What’s This? A New Look for an Iconic Brand?

After 44 Years, RE/MAX Reveals Refreshed Brand Identity

DENVER, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's most productive real estate network* is getting even stronger. RE/MAX Co-CEOs, Dave Liniger and Adam Contos, revealed today a refreshed RE/MAX brand, including the world famous balloon logo and wordmark, to hundreds of franchise owners at the annual RE/MAX Broker Owner Conference in San Francisco.

Access the refreshed wordmark and balloon logo here.

"Our new look better represents the enthusiastic entrepreneurs who comprise our network," said Contos. "Great brands evolve and RE/MAX is no different. We believe the updated balloon and wordmark will help our agents grow their business and give them an even bigger competitive advantage in digital, social media and mobile marketing."

RE/MAX Balloon Still Flying High
The iconic red, white and blue hot air balloon has been updated to be brighter, more modern and more appealing to the home buyers and sellers of today – while being instantly recognizable as RE/MAX.

According to Pete Crowe, RE/MAX Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing, the responses of more than 20,000 consumers factored into the decision to embark on a brand refresh which is the first in the 44 year history of the real estate franchisor. 

"It's a brand evolution, not a brand revolution," said Crowe. "The subtle adjustments to the most powerful image in real estate was a natural next step across our residential, luxury and commercial brands."

That's the Sign of a RE/MAX Agent
Building on the 2016 launch of the Sign of a RE/MAX Agent campaign, the brand refresh continues to grow alongside current real estate trends. For the fourth straight year, the largest group of homebuyers are millennials, who compose 34 percent of buyers.

"Buyers who are 36 years old and younger continue to purchase homes at a higher rate than other age groups," said Crowe. "At the same time, real estate tools and technologies have drastically changed the way we help people buy and sell houses. The refreshed brand is a proactive move to continue to position RE/MAX agents as industry leaders for the home buyers and sellers of today and tomorrow."

Looking Beyond the Horizon
In the coming months, consumers will begin to see the new logo on yard signs, office fronts and advertising. In addition, the network of 115,000 agents in more than 100 countries and territories will celebrate the refreshed look with local events on a global day of celebration on September 20, including at RE/MAX headquarters in Denver. The crisp, contemporary twist on the iconic brand will also be seen on remax.com and in RE/MAX television ads starting this fall.

About the RE/MAX Network
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 115,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of more than 100 countries and territories. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX when measured by residential transaction sides. RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world's leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RMCO, LLC, which is controlled and managed by RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX). With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $157 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. For more information about RE/MAX, to search home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit www.remax.com. For the latest news about RE/MAX, please visit www.remax.com/newsroom.

*As measured by residential transaction sides.

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What’s This? A New Look for an Iconic Brand?

After 44 Years, RE/MAX Reveals Refreshed Brand Identity

DENVER, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's most productive real estate network* is getting even stronger. RE/MAX Co-CEOs, Dave Liniger and Adam Contos, revealed today a refreshed RE/MAX brand, including the world famous balloon logo and wordmark, to hundreds of franchise owners at the annual RE/MAX Broker Owner Conference in San Francisco.

Access the refreshed wordmark and balloon logo here.

"Our new look better represents the enthusiastic entrepreneurs who comprise our network," said Contos. "Great brands evolve and RE/MAX is no different. We believe the updated balloon and wordmark will help our agents grow their business and give them an even bigger competitive advantage in digital, social media and mobile marketing."

RE/MAX Balloon Still Flying High
The iconic red, white and blue hot air balloon has been updated to be brighter, more modern and more appealing to the home buyers and sellers of today – while being instantly recognizable as RE/MAX.

According to Pete Crowe, RE/MAX Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing, the responses of more than 20,000 consumers factored into the decision to embark on a brand refresh which is the first in the 44 year history of the real estate franchisor. 

"It's a brand evolution, not a brand revolution," said Crowe. "The subtle adjustments to the most powerful image in real estate was a natural next step across our residential, luxury and commercial brands."

That's the Sign of a RE/MAX Agent
Building on the 2016 launch of the Sign of a RE/MAX Agent campaign, the brand refresh continues to grow alongside current real estate trends. For the fourth straight year, the largest group of homebuyers are millennials, who compose 34 percent of buyers.

"Buyers who are 36 years old and younger continue to purchase homes at a higher rate than other age groups," said Crowe. "At the same time, real estate tools and technologies have drastically changed the way we help people buy and sell houses. The refreshed brand is a proactive move to continue to position RE/MAX agents as industry leaders for the home buyers and sellers of today and tomorrow."

Looking Beyond the Horizon
In the coming months, consumers will begin to see the new logo on yard signs, office fronts and advertising. In addition, the network of 115,000 agents in more than 100 countries and territories will celebrate the refreshed look with local events on a global day of celebration on September 20, including at RE/MAX headquarters in Denver. The crisp, contemporary twist on the iconic brand will also be seen on remax.com and in RE/MAX television ads starting this fall.

About the RE/MAX Network
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 115,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of more than 100 countries and territories. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX when measured by residential transaction sides. RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world's leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RMCO, LLC, which is controlled and managed by RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX). With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $157 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. For more information about RE/MAX, to search home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit www.remax.com. For the latest news about RE/MAX, please visit www.remax.com/newsroom.

*As measured by residential transaction sides.

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What’s This? A New Look for an Iconic Brand?

After 44 Years, RE/MAX Reveals Refreshed Brand Identity

DENVER, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's most productive real estate network* is getting even stronger. RE/MAX Co-CEOs, Dave Liniger and Adam Contos, revealed today a refreshed RE/MAX brand, including the world famous balloon logo and wordmark, to hundreds of franchise owners at the annual RE/MAX Broker Owner Conference in San Francisco.

Access the refreshed wordmark and balloon logo here.

"Our new look better represents the enthusiastic entrepreneurs who comprise our network," said Contos. "Great brands evolve and RE/MAX is no different. We believe the updated balloon and wordmark will help our agents grow their business and give them an even bigger competitive advantage in digital, social media and mobile marketing."

RE/MAX Balloon Still Flying High
The iconic red, white and blue hot air balloon has been updated to be brighter, more modern and more appealing to the home buyers and sellers of today – while being instantly recognizable as RE/MAX.

According to Pete Crowe, RE/MAX Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing, the responses of more than 20,000 consumers factored into the decision to embark on a brand refresh which is the first in the 44 year history of the real estate franchisor. 

"It's a brand evolution, not a brand revolution," said Crowe. "The subtle adjustments to the most powerful image in real estate was a natural next step across our residential, luxury and commercial brands."

That's the Sign of a RE/MAX Agent
Building on the 2016 launch of the Sign of a RE/MAX Agent campaign, the brand refresh continues to grow alongside current real estate trends. For the fourth straight year, the largest group of homebuyers are millennials, who compose 34 percent of buyers.

"Buyers who are 36 years old and younger continue to purchase homes at a higher rate than other age groups," said Crowe. "At the same time, real estate tools and technologies have drastically changed the way we help people buy and sell houses. The refreshed brand is a proactive move to continue to position RE/MAX agents as industry leaders for the home buyers and sellers of today and tomorrow."

Looking Beyond the Horizon
In the coming months, consumers will begin to see the new logo on yard signs, office fronts and advertising. In addition, the network of 115,000 agents in more than 100 countries and territories will celebrate the refreshed look with local events on a global day of celebration on September 20, including at RE/MAX headquarters in Denver. The crisp, contemporary twist on the iconic brand will also be seen on remax.com and in RE/MAX television ads starting this fall.

About the RE/MAX Network
RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by Dave and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 115,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of more than 100 countries and territories. Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX when measured by residential transaction sides. RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world's leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RMCO, LLC, which is controlled and managed by RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX). With a passion for the communities in which its agents live and work, RE/MAX is proud to have raised more than $157 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. For more information about RE/MAX, to search home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit www.remax.com. For the latest news about RE/MAX, please visit www.remax.com/newsroom.

*As measured by residential transaction sides.

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Wisconsin recreational, grazing land and home set for September auction

MEDFORD, Wis., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 1,428 acres of Wisconsin land -- including a home, recreational land, pasture and tillable land -- will be offered at auction Wednesday, Sept. 20, with Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company marketing the property and conducting the auction.

The land, located in Price County, northwest of Eau Claire, will be offered in 10 tracts, including the two-story country home on 2.5 acres. The land tracts range in size from 68 acres to 319.5 acres. Bidders may bid on any combination of tracts or the entire property.

"The home has a full-service bar with a walk-in cooler, a large dining room, and a full finished basement with recreation area and dormitory style sleeping quarters. It would be excellent either as a private home or a corporate hunting retreat," said Gary Bailey, with Schrader.

"Someone could buy all of this land and have a beautiful retreat that combines woodlands, a creek, grazing land and some potential building sites. The land has produced quite a few trophy deer," said R.D. Schrader, president of the company. "Bidders may bid on any combination of tracts. Some may seek the recreational land, whereas others may prefer the pasture and tillable land."

The largest land tract, 319.5 acres, has a heated shop with equipment storage, with seven overhead doors.

Schrader personnel will be available at the property to accommodate inspections on Aug. 25 and 26, as well as Sept. 9, 10 and 19. Individuals seeking additional information may visit www.schraderauction.com or call for details.

The auction will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Simek Recreation Center, 1037 West Broadway Avenue, Medford.

Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company, based in Columbia City, Indiana, is a leading auctioneer of farmland, real estate and equipment throughout the United States and is a five-time USA Today/National Auctioneers Association Auction of the Year winner.

For more information:
Carl Carter, 205-823-3273

 

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Wisconsin recreational, grazing land and home set for September auction

MEDFORD, Wis., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 1,428 acres of Wisconsin land -- including a home, recreational land, pasture and tillable land -- will be offered at auction Wednesday, Sept. 20, with Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company marketing the property and conducting the auction.

The land, located in Price County, northwest of Eau Claire, will be offered in 10 tracts, including the two-story country home on 2.5 acres. The land tracts range in size from 68 acres to 319.5 acres. Bidders may bid on any combination of tracts or the entire property.

"The home has a full-service bar with a walk-in cooler, a large dining room, and a full finished basement with recreation area and dormitory style sleeping quarters. It would be excellent either as a private home or a corporate hunting retreat," said Gary Bailey, with Schrader.

"Someone could buy all of this land and have a beautiful retreat that combines woodlands, a creek, grazing land and some potential building sites. The land has produced quite a few trophy deer," said R.D. Schrader, president of the company. "Bidders may bid on any combination of tracts. Some may seek the recreational land, whereas others may prefer the pasture and tillable land."

The largest land tract, 319.5 acres, has a heated shop with equipment storage, with seven overhead doors.

Schrader personnel will be available at the property to accommodate inspections on Aug. 25 and 26, as well as Sept. 9, 10 and 19. Individuals seeking additional information may visit www.schraderauction.com or call for details.

The auction will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Simek Recreation Center, 1037 West Broadway Avenue, Medford.

Schrader Real Estate and Auction Company, based in Columbia City, Indiana, is a leading auctioneer of farmland, real estate and equipment throughout the United States and is a five-time USA Today/National Auctioneers Association Auction of the Year winner.

For more information:
Carl Carter, 205-823-3273

 

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Florida’s newest and fastest selling intracoastal waterfront community, Seaside Landings, is now 75% sold out and in the process of releasing the final direct waterfront properties.

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Patten Companies is proud to announce its newest and fastest selling waterfront community on Florida's desirable east coast is 75% sold out. Patten Companies began selling intracoastal waterfront homesites at Seaside Landings while in the pre-construction phase of development last year. Paved roads are now fully complete, with the gated entrance and waterfront recreation area currently underway. The final direct waterfront properties are now being released.

This stunning intracoastal community on Florida's desirable east coast boasts spacious homesites, majestic oaks and wide canals. Property like this can never replicated or permitted again.

"Pricing and selection will never be better than right now," says Jon Riley of Patten Companies. "If you're going to be in the market for intracoastal property in the next five years but have the means to purchase now, you owe it to yourself to come see Seaside Landings first-hand," urges Riley

Seaside Landings is an easy drive to the scenic A-1-A and Flagler Beaches, the Palm Coast Town Center, I-95, and to a host of surrounding international airports. The new Florida Hospital is also conveniently located just outside the community. More details about Seaside Landings can be found here, http://www.seasidelandings.com/about-seaside-landings/.

The gated community will offer the pleasures of a modern lifestyle expected and proven by Patten Companies and the aesthetics of a charming once-hidden-away beach town. It will provide each homeowner access to the intracoastal via direct frontage or via boat slip by the intracoastal waterway. The roads are fully paved and city utilities, including water and sewer are also fully provided, and no CDD fees.

Now is the time to take advantage of the best possible selection in Florida's newest waterfront community. This is an incredible opportunity to own waterfront property along one of Florida's most valued coasts. Direct waterfront homesites will be available starting at $159,900, while inventory remains.

Contact Seaside Landings by calling (888) 564-9148 ext. 27 or visit http://www.seasidelandings.com/contact/.

Contact Information:
Patten Companies
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Email: seaside@pattenco.com
Phone: (888) 564-9148 ext. 27

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July Construction Starts Increase 6 Percent

Gains Reported for Public Works, Power Plants, Multifamily Housing, Healthcare Facilities

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The value of new construction starts in July advanced 6% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $728.1 billion, it was reported by Dodge Data & Analytics.  Leading the way was a 26% jump by the nonbuilding construction sector, which reflected an improved level for public works and the start of two massive power plants, located respectively in California and New York.  Residential building in July increased 8%, as multifamily housing rebounded after three consecutive monthly declines.  Running counter was a 7% slide for nonresidential building following its 14% hike in June, as both office buildings and hotels retreated from June's elevated activity, outweighing a sharp rise for healthcare facilities in July.  During the first seven months of 2017, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were $411.9 billion, down 1% from the same period a year ago.  Dampening the year-to-date performance for total construction was a steep 44% decline for the electric utility/gas plant category, even with the two massive power plants reported as July starts.  If the electric utility/gas plant category is excluded, total construction starts in this year's January-July period would be up 3% from a year ago.

July's data lifted the Dodge Index to 154 (2000=100), compared to an upwardly revised 145 for June.  After this year's strong first quarter, the Dodge Index had receded 11% in the second quarter.  July's total construction gain brings activity back to within 2% of the first quarter's pace.  "July's increase means the third quarter began on a healthy note, which should help to maintain the up-and-down pattern on a quarterly basis that's been present for construction starts over the past year," stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics.  "Within that up-and-down pattern there remains a modest upward trend, as it appears that construction starts are still in the process of reaching a peak, as opposed to having already reached a peak.  Public works construction, after sluggish activity earlier in the year, is showing hesitant signs of improvement.  It's true that residential building is now seeing generally decreased activity for multifamily housing, but the monthly declines continue to be mixed in with monthly gains, such as what took place in July.  For nonresidential building, growth is being supported by its institutional segment, while commercial building is leveling off due to varied behavior by its individual project types."

Nonbuilding construction in July was $195.8 billion (annual rate), up 26% from June and achieving its second highest amount so far in 2017 after February.  The public works categories as a group rose 12%, rebounding after a 7% decline in June.  Water supply construction had a particularly strong month, soaring 136% with the lift coming from the start of the $844 million Vista Ridge water supply pipeline project in San Antonio TX, as well as an $88 million recycled water treatment facility in San Francisco CA.  Sewer construction improved 37% after a weak June, although river/harbor development receded 2%.  Highway and bridge construction increased 10% in July, and featured the start of the $322 million I-74 bridge replacement across the Mississippi River in Davenport IA, a $192 million highway expansion in San Antonio TX, and a $94 million rehabilitation project on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York NY.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five states in terms of the dollar amount of highway and bridge construction starts were – Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  The miscellaneous public works category, which includes natural gas pipelines and mass transit, slipped 10% in July, continuing to recede after very strong activity back in May.  Even with its decline, miscellaneous public works still included the July start of the $1.5 billion Brownsville to Nueces natural gas pipeline in Texas and a $225 million rail transit project in Bellevue WA.  The electric utility/gas plant category surged 64% in July, registering its second straight monthly gain in contrast to the substantially weaker activity reported during the first five months of 2017.  Two massive natural gas-fired power generation facilities were included as construction starts in July – the $2.2 billon Carlsbad Energy Center in Carlsbad CA and the $1.6 billion Cricket Valley Energy Center in Dover Plains NY.  There were five other large power plant projects that reached groundbreaking in July, located in Connecticut ($550 million), Georgia ($400 million), Minnesota ($300 million), Arkansas ($203 million), and Nebraska ($150 million).

Residential building in July was $301.1 billion (annual rate), up 8%.  Multifamily housing increased 30%, strengthening after three monthly declines in a row.  There were 9 multifamily projects valued at $100 million or more that reached groundbreaking in July, led by the $360 million Wolf Point East apartment tower in Chicago IL, the $225 million multifamily portion of the $280 million mixed-use redevelopment of the Domino sugar factory in Brooklyn NY, and a $225 million condominium tower in Honolulu HI.  In July, the top five metropolitan areas in terms of the dollar amount of multifamily starts were – New York NY, Chicago IL, Los Angeles CA, Boston MA, and Atlanta GA.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five metropolitan areas, with their percent change from a year ago, were – New York NY, down 20%; Los Angeles CA, up 16%; Chicago IL, down 2%; San Francisco CA, up 27%; and Washington DC, up 6%.  Single family housing in July was flat with the previous month, not yet showing renewed growth after settling back 4% in the second quarter following its first quarter 6% gain. By geography, single family housing in July performed as follows relative to June – the Northeast, up 3%; the South Central, up 2%; the South Atlantic, up 1%; the West, unchanged; and the Midwest, down 3%.

Nonresidential building in July was $231.2 billion (annual rate), down 7%.  The commercial categories as a group dropped 22%, retreating after climbing 24% in June.  Office construction in June had surged 82%, boosted by the start of 8 office projects valued at $100 million or more, led by a $585 million Facebook data center in Omaha NE and the $400 million office portion of the $500 million renovation of the Willis Tower in Chicago IL.  In July office construction fell 52%, with only one project valued at $100 million or more – the $118 million Wheaton Town Center in Wheaton MD.  A similar pattern was present for hotels, which surged 65% in June with the push coming from the start of the $575 million hotel portion of the $900 million Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino expansion in Hollywood FL.  In July hotel construction fell 42%, with the largest project being the $78 million hotel portion of a $115 million hotel/apartment mixed-use project near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  On the plus side, warehouse construction jumped 46% in July, lifted by the start of a $144 million warehouse complex in Stockton CA, a $135 million Wal-Mart distribution center in Mobile AL, and a $100 million Amazon distribution center in Fresno CA.  July gains were also reported for commercial garages, up 9%; and stores and shopping centers, up 7%.  Manufacturing plant construction in July fell 29% from its June amount that included the start of a $1.8 billion methane plant in Louisiana.  While down from June, manufacturing plant construction did see the start of several large projects in July, such as a $1.1 billion polyethylene plant expansion in Beaumont TX.

The institutional side of the nonresidential building market climbed 16% in July, in contrast to the declines reported for the commercial and manufacturing segments.  Healthcare facilities jumped 108% after a weak June, led by groundbreaking for the $1.5 billion Penn Medicine Patient Pavilion in Philadelphia PA.  Other large healthcare facility projects that started in July were the following – the $349 million Inspira Medical Center in Glassboro NJ, the $125 million Bristal Jericho assisted living facility in Oyster Bay NY, a $110 million hospital expansion in Bethesda MD, and a $105 million ambulatory care complex at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City UT.  Transportation terminal construction also posted a large percentage increase after a weak June, rising 85% with the help of a $121 million aircraft maintenance facility at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City OK.  The religious building category, while still at a very low level, increased 24% in July.  On the negative side, educational facilities slipped 3% in July, although the category did include the start of several large school construction projects, including a $104 million high school renovation in Cleburne TX, a $104 million high school in Buda TX, a $96 million public school complex in Willoughby OH, and a $91 million high school in Stoughton MA.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five states in terms of the dollar amount of educational facility construction were – Texas, New York, California, Washington, and Massachusetts.  July declines were also registered by public buildings (courthouses and detention centers), down 13%; and amusement-related work, down 32%.

The 1% slippage for total construction starts on an unadjusted basis during the January-July period of 2017 was due to diminished activity for nonbuilding construction, as both residential building and nonresidential building managed to post gains.  Nonbuilding construction dropped 15% year-to-date, with electric utilities/gas plants down 44% and public works down 2%.  Residential building year-to-date was up 1%, with a 9% increase for single family housing slightly outweighing a 14% slide for multifamily housing.  Nonresidential building year-to-date climbed 8%, with institutional building up 12% while commercial building held steady, combined with a 27% increase for manufacturing building that marks a shift from this category's sharp declines in 2015 and 2016.  By geography, total construction starts during the January-July period showed this pattern relative to a year ago – the South Atlantic, up 8%; the Northeast, up 6%; the West, up 2%; the South Central, down 7%; and the Midwest, down 14%.  The 7% year-to-date decline in the South Central reflected in part the comparison to the first seven months of 2016 that included $6.2 billion for two liquefied natural gas terminals, while the 14% year-to-date decline in the Midwest reflected in part the comparison to the first seven months of 2016 that included the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

 

July 2017 Construction Starts












Monthly Summary of Construction Starts




Prepared by Dodge Data & Analytics












        Monthly Construction Starts




Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rates, in Millions of Dollars












July 2017


June 2017


% Change 


Nonresidential Building


$231,232


$249,353


-7


Residential Building


301,088


279,606


+8


Nonbuilding Construction


195,771


155,220


+26


Total Construction


$728,091


$684,179


+6




















                     The Dodge Index




           Year 2000=100, Seasonally Adjusted 








    July 2017.......154




    June 2017 .....145




















      Year-to-Date Construction Starts




             Unadjusted Totals, in Millions of Dollars












7 Mos. 2017


7 Mos. 2016


% Change 


Nonresidential Building


$142,049


$131,823


+8


Residential Building


175,522


173,018


+1


Nonbuilding Construction


94,286


110,644


-15


Total Construction


$411,857


$415,485


-1










  Total Construction, excluding








   electric utilities/gas plants


$392,870


$381,410


+3










 

About Dodge Data & Analytics:  Dodge Data & Analytics is North America's leading provider of analytics and software-based workflow integration solutions for the construction industry. Building product manufacturers, architects, engineers, contractors, and service providers leverage Dodge to identify and pursue unseen growth opportunities and execute on those opportunities for enhanced business performance. Whether it's on a local, regional or national level, Dodge makes the hidden obvious, empowering its clients to better understand their markets, uncover key relationships, size growth opportunities, and pursue those opportunities with success. The company's construction project information is the most comprehensive and verified in the industry. Dodge is leveraging its 100-year-old legacy of continuous innovation to help the industry meet the building challenges of the future.  To learn more, visit www.construction.com.

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July Construction Starts Increase 6 Percent

Gains Reported for Public Works, Power Plants, Multifamily Housing, Healthcare Facilities

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The value of new construction starts in July advanced 6% from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $728.1 billion, it was reported by Dodge Data & Analytics.  Leading the way was a 26% jump by the nonbuilding construction sector, which reflected an improved level for public works and the start of two massive power plants, located respectively in California and New York.  Residential building in July increased 8%, as multifamily housing rebounded after three consecutive monthly declines.  Running counter was a 7% slide for nonresidential building following its 14% hike in June, as both office buildings and hotels retreated from June's elevated activity, outweighing a sharp rise for healthcare facilities in July.  During the first seven months of 2017, total construction starts on an unadjusted basis were $411.9 billion, down 1% from the same period a year ago.  Dampening the year-to-date performance for total construction was a steep 44% decline for the electric utility/gas plant category, even with the two massive power plants reported as July starts.  If the electric utility/gas plant category is excluded, total construction starts in this year's January-July period would be up 3% from a year ago.

July's data lifted the Dodge Index to 154 (2000=100), compared to an upwardly revised 145 for June.  After this year's strong first quarter, the Dodge Index had receded 11% in the second quarter.  July's total construction gain brings activity back to within 2% of the first quarter's pace.  "July's increase means the third quarter began on a healthy note, which should help to maintain the up-and-down pattern on a quarterly basis that's been present for construction starts over the past year," stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for Dodge Data & Analytics.  "Within that up-and-down pattern there remains a modest upward trend, as it appears that construction starts are still in the process of reaching a peak, as opposed to having already reached a peak.  Public works construction, after sluggish activity earlier in the year, is showing hesitant signs of improvement.  It's true that residential building is now seeing generally decreased activity for multifamily housing, but the monthly declines continue to be mixed in with monthly gains, such as what took place in July.  For nonresidential building, growth is being supported by its institutional segment, while commercial building is leveling off due to varied behavior by its individual project types."

Nonbuilding construction in July was $195.8 billion (annual rate), up 26% from June and achieving its second highest amount so far in 2017 after February.  The public works categories as a group rose 12%, rebounding after a 7% decline in June.  Water supply construction had a particularly strong month, soaring 136% with the lift coming from the start of the $844 million Vista Ridge water supply pipeline project in San Antonio TX, as well as an $88 million recycled water treatment facility in San Francisco CA.  Sewer construction improved 37% after a weak June, although river/harbor development receded 2%.  Highway and bridge construction increased 10% in July, and featured the start of the $322 million I-74 bridge replacement across the Mississippi River in Davenport IA, a $192 million highway expansion in San Antonio TX, and a $94 million rehabilitation project on the Henry Hudson Parkway in New York NY.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five states in terms of the dollar amount of highway and bridge construction starts were – Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.  The miscellaneous public works category, which includes natural gas pipelines and mass transit, slipped 10% in July, continuing to recede after very strong activity back in May.  Even with its decline, miscellaneous public works still included the July start of the $1.5 billion Brownsville to Nueces natural gas pipeline in Texas and a $225 million rail transit project in Bellevue WA.  The electric utility/gas plant category surged 64% in July, registering its second straight monthly gain in contrast to the substantially weaker activity reported during the first five months of 2017.  Two massive natural gas-fired power generation facilities were included as construction starts in July – the $2.2 billon Carlsbad Energy Center in Carlsbad CA and the $1.6 billion Cricket Valley Energy Center in Dover Plains NY.  There were five other large power plant projects that reached groundbreaking in July, located in Connecticut ($550 million), Georgia ($400 million), Minnesota ($300 million), Arkansas ($203 million), and Nebraska ($150 million).

Residential building in July was $301.1 billion (annual rate), up 8%.  Multifamily housing increased 30%, strengthening after three monthly declines in a row.  There were 9 multifamily projects valued at $100 million or more that reached groundbreaking in July, led by the $360 million Wolf Point East apartment tower in Chicago IL, the $225 million multifamily portion of the $280 million mixed-use redevelopment of the Domino sugar factory in Brooklyn NY, and a $225 million condominium tower in Honolulu HI.  In July, the top five metropolitan areas in terms of the dollar amount of multifamily starts were – New York NY, Chicago IL, Los Angeles CA, Boston MA, and Atlanta GA.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five metropolitan areas, with their percent change from a year ago, were – New York NY, down 20%; Los Angeles CA, up 16%; Chicago IL, down 2%; San Francisco CA, up 27%; and Washington DC, up 6%.  Single family housing in July was flat with the previous month, not yet showing renewed growth after settling back 4% in the second quarter following its first quarter 6% gain. By geography, single family housing in July performed as follows relative to June – the Northeast, up 3%; the South Central, up 2%; the South Atlantic, up 1%; the West, unchanged; and the Midwest, down 3%.

Nonresidential building in July was $231.2 billion (annual rate), down 7%.  The commercial categories as a group dropped 22%, retreating after climbing 24% in June.  Office construction in June had surged 82%, boosted by the start of 8 office projects valued at $100 million or more, led by a $585 million Facebook data center in Omaha NE and the $400 million office portion of the $500 million renovation of the Willis Tower in Chicago IL.  In July office construction fell 52%, with only one project valued at $100 million or more – the $118 million Wheaton Town Center in Wheaton MD.  A similar pattern was present for hotels, which surged 65% in June with the push coming from the start of the $575 million hotel portion of the $900 million Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino expansion in Hollywood FL.  In July hotel construction fell 42%, with the largest project being the $78 million hotel portion of a $115 million hotel/apartment mixed-use project near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  On the plus side, warehouse construction jumped 46% in July, lifted by the start of a $144 million warehouse complex in Stockton CA, a $135 million Wal-Mart distribution center in Mobile AL, and a $100 million Amazon distribution center in Fresno CA.  July gains were also reported for commercial garages, up 9%; and stores and shopping centers, up 7%.  Manufacturing plant construction in July fell 29% from its June amount that included the start of a $1.8 billion methane plant in Louisiana.  While down from June, manufacturing plant construction did see the start of several large projects in July, such as a $1.1 billion polyethylene plant expansion in Beaumont TX.

The institutional side of the nonresidential building market climbed 16% in July, in contrast to the declines reported for the commercial and manufacturing segments.  Healthcare facilities jumped 108% after a weak June, led by groundbreaking for the $1.5 billion Penn Medicine Patient Pavilion in Philadelphia PA.  Other large healthcare facility projects that started in July were the following – the $349 million Inspira Medical Center in Glassboro NJ, the $125 million Bristal Jericho assisted living facility in Oyster Bay NY, a $110 million hospital expansion in Bethesda MD, and a $105 million ambulatory care complex at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City UT.  Transportation terminal construction also posted a large percentage increase after a weak June, rising 85% with the help of a $121 million aircraft maintenance facility at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City OK.  The religious building category, while still at a very low level, increased 24% in July.  On the negative side, educational facilities slipped 3% in July, although the category did include the start of several large school construction projects, including a $104 million high school renovation in Cleburne TX, a $104 million high school in Buda TX, a $96 million public school complex in Willoughby OH, and a $91 million high school in Stoughton MA.  Through the first seven months of 2017, the top five states in terms of the dollar amount of educational facility construction were – Texas, New York, California, Washington, and Massachusetts.  July declines were also registered by public buildings (courthouses and detention centers), down 13%; and amusement-related work, down 32%.

The 1% slippage for total construction starts on an unadjusted basis during the January-July period of 2017 was due to diminished activity for nonbuilding construction, as both residential building and nonresidential building managed to post gains.  Nonbuilding construction dropped 15% year-to-date, with electric utilities/gas plants down 44% and public works down 2%.  Residential building year-to-date was up 1%, with a 9% increase for single family housing slightly outweighing a 14% slide for multifamily housing.  Nonresidential building year-to-date climbed 8%, with institutional building up 12% while commercial building held steady, combined with a 27% increase for manufacturing building that marks a shift from this category's sharp declines in 2015 and 2016.  By geography, total construction starts during the January-July period showed this pattern relative to a year ago – the South Atlantic, up 8%; the Northeast, up 6%; the West, up 2%; the South Central, down 7%; and the Midwest, down 14%.  The 7% year-to-date decline in the South Central reflected in part the comparison to the first seven months of 2016 that included $6.2 billion for two liquefied natural gas terminals, while the 14% year-to-date decline in the Midwest reflected in part the comparison to the first seven months of 2016 that included the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline.

 

July 2017 Construction Starts












Monthly Summary of Construction Starts




Prepared by Dodge Data & Analytics












        Monthly Construction Starts




Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rates, in Millions of Dollars












July 2017


June 2017


% Change 


Nonresidential Building


$231,232


$249,353


-7


Residential Building


301,088


279,606


+8


Nonbuilding Construction


195,771


155,220


+26


Total Construction


$728,091


$684,179


+6




















                     The Dodge Index




           Year 2000=100, Seasonally Adjusted 








    July 2017.......154




    June 2017 .....145




















      Year-to-Date Construction Starts




             Unadjusted Totals, in Millions of Dollars












7 Mos. 2017


7 Mos. 2016


% Change 


Nonresidential Building


$142,049


$131,823


+8


Residential Building


175,522


173,018


+1


Nonbuilding Construction


94,286


110,644


-15


Total Construction


$411,857


$415,485


-1










  Total Construction, excluding








   electric utilities/gas plants


$392,870


$381,410


+3










 

About Dodge Data & Analytics:  Dodge Data & Analytics is North America's leading provider of analytics and software-based workflow integration solutions for the construction industry. Building product manufacturers, architects, engineers, contractors, and service providers leverage Dodge to identify and pursue unseen growth opportunities and execute on those opportunities for enhanced business performance. Whether it's on a local, regional or national level, Dodge makes the hidden obvious, empowering its clients to better understand their markets, uncover key relationships, size growth opportunities, and pursue those opportunities with success. The company's construction project information is the most comprehensive and verified in the industry. Dodge is leveraging its 100-year-old legacy of continuous innovation to help the industry meet the building challenges of the future.  To learn more, visit www.construction.com.

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Olshan Properties Unveils Sophistication Redefined at Newly Reimagined Hilton Columbus at Easton

$27.3M DISTINCTIVE INTERIOR REDESIGN & STATE-OF-THE-ART AMENITY TRANSFORMATION RAISES THE BAR FOR LUXURY IN OHIO'S CAPITOL

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Olshan Properties, one of the country's leading private owners, developers, and managers of commercial real estate today proudly announced the completion of its sweeping and all-encompassing $27.3 million transformative interior redesign and amenity enhancement of the Hilton Columbus at Easton.

Developed in 2000, the 345-key Hilton Columbus at Easton is a 7-story, AAA 4-diamond luxury hotel and 39,000 SF conference center located ten minutes from downtown Columbus, OH and busy John Glenn International Airport (CMH).   As one of Central Ohio's leading hotels which boasts a reputation for top quality service, accommodations, fine dining, wedding and event management, the Hilton Columbus at Easton is a favored hotel among business and leisure travelers, discerning locals and groups alike.

Having completed an expansive $14 million interior guest room redesign in 2016, which included the innovative Hilton Honors members' digital check-in and room selection, Olshan Properties focused this year on a full-scale overhaul of the hotel's public areas including chic new lobby bar, "Easton Social", investing over $13 million to assure the finest in sophisticated, contemporary chic design and cutting edge amenities to greet its discerning patrons.

"When we embarked on this expansive, dual phase mission to redefine sophistication in hospitality we did so with a clear vision informed by years of hotel and design expertise coupled with our deep understanding of the local market and region," said Andrea Olshan, CEO of Olshan Properties, which owns and manages six market-leading hotels and resorts nationwide. "Today, we are so proud to be able to share the product of that vision with our guests and the surrounding community and invite all to enjoy the ultimate in pampering and refinement at the newly transformed Hilton Columbus at Easton."  

With its newest renovations Hilton Columbus at Easton guests are now greeted with a fully redesigned lobby and entryway featuring marble highlights contrasted with inviting neutral colors, rich fabrics and textures.  New sophisticated seating delivers both elegance and comfort and offers guests a welcome spot for casual and formal conversation, working wirelessly on-the-go, and socializing.  The lobby terrace similarly features inviting furniture for lounging and entertaining.  Relocated to the first floor, the Executive Lounge, an exclusive benefit for dedicated Diamond Hilton Honors members and upgraded guests, has been enhanced with a private terrace, VIP service, and premium amenities.

Lending further style on the lobby level, the Hilton Columbus at Easton now also boasts a striking and inviting new lobby bar, Easton Social -- sure to take its place as one of the area's most stylish watering holes -- as well as a robust new restaurant Herb N' Kitchen, a signature Hilton gourmet marketplace concept, which offers everything from wines by the bottle to pizza and salads.  Featuring fresh culinary creations developed by the hotel's own executive chef, Timothy Dionisio, this new grab n' go concept is perfect for the fast moving needs of today's traveler.  Hotel and area guests will additionally have the enjoyment of the Private Dining Room, in association with new lobby bar Easton Social, which will feature upscale dining fare paired with the innovative, signature libations.  For light fare and drinks, guests can also make their way over to the vast welcoming fireplace or find a tranquil spot on the expansive terrace.

"I am so proud of the outstanding enhancements made to our four diamond Hilton Columbus at Easton," said Ernie Catanzaro the new Head of Hospitality for Olshan Properties. "This is indicative of how Olshan Properties constantly seeks to improve our assets to best serve our guests and local communities."  

In addition to the new public space, the Hilton Columbus at Easton has added over 9,000 additional square-feet of meeting rooms and event space, to further meet the needs of their ever-growing group clientele.  With the added meeting space comes new digital signage technology.  Each meeting room now has a digital reader board with up to the minute information on the events taking place, as well as multiple reader boards located near elevators and entrances to stay current with hotel-wide events, weather updates, and maps of the conference space.  A Virtual Concierge board has also been installed, with touch screen abilities, flight updates, directions to local attractions, and much more.

Hotel guests will also be delighted by the world class modernization and redesign of the property's contemporary pool and fitness areas. Completely reimagined with brand-new, opulent tile and sophisticated resort-style, upholstered chaise lounges, the pool area now also enjoys the addition of a private outdoor leisure space.  To meet guests' evolving workout needs and programs, the fitness center was expanded, and the hotel acquired new, state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

Hilton Columbus at Easton General Manager, Carrie Richards, commented, "Our entire team is thrilled by the results of our expansive renovation and is incredibly excited to roll out the welcome mat to both repeat and new guests so we can show off our fabulous new décor and amenities while continuing to hit all the best notes with our commitment to top quality service and customer satisfaction.  For icing on the cake, we're offering guests who book stays with us 1,000 Grand Re-Opening bonus points per night from now through September 15, 2017."

Along with its physical and amenity upgrades, Hilton Columbus at Easton is now one of just a handful of Hiltons to offer Hilton Honors members the ability to bypass the front desk by using their smartphone as a room key. The new, ultramodern digital check-in and room selection technology, streamlines the check in process by providing Honors members the opportunity to check in prior to arrival and go keyless, choose the location of and/or upgrade their room, and request specific amenities to be delivered before arrival, all from a mobile, device, tablet or computer.

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About Olshan Properties
Olshan Properties is a privately owned real estate firm specializing in the development, acquisition, leasing and management of commercial real estate for more than 55 years.  The close integration of investment and operating capabilities has given Olshan Properties a reputation as one of the leading private owner/operators of commercial real estate in the country. 

Olshan Properties currently owns and/or manages, individually or with its affiliated companies, a diverse portfolio of commercial properties including Retail, Hotel, Office, and Residential in eleven states.  For more information, click here.

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SpaceList and Common Areas Form Strategic International Alliance to Connect Commercial Real Estate–from Listing to Lawns, Leaks and Lights

Alliance will help bridge the gap between listing a commercial real estate space and maintaining it

VANCOUVER, British Columbia and TUSTIN, Calif., Aug. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- SpaceList and Common Areas, two outcome-driven commercial real estate software companies, today announced the formation of a strategic international alliance to help (building owners, brokers, property/facility managers, tenants and service providers) bridge the gap between leasing a space and maintaining it.

SpaceList, based in Vancouver, is Canada's leading national, online listing marketplace for commercial real estate. With an emphasis on small to mid-size businesses seeking space, the company's active listings encompass all major Canadian markets. Common Areas, a California-based software company, provides an online platform to better organize, schedule & track teams and tasks online at each location with one easy-to-use software that keeps everyone informed, focused and in action 24/7.

Under terms of the alliance, an exclusive membership offer of Common Areas' Company edition will be made available to SpaceList's users. Company edition generates more effective maintenance management for teams by leveraging collaboration between building owners, brokers, property/facility managers, tenants and service providers resulting in significant time savings and increased productivity for all involved.

"Increasingly, commercial real estate property owners and those who provide services to them are becoming very interested in the value of using technology to enhance and streamline end-to-end real estate processes, collaboration and reporting," said Steven Jaffe, vice president of partnerships for SpaceList. "Common Areas and SpaceList offer complementary solutions that are two links in the same value chain."

SpaceList's CRE search engine matches tenant needs with a full range of commercial spaces, from shared office and coworking spaces to retail and industrial property. Currently, SpaceList is actively marketing approximately 18,500 listings that represent more than 1 billion square feet of space. In addition to being the conduit between broker, tenant and property owner, SpaceList provides a step-by-step platform for educating tenants on the lease process.

Common Areas takes the maintenance process from chaos to clarity by offering tenants, managers of properties and facilities, and the service businesses that maintain them (landscaping, plumbing, security, janitorial, etc.) an easy-to-use software that allows all parties to work together in one virtual space.

One of the commonalities of the two companies is that each recognized a void in the marketplace that could be bridged through the use of technology. Casey Rue, the founder and CEO of Common Areas, has more than 20 years of experience working in commercial real estate development, and more specifically was responsible for the operations and management of a portfolio of retail properties throughout the US.

"SpaceList and Common Areas both saw firsthand the challenges small businesses face when major corporations are the primary target audiences," Rue said. "The vast majority of software applications and other important tools weren't being designed or priced for smaller businesses."

According to Rue, companies like SpaceList and Common Areas are out to offer solutions to an underserved market, at least in their corner of the commercial real estate world. "The SpaceList/Common Areas strategic alliance enhances both companies' promise to empower a worldwide workforce to work better, faster, smarter and, perhaps most importantly, together," he said.

According to Steven, SpaceList was attracted to Common Areas because the company's software uniquely solves a problem that many of its audiences have—building maintenance.

Rue said Common Areas was attracted to SpaceList for many reasons, including a shared base philosophy that strives to serve the people, and to help all sized businesses find and secure a space that brings their vision to life.

About SpaceList

Founded in 2012, SpaceList's mission is to make commercial real estate more accessible and efficient. Based in Vancouver, B.C. SpaceList brings all of Canada's commercial real estate listings together in one place, making it easier than ever for people to find a great space for their business. For more information, visit: www.spacelist.ca  

About Common Areas

Common Areas creates easy-to-use maintenance management software that empowers all sized businesses to work together to create unequaled operational efficiency. Its affordable cloud-based CMMS connects anyone across hundreds of industries on any project, with any team, at any location—revolutionizing how managers of properties and facilities, and the teams that repair and maintain them, organize, schedule and track maintenance and repair work. For more information, visit: www.commonareas.com or sign up free to experience the next level of productivity, efficiency and accountability for yourself.

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