Study Reveals Most Promising AEC Markets for 2009

February 13, 2009 at 4:54 pm Leave a comment

ZweigWhite, a leading source of management information and consulting for the design and construction industry, just released its 2009 AEC Industry Outlook: Strategy and Insight for Design & Construction Firms. This survey of leaders in the AEC industry reveals a shake-up in the markets expected to be most promising in 2009. While health care still holds the top spot, despite the impact that financial markets have had on project funding, three of last year’s top five ranked markets – higher education, K-12 schools and the office market – did not even make the list in 2009. Instead, industry leaders have tapped the municipal government, transportation, energy/power and green building markets to round out the top five most promising markets in 2009.

“This really shows how dynamic the current AEC marketplace has become,” said ZweigWhite President Ian Rusk. “There are so many forces at work here, from the impact of shrinking endowment values on the higher education market, which has been in the top five for as long as I can recall, to the recession’s impact on the office market. But the biggest takeaway here is that industry leaders seem to be looking to markets that have the most to gain from government investment.”

Based on the survey published in the 2009 AEC Industry Outlook, the top five markets to watch in 2009 are:

  1. Health care

  2. Government/Municipal

  3. Transportation

  4. Energy/Power

  5. Green Building

The report also identifies the key trends that will affect the AEC business in 2009. This electronic report is available for purchase on their website, but the executive summary is available for download at no charge.




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