest, down 8%; the South Atlantic, down 12%; and the West, down 15%. Additional insight is made possible by looking at twelve-month moving totals, in this case the twelve months ending May 2019 versus the twelve months ending May 2018. On this basis, total construction starts were down 2% from the previous period. By major sector, nonresidential building increased 4%, with manufacturing building up 21%, commercial building up 8%, and institutional building down 3%. Residential building dropped 2%, with single family housing down 2% and multifamily housing down 1%. Nonbuilding construction fell 10%, with public works down 14% while electric utilities/gas plants increased 16%.

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Monthly Summary of Construction Starts

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